|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1842|
|Death: ||Oct., 1945|
Erastus Rockwell Barton, Last Surviving Civil War Veteran In
McKean County, Died Thursday
Would Have Been 103 Years of Age On Nov. 21;
Fought Under Gen. Grant in Battles of Stony Creek, Fredricksburg, Petersburg, Richmond
Erastus Rockwell Barton, the last surviving Civil War veteran in McKean county, died at his home in Oil Valley Road, near Duke Center, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, following an illness of several days. Mr. Barton was taken ill the previous Monday.
Had he lived until Nov. 21, he would have been 103 years of age. Mr. Barton was born Nov. 21, 1842, in Greenwood, Steuben County, N.Y., and came to McKean county with his family at the age of three.
He spent the greater part of his life in Eldred, Farmers Valley, on the Albert Otto Farms near Rixford and then in various localities in the vicinity of Duke Center. For the past several years he has lived on the Oil Valley Road, near Duke Center.
Henry Barton, father of the deceased, enlisted in the Union army from Farmers Valley where the family was living at the time. When the father was honorably discharged from service, Erastus Barton, then 21, came to Smethport and enlisted in the Union army also. He served with the 211th Pennsylvania Regiment in the battles of Stony Creek, Fredericksburg, Hancock Station, Petersburg and Richmond. He was in the service for approximately 14 months, and was under the command of General U. S. Grant.
Erastus Barton recalled on many occasions that he cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln and has voted in every presidential election since that time.
In 1868, he moved to Rixford, where he was active In clearing much of the territory which later became Duke Center. An active participant in the lumber industry in
his youth, Mr. Barton has the distinction of running the last logs that were removed from Duke Center and Eldred down the river from Larabee to Warren.
Deceased led a very active life, but for the past few years failing eyesight caused him to retire. He enjoyed good health until his illness several days ago. His mind has been
very active and when a party in his honor on the 100th anniversary of his birthday was observed he was the life of the party by dancing a jig.
Deceased was united in marriage to Ambrosia Burger on March 30, 1863. They had five children. His wife, a son and two daughters preceded him in death.
Surviving are one son, Timothy Barton of Olean, N. .Y.; a daughter,Mrs. Charles Fowler of East Aurora, N. Y.; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
Three of his grandsons served in World War II.
He was a member of the United Brethren church of Duke Center.
Following a brief prayer service at the home at 1 o'clock, Monday afternoon, further services were held at 1:30 o'clock in the United Brethern Church, Duke Center. The Rev. Aara D. McGill, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the family plot in rixford Cemetery. Services were under the direction of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Eldred.
Ambrosia B Burger Barton (1847 - 1926)*
Isabella Barton (1869 - 1870)*
Montesko Barton (1871 - 1873)*
Tim H. Barton (1874 - 1967)*
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