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Barnabas Horton

Birthplace: Mowsley, Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Southold, Suffolk County (Long Island), Province of New York
Place of Burial: Southold, Suffolk County (Long Island), New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Horton, of Mowsley and Mary Horton
Husband of Mary Langton; Ann Horton and Mary Horton
Father of Benjamin Horton; Benjamin Horton; Joseph Horton; Anne Horton; Sarah Magdalena Conklin and 7 others
Brother of Thomas Horton, of Mowsley & Springfield and Jeremiah (Jeremy) Horton

Occupation: Emigrated to America on the ship Swallow in 1635., Baker
Managed by: Ken Jon Schonberg
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About Barnabas Horton

Barnabas Horton b. July 13, 1600 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England. D. July 13 1680, Southold, Suffolk, New York. Buried in the Old Burying Ground, First Presbyterian Church.

Parents: unknown

Married #1 Anne Smith, b. abt 1602, d. abt 1630

Children: Joseph (1625 - 1696) m. Jane Budd; Benjamin (1627-1690) m1. Anna Budd, m2. Mary Hampton; Anne (1629 - ?)

Married #2 abt 1631 in England Mary Langton b. abt 1611 England, d. aft 1698

Children: Hannah (1632 – 1698) m1. Thomas Hildreth, m2. Jonas Bower, m3. Thomas Trevelly; Sarah (1634 - ?) m1 William Salmon, m2. John Conklin; Mary (1635 – aft.1684) m. John Budd; Caleb (1640 - 1702) m1. Unknown, m2. Esther unknown; Joshua (1643 – 1729) m. Mary Wheeler; Jonathan (1647 – 1706) m. Bethiah Wells; Mercy (c. 1650 – aft 1698) m1. John Youngs, m2. Christopher Youngs



He came over in the ship "Swallow," between 1633 and '38, and landed at Hampton. Mass. In 1640, he came to New Haven, Conn., and on the 21st day of October, 1640, assisted by the venerable Rev. John Davenport and Gov. Eaton, organized themselves into a Congregational Church and sallied to the east end of Long Island, now Southold. They had all been members of Puritan churches in England. He built the first frame dwelling house ever erected on the east of Long Island, and that house, in 1876, was still standing and occupied. He died at Southold, on the 13th day of July, 1680, aged eighty years. This Barnabas Horton is known in the history of the Horton family as "Barnabas, the old Puritan. " He was a man of sincere piety, and a warm advocate of civil and religious freedom.

Barnabas Horton was a younger son of Joseph Horton. He came to America about 1635. He had already been married to Anne Smith who had died in England. Then he married Mary Langton who came to this vast new country with him. By his first wife Barnabas had three children who also came to America with him. His second wife had seven children, some of whom were born in America.

Barnabas lived in Massachusetts for a while and then went to Long Island where he was one of the earliest settlers of Southold--on the tip of Long Island. The site of Barnabas Horton's house in Southold is marked with a historical marker.

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  • Descendants of Barnabas Horton,
  • OF SOUTHOLD, L.I., 1640.

We give Barnabas Horton as the Preface and Introduction to this little volume of Chronicles. He was probably the son of Joseph Horton, of Leicestershire, England, and born in the little hamlet of Mousely of that shire. Of his history before he came to America very little is known. He came over in the ship "Swallow" in 1633-38. He landed at Hampton, Mass. How long he remained at Hampton is not known. But in 1640 we find him with his wife and two children in New Haven, Conn., in company with the Rev. John Youngs, William Welles, Esq., Peter Hallock, John Tuthill, Richard Terry, Thomas Mapes, Matthias Corwin, Robert Ackerly, Jacob Corey, John Conklin, Isaac Arnold, and John Budd, and on the 21st day of Oct., 1640, assisted by the venerable Rev. John Davenport and Gov. Eaton, they organized themselves into a Congregational Church, and sailed to the east end of Long Island, now Southold. They had all been members of Puritan churches in England, and all had families with them except Peter Hallock. They doubtless had been on the island previous to this time and looked out their homes. On nearing the shore they cast lots to decide who should first set foot on the land. The lot fell on Peter Hallock, and the place where he stepped upon the land has ever since been known as Hallock' s Landing.

