Biographical Sketch of Orton T. Barnum

Barnum, Orton T., Monkton, Bristol p. o., was born in Monkton, Vt., in 1838. He is one of the leading farmers of his county and also one of the representative men, having held most of the town offices, and representing the town in the Legislature in 1876 and 1877. He was married in 1864 to Amanda Dean, a daughter of Carlton and Celestia (French) Dean. They have had three children born to them — Mary A., Harry Orton, and Edward T., who died at the age of two years. Orton T. was a son of Philemon and Rebecca (Thomas) Barnum. They died in Monkton, Vt, leaving three sons — Orton T., Jerome P., and George E. Philemon was a bloom iron manufacturer, and was a son of Job V. Barnum, who was also born in this county, and Job V. Barnum was a son of Ebenezer Barnum, who settled here at an early day; was a native of Connecticut.



Addison County VT,

Smith, H. P. History of Addison County Vermont: With Illustrations And Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men And Pioneers. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & co., 1886.

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  1. His middle name was Thomas, which was his mother’s maiden surname. He was a son of Philemon Barnum (1811-1864) and Rebecca Thomas (1816-1881). He died February 1, 1919, and was buried in East Monkton Cemetery in East Monkton, Addison, Vermont. Philemon and Mary had three children: Mary Amanda Barnum, Harry Orton Barnum, and Edward Thomas Barnum. Further information is available on the Barnum Family Genealogy website, at

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