Captain Alexander Barton (born 1763), my 4x great-grandfather, had fought at Prophetstown, serving under General William Henry Harrison in 1812. It is likely that he continued that service as General Harrison led his troops north, where they ultimately defeated the British and Native troops and killing Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames, near Ontario, Canada in September of 1813.
Upon his return to Posey County, he married Elizabeth Lowell (born 1764) and they started their family. They had nine children over the next seventeen years, most of whom lived to adulthood. Alexander was a farmer and several land patents were recorded in his name, and that of his father and nine brothers. Bartons were all over the place!
Posey County was growing rapidly; indeed, the entire Indiana Territory was being settled and local governments formed, so that in 1816 Indiana was made a state.
In 1820, Alexander and Elizabeth welcomed their fifth child, my 3x great-grandfather, Lewis. In 1830, they welcomed their ninth and last son; they were 42 and 41 years old, respectively. With four daughters and five sons, they had plenty of help on their ever-expanding farm. Ten years later, however, 4x great-grandmother Elizabeth died, age 51. Her oldest son had died the year before; her youngest son was only 10. Alexander lived until 1848; all the children were grown…
My 3x great-grandfather, Lewis Barton, born. 1820, was 20-years-old when his mother died. The following year, he married Martha Oliver, born 1826. The Olivers were a prominent family, according the Posey County history books. Her father, William, owned a vast amount of land and built the town of Oliver, thriving in its day, but now just a group of houses along a backroad. At its height, it had a blacksmith shop, dry goods store, and a tavern and was considered a candidate for county seat. If you’ve ever been to Farview Orchard in Posey County, you have been through Oliver.
Lewis and Martha had ten children between the years of 1845 and 1860, four of whom died in infancy. The children who lived to adulthood were Orilla Ann, Enoch, Elizabeth, William David, James, and Fanny. Their first son, who had lived only a couple of months, had been named William. Their youngest son was also named William, but they called him David. He was my 2x great grandfather.
Grandpa Lewis was too old and his sons were too young, so there is no Civil War military involvement to report. They must have been very relieved. But sometimes, there’s an invisible enemy out there.
In 1873 cholera broke out in Posey County. One of the history books I researched lists literally every name that died over the course of the next year. Among the rolls of dead are the names of Lewis and Martha Barton, who died days apart in July, ages 53 and 47. Their daughter, Elizabeth, 23-years-old, married with three children, succumbed the following October.
When 3x greats died, their oldest daughter, Orilla Ann, was married with children, living in Gallatin County, Illinois, just across the river from Posey County, Indiana. It appears that the surviving children who were still at home,, David, 15, James, 13, and Fanny, 10, went to live with her and her family. Enoch, the oldest son, was 25-years-old, old enough to take care of business; it appears he sold the farm in 1874. That same year he married and moved to Kansas.
The youngest son, James, did return to Posey County, but there’s little record that I can find of him. Little sister, Fanny, married a fellow from White County by the name of Leonard Blagg; they moved to Missouri and raised a large family.
3x great-grandfather, David Barton, was 19 years old when he married Sarah Jane Haddon in 1878. Sarah Jane could boast about several Civil War Heroes in her family, who were prominent in Carmi, Illinois, where the coupled started their married life living with the bride’s family.
There were still plenty of Bartons left back in Posey County, but that’s it for my direct relatives…we’re all from Illinois for the next 90 years…