Barton Family Information - Compiled by C. Kirkstadt, Jan 1997: PHILLIP BARTON - Was about 10 years old when his mother married Philip Hixon. He was 24 years old when he married Lydia. His mother died May 18, 1938. Phillip died Nov. 13, 1938 of a gunshot wound. Phillip's death certificate gives Date of Birth as Nov. 27, 1897, however he died in 1938 at age 58 and therefore was born in 1879 (not 1897). His gravestone, in Sterling CO., shows Nov. 27, 1879.
From Colorado Death Certificate:
Name: Phillip Barton
Residence: 25 mi SE Sterling, Colo.
Date of Birth: Nov. 27, 1897 (submitters note: This date on the death certificate is wrong - should be Nov. 27, 1879)
Age: 58 years, 11 months, 6 days
Name of Father: ?
Birthplace of Father: ?
Maiden Name of Mother: ?
Birthplace of Mother: ?
Informant: Mrs. Liddia Barton
Burial Place: Sterling, Colo.
Burial Date: Nov. 17, 1938
Undertaker: A. D. Jackson & Son
Date of Death: Nov. 13, 1938
Time: 2:35 p.m.
Cause of Death: Gun shot wound in forehead (suicide)
Where did injury occur: Home
Manner of injury: 22 cal. rifle
Signed A. D. Jackson & Son
News Article (from Monday, November 14, 1938 newspaper in Sterling, Colorado): PHILIP BARTON, HARDING FARMER, DIES OF GUNSHOT
Philip Barton, 58 years old, well known farmer who has lived for thirty years south of the Harding school, died Sunday afternoon at a hospital in Sterling of a gunshot wound, which Coroner A. D. Jackson said apparently was self-inflicted.
Mr. Barton had been in ill health, having recently been a hospital patient in Sterling, and was despondent, according to statements of members of his family.
Mr. and Mrs. Barton and a son were at home Sunday morning when Mr. Barton went into the front room. Hearing a noise, Mrs. Barton and son entered the room and found Mr. Barton on the floor, a small-calibre rifle under the body. The coroner was called and brought Mr. Barton to a hospital where he died at 2:35 o'clock.
The wound was in the roof of the mouth and the bullet left the head between the eyes, the coroner said.
Mr. Barton, during his long residence in the Harding region, was known as a leading farmer. A large planting of Western Yellow pines was a distinguishing feature of his place.
Surviving Mr. Barton are his wife, Mrs. Lydia Koenig Barton, two sons, Charles E. Barton of Sterling and Rutherford W. Barton, who divides time between Sterling and the home place, and a daughter, Mrs. John Busig of Parkdale, Ore.
Funeral arrangements, in charge of the A. D. Jackson & Son mortuary, had not been completed this afternoon.
Tombstone in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Logan County, Colorado:
Nov. 27, 1879
Nov. 13, 1938
DEC. 29, 1884
MAY 6, 1981
From My Life (Written by Bertha Mae Barton in 1966 when she was 62, edited): "Lydia Koenig and Phillip Barton met in Greeley, Colorado and September 1, 1903 they were married... It was while we were living at Parkdale, Oregon that I lost my dad. He died November 13, 1938 at the age of 58. Sometimes the death of a loved one, we sorrow at the blows life has dealt him and we wish he might have had a second chance, and so it was with him. I like to think that where ever he may be, I am still his one and only girl."
Note: Phillip Barton was the illegitimate son of Katurah A. Barton.
Mother: Katurah A. BARTON b: 10 OCT 1858, d: 18 MAY 1938 in Crystal Spring, Fulton County, Pennsylvania
Married to Lydia Ann KOENIG (born 29 DEC 1884 in Canada, died 6 MAY 1981 in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California) on 1 SEP 1903
Bertha Mae BARTON b: 3 DEC 1904 in Crystal Spring, Fulton County, Pennsylvania, d: 6 OCT 1985 in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington
Charles Ervin BARTON b: 28 FEB 1906 in Crystal Spring, Fulton County, Pennsylvania, d: 23 JUL 1994 in Sterling, Logan County, Colorado
Rutherford W. BARTON b: 16 JUN 1910 in Sterling, Logan County, Colorado, d: 20 SEP 1992 in Byron, Contra Costa County, California
Phillip Barton; born 27 NOV 1879 in Crystal Spring, Fulton County, Pennsylvania; died 13 NOV 1938 in Sterling, Logan County, Colorado
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