Thomas Flint Barton (1825 – 1867)


Eldest son of Crosby and Sybil Ware (Patten) Barton.  Born Dec. 15, 1825, in Sidney, Me., his residence till graduation.  Prepared for college chiefly at the district school in his father’s neighborhood.  In scholarship, he was one of the first of a class that ‘marked’ very high.  He excelled in all studies of the course, but had special love and aptitude for the classics.  1849-52, Studied medicine with N.R. Boutelle (M.D., Jeff Med. Coll., 1847), of Waterville, and Dr. Asa Dariforth of Norway, attending one course of medical lectures at Dart. Coll., and a second at Jeff. Med. College, Philadelphia, where he received degree of M.D., March 6, 1852.  1852, Aug.–’65, Settled in highly successful practice , at Jefferson, Me.  1865, Jan.  Removed to Oldtown, and there continue practice of his profession, till prostrated by his last sickness.

Died, Feb. 7, 1867, at Oldtown, of consumption, inherited from his mother, who, as well as three of her four children died of that disease.  Through college life and his subsequent years, he was so delicate in health that only by the most judicious self-management, was he able to do his daily duties, which were, however, always preformed with the most scrupulous exactness and fidelity.

Married, Nov. 24, 1859, Miss Mary A., daughter of Hon. Henry Richardson, of Oldtown, Me.  Children: Henry Crosby, born Sept., 1860.  Kittle, born Aug., 1862; died, Nov., 1864.  Mrs. Barton was married, Nov., to Mr. R.E. Alford, of Oldtown.

Dr. Barton’s  mind was clear, comprehensive and well-balanced.  He was one of the most thoroughly honest and pure of men.  Equally sound in head and heart, his character was read intuitively.  The high esteem accorded to his quiet, unobtrusive nature, was the spontaneous tribute to solid worth.  Feeble as he was in body, he kept up his youthful studies, purely from the love of them.  Year by year he read the Latin authors, and the Greek Testament was his daily companion.”

Source: Alumni of Colby University, — Obituary Record from 1820-1870, Printed for the Alumni, Waterville, 1870, pages 46-7

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