Ernest F. Walton

1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—




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picture Ernest F. Walton



      Sex: M
AKA: Ernest Forster Walton
Individual Information
          Birth: 5 Apr 1871 - New York, New York, USA 1 2 4 5 6 7
    Christening: 
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York, USA 3 8 9
      Cremation: 10 Jan 1902 - Philadelphia, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, USA
 Cause of Death: killed in train crash

Events
Additional information can be found on a website located at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=budd71&id=I1625.
This web site entitled "The Budd Family of Burlington Co, NJ" by Robert W Daniels takes the ancestral line of Ernest Forster Walton back to the early 1700s in New Jersey. [Please reference this database # budd71 when contacting author]

He provides the following sources for B/M/D:

!BIRTH: "The Longstreth Family" by Agnes Longstreth Taylor, 1909,(929.273 L866t, Salt Lake City F.H.C.) pg 637.

"Byberry Waltons" by Norman Walton Swayne, 1958,(929.273 W173s, Salt Lake City F.H.C.) pg 607.

!MARRIAGE: "Byberry Waltons" by Norman Walton Swayne, 1958, (929.273W173s, Salt Lake City F.H.C.) pg 607.

!DEATH: "Byberry Waltons" by Norman Walton Swayne, 1958, (929.273W173s, Salt Lake City F.H.C.) pg 607.


Additional information can be found on a website located at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=tinzhaven&id=I2981.
Tinsley Roots, Branches & Twigs
Entries:
22398 Updated: 2007-08-10 13:03:15 UTC (Fri) Contact: Lynn
emial: <tinsley@npace.net>

She provides the following two books as her sources.
Genealogy of the Shoemaker Family
Author: Benjamin D. Shoemaker
: Call Number: R929.2 qS56Zs
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1903

The Longstreth Family Records
Author: Agnes Longstreth Taylor
Call Number: R929.2 L8575 1909
Philadelphia: Ferris & Leach, 1909.

He appeared on the 1880 Federal census on 2 Jun 1880 in New York, New York, USA. Ernest Walton was shown as being 9 years old and born in New York. His father had been born in Pennsylvania and his mother in England. He was the nephew of Joseph Taber, with whom Ernest, his mother and sister were living.
He graduated from Haverford College in 1890 in Haverford, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, USA. He entered the college in 1886 and was the president of the athletic association. He won the 440-yard dash and the 100-yard dash. He was influential in building track on Walton Field which was named after him. Additionally, the school awards the Ernest F. Walton 1890 Cup to the top male track and field athlete each year.

Haverford College is the oldest institution of higher education in North America with Quaker roots and one of the leading liberal arts colleges. (Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041.)
He arrived from Southampton, England on the S.S. St. Paul on 23 Nov 1895. Ernest F. Walton, aged 24, returned to the USA along with his wife, Blanche. He gave his occupation as "President". He was traveling to New York and he and his wife carried four pieces of baggage.
He appeared on the 1900 Federal census in Jun 1900 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York, USA. Ernest was shown as being 29 years old and born April 1871 in New York, as were both his parents. He had been married for six years. He was a stock broker.
He resided at 98 Manhattan avenue, R. P.In 1901 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York, USA. Ernest Walton was shown as being a banker in New York City.
He was mentioned in an article in New-York Daily Tribune published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York, USA. 13

WALTON -- Suddenly, on January 8, 1902, Ernest F. Walton, of New-Rochelle, N. Y. Funeral private. Phildelphia papers please copy.


[Researcher's Note: This notice was published in the newspaper by the Woodlawn Cemetery. Could he have been buried there?]
He was mentioned in an article in The New York Times published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York, USA. 1
"Walton was thirty years old and a member of the New York Stock Exchange, where he represented the brokerage firm of De Copert & Doremus of 30 Broad Street , of which he became a member two years ago, having joined the Exchange some time prior to that. He lived in Rochelle Park, New Rochelle, and was a graduate of Haverton (sic) College, Pennsylvania. He leaves a wife and two children."
He was mentioned in an article in The New Rochelle Pioneer published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York, USA. 14
Walton "...of No. 91 Manhattan avenue, Rochelle Park, was a native of Philadelphia and was graduated from Haverford College, near that city. He was thirty-one years old, six feet two inches tall. A widow and two children survive him. For a number of years Mr. Walton was manager of the Tinkham Bicycle Company of New York. A few years ago, when the bicycle business began to wane, he purchased a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and was doing a prosperous business as a broker when he was killed. His office was at No. 30 Broad street. He was also a member of the New Rochelle Yacht Club."

