Re: Washington co., PA. Waltons
Another orbit of a grandaughter of William & Mary Walton.
Documented: Provided by descendent
Obituary from newspaper not identified or dated: probably "Watchman Advocate"
In memory of Cyrene Clemens Walton Hanley.
As briefly mentioned in last weeks Watchman, the funeral of Mrs. Martin F. Hanley, of Clayton, who died on March 22nd, took place on last Saturday, the 24th inst. at the old Fee Fee cemetery which was founded nearly ninety years ago by Thomas R. Musick the grand uncle of the deceased and the first protestant that ever preached west of the Mississippi River.
In this grave yard lie her grandfather, grandmother, father and mother and many departed relatives and friends. The pall bears were her grandsons, and her beautiful death and funeral are as satisfactory to her family as is her strong and proud life.
Cyrene Clemens Walton Hanley was born March 3, 1819, at Waltondale, the original home of her father in St. Louis County. She was the daughter of Judge James Walton and Isabella Musick Walton, both of whom came to St. Louis from Virginia with their respective parents in 1796 and settled with their family only a few miles from where Mrs. Hanley died.
She was the grand niece ofGeorge Walton, the signer of the Declaration of Independence and upon her mother's side descendent of the Stuart family to which belonged Mary, Queen of Scots.
Her grandfather came over land from Virginia a century ago, bringing with him slaves and large wealth of other personal property.
Until twenty years ago the deceased lived at the old Walton Dale place, when she married Martin F. Hanley, who had come from Virginia in 1834 and who died at the home, near Clayton, July 29, 1879, at the age of 65 years.
The result of this union was the large family of children and grandchildren present at Mrs. Hanley's funeral last Saturday--
Ten children and twenty grandchildren. Of the ten children bliss.
Caroline, the oldest, and bliss Bell, the youngest have always lived at the old home, just east of Clayton, on the Hanley road, which was laid out by their father sixty years ago, being the first road in the county running north and south for any considarable distance.
The other children of Mrs. Hanley are bliss Virginia A. Yore, Mrs. Lucinda E. Kelsey, Mrs. Clementine Creveling, Mrs. Nettle Whipple, John A., Henry W., James F., and Martin Franklin Hanley.
The daughters are living in and around St. Louis and the sons in other states. John A. is Traffic Manager of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Henry W. is engaged in the mining business in Colorado, James F. is engaged in the railroad business in Kansas City, and Martin F. is practicing law in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The home in which Mrs. Hanley died was built in 1854 and was occupied by the family until her death. It will continue to be the home of her daughters.
Cyrene Clemens Walton Hanley, as many of the people of the county knew, was a women of character, strong will and energy. Until her last sickness she had enjoyed good health througout her well rounded life, and was amply to care well for her numerous children who also have the same blessing. She was pronounced in her views upon all things and quick to form opinions which she rarely changed.
The impress of her strong character is left uponall her descendents and many of her collateral relations with whom only she was upon inimate social relations.
Coming from a Southern family as she did and owning slaves she was naturally disposed to feel at the outbreak of the Civil War a desire to see a different course taken by the statesman of the North and so naturally sympathized with the South, but up to the time hostilities began she was always in favor of Union, as was Hanley. And when the veil was drawn on the bloody struggle they both excepted the inevitable and lived till their deaths in the same loyal feeling for the Union they had always entertained. neither of them believed in slavery in its worst form.