Joshua Barton, Sr. (1718-1779), born in Chester Co., PA, was the son of the Irish Quaker Isaac Barton (c1680-1721), a cutler by trade, and his wife Sarah Vesey (c1685-?), who came to America in 1714 from Clonmell. He was married twice and had a total of fourteen children, eight with his first wife, Jane Dubart, and six with his second, Susannah Griffith. Joshua lived in MD, NC, and VA at one time or another and was the father of the eminent pioneer Baptist cleric, Rev. Isaac Barton (1746-1831), of E. TN. In 1776, he was one of the signers of the Watauga Petition. He was killed in 1779 or 1780 by a party of hostile Shawnee Indians while on a surveying expedition near Boonesborough, KY, where he was living with his family. Son Joab was taken captive at that time and raised as a Shawnee.