"Hi Rick, that's sort of a funny coincidence that Roda's headstone is on that one picture and that happens to be your ancestor. My in-laws for a while owned a cabin at the camp meeting where Joshua died. They got it passed down through the generations. I'm not sure if it was the actual cabin Joshua owned (and died in), but I know it came from his daughter at least. They sold it a few years ago since they were not using it much. Camp meeting is still held at Crystal Springs for a week in August. When camp meeting is in session you HAVE to have your cabin (still called a 'tent', even though they are wood structures now) open for the entire week and due to other obligations they were not able to fulfill that, prompting them to have to sell it.
Akersville is a pretty nice cemetery, with lots of old stones. Too bad a lot of them are leaning, it seems worse than at most other cemeteries, maybe it's the soil or a mole problem?
Included with this e-mail are pictures of Joshua Nelson Barton and Sarah Hoop Barton as well as a picture of what is assumed to be Mahlon Barton and Anna James Barton. The person who gave us a copy of this picture said that their names are not written on the picture, but he was told when he got the picture (I assume from his parents) that they were a direct relative of his (on that particular side of his family) and a possibility of who it might be. Then through researching when the picture was made, when the clothes they were wearing would have been worn and who they resemble he said he was certain it had to be Mahlon and Anna. Whether you want to assume the same is up to you. We have the picture on our wall as being Mahlon and Anna, but I just wanted to let you know that at this point we might never be 100% certain it actually is them."
Birth: Sep. 13, 1807
Death: Jan. 27, 1887
Mahlon Barton, son of Rachel Barton, was a farmer, who had three sons who served in the American Civil War: Asa Barton, James Barton and Morgan McClellan Barton. In 1850 he lived in the Brush Creek Township in Fulton County, Pennsylvania. Buried in Akersville Cemetery. Akersville Cemetery is located at the intersection of South Valley Road, Piper Road and Pleasant Valley Road in the Brush Creek Township of Fulton County, PA.
Fulton County was created on April 19, 1851 from part of Bedford County and named for inventor Robert Fulton. When Mahlon Barton was born Brush Creek Township was in Bedford County, when he died Brush Creek Township was in Fulton County.
History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania; Chicago: Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1884, pp. 656
[Chapter XCI, Brush Creek]:
Mahlon Barton was born and reared in the house where he now lives. The house was built by Elijah Barton about 1800. Mahlon was married in 1826, to Anna James, of Brush Creek, and has reared eight daughters and four sons, all living except one son, Asa. Three of the sons were in the army -- Asa, Co. H, 208th Penn. regt. (submitters note: this can not be the right regiment as the 208th was formed in 1864; per the soldiers of the Civil War lookup page provided by the National Parks Service, Asa Barton served with the 77th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry.), died in hospital at Nashville; James Barton served in Co. H, 158th regt. Penn. Vols., and Morgan in Co. M, 22nd Penn. Cav. Mahlon Barton was one of the pioneers of Methodism, and served as class-leader for twenty-five years. His descendants are quite numerous -- eleven children, ninety grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren, living.
Mahlon Barton was the son of Rachel Barton (1789-1820), his father is unknown. Rachel Barton (1789-1820) was the daughter of Elijah Barton (born 1757) and Mary Barton (born 28 DEC 1758)(are Mary and Elijah cousins?, I am not 100% sure about that. Do we have any proof their fathers were closely related?) Mary Barton (born 28 DEC 1758) was the daughter of Captain Elisha Barton (born 1729) and Jemima Van Kirk. Captain Elisha Barton (born 1729) served in the American Revolutionary War as a captain in the Eastern Battalion of Morris County, New Jersey, also known as the First Battalion New Jersey Militia. Elijah Barton (Mahlon Barton's grandfather) was the son of George Barton, another leader in the American Revolution.
The 1824 will of his grandfather Elijah Barton left the homestead to grandson Mahlon.
From Barton Family Information - Compiled by C. Kirkstadt, Jan 1997:
MAHLON BARTON - Will of Elijah Barton, date Mar 10, 1824 includes...
"Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Mahlon Barton, immediately after my decease, all my plantation where I now live, except the property as soon as he shall be of age."
1850 PA Census: Fulton Co. Brush Creek Twp. family 38
Series M432, roll 783
1860 PA Census: Brush Creek Valley, Fulton Co., Akersville P.O. p. 92
Series M653, roll 1113
Maland BARTON, 52, Farmer, $2000/630, b. Pa
Asa, 18, M, Farmhand
Morgan, 16, M, Farmhand
Julian, 14, F; Minerva, 12, F; Emeline, 5; Joseph, 3
1870 PA Census: Fulton Co. Brush Creek Twp. Akersville P.O. p. 10
Series M593, roll 1347
Mahalon BARTON, 62, Farmer, 1400/400, Pa.
