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Our Society is dedicated to documenting and preserving the genealogies of the descendants of Robert Bartlett who arrived on the Anne in 1623.  There are other Bartlett immigrant ancestors - some of whom are outlined below:

 



 

The Ancestry of Richard Bartlett

By Linda Fitzmeyer

RICHARD BARTLETT came to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1634 from Wiltshire, West Sussex, England. He brought a "Breeches Bible" with him, the first in America. Richard was a shoemaker by trade. He had been born about 1575 in England and died 25 May 1647 in Newbury, Massachusetts. His was perhaps the most prolific of all the Bartlett families in America. His estate was proved and recorded in Ipswich deed book, Vol. 1, leaf 25. John Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, calls him the brother of Christopher Bartlett, but documented evidence supporting this contention has not been discovered to date.

Richard's children were:

1. Joanna, born 29 January 1609/10 in England. She married 1640, William Titcomb and died in childbirth in 1653

2. John, born 9 November 1613 in Ernley, West Sussex, England. He married Joanna Freeman. John died 13 April 1678. They had one son:

a. John

3. Thomas, born 22 January 1614/15 in England.

4. Richard, born 31 October 1621 in England. He married Abigail (possibly Belknap). Richard died between 1690 and 1698 in Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts. His children were:

a. Samuel (first son of Richard), born 20 February 1645/46 in Newbury. He married 23 May 1671, Elizabeth Titcomb. She died 26 August 1690. Samuel died 15 May 1732, in Newbury. Samuel's children were:

i. Elizabeth, born 13 May 1672. She married Joshua Brown. Elizabeth died 14 February 1697.

ii. Abigail, born 14 April 1674. She married Abraham Merrill. Abigail died 12 August 1744.

iii. Samuel, born 28 March 1676. He married Abigail Wells. Samuel died 16 May 1753.

iv. Sarah, born 7 July 1678. She died 10 March 1744.

vi. Richard born 23 February 1679. He married 4 November 1706, Abigail Ropes. He died 3 November 1753.

b. Richard (second son of Richard), born 21 February 1648/49 in Newbury, Mass. He married 18 November 1673, Hannah Emery. Richard died 17 April 1724 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. He was the ancestor of Gov. Josiah Bartlett, one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was also the ancestor of Richard Bartlett, Secretary of State. His children were:

i. Hannah, born 8 November 1674. She married John Ordway.

ii. Richard, born 20 October 1676. He married 12 April 1699, Margaret Woodman.

iii. John, born 3 September 1678. He married 18 November 1702, Mary Ordway. He died 1741.

iv. Samuel, born 8 May 1680. He married Elizabeth Bartlett. Samuel died 20 November 1685.

v. Daniel, born 8 August 1682. He died in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass.

vi. Joseph, born 18 November 1686. He married first, 5 December 1717, Elizabeth Tewksbury and secondly 27 April 1721, Sarah Hoyt. Joseph died 1754 in Newton, Rockingham Township, New Hampshire. He was a soldier under the command of Capt. Wainwright, during the French & Indian War. He was captured during the assault on Haverhill, 29 August 1708, and held for four years. He wrote a narrative on his captivity.

vii. Samuel, born 2 May 1689 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. He married 2 January 1715/16 in Newbury, Mass., Judith Coffin. Samuel died 2 May 1689 in Newbury, Mass.

viii. Stephen, born 21 April 1691 in Newbury, Mass.. He married 18 December 1712, Hannah Webster. Stephen died 10 April 1773 in Amesbury, Mass.

ix. Thomas, born 14 July 1695, He married 18 November 1718, Hannah Moody.

x. Mary, born 15 September 1697. She married. ___Hill.

c. Thomas, born 7 September 1650 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. He married 24 November 1685, Tirzah Titcomb. Thomas died 6 April 1689. His widow married secondly James Ordway.

i. Elizabeth, born 7 Aug 1686 and died 15 Oct 1689.

ii. Tizra, born and died 29 March 1689.

d. Abigail, born March 1652/53 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. She married 27 May 1700, John Emery. Abigail died 1723.

e. John, born 22 June 1655 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. He married. 29 September 1680, Mary Rust, John died 24 May 1736. He was called "John the Tanner." His children were:

i. Mary, born 17 October 1681. She died 29 March 1682.

ii. John, born 24 January 1683.

iii. Mary, born 27 April 1684.

iv. Nathaniel, born 18 April 1685.

v. Dorothy, born 23 August 1686.

vi. Sara, born 27 November 1687.

vii. Hannah, born 18 December 1657. She died 17 June 1676.

viii. Rebecca, born 23 May 1661.

f. Hannah, born 18 December 1657 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. She died 17 June 1698.

g. Rebecca, born 23 May 1661. She married 5 September 1700, Isaac Bayley. Rebecca died 1723.

