Herbert W. Barton, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller

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 Herbert W. Barton,     Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
    Herbert W. Barton, sugar planter and refiner, Houma, La., whose
success and general ability as manager of a sugar plantation is widely
known, now resides four miles southeast of Houma, on Wood Lawn
plantation, consisting of 3,500 acres, and one of the, most beautiful in
this part of the state.  It was formerly the property of James Cage, a
prominent citizen of this parish, and although it was considered then
one of the finest plantations, many and vast improvements have been made
since Mr. Barton became manager.  This gentleman was born in Assumption
parish, La., November 29, 1858, and the son of Elijah D. and Clara P.
(Smith) Barton, natives of Tennessee and Maine respectively.  The elder
Barton resides it St. James Parish, on St. Claire Sugar plantation,
thirteen miles below Donaldsonville.  Mr. Barton came to Assumption
parish when a young man, or in 1839, from his native state, and there
made his home until 1882, when he moved to St. James parish.  He has
been a very successful planter, and is a man of energy and thoroughness,
qualities which can not fail of success.  His wife, mother of subject,
died in 1872, and since that time he has been married twice.  He is a
member of the Episcopal church, and in politics is identified with the
democratic party.  His first wife, Miss Clara Smith, came to Louisiana
on a visit to a friend, and while here married Mr. Barton.  The fruits
of this union were seven children--six sons and one daughter:  Carroll
(a prominent planter of Assumption parish), E. H. (planter of St. James
and Assumption parishes), Herbert W. (subject), Norwood E. (was
accidentally killed while hunting when a boy of twelve), Clarence C.,
planter in Assumption parish, Walter I. (planter of Assumption parish),
and Effie L. (who is with her father).  Herbert W. Barton received a
common-school education in Assumption parish, and then took a commercial
course at Baton Rouge.  After this he commenced his career as a planter
with his brother and Samuel Kennedy.  In 1889 he came to Terre Bonne
parish and purchased Wood Lawn plantation.  The last year Mr. Barton
made 1,800,000 pounds of sugar, and is one of the most successful
planters of the parish.  He was married in 1882 to Miss Oena Kittredge,
of Assumption parish, and this union has been blessed by the birth of
one son and three daughters.  Like his father, Mr. Barton is a member of
the Episcopal church, and is vestry man in the same.  He is a democrat
in politics.  Socially, he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the
Knights of Honor, being dictator in the last named order.
    
 From Biographical and Historical Memoires of Louisiana, volume 2, p.
268. 
Submitted by Mike Miller

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