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Subject: [WEBB-L] Barton Family, 1780-1800, East Tennessee
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 12:12:21 -0500

Does anyone on the list have any information about these people or the
churches mentioned.?

As some background concerning the ministry of Rev. Isaac Barton, you should
be aware that he married Keziah Murphy. Keziah was the daughter of William
Murphy and Martha Hodges Murphy. William Murphy and his brother, Joseph, were
influenced by the Rev. Shubal Stearns, who had become a Baptist minister after
having become a member of a religious sect known as the "New Lights" or
"Separates". Even after Stearns became a Baptist, he continued to embrace
many of the beliefs and mannerisms of the Separates, and his followers were
often referred to as "Separate Baptists".
William Murphy and Joseph Murphy were baptized by Stearns in 1757, and both
William & Joseph began to preach almost immediately. Some time in the 1760's,
Martha Hodges Murphy died. In 1767, William Murphy married Sarah Barton,
daughter of Joshua and Jane Dubart Barton. Sarah was Isaac Barton's sister,
so the relationship between William Murphy and Isaac Barton was one in which
William was both father-in-law and brother-in-law of Isaac. Under the
influence of wife Keziah and William, Isaac Barton also became a Baptist
preacher, taking care of the Pigg River and Blackwater Churches in 1774 or
In his "Autobiography", Rev. Isaac Barton mentions that " Wm Johnson and I
took the pastoral Care of Church of Black water and pig River and we Lived
together in harmony until September 1780 when I left them and moved to the
western cuntry and Settled on Nolechucky River now green County Tennesee State
and there took the Charge of A Church on the waters of lick Creek where we
also lived in peace for about five or six years when the Leading members the
greater part got in a moveing poster in persute of new Cuntrys and I move.d
Bent Breek in the bounds of Bro.r Tidance Lanes Church where I Lived 31 years
- Six years ago I Sold out at bent Creek and purchased where I now live in
Jefferson County neer the painter Spring in the bounds of a Church Called
Bethel South on Holsten whome I have Served Ever Since it was Constituted from
Bent Creek Church". It was signed by Isaac Barton and dated April 1823.
In addition to reviewing Isaac Barton's "Autobiography", which is contained
in the Vol. I of "The Descendants of Isaac Barton of Killaloe, County Clare,
Ireland (from which the above information came), I also reviewed "The Reverend
William Murphy" by Ashby T. Gibbons, Jr., which was published in April, 1957
in the Bulletin of the Missouri Historical Society. In that publication on
page 247, the following is found:

In 1783, Greene County was formed from the southern part of Washington
County. On the tax list of Greene for its first year appear the names of
William Murphy (1-3), John Murphy (1-1), and Isaac Barton. The latter had
settled on the banks of the Nolichucky River in 1780, having brought his
wife (1-2) and three daughters from Virginia. Soon after Barton's arrival,
he became the minister of a church which flourished for some six years,
until the congregation moved to the West as a body, but without its pastor.
It was here, on the Nolichucky about six miles east of Greenville, that
David Barton, destined to be Missouri's first senator, was born on December
14, 1783.

I have also reviewed "The Tragedy of David Barton" by Charles Van Ravenswaay
which was published in the Bulletin of the Missouri Historical Society in
October, 1950. In his Appendix to the story, Van Ravenswaay mentions that
"The Reverend Isaac Barton was born August 16, 1746, and married Keziah Murphy
in Virginia, October 19, 1772. they moved, following their residence near
Greenville, to Jefferson County, Tennessee, where the Reverend Barton died in
the latter part of 1831 and his wife in 1845, aged 91." As a side
commentary, Van Ravenswaay, a history professor at the University of Missouri,
knew that Barton had married Keziah Murphy and he knew that William Murphy had
married Sarah Barton. He wasn't sure about the connection of Keziah to
William, but thought she was "perhaps William Murphy's relative." For Isaac
and Keziah's children, he noted son William, born March 9, 1788, "apparently
never married".
The Rev. Isaac Barton ( Isaac was a Baptist Minister) was the son of Joshua
Barton and Jane (Dubart) Barton.

Rev. Isaac Barton was born 16 August 1746 Fredrick County, Maryland. He
died 10 November 1831 in Jefferson County., Tennessee. He is buried in
Springvale cemetery, Hamblen County., Tennessee.

Rev. Isaac Barton was married on 10 September 1772 at the Pigg River area of
Franklin County., Virginia to Keziah Murphy ((d/o William and Martha
(Hodges) Murphy)) Keziah was born 7 August 1754 in Virginiaa and died 29
July 1845 in Jefferson County., Tennessee and was buried in Springvale
Cemetery, Hamblen County, Tennessee.

Rev. Isaac Barton was in Rowan County., North Carolina abt 1753; in
Halifax County., Virginia. in 1760; in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in
1779 (which became Henry County Virginia), then to Washington
County, North Carolina abt 1780 (this area became Greene County, Tennessee).

1 February 1781, John Webb was married to Elizabeth McMurtry by the Rev.
Isaac Barton in Washington County, North Carolina in a church about two
miles from Elizabeth's home. ( this area became Warrensburg, Greene County,

In 1785 the Bent Creek Baptist Church was organized with Tydence Lane as its
pastor. Persons listed as prominent in it's organization and growth was
"Isaac Barton", Jacob Coffman and others. Jacob Coffman was a Primitave
Baptist Preacher and was on the board of Trustees of the church known as
Robertsons Creek Meeting house in Hawkins County, Tennessee.

On 25 March 1786, Rev. Isaac Barton and Rev. Jonathan Mulkey organized the
Lower French Broad Baptist Church, 3 miles northeast of what is now
Dandridge, Jefferson County Tennessee.

In 1801 Rev. Isaac Barton built a house in Hamblen County, Tennessee. In
1957 it was still standing and the oldest house in the county. Davy
Crockett worked on the farm and spent many nights in the house.

In 1821 Rev. Isaac Barton paid taxes in Grainger County, Tennessee. He was
a member of Captain Lane's Company of militia.

In 1822 Rev. Isaac Barton obtained a 285 acre farm in Jefferson County,
Tennessee and lived there until his death.

A Nashville, Tennessee newspaper dated 28 November 1831; Rev Isaac Barton
age 85 died in Jefferson County, Tennessee. He had a sister Sarah.

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