My problem has always been a bit more mysterious. Three generations of my Seaver ancestors have had the middle name of "Walton." They were:
* Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922), son of Isaac and Lucretia (Smith) Seaver.
* Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), son of Frank Walton and Harriet (Hildreth) Seaver.
* Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), son of Frederick Walton and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver.
So where did "Walton" come from? I have no clue. I've considered:
1) An ancestor with a first or last name of Walton. I can't find any. It would likely be in the ancestry of Isaac Seaver and Lucretia Smith, since their son was the first one with the middle name.
2) A famous person named "Frank Walton." A search on Google and Wikipedia found no famous persons with that name. There was a "Frank Walton" who was an American football player, born in 1911. Can't be him. There was a philatelist named "Frank Walton" in England, but he was born in 1955. Can't be him.
3) A friend, associate or neighbor of Isaac and Lucretia named "Frank Walton." I checked the 1850 U.S. census on Ancestry.com, and did not find a Frank Walton who resided in Medfield, Northborough, Westminster or Leominster, Massachusetts where they had lived.
4) It sounded dignified or impressive.
Of course, Lucretia Townsend (Smith) Seaver had interesting given names. She was named after a school teacher named Lucretia Townsend, who had taught school in Dedham with Lucretia's mother, Elizabeth Horton Dill before her marriage to Alpheus B. Smith.
Don't get me started worrying about my own middle name - Jeffrey.
'Tis still a mystery! Thank you to Linda for the blog idea!
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