There is little known about the life or personality of Dorothy Camber, the wife of George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. She was the daughter of an English gentlemen living in
, when she married the young patriot and signer. Chatham County, Georgia
About a year after Dorothy and George were married, George was Colonel Walton and was leading his regiment in the defense of
. He was wounded in that battle and captured by the enemy. Because he was a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the British would not exchange him for any prisoner with a rank lower than brigadier-general. Savannah
While George was in prison and thinking that his wound would be fatal, he wrote the following to his wife: "Remember that you are the beloved wife of one who has made honour and reputation the ruling motive in every action of his life."
George never accumulated property, but he and Dorothy were happy on their little farm near
. They had only one child, a son named after his father. The son served as Secretary of State for Andrew Jackson when he was governor of Augusta West Florida.
George died in 1804 and was buried in
. He was survived by his widow and son. More information on George Walton can be obtained here. http://causeofliberty.blogspot.com/2012/01/george-walton.html Augusta
Facts for this article are from Wives of the Signer - The women behind the Declaration of
, pp 278-279. Independence