Deacon John Walton
John Walton was born in Cambridge on October 29, 1770, graduated from Harvard in 1783 and the following year went to Pepperell as a physician. He served in that capacity a full 60 years and was a deacon of the church in that town as well as a Freemason. He died in Pepperell on December 21, 1862 at 92 years of age.
Deacon Walton’s church went through the liberal/orthodox turmoil in the 1830’s, when Deacon Walton and two others sent a letter to the orthodox pastor requesting a six-week supply of his pulpit by a liberal colleague. The church subsequently became Unitarian and a meeting was held in Deacon Walton’s home to ascertain whether the church records of the time were free of the bias of the orthodox pastor.