A Guide to the

Walton and Walton Collection, 1859-1900

SC# 1755

Compiled: October, 1983

Updated: September, 2008


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Walton and Walton Collection, 1859-1900

Collection No.: SC# 1755

Creator: Walton and Walton Law Firm (Woodstock, Va.)

Extent: One folder; 47 items



The Walton and Walton Collection, 1859-1900, consists primarily of client correspondence, notes, summaries of legal cases (including Walton vs. Williams, Allen vs. Walton), and the settlement of the Jacob Dinges Estate of Woodstock, VA. Several documents in this collection involve John Edwin Roller, 1845-1918, lawyer, soldier, lecturer, and antiquarian of Rockingham County.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:


Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

          The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).


Preferred Citation: 


[Identification of Item], The Walton and Walton Collection, SC# 1755, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information:


All items were present in an area of the stacks called the Cage is September 1982, when the Special Collections program was initiated.

Historical Note

The Walton and Walton Collection, 1859-1900, is representative of the Walton and Walton Law Firm of Woodstock, VA. The Walton and Walton Firm was founded in the 1830s and remained solvent until the 1930s. Various generations of Walton family members have distinguished themselves as lawyers and statesmen, including: George Walton, signed of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia, born in VA.; and Morgan Lauck Walton, member of the firm and state Senator responsible for enacting the Walton (ballot) Law of the 1890s.

Several documents (mainly correspondence) within the collection represent John Edwin Roller, a prominent citizen of Rockingham County. Born near Mt. Crawford, VA, in 1845, Roller was a lawyer, lecturer, and antiquarian in Rockingham County. Roller attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated in 1863. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and served as a Senator from 1869-1873. In January 1872, Roller became major-general of the third division of the Virginia Militia. Roller also served as president of the Rockingham County Historical Society.

Scope and Content:

The Walton and Walton Collection, 1859-1900, consists of one folder of 47 items. The collection consists primarily of correspondence between attorneys, such as John E. Roller, clients and representatives of the Walton and Walton Law Firm. Also included are notes, summaries of legal cases, and documentation of legal transactions such as deed transference and settlements of estates, especially the Jacob Dinges estate.Other names that are seen throughout the collection are: Allen, Cook, and Williams.


The collection is arranged chronologically in a legal sized folder.


Wayland, John W. A History of Rockingham County, Virginia, Dayton,Virginia: Ruebush-Elkins Company, 1912.