(Continued from here.)
Samanthy Ann Walton
b.17 Oct 1834, Mexico, Maine
p. Samuel Walton & Susan Walton
m. Slat Caldwell, Kansas City, Missouri, he died Douglas, Kansas
m. Captain Justus Witherell, Douglas County, Kansas
Samantha A. Walton appeared in the 1856 Pleasant Ridge, Lee County, Iowa census as a 22-year-old “Embroideress.” She was living with her mother, Susan Walton Houghton, who was widowed. Her sisters Gratia [Grace] Walton and Rosanna Cord [Card ] were at home with their children, F. M. Cram [Crain] and Charles A. [Alonzo] Card. Her sister Elisabeth, and brothers B. C. [Benjamin Chaplin] and S. A.[Samuel Augustine] Walton, were living with them also. The census is posted here.
At some point Samantha married Slat Caldwell. He died. From the Douglas County, Kansas, marriages, 1869, there is record that Justus Witherell, 32 years, was married to Anna Caldwell, 29 years, on 23 September 1869 in Douglas, Kansas, by James M. Hendry, PJ [presumably Justice of the Peace].
Captain Justus Witherell served in the Civil War as part of the 11th Regiment, Michigan Infantry 2nd, Company I. He ranked in as a First Lieutenant, and ranked out as a Captain.
Captain was used as a first name in his NFS record, and in an entry in the Woodruff, Utah, Ward History.
1888, January 18
Frazier Bros. & Cap. J. Witherell assisted by Deputy Marshals searched several houses in Woodruff for Polygamists but were not successful. Further information about the Fraziers in Woodruff history is posted here.
In 1900 Justus and Anna Witherell were living in Ogden, Utah where they were "fruit growers." Whether seasonal, or permanent, the previous account in the old Woodruff Ward records, indicates some of my ancestors did not endear themselves to the community.
From The First 100 Years in Woodruff, page 461, it says, Samantha Ann was married to Captain Witherell and lived her whole life in Woodruff. Aunt Ann, as she was affectionately called, was an active very alert, independent person. She lived in a little house just below the Frazier Ranch. She had no children. It states in her sister, Elizabeth Walton Frazier's, history, “And she took her widowed sister, Ann Witheral into her home for years.”
It appears Captain Witherell died shortly after 1900. I can’t find a record of his death, or burial, but this Civil War widow’s pension record indicates Anna applied for benefits.
Ann Witherell died in 1922 and is buried in the Woodruff Cemetery. Thank you to Lisa, who looks after the cemetery, and the records there, for sending me the picture of Anna's headstone.
(Susan Walton's children's histories to be continued.)
Woodruff Ward History 1887-1935, LR 20227-11, page 39. Church History Library in Salt lake City, Utah. The original records were burned in a fire in the 1930's. This section of the history on microfilm was "recollected" after the fire. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/douglas/marriage/marr1869.htm