On coming ashore, they all knelt down and engaged in prayer, Peter Hallock leading, as had been determined by the lot. These were the first persons of any civilized nation that had ever attempted to settle on the east end of Long Island. See Griffith s Journal.

Barnabas Horton was a man of deep-toned piety, and a warm advocate of civil and religious freedom. He was one of the most prominent and influential men of Southold. He was for many years a magistrate, and several times a member of the General Court at New Haven and Harford. He built the first framed dwelling-house ever erected on the east of Long Island, and that house is still (1875) standing and occupied. It is a shingle-house, that is, shingles are used for weather-boards, and the sides have never been reshingled, and the roof but once, according to the statement of Jonathan Goldsmith Horton, the last Horton occupant of the old house.

VI Preface. — Introduction.

It is said that Barnabas Horton I. was large in stature, and of a ruddy complexion, and of fine social qualities.

His tombstone is of English blue marble, five feet long and about three feet wide. It is placed horizontally over the grave. The stone was re-lettered about fifty or sixty years ago by Jonathan G. Horton. It is elevated about eighteen inches from the ground, on a good stone base. The original base was of brick, but it had all crumbled down many years ago. The present base was put under the stone at the time it was re-lettered by Jonathan G. Horton.

The inscription surrounds the border of the stone, and reads as follows :

" Here lieth buried the body of Mr. Barnabas Horton, who was born at Mousely, Leicestershire, Old England, and died at Southold, on the 13th day of July, 1680, aged 80 years."

In the centre of the stone we find the Epitaph, as follows :

  • " Here lies my body tombed in dust
  • 'Till Christ shall come to raise it with the just;
  • My soul ascended to the throne of God,
  • Where with sweet Jesus now I make abode :
  • Then hasten after me, my dearest wife,
  • To be partaker of this blessed life ;
  • And you, dear children, all follow the Lord,
  • Hear and obey His public sacred word ;
  • And in your houses call upon His name,
  • For oft I have advised you to the same :
  • Then God will bless you with your children all,
  • And to this blessed place He will you call."

Heb. xi : 4, — " He being dead, yet speaketh."

It is said that this epitaph was written by himself, and that it, together with the inscription, date of his death excepted, was all put upon the stone before he died. He was the only one of the original thirteen who brought his tombstone with him, and this fact seems to indicate a commendable desire to see that his name and memory should not perish from the earth.

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1635 immigrated to American on the ship Swallow with wife Mary and first two children. Landed at Hampton, Mass, moved to New Haven in 1640. He and 12 others formed first Congregational Church and sailed to Long Island. Built first frame house ever on East Long Island.

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  • Marriage 1 Mary LANGTON b: ABT 1611
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  • 1. Has Children Caleb HORTON b: ABT 1640 in Southold, Suffolk, NY
  • Marriage 2 Abigail HALLOCK
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  • Tuthill family of Tharston, Norfolk County, England and Southold, Suffolk County, New York; also written Totyl, Totehill, Tothill, Tuttle, etc (1898)
  • 5. Henry Tuthill (John, Henry, Henry), of Southold, b. 1 May 1665; d. 4 Jan., 1750; m. before 1690, Bethia HORTON (Capt. Jonathan, BARNABUS), b. at 1674; d. 16 Mary, 1744. Henry was Justice of the Peace, and owned land in the Towns of Southold and Brookhaven. The subject of the marriage date of Henry and Bethia is discussed in Keith's Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison. The daughter Rebecca attributed to Henry, in Moore's Indexes of Southold Genealogies, is doubtless only an error of type, as Henry's will (Lib. 17, p. 118, N. Y. City Wills) cited as authority, does not contain the word Rebecca. Issue, all of Southold Town:
  • 6. Daniel Tuthill (John, Henry, Henry), of Southold, b. 23 Jan., 1679, d. 7 Dec. 1762; m. in 1705 Mehitable HORTON (Capt. Jonathan, BARNABAS), b. 17 Feb., 1679, d. 7 Sep., 1757, widow of Peter Bradley. Daniel was a Deacon at Southold. Letters of administration on his estate were issued in 1763 to his sons, Daniel Tuthill, Jr., and Nathaniel. Issue, all of Southold:
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-------------------- He was a property owner in Southold, Long Island in 1651. He was a town deputy between 1654 and 1661. He was a pilgrim, and with 12 other pilgrims he sailed from England, and landed first in Massachusetts. They moved to Southold, Long Island in 1640.

