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Horton, Hennegan and Walton Genealogy

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Our Ancestor Eli Walton

Here is Eli Walton (far right) with his George Horton (next to Eli), Civil War vets from Kansas. Eli Walton also did runs on the underground railroad. Others vets shown (l-r) are John Flinn, James Sisson and Eli's brother Carey Walton. Notice the extra pair of feet under the bench ....>

Eli (the next generation)

At 11 weeks old ...

The Star of the Hour

Eli says, "Genealogy can be fun!" Well, we hope he says that ... Eli is actually Alden E Horton, IV, born 101 years after his great grandfather: Alden E Horton. The E was for Eli Walton, who was Alden E Horton's grandfather. So Eli carries the names of his great grandfather and his great-great-great grandfather.

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Emily Hennegan

Here is Emily Hennegan, the tenth and youngest child of Joseph Hennegan and Rhoda Harris. Emily was born May 10, 1806 in Manlius, New York. When she was seventeen years old she moved to Ripley County, Indiana with her parents and adult brothers and sisters. They settled near the village of Lookout.

A student in the rural schools, she was studious and applied herself. She became a school teacher herself, one of "exceptional ability."

After teaching a few years she married John Horton, a neighbor and a Canadian who had "entered" from the United States Government a parcel of land North and somewhat East of Lookout. Lookout was a small village which was common to the neighborhood occupied by the Hennegans.

Emily married John B. Horton on January 14, 1828, and they subsequently had four sons and two daughters. Emily's father, Joseph served five years in the Revolutionary War (more on this below.)

John B. Horton, born 1803

We are searching for the roots of a John B. Horton, b. May 2, 1803 . He would be little Eli Horton's great(x4) grandfather. We have not yet identified John B. Horton's siblings and parents.

We have traced our Horton ancestors back to Lookout, Ripley County, Indiana in 1827/1828.

According to the records in the office of Recorder in Versailles, the county seat of Ripley County, there appears the record of the following Land Deed:

"John Horton from President United States Deed Record Z, Page 3, Court House Versailles, Indiana.


- By The President, J. Q. Adams

Our John B. Horton, b. 1803, m. Emily Hennegan on January 14, 1828, and he died on March 27 in 1847. Their children were Cyrus S., George, Will, John, Rhoda and Dorothy (a.k.a "Polly"). The Horton sons fought in the Civil War and eventually they all went to Kansas after the war. The two daughters stayed in Indiana.

John B. Horton: A Canadian?

Family memorabilia says that John B. Horton was a Canadian. The Niagara area is mentioned in one family letter from 1925. We do know that John came to Indiana for land, as he acquired a "government 80." The going rate for 80 eighty acres purchased from the US government was $100 cash! There is also family lore that there was a David Horton, perhaps John's brother or father, who "stayed East." It is probable that other Hortons came to Indiana for the land, but that others did not make the trek West. While we believe there was a David Horton who was John's brother, we don't really know about any other siblings. Ireland is also mentioned as a pre-North America Horton origin.

We assume our John B. Horton may have had an uncle or other relative named John Horton. Perhaps a Richard Horton. We guess his father was born in the 1770's. There is a James Horton family that came to the Ripley area (soem say from from VA), and a Minor Horton born there, but we haven't established a connection yet with those Hortons. We are still researching the Sheshequin area (Bradford County)of PA, where there were many Hortons. Alnother possible connection is Upstate New York. The Syracuse, New York area is mentioned in some old letters, and the Hennegans also once lived near Syracuse (Manlius).

Walton Family of Ohio and Kansas : Morris to Eli.

At least four Walton brothers came to America from England together, sometime in the mid to late 1600's. We know of four Walton brothers: Daniel, Nathaniel, Thomas and William. We are descendants of the "Thomas line." These Philadelphia-area Waltons have descendants known as the "Byberry Waltons."

