In the duel in which Joshua Barton was killed originated out of a criticism by him in a newspaper of the conduct of William Rector as surveyor-general. When Thomas Rector first challenged Barton refused to accept the challenge, unless Rector admitted the truth of the matter alleged in the article against his brother. Rector did this but said the article was offensive and therefore demanded satisfaction. The duel took place on Bloody Island, in the Mississippi River and the Rectors were on the mound to witness the affair, and when they knew that Barton had been slain raised a victorious shout. The intensity of their hatred may be gathered from the fact that they had agreed among themselves, that if Thomas Barton should fall another member would take his place. Barton was buried by his friend Edward Bates at St. George Cemetery not far from the old stone tower.