George Walton, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"

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George Walton

Birthplace: Farmville, Cumberland County, Virginia, United States
Death: February 02, 1804 (54)
College Hill, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, United States
Place of Burial: Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Biological son of Robert Walton, Jr. and Mary Walton
Foster son of John Hughes
Husband of Dorothy Walton
Father of Thomas Camber Walton; George Walton, Jr. and Mary Louise Robertson
Brother of John Walton; Sarah "Sally" Morris and Robert Walton, Ill
Half brother of Jesse Winfrey; Frances Winfrey; John Winfrey, Jr.; Jacob Winfrey and Phillip Winfrey

Occupation: Carpenter, legislator, planter
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About George Walton, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"

George Walton signed the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia and also served as the second Chief Executive of that state.

George Walton is Notable.

George Walton was a Founding Father in the American Revolution

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  • NSSAR Ancestor #: P-312975
  • Rank: Signer, Declaration of Independence

Early Life

George Walton was born about 1749. [2] [3] Some sources give his birthplace as Cumberland county, Virginia, [2] [3] and others give his birthplace as Frederick county, Virginia. [4] His parents were Robert Walton Jr. and Mary Hughes, who remarried to John Winfrey. [3]

He became an orphan at a young age. [3] In September 1760 John Hughes became his guardian. [3]

On August 19, 1765 he began serving an apprenticeship under Christopher Ford, a carpenter. [4] [3]

His uncle, George Walton, oversaw his education and welfare until he moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1769. [3]


WALTON, George, (brother of John Walton and cousin of Matthew Walton), a Delegate and a Senator from Georgia; born in Cumberland County, Va., in either 1749 or 1750; apprenticed as a carpenter; attended the common schools; moved to Savannah, Ga., in 1769; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1774 and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; secretary of the Provincial Congress in 1775 and a member of the committee of intelligence; member, council of safety in 1775 and later president of that body; member, State house of representatives; member of the Continental Congress 1776, 1777, 1780, and 1781; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; served in the Revolutionary War and was captured at Savannah; colonel in the First Georgia Battalion; Governor of Georgia 1779; commissioner to treat with the Indians and to negotiate a treaty with the Cherokees in Tennessee in 1783; chief justice of Georgia 1783-1789; member of the Augusta Board of Commissioners 1784-1785; represented Georgia in the settlement of the boundary line between South Carolina and Georgia in 1786; elected as a delegate to the convention to frame the Federal Constitution in 1787, but declined; Governor of Georgia 1789; was appointed first judge of the superior courts of the eastern judicial circuit in 1790; appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Jackson and served from November 16, 1795, to February 20, 1796, when a successor was elected; trustee of Richmond Academy and of the University of Georgia; moved to Augusta; again appointed judge of the superior circuit of Georgia and served from 1799 until his death at his home, “College Hill,” near Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., February 2, 1804; interment in Rosney Cemetery; reinterment in 1848 beneath the monument in front of the courthouse on Greene Street, Augusta, Ga.


Dictionary of American Biography; Bridges, Edwin. “George Walton: A Political Biography.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1981; Lamplugh, George R. “George Walton, Chief Justice of Georgia, 1783-1785.” Georgia Historical Quarterly 65 (Summer 1981): 82-91.

Notes for JESSE BOND:

Killed at Cowed by Indians, Washington Co. KY

In the summer of 1772 Jesse Bond, Jesse Walton, Edward Rice, William Hightower, and Benjamine Cleveland set out on a trip of hunting and exploring the land of Kentucky. They were attacked by Indians and lost their guns, horses and every thing they had. The story is in a book titled "Kings Mountain and Its Heroes" by Lyman C. Draper, LLD. The "Biological History of warren Co, Ill" states Jesse Bond and family moved top Kentucky where he was killed by Indians.

1. 1778 Washington Co. Kentucky tax poles state of Jesse Bond is 100 Pounds.

2. His best fried is Jesse Walton, His wifes cousin. Also his wifes brother George Walton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Gov. of GA.

Virginia and died Feb. 2, 1804 in Georgia. He married Dorothy Camber in 1775. Dorothy died in Tallahassee, Florida on Sept. 12, 1832. (43)

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George Walton, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"'s Timeline

December 1749
Farmville, Cumberland County, Virginia, United States
Age 24
Lawyer, Savannah, Georgia, United States
Age 25
Provisional Congress, Georgeia, United States
- 1781
Age 26
Continental Congress
- 1783
Age 33
Treaty Commissioner, Tennessee, United States
- 1789
Age 33
Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia, United States