There is so much out on the web that is incorrect and I will agree with you. Now days I do believe people would like to have George the Signer in the tree.
But years ago late 1800's why would the grandchildren of William Walton want to claim kinship. I knew who my Grandfather's brothers & sisters were so why would they not know back then.
Here are 2 of William Walton's grandchildren'sorbits
·As briefly mentioned in last week's WATCHMAN, the funeral of Mrs. Martin F. Hanley, of Clayton, who died on March 22d , 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 grand-father, grand-mother, father and mother and many departed relatives and friends.The pall bearers were her grand-sons, 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 Walton Dale, the original home of her father in S. Louis County. She was the daughter of Judge James Walton and Isa-bella Musick Walton, both of whom came to St. Louis County 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 of George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and upon her mother's side descendant 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 of age 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 ofchildren and grand children present at Mrs. Hanley's funerallast Saturday--ten children and twenty grand children. 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 considerable 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. Thedaughters are living in and around St. Louis and the sons inother 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, Minn.
The home in which Mrs. Haney 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 know, was a woman of character, strong will and energy. Until her last sickness she had enjoyed good health throughout 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 upon all her descendants and many of her collateral relations with whom only she was upon intimate 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 statesmen 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 Hr. Hanley And when the veil was drawn on the bloody struggle they both accepted 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 forms and never sold or dealt in slaves. The dozen or more owned by them have no cause to regret that their lots were cast in their service. Among the many grieved mourners at the funeral of the deceased the former slaves had a first place. The "Black Mourning" of all her children and slave-children were in the same old respect and love for her, and during all the years since they were freed the kindest and best feeling has subsisted between them. They are still dear to all their departed friend's family.
Daily Oregon Statesman15 Sep. 18853:2
At her home in Salem, September 15, 1885, Malinda Walton Lunsford, widow of the late Daniel Waldo, in the 81 year of her age. Mrs. Waldo was a grand neice of George Walton, a signer of the declaration of Independence.
Funeral on Thursday, at 2:00 p.m. from the residence.
Weekly Oregon Statesman 18 Sep 18858:2
In memoriam- From Saturdays Daily
Another Pioneer is gone.
On the 15th inst. in her home in Salem, after a serious illness and years of patient bodily suffering, the sprit of Mrs. Malinda Waldo, beloved consort of the late Daniel Waldo, took its flight from earth to its celestial abode, leaving the emnant of this esteemed family and relatives and a large number of dear friends to mourn their irreparable loss.
Mrs. Waldo was more than an ordinary women. She was born in Kentucky in 1805, of sterling stock. her maiden name was Malinda Walton. She was a near relative of George Walton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independance.
At an early age she removed to Missouri, where in 1825, she united in marriage with Daniel Waldo, whom she survived five years.
In 1843, being possessed of the spirit of adventure, they came to Oregon in the immigrant train of that year.
By this marriage there were ten children born to them, 3 of whom died in Missouri, and three have died since they came to the Pacific coast. There are four children living, two sons and two daughters. One of the sons is president of the Oregon State Senate, and the other cheif Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon.
She was a lady sufficiently determined to brave every trial or danger.
We too often omit to mention the names of the better halves of men who accompany them in their adventures over the unexplored portions of the world, when the truth is, those who possess the requisite fortitude, the needed patience, and the real endurance that fit all for every peril, are almost always the wives of the pioneers.
Man yields much sooner to doubt and disappointment than women.
Words cannot describe the privations, the hardships, and the exposure to savages that fit this pioneer suffered, to open up this wilderness to receive the means and appliances of christian civillzation.
Arriving in Oregon, they settled in what is now known as "Waldo Hill", lying east of Salem, and named for the family. These hills are among the most picturesque scenery in the valley, and are worthy to be called home.
Of late years most of the time has been spent by the family in Salem.
Around this beautiful valley-home in the Waldo Hills there are clustered pleasant and sacred memories of our early pioneers, strangers, and more recent visitors, who have shared again and again the generous hospitality of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo. They were noted for their great kindness and liberality.
Mrs. Waldo, as an excellent mother and valuable neighbor, with exemplary bearing in every department of duty, did her great part in this life's work. her decided christian character marked all of her surroundings. She was kind, chartiable, strong in her attachments, and a friend to the needy. Even the Indians remembered her kindness to them, with gratitude.
Wordsworth has said that "heaven lies about us in our infancy" and it would seem that it never leaves a child that is reared to become a good mother.
It was this character, so beautiful in infancy, and more so in its strength of age, that made Mrs. Waldo so much esteemed by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. All that is mortal of this venerable lady was followed to its last resting place by relatives and a large concourse of friends, and her body was deposited upon an eminence in the valley's stillness, overlooking the old home and the valley of her choice, and there she rests peacefully from her labors.
(From: Weekly Oregon Statesman, Sept. 25, 1885
Prepared By: Brian Waldo Johnson
450 Walnut Dr. S.,
Monmouth, OR. 97361