"The remains have been sent to a Long Island crematory."
He was mentioned in an article in The New York Times published on 14 Jan 1902 in New York, New York, USA. 15

TUNNEL VICTIM'S WILL
White Plains, N. Y., Jan. 13. -- The will of Ernest F. Walton, the young member of the New York Stock Exchange who was killed in the tunnel disaster last week, filed in the Surrogate's Court to-day, leaves his estate, valued at $60,000, to his widow. Edward J. Coppet and Robert P. Doremus, Mr. Walton's partners in the Wall Street, are named as executors. The following passage then occurs:
"I desire that upon my death no funeral or ceremony of any kind be held, but that my remains be incinerated in the nearest crematory and the ashes thrown away. I direct that my just debts and the expenses connected with this incineration of my remains be paid by my executors out of my estate."

An inquest was held by the Coroner's Office into the death of Ernest F. Walton on 16 Jan 1902 in New York, New York, USA. 16
Filed Feb. 1st, 1902 with the District Attorney
Inquest into the cause of the death of Ernest F. Walton, Inquisition Paper # 98
Age: 30 years. Place of Birth: U.S.
Color: White; Occupation: Broker
Residence: New Rochelle; Civil Condition: Married
Being found at 24th Precinct on the 8th day of January, 1902.
Examination of the body made by A. J. Weston, M.D., Coroners' Physician.
Inquest held at the Coroners' Court before Gustav Scholer, Coroner.
Date of Inquest: January 16th, 1902.
Verdict of the Jury. That the said Ernest F. Walton came to his death on the 8th day of January 1902, at 56 St. & Park ave.By scalds of face and inhalation of steam.
For verdict see inquisition paper #91, 1st quarter 1902, William Leys.
A bio was published for Ernest F. Walton in The Longstreth family records in 1909. 6 6-1264. ERNEST FORSTER WALTON, b. Apr. 5, 1871, in New York ; d. Jan. 8, 1902 ; m. June 4, 1894, Blanche Wethcrill.Daughter of Edward and Anna Wetherill. Ernest F. Walton was graduated from Haverford College, 1890. He was a civil engineer in Colorado Springs, but was obliged to give up his work on account of impaired eyesight. He became a member of the firm De Coppet and Doennes, bankers and brokers. His death occurred in a wreck on the New York Central Railroad.




Parents
         Father: Major James Morris Walton (1838-1874) 3 6 7 17 18 
         Mother: Mary Forster Collins (1843-1904) 3 6 17 

Spouses and Children
1. *Blanche Wetherill (10 Nov 1871 - 17 Jul 1963) 4 6 
       Marriage: 4 Jun 1894 - Philadelphia, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, USA 3 4 5 6
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Dorothy N. Walton (1897-1966) 3 4 6
                2. Marion W. Walton (1899-1996) 4 6

Notes
Burial Notes:
According to a newspaper article in The World, published January 10, 1902 (page 2), in New York City, Walton was buried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
General:
Ernest Walton was one of 17 people who died in a train collision in the Park Avenue tunnel north of the old Grand Central Depot in New York City on January 8, 1902. For additional information concerning these people and their families, please visit the following web site:
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nywestch/NewRoc1902/
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Sources


1 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), January 9, 1902, pages 1-2. Repository: New York Public Library -- Schwarzman, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Stephen A. Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

2 William Penrose Hallowell, Record of a branch of the Hallowell family, including the Longstreth, Penrose, and Norwood branches. (Philadelphia, PA: Hallowell, 1893), pages 81-83. Repository: New York Public Library -- Schwarzman, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Stephen A. Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/, Call Number: APV (Hallowell) (Hallowell, W. P. Record of a branch of the Hallowell family); [Copy also available online at Internet Archives.]

