Joseph & Drusilla (Musick)Walton
Son of William & Mary (Hunt) Walton
Joseph Walton b:1794 in North Carolina
Drusilla Musick b: 1793 in Kentucky
Married: about 1813 in St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri History: St. Louis, Missouri: Henry Walton took up a bay horse on the road from St. Louis to St. Charles. Joseph Walton & Tincher Trusty valued the horse at $25. November 23, 1816 (JP) Thomas Musick.
1830 census Joseph Walton living in San Ferdinand, St. Louis, Missouri
1840 census Joseph Walton Living in Pulaski County, Missouri
1850 census Joseph Walton 56 born North Carolina & Drusilla 57 born Kentucky, living in Texas County, Missouri
1860 census Joseph Walton 65 born North Carolina & Drusilla 66 born Kentucky, living in Texas County, Missouri.
The first known Walton's in Texas County and or Pulaski County, Missouri was Joseph Walton & William Walton's children. From Pioneer History of Texas
County Washington Walton purchased a Sawmill from Truesdale in 1828.
Information was recorded in Mary Walton's (mother of Joseph & William) will probated 1838 in St. Louis, Missouri that Joseph & William's children were living in Pulaski County, Mo. Texas County, was not formed until 1846.
Joseph Walton was the first Representative of Texas County serving from 1846-1848. Information from Missouri State Achieves.
Joseph Walton was a farmer with business interests in south-central Missouri's lumber production. He became one of Texas County's first state legislators. Joseph and his wife, Drusilla (Musick), had seven children.
Joseph was born 1794, eighth son and youngest of eleven children of Revolutionary War soldier William Walton and his wife, Mary Hunt, formerly
of Virginia. The boy, his brothers and sisters grew up and were educated at home and in primitive schools of the time in Virginia, North Carolina,
Kentucky and Missouri Territory.
Early in the nineteenth century, the Walton family settled in a rural area of northwest of St. Louis, former capital of Spanish Upper Louisiana.
President Thomas Jefferson's 1804 Louisiana Purchase and touched off a tidal wave of American migrants, sweeping across the Mississippi River to seek new beginnings in a place where abundant open land was to be had at reasonable prices.
Joseph Walton was married about 1813, to Drusilla Musick, daughter of reverend Thomas Roy Musick and his wife, Polly Neville, then residing in
Barren County, Kentucky. Drusilla's father, a preacher, has been credited with founding Fee Fee Church-first Baptist church west of the Mississippi.
Drusilla and Joseph's children, Mary Hunt Walton, Lewis Hunt Walton and David Hawkins Walton , William, Caroline, Joseph Alexander and Francis Marion were born were born in St. Ferdinand Township of St. Louis County and came to what ultimately became Texas County.
Whether others accompanied them at this time or at another time, some played significant roles in their move West.
Washington G. Walton and his sister, Mary, nephew and niece of Joseph, were among those others. They were the children of Joseph's deceased older brother, William Walton Jr. and his wife, Nancy Griffith. In 1828, Washington purchased Truesdale's pioneer sawmill, seven miles north of
Houston in what became Texas County.
Mary Walton, usually called "Polly" was married at Fee Fee Baptist Church by Reverend Musick on September 18, 1827 to Wilson A. Bell, an ambitious and accomplished young man who would establish a landmark sawmill in virgin forest of the Ozark foothills.
Three other nieces of Joseph Walton, daughters of his youngest sister, the late Elizabeth (Walton) Lunsford, were in Gasconade County. They were
Narcissa Lunsford, wife of Archibald McDonald; John Baldridge's wife, Mary, and Malinda Lunsford, who was married on March 13, 1825 to Colonel Daniel Waldo. When Gasconade was formed, November 25, 1820, Waldo became its first sheriff. For nearly eight years thereafter, court sessions were held in the Waldo home at Hermann, Missouri. In 1836 Narcissa and Archibald McDonald entered an 80-acre tract in Pulaski County. McDonald, however, died just three years later. Executor & Administratrix was his widow, Narcissa. They had six children, James, Elizabeth Harbison, Margaret, Archibald, Malinda and Samuel P. McDonald, all of Pulaski County (1844). Baldridge's sawmill was six miles below the one bought by Washington Walton from a pioneer named Truesdale. Baldridge sold it in the 30's and moved on.
