Thursday, December 03, 2015

Seeking A. R. Walton, singer, composer and typesetter

Walton, A. R. is probably Arthur Rivers Walton (October 18, 1874–January 29, 1927), the son of George and Elizabeth Walton. He married Gussie May (or Mae) Anderson (1883–1973). The 1900 and 1910 Censuses of Fulton County, Georgia, list him as a house carpenter. When he registered for the draft he was living in DeKalb County and said he was a farmer, but in the 1920 Fulton County Census he is listed as a musical composer. The A. R. Walton mentioned by J. L. White in his “Preface” was also a music typesetter or plate maker. In 1919 Arthur Walton arranged the music for “The Confederate Soldier” written by veteran George W. Simmons, Sr. It was sung by J. L. White at the Old Soldier’s Home on Sunday October 5, 1919 and was to be sung at the upcoming Confederate Reunion (See Atlanta Constitution, October 6, 1919, p. 7). Arthur and Gussie Mae Walton are buried at the Crestlawn Cemetery in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.  One of his tunes, We Wait Thy Blessings, was in the 1909 edition but not kept in 1911.
491a    Just For a Day
498a    Mary
512      Pray On

A. R. Walton notes
World War I Draft Registrations,
U. S. Federal Censuses, Fulton County 1900-1920

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