Rev Morris N. Barton

  • Birth 1800 Connecticut, USA
  • Death 1857 Romulus, Seneca County, New York, USA
  • Burial Romulus, Seneca County, New York, USA
  • Plot Lot 82
  • Memorial ID 87021245

Morris N. Barton served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Romulus, through the most crucial stages of the Second Great Awakening. Barton was educated at Hamilton College (class of 1823) and the Auburn Theological Seminary, and began his ministry at the Presbyterian Church in Romulus in 1825, just as the evangelical fervor of the Awakening reached its peak. These two institutions were among the intellectual centers of the religious movement that dominated the "Burned-Over District" of New York State through the 1820s and much of the 30s, and many of the ministers who conducted the revivals and inspired religious enthusiasm studied there. Thus, Barton's writings serve as an illustration of the intellectual discourse around the Awakening, one of the most significant intellectual and religious phenomena of the nineteenth century.

Like many men and women who were stirred by the Second Great Awakening, Barton developed interests in a wide range of social and moral reform movements. His essays and sermons reflected a strong desire to bring about the moral regeneration of his parishioners, and more generally, the world, and he longed equally to see his religious principles expressed in everyday life. Clearly, Barton held Arminian tendencies, believing that salvation depended on actions in this world, and was not solely the product of divine grace. As a result, he favored active intervention to eliminate America's greatest moral issue, slavery, preferring financial and moral support for the colonization of freed slaves as a way to atone for this transgression. In general, Barton felt that there were spiritual benefits in the cultivation of popular associations because such groups encouraged feelings of brotherhood and cooperation, feelings which created a predisposition to spiritual improvement.

Barton married in his late 20s and he and his wife Ann had 9 children. He held the pastorate at the Presbyterian Church in Romulus for 24 years and died there in 1857 at the age of 57.

The 45 foot by 55 foot church built was a two story building, lathe and plastered inside and sided on the outside, and had a steeple. The building was dedicated on October 22, 1809. If you would like to see the location of the church, visit the cemetery on the hill west of the village and find the grave of the Rev. Morris Barton who is buried where the pulpit in the little church was located.

The original Romulus Presbyterian Church, dedicated in 1809, once stood in what is now Mount Green Cemetery. The "Old Churchyard" is also located in Mount Green Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Theodore Spear
  • Added: 18 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87021245
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Morris N. Barton (1800–1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87021245, citing Mount Green Cemetery, Romulus, Seneca County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Theodore Spear (contributor 46963284) .