Barnabas and his sons were well-to-do
residents of Southold. They emigrated from Mouseley, in Leicestershire,
England. Subsequently they were owners of substantial properties
within and around the town. Barnabas was 40 years old when he arrived in
Southold, described as a big, strong, ruddy-faced, genial man who was a
baker by trade but could turn his hand to anything, and often did.
The most tangible legacy of Barnabas, except
for his countless descendants (who included Benjamin Harrison, 33rd U.S.
President), was his house. Built before 1660 and added onto by son
Jonathan in 1680, it was lived in by six generations of Hortons (213 years)
until Jonathan Goldsmith Horton died without issue in 1873 and willed it
to an adopted daughter.
Located on Main Bay View Road in Great Hog Neck is the home of Deacon James Horton, built in 1711. It now has a convenient but distracting porch around the front and one side.
The Jennie Horton house located in Cutchogue was built in 1750. It typifies a popular indigenous style called a "double Cape Cod."
The Wickham house was built by Caleb Horton in 1700 on the King's Highway (now Route 25) and moved to the Village Green, where it has been restored, furnished, and opened to the public.
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