Lancaster Daily Intelligencer
13 January 1890
The Law and Order Society elected its annual officers On This Day in 1890. Elected president was Ezra Reist, of Manheim borough. D S Bursk, of
, was elected one of two vice
presidents. Miss Ellen Wright was elected secretary and Luther S Kauffman was
elected treasurer. The one that caught my attention was the other vice
president. Brinton Walter, of Christiana, was elected to the position of the
other vice president. Lancaster
I lived many years in
, just outside
Christiana Borough. There is a road known locally as Walter’s Hill. I think
it’s actually called High Street – maybe. The name Walter was just always
synonymous with Walter & Jackson, a lumber company. Sadsbury
The 1890 City Directory lists many Walters throughout
including Brinton in Christiana. His occupation is listed as “grain, coal,
etc.” That same year, another directory – Williams; Lancaster County Directory
– lists him under Coal and Lumber Dealers. However, the website of Walter &
Jackson, Inc. shows the business was founded by a B.F. Walter in 1872. I am not
sure this Brinton is the same person as B.F. Lancaster County
Brinton was born in January 1837, the son of George H Walter and Hannah Brown. The 1860 census shows dad George is a farmer and Brinton is a school teacher at the time. In 1863, made to register for the Civil War Draft Registration (which does not mean he actually served), he lists his occupation as farmer.
|1870 US Census shows Brinton as Justice of Peace|
He was married three times. He married his first wife, Mary Louisa Barnard (1838-1873), on 9 September 1868, having announced their intention at the Sadsbury Monthly Meeting. They had no children. The 1870 Census shows he is now a Justice of the Peace. The couple lives in
. Sadsbury Township
Now a widow, he married Ellen S Davis (1841-1883) in 1877. Within a year, their daughter Georgia was born in
. In 1883, they
had another daughter, Katie E. She was born in January. Ellen died that July.
Young Katie died in August. Sadsbury
Two years later, he married a third time. This time he took Louisa D Davis (1846-1935) as his wife. They had no children.
Brinton Walter died on 8 October 1918, at 81 years. His regular occupation is listed as "retired coal and lumber dealer."
He died of heart failure and had trouble, according to his death certificate, in his right lung. He is buried at the Sadsbury Friends Burial Ground.
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016