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Walter Lyon Sinton
10d 3mo 1858 in Bessbrook, Co. Armagh, Ireland, United Kingdom [ s136 s696 ]
28 September 1933 in San Francisco, California, United States of America [ s136 ]
Born 1d 11mo 1835 - Died 13d 9mo 1890
Born 8d 6mo 1837 - Died 2d 7mo 1926
 Spouse 1
Born 13 July 1861 - Died 29d 7mo 1943
9d 6mo 1880 in Friends Meeting House, Bessbrook, Co. Armagh, Ireland, United Kingdom [ s1374 ]
 Child 1
Born 8d 4mo 1881 - Died 21d 11mo 1918
 Child 2
Born 5d 7mo 1882 - Died 20d 11mo 1948
 Child 3
Born 2d 12mo 1884 - Died 25 March 1956
 Child 4
Born 12d 11mo 1886 - Died 5 September 1981
 Child 5
Born 20d 8mo 1888 - Died 25 January 1978
 Child 6
Born 22d 6mo 1891 - Died 10 December 1972
 Child 7
Born 27d 10mo 1894 - Died 24 July 1981
 Spouse 2
Born 29 August 1882 - Died 2 September 1973
4 October 1908 in San Francisco, California, United States of America
Ancestral View
Walter Lyon Sinton 1858-1933Walter Lyon Sinton 1858 - 1933
Photograph taken 19th October 1907
Original in the possession of his niece Eleanor M. Watson (née Sinton)
Bruckless, Co. Donegal, Republic of Ireland in October 2005
[RFSS Oct 2005]

Quaker Records Ireland - Birth Details
Name: Walter Lyon Sinton
Gender: Son
Date of Birth: 10d 3mo 1858
Place of Birth: Bessbrook, Co. Armagh
Parents: John & Eleanor Sinton
Parents' Residence: Bessbrook, Co. Armagh
Description of Father:
Registration Meeting: Lurgan Meeting, Volume 6, Page 102
[RFSS Jul 2005]

There is correspondence from him in LBS [Lulu Bell Sinton, Colorado] files. He is known to have been the eldest son, so born very soon after the death of WLS the first.

DMS gives 10 May as this Walter Lyon's birth "born 6.24 a.m., Wednesday, 1858 at Bessbrook". JRHG insisted that there were two WLS.

This is Walter Lyon whose compilation of the Sinton family was the foundation from which all the various genealogies started. WLS's research was organized and greatly augmented by Ronald Greeves (JRHG), who then passed it on to researchers all over the world.

From LBS notes of about 1935: "Walter's two sons, one a mechanical engineer, who over worked during the Great War, and died soon after - the other was a surgeon in the Indian Service of Great Britain, was given many decorations for heroic service in the Mesopotamian campaign, among which were the Victoria Cross and a decoration by the Tzar of Russia shortly before he was dethroned. He is now properly addressed as Lieut-Colonel John A. Sinton V.C., Ulsterville Road, Belfast, North Ireland."
Walter Lyon Sinton died 28 Sep 1933 after an operation, in San Francisco, Calif. where he had been a resident with his second wife.

In another place LBS says: "Walter Lyon Sinton - a sketch, as I knew him. Before going further, I find it desirable to tell of him whose name I have so often mentioned, as I knew him, and heard from him his reasons for the life he was living. Early in this century he came to Colorado Springs (1905), in one of his trips across the continent. He had made a practice for many years to look in directories of any city or town where he happened to be for the name Sinton. He had in mind some of the name, who were near to his family, and who had dropped out of Ireland some years before he first came over (David of Cincinnati). If I can trust my memory, he had made something like twenty trips across the Atlantic before he died. When we first knew him, he was a handsome, and beautifully mannered man, with a cultivated British voice.

He was quite the typical Saintone {sic) physically. Being the eldest of the children of John Sinton and Eleanor Hemington (she an English woman) who were married 21 May 1853. He was born March 10, 1857 (sic), he had broken loose from his position as eldest son of a linen manufacturing family. He had advocated advanced ideas on governmental, economic, and religious questions, and his family fearing that he would wreck the family fortunes, took means to displace him from his accepted position as the family head. So he had come to America and had been for some years trying to find a place in the new world scheme of things. His wife decided to return to Ireland and the bosom of the family, where she with their six children remained. He returned several times, and efforts were made by both sides to find a ground for reconcilement, but apparently no common understanding could be reached. He wrote me from Vancouver, about 1906 or 1907 that he had just returned from Ireland again - that every one had been kind, and wanted him to remain, but he had grown out of sympathy with their views and life. So, he had made up his mind to never go back again, but to remain on this side and follow his own light. As long as his mother lived he was provided with an allowance, and in addition she provided for his family - educating his children and making a home for them and their mother.

"Which one of them secured the divorce I do not know, but he later married a much younger woman who was in sympathy with his ideals. She was a business woman and was independent of his support. He did much writing and teaching of philosophical economics (I am not sure that he would so name his activities, but that is as near as I can come to an interpretation of them.) He is now a very old man and so ill that I would not be surprised to hear at any time of his last journey to the Great Beyond. His wife stays by and supports their home. A young friend and disciple lives with them, and I suspect, helps out in many ways. They live in San Francisco. I hear from Walter several times a year. His last letter, within the month, said that he was to have a surgical operation, which might help him to live more comfortably - or might make him worse, or, perhaps help him out of life. (I do not remember the date of the above, but soon after I received word of his death on September 28, 1933 - the date of his last letter was Sep 19, 1933. All this may appear unnecessary, and yet I hope that I have not in any way drawn an unfair picture of this connecting link between the Irish and American Sintons. But for his coming among us this record would never, likely, have been given form. On his first visit here we learned that he was a fourth cousin, once removed, to Joseph Sinton (O'Brien) ... and I feel sure that it was his account of us that gave the Friends Historical Society of Dublin, the data for that designation (Sintons of Colorado Springs). Also he said that he had visited David Sinton of Cincinnati, who was a first cousin to his father."

