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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Sebastian Barton was born in Prussia, August 22, 1828, and is a son of John Barton (deceased), also a native of Prussia. Sebastian learned the shoemaker’s trade in his native country, and also worked in the vineyards. He came to the United States in 1854, and, after residing two years in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, removed to St. Louis. Remaining there six months at work at his trade, he immigrated to Western Missouri, residing there until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he, like the majority of his compatriots in America, joined the Federal army. He served three months in Company K, Twenty-seventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry, during which time the company had headquarters at Sedalia. Late in 1865 he removed to Granby, Mo., and engaged in merchandising. Thence he went to Seneca, Mo., and resumed the same business, continuing until 1871, when he came to South West City, then called Honey Creek. He has since been engaged in general merchandising, chiefly dry goods and groceries, and does a good business, his annual sales amounting to $6500. On April 18, 1865 he was united in marriage with Martha J. Crockett, a daughter of John Crockett (deceased), a distant relative of Davy Crockett, the renowned adventurer. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Barton viz.: Mary, Charles, Frank, Margaret, Henry, Laura, Anna and John E. The family are communicants of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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