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Joseph Penn Barton

Birthplace: Lebanon, St Clair, Illinois, USA
Death: Died in Paragonah, Iron, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Paragonah, Iron County, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Barton and Sally or Sarah Penn
Husband of Lucy Ann Butler and Eliza Barton
Father of Amasa Miles Barton; James William Barton; Joseph Franklin Barton; Eliza Ann Barton and Mary Matilda Barton
Brother of Elizabeth Barton; William John Barton; John Wesley Barton; Matilda Jane Barton; Julia King Barton and 4 others

Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Joseph Penn Barton

From Penn Barton, May 25, 1887, Sentenced for Unlawful Cohabitation....

LDS Church Records, May 1887: Wed. 25, Bishop Wm. E. Jones and Joseph P. Barton of Paragoonah, Iron County, Samuel Worthen, of Panguitch, Piute County, and Alex Orton, of Parowan, Iron County, were imprisoned in the Penitentiary, having each been sentenced by Judge Boreman in the Second District Court, at Beaver, the day previous, to six months imprisonment and $300 fine, for unlawful cohabitation.

From the Daily Enquirer (Provo), May 27, 1887, "four victims of the anti-Mormon crusade, who had been convicted of the crime of acknowledging and supporting their families, passed through Provo on Wednesday, on the Unlawful Cohabitation train in charge of Deputies McGarry, Armstrong and Thompson, on their way to the penitentiary. The names of the victims are W.E. Jones and Joseph Barton of Paragoonah, Samuel Worthen of Panguitch and Alex Orton of Parowan.

In another document found on, on September 6, 1889, Joseph P. Barton was issued an indictment for the crime of adultery and a warrant was issued for his arrest. His bail was set at $1,500. The indictment was signed by T.J. Anderson, Judge.

In the District Court of the Second Judicial District, Territory of Utah...Minute Book Entry of September 18, 1893. In the case of the USA vs. Joseph P. Barton, convicted of adultery. The US district attorney with the defendant and his counsel, Barlow Ferguson, came into Court. The defendant was informed by the court of the nature of the indictment found against him for the crime of adultery committed on the First day of January, 1893, of his arraignment and plea of "guilty as charged in said indictment." The defendant was then asked if he had any legal cause to show why judgment should not be pronounced against him, to which he replied that he had none, and no sufficient cause being shown or appearing to the court, thereupon the court rendered its judgement. That whereas the said Joseph P. Barton having been duly convicted in this court of the crime of adultery. it is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed, that the said Joseph P. Barton is guilty of the crime of adultery and that he be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary of the Territory of Utah for the term of five months, and that the date of sentence shall begin from September 11, 1893, the time of his conviction. The defendant was then remanded to the custody of the US marshal of said territory to be by him delivered into the custody of the proper officer of said penitentiary.

From the new York Times, published December 24, 1893: Headline reads...PARDONS FOR THEIR CHRISTMAS. Ten Convicts Given Their Liberty by the President....

Washington, December 23--Christmas presents in the shape of pardons have been given by the President in the cases of ten convicts and the sentence in another case has been commuted. Those who received pardons were James Goshell, sentenced August 15 last to five months in jail and a find of $100 for violating the internal revenue laws in South Carolina; Chet Palmentier and Joseph P. Barton, convicted in Utah of violating the Edmunds-Tucker law; Isaac A. Stanley, sentenced January 25, 1888, to five years in the Ohio Penitentiary for violating the United States banking laws in Cleveland, Ohio; pardon granted to restore him to citizenship; Richard J. Meaney, sentenced to the District of Colubia Jail in September last for assaulting Policeman Terry, an officer under indictment for shooting a negro during the recent "Jack the Slasher" scare in this city; William W. Palmer, sentenced in May last to one year in the Detroit House of Correction and to pay a fine of $500 for assault, committed in Indian Territory; William G. Jones and Stephen S. Barton, sentenced last September to five months in the Utah Penitentiary for violating the Edmunds-Tucker law; John Swallow, sentenced in December, 1890, to five years in the Kansas Penitentiary for manslaughter, committed in the Cherokee Nation, and a A.W. Neff, sentenced December 9, 1893, to thirty days in jail and a fine for embezzlement, committed in Washington, D.C. In the case of John W. Pitts, sentenced in April last to two years in the Missouri Penitentiary for breaking into a distillery in charge of the U.S. Government, a commutation of one year is granted.

SOURCE for NY Times article: for Joseph Penn Barton, 1831-1912

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Joseph Penn Barton's Timeline

May 11, 1831
Lebanon, St Clair, Illinois, USA
February 14, 1847
Age 15
March 31, 1855
Age 23
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
May 27, 1857
Age 26
Paragonah, Iron, Utah, USA
June 10, 1860
Age 29
Paragonah, Iron, Utah, USA
October 4, 1861
Age 30
September 3, 1865
Age 34
Paragonah, Iron, Utah, USA
January 2, 1876
Age 44
Paragonah, Iron, Ut