In the first two paragraphs above mention is made about two sons named Walter Lyon. In fact there was only one but from Quaker records I have found that he had a brother Robert born 13d 5mo 1859 and died 1d 6mo 1859. As Walter would only have been fourteen months old when Robert was born he would not have remembered the event and obviously it was never talked about in his presence when he was older. This would explain Robert's omission from the WLS complitation.
Quaker birth details for all John & Eleanor's children can be viewed on the website at Quaker Births and Robert's burial details at Quaker Burials
[RFSS Aug 2005]

Walter Lyon was living in Wheatfield House, Portadown, Co. Armagh, in November 1890 (from will of John Sinton of Ravarnet, Co. Down) and March 1892 (from will of Jacob Sinton of Annagh, Co. Armagh).
[RFSS Feb 2003]

Quaker Records Ireland - Disownment / Resignation Details
Name: Walter Lyon Sinton
Date: 14th 4th mo. 1892
Meeting: Lisburn
Record Location: Microfilm Reel 20,197 (Record book held in Lisburn)
Action: Disowned
Reason(s): Name to be removed from the list.
Note that he was disowned yesterday.
[RFSS Jul 2012]

Ellis Island Passenger Record
The surname has been incorrectly transcribed as Suiton
First Name: Mr. Walter L.
Last Name: Suiton
Ethnicity: Ireland, Irish
Last Place of Residence:
Date of Arrival: Feb 27, 1894
Age at Arrival: 35y
Gender: M
Marital Status:
Ship of Travel: Aurania (1883)
Port of Departure: Liverpool and Queenstown
Manifest Line Number: 0233
[RFSS Mar 2011]

Border Crossings From Canada to United States 1895-1956
Name: Walter L. Sinton
Arrival Date: 13 Nov 1904
Arrival Port: Montreal, Quebec, England
Age: 47
Estimated Birth Year: 1857
Gender: Male
Race: Irish
Last Residence: Haley Ido
Departure Port: Liverpool, England
Ship Name: Lake Manitoba
NARA Publication Title: Manifests of Passengers Arriving in the St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954
NARA Publication Number: M1464
NARA Roll Number: 24
[RFSS Mar 2011]

United States Census, 15 April 1910
Name: Walter L. Sinton
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1910
Event Place: San Francisco Assembly District 31, San Francisco, California, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 52
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Lodger
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Lodger
Birth Year (Estimated): 1858
Birthplace: Ireland
Immigration Year: 1877
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: England
District: 20
Sheet Number and Letter: 7A
Household ID: 57
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M1283
GS Film number: 1374109
Digital Folder Number: 004327299
Image Number: 00434
[RFSS Mar 2011]

United States Census, 1 April 1920
Name: Walter L. Sinton
Residence: , Pierce, Washington
Estimated Birth Year: 1859
Age: 61
Birthplace: Ireland
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: England
Film Number: 1821937
Digital Folder Number: 4390970
Image Number: 00596
Sheet Number: 8
Household Gender Age
Walter L Sinton M 61y
Spouse Etta M Sinton F 37y
[RFSS Mar 2011]

United States Census 1 April 1930
Name: Walter L. Sinton
Event: Census
Event date: 1930
Event place: San Francisco (Districts 251-409), San Francisco, California
Gender: Male
Age: 72
Marital status: Married
Race: White
Birthplace: Northern Ireland
Estimated birth year: 1858
Immigration year:
Relationship to head of household: Head
Father's birthplace: Northern Ireland
Mother's birthplace: England
Enumeration district number: 0328
Family number: 232
Sheet number and letter: 16A
Line number: 18
Nara publication: T626, roll 207
Film number: 2339942
Digital folder number: 4532354
Image number: 00124
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Walter L. Sinton M 72 Northern Ireland
Wife Etta Sinton F 47 Washington
Lodger Kate Waters F 71 Illinois
Lodger Ethel Garlick F 61 England
[RFSS Sep 2012]

California Death Index
Name: Walter L. Sinton
Event Date: 28 Sep 1933
Event Place: , San Francisco, California, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 75
Birth Year (Estimated): 1858
Certificate Number: 51473
[RFSS Sep 2017]
Marriage Certificate of Walter Lyon Sinton and Isabella Mary Pringle - 9 Jun 1880Marriage Certificate of Walter Lyon Sinton and Isabella Mary Pringle - 9 Jun 1880
[RFSS Sept 2019]

Ireland Marriages
Groom's Name: Walter Lyon Sinton
Bride's Name: Isabella Mary Pringle
Marriage Date: 9 Jun 1880
Marriage Place: National Register Of Quakers, , , Ireland
Registration District: Banbridge
Volume Number: 1
Page Number: 261
Index Number: 46
[RFSS Mar 2011]
[ s136 ] Ancestral File - THE SINTON FAMILY - Page 1-13 Ref. 32a - Walter Lyon Sinton / Lulu Bell Sinton / John Ronald Howard Greeves / Robert Francis Speers Sinton / Ann Heacock Sinton - Version 1.01 (Feb 2003]
[ s696 ] Church Record - Religious Society of Friends, Lurgan, Co. Armagh - Monthly Meeting Birth Register - QLB-102   
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[ s1374 ] Marriage Certificate - Marriage of Walter Lyon Sinton and Isabella Mary Pringle on 9 June 1880 in Friends Meeting House, Bessbrook, Co. Armagh, Ireland, United Kingdom - Registration District: Banbridge, Volume Number: 1, Page Number: 261, Index Number: 46 - MC1880-09-06-WLS-IMP
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