1736 - 1807
John's signature at the time of his secod marriage in 1787 (18)
|1st Wife||Margaret Swindell|
|2nd Wife||Sarah Woodroof|
|Children||Richard, John, Susannah, Jane, Nancy, Joseph, Margaret, James, Margaret, Susannah, Grace, Ann, Sarah|
John was born in Tideswell in 1736 (1), the eldest son of John and Jane. He had an older sister named Alice, and younger siblings Richard, Jane, William, Sarah, Mary, Barbara, Ann, James and Susannah. (2).
He married Margaret Swindell at St John the Baptist's in Tideswell on 1st September 1756 (3), and their eldest son Richard was born the following spring (4). Their next son was John, born in 1759 (5), then came a daughter Susannah in 1762 (6), but she died two years later (7). Two more daughters followed - Jane in 1765 (8), then Nancy in 1769 (9).
Following the death of his mother in 1772 (10), he had a son Joseph in 1773 (11), then a daughter Margaret in 1776 (12) (who died age one (13)), and finally a son James in 1779 (14).
His father died in 1781 (15), leaving his house and property to John's second son, John. John junior was to pay his father twenty pounds out of the estate (16).
His wife Margaret died in 1786 (17). The following year, fifty year old John then started all over again, marrying Sarah Woodroof (18), about 18 years his junior (19). They had a daughter Margaret just four months later (20), followed by Susannah in 1789 (21), Grace in 1790 (22), Ann in 1792 (23), and finally Sarah in 1797 (24) when John was over 60!
His daughter Grace died in 1802 (25). Probably sensing his own impending demise, John made his will in the summer of 1806, leaving everything to his wife (26). However he lived for well over another year, dying just before Christmas 1807 (28). His widow Sarah lived for another 11 years (29).
Brief details of his children:
|The Marriage was solemnized between Us|
|In the Presence of||Thos Nall|
|One dark Colored Chinee Goon||Four White Do|
|One Light Colord Do||Six [lased Caps]|
|One Striped Do||four pair Shoes|
|One Damask Do||Two pair Russles|
|One Black [Bumb...] Do||One pair [stuff] shoes|
|One Plad Do||One pair leather Clogs|
|One Black Do||Six pair of Mitts|
|One Black Quilt Do||One Silk Hat|
|One Shag Do|
|One White Do||One Bonnet|
|One Buff Do||One pair White silk Stockings|
|One pair Thred Do|
|One Brigg & fur Peticoat||One pair Garnet neck lace|
|two Pair of stays||One pair White Do|
|One Scarlet Cloak||Two pair Silver Buttons|
|One Black Silk Do||One pair plated Buckles|
|One White Do||One pair leather shoes|
|4 White [aparns]|
|One Black silk Do|
|Two Colord Silk Hankerchifs|
|one Black Do|
|The Marriage was solemnized between Us||John Walton|
|Sarah Woodroof X her mark|
|In the Presence of||Samuell Robinson|
|Sarah Walton, Widow||Tideswell||Sepr 1st