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General William BARTON

General William BARTON

Male 1748 - 1831  (83 years)

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  • Name William BARTON 
    Prefix General 
    Born 26 May 1748  Warren, Bristol, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _AMTID 110112927775:1030:113090087 
    _UID 0F4B0B9F81354AB59CAE10C8F134CF7342F1 
    Died 22 Oct 1831  Providence, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9052  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2009 

    Father Captain Benjamin BARTON,   b. 1703, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1773, Warren, Bristol, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Lydia BROWN,   b. 28 Apr 1720,   d. 9 Oct 1808  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 26 May 1746 
    Family ID F4503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rhoda CARVER,   b. 1749,   d. 15 Dec 1841  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1771 
    Children 
    +1. William BARTON,   b. 18 Dec 1771, Warren, Bristol, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Benjamin BARTON,   b. 20 Jul 1773,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. George Washington BARTON,   b. 20 Dec 1775,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 May 2021 
    Family ID F4487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 May 1748 - Warren, Bristol, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Oct 1831 - Providence, Providence, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Colonel William Barton.jpg
    Colonel William Barton.jpg

  • Notes 
    • He volunteered in the revolutionary army after the battle of Bunker Hill; was corporal, lieutenant, captain, brevet-colonel of continental troops and brigadier-general of Rhode Island militia. He captured the British General Prescott, July 10, 1777, for which he received a sword, the thanks of congress, and the rank of brevet-colonel. The house where he made his famous capture still stands near Newport, Rhode Island. He performed this feat by taking picked men across the bay in whale boats, seizing the general in bed, the door of his room being broken in, it is said, by the head of Colonel Barton's negro servant, Guy Watson. At Papasquash Point he was shot in the thigh and a long and tedious illness resulted. After the war he purchased a township in Vermont, where a town is named for him, but a suit concerning the title to a part of it resulted in a judgment against him for costs, and he was detained for fourteen years nominally a prisoner for debt till 1824, when his friend, Lafayette, visiting America and learning of it, paid the judgment without his knowledge and set him free. He boarded at the hotel in Danville, Vermont, was well treated and apparently contented, but could not leave. Whittier's poem, "The Prisoner for Debt," is said to have been suggested by his experience. He was a member of the state committee that adopted the constitution of the United States; a member of the legislature and inspector of customs. In 1877 he wrote a book entitled "Capture of General Prescott."