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Susan, seated in the middle, with her son Jackie by her side and her son Bernard on her knee. To the left of her is her sister-in-law Jessie Barton (1874-1955) and Susan's husband Rev. Jack Barton (1866-1941). To the right of Susan are Rev. Cecil Barton (1870-1909) and Esther Broadbent (1873-1959) and their three oldest children Joan, Ted (standing) and Dora.

"On returning to Swansea [in 1894] we spent a Sunday at Dingestow Court, the Bosanquet’s beautiful old home, whose two sons we had known at Trinity College Cambridge; one now doing exploration work in Egypt, the other at Odessa. The curtains and bed hangings of the room we occupied were the most beautiful tapestry designs and needlework I have seen in any private house; the work is sald to be 200 or 300 years old. We rowed down the lovely River Wye, after we left Dingestow, and went over Tintern Abbey on its banks; and shortly after this our party broke up at Swansea. Jack returned to his lonely life in Sunderland, with a warm remembrance of Susie in his mind and we promised that Ethel should go and keep him company there for six months. This proved a useful and happy time; and Ethel started work among the women and girls connected with the Seamen's Mission, which was continued by Susie a year later." *Memoirs of Emily Elliott p108

"Ethel came home for Christmas from Sunderland; and told us that Mr. H. E. Thornton had paid them a visit, as he was interested in Jack's work; and had volunteered to contribute half the salary of a lay reader to assist Jack as he thought he ought to have more help. He also gave Jack a warm invitation to take a week's rest in January after the very heavy Xmas & New Year's work; and spend it in their home at the Ropewalk, Nottingham.
On January 11th 1895 dear Father and I returned late from a devotional meeting, where Parents had met specially to intercede for their families, and found lying on the Hall Table a letter addressed in Jack's neat handwriting, with the Nottingham postmark. As we took it into the Dining Room to read, we guessed the contents before breaking the seal! and soon found that our prayers for this dear Son's happiness had been answered. The Father sat up late to assure him of our sympathy and warm approval of his suit, and posted the letter before midnight. Next morning he also telegraphed, knowing that Jack must leave Nottingham and return that day to Sunderland for Sunday duty; and soon we had happy letters telling us of his engagement to Susie - who has been a very dear daughter to us now for nine years. In February '95 both Susie and Esther, and their Mothers, and Jack met one day at Castelnau, Wimbledon, and were introduced to those of the family then at home.
Mr. Thornton objected to long engagements, and as soon as Susie passed her 20th birthday, arrangements were made for the wedding at Nottingham, and a happier one we never attended than her's and Jack's on July 31 '95. The gathering of the Clans is the best part of most of these functions, except for the young couple themselves; and where most are of one mind, and old friends or relatives, and where a fine summer day is secured, nothing can be more enjoyable. Your Father tied the knot - the Bride had six maids to follow her, two of them her own, and two Jack's sisters. The union with the Thornton family was entirely after our hearts, and we were deeply thankful that God had given our Jack, with his young wife, all the good things both for this life and for the next which we, as parents, had for years asked of Him. The large family dinner party after the bridal pair had gone off to Rowsley, Derbyshire, was kept lively by stories from Mrs. Thornton's brother, now Lord Grenfell - who though not then himself a father, had infinite sympathy with, and love for young people; and we experienced that evening none of the proverbial 'depression' after the Bride and her Groom's departure!" *Memoirs of Emily Elliott pp108-109


With Rev. Jack Barton (1866-1941):
  1. Jackie Barton (1896-1904).
  2. Bernard Cecil Leslie Barton (1898-1992).
  3. Arthur Grenfell Barton (1901-1974).
  4. Rev. Raymond Henry Barton (1905-1975).
  5. Joy Barton (1907-1984).
  6. Madeline Susan Barton (1911-1994).
  7. Major General Billy Barton (1916-2001).