Morgan, 23, Farming
Mary C., 23, Keeping house
Mary A., 3
John R., 10/12, [census taken 28 July 1870]
1880 PA Census: Fulton Co. Brush Creek Twp. ed 207/30/4
Series T9, roll 1133:
Mahlon BARTON, 72, Farmer
Anna, 73, Wife, Keeping house, Pa/Va/Va
Rachel KAUFMAN, 48, daughter, widow, domestic
Rhoda, 41, dau, at home
Joseph, 22, son, at home
Catura AKERS, 20, granddau., at home
Philip V. MELLOTT, 6/12, Nov., Great grandson
From a Barton history:
George Barton, Sr., whose gravestone shows a date of death of June 5, 1812, and his son, Elijah, came from N.J. in 1790 and settled on a tract of land which was a wilderness then; he got title to this land from Wm. and John Penn. Mahlon Barton, Sr., was his grandson and his home was a part of the land which his grandfather bought and is now owned by a grandson, Jesse C. Barton, and Dr. Ralph S. Akers, of Miami, Florida.
Mahlon Barton, Sr., married Anna James in 1826 and they had 12
children. Of their sons, M. Morgan, was a Civil War veteran and a church
worker; another son, James, was a Civil War veteran and a church worker
and lived where his grandson, Marvin, now lives, that house being one of
the old ones still in use.
George Barton, son of Elijah, was the father of Hon. George W.
Barton, a school teacher, and a leading citizen of Brush Creek. He was
elected Associate Judge in 1876. His son, Charles E. Barton, became the
Supt. of Fulton County Schools in 1902, and served until his death in May
1907. Mrs. Blanche Barton Barrows, a daughter of George W. Barton, was
born more than 60 years ago on the farm where her parents spent their
lives, it now being owned by Mahlon Barton, and the log part of the
house, built before 1821, is still in use. She was converted in a
revival meeting at Akersville Church about 1893 and her christian life
was nurtured in the church by those kind and fatherly men, B.P. Duvall,
J.L. Jackson, M.M. Barton and others. No doubt many other people could
give like testimony. Since 1918 she has been employed by the government
and lived in Washington, D.C. Her brother, Philip Barton, lives in
Illinois, and her brother, Arthur lives in California.
Mason Barton was a son of Joel Barton and married Charlotte
Akers. They had a number of children who were very talented. All have
passed to the Great Beyond except Harry M. Barton, a prominent man of
Clearfield, Pa., and Mrs. Maggie Barton-Bryson of Breezewood.
There are many, many descendants of the Barton's scattered over
Pictures of the Mahlon Barton will taken by Niels Witkamp at the Fulton County Historical Society: Page One and Page Two
Will Abstract, Fulton Co. PA:
Barton, Mahlon, 1887, v. 2, p. 267
· daughter Rhoda Barton gets mansion place
· grandson Joseph Barton gets it if Rhoda marries or dies
· to Katurah Barton one sewing machine and bedstead
· my daughter Rachel Kauffman to live with daughter Rhoda if Rachel remains single
· neighbor Mason Barton executor
· signed 13 Dec 1886
· witnesses: Ellis E. Akers, Timothy H. Akers
· testator died Friday 28 January 1887
· proven 16 February 1887
Original picture of Mahlon and Anna Barton, courtesy of Niels Witkamp:
Below, a picture of Mahlon Barton's tombstone.
In the next picture below, taken by Niels Witkamp, you can see Roda Barton's gravestone on the front left, and to the right of Roda is Anna Barton's gravestone and to the right of Anna is Mahlon Barton's gravestone.
Jan. 27, 1887
** ys. 4 ms. & 14 ds.
Both Harold Wayne Busig (Co. 134, 44 Camp Waldron) and Kenneth Eugene Busig were sent to the United States Naval Training Station in Farragut, Idaho before they were shipped out to the Pacific in World War II. While at Farragut, Harold Busig mailed some post cards to his parents who were then living at 5817 -E 1st McLoughlin Hts, Vancouver, Washington. Here is what it was like at Farragut, per the Navy. Pictures are all genuine photographs by Ship's Service Studio:
Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly noticed Lake Pend Oreille on a flight to Seattle. Knowing that President Roosevelt was seeking a location for a secure inland naval training center, she mentioned it to him and he made a secret tour of the area. Below are the black and white, no sound, videos of a tour President Roosevelt took in 1942. About 3:40 into the first video, you can see the President inspecting the the Farragut Naval Training Station then under construction:
Old movie of traffic on the Interstate Bridge crossing the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington:
The Interstate 5 Bridge and the Portland-Vancouver Ferry, circa 1920:
A streetcar crosses the original span of the Interstate Bridge:
Community members await the opening of the Interstate Bridge on February 14, 1917:
Circa 1965, Toll booths on Hayden Island. Tolls were collected to pay off the construction of the second bridge span until 1966, Mt. St. Helens is in the background:
The Interstate Bridge is the only remaining lift span on I-5. Picture of bridge lift looking south:
Watch the amazing "Gallopin' Gertie" November 7, 1940 film clip of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse: Slender, elegant and graceful, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge stretched like a steel ribbon across Puget Sound in 1940. The third longest suspension span in the world opened on July 1st. Only four months later, the great span's short life ended in disaster. "Galloping Gertie," collapsed in a windstorm on November 7,1940. The bridge became famous as "the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history." Now, it's also "one of the world's largest man-made reefs." The sunken remains of Galloping Gertie were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers. The story of the failure of the 1940 Narrows Bridge and the success of the Current Narrows Bridge is a great American saga. When Galloping Gertie splashed into Puget Sound, it created ripple effects across the nation and around the world. The event changed forever how engineers design suspension bridges. Gertie's failure led to the safer suspension spans we use today.