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Accession Number: 84-012


Burgess-Walton family fonds. -- 1819-1970. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- 2 albums. -- 2 drawings ; charcoal.

Biography / History

Joseph Walton (1772-1826) was the first settler of the Walton family to settle in Smith Township, Peterborough County in 1819. He married Hannah Stuart (1772-1861) and they had seven children: John (1797-1881), Nancy, Joseph (1913-1900), William (1814-), Matthew (1817-1902), Jacob (1820-1865) and Robert (1823-1904). The family farmed in Smith Township and eventually spread out across Canada and the United States. Verna Burgess is the granddaughter of Joseph Walton who married Sarah Jane Chalmers (1821-1875). Their daughter Emma (1861-1946) married Dr. Francis John Burgess (1861-1945), a general practitioner and pharmacist in Lakefield, Ontario, and they had four daughters: Lelia, Verna, Doris, and Helen. Verna became a high school Department Head and she sat on the committee (as representative of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation) to examine the need to have a non-sectarian degree-granting college, which would eventually become Trent University.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by the Walton family and in the family's custody until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of photographs, two charcoal portraits, land documents, family bible and biographical sketches of Lakefield, Ontario. It also includes information on the Joseph Walton family of Smith Township. The bible contains genealogical information and is a "Cottage" Bible stamped with name of Joseph and S.J. Walton.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Verna Burgess (great granddaughter of Joseph Walton) via M. Heidemann.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located in the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

2 charcoal drawings are located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 29. 

Finding Aid

Box 1



Funeral notices for Joseph Walton, Annie Walton, Hannah Walton, Joseph C. Walton, Sarah Jane Walton and Jane Hall Walton.

Biographical material relating to the Waltons.

Military appointment papers of Joseph Walton, 1842.

Papers advancing Joseph Walton to the rank of captain of 1st Battalion of Peterborough militia, 1848.

Appointment of Capt. Joseph Walton to captain of 5th Battalion of Peterborough militia, 1858.

Wedding invitation of Emma Walton - Frank Burgess, 1893.

Mortgage indenture Sawers-Hazlehurst, Lot 9, Con 1, Smith Township.

Indenture of mortgage between Allen Otty and Andrew Otty.

Land grant issued to Allen Otty, Lot 10, Con 1 Township of Smith, October 14, 1819.

Defunct copper mine shares.

2: "The Walton Story", a typescript copy of a biography of the Waltons in Upper Canada

3: 2 rough drafts and final typescript of "Lakefield's Yesterdays" by Verna Burgess (published as a chapter in Peterborough: Land of Shining Waters, 1966)

4: Miscellaneous research notes on the history of Lakefield collected by Verna Burgess

5: Notes regarding Katchewanooka Herald

6:  Newspaper clippings - 3 copies of the Lakefield News, 1895, 1900.

Loose Items - 2 photograph albums. Many pictures of the Walton and Sawers families - broken seal from the Otty land grant

Loose on shelf

"Cottage" Bible

Large Materials Cabinet: Drawer 29

2 large black and white photographs, unidentified.

Genealogical Information from the Bible:


Annie Walton born Oct 17th. 1843.

Joseph C. Walton born May 19th 1845.

Hannah Walton born Sept. 7th 1847.

Matilda Walton born Nov. 22nd 1849.

Sarah Jane Walton born Apr 15th 1852.

George Walton born June 21 1854.

Bethany Walton born Aug. 26th 1856.

James Walton born Dec. 13th 1858.

Robert Walton born Dec. 13th 1858.

Emma Walton born Jan 11th 1861.

William A. Walton born Feb 21st 1863.

Nancy Walton born Nov 5th 1865.


Nancy Walton died Nov 24th 1865.

Joseph Walton died Jan 6th 1872.

Hannah Walton died Dec 26th 1872.

Annie Walton died June 6th 1876.

Parents Register

Father: Joseph Walton a native of Cumberland England. Born Feb 11 1812. Came to Canada 1818. Married Dec. 6 1840. Died Apr 6 1900.

Mother: Sarah Jane Chalmers a native of Edinburgh Scotland. Born Aug. 1, 1821. Came to Canada. Married Dec 6 1840. Died May 6 1875.


Annie Walton married July 5 1866.

James Walton married Jan 16 1895.

Emma Walton married Oct 3rd 1893.