About Barton Historical & Genealogical Society

The "Bartons of The South" have met in the United States every year since 1935 with the exception of the war years - 1942-1945 - as an informal family reunion with potluck supper led by a Chief of Clan since 1962.

Formed as an outgrowth of the Barton Family Reunion (which is held often at the historic Tyger Baptist Church near Greer, South Carolina), Barton Historical Society is a formal organization which meets annually according to its By-Laws and elects officers.

Barton Historical Society was founded in 1979 by the descendants of David Barton and Nancy Barrett and is often associated with "Southern Bartons", with the "South Carolina Bartons", with the Thomas Barton married Sarah Wilson and the David Barton married Ruth Oldham families which are included in The Barton Book. An official name change to Barton Historical & Genealogical Society was approved by the Board of Directors in September 2016.

However, membership of this society is open to ALL Barton families, not just the founding families.

Our membership application and dues information on-line is here or you may print, complete and mail this .

Our purpose is:

  • to conduct genealogical research on the Barton family;
  • assemble, preserve and distribute this information;
  • establish appropriate memorials;
  • and to promote brotherhood, fellowship, and pride of family
We have a religious service as part of each annual meeting.

Since 2003 the Annual Meetings have moved around - often hosted by a local Barton Family Reunion - being held at Pine Log, Everett Springs and Cartersville, Georgia; Traveller's Rest, Tigerville, and Greenville, South Carolina; Winston, Alabama, and Austin and Longview in Texas.

Our By-Laws are here.

Tyger Baptist Church

Current Officers (2016- )

Chief of Clan, Bette Pitman. An honory position recognizing a member selected by the membership-at-large recognizing long and significant service to all Bartons and to the society itself. Since 1935 there have been only six other members so honored.

President, Kathy Barton Gerwig

Vice-President, Terry Barton

Secretary, Teresa "Lynne" Paff

Treasurer, Deborah Lee

Appointed annually by the President are Newsletter Editor, Annual Reunion & Meeting Coordinator(s), DNA Project Administrator, Database Manager, Guild of One Name Studies Representative, Digital Archive Manager and Nominating Committee Chairperson.

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Our First Six Chiefs of Clan:

  • Thomas Spurgeon Stroud (1880-1974)
  • William Perry Barton (1893-1976)
  • Rev. Joe Frank Barton (1895-1980 )
  • Theron Earle Barton (1907-1987)
  • Thelma (Barton) Stephens (1909-1995)
  • Ruth (Barton) Coleman (1913-2005)

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    BHS Founding Committee at Work (Thelma Stephens, Joan & Earle Little, and Frank Barton & George Barton, not pictured) Greer, South Carolina, 1979