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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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JOSEPH F. BARTON, A. M., Sc. D., Vice-Principal and Professor of Natural Sciences of the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, at Shippensburg, is one of the leading educators of the State. He was born Oct. 11, 1851, at Derry Station, Westmoreland county, Pa., the eldest of the ten children of Baltzer E. and Nancy (Chilcote) Barton. The other children were: Dr. George C., who is Dean of the Medical Department of Hamline University and Professor of Gynecology of the same institution, Gynecologist to the Minneapolis City Hospital, to the St. Barnabas and Swedish Hospitals; Elijah, a prominent attorney of Minneapolis, Minn.; Humphrey, one of the leading attorneys of St. Paul; John C., household decorator and furnisher at Seattle, Wash.; W. P. Barton, Secretary Board of Charities and Corrections and Superintendent of the Poor, Minneapolis; Rebecca, wife of William Bohn, of North Yakima, Wash.; Malinda, wife of W. B. Watt, of North Yakima; C. Albert, assistant manager Northland Pine Co. and Mississippi and Rum River Boom Co., at Minneapolis; and Adeline, who married W. B. Dudley, of North Yakima, Wash. Baltzer E. Barton, the father, died in August, 1895, but the mother still survives.

While young Dr. Barton accompanied his parents when they removed to Fulton county, Pa., and there was educated in a private school until he became a student at Rainsburg, Bedford county. For two years after leaving school he engaged in teaching in both Fulton and Bedford counties, and was principal of the Hopewell public schools. In 1881 he had so gained the confidence of the public that he was elected county superintendent of Fulton county for a term of three years, and a merited re-election caused him to fill that responsible position for six consecutive years. At the expiration of this time, in 1887, he was elected a professor in the Cumberland Valley Normal School, in his second year being given the chair of Natural Science.

Dr. Barton was well equipped for such honor, having graduated in 1874 from this institution, later taking the degree of A. M. at Mercersburg College, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 1894, at Franklin & Marshall College, at Lancaster, Pa. He has long been classed with the State’s scholarly men, and was one of a committee of three appointed to examine and pass upon school work from Pennsylvania sent to the World’s Fair at Chicago, in 1893.

Dr. Barton has been identified with the Democratic party, has served as chairman of the Democratic County Committee of Fulton county, and as a member of the Democratic State Central Committee. He fills many lecture engagements at the various county institutes in the State, in which work he is particularly happy and successful. However, a part of his vacation is always devoted to his relatives in Minneapolis, where he is a very much loved member of the home circle. There he has membership with the First Presbyterian Church. Fraternally, Dr. Barton is a Mason of high degree, being affiliated with Lodge No. 315, Shippensburg; George Washington Chapter, No. 176, R. A. M.; Continental Commandery, No. 56, K. T.; and is a member of Zembo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Harrisburg. Pa. He also belongs to Cumberland Valley Lodge, I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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