One of the descendants of these Walton brothers was George Walton, of Georgia, who as a young man was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

As is suggested by some of the Walton given names, the Walton family was Quaker. We are just now researching these Quaker ties, and discovering that some members of the Walton family later married outside the society and left the Quakers. Our information that was passed down through recent generations shows the following Walton brothers and sisters in Columbiana County, Ohio in the early 1800ís: Moses, Amos, William, Morris, Eli, Jessie and Phoebe.

Our direct line is from Morris Walton. Through just a little bit of genealogical research (and the help of distant cousins found on the internet) we discovered that Morris's father was Gabriel Walton, who was born in Bucks County, PA. Gabriel's father was Benjamin Walton, MD, who was married to Ruth Bond. Benjamin moved to Ohio when Ruth passed away in 1805. We are not yet sure if Gabriel preceded him in this Ohio move, or if they went as a family. There were a number of Quaker families that moved to Columbiana, Ohio to settle. Below are pages from the Walton Bible.

Morris Walton: Born March 12, 1814, in Ohio. Died September 27, 1872 in Kansas. Morris was married three times during his lifetime, and took his family to Kansas in a covered wagon. He built the first house in Harveyville, Kansas, which stands to this day.

His first wife was Mary Randolph, and they had no children. His second wife was a Chandler. Maria Chandler: Born January 10, 1818. Married on October 26, 1837. Died August 16, 1849.

Children of Morris and Maria: Mary Jane Walton: Born December 5, 1838. Died March 23, 1865. She married Dr. Harvey Cooney on March 3, 1859.

Eli Walton: Born May 3, 1840. Died January 9, 1919. Eli married Caroline Edalia Suter on January 29, 1869 in Wilmington, Kansas.

Caroline Suter: Born February 22, 1846 in Wooster, Ohio Died My 7, 1905 in Kansas.

Click here for the Walton/Horton database: Horton/Walton Database

Walton Information Posted by: George Walton Subject: The Walton Family Name Message:

Walton Family Origins : Researchers agree that the origin of the Walton Family was in England as far back as the 1100s. When surnames were first being used (about 900 years ago), places and localities were the source of names taken by individuals and families. The Walton name could have originated from the fact many towns of this early period had defensive walls and reference to the town itself might have been simply, the "walled town". In England, in its early history, a great many towns were surrounded by a wall for the protection of its inhabitants. More than 40-odd places called Walton (Wall Town) are given by some authorities, and the English Gazetteer mentions more than 30 parishes and places called Walton in England, with more in Scotland and Northern Ireland. A person from the town would adopt a surname such as James of Wall Town, that evolved into James of Walton, and ultimately James Walton. Needless to say, without more information it will be very difficult to trace this particular family. A John Walton is listed in the "Ship Passenger List (The South - 1538-1825)", as coming to Virginia on the Elzabeth in 1620. In "Greers Early Virginia Immigrants" alone, 16 Waltons emigrated to Virginia between 1635 and 1656, and seven of these were named John Walton. Many of the Walton Family who immigrated to America came from the region of Lancaster County, England, particularly from the area around Preston, although England has other Walton names in areas including Yorkshire. Current maps of this area still carry the Walton name in places and towns such as Walton le Dale, Higher Walton, and Walton Woods. When the migration began to the New World, many of these early immigrants were seeking to improve their situation, whether it be political, religious, or economic. An early Walton Legend relates a story about eight brothers in England with the eldest inheriting the family estate. It was customary at the time for the eldest son to inherit everything from the father (primogeniture). This elder brother refused to offer shares in the estate to his brothers. With no prospects for financial support, the remaining seven brothers immigrated to the colonies in America in order to seek their fortunes. Currently my family is operating a Nashville website design firm and we would be happy to hear from other Horton and Walton researchers.

More on Joseph Hennegan:

In 1770 the Hennegans came to Holland, New York from Europe. The family is reported in three New York counties: Duchess, Washington and Onondaga. Another Hennegan family is found in St. Lawrence, New York. Joseph Hennegan and his family settled in Ripley County, Indiana on April 6, 1822. Joseph's youngest daughter Emily married John B. Horton in 1828.