BARNABAS HORTON born 13 Jun 1600 in Mowsley, Leicestershire, England, died 1680 in Southold,Long Island, NY. Barnabas was a Puritan and decided to follow after Reverend Youngs when he,with some of his congregation, William Wells,Esq., Wm. Hallock, John Tuthill, Richard Terry, Thomas Mapes, Matthias Corwin, Robt. Ackerty, Jacob Corey, John Conklin, Isaac Arnold, John Budd and moved to America. Barnabas and his family wasn't long in joining them. They left in about 1635 aboard the ship "Swallow" and landed at Hampden, Massachussetts. In 1640, Barnabas, his wife, Mary, and two sons and daughter, Joseph, Benjamin and Ann left for New Haven,CT. On the 21st day of Oct 1640, assisted by Reverend John Davenport and Gov. Eaton, they organized themselves into a Congregational Church and sailed to the east end of Long Island, now Southold. They crossed Long Island Sound, sailed up Peconic Bay and came ashore at Founder's Landing. Barnabas died on the 13th day of July, 1680, aged eighty years. He was known as 'Barnabas, The Old Puritan." Barnabas married first in England, Ann Stanton Smith in about 1622. She died within a few years. They had sons:

Hampton, Massachusetts or Hampton, New Hampshire

There are two different places where Barnabas Horton is said to have first lived in the colonies. One source says "Hampton, Massachusetts" and the other says "Hampton, New Hampshire." This Hampton, Massachusetts is not to be confused with either Easthampton, Massachusetts or Hampden, Massachusetts, locations inland from the coast that were not settled until much later (Wikipedia: Easthampton and Hampden).

Hampton, New Hampshire was "one of four original New Hampshire townships chartered by the General Court of Massachusetts, which then held authority over the colony" (Wikipedia). That town was settled in 1638. It seems most probable that this is the Hampton at which Barnabas Horton immigrated. If so, that would peg his arrival as being not earlier than 1638. Since it is said that the ship Swallow was bringing immigrants to the colonies between 1633 and 1638, and since Barnabas Horton came on that ship and landed at Hampton, it would be most likely that he arrived there in 1638.


Barnabas Horton1,2,3,4,5,6 M, b. 13 June 1600, d. 13 July 1680

    Important Notes: It is important to note that for many decades, genealogists have noted Barnabas as the son of Joseph Horton & Mary Schuyler. According to Barnabas' tombstone, he was born in Mowsley, Licestershire, but at this point, we can find no proof as to Barnabas being the son of Joseph and Mary. As to the parents of Joseph Horton, They then go on to note the following:

- Henry de Horton born: circa 1220 [In 1270, Henry went to Leicestershire, England to act as a baliff for the de Morley and the de Gobion families. In 1277, he is found conveying a massauge and a Virgate of land in Kanoptoft to his son, Hugh. In 1279, he is listed as a "free tenant".] - Hugh de Horton born: circa 1240 at Horton, Northamptonshire, England - Henry de Horton born: circa 1270 at Horton, Northamptonshire, England [In 1329, Henry was listed in the Exchequer Lay Subsidy Rolls (a form of taxation on moveable goods). He paid 6 pounds 3 shillings and his son Hugh was assessed 3 pounds. This subsidy of 1327 was assessed to pay for the war of Edward III against Robert Bruce, ending in the treaty of Northampton, by which Scottish indepentence was recognized. Sometime in the 14th century the third generation of Horton's left Kanoptoft for Leichestershire. Henry is known as the progenator of this family in Leichestershire.] - Hugh de Horton born: ca 1300 in Kanopoft, Leicestershire, England [He was taxed in 1325 for the war of Edward III against Robert Bruce.] - John Horton born: ca 1330 born: ca 1300 in Kanopoft, Leicestershire, England.] - William de Horton born: ca 1370 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England - Richard de Horton born: ca 1410 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England - Richard de Horton born: ca 1450 [sons: Thomas biorn: ca 1480 & Richard born: ca 1485] - Thomas de Horton born: ca 1480 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England [Thomas was a church warden in 1526.] - Richard de Horton born: ca 1500 - Robert de Horton born: ca 1525 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England - William de Horton born: ca 1550 Firth House, Barkisland, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England married: Elizabeth Hanson Children: William Joshua Joseph born: ca 1578 Thomas Sarah Elizabeth - Joseph Horton born: ca 1578 married: ca 1599 Mary Schuyler Children: Barnabas born: 1600 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England Thomas born: ca 1602 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England Jeremiah born: ca 1604 Mowsley, Leicestershire, England

Again, there is no proof that we have seen to show Joseph as the father of Barnabas and there has not been found a christening record for Barnabas in Leicester or for that matter anywhere else. If the dates are correct, then it is possible that Joseph is the father, but again, we have seen no proof of this. Also, as shown above, we see that Joseph Horton who is born circa 1570's is the son of William Horton of Firth House in Barkisland, Yorkshire, but in John Burke's, A Genealogical and Heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies , second edition (London: Scott, Webster, Geary, Charter House Square 1841). On page 269, he states “William Horton, in Firth House in Barkisland, in the parish of Halifax, married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Hanson, of Tooth Hill, in the same parish [her will bares the date 16th July, 1660] Issue: William, of Firth House, Barkisland, and afterwards, having purchased the estate 15 Charles I. of Howroyd, m. Elizabeth (whose will dated 13th July, 1670), daughter of Thomas Geldhill, of Barkisalnd, … Thomas of Barkislnad b. in 1651 William of Howroyd d. 19th February 1716 Thomas, merchant at Liverpool, died apparently without issue 30 March, 1660. Joshua Sarah m. to John Geldhill Elizabeth, who died in July, 1670 Susan m. Richard Hoyle

Thus, Burke does not show William of Firth House to have a son, Joseph, and William, given the above dates, would have been born maybe as early as 1580, much to late to be the father of Joseph, father of Barnabas. This then is not the lineage of Joseph of Mowsley. There has been references made of a House that was built adjacent to the church at Mowsley which was occupied by a Horton family for many generations. This house was eventually replaced by another house built on another corner of the same church property. There is, however, no evidence of the given names of the owners for a substantial time period. If this information is accurate, then Joseph would likely be of this family as well as Barnabas, whether or not they are father and son.



Barnabas Horton, 1600-1680 n Mowsley, Leicestershi United Kingdom G-P15 Barnabus Horton, b. 1600, England thru son Caleb England I-M223

-.7 Barnabas was born on Tuesday, 13 June 1600 at Mowsley, Leicestershire, England. Barnabas married Anne Smith at Mowsley, Leicestershire, England. He and Anne were blessed with 2 children. Barnabas's wife, Anne, died between 1627/28 and 1640, leaving him a widower. Barnabas married 2nd Mary Langton on 22 February 1632 at Leicestershire, England. This marriage was mentioned in the will of Mary's mother.8 He and Mary were blessed with 8 children. He was the mother of immigrant Mary Langton between 1635 and 1638 at "Swallow".9 In Manpton, he owned a home and land in June of 1640. In 1640, they- family moved to New Haven, Connecticut. On October 21, 1640, the Hortons along with twelve other families - Rev. John Young, Wm. Wells. Jacob Corey, Peter Hallock, John Tuthill, Richard Terry, Thomas Mapes, Mathias Corwin, Robert Ackerly, Isaac Arnold, John Budd, and John Conklin - sailed to Long Island and settled at Southold. He built the first house there & it was still standing in 1880. Barnabas made his will on 10 May 1680 at the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.

