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
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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