Wealtha Lawton Asselstine

Written By: Leo Lawton

My grandfather had a twin named Wealtha. This is random information about her. The owner of the diary of Marcus Reed of East Watertown New York states: “It is completely full of handwritten entries for the year of 1893. I believe Marcus is a farmer/carpenter and general handyman. “In the diary is the following: “Wealthy Lawton and her “best fellow” came here this evening. He went back to town, and she is staying all night. “The Watertown Re-Union Wednesday August 5, 1903Welthia B. Asselstine Mrs. Wealthia B. Asselstine died Saturday night at her home, 9 Myrtle Avenue, aged 37 years. She was born at Philadelphia, N.Y., and had lived in this city but a month. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Jane Lawton of Philadelphia, and the following brothers and sisters: James W., Jay P., William B. and Charles E. Lawton of Philadelphia, N.Y.; Clark W. Lawton of Natural Bridge, Mrs. Erwin P. Merritt of Great Bend and Mrs. Fred A. Healey of this city. The Watertown Re-Union Date Unknown (probably August 6, 1903) Same obituary as above with the following addition: The funeral will be held from the Holy Family Church tomorrow morning at (10) and the interment will be in Calvary cemetery. The Watertown Herald, August 8, 1903. Died: In this city, August 1, 1903. Mrs. Wealtha B. Asselstine, aged 37 years. Watertown Times, Tuesday, May 9, 1893Non-SuitedMiss Wealtha B Lawton against Willie B Lawton Action brought to recover about $325 for furniture. About two years ago Mr. Lawton died in Antwerp leaving a widow and six children, some of whom were married. The widow moved to 12 Mechanic Street in Watertown. She later broke up housekeeping and went to live with her son Willie B Lawton. The father gave property to his wife, and when she went to her son’s home, she divided the household goods giving most of it to the married children. Miss Annis Lawton was one of the children underage, and her portion of the furniture was stored in Willie’s house in Antwerp. Annis, being a minor, could not commence an action so she made a bill of sale for the property to her sister, Miss Wealtha B Lawton, who commenced this suit against her brother. The first witness called was Miss Annis Lawton, a pretty girl of 19 summers who lives at 43 Massey Street Watertown. She testified a quantity of furniture had been given to her by her mother, and that she transferred it to her sister for a consideration of $1. Wealtha B Lawton and Charles H Brown were the only other witnesses sworn. Attorney Hooker, for the defense, moved for a non-suit on the ground that the plaintiff did not have a proper title, as the transfer was made by a minor. The court granted the motion.