"I, Barnabas Horton of Southold, finding many distempers daily growing upon me." Leave to eldest son Joseph 10 sheep. to what he formerly had as his full portion. To second son, Benjamin, 10 sheep to what he formerly had, as his full portion. To eldest daughter Hannah Trevalle, 10 sheep as her full portion. To Joseph Conckling, son of my daughter Sarah Conckling, 5 sheep. To my third daughter Mary Budd. 5 sheep. To my third son, Caleb 1 horse and 1/2 of all my right in Accabauk to what he hath in his possession at Corchaug for his full portion. To my fourth son Joshua, all my house, lands, and meadows, orchards and Commons of pasture which was mine and is now in his possession, and 1/2 of my meadow and upland within the bounds of Accabauk, and all my meadow at Oyster Ponds. To my fifth son Jonathan, all my dwelling house, barn, home lots and meadow and all the rest of the real estate, except that the new house shall be for the use of Mary, my wife, during her life, and she is to have the third bushel of all grain, and he is "to winter and summer for her four cows." To youngest daughter Mercy Youngs 4 cows and bed and bed clothes. Makes wife Mary executor. Dated May 10, 1680. Witnesses, Jonas Holdsworth, Richard Benjamin. [New York Wills: Liber 1-2, page 417]10

Barnabas departed this life on Saturday, 13 July 1680 at the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, at age 80 years and 1 month. Barnabas was laid to rest in the yard of the Southold Church, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana. His grave is covered with a slab of blue slate imported from his native home. His gravestone reads: "Here Lieth the Body of Mr. Barnabas Horton who was born at Mousely, Leicesershire, old England and died at Southold on the 13th day of July 1680 aged 80 years".11 The Inventory of the estate of Barnabas Horton was taken by John Corwin, John Carey & Benjamin Youngs. His land & housing was valued at 200 pounds, 7 oxen valued at 30 pounds, 5 cows valued at 12 pounds, 16 horse kind valued at 24 pounds, 90 sheep valued at 35 pounds with a total amount being 405 pounds. His will was probated on 4 March 1681. It was proved at Court of Sessions held in Southampton and confirmed 18 November 1681. Family 1 Anne Smith b. c 1606, d. bt 1627/28 - 1640 Children Captain Joseph Horton b. c 1625, d. b 1696 Benjamin Horton b. c 1627, d. 3 Nov 1690 Family 2 Mary Langton b. b 14 Feb 1607, d. c 1686 Children Hannah Horton b. c 1633 Sarah Horton b. c 1635 Mary Horton+ b. c 1637 Caleb Horton+ b. 1640, d. 3 Oct 1702 Joshua Horton b. 1644, d. 12 Jun 1729 Jonathan Horton I Captain+ b. 23 Feb 1646, d. 23 Feb 1707 Mercy Horton+ b. 1650, d. a 1698 Abigail Horton b. 1660 Citations [S82] George F. Horton, Horton Genealogy or Chronicles of the Descendants of Barnabas Horton of Southold, Long Island, 1640

