Janet Young and Jackson Walton revisited

Continuing my account of the second generation of the Robb-Thomson-Young family in Glasgow, I now turn my attention to Janet Young, the middle child of Penelope Thomson by her second marriage to West Indies merchant and colonial official John Young.

I wrote about Janet and her family some time ago, but it will be useful to tell their story in chronological order, as part of this series of posts on the Glasgow Robbs, and to add information that has come to light in the meantime.

Janet, who was born in about 1817, married Jackson Walton on 12 October 1835 in Glasgow. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Nathaniel Paterson of St Andrew’s church, the same minister who would marry her half-sister Elizabeth Robb and John Burns in the following year.

Jackson Walton, described in the parish register as a merchant, was born on 1 December 1808 in Preston, Lancashire, the son of John and Mary Walton. The Wikipedia entry for one of his sons describes Jackson as ‘a Manchester commission agent and a competent painter and photographer’.

Jackson and Janet Walton had two children. According to later census records, their son, Jackson, was born in about 1838 in England and their daughter, Mary, in 1841 in Glasgow.

The 1841 census finds Jackson, Janet, Jackson junior, and Mary, living on the north side of Raise Street, Saltcoats, in Ayrshire, less than a mile from Janet’s half brother George Robb and his family at Parkend House. As I mentioned in an earlier post, George was working as a coal and iron master at this time. Jackson Walton is described as an agent, which raises the possibility that he and George were working for the same company ,and again prompts questions about the family’s connection with the area.

Like many of her relatives, Janet died at a young age, though we do not have any definite information about her death. She was certainly dead by November 1844, when Jackson Walton married his second wife, Dundee-born Quaker Eliza Ann Nicholson, in Old Machar, Aberdeen. The record describes Jackson as a wine merchant living in Chapel Street, while Eliza is said to live in Silver Street. They were married by the Rev. Sir William Dunbar, Bt, in St Paul’s Chapel. Since St Paul’s was an Episcopal church, Jackson’s Anglicanism presumably trumped Eliza’s Quakerism on this occason. For more on the controversial and schismatic Rev. Dunbar, see here.

The same clergyman baptised Jackson and Eliza’s first child, Gilbert Nicholson Walton, in the following year, and their daughter Barbara Anderson was born in the same city in 1847. A third child, Thomas Balfour, was born in 1849 in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, and their daughter Helen was also born there in 1850. The 1851 census finds the Waltons at East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, with Jackson’s mother Mary, as well as a house servant and a nursemaid. Jackson is now described as an annuitant, perhaps from his first wife’s legacy.

Ten years later, in 1861, the Waltons were living at Glanderstone House, in Neilston, Renfrewshire, where Jackson is described as a ‘partner in saw mills’, as is his 23 year old son Jackson junior. They have five more children: Anne Eliza Mary, born in 1852; William Gandy, 1853; Richard, 1856 ; Dora Gandy, 1858, and Edward Arthur, 1860. All were born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, except Edward, who was born in Neilston. As well as a general servant and a groom, the household also includes a visitor, one Walter Guy Buchanan, a managing clerk and sawyer.

According to one source, the Waltons settled in Glasgow in 1862, ‘Jackson becoming first a manufacturer of steam boiler coverings and later a manufacturing chemist, neither successfully.’ The 1871 census finds the family in Arlington Street, Glasgow, where Jackson is described as a manufacturing chemist employing four men.

Jackson Walton died in 1873 at the age of 65, apparently leaving his family in reduced circumstances.

As I related in my earlier post about the Waltons, Jackson and Eliza’s son George became a famous architect, while Edward and Constance become painters of some renown.

Edward Arthur Walton, 'Self Portrait' (Wikipedia)

'Still Life of Flowers' by Constance Walton

As for Jackson’s children by his first marriage to Janet Young, I’m not sure what became of Jackson junior, but we know that daughter Mary married her half-cousin, railway clerk John Gandy Walton, at Glanderstone House on Christmas Eve, 1861. They lived in Kentish Town, London, and had five children, though John died in December 1874, shortly before the birth of their last child, who bore his name.

In 1881 Mary and her children were at Gibson Street, in Govan, Glasgow, where she was living on ‘income from money lent on house property’ and son Francis was working as an insurance clerk. The 1891 census finds Mary, 54, back in Kentish Town, and living on her own means. Son Francis is now a professional singer, daughter Bertha a governess in a school, son Ernest is a telegraph clerk, John Gandy a railway clerk like his late father, and daughter Edith has no employment. So far, I’ve been unable to discover the date of Mary’s death.

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One Response to Janet Young and Jackson Walton revisited

  1. Your site is wonderful. My name is Andrew Walton, grandson of George. if you look at http://www.andrewwaltonartist.org.uk you can see what happened to the creative genes.

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