Joseph Walton's family may have been living in Franklin or Crawford County as creation of Missouri's counties continued after achieving statehood.
(Pulaski County was formed January 19, 1833, from Crawford. A group of Walton's settled in the area two or three years later. A couple of David
Walton's children were born there or in Wright County, created in 1841, before organization of Texas County, February 13, 1845, from Wright and
Shannon Counties. The new jurisdiction was to be called Ashley but was changed to Texas before final approval. The Courthouse at Houston, seat of
Texas County, burned in 1903 with all records, except Probate matters. There have been efforts to reconstruct some records. -REP)
The region's topography consisted of rolling hills and shallow valleys blanketed with virgin forests of pine and oak trees against a background on
the horizon of the sharp peaks of the Ozark Mountains.
The Walton's lost no time in locating home sites.
On December 23, 1833 (MoLDO, Jackson 2:178:22; US-GLO, Patent Cert.#1717), Joseph Walton appeared at the land District Office at Jackson (Cape Girardeau County). He paid $50 for 40 acres ($1.25 per acre) northeast of Arthur's Creek, in Section 6 of Roubidoux Township (Township 31 North Range 9 West) Arthur's Creek is a tributary of Piney River.
Earlier, on October 14th (MoLDO), Jackson 2:177:15; US-GLO, Patent Cert. #1642), Joseph's oldest son, Lewis Walton, acquired 40 acres of his own in Section 4 of the same township.
Joseph's son, David, however, was to young-at 14 years of age-to be buying land.
On December 10, 1836 (Pulaski Deeds H: 356-358), Wilson A. Bell purchased properties of both Joseph and Lewis H. Walton for the site of his sawmill. Pristine forests of the area supplied pine and other varieties of timber which the mill converted into lumber. In June, 1841 (MoLDO, Jackson, 6:437:5; Us-GLO, Patent Cert. #8177, Wilson doubled size of his property by buying more than 80 acres in Section 15 of the same township. At the time, Bell was considering sale of the Walton's previous interest to one John E.N. Williams.
These pine woods, covering rolling hills and shallow valleys of the Piney River valley, had been known to Spanish explorers and French hunters and
trappers for half-a-century. It was not, however, until America ingenuity and capital came along to develop the lumber industry in the region.
At one time, Texas County could boast of having ten sawmills within its boundaries. Timber, logging and milling of lumber into a marketable product
became a way of life. It was almost inevitable that neat lumber would become an ingredient of bartering, a substitute for lack of real money in the
The operator of the sawmill, 41 year old Wislon Bell died suddenly December 7, 1841. He was survived by his 35 year old wife, Polly, and five children, George, Lewis, Mary Ann, Warren and Roseltha Irvine Bell. Administration of the Bell estate took years as succeeding counties, Wright and Texas, took up the process (Missouri Republican, March 4, 1842; Jefferson City Inquirer, February 23, 1843)
A year or so later, Bell's widow was married to John Stephens. On November 29, 1844 (Texas Deeds A:17), she was referred to as "Mary Stephens" by her mother, Nancy (Griffin) Walton, who was residing in Texas County. Mrs. Walton deeded her slave boy, Dave, to heirs of Wilson Bell.
Joseph Walton and his son, David-now 25 years of age, witnessed the conveyance, which was the only time David's name appeared in a deed of
Joseph Walton and his son replaced their former lands with new entries. In the fall of 1837, Lewis Walton bought another 40 acres in Section 32 of
T32NR11W (MoLDO, Jackson 3:492:12)
While his father acquired another 40 acres in Section 9, T31NR9W (MoLDO, Jackson 3:498:12; US-GLO, Patent Cert. # 2658).
Meantime, Joseph Walton helped to settle Bell's estate. He and his wife, Drusilla, provided documents verifying sale of mill property to John
Williams (Texas County Deeds H: 356-358).
Joseph Walton was elected to represent Texas County in the Missouri legislature, soon after organization of the county. He served from 1846 to
1848, when he was succeeded by C.H. Frost, who had been Recorder of Deeds in the new county.
