- For the son of Zebulon and Esther Walton, please see Benjamin Walton.
Benjamin "Ben" Walton (born January 1921) is the fourth Walton child. He was named after John's brother, who died in the first World War.
He always seems to be the one in the family who attempts to make money by some type of ridiculous scheme, and usually gets himself into trouble and has to be bailed out by his father or John Boy
Even as an adult, running the mill in partnership with his father, he continues to make deals which sometimes don't work out well (including hiring the lazy, unproductive Easy Jackson).
He elopes to marry Cindy and together they have two children, Virginia and Charlie, to whom he is devoted. He continues to work at and run the timber mill with an assortment of people: his father, Paul Northridge, Erin's husband and Drew.
Ben joins the Navy due to an overwhelming feeling of not being patriotic enough like his other family members. He becomes a POW at a Japanese encampment, but him and his squad are ultimately released.