Robert T. Barton Family Papers

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

1268 WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of notebooks, brochures, and club rosters from educational and fraternal organizations of Winchester, VA. Also among this collection are Barton family papers including a genealogy, scrapbook, and a ledger kept by Robert T. Barton. Some World War I materials are included. Robert Barton kept and maintained a number of journals dating from 1895-1916. They are included within the collection along with a law book of Barton’s and a brief of his pertaining to a council for complaint.
(4 boxes) Last updated 11/15.

Biographical/Historical: Robert Thomas Barton was the son of David W. Barton and Fannie L. Jones and was born in Winchester, VA on Nov. 24, 1842. He served as a captain in the Rockbridge Battery since 1862 until ill health forced him to transfer to the Ordinance Department. In 1865, he was admitted to the bar and became one of the leading lawyers in the state. He was also author of some standard textbooks, Barton’s Law Practice and Barton’s Chancery Practice. Barton was also a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1884-85), mayor of Winchester in 1896, and sat as chair or president on several state and local organizations. He married twice, first to Katie Knight (1868) and then to Gertrude W. Baker (1890). He had two children with Gertrude. He died on Jan. 17, 1917 and was buried in Mt. Hebron cemetery.

Cite As: Robert Barton Family Papers, 1268 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


Box 1

"Artillery through the Ages - a Short Illustrated History of Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America," 1949, booklet, 1 item, printed

Baker, Gertrude (daughter of Henry S. and Aleeta H. Baker) – school notebook, 1888-1889, written in German, 1 item, manuscript

Baker, Henry S. Oath of allegiance, July l, 1865, 1 leaf, manuscript

Barton genealogy, 1 leaf, manuscript

Barton, Robert T., Address to IORM, 1871, 1 item, 16 pages printed

Barton, Robert T. - certificate of disability for discharge, October 22, 1862, 1 item, 1 sheet, manuscript

Barton, Robert T., Correspondence, 2 items, 3 leaves manuscript, 1 envelope manuscript

Barton, Robert T. - special order No. 59, transferring Barton to Staunton, VA, 1863, 1 item, 1 leaf, manuscript

Barton, Robert T. - office provost marshall pass permitting passage through Union lines, 1864, 1 item, 1 leaf, manuscript

Barton, Robert T. - oath of allegiance to federal government, June 16, 1865, 1 item, 1 leaf, printed/manuscript

Barton, Robert T., Political notebook 1873-79, 1 bound item, manuscript and printed

Broadside - picnic and tournament, August 25, 1915, 1 item, printed

Charley Rouss Fire Company - 26th and 28th annual celebration, 1920 and 1922, menus, 2 items, printed

Confederate States of America vs. George W. Kerfoot, November 1861, 1 item, 16 pages, manuscript

Elks Club - 20th anniversary, May 28, 1923, program and menu, 1 item, printed

Fairfax Club, 1900 - constitution and rules, booklet, 1 item, printed

Fairfax, Thomas Lord - address by Robert T. Barton, Jr., March 1929, 1 item (2 copies), typescript, 27 leaves, one copy bound

Farmers and Merchants National Bank - Trends (newsletter), July 25, 1957, 1 item, printed

Fort Loudoun Seminary (corner of Loudoun and Peyton Streets, Winchester, VA) – brochure for September 14, 1905, 1 item, printed

Grist mill - sketch, 1 item, 1 leaf, manuscript

Jones, Gabriel - entry in daybook, May 1775, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Kiwanis Club - August 18, 1837, 15th anniversary, 2 items, printed

Manual for the Artillery Orientation Officer, 1917, 1 item, printed

Petition to merchants of Winchester, 1 item, manuscript

Shenandoah Valley Academy - Sigma Rho Deltian, school magazine, 1904, 1905, 1954, 3 items, printed

Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Society - 56th annual fair, premium list, 1925, 1 item, 64 pages, printed

World War I - artillery-training booklets, 3 items, printed

World War I - small arms firing manual, 1 item, printed

Box 2Barton, Robert T. Papers, miscellaneous, 1914-1926, 21 items

Barton, Mr. and Mrs. R.T., Guestbook, 1911-1956, 1 item bound, manuscript

Barton, Mrs. R. T., Correspondence, 7 items; 2 leaves, typescript (copy), 5 leaves manuscript, 1 envelope manuscript

Barton, Robert T. Jr., 1974 – 1980, unnumbered leaves Manuscript and typescript (copy)

Byrd, Harry Flood, Memorial Statue Unveiling, Commemorative Program and Campaign Newspaper, 2 items printed

McGuire, Dr. Hunter H., Address made by R.T. Barton, October 12, 1935, 4 leaves typescript (copy)

Mahone-Newspaper Clippings & Broadsides 1880s, 5 items printed

Newspaper clippings general, unnumbered items printed

Newspaper clippings political, 1880-1933, 10 items printed

Political Broadsides, 1879-1885, 9 items, printed

Winchester, Va. Souvenirs, 2 items printed

Exhibit Labels, 2 envelopes

Box 3

Scrapbook - early 1900s, news clippings

A Dictionary of the English Language, by Samuel Johnson, 1814, printed, leather-bound

Memoirs in ledger book - Robert T. Barton, 1842-1895, manuscript

Photographs by R. T. Barton - unidentified and Winchester scenes, 24 items, black and white

Photographs - World War I scenes, most identified, 50 items, black and white

“The Trail 1914-1917” published by the First troop of Boy Scouts, Winchester, Va., October 22, 1917, 1 item bound

Mill Accounts 1824-1848, 1 item bound, manuscript

Book with newspaper accounts of political activities pasted over accounts of judgments from Frederick and Clarke Counties, 1873-1884, 1 item, manuscript and printed

“Memories of the Confederacy – Flowers and song” includes pressed flowers from Lee and Jackson graves and battle sites, 1 item, 14 pages printed, hand sewn

Barton, R.T., Brief of Council for Complaint, 1899; 107 pages, typescript

Barton, R.T., Law and Definitions book; 150 pages, manuscript, n.d.

“The City of Winchester: It’s Past and Present”, 1900; booklet, 12 pages, printed


Barton, R.T., Journal of (1895-1901); 300 pages, manuscript


Barton, R.T., Journal of (1902-1916); 401 pages, manuscript



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