John Barton was born on 11 June 1789 into a Quaker family in Southwark, London. He died at Chichester, Sussex, on 10 March 1852. He was brought up in Tottenham and London in the household of his maternal grandfather, Thomas Horne, because his father had died shortly before his birth. Details of his education are not known, but it was certainly a good one: he knew German, French and Latin, and was well Read in both modern and ancient literature. From his grandfather, Barton seems to have inherited a handsome fortune, enabling him to settle down with his family on a landed estate at Stoughton, Sussex, after his marriage. In 1833 the household was moved to Eastleigh, Hampshire. He became paralyzed in 1851.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.