I am researching the Walton family of Eaton Grant--now Caribou--Maine.I want to find out who was the father of Mary Walton Whiteneck.
I am going to include here all the information I currently have.
"Gleanings" is the Caribou Historical Society's publication of Bailey Mitchell's reminiscences."Bailey Mitchell came to Caribou in 1858 at the age of thirteen.In 1908 he wrote his recollections of those early days...They ran serially in the Aroostook Republican in 1908 and 1909."
Page 17 of "Gleanings":Jonah Whitkneck, a Scotchman, who had sailed the seven seas and, after being shipwrecked had to swim five miles to shore, took oath never to go to sea again.He heard about this new and wonderful country, where the pines grew so tall they darkened the sun, and, leaving Nova Scotia, where he was born, he came up the Aroostook, and took up land on the north side of the river between Patrick Kelley and Samuel Wark.
Page 53 of "Gleanings":John Bubar's first wife was a sister to James Walton, who came here from Grand Lake, New Brunswick, in 1837, although the Maine Law Book for 1843 gives the date as 1841.Mr. James Walton settled on the north side of the Aroostook River in Eaton Grant five miles below where he died.James Walton's daughter, Mary, married Jonah Whitknact in 1843, and they later moved up to the French settlement in Forestville, where, long after he was stone deaf and unable to walk, Jonah Whitknact shaved shingles and made chairs.
The problem I'm having is making sense of the various comments Bailey Mitchell makes about James Walton.
The James Walton on the 1850 Eaton Grant census is 31 years old (born about 1819).He could not possibly be the father of Mary Walton Whiteneck who is 26 in 1850 (born about 1824).Jonah is listed as 50 (born about 1800).
Maybe Bailey made a mistake and Mary was actually a sister of James....
John Bubar's first wife was Phoebe Ann Sands Bubar.Phoebe is listed as 36 years old on the 1850 census (born about 1814).Phoebe was the daughter of Stephen Sands and his first wife,----McDonald.I am not sure of her first name.I know she was the daughter of Benjamin McDonald, a Loyalist.
Stephen Sands' second wife was Mary Ann Bannister.They married on 24 May 1821 in Parish of Sheffield, New Brunswick.
Stephen's third wife was Elizabeth Post Walton, a widow.They married 4 March 1829 in Parish of Sheffield, New Brunswick.Elizabeth is listed as 50 years old on the census so she was born about 1800.
I know Elizabeth and her first husband, Isaac David, were the parents of Pamelia/Amelia Walton and Thomas Walton.Both Amelia and Thomas are buried in the Walton Cemetery on the Caribou-Fort Fairfield Road.Their parents' names are on their grave markers.I have been told the 1819 born James was the son of Elizabeth and Isaac David but I don't have any documentation.
Who were the parents of Mary Walton Whiteneck born about 1824?
Page 18 of "Gleanings":James Walton and Stephen Sands, his half-brother, came in 1841....
How could James and Stephen be half brothers?Was there a Stephen Sands III?I don't know of one....
Following is the part that really confuses me.I am probably giving Bailey too much credit - because his details seem so specific.Most researchers I've corresponded with think the following is just a mistake....
Page 53 of "Gleanings":Mr. James Walton claimed that tobacco was cheaper before the New Brunswick Narrow Gauge came up the river.There used to be the little three cent plug of black navy tobacco.This plug was two and one-half inches wide and three inches long, and black as charcoal.James Walton was a just, hard-working, Christian man, with a one-track mind, that no amount of arguing could change.Thomas Walton, brother of James Walton, came here from Grand Lake, New Brunswick, in 1852, and settled on the south side of the river about four miles from Caribou on the Fort Fairfield Road.He acquired several hundred acres of land and became well off for the times.At one time he was one of the largest tax payers in Caribou.Like many an old settler, Thomas Walton served in the Civil War.James Walton tried to enlist, but was turned down because of his age, which was 63.The quick-tempered James Walton roared, "I'm a dang sight better man today than all them snotty-nosed younkers you're sending to fight the Rebs?"To prove it he leaped into the air, turned a handspring, then cracked his heels together three times.He even offered to whip the enlisting sergeant to prove his point, but was rejected as being too old.
I know Thomas Walton mustered into service on 13 October 1864.If Bailey's recollection is correct, then the James Walton he is talking about was born in 1801.How could an 1801 born James Walton be the brother of the 1823 born Thomas Walton?