Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



AZARIAH WALTON was born 20 August 1784 in Chesterfield Township, Cheshire, New Hampshire to Nathaniel Walton Sr., b 1756 who died 25 April 1817, and wife Mary (Molley) Partridge, b 1756 who died 11 July 1796 at Chesterfield. Nathaniel and Mary married on 5 October 1780, probably at Chesterfield. The History of Chesterfield states that Lawrence Walton, father of Nathaniel, was in Chesterfield as early as 1770 and died there 28 Nov. 1795 at 78 years, born in Windham Co., Canterbury Township, CT. His wife, Deborah (Bennett) Walton was born in 1717 at Windham and died in Chesterfield 4 Jan. 1799. Their children were: Elisha, NATHANIEL, Peru/Perez, Sarah, Lucretia, Margaret, Deborah and Elijah. NATHANIEL WALTON, son of LAWRENCE WALTON, and father of Azariah, married first to Mary Partridge on 5 Oct. 1780 (NH VIR) and second on 30 Jan. 1800 (NH VIR) to Jemima Sanderson, born 1760, died 1847, daughter of John Sanderson. He lived in the "New Boston" district, on a farm later owned by Charles M. Davis. Nathaniel was a blacksmith by trade and noted for his great strength. His children were Elijah, AZARIAH, Nathan, Polly, Lovilla and Rachel. He also served in the Revolutionary War and is listed in the DAR Patriot Index.

One of several children in the family, Azariah, emigrated to Jefferson County, NY before the War of 1812. His first recorded employment was as a superintendent of construction of the cotton mills at Brownville. He remained at Brownville until 1824 and then moved to Theresa, NY, where he became a merchandiser until 1828 when he received the appointment as collector of customs for the port of Alexandria Bay, an office he held for 19 years. His monumental home is still standing in Alexandria as an architectural standout.

He combined his merchandising efforts with the lumber business, and both made him extremely successful financially. In 1845 he purchased in company with Chesterfield Pearson all of the islands in the American channel of the St. Lawrence River from the head of Wells Island to Morristown. Smaller islands were sold for nominal sums but the major portion was still in his possession at his death on 10 June 1855.

On 29 May 1810 he married Mary Gilson, born 15 Nov. 1791, with whom he had ten children. Mary died 18 June 1862 and was 65 years of age when she made her will in 1857.

Children of Azariah Walton and Mary Gilson:

CHARLES WALTON b 14 June 1816, d 19 March 1901

WRIGHT B. WALTON b 17 May 1836, d 10 March 1895

JOHN F. WALTON b Sept. 1830, d 8 Jan. 1894

MARY G. THOMSON, wife of ANDREW THOMSON of Alexandria; Mary G. b 1823, d 26 Feb. 1874, 1st wife of Andrew W.,he b 1823, d Dec. 1884

SARAH HAMBLIN, wife of ALEXANDER C. HAMBLIN of Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., Michigan
    From the History of Calhoun Co., MI, there is very little that A. C Hamblin did not touch in some way. He owned a farm, was a banker, had a lake, buildings and street named for him, grew special grapes on his farm, built an opera/music hall in the county and the list is seemingly endless insofar as his public works and involvement were mentioned. In 1850, the couple lived at Lyme, Jefferson Co. and by 1860 they were at Battle Creek, MI.
    Alexander C. Hamblin was born 1818 in Canada
    wife, Sarah L. Walton, was bc 1821
    Children: Mary A., Alice F., Sam H.
    An Elvira C. Hamlin bc 1825 in the US was living with this family in 1860, as well as widow, Mary Walton, widow of Azariah Walton and Sarah's mother.

JANE E. CORNWALL, wife of ANSEL A. CORNWALL of Poultneyville, Wayne Co, NY
    Ancel/Ansel Cornwell was born 1817 in NY
    Jane Walton Cornwell was born 1828 in NY
    Children: Mary Cornwell and Florence Ward.
    NOTE: Jane's first husband was Ward

GEORGE WALTON, whose children were:
    HARRIET WALTON of Dubuque, Iowa

Sources: Hist. Of Jefferson Co. Durant and Peirce pub. 1878, cemetery stones, wills, History of Chesterfield, N.H., Vital Records of Windham Co., CT, census records, History of Calhoun Co., MI, CT Vital Records

This information about the Pattison family was contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.

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