Virtually every young man in the community worked for a sawmill at one time or another. After replacing their original entries, however, the Bells and Walton's turned to farming.
By mid-century, three of Joseph and Drusilla's five sons, Lewis, David and William, were married.
Walton's own household included his wife, Drusilla, their 17 year old daughter, Caroline; son William Walton with his 20 year old wife, Matilda,
and the young couple's three month old son, James. 1860 census Texas county Lewis Hunt Walton (named for his grandmothers family) was born in 1814.
As a young man, he moved west with his family and was married about 1835 at Waynesville, seat of newly established Pulaski County. A farmer, he and his wife, Louisa, had three children, George, born 1836; Ellen (1843) and Mary Louisa (1846) (Texas County Census 1840:210:15 & 1850:1b [#17]: 36-40).
Lewis Walton died in January 1856, at his home near Plato, across the road from his parent's house in Roubidoux Township. On January 14th (Texas County Deeds 8:15-16), Widow Louisa Walton purchased William Moore's 40-acre land entry in Section 31, Township 32 North Range 11 West (US-GLO, Patent (#10429). Two years later, she sold this land to Z.M.P. Burkhart for $ 300. Only two teenage daughters remained home with their mother in 1860 Texas County Census . From a document found at the Missouri State Archieves Lewis married Eliza Burkhart daughter of Joshua & Nancy (McDonald) Burkhart.
David H. Walton, a sawmill worker and farmer, and his wife, Susanna "Annie" (Knight), had eight children, Martha, Joseph, Caroline, John, Nancy, Mary, Louisa Roseltha, who was born April 24, 1857, and Franz Siegel Walton.
Annie's father, Jonathan Knight (Texas County Census 1850: lived nearby with other members of his family. Annie had another son Francis Marion Walton born 1869.
1.. Martha Drusilla WALTON b: 1842 in Texas County, Missouri
2.. Joseph T. WALTON b: 23 Dec 1846 in Waynesville, Pulaski County, Missouri
3.. Caroline WALTON b: 1846 in Texas County, Missouri
4.. John David WALTON b: March 20, 1849 in Texas County, Missouri
5.. Nancy WALTON b: August 22, 1851 in Texas County, Missouri
6.. Mary Ann WALTON b: April 16, 1854 in Texas County, Missouri
7.. Louisa Roseltha WALTON b: April 24, 1857 in Turley, Texas County, Missouri
8.. Franz Siegle WALTON b: April 2, 1862 in Turley, Texas County, Missouri
9.. Francis Marion WALTON b: 8 Feb 1869 in Turley, Texas County, Missouri
Joseph Alexander & Francis Marion Walton (Texas County Census 1850: Listed in census as Alexander & Marian.
Drusilla and Joseph's youngest sons, as well as the late Washington Walton's sons, Wilson and William (Texas County Census 1850: were working as laborers at the sawmill and boarding on mill property.
Joseph Alexander also later became a farmer. Joseph married Elizabeth Smith 1st in Texas County, Missouri and she died in childbirth near Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
He married 2nd November 15, 1855 by Jas. A. McDonald in Texas County, Missouri, and he and his wife, Elizabeth Caroline Harbison .
Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records
Joseph & James Walton Texas County, Missouri
Patentee Name, State, County, Issue Date, Land Office , Doc. Nr. Accession/ Serial Nr.
-WALTON, JOSEPH, MO, Texas, 12/30/1835, Jackson, 1717 MO0600__.123
-WALTON, JOSEPH, MO, Texas, 1/20/1837, Jackson, 2658 MO0610__.334
-WALTON, JAMES H, MO, Texas, 11/7/1837, Jackson, 4171, MO3440__.274
-WALTON, JAMES H., MO, Texas, 8/1/1838, Jackson, 5519 MO3470__.059
-WALTON, LEWIS H, MO, Texas, 1/9/1841, Springfield, 12 MO5150__.006
-WALTON, LEWIS H, MO, Texas, 12/30/1835, Jackson, 1642 MO0600__.051
-WALTON, LOUISA, MO, Texas, 6/1/1860, Springfield, 28386 MO5690__.489
Joseph & Drusilla Walton - Grantor
R.Y. Smily - Grantee
Texas County, Missouri - Index of Deeds
Book B page 139
September 8, 1854
This? witnesseth that Joseph Walton of Texas County and State of Missouri do hereby for and in consideration for the sum of Fifty Dollars bargained and sold to R.Y. Smily all my right title claim and interest in and to a certain tract as found of land lying in Texas County State of Mo. The North East quarter, North West quarter Section No. 9 Township No. 31 North Range No. 9 West, also a part or section of the South East quarter of South West Section No. 4 Township No. 31 North Range No. nine West all that part or partian of the above named tracts as asparres of land lying South of Arthur Creek, we Joseph Walton and Drusilla Walton his wife do sell our rights, title claim and interest to said name R.Y. Smily of the above named tracts as parcel of land.