5. Christopher, born 25 February 1622/23 in Ernley, West Sussex, England. He married first, 16 April 1645, Mary __, and secondly 17 December 1663, Mary Hoyt. Christopher died 15 March 1668/69 in Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

a. Mary, born 15 October 1647.

b. Ann, born 28 September 1650.

c. Martha, born March 1652/53.

d. Christopher, born 11 June 1655 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. He married 29 November 1677, Deborah Weed. He died 14 April 1711.

e. Jonathan, born 13 September 1657 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass. He died 28 December 1657 in Newbury, Essex Co, Mass.

6. Anne, born 26 February 1624/25 in England.

CHRISTOPHER BARTLETT was in Newbury, MA by 1635. John Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, calls him the brother of Richard Bartlett of Newbury, Massachusetts, but documented evidence supporting this contention has not been discovered to date.

He married first, 16 Apr 1645, Mary _______. She died 24 Dec 1661. Christopher married second , 19 Dec 1663, Mary Hoyt. He died 15 Mar 1670. By his first wife he had:

1.Mary, b. 15 Oct 1647. She died young.

2. Ann, b. 28 Sep 1650.

3. Martha, b. Mar 1653.

4. Christopher, b. 11 Jun 1655. He married 29 Nov 1677, Deborah Weed. He d. 14 Apr 1711. They had:

a. Christopher, b. 26 Feb 1679.

b. Deborah, b. 23 Jun 1680.

c. Mary, b. 17 Apr 1682.

d. Ann, b. 29 Mar 1684.

e. Lydia, b. 19 Apr 1688.

f. Hannah, b. 2 Nov 1689.

g. Sarah, b. 23 Oct 1691.

h. Abigail, b. 7 Nov 1695.

i. Samuel, b. 16 May 1698.

j. Mehitable, 18 Oct 1691.

5. Jonathan, b. 5 Jul 1657. He died aged 2 years.

By his second wife, Christopher had:

6. John, b. 13 Sep 1665, who died aged 3 months.



JOHN BARTLETT
was in Newbury, MA by 1635. Savage says he came in 1634 on the "Mary & John" from London, though from County Kent originally. Coffin says he was the brother of Richard "the shoemaker". He may have had other children. He died 13 Apr 1678 and his widow, Joan, d. 5 Feb 1679.

1. John, married 5 Mar 1660, Sarah Knight. They had:

a. Gideon, b. 18 Dec 1661.
b. Mary, who d. 29 Mar 1682.


NATHANIEL BARTLETT of Newbury,MA, has not been shown to be connected to any of the others there. He had:

1. James.
2. Mary, b. Dec 1679.


There was a ROBERT BARTLETT who arrived in Boston 16 September 1632 on the "Lyon" and settled in Cambridge. He later moved to Hartford, Connecticut (1639) then on to Northampton, Massachusetts (1656). He died by 29 March 1676 in Northampton, MA as his estate was inventoried and presented to the court that day by his widow Ann Bartlett. The will of the widow Ann Bartlett of Northampton was presented to court 21 May 1676. He had:


1. Samuel who married first, 1672, Mary Bridgeman, and secondly Sarah Baldwin. Samuel died 1712. His children, all by his second wife were:

a. Samuel b. 1677
b. Sarah, b. 1679
c. Mindwell, b. 1681
d. Joseph, b. 1683
e. Ebenezer, b. 1685
f. Elizabeth, b. 1687
g. Preserved, b. 1689
h. William, b. 1693
i. David, b. 1695
j. Benjamin, b. 1696

2. Nathaniel who died unmarried.

3. Abigail who married 17 December 1657, John Stebbins of Northampton, MA.

4. Deborah baptized. 8 March 1646, married John Cowles Jr. of Hatfield, MA.
 


THOMAS BARTLETT came to America in 1630 as the servant of William Pelham. Thomas settled in Watertown where he was admitted to the church prior to 4 March 1634/5. He married Hannah and by her had five daughters. Thomas died 26 April 1654. Hannah died at Watertown 11 July 1676. His daughters were:

1. Hannah who was buried 26 Aug 1639.

2. Mehitable, b. 15 Jul 1640. She married 7 Jan 1658, Henry Spring.

3. Hannah, b. 6 Aug 1642. She married 19 Jan 1668, John Kendall.

4. Bathshua, b. 17 Apr 1647. She married 23 Nov 1671, John Applin.

5. Abial b. 28 May 1651. She married 24 Oct 1669, Jonathan Saunderson.


GEORGE BARTLETT was in Guilford, CT, in 1641 and Branford, CT, in 1649. He married 14 September 1650 Mary Cruttenden. George died 3 August 1669 and his widow died the following month. They had:

1. Elizabeth, b. Mar 1652. She married 29 Aug 1677, Abraham Fowler.

2. Mary, b. 1 Feb 1654. She married 10 Jul 1673, Nathaniel Stone.

3. John, b. 9 Nov 1656.

4. Hannah, b. 5 Nov 1658.

5. Daniel, b. 14 Dec 1665.

6. Abraham, b. 19 Feb 1667. He resided in Middletown, CT, and married Mary Warner who d. 28 May 1738, aged 74. He d. 20 Feb 1731. They had:

a. Mary, b. 18 May 1694.
b. Abraham, b. 4 Mar 1697.
c. Joseph, b. 24 Oct 1699.
d. Timothy, b. 25 Mar 1702.
e. Ebenezer, b. 6 Nov 1705.