, page ix - Barnabas Horton to his son, Jonathan Horton, this bible did he bequeath, in the year of Our Lord 1680. "Captain Jonathan Horton, his book, God give him grace." Jonathan Horton 1683. ... page v - He was probably the son of Joseph Horton, of Leicestershire, England, and born in the little hamlet of Mousely of the shire. [S136] Adeline Horton White, Hortons In America, page LIV - Notes - Derby and Leicester counties join, which strengthens the assumption of the Heraldic Office that the registry of the baptism was made in the environment of the Derbyshire family to which he belonged, although he was born at Mowsley. There is data, however, that is accepted as reliable that the early life of Barnabas Horton centered at Mowsley, viz.: a record of a marriage in 1621 to Anne Smith of Stanion of Northamptonshire, a record of baptism of a son, Benjamin, born 1627, and a marriage to Mary Langton of Wigton Magna mentioned in the will of her mother, 1640.i; page 1 - Barnabas Horton, born in Mowsley, Leicestershire, England (old style). In 1622 he married Anne Smith of Stanion of Northamptonshire, England. She died, and he married Mary Langton mentioned in the will of her mother, 1640. He emigrated to America in the ship Swallow, Captain Jeremy Horton, master and owner, in 1635 to 1638, landed at Hampton, Mass., where he owned a plot of ground.(*) He came to New Haven, 1640, with his wife, Mary, and two children, Joseph and Benjamin. He settled permanently on the east end of Long Island, now Southold, Suffolk County, N. Y., in October, 1640. w's History of Hampton. Mass., states that. [S264] Whitaker, History of Southold, 1640-1740, pages 28-29 - Barnabas was may have dwelt in Hampton, Massachusetts prior to 1640. page 46 - Barnabas upon list of early known settlers. [S183] Hemry Bainbridge Hoff, Long Island Source Records From the New Yow York Biographical & Genealogical Record. [S187] Indexed by Rosanne Conway Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York: Excerpted from the Documentary History of the State of New York, page 71 - page 71 - Southoulds Estimate The 16th September 1675: Barnabs Horton 2 heads 36 - 37 acorn land .. . 37 - - 9 oxen 54 - 8 cows 40 - - 4:3 yrold 16 - - 4:2 yrold 10-- - 4 yerlings 06 - 69 shepe 23 - 6 horses.. 72 - 1 yerling 03 - - 8 swine 08 - - Total: 305. [S115] Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations Of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, On The Basis Of Farmer's Registar, Volume II: page 465 - Barnabas Horton - Hampton 1640, went to Southold, L.I. 1662; favored Conn. and was next yr. made an officer. [S916] John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies, page 269 - William Horton, in Firth House in Barkisland, in the parish of Halifax, married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Hanson, of Tooth Hill, in the same parish [her will bares the date 16th July, 1660] Issue: William of Firth House, m. Elizabeth Geldhill, daughter of Thomas of Barkisland her will dated: 13 July 1670]; Thomas; Joshua, Sarah; Elizabeth & Susan. [S701] U.S & International Marriage Records 1560-1900: Barnabas Horton & Mary Langton married 1632 England. [S739] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Immigrants, page. [S30] New York Historical Society, Collections of the New York Historical Society Abstract of Wills, Volume 25: pages 110-111. [S264] Whitaker, History of Southold, 1640-1740, pages 28-29 - Tombstone Inscription of Barnabas Horton.

Compiler: Kathy and Larry McCurdy, 2710 Sophiea Parkway, Okemos, MI

-------------------- Barnabus came to America in the ship, "Swallow" in 1633 and landed at or near New Haven, Conn. The capatain of the Swallow was a Horton by the name of Jeremy. Accompanying Barnabas Horton were REv. John Youngs; William Wells, Esq.; Peter Hallock; John Tuthill; Richard Terry; Thomas Mapes, Mathia Gorwin; Robert Ocherley; Jacob Corey; John Conklin; Isaac Arnold; and John Budd, all well known names in early American History.

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Barnabas Horton's Timeline

July 13, 1600
Mowsley, Leicestershire, England
Age 21
Leicestershire, England
Age 24
Mowsley, Leicestershire, , England
September 16, 1627
Age 27
Mowsley, Leicestershire, England
October 4, 1629
Age 29
United Kingdom
Age 31
Probably England
Age 32
Probably England
Age 36
Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 23, 1642
Age 42
Southold, Long Island (Present Suffolk County), New Netherlands (Present New York)
Age 41
Southold, Suffolk, New York