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James S. Barton, Biography

from Kentucky, A History of the State

Allen County, Kentucky

James S. Barton was born July 14, 1839, in Barren County, Kentucky, and is one of the representative farmers of Allen County.  He is the third of three boys and two girls born to Caleb and Sarah (Siddnes) Barton, who were born and reared in Barren County, Kentucky.  Caleb was a farmer, a son of James Barton, who was born in Virginia and of English descent.  He was a farmer and came to Kentucky about 1800, and settled in Barren County.  His latter days were spent on a farm of 600 acres on the banks of Barren River in Allen County.  James S. Barton’s mother was a daughter of William Siddnes, who married a Miss Housewright.  They came from Virginia at an early date and settled on Barren River.  Mr. Siddnes had owned about 900 acres of land, where our subject now resides, but which he sold before his death.  James S. was but five years old at his father’s death.  He remained with his mother, who had married, until he was thirteen years old, when he lived with his brother-in-law and others and in this way secured a sufficient means to attend school after he arrived at the age of eighteen.  After attending school for several months he engaged at farming where he now resides, and has lived ever since, with the exception of three years during the war, which he spent in Monroe County.  He is the possessor of 340 acres of excellent land on the south banks of Barren River, 200 of which are cleared and in a fine state of cultivation, improved with a good residence.  He has been successful in life, acquiring what he has by his own efforts.  He married in January, 1860, Sarah Jane Howard, of Monroe County, Kentucky, a daughter of Clemons and Poebe (Chism) Howard, who were born and reared in Monroe County, of English descent, the father a farmer.  To Mr. and Mrs. Barton nine children were born:  Mary E. (Bradburn), William T., Sallie C. (Hudson), John C., Phebe E., James M., Caleb H., Fannie P. and Lucy B.  Mr. Barton and wife are members of the Baptist Church.  He was formerly a Granger.  In politics he is a Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for Stephen A. Douglas.

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