Guide to the William Barton (fl. 1776-1779), Continental Army Officer Journal1779MG 232

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Journal

Guide to the William Barton (fl. 1776-1779), Continental Army Officer Journal1779MG 232Inventory prepared by James Lewis, May 2001, as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Guide to the William Barton (fl. 1776-1779), Continental Army Officer Journal
1779

MG 232



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Inventory prepared by James Lewis, May 2001, as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. March 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Barton, William, fl. 1776-1779.
Title: William Barton (fl. 1776-1779), Continental Army Officer Journal
Dates:1779
Abstract: Kept by a lieutenant in the First New Jersey Continental Regiment during Major General John Sullivan's expedition against the Indians. The journal covers the period May-October 8, 1779. The major portion of Lieutenant Barton's journal was printed in: NJHS Proceedings, Ser. 1, 2 (1846): 22-42; Frederick Cook, comp., Journals of the Military Expedition of Major General John Sullivan against the Six Nations of Indians in 1779...(Auburn, NY, 1887), pgs. 3-15.
Quantity: .08 linear feet (1 volume)
Collection Number: MG 232

Biographical Note

William Barton, the son of Gilbert Barton of Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, entered the Continental Army in 1776 as an ensign. He was promoted in the First Regiment of New Jersey, from first lieutenant to quartermaster and then captain. While serving as first lieutenant he partook in General John Sullivan’s expedition against the Iroquois in the Wyoming and Susquehanna valleys in 1779. He was discharged from the Continental Army at the end of the war.

William Barton married Mirabean Lawrence and together they had two sons: Eleazer and Jacob. Barton and his family settled near Marcella, New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a journal kept by William Barton from May 11 to October 8, 1779. Barton writes daily about the day’s activities which often consist of breaking camp, marching in the Wyoming or Susquehanna River valleys, and setting up camp. He gives a brief description of the terrain and notes any unusual events. One such example is on June 12, 1779, when Barton’s regiment, the First New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Army, was attacked by Native North Americans who killed six or seven patriots and wounded another nine. The journal has been reprinted in the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Vol. 1, No. 2, pages 22-42.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Barton, William, fl. 1776-1779.
Subject Organizations:
United States. Continental Army. New Jersey Regiment, First.
Subject Topics:
Indians of North America--Wars--1775-1783.
Military officers--New Jersey.
Sullivan's Indian Campaign, 1779.
Subject Places:
Susquehanna (Pa.)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Wyoming Valley (Pa.)
Document Types:
Journals.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 833, First New Jersey Continental Regiment Account book

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 232, William Barton (fl. 1776-1779), Continental Army Officer Journal, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The source of this collection is unknown.

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Bibliography

Hoskins, Barbara. Men from Morris County New Jersey Who Served in the American Revolution. (Friends of the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township, Morristown, New Jersey, 1979).

Striker, William S. Official Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967).

Who Was Who in America Historical Volume 1607-1896, (A. N. Marquis, Chicago, 1963).

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