My Barton's are Church of England/Protestant. My direct ancestor is Thomas Barton b. 1831 in Northern Ireland, wife. Mary Jane Archer b. 1835 in Ontario Canada, married bef. 1856.
Thomas and Mary Jane are first found in Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario and moved from there to St. Joseph Island Algoma, Ontario in the mid 1870's. Thomas and Mary Jane are both are buried in Holy Trinity Cemetary in St Joe.
I have one family story my father James told to all of his children. Note: I am his firstborn James, my father is 2nd born James, his older brother is Thomas 1st born of Thomas Alfred so they appeared to follow a naming convention and We have lots of Thomas's and James's in the family.
"Two brothers Thomas and James Barton were Irish Hero's in the Crimean War. Due to their honorable service to the Crown they were granted land from the Queen in Canada. When they came to Canada one became a member of the police and the other was a Whiskey Peddler and a bit of a drunkard.
The drunkard got in a few bar-fights and in one instance when he lost the fight he then beat up to winners horse with a barrel stave.
The only other bit of information I have is a memory when my father and I visited a couple Barton's (one named Leonard) in St Joe Island 40 years ago. My father told me that we were related to all of the Bartons on St. Joe.
Census data for St. Joseph shows two Barton Families living almost next door to each other. One is my ancestor Thomas and his family and the other family is William Barton's both families having moved there from Darlington.
It appears that the families must be closely related as childrens names seem shared but I have never found any proof that Thomas and William were brothers or cousins.
I have tracked Williams family back to Ederney Fermanagh, but have never proven any relation to Thomas. I so far have never identified the "James and Thomas brother" in the family story unless James is Williams middle name? My Thomas b 1831 is the perfect age to have been the Thomas of the crimean war story.
William Barton b. fermanagh 1828 son of James Barton b abt 1785 married Margaret Deazley in Tubrid Church fermanagh. James and Margaret also came to Canada and are in Darlington Durham Census's. I found James and Margaret with two of their children sailed on the ship Argentinus arriving in 1856 in Quebec. William was baptised in Tubrid Church and married his wife Elizabeth Viirtue in Tubrid Church. James and family is listed as being from Ederney Fermanagh on the ship manifest.
The lack of records in Ireland makes it difficult I think James's church might have been Magheraculomey or Drumkeeran.The three families are as follows.
James Barton b.1785 M. Margaret Deazley son
William Barton b 1828 m. Elizabeth Virtue
Thomas Barton 1831. wife mary Jane b. 1835
my branch of Thomas's family if through Joseph who left St. Joe and moved to Pickford Michigan with his wife Elizabeth Tressa Sims and family.
Margret b. 1849
James b. 1851