In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seal This 8th day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty -four Joseph Walton
September the 8th 1857 This day humbly appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peace
Joseph Walton and Drusilla Walton known to he the persons who have assigned to the above deed and acknowledged the above to be their act & deed-
Joseph Walton - Grantor
James Walton- Grantee
Texas County Missouri -Index of Deeds
Book A Page 73
June 16, 1847
Know all men by these present that I Joseph Walton of Texas County and State of Missouri, for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars paid in hand the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged do bargain grant sea and convey to James Walton of the county of St. Louis and state afore said all my right title and claim to all lands deeded to me by James Lynn and wife lying in the county of Texas and state aforescuor, situation at the mouth of Arthur's Creek, to the said James Walton his heirs & ?
In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 16th June, 1847
Joseph Walton (Seal)
File a 16th June 1847
Recorded 30th June 1847
J.R. Garover Clk.
Joseph Walton - Grantor
John E.N. Williams - Grantee
Texas County, Missouri - Index of Deeds
August 10, 1843
Book H page 356, 357 & 358
Know all men by these present that whereas Wilson A. Bell on the 10th day of December A.D. 1836 purchased from Joseph Walton all that portion of the North East quarter of the North West quarter of Section No. Nine (9) Township Thirty-one (31) North Range Nine (9) West which entered by the said Joseph Walton at the Land office at Jackson Missouri as shown by receiving receipt dated the 18th day of January 1836, No. Twenty-six hundred and fifty-eight (2658) and the South East quarter of Section No. four (4) Township thirty-one (31) North No. Range Nine (9) which was entered by Lewis Hunt Walton at the Land office at Jackson, Missouri as shown by receivers receipt dated October the 14th, 1833, No. Sixteen hundred and Forty two (1642) and which was duly conveyed to, and the proper right-vested in the said Joseph Walton by the said Lewis H. Walton before the above date hereof lying and being North East of Arthur's Creek. And whereas the said Joseph Walton excended and delivered to the said Wilson A. Bell a bond to make him the said Bell, his heirs executes, administrators, or assignees, a right thereto when the purchase money for the same should be fully paid, bearing date the 10th, day of December A.D. 1836, And the said Joseph Walton having received the full payment therefore from the said Wilson A. Bell, who deceased on or about the 7th day of December A.D. 1841 in and during the said Bells life time, and never having completed the right-to the said Wilson A. Bell in and to the promises before described during his the said Bells lifetime. And whereas the said Wilson A. Bell sold said before described promises unto John E.N. Williams, as appears from a bond executed by the said Bell bearing date the fifteenth day of May A.D. 1840, the said Williams binding him the said Bell his heirs, executioner, Administrators to make him the said John E.N. Williams a good and sufficient right- thereto when the payment of the purchase money therefore was fully completed & sufficiently accrued the provisions of which said bond, was not complied within and during the life of the said Bell. And whereas the said John E.N.Williams filed his petition as the law directs in the Wright County Court praying that the conflict before mentioned, between the said Bell (now deceased) and Williams might be executed, specifically, and the said Court having considered, that said contract aught to be as executed, hath ordered adjnyed and decreed that the said Joseph Walton make excente and deliver unto the said John E.N.Williams a deed to end for the promises aforesaid in full discharge of the bond aforemind between the said Walton and Bell deceased, owing to infants, married women, persons of unsound mind and persons absent from the Minted States the term of five years after this disabilities are removed to appear and file this bill in chemcery to set aside said order for friend or otherwise and Drusilla Walton his wife. Now therefore I Joseph Walton of the County of Wright and State of Missouri in full discharge of the bond aforesaid between myself and the said Wilson A. Bell deceased, and for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred & fifty Dollars to me paid by the said Bell during his life time it being the purchase money for the premises herein and before mentioned and described the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge and also in compliance with the order of the Wright County Court aforesaid, hath granted, released, assigned set over and confirmed, and doth by then presents, grant, release, assign, set over convey and confirm unto John E.N. Williams of the County and State aforesaid his heirs executors, administrators