Ready to head for St. Louis
I'll be heading to NRA convention in St. Louis, and looking up some ancestral sites. One group of great-great-great uncles included the Barton brothers. David Baron was Missouri's first US Senator, and Joshua Barton was the first US Attorney. Joshua was killed in a duel on Bloody Island which now (the channel having silted in) is part of East St. Louis. Another branch of the family, the Phillips, had a gunsmith in St. Louis in 1850.
It wasn't Joshua Barton's first trip to Bloody Island. He earlier served as second to Sen. Thomas Hart Bention in a duel there.