John Edward Broadbent 1845-1931 with his daughter Esther at Woodhall Cottage in Shimla India.jpg
Esther with her father at Woodhall Cottage, Shimla, India, ~1887. Esther was aged ~14.

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The Broadbents with friends. Esther's father and mother are standing just behind the wheel. Esther is seated with her hands on her legs at the bottom right.

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Cecil & Esther's wedding on 21 October 1896 at Murree, now in Pakistan. See here for more information.

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Cecil & Esther's wedding on 21 October 1896 at Murree, now in Pakistan

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Esther with her husband Cecil, the twins Dora & Joan (on Esther's knee), and 'Teddie' (standing by Cecil), April 1899.

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From left to right: Jessie, Jack, Jackie, Susan, Bernard, Joan, Cecil, Ted, Esther and Dora.

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Ronald, Douglas, Esther, Ted and Dora, ~1918.

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Esther and her daughter Dora in the 1950s.

Mentions in Emily's Memoir

"In September this year [1894] our Cecil was very happily engaged at Simla to the daughter of a very old friend, Esther Broadbent, child of Colonel Broadbent and of his wife, formerly Dora Nicholson whom we had known intimately in Calcutta between '65 and '70. Esther and her mother came home in November, and Esther soon found a place in our hearts after we met her at her uncle Sir William Broadbent's house in London." p108

"On October 21 [1896] Cecil and Esther were married at Murree, in India, by good Bishop Matthews of Lahore. Arthur was alas! the only one to represent the family, and he sent us a delightful account of that happy and festive occasion. Colonel & Mrs. Broadbent grudged nothing to their sweet and only daughter - and the Mother (our friend Dora Nicholson of early Calcutta days) quite accepted Cecil as a son, during the eight months she lived after this marriage - after which a sudden illness called her 'Home'*. After a brief honeymoon this young couple settled down in Multan to work there for two years.
(*In June, 1897. Two months later Colonel Broadbent having gone to the Malakand Campaign as Chief Engineer, Esther travelled to Barnes Court, Simla, residence of 'Uncle Willy' Mackworth Young, then Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab, where Ted was born, on September 6th.)" p112

"When autumn came we began to look forward to the return of Cecil and his wife and son Ted - and were thankful when they safely arrived on Sunday evening November 13th. Cecil's calm and Esther's pluck carried them thro a long and anxious journey; and after six weeks quiet rest, dear Esther gave us twin-granddaughters, on December 27, who were christened in February '99, and called 'Dora and Joan'. They were a great joy to their dear Mother and me, tho' of course a great handful; and we were rejoiced to give them a home for three months, especially as Esther's own dear mother was gone aloft, and Colonel Broadbent had not then retired from Indian life, so they had no Home in England this year but ours." pp113-114


With Rev. Cecil Barton (1870-1909):
  1. Lt. Col. Ted Barton (1897-1971)
  2. Dora Barton (1898-1962)
  3. Joan Barton (1898-1900) - twin of the above
  4. Ronald Barton (1901-1986)
  5. Dr. Douglas Barton (1902-1958)