An American Family History

Joseph Walton

Presbyterians are Protestant Christians. The denomination originated in Scotland and congregations are ruled by elected elders. Presbyterian theology follows the Calvanist tradition and emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, and grace through faith in Christ.

Joseph Walton was born about 1700 in Manor of Moreland (now Upper Moreland Township), Philadelphia County (now Montgomery) County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Thomas Walton and Priscilla Hunn.

He married Mary Coney (Cony, Corry) on September 12, 1730 at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Abington Meeting minutes record Joseph as “sorry for offending Friends by marrying out of unity." They had at least one child, Ruth Walton Ruper (1732, married William Ruper).

He died about 1733. Letters in his estate were issued on April 18, 1733 to widow Mary of Bucks County. Bucks County Orphans court ordered sale to pay debts which were about 41 pounds above the assets for the support of the widow and minor child Ruth. Mary sold 50 acres on October 24, 1733 for 77 pounds 10 s which left a clear estate of 26 pounds. (From Byberry Waltons, p. 18)

The Manor of Moreland was composed of a tract of ten thousand acres, and was created, in 1682, by a grant from William Penn to Dr. Nicholas More. Most of the Manor was in Philadelphia County, but is now Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Children of Thomas Walton
and Priscilla Hunn
  • Thomas Walton, Jr.
  • Caleb Walton
  • John Walton
  • Joseph Walton
  • James Walton
  • Mary Walton
  • David Walton
  • Byberry is a township in the northeast corner of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The Walton brothers were early settlers. Moreland Township was just west of Byberry. When Montgomery County broke off in 1784, Moreland was divided into two townships, both called Moreland. In 1917 the Montgomery County Moreland split into Upper Moreland Township and Lower Moreland Township.


    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

    Leaves from a Century Plant: Report of the Centennial Celebration of Old Pine Street Church (Third Presbyterian), Philadelphia, Pa., May 29, 1868 by Richard Howe Allen, published by H. B. Ashmead, book and job printer, 1870

    In 1704 they built the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Market and Bank Streets. It was called the "Old Buttonwood," because of such trees of large dimensions about it. This building stood for about a hundred years and was rebuilt in Grecian style, and, finally, all was taken down in 1820 to make way for trade in that part of the city.

    The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

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