The Barton Book is a much-quoted and indeed valuable reference for those who are researching their Barton genealogical heritage. It is no doubt the result of unimaginable hours of research, discussion, conjecture and investigation concerning the alignment of the varied lineages which make up our rich and fantastic family history.
My greatest pleasure is discovering a new ancestor or cousin and investigating the unique and always interesting facts about that person’s life and experiences.
There is, however, always a chance for errors when conducting genealogical research as we all so very well know. I would like to address one such error, reveal its possible root cause, and hopefully correct the understanding of several fellow researchers who have incorporated this error into their genealogical history. In doing so I am in hopes that they will join me in pursuing the true facts of our ancestry and help me break through a brick wall which I have come up against.
My name is Calvin Pascal Barton, Jr. I was born November 8, 1955 at Nacogdoches, Texas. My father was Calvin Pascal Barton, Sr. He was born July 7, 1934 in Cushing, Texas. My grandfather was Winston Marion Barton. He was born June 14, 1905 in Laneville, Texas. My great-grandfather was Yancy Pascal Barton. He was born October 11, 1876 in Minden, Texas. My g-g-grandfather was Robert Marion Barton. He was born July 16, 1844 in Clayton County, Georgia.
Robert Marion Barton’s father was Thomas Howard Barton. This is of course my g-g-g-grandfather. The Barton Book indicates that Thomas Howard Barton was born in 1800 and was the son of Benjamin Franklin Barton and Dorcas Anderson Barton of Pickens District, South Carolina. It further indicates that Thomas Howard Barton was married to one Sally Boyd from which no known children were born prior to his marriage to Mary Berry.
I contend that this information is false. Benjamin Franklin Barton and Dorcas Anderson Barton did have a son names Thomas, but this is not Thomas Howard Barton, married to Mary Berry, father of Robert Marion Barton.
Here is the story. I had a great aunt born to Yancy Pascal Barton and his wife Ermie Mays Summers Barton. Her name was Beatrice Bolton Barton. She later married Daniel Rohrbaugh. During her adult life in Dallas, particularly in the late 50s and early 60s, Beatrice made an attempt to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. In order to prove lineage she proposed the link between Benjamin Franklin Barton, an American Revolutionary War veteran, and Thomas Howard Barton.
Beatrice spent many years attempting to prove this link, and in fact is cited in several instances as a reference for the relationship between Benjamin Franklin Barton and Thomas Howard Barton. An example is a publication titled “Gillmore – Carter and Allied Families” published in 1962. On page 114 of this document Mrs. Dan Rohrbaugh is cited as a reference for the lineage from Benjamin Franklin Barton to Yancy Pascal Barton and his descendants. The problem is my great aunt was never able to prove this relationship because it does not exist. Alas, as a consequence she was never able to join the DAR.
As evidence for this claim I offer the following items:
1) 1870 Federal Census for Clayton County, Georgia which lists the following information:
a. Name: Thomas H. Barton
b. Age: 58
c. Race: White
d. Gender: Male
e. Born: abt 1812
f. Birthplace: North Carolina
g. Home in 1870: Clayton, Georgia
2) 1860 Federal Census for Clayton County, Georgia which lists the following information:
a. T. H. Barton 49 Male Born – N.C.
b. J. N. Barton 21 Male Born – Ga
c. R. M. Barton 16 Male Born – Ga
3) 1850 Federal Census for Henry County, Georgia (Note: on November 30, 1858, the Georgia legislature created Clayton County out of parts of Henry and Fayette Counties). The 1850 Census for Henry County lists the following information:
Name: T. H. Barton Birth Year: abt 1811 Birthplace: North Carolina Gender: Male Home in 1850: District 42, Henry County, Georgia.
Family Members -------------------------
a. T. H. Barton 39 N.C.
b. M. Barton 43 N.C.
c. S.A.F. Barton 18 Ga.
d. M.A.E. Barton 17 Ga.
e. W. D. Barton 16 Ga.
f. Y. M. Barton 13 Ga.
g. T. B. Barton 12 Ga.
h. J. N. Barton 10 Ga.
i. A. R. Barton 9 Ga.
j. R. M. Barton 7 Ga.
4) Georgia Marriages 1699 – 1944 lists the following information:
a. Name: Thomas H. Barton
b. Spouse: Mary Berry
c. Marriage Date: 24 Feb. 1831
d. County: Fayette
e. State: Georgia
5) U.S. and International Marriage Records 1560 – 1900 lists the following information:
a. Name: Thomas Howard Barton
b. Gender: Male
c. Birthplace: North Carolina
d. Birth Year: 1811
e. Spouse Name: Mary Berry
f. Spouse Birth Year: 1807
g. Marriage Year: 1831
h. Marriage State: Georgia
The family of David Berry, Mary Berry’s father has been well established as being from Orange County, North Carolina and migrating to Georgia sometime between 1810 and 1830. I suspect that the Barton family of which Thomas Howard was a member was a part of that migration as well.
Perhaps the most compelling reason for the assertion that Thomas Howard Barton is not the son of Benjamin Franklin Barton is the DNA project conducted by members of the Barton family and documented here: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/barton/results?raw=1
I am Barton #A-43 and you can plainly see that I am much closer kin to the other Bartons that originated in North Carolina than I am to the descendants of Benjamin Franklin Barton. DNA is evidence is practically undisputable.
I ask those of my Barton cousins who have included this erroneous relationship in their genealogy to redouble their efforts to discover the ancestral line of Thomas Howard Barton from Orange County, North Carolina so that we can continue to explore our true heritage and discover new and exciting ancestral history.
For additional information or correspondence of any kind please contact me:
Cal Barton, Tyler, Texas
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