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Barton, William

Paul David Nelson

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Barton, William (26 May 1748–22 October 1831), revolutionary war soldier, was born in Warren, Rhode Island, the son of Benjamin Barton and Lydia (maiden name unknown). Information about his parents’ occupations is not available. After receiving a common-school education, he entered the hat-making trade. In 1770, at the age of twenty-two, he married Rhoda Carver and lived peacefully for the next few years. In 1775, upon hearing of the battle of Bunker Hill, he joined the Rhode Island militia. He quickly showed an aptitude for leading men and rose to the rank of captain. A year later, on 19 August 1776, he was promoted to major....

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