Amanda Barton

July 9, 1865 - January 13, 1943


Amanda Barton was born on July 9, 1865 in Parowan, Iron County, Utah to William Barton and Mary Williamson. Amanda married Herman Bloomfield Horsley on July 22, 1885 in Greenville, Beaver County, Utah. Herman was born on February 28, 1864 in Plumstead, Kent, England. Amanda and Herman had 10 children: Stephen Bloomfield Horsley born July 21, 1886; Florence Virginia Horsley born on January 18, 1888; Albert Ensign Horsley born on February 9, 1890; Hannah May Horsley born on July 6, 1892; Nora Mabel Horsley born on July 16, 1894; Herman Seth Horsley born on April 28, 1897; Euphae Chloe Horsley born on March 7, 1898; Rava Marie Horsley born on November 21, 1900; Phillip Barton Horsley born on October 19, 1903; Rufus King Horsley born on September 27, 1906;

Mary was the second wife of William. They had seven children, Mary Ann born on January 3, 1862, Amanda born on July 9, 1865, Rebecca born on April 6, 1869, Sophronious born on January 29, 1871, Julia King born on March 2, 1875, Amy Elizabeth and Charles Hampton born on April 14, 1880.

William Barton, Sarah Esther West Barton and a son, Joseph Alma Barton, left Lebanon, Illinois, for Utah in the late summer of 1850. They were almost three months crossing the plains by ox team. They remained in Salt Lake until the early spring of 1851, arriving in Parowan April the seventh or eighth.

It was in 1853 and 1854 that the first flour burr mill in Iron County was built. It was constructed by William and Nelson Hollingshead and owned by George A. Smith and John Calvin Lazell Smith. It was operated by William Barton, who was the first grist miller in Iron County. This mill was built just inside the old fort at the southeast corner and was run by water power.

William was a carpenter, a mason, a miller, a violinist, a farmer, a brewer and a stockman. He also served as a dentist when needed. Because Polygamy was endorsed for church leaders, which William was, he married Mary Williamson, an English emigrant, 28 August 1857. The two families never lived together, but resided in separate towns. William lived with Mary the rest of his life. This was because Esther seemed to be self-sufficient.

On 23 November 1923, Mary died peacefully in her home at the age of eighty four. She was buried beside her husband in Parowan. Esther requested to be buried in the Greenville cemetery beside the body of her daughter, Estella. This in no way discounted her love for William, but she simply preferred to remain in the homestead where she had such happy memories with William and the children in their growing-up years.

In 1931, Herman Bloomfield Horsley died in Price, Carbon County Utah at the age of 67. Amanda Passed away in 1943 at the age of 77. They are buried together in the Price City Cemetery.


Father William John Barton

Mother Mary Williamson

Sister Sophronia Barton

Sister Amy Elizabeth Barton

Brother Charles Hampton Barton


This page last updated on April 19, 2012 .