January 31, 1784, Carlisle, Cumberland, England.
February 19, 1849, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.
Quaker Burial Ground, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.
Barton was Britain’s counterpart to American John Greenleaf Whittier. Like Whittier, he was called the
Barton attended a Quaker school in Ipswich. In 1798, he was apprenticed to a Mr. S. Jesup, a shopkeeper at Halstead, Essex, with whom he stayed until 1806.
Barton then moved to Woodbridge, Suffolk, and entered into business with his brother as a coal and corn merchant. He married, but his wife died after only a year. Barton then moved to Liverpool for a short while, but returned to Woodbridge in 1810.
A bank clerk by profession, he wrote 10 books of poems, many of which became hymns. His works include: