Florence was the daughter Adaline Brockway and Chauncey Smith Wolcott. She was married to Dr. Robert Alton and together they were the parents of one daughter, Ethel, born December 1881.
Obituary of Florence Alton: The Portland Observer, Wednesday, January 29, 1890: Florence E., wife of Dr. R. W. Alton, and only child of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Wolcott, died at the home of her parents in this village, on Wednesday morning, having gone from her own pleasant home to enjoy the care and company of her father and mother among the familiar surroundings of her childhood in the last days of her life, in the 36th year of her age. Mrs. Alton was beloved by a large circle of friends, especially the young married people of this village, with whom she had been a favorite and in whose society she was much before she was compelled by ill health to forego their pleasures. The funeral was held at the residence of her parents on Friday afternoon last, and was attended by as large a concourse of friends as could possibly gain admittance to the rooms, many who would have attested their affection by attending the last sad rites of their friend, being compelled to remain away only from lack of room. The services were conducted by Rev. Frank McAlpine of Charlotte, and were impressive. The floral offerings were the most elaborate ever seen here, among which were a beautiful floral pillow from the husband; a scroll with the name "Florence" in the center, the ground work of pure white, from the members of a social club of which the deceased was a member; a large bunch of white roses from the ladies' literary club of which Mr. Alton was also a member, besides other offerings. The last time the assembled friends looked upon the face of Florence I. Alton, was when she lay peacefully and as asleep, almost in the same spot where but a few short years ago she stood and consigned her heart and happiness to Dr. Robert W. Alton, and when this thought in all its significance dawned upon the friends, the well-springs of tears burst out afresh; but those who shed the tears were better for having done so. The deceased leaves a husband and one child, and they with the aged parents, have the heartfelt sympathy of every friend of the family in the loss of their wife, mother and daughter. Thus has passed away one who, though suffering much, bore is uncomplainingly and was early resigned to the fate which she realized was surely and not slowly approaching. Mrs. Alton had lived in Portland most of her life; had grown to womanhood, married and died among friends whose hearts are torn at the parting; but they know that all suffering is ended, and that Florence, in the goodness of her life and heart has passed to what must be a better world, and can say among their tears in extenuation of the taking off of one so loved, that "God doeth all things well."
Florence Ida Alton in the Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995; FHL Film Number:960506. Research of Marilynn Johnson