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Barnabas Horton

  • Birth 1600 Mowsley, Harborough District, Leicestershire, England
  • Death 13 Jul 1680 Southold, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Burial Southold, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Plot Old Burial Ground Section, Row 6, Stone 015
  • Memorial ID 8265754

One of the founders of Southold, Long Island, Puritan community leader Barnabas Horton was born in Mowsley (spelled "Mousely" in some accounts), Leicestershire c.1600, and is said to have brought his gravestone with him to the New World: a 3'x 5' slate slab pre-engraved in England with all but the date of his death. Very little is known of his early life, though he was "probably the son of Joseph Horton", according to the earliest Horton genealogy, which was published in 1876 by descendant George Firman Horton (1806-1886. Barnabas' mother was not unidentified in this genealogy, and remains so to this day for lack of reliable evidence.
Barnabas was twice married while still in England, and fathered two sons by his first wife, Anne Smith, whom he married in 1622: Joseph, born c.1625, and Benjamin. His second marriage, to Mary Langton, produced either seven or eight children. By some accounts he had emigrated to the New World c.1630 in the ship "Swallow", accompanied by Mary and the offspring of his first marriage. After previously living in Massachusetts and Connecticut, he settled in Southold, Long Island at age 38. He died there 42 years later at the age of 80. Described by one local historian as a powerfully-built, ruddy-faced, genial man, he was a baker by trade but possessed of a variety of other skills and talents which led to his success as a settler and community leader. His ledger-style gravestone, which covers a vault interment, had been re-lettered and given a new, more secure foundation during the 1800's by one of his many descendants, and when this historic Southold cemetery was vandalized in January 2004, it was among those which escaped damage. (See gravestone inscription below, which includes Horton's youngest son, Jonathan Horton, the first Captain of Calvary in the County of Suffolk, who was buried at his father's feet. Captain Jonathan Horton died "Feb. 23, AD 1707, Aged 60." BIO BY NIKITA BARLOW


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"Here sleeps my body tombed in its dust
Till Christ shall come & raise it with the just.
My soul's assended to the throne of God
Where with sweet Jesus now I make aboad.
Then hasten after me my dearest wife
To be pertaker of the blessed life.
And you dear children all follow the Lord.
Hear and obey His publick sacred word
And in your houses call upon His name
For oft I have advised you to the same.
Then God will bless you with your childdren all
And to this blessed place he will you call. HEB. XI; 4: HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKETH."
*At Horton's feet lie the remains of his youngest son, Jonathan Horton, the first Captain of Calvary in the County of Suffolk. He died Feb. 23, AD 1707, Aged 60.

Gravesite Details According to Charlie Stapleton, a Horton descendant, Barnabas Horton's parents were Joseph and Mary Schuyler Horton. Additional info re: marriage date and children from Horton descendant Nancy Buckley Ferguson.
  • Created by: Nikita Barlow
  • Added: 11 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8265754
  • Pamela Fowler Sweeney
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Barnabas Horton (1600–13 Jul 1680), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8265754, citing Old Burying Ground of First Presbyterian Church, Southold, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Nikita Barlow (contributor 46508077) .