Barton Bulletin and Barton Historical Society Newsletter


The Barton Bulletin was published from 1959 through 1989 with just three editors: 1959 - A two-page Christmas letter from William P. Barton, 1960 - 1976 Eleanor (Keese) Barton (wife of William P. Barton), 1977 - 1989 Thelma (Barton) Stephens Gilbreath. Those thirty-one years saw growth from a simple 2-page letter, to a 7-page mimeographed Bulletin printed on legal-size paper and published twice a year, to a lengthier 67-pages printed on letter-size paper, booklet-folded and stapled, and printed two or three times a year, to a much longer 90 to 142 pages, booklet-folded and stapled, and printed once a year using commercial offset printing presses.

Both Cousin Eleanor and Cousin Thelma employed a folksy, chatty style addressed to "cousins" with news about current happenings in readers' lives, family history, legends, genealogical data and speculations. Many readers were reported to have written to each editor indicating how much they enjoyed receiving the Bulletin.

Apparently for lack of a replacement editor The Barton Bulletin ceased publication after the 1989 Edition. It resumed in December 2000 appearing as a 4-page 11x8-1/2 photocopied newsletter renamed Barton Historical Society Newsletter as part of an effort to revitalize Barton Historical Society and was expanded in 2007 to a 12-20 page quarterly edition.


Fortunately for all Bartons one copy of every issue from 1959-1989 and 2000-2011 has been found, scanned, digitized and indexed and is available for purchase from Barton Historical Society on a single DVD from the Barton Store.

Contact our current Newsletter Editor here

Sample Bulletins and Newsletters from Bygone Years

(downloadable PDFs)

Eleanor Keyes Barton, Editor, (12MB file)

       Thelma Barton Stephens, Editor, (large 47MB file)
      Kathy Barton Leckie, Editor, (large 33MB file)

Gary Barton, Editor, (2MB file)

               Peggy Smith Ph.D., Editor (2MB file)


  • 1959              William Perry Barton
  • 1960 - 1976    Eleanor Keese Barton
  • 1977 - 1987    Thelma Barton Stephens
  • 1988              Mary Barton Hitt
  • 2000 - 2001   Jean Brockman
  • 2002 - 2005   Kathy Barton Leckie
  • 2006              Richard Barton M.D.
  • 2007 - 2011   Gary Barton
  • 2012 - 2013   Sterlin Barton
  • 2014 - 2017     Peggy Smith Ph.D.
  • 2018 - 2018     Gary Barton
  • 2019 - pres     vacant

The Barton Bulletin & Newsletter DVD is the only known source for reading all of the issues in one place. A large number of the older issues, though, are available in the Reading Room of the Greenville Public Library, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.