or assigns all and singular all the right-title claim and interest, which I now have or may hereafter had and to all that portion of the North East quarter of the North West quarter of the section No. Nine (9) and the South East quarter of the South West quarter of the Section No. four (4) Township thirty-one (32) North Range Nine (9) west lying and being North East of Arthur's Creek, to have and to hold unto him the said John E.N. Williams, his heirs executors administrators or assigns to and for his and their own propose and behoof and benefit forever. And I the said Joseph Walton and Drusilla Walton his wife doth for our selves our heirs executors and administrators or assigns covenant to and with the said John E.N. Williams his heirs executors administrators or assigns, that until the unsealing and delivery of this presents that we were possessed of a good and indefeasible right on fee-simple on and to the premises aforesaid, that we have good right to all and dispose of the same as aforesaid, that the same is free from all in cumbrances except as herein before stated, and that we will and they have forever warrant and defend the same unto him the said John E.N. Williams his heirs and legal representatives against the claim or claims of ourselves our heirs and all or any person or persons whom-soever, and I the said Drusilla Walton wife of the said Joseph doth here for and in consideration of the other facts herein stated relinquish assign and set over to the said Williams, all my right of dower in and to the premises aforesaid, In testimony whereof I the said Joseph Walton and Drusilla Walton his wife have hereto set our hands & seals this 10th day of August A.D. 1843
Joseph Walton (seal)
Drusilla X Walton (seal) Her Mark
Test J.N. B. Dodson
State of Missouri County of Wright
Be it remembered that on this 25th day of August A.D. 1843 before me H.H. Wilcox an acting Justice of the Peace within and for Brown Township in the County of Wright & State aforesaid came Joseph Walton and his wife who are personally known to me to be the persons whose names are above subscribed to the fore going deed as having executed the same, and acknowledged the said deed or instrument to be their act and deed for the purposes there in mentioned. And Drusilla wife of the said Joseph Walton was by me made acquainted with the conditions and provisions of the fore going deed, and was by me examined separate and apart from her husband, who acknowledged the excess of the same above deed or instrument to be her act and deed without any fear or corrosion from her husband for the purposes therein mentioned and relinquishes her right of dower in the lands and tenements-lte in mentioned, given under my hand the date above written.
H.H. Wilcox J.P.
August. 17th 1874
Filed for record at 10 Clock AM
JS Steffens Clerk
Joseph Walton - Grantor
C.H. Frost - Grantee
September 7, 1847
Texas County, Missouri - Index of Deeds
Book A page 75-76
This indenture made and entered into by and between Joseph Walton, administrator of the estate of John Baldridge, deceased, of the first part
and, (unable to make out), of the second part all of the county of Texas and State of Missouri, witnesses that where as the said John Baldridge deceased, died possessed of certain real estate lying and being in said county of Texas and hereafter described and where as an order was made by the county court of Texas county at its March term Ad 1847for the sale of said real estate, according to law, and whereas the Joseph Walton administrator as aforesaid did cause the notice required by law to be published in a newspaper printed in this state, to wit, the Springfield Advertiser for the space of six weeks and now and whereas, the said administrator did cause the said real estate to be appraised by three disinterested householders, residents of said county on the 26th day of June AD 1847 and whereas the said Joseph Walton at the June term of the Texas county court 1847 was by said court authorized to sell said real estate at private sale, after the same being duly appraised at not less than two-thirds of its appraised value and which said real estate was appraised to be the value of three hundred dollars by said appraisers therefore this indenture witnesseth that I , Joseph Walton administrator of the estate of the said John Baldridge deceased for and in consideration of the sum of Two Hundred dollars to me in hand paid by the said Cyrus H. Frost party of the second part to these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and confessed, have granted, bargained and sold and by these presents do hereby grant bargain and sell unto the said Cyrus H. Frost and his heirs the following real estate lying and being in the county of Texas and described as following to wit, one hundred and eighty three and 20/100 acres, in township 32 in range 8 west, being and lying in the Licking settlement in said county containing one hundred and eighty three and 20/100 acres more or less.
