Creator: Walton family.
Collection number: 1437
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Abstract: Members of the Walton family included William Walton (fl. 1811- 1855), who emigrated from South Carolina to western Alabama ca. 1820. As of 1836, Walton and his wife, Justina (fl. 1836-1866) were living at Stawberry Hill Plantation near Forkland, Greene County, Ala., where they chiefly planted cotton. Their daughter, Justina, married James Daniel Webb (1818-1863) around 1853. Other family members occasionally lived in Eutaw, Ala. The collection is chiefly family correspondence and financial and legal papers, 1850s to 1870s, relating to Walton family members. Included are many letters exchanged between staff officer James Daniel Webb of the 5th Alabama Regiment, May 1861-Mary 1862, serving in Florida and Virginia, and as lieutenant colonel with the 51st Alabama Regiment in Tennessee, November 1862-July 1863, and his wife Justina S. (Walton) Webb. Financial papers include an account book, 1834-1835, about buying goods and selling cotton through commission merchants at Mobile, Ala., by way of the Tombigbee River, and later items that reflect Justina L. Walton’s management of the family finances, including running Stawberry Hill, after her husband’s death around 1855. There are, however, few items relating directly to plantation management or to the more than 100 slaves the Walton’s owned. Other items include maps, ca. 1820s, and legal papers related to land purchases in western Alabama; accounts for building a house, 1804; and an 1868 almanac with brief annotations.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection