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This page last edited on 11/29/2009
Joseph Barton and his cousin Lewis
Martin left for the California gold fields in August 1852. The trip is
documented in a series of six letters that Joseph sent home and which
his son Everett Barton saved and transcribed.
**August 30, 1852 Philadelphia, Pa.
Saw ships at wharf
**August 31, 1852 Philadelphia, Pa.Walnut St. Theater on Tuesday
**September 1, 1852 Philadelphis, Pa. Left for New York at 8 am.
September 5, 1852
New York Letter to Mother (Catherine Umberger Barton). Info preceeded
with ** is information from this letter.
**September 6, 1852 New York Board the ship Great Ohio at 2 o'clock.
*September 20, 1852 Left Panama
*September 27, 1852 Arrived Acapulco *October 6, 1852 Arrived in San
October 7, 1852
San Fransisco Letter home. Info preceeded by * indicates info in this
February 6, 1853
March 6, 1853
Gold Springs, California
June 12, 1853
Gold Springs, California February
10, 1854 Empire Ranch
1856 - Joseph remained in the Tuolumne Co. area as late as 1856 as evidenced by his name appearing in the General Directory of the Citizens of Tuolumne. Entry is as follows "Barton, J., Miner, Pennsylvania".