To have and to hold the above described premises unto him the said C.H.Frost, his heirs and assignees together with all the temento and
appertences there unto belonging or otherwise appertaining forever. And I do freely for the said John Baldridge deceased transfer assign over unto the C.H. Frost all rights, all interest, which the said John Baldridge deceased had in and to said above described premises free from the claim or claims of all and every person or persons claiming said real estate by through or under him the said John Baldridge deceased.
In testimony where of I the said Joseph Walton administrator as afford said of the estate of John Baldridge deceased have hereinto set my hand and seal this seventh day of September AD 1847.
Sig: Joseph Walton
Administrator of the estate of John Baldridge deceased
Certified by the county clerk of Texas County Court 7th day of September AD 1847
Texas County , Missouri Court Record on file at the Houston, Texas County, Missouri courthouse:
Joseph Walton- Grantor James Walton- Grantee Texas County, Mo.
-Index of Deeds Book A Page 73 June 16, 1847
Know all men by these present that I, Joseph Walton of Texas County and State of Missouri, for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars said in hand the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged do bargain, grant,sea and convey to James Walton of the county of St. Louis and State afore said all my right title and claim to all lands deeded to me by James Lynn and wife lying in the county of Texas and State oforescuor, situation at the mouth of Arthurs Creek, to the said James Walton , his heirs & ?. In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 16th June, 1847.
Joseph Walton (seal) Cortnip: John Stephens
File a 16th June 1847 Recorded 30th June 1847 J.R.Garover Clk.
** Note** Cortnip: John Stephens married Mary (Walton) Bell daughter of William R. & Nancy (Griffith) Walton.
1.. Lewis Hunt WALTON born 1814 in St. Louis, Missouri died between 1850-1860 in Texas County, Missouri.
Married: Eliza Burckhartt (from the probate record in St. Louis, Missouri) Census records list her as Louise
2. David H. Walton b: 1819 in St. Louis, Missouri died December 23, 1861 in Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri.
Married: Susanna (Annie) KNIGHT born February 2, 1826 in Kentucky Married: March 17, 1841 in Wright County, Missouri
marriage performed by Presley Martin an Ordained Minister.
Annie married second: John G. Hawkins & was married only a month when he died.
3. Mary Hunt Walton born February 16, 1823 in St. Louis, Missouri Death: 1853 in Missouri
Marriage: Selman Hobbs BURCKHARTT b: March 29, 1813 in Near St. Louis,
Missouri Married: March 29, 1839 in Missouri
4.William Walton born 1828 in Missouri
5. Joseph Alexander Walton born 1831 in Missouri
Marriage: Caroline HARBISON Married: November 15, 1855 in Texas
County, Missouri by Jas. A. McDonald J.P. Recorded by: C.H. Frost
6. Caroline Walton born 1833 in Missouri
7. Francis Marion Walton born 1834 in Missouri
Court Record: Texas County, Missouri Texas County Appraisers January 10, 1859
The undersigned D.H. Walton & Francis M. Walton appraisers, appointed & sworn, justly, fairly and impartially certain hogs taken up as strays of
Matthew Shepard of Roubidoux township in Texas County, certify that we have visited the said strays and find them to be eight hogs of the following
1- a white sow with a black list around his mark in the right ear with an-half crop and a crop & split and under bit off the left ear. She has 6
pigs not marked.
1- black barrow with the same mark as the sow and do appraise strays at the sum of six dollars given under our hands this 10th day of January 1859.
David H. Walton Francis M. Walton
Subscribed & sworn on the 10th day of Jan. 1859
Jam. A. McDonald J.P.
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