|a veteran Elder of the
Twenty-first Ward (Ensign Stake), Salt Lake City, Utah, was born July 21, 1836,
at Sutton Mills on the Douglas river, near Wigan, Lancashire, England, the son
of John Barton and Elizabeth Bell. He was baptized Dec. 11, 1848; ordained a
Deacon in 1852; ordained a Priest in 1853, and ordained an Elder by James
Marsden in 1856. As a boy he made several trips with the Elders to preach Sunday
He emigrated to Utah in 1860, crossing the Atlantic in the ship "Underwriter", and the plains in Capt. Wm. H. Hooper's freight train. In 1862 he went back to the Missouri river to meet emigrants. In 1863 (July 4th) he married Eliza Barton and located with his young wife at Kaysville Davis county, where he lived for fourteen years.
Obtaining employment at the Silver Bros. Iron Works, Bro. Barton changed his residence to Salt Lake City, and he has practically worked at the Silver Bros. establishment ever since. In 1861 he was ordained a Seventy; later he was ordained a High Priest. Bro. Barton has been an active Ward teacher for many years; he is the father of eleven children.
OF JAMES BARTON
James Barton was baptized on December 11, 1848, by Elder Samuel Sharrett
at St. Helens, Lancashire, England, at the age of 12 years.
He was ordained a Deacon in 1852, a Priest in 1853, and an Elder by James
Marsden in 1856. As a boy he made
many trips with the Elders in England to preach on Sunday afternoons.
The early life of the Barton family in England was one of industry.
With patient care, the mother Elizabeth had trained each one of her
children to be useful around the home. The
seven boys could knit, darn and
sew, and in general be helpful in the house.
If they did something they should not have done, they would be punished
by having to knit a few rounds on stockings.
Elizabeth and John were of the sturdy, honest English type, and the
children were endowed with talents and ability which were turned to good
James left England for America on March, 1860 with his twin brother
William Bell and wife Ellen and their brother John.
They sailed for Liverpool on the ship "Underwriter" with a
company of Saints and arrived in New York on May 1, 1860.
Proceeding on their way they reached Florence, Nebraska and commenced the
journey across the plains June 17, 1860, in an ox train under the captaincy of
James D. Ross, which arrived in the Salt Lake Valley September 3, 1860. They made the trip of a thousand miles across the plains on
foot and endured all the hardships of a pioneer life for their faith and belief
in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. One
time when they were short of food and had not any meat for a long time, one of
the oxen drank poisoned water and died. So eager were the people for meat that the captain told them
that if they would only eat the lean meat they might have it, but one man
disobeyed orders and ate the fat which caused his death.
Two years after James reached the Salt Lake Valley, he and his brother
William made the trip back to Florence, Nebraska to meet their father and his
family with their cousin Eliza Ann, daughter of Josiah Barton.
In 1863, James married his cousin, Eliza Ann, on the 4th of July in
Kaysville, Utah. The next year on
the 5th of March , their marriage was solemnized in the Endowment House in Salt
Lake City where James worked on the railroad.
He was a master mechanic. They
settled in the 21st Ward, a new
ward on the north bench divided from the 20th ward.
They lived in this ward for forty tears.
After he left the railroad, he worked at the Silver Bros. Iron Works as a
machinist for many years. While he
worked for the Silver Bros., he made the pattern for the oxen, which were
installed in the baptismal font in the Salt Lake Temple.
There were eleven children born to James and Eliza Ann Barton: James
Bell, Helena Bell, Bertha Drucilla, Margaret Eugenie, Horace Woods, Zella Eliza,
Ida Ellen, Elizabeth (died young), Lucy Maud, Alice Bernice, and Lester Josiah
We are told that at about the same hour Sunday afternoon, the Barton
twins, James and William, could be
seen walking down South Temple Street on their way to Tabernacle to attend
Sacrament Meeting. When they came
down the street, the Saints knew it was time to go to Church.
These two brothers were distinguished looking men with their white hair
and beards. William was more of the
leader, and James was very quiet and retiring.
James died November 28, 1919.