MRS. ELIZA GATTON BARTON died at her home east of Bellville, Thursday, after a two weeks' illness, aged about 78 years.
She leaves three sisters, and one brother, Mrs. Jane McGarvy of Mansfield, Mrs. Elizabeth Hendrickson of Bellville, and Sarah Gatton and Thos. Gatton, of near Bellville.
The funeral services were held at her late home at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by Eld. H.H. Burkholder. Interment at the Four Corners Cemetery.
(Butler Enterprise: 15 September 1905, Vol. 17, No. 32)
ELIZA (NEE GATTON) BARTON died Tuesday evening, September 12, 1905, aged 77 years, 5 months and 28 days. She was a daughter of John and Rachel Gatton and the third of a family of eight children. Mrs. Barton was born on the farm now owned by D. Arnold Lanehart and has spent the greater part of her life in the vicinity of her birth.
She was united in marriage to John Barton, January 7, 1847. To this union no children were born. Mr. Barton preceded her in death. She will be remembered by her many friends and acquaintances as one who possessed many noble traits.
She leaves one brother, three sisters, and many other relatives to mourn. During her last illness she was tenderly cared for by a nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Mary Lemley.
Funeral services were held at her late residence on Thursday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Eld. H.H. Burkholder. Interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
(Butler Enterprise: 22 September 1905, Vol. 17, No. 33)
ELIZA GATTON BARTON - Eliza Gatton was a daughter of John and Rachel (Norris) Gatton, who came to Jefferson Township in 1818, and shared in the danger and excitement of pioneer life. One time Mrs. Gatton went to Mansfield with a web of linen, and was followed on her return by a pack of wolves. The horse she rode was a fast one, and it was considerable time before they came up with her. The horse ran at a gallop, and the famished brutes would jump against his sides and legs in their attempt to fasten their teen in the animal's flesh. The noble horse kept on in his lightning journey, striking the wolves down with his fore feet when they came before him, and kicking behind until he arrived home, and the pests were driven off. Mrs. Gatton says Joe Heins shot Tom Lyons, the noted Indian on John Kanaga's farm in the southern part of Jefferson Township. This Indian carried ninety tongues of white men as the trophies of his life career in warring against the pale face. Eliza Gatton was married in 1847 to John Barton, who died in the army. (Submitted by Amy, Bellville Star: 31 August 1882)
JOHN BARTON - In the year 1845 John Barton left his home in Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania, to seek a home in Ohio. He came to Richland County and settled on a little farm about three miles southeast of Bellville. He had not lived there long until he made the acquaintance of Miss Eliza Gatton, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa (John) Gatton. Mr. Barton and Miss Gatton were married at the residence of the bride's uncle, Mr. Isaac Gatton, January 7, 1847 by 'Squire Reuben Evarts. But their married life was of short duration for on the night of June 10, of the same year, without a word of warning he disappeared. No news of the truant husband was heard, until one day in the year of '63, a letter came from him informing her, that he was then fighting for his country, having enlisted as a private in Company I of the 58th. Pennsylvania Volunteers at the beginning of the Rebellion. The letter was a very pathetic one, stating that he had ever regretted leaving her. He intimated in the letter that he would return home, after his term of enlistment had expired. The war closed, still no letter came from the absent husband. Finally she wrote to the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, and at last she received a reply. But that reply contained sad news - John Barton was shot and mortally wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, but a few days after he wrote the letter home. About three years ago, Mrs. B. made application for a pension. But more astounding developments awaited her. From the Pension Bureau she received intelligence that a woman claiming to be the widow of John Barton had made application for a pension, for herself and five children. Her claim was satisfactorily established and the pension was granted. When Mr. Barton left his home in Ohio, he wandered back to his native state. There he became acquainted with Miss Harriet Whitlock, to whom he was married in the year 1852, less than five years from the time he deserted his first wife. The department is withholding the pension from wife No. 2, and no doubt wife No. 1 will hereafter draw it.