BARTON- Died on Friday afternoon, about 2 o'clock, at his residence a short distance south of this city, Joseph Barton, aged 81 years, 10 months and 28 days.
He died very suddenly of heart disease. He had not enjoyed his usual vigor and strength for some weeks but was around attending as usual to his business, and on that day eat his dinner and was talking to his wife on the subject of death, when he was stricken down.
Joseph Barton was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1797, removed at an early age with his parents to Ohio and from there to this state in 1840, settling a short time after on the place which he has since made his home and where he died. Mr. Barton was a millwright by trade and in those early days built several mills through the country. His location was evidently selected with a view of the mill privileges; and Barton's Mill was long one of the well known and established enterprises of Henry county. Mr. Barton first married in Ohio, his wife dying six years after. He married a second time in Illinois to Miss Mary Ridinger, living with her nearly fifty years. By her he had eleven children, eight boys and three girls, four only of whom, three boys and one girl, now survive him. The mother died about eight years ago. He soon after married his third wife, Mrs. Fannie Huffman, who now survives him. They had been married just six years at the time of his death. Mr. Barton is the oldest member of the Church of God in Iowa, the first to cross the Mississippi. He built the church near his residence almost entirely from his own means, and was ever an earnest, devoted and consistent member of that church. His funeral was largely attended, Rev. W.W. Roberts, the pastor of the church, officiating. Thus has gone from our midst another one of the old settlers of Henry County. A firm, honest, brave old man, universally esteemed and respected wherever known. One of the first settlers here he had himself experienced the difficulties and privations incident to an early pioneer life. "He fought the good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith."
Huldah Barton Edwards (1832 - 1862)*
Eli Barton (1835 - 1882)*
Thomas W. Barton (1841 - 1905)*
Azur Barton (1846 - 1922)*
Created by: Mo & Dave Gates
Record added: Feb 18, 2011
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