52 Ancestors, Week 33: Ann Barclift

Ann Barclift Walton Vernatti with children and grandchildren

Ann Barclift was born 16 Dec 1811, in Herford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, the fifth child of 8, born to Dempsey Barclift and Martha Sutton.

"The Cottle's, in their family history, state that, "The story is that a day after reaching the age of twenty-one, Timothy Walton (III) rode to Perquimans County where he married Ann Barclift (18), daughter of Dempsey Barclift and Martha Sutton on 15 Oct 1830.

The bride and groom then rode to their new home in Gates County on one horse. Horse lovers can take heart since neither was a heavy weight and the lady weighed scarcely a hundred pounds all her life.

That same year on 2 December 1830 Timothy Walton in the deed sold to his brother-in-law Absalom Blanchard a mill in Gates County with four acres of land." (1)

They may have moved to Illinois right away.

North Carolina to Illinois, and later Missouri
Ann and Timothy had four children:
  1. James (1831)
  2. Edward (1833)
  3. Emily (1838)
  4. Lucy (1840)
In the 1840 census, the family was living in Monroe, Illinois.

Timothy Walton died in 1841.

Ann married Jacob Vernatti on 12 June 1842 in Waterloo, IL

They had 4 children:
  1. Sarah Ann (1843)
  2. Mary Isabella (1845) *our ancestor
  3. John (1847)
In the 1850 census, they are all enumerated by name, living in Moredock, Illinois

      4.William (1855)

Jacob died in 1857.

Jacob Vernatti's tombstone

No census entry can be found for 1860

In 1870, Ann (59) is keeping house, and her 14 year old son Willie is living with her, in Butler, MO.

In 1880, Ann (69) is living with her son William, his wife and baby in Prairie, MO.

Ann died 11 Dec 1896 (84), (4 days before her 85th birthday) in Montgomery City, MO.

Ann Barclift Walton Vernatti's tombstone


US Federal Census: 1840, 1850, 1870, 1880

Descendants of Robert Walton


  1. Interesting that Ann was one of 8 children and that she bore 8 children. Good to read about a female ancestor that survived all her childbirths.


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