FRANCIS M. WALTON, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 17, P. O. Greenfield, was born in 1843, in Greene County. His father, William Walton, was married to Martha Scott, in 1834; have seven children, four of whom are living; came to Illinois in 1831, and followed the occupation of a farmer, and by falling from a hay stacked in 1848, received injuries form which he died in a few days, leaving five children for the widow to rear, which was quite a task, for they were all small and could not help to support the family. She still lives, at the age of sixty-seven, with her son, the subject of this sketch, who was married April 22, 1866, to Mary M. Rafferty, who was born in 1848, in Greene County; have six children: Martha L., Mary S., Viola, William T., Edith, and Hattie M. Mr. Walton was in the late rebellion. Enlisted Aug. 28, 1861, in 32nd Reg. Ill. Vol., in Co. D, as a private; was appointed first corporal Aug. 19, 1862, and promoted first corporal Aug. 19, 1862, and promoted to fifth sergeant June 13, 1863; was discharged Jan. 1, 1864; re-enlisted Jan. 2, 1864, as first sergeant; was commissioned as first lieutenant May 26, 1865, which office he filled till he was discharged, at Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 30, 1865; participated in several battles; was at the siege of Vicksburg and Corinth.
Source: [Anonymous], History of Greene County, Illinois; Its Past and Present (Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879), p. 628.