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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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AMOS WALTON, a well-known farmer of Whitpain township, is the son of Eber and Anna (Shaw) Walton. He was born in the house in which he now lives, November 16, 1832, near Blue Bell. He attended the public school at Sandy Hill until his eighteenth year, after which he engaged in farming with his father and later became manager of the farm, and finally its owner. He married, January 28, 1858, Henrietta, daughter of Francis and Annie (Lebold) Vonderau. Their children are as follows: William Eber, born January 17, 1861, married Naomi, daughter of Henry and Susan (Smith) Moser, March 8, 1889; Francis Vonderau, born November 7, 1863, married Emma L., daughter of Edward and Mary Ann (Betzold) Wilkey, of Spring House, Pennsylvania, April 3, 1888; Emma Vonderau, born January 12, 1867, unmarried and resides with parents; Annie Vonderau,, born November 16, 1874, married Warren, son of Evan and Laura (Beck) Brooke, of Cold Point, September 21, 1899.

The children of William E. and Naomi Walton are: Herbert Moser, born December 3, 1889; Henrietta Vonderau, born August 4, 1890; Henry Moser, born January 27, 1892; Ellwood, born December 24, 1894; Flora Moser, born April 8, 1896; Grace Altamine, born October 22, 1898; Mabel Annie, born March 10, 1900; William, born May 24, 1901; and Ruth, born October 23, 1902.

The children of Francis V. and Emma L. Walton are: Amos B., born January 8, 1889; Edward B., born April 23, 1891, and Emma May.

The children of Warren and Annie V. Brooke are: Emma Walton, born April 5, 1901; and Marguerite, born October 1, 1902.

Eber Walton (father) was born near Quakertown, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, May 4, 1800. He was the son of Abraham Walton, also born in that locality a descendant of one of the early settlers. Abraham Walton (grandfather) removed with his family to Beaver county, Pennsylvania, in 1816, at the time when a tide of emigration was setting toward that part of the state. After he grew to manhood Eber Walton returned to Quakertown, and married, in 1823, Anna, daughter of Joseph Shaw, of that place, who was a member of a well-known family of Friends and a farmer. Soon after his marriage Eber Walton removed to Southampton township, Bucks county, where he established himself as a farmer. His next removal was to Plymouth township, Montgomery county, where he continued farming, and in 1830 he purchased the farm where his son now resides, which is known as “Walmere.” About 1835 Abraham Walton removed his family from Beaver county, Pennsylvania, to Mount Etna, Indiana, where some of his descendants are now living. The children of Eber and Anna (Shaw) Walton are: Joseph, born December 19, 1825, married in 1847, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Sarah (Childs) Conard, of Whitpain township; Mary, born in 1827, died in infancy; Israel, born in November, 1829, married Tacy, daughter of James and Sarah Conard; Amos, subject of this sketch; Mahlon, born in 1834, died in 1857.

Joseph Walton, after his marriage, with Elizabeth Conard, settled on a farm adjoining that of his father. Their children are: John and Sarah (twins), born in 1848, John marrying Margaret, daughter of Jonathan Ambler, of Maryland, and living at Quakertown.

Israel and Tacy (Conard) Walton have one son, Henry Conard, who was born in 1857, married Winifred, daughter of Ethan Weidner, of Whitpain township, they living in Philadelphia.

Since coming into possession of the homestead Amos Walton has managed it as a dairy and general farm, and has been very successful in his vocation. The Waltons for many generations have been members of the Society of Friends, attending Plymouth Preparative and Gwynedd Monthly Meetings. In politics Amos Walton is a Republican, as are all the family.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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