Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Obituary: James Z. Barton, 1849-1931

  James Z. Barton, son of Thomas and Ellen Barton, was born in Louisville, Ky., July 1, 1849, and passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. E. Butler, Seymour, March 29, 1931, having reached the age of 81 years, 8 months and 29 days.

  When Mr. Barton was about nine years of age he came with his parents to Illinois, where the family lived for a short period of time. During this time his mother was called to her reward.
  During the Civil War days, the family moved to Bloomfield, Iowa, where the deceased grew to manhood. He then moved to St. John, Mo.  On August 28, 1869, he was married to Sarah Jane Allen of Genoa and began home keeping at St. John. To this union six children were born, two sons and four daughters. In 1887, Mr. Barton moved to Jerome, where he followed the carpenter trade for a number of years.  April 19, 1896, his wife was called away in death.  Since the year 1900 he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. E. E. Butler, who tenderly cared for her father during his declining years.
  In early life he united with the United Brethren church. Since taking up his residence in Seymour he was affiliated with the Christian church.  During his long life, he was always actively engaged in the work of the church, always ready to do his part for the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ.
  November 30, 1889, he was made a Mason.  Since then, he stood firmly for the high principles of that ancient order.  He was also an honored member of the Knights of Pythias lodge.
  In death he is survived by one son and four daughters as follows: W. J. Barton of Centerville; Mrs. Anna M. Wilson, of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Emma McCulloch, Des Moines; Mrs. Estella Brattain, Promise City; Mrs. E. E. Butler, Seymour.  One son, Ruben, passed away in 1918.  Mr. Barton is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Also many friends regret his departure.
  Funeral services were held at the Christian church Tuesday afternoon, March 31, 1931.  Many were present to bid farewell to their friend.  After the service, the remains were taken to Jerome and laid beside his wife. Elder G. A. Jeffrey officiated at the church and grave.
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  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution of this newspaper obituary and picture to The Jerome Journal by Leona Patton of Loveland, Colorado. 

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