My name is David B. H. Barton and this 'wiki' is an online encyclopaedia of my family history. My family has been interested in its own history for generations, and we've amassed a huge archive of material. The lion's share of this information has been painstakingly gathered, over several decades, by my father Nicholas J. Barton. My job, as I see it, is to digitize it, organize it, and share it with the handful of people who might be interested in it. Still, there is some original research of mine on here as well. I don't have much time to add more at the moment though.
The name Barton is Anglo-Saxon in origin, meaning either 'barley farm' or 'lands of the manor or meadow', depending on who you ask. It's quite a common place-name in England and there are probably many different Barton families hailing from different places called Barton. There's even a Barton Historical Society to help keep track of them all, and they run a DNA project too. If you are a U.S. Barton looking for clues to your origin you'll probably have better luck with their site than mine.
Arthur Keith Barton
Arthur Keith Barton Private Arthur Keith Barton of "D" Coy 1st Batallion London Scottish was killed at the Ba…
Arthur Keith Barton Private Arthur Keith Barton of "D" Coy 1st Batallion London Scottish was killed at the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. He is remembered at Thiepval Memorial in Picardie, France. His memorial can be found on "Findagrave" website.
here as well, and more is being added regularly.
My particular Bartons can be traced back to Ivegill in Cumbria (yellow on the map below) in the 18th century, and evidently they were there nearly two centuries before that. Ivegill is only 11 miles NNW of a tiny hamlet called Barton (red on the map) which was once a sizeable parish, and it's possible that the Ivegill Bartons were previously from there. However there were also wealthy Bartons living not far away in Ormside Hall (blue) and possibly also Hartsop Hall (green), and a document exists which links the Ormside Bartons to lands in Yorkshire and Northumbria, and to Barton families in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Essex. It's all very intriguing. In fact is it possible that the hamlet and parish of Barton were named after the Barton family of Ormside and Hartsop Halls who owned property throughout it?
View The Barton Triangle in a larger map
... [gx0] Ronald Barton (1901-1986).
About the website
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[gx0] Ronald Barton (1901-1986).
About the website
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In addition, Wikispaces is now no longer free. I looked into putting a Paypal donations button on the site for those wishing to contribute towards its upkeep, but this is apparently no longer possible unless I register myself as a charity, with all the bureaucracy that that involves.
If you wish to become an active contributor to this wiki, or merely be added to my Living Connections page, I'd be very pleased to hear from you; please contact me by email.
... [gx1] Rev. Cecil Barton (1870-1909), with Esther Broadbent (1873-1959), parents of
[gx1] Rev. Cecil Barton (1870-1909), with Esther Broadbent (1873-1959), parents of
[gx0] Ronald Barton (1901-1986). Website features
I've been able to use the latest internet bells and whistles to do some neat things on this site (assuming your browser is up-to-date enough). Most of the maps you'll see are fully interactive - you can zoom in, zoom out and pan around with your mouse. There are some places where I've been able to take advantage of Google Streetview to show places as they look now, and again these views can be panned around by dragging the view with the cursor. For many of my source books (this or these for example) I've been able to embed 'book readers' right in the page, so that you can not only see the original pages I quote from, but by clicking on them you can turn the pages too. Another feature that you may find useful is the ability to download any page as a '.pdf' file, for offline reading or printing. Find the 'Page' tab at the top of the article, move your mouse cursor over the small downward arrow next to the word 'Page', and when the menu pops up, left-click on the Download PDF option. Sadly these PDFs do not include pictures, maps etc, but hopefully Wikispaces may add this feature in the future.
A note on membership
Wikispaces gives you the opportunity to 'join' individual wikis like this one. But they've recently changed their terms & conditions for their free wikis, placing on them a limit of 5 members, which I already exceed. Consequently I must now, regretfully, decline all membership requests. A great many membership requests appear to have been fake 'spam' requests in any case. If you wish to contact me, please do so by email, or via Twitter (see below). There is, in truth, very little point in becoming a member unless you hope to actively contribute to the site. If anybody ever wants to do so, I will now probably have to remove all existing memberships and start again just so as to accept their membership.
I've created a Twitter feed to accompany this site, as a way of posting news about the
the people I get in touch with:
Tweets by @BartonHistory
John was a founder of Birkbeck College when it was called the London Mechanics' Institution. The institute has moved from its original location, but the stone bearing John's name has been moved with it (currently on the ground floor behind the lobby, facing the lifts):