Joseph Miller Barton

Joseph Miller Barton

Westmoreland City, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Dec 1897 (aged 59)
Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon, USA
Burial Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 25907807 · View Source
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JOSEPH MILLER BARTON was born in Westmoreland County, Pennyslvania. He became a school teacher around Bartonville, Illinois. He and a friend saw action at Vicksburg, Mississippi, where the friend was killed. The bereaved fiancee, Jane Woodruff, became Joseph's bride. (This lady was making" fashionable dresses for McCully's store" in Joseph, Oregon in 1889). They came out west in 1869 by covered wagon, eventually locating at the head of Wallowa Lake (1883).

The Barton family was very prominent in the area, raising four sons and a daughter. A son, Elmer, homesteaded on Horse Creek on the Imnaha. At the mouth of the Imnaha, he and Bart Hibbs discovered copper in June of 1899.

Another son, Ralph, homesteaded in Hells Canyon. A mountain below the dam is named in his honor. He married Lenora Hibbs. The bought the T. F. Rich place on Grouse Creek, which they sold to Billy Warmock and bought the Himelwright place on Summit Creek.

Their children were frequent participants in races at the County Fair. Two of Joseph's great grandsons still live in Wallowa County.
Served in Company G, 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Civil War

SOURCE: Page from the book "Gone but not Forgotten, The Pioneers of the IOOF Cemetery, Joseph, Oregon: Their Lives and Times." Published by Hurricane Creek Grange in 1998.

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At Rest
Our Father
J.M. Barton
Dec. 8, 1897
Aged 59 Years

Gravesite Details Tombstone incorrectly states date of death as Dec 8, 1897, should be Dec 9, 1897.


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  • Maintained by: Linda Barton
  • Originally Created by: Tami K.
  • Added: 10 Apr 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 25907807
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Miller Barton (3 Feb 1838–9 Dec 1897), Find a Grave Memorial no. 25907807, citing Hurricane Creek IOOF Cemetery, Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Linda Barton (contributor 47065239) .