The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


WALWORTH, Jas C., Judge - Burlington

Ben. S. WALWORTH, son of Jas. C. and Helen Talcott SILL 
Walworth, was born in Burlington, Otsego Co., N.Y., Oct. 10, 1821.
His father, Judge Jas. C. Walworth, was of English origin. His 
paternal ancestors were among the early settlers of Bozrah, Conn. 
He was the son of Benjamin Walworth, and he married Apphia HYDE, 
whose ancestors were among the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth 
Rock, Dec. 20, 1620. Jas. C. was born at Bozrah, Conn., March 5, 
1787. His advantages for an education were confined to the common 
school. He was reared on the farm, and this, in connection with 
mercantile business at Argyle, N.Y., and the manufacture of machine 
cards at Burlington, N.Y., has been his life-work.
He married Helen T. Sill, July 20, 1812, by whom four children 
were born, two of whom died in infancy, and Clinton was born Sept. 
17, 1815, and Ben., Oct. 10, 1821.
Mrs. Wolworth was born May 10, 1788, at Lyme, Conn., and 
died May 15, 1824. Mr. Walworth married Maria M. HAYNES, 
March 30, 1831, in Hoosick, N.Y., by whom one daughter, Helen 
Maria, was born, Oct. 20, 1836.
Judge Walworth settled in Burlington soon after his first marriage, 
in 1812, and located on the farm now owned by his son Ben.
In politics, a Democrat. He was justice of the peace for many 
years, and county judge for more than twenty years until 1846.
He was universally esteemed by his neighbors, living a quiet, 
unassuming life. He was a man of strong mind and sound judgment, 
and his opinion and advise were often sought by his neighbors. 
He was a prominent and influential member of the Episcopal 
society. He died on the 25th of November, 1871, and was buried 
in the cemetery at Burlington Green.
Ben. S. Walworth was reared a farmer, which occupation he 
still follows.
On the 28th of May, 1850, he set sail for New York, on the 
steamer "Ohio," for California, by the way of the Isthmus of 
Panama, arriving in San Francisco in August. He remained there 
seventeen years, during which time he followed mining some ten 
years, and then was in the lumber and livery business. For some 
time he was chairman of a vigilance committee in California. In 
1867 he returned to have the care of his aged father. He married 
Miss Elizabeth HALL, a native of this town, March 31, 1871, by 
whom two daughters are born, Jennie H. and Fleda A.
Mrs. Elizabeth Walworth was born Sept. 7, 1839; her parents 
were natives of Scotland, and came here about 1830, and settled in 
Burlington, Otsego Co., New York.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, opposite page 104


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