MARK BARTON, farmer and lumberman, section 30, Big Prairie Township, was born Aug. 14, 1844, in Cook Co., Ill. He is the sixth child and fourth son of the Hon. James Barton, Probate Judge of Newaygo County. (see sketch)
The parents of Mr. Barton brought him to the Peninsular State when he was but six months old and to Newaygo County when he was six years of age. He was brought up as were the sons of the ealiest pioneers of Newaygo County, trained in the pursuits common to Northern Michigan and received a fair education. He passed the winter after he reached the age of 20 years in the lumber woods, and in the following spring enlisted in Co. F., 15th Mich. Inf., as a soldier of the war for the Union. He received his discharge Sept. 9, 1865, and on his return to Big Prairie resumed his occupation as lumberman, which he has followed since, alternating the labors of that calling with those of farming. He has twice exchanged his property in real estate, and now owns 60 acres of land in Big Prairie Township, 40 acres in Everett Township, situated across the highway, and 40 acres in Everett, located one and a half miles south, making 140 acres in the aggregate. Mr. Barton has 97 acres of land in fine farming condition, with good buildings. He is a Republican in political connection and has been Town Treasurer four years.
Mr. Barton was married Dec. 16, 1864, in Newaygo, to Martha M. Krusen. she was born July 22, 1845, in Licking Co., Ohio, and is the daughter of John and Eunice (Goff) Krusen. The former was born March 16, 1820, in New Jersey, the latter Jan. 27, 1824, in Licking Co., Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. B. have one child, Albert Barton, born May 8, 1868.