7. Deborah, b. 1668. She married 16 Mar 1687, John Spinning.


JOHN BARTLETT was a brother of George (above named) (according to Savage). He was in Windsor, CT, by 1640 and was seen living in 1669. He had:

1. Isaiah, b. 13 Jun 1641. He married 3 Dec 1663, Aba Gillet and had:

a. John, b. 12 Sep 1664.

2. Benjamin, bapt. 26 Mar 1643. He married July 1665, Deborah Barnard. They had

a. Deborah, b. 3 Apr 1666.
b. Benjamin, b. 21 Jun 1668. He died young.
c. Isaiah, b. 9 Dec 1670. He died soon after.
d. Isaiah, 26 Jul 1672.
e. Ephraim, b. 17 Jan 1674.
f. Jehoida, b. 2 Nov 1675.
g. Benjamin, b. 5 Dec 1677.

3. Hepzibah, b. 14 Jul 1646.

4. Jehoiada, baptized. 23 Dec 1649. He had:

a. Martha, b. 28 Jul 1674.

5. Mehitable, b. 11 May 1651.


GEORGE BARTLETT was of Scarborough, Maine (then Massachusetts), by 1663. He died in 1674. His daughter Elizabeth married Nicholas Baker of Marblehead.


NICHOLAS BARTLETT was in Kennebunk, ME, in 1651, then in Salem, MA, in 1700.


HENRY BARTLETT was of Braintree, MA, and fought with Captain Johnson in the Narragansett War.


JOHN BARTLETT was in Newport, MA, by 1639.


JOHN BARTLETT of Weymouth, MA, married Sarah ______, and had:

1. John, b. 11 Feb 1666.


JOHN BARTLETT of Marblehead, MA, married Mary Rust, and d. 24 May 1736. They had:

1. Mary, b. 17 Oct 1681. She died aged 5 months.
2. John, b. 24 Jan 1683.
3. Mary, b. 27 Apr 1684.
4. Nathaniel, b. 18 Apr 1685.
5. Dorothy, b. 22 Aug 1686.
6. Sarah, b. 27 Nov 1687.
7. Hannah, b. 13 Mar 1689.
8. Nathan, b. 23 Dec 1691.
9. Abigail, b. 12 Aug 1693.
10. Alice, b. 18 Mar 1695.


ROBERT BARTLETT of Marblehead, MA, may have been a brother of John above. He was there by 1674 and married Mary Walton.


JOSEPH BARTLETT, of Cambridge Village (now Newton), MA, married Mary Waite. He d. 26 Dec 1702 and his widow d. 21 Dec 1721. They had:

1. Mary, b. 17 Feb 1672.
2. Joseph, a twin, b. 5 Mar 1673. He married first, Hannah _______ who d. Dec 1730. He married second 1732, Mercy Hyde, who died two years later. Joseph d. June 1750. He had:

a. Thomas, b. 25 Jul 1697.
b. Benjamin, b. 24 May 1699.
c. Elizabeth, b. 8 Mar 1709 and d. the next year.
d. Joseph, b. 8 Apr 1703.
e. Ebenezer, perhaps his son.

3. Mary, the other twin, b. 5 Mar 1673.
4. Elizabeth, b. 5 Feb1677. She perhaps married James Prentiss.
5. John.
6. Sarah. She married 1708, Jonathan Willard.


WILLIAM BARTLETT was in New London, CT, by 1647 and died by 1657, leaving a widow, Susanna, but no children.


ROBERT BARTLETT was in New London, CT, in 1658 and was the brother of William above mentioned and heir to his estate. He married Sarah ______ who died first, and he d. 1673. He had no children and gave his wealth to the town.
 


There also was a Richard Bartlett in Newbury, MA, who married Margaret Woodman, 12 April 1699, and had sons, Richard, b. 27 June 1700, and Joseph, b. 18 Feb 1702. He undoubtedly fits into one of the families above but his exact placement was not stated in the references cited. The same can be said for John Bartlett "the 4th" who married Prudence Merrill 25 Nov 1702.
 


The above information was taken from Robert Charles Anderson's The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 Vol. I A-F (Boston 1995) and from James A. Savage's A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Vol. 1 (Boston 1860). and Joshua Coffin's A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury (Newbury, MA 1977 reprint)
 


It is easy to see that there were many Bartletts in New England other than the descendants of Robert Bartlett of Plymouth. Even if you don't descend from Robert of Plymouth, you are welcomed to join the Society as an Associate Member. Perhaps someday we will discover the links that tie all these Bartletts together.

 

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