Biography of George W. Barton
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





GEORGE W BARTON was born in Binghamton, June 10, 1826, and died in Owego, July 1, 1893. His father was James Barton, under sheriff of Broome county during the period of its early history. At the age of thirteen George went to Richford to learn the trade of cigar making with Bayette & Ayers, but ill health soon compelled his return to Binghamton where he worked in a bakery about two years. He was then apprenticed to learn cigar making with one Dewitt. He afterward went to New York, thence re moved to Newark Valley and began the manufacture of cigars with Charles Wilson. Two or three years later he moved to Ithaca and continued business until the summer of 1865 when he came to Owego and with Aaron Ogden formed the well known firm of Ogden & Barton, manufacturers, jobbers and dealers in cigars and tobaccos. The building occupied by the firm was burned in April, 1868, after which they temporarily used the old Baptist church edifice, on the Brant block site. This structure was also burned and. the firm then occupied a building on the east side on Lake street, north of the present postoffice. Here the partnership was dissolved, after which Mr. Barton continued in business alone until the time of his death. He was an earnest and ardent republican; was commissioner of excise in 1875, and supervisor in 1883 and 1884. His wife was Catharine M. Muzzy, whom he married May 1, 1849. By her he had four children; George W. Jr., cigar manufacturer of Owego; James H., a farmer at Newark Valley, Watson A., and Eugene F., partners in business under the firm name of G. W. Barton's sons. His first wife died, after which Mr. Barton married second Helen Chamberlain of Newark Valley. Of this marriage three children were born; Catharine, who died in childhood; William E., living in Kansas City, Mo., and Fred, a resident of Owego.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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