From: "Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution, buried in Indiana"

Joseph Hennegan, Born: February 6, 1759, Holland. Service: Entered service from New York 1776, under Captain Henry O'Hara and served two years in Captain Richard Layden's company, later in Colonel Moses Hazen's Regiment of Pennsylvania Troops. Discharged: January 4, 1781. Proof: Pension claim S 10097. Died: April 6, 1883. Buried in Delaware Township, Ripley County, Indiana. Government marker and name on bronze tablet in Versailles Court House, Indiana. Married: 1785 to Rhoda Harris, born 1763. (above collected By Mrs. A. B. Wycliff, Batesville, Indiana.)

And from family letters and oral history collected by various Hortons and compiled by Homer G. Meek:

John Hennegan, the paternal ancestor, settled in New York two years before the Revolutionary War. Some family history states that he came from Holland, but we speculate that might have been Holland, New York. He was a house joiner. His wife was reportedly born in Constantinople, but of German descent. We do not have her name at this point. They had five children, two boys and three girls.

Joseph , their second son, was born February 6th, 1759 in Holland (New York?) When he was fourteen years old he was bound to a blacksmith in New York by the name of Seth Harris. Years later he became a farmer.

When he was seventeen years old he enlisted as a private in the Revolutionary War. Joseph served nearly five years, from April 1776 to January 1, 1781. He was discharged at Fishkill, New York. His Colonels were Wynkoop and Moses Hazen, and his Captains were Henry O'Hara and Richard Lloyd. He was paid with Continental money January 3, 1777 at Princeton, New Jersey. One piece of this, a seven dollar bill, is still in existence and is to be kept in the Hennegan family from generation to generation.

A Bible purchased with Revolutionary war pension money about 1830 was presented by Rhoda Harris Hennegan to her son Peter, and is now (1922) in the possession of Mrs. Augie Chance, (M)oores Hill, Indiana.

Joseph Hennegan was married at Kingsbury, New York March 30, 1785 to Rhoda Harris. She was the eldest daughter, born February 11, 1763 to Captain Moses Harris, an Englishman, who came to this country with General Braddock in 1755. The wife of Moses Harris was of Welsh descent and her maiden name was West.

Mr. and Mrs. Moses Harris were the parents of five boys and three girls. The five boys settled near Lake Champlain and raised large families, and when the was of 1812 broke out all the men in the Company from that district were named Harris except three.

Reminiscences of Mrs. Theresa Hennegan Drane, daughter of Harry and May Hennegan and granddaughter of Joseph and Rhoda Hennegan: David, the other son, went to Canada but returned home after the American Revolution, later moving to Wisconsin. He had a daughter Mary who married (?) Livingston.

Joseph Hennegan was appointed Lieutenant of a Company in the regiment of Militia, County of Washington, May 5, 1789. A copy of this commission (shown above) reads as follows:

The people of the state of New York, by the grace of God, free and independent: To Joseph Hennegan, Gentleman, Greeting: We reposing especial trust and confidence as well as your patriotism, conduct and loyalty as in your valor and readiness do us good and faithful service have appointed you the said Joseph Hennegan, Lieutenant of a Company of Militia, in the County of Washington whereof Adiel Sherwood, Esquire, is Lieutenant Colonel Commandant. You are therefore to take the said Company into your charge and care as Lieutenant and duly to exercise the officers and soldiers of that Company in arms, who are hereby commanded to obey you as their Lieutenant and you are also to observe and follow such orders and directions as you shall from time to time receive from our Commander-in-Chief of the Militia of our said State or any other Superior Officer according to the Rules of Discipline of War in pursuance of the trust reposed in you, and for so doing this shall be your commission for and during our good pleasure etc. to be signified by our Council of Appointment in Testimony to be hereto affixed. Witness: Our truly and beloved George Clinton, Esq., Governor of the State of New York, General and Commander-in-Chief of all the Militia and Admiral of the Navy of the same, by and with advice and consent of one said Council of Appointment at our City of New York, the fifth day of May in the year of our Lord 1789 and passed the Secretary's office the 15th of June 1789. - Lewis A. Scott, Secretary

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