Biography - Ira Barton

Ira BARTON, physician, Raymond, was born in Grant County, Wis., April 17, 1844, where he received his early education, the foundation of his subsequent learning. The ears between fourteen and twenty-one were employed in assisting his father in his agricultural pursuits. He then entered the service in Company I, One Hundred and Fifty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with Capt. J. W. BROWN; regiment commanded by Col. STEPHENSON. He remained in the service about seven months, and soon after his discharge he began the study of medicine, reading with Dr. A. B. PENNIMAN, at Woodburn,]Macoupin County. He attended three courses of lectures in the Medical Department of the University of Michigan, from which institution he graduated in 1869, receiving his diplomas an M.D. He did not enter regularly upon the duties of his profession until June of the following year, when he located at Raymond, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession, with the exception of one year, when he took the place and practice of his old preceptor, at Woodburn. He has, by his thorough knowledge of, and strict attention to, the duties of his calling, succeeded in building up a reasonably good practice, which is steadily on the increase, and socially has gained the highest esteem of the community. He was married, December 17, 1871, to Miss Mary H. SCOTT, who was born in Steuben County, Ind., August 15, 1845. She is the mother of three children, viz.: John H., Sarah and infant, the latter dying in early infancy. Mrs. BURTON was a daughter of Joseph H. and Mercy (KINSMAN) SCOTT, natives of New York, he living, she deceased. John H. BARTON, the father of our subject, was born in Massachusetts in October, 1805, and is still living. At the age of twenty-one, he sought a home in the then far West, and located near Jacksonville, Ill., where he remained several years, but eventually resided in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and has engaged in several occupations during his life, such as lead mining, farming, merchandising, etc., and now, at an advanced age, he is enjoying the fruits of a well-spent life. His wife, Mary N. REID, was born in Lexington, Ky., in 1812, and is also living. They have lived together as man and wife fifty-three years, and the result of their union was seven children, three of whom have reached manhood and womanhood, viz.: Sarah, wife of A. B. PENNIMAN; Mary, wife of William P. HAMILTON, and Ira, the subject of this sketch. He has always been identified with the Republican party. Religiously, he is in connection with the Presbyterian Church, and was one of the six members who organized the church at Raymond; has always taken a prominent part in all temperance movements.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 210-211.

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