Annie's father. James Walton, and her grandfather, William Walton, worked on the Oxford Canal, a 78 miles long narrow canal in central England linking Oxford with Coventry via Banbury and Rugby. When the railroad came through, Annie's father switched jobs and her brothers became life long RR men. The Walton family lived for many years in Hillmorton's St. John the Baptist parish house (the vicar prefering his much nicer place down the road).
A modern English road map circles St. John the Baptist for us and shows its proximity to the canal and the RR tracks. The map also allows us to see how the once self-contained town of Hillmorton became part of a sprawling Rugby
Our Waltons never lived more than 200 yards from a canal or a railroad. I marked in yellow both the Hillmorton rectory house and the street they moved to in Rugby to be near the train depot.
In 2006 cousin Jim Hackett and I visited the houses where our Walton family was enumerated on the 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 English censuses. It was a grand day.
Modern canal boats at Hillmorton wharf.
An old map showing how the Oxford canal was straightened back in the day
Note: apologies to the authors of both the new and old maps -- I found them early in my genealogical days and neglected to note the sources, not a mistake I would make now.