VOL. III - APPENDIX G

The Children of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood

John Henry Barton was born in 1864 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1864 Hailsham 2b 75) and was baptised on 4 March 1864 at Warbleton, son of James Barton, Huckster and Orpah Crowhurst (chapter 2)

On 3 May 1887 John Henry Barton married Caroline Wood at St John's Church, Bodle Street Green, Caroline Wood, a spinster aged 21 was the daughter of Richard Wood, labourer of Bodle Street Green. The witnesses were Harriet Wood and Charles E S Pankhurst. (Reg Gen June Qtr 1887 Hailsham 2b 151).

The couple had eight children:

  • Mary Jane Barton. Born 1886 in Warbleton.
  • John Barton. Born 1892 in Warbleton
  • Alice Barton. Born 1 January 1895 in Warbleton
  • James Richard Barton. Born 10 July 1897 in Warbleton
  • Frederick Barton. Born 20 June 1900 in Warbleton
  • Albert Barton. Born 17 January 1903 in Warbleton
  • Arthur Barton. Born 5 August 1905 in Warbleton
  • Nellie Barton. Born 19 June 1907 in Warbleton

Their lives are detailed in chapter 3. The following is known about their children. 

Mary Jane Meekins nee Barton 

Mary Jane Barton was born in 1886 in Warbleton, the daughter of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood 

Mary Jane married Alfred Percy Meekins on 19 April 1908 at Christchurch, Eastbourne. 

In 1911 they were living 117 Ridgway Road, Luton, where 29 year old Alfred was a printer (compositer). 

They had three children: 

  • Harry Gordon Meekins. Born 17 March 1909 in Eastbourne
  • Joan Meekins. Born 1911
  • Hilda M Meekins. Born 1912 in Bedfordshire

In 1939 Alfred and Mary were living at 29 Hectorage Road, Tonbridge where Alfred was a printers compositer

Alfred Percy Meekins died in 1947 in Tonbridge. Mary Jane Meekins in 1969 in Tonbridge. 

Harry Gordon Meekins married Gladys Nellie Baillie in 1936 in Tonbridge, Kent. He died in 1988 in Hertfordshire. Gladys died in 2006 in Watfoord, Herts. 

John Barton and Annie F Wratten

John Barton was born in 1892 in Warbleton, the son of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood 

In 1911 he was 18 years old, a miller/grinder working for and living with Thomas Ellis and his family, a miller and grinder at Summer Hill, Warbleton.  

John married Annie F Wratten in 1920. 

Alice Wood nee Barton

Alice Barton was born on 1 January 1895 in Warbleton, daughter of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood 

Alice Barton married Arthur Wood in 1920 

In 1939 they were living art Roudbanks, Hailsham. Arthur was working on a poultry farm. 

Alice Wood died in 1966. 

James Richard Barton and Gracie Joan Ponting

James Richard Barton was born on 10 July 1897 in Warbleton, the son of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood (chapter 3). Although James was given precedence throughout his life he was actually registered as "Richard James" with the Registrar General (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1897 Hailsham 2b 92)

On 24 April 1926, James, aged 28, a bricklayer married Gracie Joan Ponting. Gracie is described as the daughter of Dudley James Ponting, independent. The witnesses were J H Barton and Dudley James Ponting, the bride and groom's fathers. (Reg Gen June Qtr 1926 Hailsham 2b 257). (Chapter 14).

Their lives are detailed at Chapter 4

Frederick Barton and Evelyn Mary Robus

Frederick Barton was born on 20 June 1900 in Warbleton, the son of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood 

Frederick married Evelyn Mary Robus in 1923

They had two sons

  • Peter Edward Barton. Born 1926 
  • David P Barton. Born 1931,

Fred Barton died in 1981 in Crawley. Evelyn died in 1986 in Chichester. 

Major (quartermaster) Peter Edward Barton of Corps of Royal Military Police was awarded a MBE in the 1977 New Years Honours List. Peter Edward Barton MBE died on 7 March 2011 at Worthing.  

Albert Barton and Edith Brett

Albert Barton was born on 17 January 1903 in Warbleton, the son of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood 

Albert Barton married Edith Brett in 1923. 

They had three sons

  • Gerald Norman Barton. Born 1924
  • Graham Stewart Barton. Born 1926
  • Bryan Barton. Born 1929

In 1939 they were living at Stone Cottage, Uckfield where Albert was a general farm labourer. 

Edith Barton died in 1960

Albert remarried in 1963 in Uckfield. his second wife was Dorothy M Lusted

Albert Barton died on 28 December 1998. An article in the local press reads:

"One of the founders of the Buxted and Warbleton Brass Band has died at the age of 95. Alfred Barton who had played for bands in Sussex since World War One died at Lydfords Nursing Home in East Hoathly on December 28. He was one of the most well known and popular band members in the county and was partly responsible for the merging of the Buxted and Warbleton Bands after World War Two. Mr Barton's youngest son Bryan said "He was cracking jokes hours before he passed away He was a lovely man"

"Albert was born in Rushlake Green in 1903. He went to the local school and his father worked in the local store. At the age of 13 he left school and worked at Markly House doing odd jobs. He began his musical career as a 16 year old playing clarinet with the Warbleton Brass and Reed Band in 1919

"Three years later he married Edith Brett from Rushlake Green and the couple later had three sons. In the 1920's he transferred his musical affections to the trombone which he played well into his eighties. Around that time he also moved to Maresfield and became an important member of the Buxted Silver Band". 

"After 1945 bands became less common in Sussex and Albert was partially responsible for saving Buxted's troops. As numbers dwindled he contacted old friends in Warbleton and suggested a merger, and the two bands from opposite sides of Wealden joined together with Albert as band master. One of the founder members of the new band was Norman Edwards. He said "Albert was well known throughout Sussex and he was a real wit. I first met him in the 1930's. He was one of the most popular bandmembers I ever knew."

He was also a keen gardener and was tending his allotments until a few years ago. 

Albert's funeral is on January 15"


Arthur Barton and Kathleen Lottie Boots

Arthur Barton was born on 5 August 1905 in Warbleton, the son of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood 

Arthur married Kathleen Lottie Boots in 1931

They had a daughter Mabel J Barton in 1932. 

In 1939 they were living at 6 Whydown Cottages, Whydown Place, Bexhill where Arthur was a domestic gardener. 

Kathleen Barton died in 1989 in Hastings. 

Nellie Devenish nee Barton

Nellie Barton was born on 19 June 1907 in Warbleton, the daughter of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood. 

Nellie is pictured below with her nephew "Bill" Barton (Chapter 4)

In 1939 Nellie was living with her mother Caroline Barton at Cherry Tree Cottage, Rushlake Green. Nellie was a domestic cook. It is noted that Nellie was in the "BRSC Civil Nursing Reserve". Her surname Barton is crossed out and Devenish written in its place although Nellie died not marry until 1945. Also listed is her aunt Harriett Wood, a retired housekeeper.   

Nellie married Henry Charles Devenish in 1945

They had two sons

  • Roger J Devenish. Born 1947
  • Malcolm Paul Devenish. Born 1948. 

"Harry" Devenish died in 1984

Nellie Devenish died in 2003

Roger J Devenish died on 27 December 1910. 

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