BARTON, MARYLAND, USA
One of the great things about running the web site for the town www.bartonuponhumber.org.uk is that you never know what will land in your in box. The other week I had an email from Eldred who lives in Barton in Maryland in the USA. He told me that his town was named after the birth place of its founder which was Barton upon Humber.
This led me to some research on who this man was. It was in fact a man called William Shaw who was a Methodist Minister and moved to the USA in the late 1700s. I would guess that he was part of the group which met in King Street just prior to them buying land in Cottage Lane in 1788 though he may have been involved in that purchase. Below is a little of the history of the town of Barton.
the George’s Creek Valley of Allegany County, George’s
Creek meanders through several small towns on its way to the Potomac
River. One such town is Barton— truly a small town of about six
hundred inhabitants. It is named after Barton, England, the birthplace
of Reverend William Shaw, who became the first permanent settler in
George’s Creek Valley in the late 1700s. He and his son, Major
William Shaw, acquired extensive landholdings in the Valley, including
the property that Major Shaw laid out in sixty-six lots as the town