3 Benjamin D. Shoemaker, compiler, Genealogy of the Shoemaker family of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott company, 1903), Eight Generaltion; page 273; entry No. 1536. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com, Call Number: http://interactive.ancestry.com/14302/dvm_GenMono000491-00200-1/293?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dGenealogy-glh16249448%26db%3d%26so%3d2%26rank%3d0%26gsfn%3dernest%26gsln%3dwalton%26sx%3d%26gs1co%3d2%252cUSA%26gs1pl%3.

4 United States of America, Bureau of the Census, 1900 Federal Census, Twelfth Census of the United States (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.]), NARA Series T623, Roll: 1176; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 96. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

5 Mailing list posting by Stephanie Wright of Bucks Co., PA <HawkEcho@aol.com >, dated 17 May 2004 (Quaker-Roots-L@rootsweb.com mailing list archive), Repository: Rootsweb, https://sites.rootsweb.com/.

6 Agnes Longstreth Taylor, The Longstreth family records, 2 vols. (804 p.) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Press of Ferris & Leach, 1909 [revised edition 1914]), (page 43 of 54); family # 6-1264. Repository: Electronic Library, http://www.ebooksread.com/; Book link: <http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/agnes-longstreth-taylor/the-longstreth-family-records-lya.shtml>
Copy also available at New York Public Library, Stephen Schwarzman Building; Research Call Numbers: (1) APV (Longstreth) (Taylor, A. L. Longstreth family records) (2) NYGB G L 8668

7 New York City, New York, birth certificate no. 646251, Manhattan (1871), (male child) Walton, son of James M. Walton and Mary Foster Walton; NYC Municipal Archives, D.O.R.I.S., New York.

8 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), January 9, 1902, pages 1-2;. Repository: New York Public Library -- Schwarzman, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Stephen A. Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

9 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate #1047. Repository: NYC Municipal Archives, D.O.R.I.S, 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007, http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/about/archives.shtml.

10 United States of America, Bureau of the Census, 1880 Federal Census, Tenth Census of the United States (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls. [1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in conjunction with Ancestry.com.]), Year: 1880; Census Place: New York City, New York, New York; Roll: 895; Family History Film: 1254895; Page: 433B; Enumeration District: 583; Image: 0268. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

11 New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line. (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. [Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.]), NARA Microfilm serial: M237; Microfilm roll: M237_651; Line: 38; . Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

12 W. L. Richmond, Manager, Yonkers, New York, Turner's Directory of New Rochelle, Larchmont and Pelham for the year 1901 page 204; digital images,accessed 31 Dec 2010. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, 801-705-7000 / 801-705-7001 (fax), http://www.ancestry.com.

13 "Died," New-York Daily Tribune, January 9, 1902, p. 9; digital images. Repository: Old Fulton Post Cards (Newspapers online), http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

14 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), Janaury 11, 1902; Volume 43, No. 43. Repository: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, New York 10801, 914-632-7878 , http://www.nrpl.org/, Call Number: microfilm collection. Copies of some of this newspaper are also available on-line at Old Fulton Postcards web site.

15 "Tunnel Victim's Will," The New York Times, January 14, 1902; digital images. Repository: NewspaperArchive.com, http://www.newspaperarchive.com/.

16 Coroner's Journal/Record of Inquest, 9/1/1901-2/22/1902, Cabinet #8, Drawer #1; microfilm roll #4126. Inquisition Paper # 98. Repository: NYC Municipal Archives, D.O.R.I.S, 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007, http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/about/archives.shtml.

17 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate #1047 for Ernest F. Walton. Repository: NYC Municipal Archives, D.O.R.I.S, 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007, http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/about/archives.shtml.

18 William Penrose Hallowell, Record of a branch of the Hallowell family, including the Longstreth, Penrose, and Norwood branches. (Philadelphia, PA: Hallowell, 1893), pages 35-36. Repository: New York Public Library -- Schwarzman, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Stephen A. Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/, Call Number: APV (Hallowell) (Hallowell, W. P. Record of a branch of the Hallowell family); [Copy also available online at Internet Archives.]



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