Biographical Profile: Pvt. William D. Walton, Fifer, Company F, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment

Transcribed by Tami McConahy, 2nd great-grandniece of Corp. Thomas John Martin, Co. F. from "History of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania", Aaron L. Hazen, 1908.

History of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania by Aaron L. Hazen, 1908

Page 417

William D. Walton, B.A., general merchant and public official in Shenango Township, serving his second term as justice of the peace, was born December 4, 1870, at Princeton, in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Milton and Margaret (Aiken) Walton.

The father of Mr. Walton followed the shoe making business, and he kept a shoe store and repair shop in Mercer County, where he lived at the time of his death, in 1880. When only sixteen years of age he went to the front, during the Civil War, first as fifer for Company F., One Hundredth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in which latter he carried a gun and served until the close of the war. He was a member of the order of United Workmen. He married Margaret Aiken, who was a daughter of David Aiken, of Slippery Rock Township, and they had three children: William D., Jessie, who is the wife of David Main, of Shenango Township, and James, deceased.

William D. Walton was ten years old when his parents died, and he was taken by his grandmother, Mrs. David Aiken, and was reared on the Aiken homestead, in Shenango Township. He was educated in the country schools and Westminster College, where he was graduated in 1895, with his degree of B. A. Mr. Walton then went into newspaper work, first on the force of the New Castle Daily Guardian, and continued when this paper was merged with the Courant, under the name of Courant-Guardian. In 1897 he went to Pittsburg, and was connected with the Pittsburg Commercial Gazette, until 1900, when he returned to his native township and opened up his general store.

Mr. Walton married Sarah T. McCutcheon, of Grove Citry, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and they have one daughter, Martha Marian. In politics, he is a Republican and takes an active interest in public matters. In 1900 he was elected justice of the peace of Shenango Township, and approval was shown of his administration by a second election. He is one of the township's representative men.

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