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Collection Number: 00748

Collection Title: Thomas George Walton Papers, 1779-1897.

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract The collection includes family correspondence, 1830s to 1890s, deeds, indentures, and other papers of Thomas George Walton, his wife Eliza Murphy Walton, and other members of the Walton and Murphy families, all of Morganton, Burke County, N.C. Included are letters from John H. Murphy, student at the University of North Carolina, 1843-1847; correspondence between Thomas George Walton and Eliza Murphy Walton while he was serving with the Confederate Army in Virginia and Tennessee; earlier land grants, deeds, and family letters; postwar correspondence of Walton concerning law and politics; and a typed transcription of his historical sketch of Burke County, N.C., containing biographies of early pioneers. Correspondents include Tod R. Caldwell, Kemp P. Battle, and Bishop Theodore B. Lyman.
Creator Walton, Thomas George, 1815-1905.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thomas George Walton Papers #748, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm.
Additional microfilm: All or part of this collection is also available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William C. Ervin before 1940.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Thomas George Walton (1815-1905) was the son of Thomas Walton, a Morganton, N.C., merchant. He married Eliza Murphy (1820-1886), daughter of John Hugh Murphy and Margaret Avery Murphy of Willow Hill Plantation, Burke County, N.C. For several years, he also served as the guardian of his wife's younger siblings, the grandchildren of Captain James Murphy.

Thomas George Walton was appointed president of the board of directors of the Morganton Branch of the Bank of North Carolina in 1859. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army in Virginia and Tennessee. Hw was appointed vice president of the North Carolina Agricultural Society in 1871, director for the Eastern Division of the Western North Carolina Rail Road in 1873, and trustee of the State Hospital for the Insane in 1897.

Lucy Walton, daughter of Thomas George and Eliza Murphy Walton, married Rev. Neilson Falls.

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Family correspondence, 1830s to 1890s, deeds, indentures, and other papers of Thomas George Walton, his wife, Eliza Murphy Walton, and other members of the Walton and Murphy families, all of Morganton, Burke County, N.C., Included are letters from John H. Murphy, student at the University of North Carolina, 1843-1847; correspondence between Thomas George Walton and Eliza Murphy Walton while he was serving with the Confederate Army in Virginia and Tennessee; earlier land grants, deeds, and family letters; postwar correspondence of Walton concerning law and politics; and a typed transcription of his historical sketch of Burke County, N.C., containing biographies of early pioneers. Correspondents include Tod R. Caldwell, Kemp P. Battle, and Bishop Theodore B. Lyman.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860.

About 240 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Deeds, indentures, and family letters of Thomas George Walton of Morganton, N.C., his wife Eliza Murphy Walton, and other members of the Murphy and Walton families. Early papers, 1779-1833, consist of deeds, records of land surveyed, land grants from the state of North Carolina, and other papers concerning property in Burke County. Most of these papers pertain to Captain James Murphy, grandfather of Eliza Murphy Walton.

Letters consist of those written to Eliza Murphy while a student in Pittsboro, N.C., mostly from her mother, Margaret S. Collett, and stepfather, John Collett; correspondence between Eliza Murphy and her sister Lauretta, who married Alexander F. Gaston; letters, 1843-1847, from John H. Murphy at the University of North Carolina; correspondence among Eliza Murphy Walton, Thomas George Walton, and his sister Harriet, mostly concerning family news, the health of family members, and local events; and a few letters about state politics, 1859, to Thomas George Walton from Tod R. Caldwell, then serving in the state legislature.

Folder 1

1779-1797 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 1

Folder 2

1798-1805 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 2

Folder 3

1806-1814 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 3

Folder 4

1815-1818 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 4

Folder 5

1820-1824 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 5

Folder 6

1825-1833 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 6

Folder 7

1834-1835 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 7

Folder 8a

1836-1840 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 8a

Folder 8b

1841-1843 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 8b

Folder 9

1844-1847 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 9

Folder 10

1848-1853 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 10

Folder 11

1854-1858 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 11

Folder 12

1859-1860 #00748, Series: "1. Murphy Family and Thomas George Walton, 1779-1860." Folder 12

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About 260 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Postwar papers of Thomas George Walton and his children. Correspondence consists mostly of business letters of Walton, his sons John M. "Jock", George, and E. S., and his son-in-law Neilson Falls, the husband of Walton's daughter Lucy. There are a few family letters from Walton's sons to their father and to each other; routine letters from Kemp P. Battle, concerning the preparation of a biographical sketch of Governor Tod R. Caldwell; many business letters addressed to Thomas George Walton from various merchants; and letters to Neilson Falls from Theodore B. Lyman, Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina.

Other papers include certificates appointing Thomas George Walton vice president of the North Carolina Agricultural Society, 1871; director for the Eastern Division of the Western North Carolina Rail Road, 1873; and trustee of the State Hospital for the Insane, 1897.

Volumes are an account book, 1868-1869, of Thomas George Walton, and a typed copy of "Sketches of the Pioneers in Burke County History," Walton's reminiscences, prepared in 1893 for the Morganton Herald.

Folder 13

1861 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1862 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1863-1867 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1868-1872 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1873-1876 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1877-1880 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1881-1883 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1884-1891 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1892-1897 #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

Undated #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 22-23

Folder 24

Volume 1: Thomas George Walton account book. #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 2: "Sketches of the Pioneers in Burke County History" #00748, Series: "2. Walton Family, 1861-1897 and undated." Folder 25

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Processing Information

Processed by: Rebecca Hollingsworth, October 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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