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Columbus Barton

1844 - 1923

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 1 and 22 March 1923, contributed by Karla Smith

Burnet Bulletin 1 March 1923

Mr. Columbus Barton, an old and highly respected citizen of Burnet county, died last Thursday, February 22, 1923, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Allen Hill, in the Bluffton section.  The body was interred Friday in the Tow Cemetery.  Rev. Mack Habu officiating.

A wife and several children, and many other relatives in Burnet County survive Mr. Barton.  He is the last of the brothers of the old Barton family, pioneer citizens of Burnet County, who were leaders in bringing this section of the State to its present civilization.  The history of Burnet County, should it be written, would place the Bartons high in its annals as men who could always be depended upon to stand for what was right and just.

The Bulletin has not the data available to give the subject of this sketch the notice he deserves and at a future date, probably in our next issue, will publish a more extended sketch.

He was a good man, honored and respected by all who knew him, and we join with other friends of the family in extending to them sympathy in their bereavement.

Burnet Bulletin, 22 March 1923

Columbus Barton was born June 8, 1844 in South Carolina.  Died Feb. 22, 1923 in Burnet County, Texas, making him 78 yrs, 8 mos. and 16 days of age.  He came to Texas with his father's family in 1855, settling in Burnet County, near Bertram.
In the latter part of 1861 when only 17 years of age he joined the Confederate Army, returning home at the close of the war in 1865.  The last year of the war he served on the Rio Grande, assisting in protecting the border from Mexican invaders.

On April 14th, 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Frances E. Stanley, and to this union several children were born, a number of whom, with his wife, survive him.  They are all splendid citizens and worthy descendants of their departed father.

The generations of the present day do not realize the debt they owe old settlers of this section like Mr. Barton.  In the early days there were many hardships to face, which the men and women met with fortitude and courage.

There are very few of the old settlers of Burnet County left and soon they will all be gone, to live only in the memories of those left behind.  We fear that very few of us appreciate the courageous lives of such men as the subject of this sketch, and they do not receive the veneration from us that they deserve.

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