A HISTORY OF
Joseph Barton was born July 25, 1848,
at St. Helens, Lancashire, England, the sixth boy of a family of seven
boys and one girl, born to John and Elizabeth Bell Barton. He came to
America with his parents, two brothers, Peter and Hyrum and a younger
sister, Bertha, in 1862. The family crossed the plains with the Ansell P. Harmon's Ox Train Company, arriving at Salt Lake City,
October 5, 1862. They moved to Kaysville in the autumn of that year
and joined the four older brothers, William, James, John and Isaac who
had preceded them two years earlier.
Joseph taught school in Kaysville as a young man
and was active in all social, public and Church affairs. He had
an alert mind and a pleasing personality and was very industrious.
He was President of the 143rd Quorum of Seventies. He was also
County surveyor 21 years and County Engineer, 6 years, during which
time he laid out the streets of Kaysville and many of the section
lines and roads of Davis County. He was County Clerk 14 years,
Prosecuting Attorney, 8 years, City Recorder, 8 years, City
Councilman, 2 years, Utah Legislature, three terms, Member first board
of Trustees and Supt. Territorial Reform School. He was also
active in Dramatics and organized the first Brass Band in Kaysville.
On April 5, 1869, he married Mary Ann Allen,
daughter of Robert Allen and Leah Harmon of Salt Lake. She was
born November 30, 1852. Their children were May A; Charles
Harmon, married Millicent Nelson; Clarence Elmer, married Beatrice
Vera, Hattie Josephine; Edna Maud; and Roy Allen, married
Minerva Armstrong 7 June 1912
Mary Ann Allen died 16 April 1893 and
is buried in the Kaysville City Cemetery.
Joseph later became associated with David Eccles
of Ogden, a prominent financier and industrialist and managed some of
his enterprises. He later moved his family to Baker City in
Eastern Oregon and acted as general superintendent of Mr. Eccles
Lumber and other interests in that area, including the Sumter Valley
Railroad, a branch of the Oregon Short Line.
Prior to moving to Baker, Oregon Joseph married
Margaret (Hattie) E.
He had a fine physique and in later years had
beautiful snow white hair and unblemished complexion, and when nearing
eighty years had the appearance of a much younger man. On his
occasional visits to Kaysville many relatives and acquaintances would
gather to greet him and were eager to listen and hear of his
experiences and accomplishments. His last visit was during the
summer of 1927 and all remaining members of the family gathered at the
home of Albert B. Barton in Kaysville to share his visit. He was
the last of the seven sons of John and Elizabeth Bell Barton to pass
on to Eternity. He died December 7, 1932.