Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Ira McLean Barton Military Papers, MS.000036

Ira McLean Barton was born to Levi W. (1818 March 1-1899 March 10) and Mary Ann Pike Barton (died 1840) on March 11, 1840, in Newport, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. As Barton’s mother died when he was an infant, Ira was placed in the home of Levi’s sister, Mrs. Amos Kidder at Canaan, New Hampshire. On August 25, 1852, Levi married Lizzie F. Jewett of Nashau, New Hampshire.
At seventeen, Ira McLean Barton taught at Newport, Claremont, and Alstead, New Hampshire, before following his father’s footsteps in attending Kimball Union Academy, then in 1858 Dartmouth College, from which he did not graduate. He began studying law in his father’s office and was admitted to the bar in 1863.
Following military service during the Civil War, Ira McLean Barton was appointed second lieutenant in the regular army and stationed at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a commission he resigned at the end of two years. He was then appointed district attorney for the tenth district of Arkansas and afterwards judge of the Jefferson County, Arkansas, criminal court. While in Pine Bluff, he was part owner, and for a while chief editor, of the Jefferson Republican. Ira returned to Newport, New Hampshire, in December 1875, where he practiced law with his father until his death January 19, 1876.
In 1861, Ira married Helen M. Wilcox (born 1837 January 27), daughter of David and Betsey Kelsey Wilcox of Newport, New Hampshire. On July 13, 1868, Barton married Addie L. Barton at Ludlow, Windsor County, Vermont. Addie outlived Barton, dying June 6, 1900.

This collection contains the military papers of Lieutenant Ira McLean Barton including correspondence, business papers, and legal papers from 1864 to 1869. During this time Barton was stationed at Fort Gaines, District of Columbia, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


  • I. Correspondence, et cetera
    • A. Ira McLean Barton incoming correspondence 1864-1869 65 items
    • B. Ira McLean Barton outgoing correspondence 1866, 1868 2 items
    • C. Correspondence relating to sale of public buildings 1866-1867 4 items
    • D. Other correspondence 1866-1868 7 items
    • E. Circulars
      • 1. Manuscript 1868-1869 4 items
      • 2. Printed 1866 2 items
    • F. Special orders 1867-1869 5 items
    • G. Telegram 1868 1 item
  • II. Business and financial papers
    • A. Abstract of disbursements 1868 1 item
    • B. Abstracts of expenditures 1864, 1868 5 items
    • C. Abstract of purchases 1867 1 item
    • D. Accounts (certified) 1868 2 items
    • E. Invoice of property 1867 1 item
    • F. Invoices of stores 1864, 1867 3 items
    • G. Lists of persons and articles transferred 1867 2 items
    • H. Memorandum of company books and blanks 1868 1 item
    • I. Monthly return of clothing, camp and garrison equipage 1867 1 item
    • J. Notebook 1857-1858 1 item
    • K. Quarterly returns of ordnance and ordnance stores 1864, 1867 2 items
    • L. Receipts for issues 1864, 1868 2 items
    • M. Receipts 1867-1868 5 items
    • N. Remarks 1867-1868 5 items
    • O. Return of the regimental recruiting party at Pine Bluff, Arkansas 1867 1 item
    • P. Statement 1867 1 item
    • Q. Statements of differences 1868 2 items
    • R. Statement of discrepancies 1866 1 item
    • S. Statement exhibiting the allowance of clothing to each soldier during his enlistment 1 item
    • T. Statements of charges on muster and pay rolls 1868 3 items
    • U. Summary statement 1868 1 item
  • III. Legal papers
    • A. Proceedings 1867 2 items
    • B. Materials relating to trial of James S. Wilson 1868-1869 33 items
    • C. Roster of persons tried by...Ira McL. Barton 1869 1 item
    • D. Preferred charges 1868 2 items
      • 1. Against David Kelly 1 item
      • 2. Against James McMahon 1 item
    • E. Enlistment papers 1867-1868 3 items
      • 1. Levin Collins, 1867 March 26 1 item
      • 2. John Roach, 1868 May 13 1 item
      • 3. John Walch, 1867 April 16 1 item
  • IV. Other
    • 1. Envelopes 2 items
    • 2. Blank forms

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