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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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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HON. WILLIAM BARTON, farmer, post office Clinton, was born on the same farm and in the house where he now resides, Oct. 3, 1839. His father, Hugh Barton, was born near Belfast, County Down, Ireland, in 1788, a son of John and Mary (Kyle) Barton, who emigrated to America when Hugh was but six years old. They located near Cannonsburg, Washington county, Pa., but afterward purchased a farm near Burgettstown. Hugh taught school in Washington county, and there married Mary A. Brimner, a native of that county, and a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Burnett) Brimner. William Brimner came from Scotland, and his wife from England, and both were Presbyterians. In 1832 Hugh Barton came to Allegheny county and settled on the farm now owned by Hon. William Barton, where he died in August, 1864. He and wife were members of the Presbyterian Church, and had seven children, four living: Mary; Elizabeth, widow of A. M. Stewart, who was sergeant of the 149th P. V. I., and was killed at Gettysburg, July 1, 1865; John, who resides in Rock Island county, Ill., and Hon. William Barton. The last named enlisted in Co. D, 149th P. V. I., Aug. 22, 1862, and remained in the service until the close of the war; was in the battles of Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Gettysburg, and other important engagements and skirmishes. He married, Nov. 17, 1881, Margaret McNall, who was born in Findlay township, a daughter of George and Sarah (Wilson) McNall. Mr. and Mrs. Barton have two children: Hugh A. and Annie. Mrs. Barton is a member of the U. P. Church. In 1884 Mr. Barton was nominated and elected by the republican party representative in the state legislature, and he is deservedly popular in his community. He is a member of the G. A. R. He owns a fine farm of 200 acres; is engaged in the dairy business and general farming.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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