VOL. III - CHAPTER 4

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)

In 1911, James Richard Barton was 13 years old, he was living with his parents at Rushlake Green and was working as a "house boy" for a farmer.

James enlisted in World War One and served with the 2/6th Sussex Battery RFA. 

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). 

The wedding was recorded in the local parish magazine and in the local press.

"A pretty wedding took place at St Mary Magdelen Church, Wartling Hill on Saturday between Mr J Barton of Rushlake Green and Miss G J Ponting of London.

The Rev. E T Bird (Vicar of Wartling) officiated and about 80 people were present at the ceremony.

The bride, who was becomingly attired in a pale helitrope two-piece suit, the long coat having small pleats at the sides, carried a large bouquet of lilac. After the ceremony the guests were conveyed to Boreham Street, where, at the home of Mr and Mrs Bert Dawes (who kindly lent their house) a wedding breakfast was held.

Later Mr and Mrs Barton left for their honeymoon, which is being spent in Kent".

The article then goes on to list the presents received including from groom to bride, a Valor Perfection oil stove.

James Richard (Jim) and Gracie Joan Barton (Joan) had two children:

  • John Dudley Barton
  • William Arthur Barton. Born 28 February 1931

The family originally lived at Elm Cottage, Puddledock, Wartling, moving to the newly built "Bywood", Ninfield, on which Jim had worked in 1939. They were living there with their two children by the time that the 1939 Register was taken on 29 September 1939. 

The property cost £600 and was acquired from George Lowen, presumably the developer, with the help of two mortgages. The first from The Hastings and East Sussex Building Society of £480.00 requiring repayments of £3. 1s 8d per month for 20 years from 11 September 1939. The mortgage describes the property as

"All that piece or parcel of land situate at Standard Hill in the parish of Ninfield in the County of Sussex abutting on the North or North West of the High Road from Boreham Bridge to Catsfield and Ninfield and being part of the Standard Hill Estate all which said piece or parcel of land with the dimensions thereof (be the same little more or less) is for the purpose of identification only delineated on the plan drawn on the conveyance thereof to the Mortgagers dated the eighteenth day of August one thousand nine hundred and thirty nine and thereon coloured pink and numbered 11 together with the messuage or bungalow erected thereon or on some part thereof and known or intended to be known as "Bywood", Standard Hill, Ninfield aforesaid together. Also with the right of way more particularly mentioned in the said conveyance"

A second mortgage for £100.00 was with Mr Lowen and interest was to run at 4%. A statement at 11 August 1949 showing that interest was being added to the balance, payments totalling £2.10s 0d had been paid between 1944 and 1947 and suggests the balance outstanding £114.12s 8d was repaid in 1949. This seems to have taken place following the death of Joan's mother Grace Florence Ponting and the winding up of the trust created by her father in law, William Ponting (Chapter 10).

Jim and Joan lived in Bywood for the remainder of their married life. James Richard Barton died on 13 May 1958 at Bexhill Hospital (Reg Gen June Qtr 1958 Battle 5h 12). Probate was granted to Gracie Joan Barton. His estate was worth £2,181. 18s.

After her husband's death Joan returned to a career in nursing before moving back to live with her son at Bywood, Ninfield. In her later years she moved to be nearer her son. Gracie Joan Barton died in November 1998 aged 92 (Reg Gen November 1998 Milton Keynes A21B 29)

John Dudley Ponting married Jean Mary Teresa Plummer on 2 April 1956 in Kilburn, London. They had two sons.

William Arthur Barton married Barbara Joy Veness on 15 November 1958 at St Mary The Virgin, Ninfield. 

"Bill" and Barbara had two children:

  • Nicholas James Barton
  • Caroline Joy Barton (the compiler of this family history).  

I have done some research on my Veness ancestors. To find out more about the Veness family click here to go to "Volume IV - Veness - A Sussex Family". 

Click here to go to "Appendix A - The children of Thomas Barton and Mary Weston"

To find out more about Gracie Joan Ponting click here to go "Volume I - Chapter 14 - The children of Dudley James Ponting and Grace Florence Pyne".

Click here to go back to "Chapter 3 - John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood"