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George Walton, Jr.

Birthplace: Augusta, Richmond County, GA, United States
Death: January 03, 1863 (76)
Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, VA, United States
Place of Burial: Petersburg, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Walton, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and Dorothy Walton
Husband of Sally Minge Walton
Father of Octavia Celestia Valentine LeVert and Robert Walton
Brother of Thomas Camber Walton and Mary Louise Robertson

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About George Walton, Jr.

Son of George Walton Sr., signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Graduate of Princeton. Mayor of Mobile, Alabama, 1837-39. Governor of East-West Florida Territory, 1822 Secretary of the East-West Florida Territory, 1822-26.

Father of Madame Octavia Walton LeVert and Robert Watkins Walton of Mobile.

George Walton, Jr. served several terms in the Georgia General Assembly. He was practicing law in Augusta in 1821 when his wife's uncle, Senator Freeman Walker, recommended to the Secretary of State that George Walton be appointed secretary of the West Florida Territory. He received his commission from President Monroe on June 27, and was to serve under General Andrew Jackson, the appointed commissioner to receive the Floridas from Spain, and to serve as Governor of East and West Florida until a civil government could be established. He and his family moved to Pensacola, Florida, on August 5, 1821.

In 1835, the Waltons moved to Mobile. They lived on St. Anthony Street, at the corner of North Conception Street. George Walton and his wife Sally separated in 1849, at which time he moved to Washington.

Some references call him the Acting Governor of East and West Florida. Some references also give his date of death as Mar. 20, 1859, although his daughter Octavia recorded his death as Jan. 3, 1863.

Georgia's Signers And The Declaration of Independence" by Dr. Edwin C. Bridges (GA Dept of Archives & History); Dr. Harvey H. Jackson (Assoc Prof of History & Chairman Div. Social Sciences, Clayton Junior College); Kenneth H. Thomas (Historian for Historic Preservation Sec GA Dept of Natural Resources); and Dr. James H. Young (C. Howard Candler Prof of Am. Social History-Emory Univ.): "George Walton, Jr. (b.c. 1789-d. Jan 3, 1863) at Petersburg, VA., and is buried there in the city-owned Blanford Cemetery."

"Our Southern Cousins" by Virginia Sanders Mylius: "The Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg carries this record: 'George Walton, born Prince Edward County, died January 3, 1863, was interred in the N.E. corner of Mrs. M.B. Willison square.' The superintendent of the cemetery said that the cemetery records were destroyed at one time, and she was not able to find a square in the name of Mrs. M.B. Willison, consequently there is no way to determine the location of the grave or stone. Even Colonel Walton's meager burial record was incorrect. He was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1788, which would have made him seventy-five, and he was 'acting-governor.' "

A Walton Family Tree online listed his burial location within Blandford Cemetery as: Ward Unknown, Section Walton, Square Walton, Location East 1/2 NE Corner, Grave 1.

Mrs. M.B. Willison (Find A Grave Memorial# 27954256) is in Ward A-OG, Square 151, so apparently George Walton Jr. should be buried in the NE corner of that plot without a marker.

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George Walton, Jr.'s Timeline

August 15, 1786
Augusta, Richmond County, GA, United States
August 11, 1811
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA
January 3, 1863
Age 76
Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, VA, United States
Petersburg, VA, United States