VOL. III - CHAPTER 3

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).

Further details of the Wood family can be found at Appendix F

In 1891 John Henry and Caroline were living in Warbleton. John, aged 27 was employed as a grocers porter. Caroline's mother, Elizabeth Wood, a 68 year old needlewoman is living with them.

The couple had eight children:

  • Mary Jane Barton. Born 1886 in Warbleton.
  • John Barton. Born 1892 in Warbleton
  • Alice Barton. Born 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

In 1901 the family are living in Warbleton. 36 year old John Henry is a stockman on a farm. Daughter Mary Jane, aged 13 is already a domestic servant. Elizabeth Wood, aged 77 is still living with them.

In 1911 John Henry and Caroline were living at Rushlake Green, Warbleton. 47 year old John Henry was a grocers warehouseman. He and Caroline had been married 25 years.

Still at home was their sons James Richard, a 13 year old houseboy, Fred, aged 10, Albert, aged 8, Arthur , aged 5 and daughters Alice, aged 16 and Nellie aged 3.

Also at the address was 49 year old Lucy Wood, a visitor who gives her occupation as housekeeper and who I take to be Caroline's sister.

John Henry Barton of Cherry Tree Cottage, Rushlake Green, Warbleton died on 8 May 1933 aged 68 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1933 Eastbourne 2b 102). He was buried at Heathfield Independent chapel. 

In 1939 Caroline Barton was still living at Cherry Tree Cottage, Rushlake Green, with her daughter Nellie Barton, 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 Harriett Wood, born 10 January 1846, a retired housekeeper.  Harriett was Caroline's older sister. 

Caroline Barton died on 10 January 1954 and is buried with her husband at Heathfield Independent Chapel. The inscription reads

"In loving memory of John Henry Barton who passed away 8 May 1933 aged 68 years. Also of his wife Caroline Barton who died 10 January 1954 aged 88 years. For ever with the lord"

The photograph below shows John Henry Barton with his son James Richard and one of his grandsons, thought to be John Dudley Barton.

Our line continues through James Richard Barton. Click here to go to "Chapter 4 - James Richard Barton and Gracie Joan Ponting"

Click here to go to "Appendix F - Wood"

Click here to find out more about John Henry and Caroline Wood's other children at "Appendix G -  The Children of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood"

Click here to go back to "Chapter 2 - James Barton and Orpah Crowhurst"