Who was the wife of Richard Bartlett 1621-1698?

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Richard Bartlett arrived in New England in the mid-1630's.He resided in the area of Newbury, Massachusetts.He probably married after he arrived. His wife's first name was Abigail. So far, Abigail Wells (or Welles) and Abigail Belnap have been suggested as his wife, without citations. I am looking for any documentation ot this marriage dating from the 1600's . (For example a town or church  or probate record).
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asked Mar 13, 2013 in Requests for Genealogy Help by Becky Syphers G2G6 Mach 3 (31,390 points)
edited Oct 15, 2013 by Becky Syphers

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I have Abigail Welles on my family tree.  The only thing that is confirmed for certain is that her first name was Abigail.  This is in the Newbury vital records under death records showing that John Bartlett son of Richard and Abigail died in 1736 having been born around 1656 which would make Richard around 35 years old at John's birth.

Your conclusion as to when they married makes perfect sense since their first child, Samual, was born in 1646 When Richard Jr. would have been around 25.  Keep in mind that Richard Jr. was born 1621 and would have been around 14 when he arrived ca 1635.

The two theories that I have seen is A) she is the daughter of Isaac Wells and Margaret Luce or B) her birth name is Belnap and that she married a man named Welles and was later widowed.  either could be plausable.  Isaac Wells died in Barnstable (assuming it is the same Isaac Wells) and so his will might be on file in the Barnstable County courthouse (or not since the original courthouse burned down in 1924 taking many records with it).  While at the moment I have Welles on my family tree I am starting to lean against that theory as most of the 17th century settlers of Cape Cod were either seperatists or non conformists who wanted to get as far away from the grip of puritanism as possible.  The Bartletts and others who departed from Wiltshire (assuming they are from Wiltshire) were mostly puritans and their close allies.  It really wasn't until later in the 17th century that the two colonies were unified both politically and culturally.
answered Mar 13, 2013 by anonymous
selected Mar 18, 2013 by Becky Syphers
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Not specifically related to this question but FYI I just found out where the Bartlett Bible is and they sent me a scan of the genealogy page.

The Richard Bartlett Bible is safely kept in the Rauner Special Collections of the Reference Library at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.  It seems that at one time it was owned by Samual C. Bartlett a once president of Dartmouth College so it ended up there.  They sent me a low quality scan in PDF format and I am going to attempt to enhance the scan to make it more readable then I will be posting it on Ancestry dot com and any place else I think appropriate and will make it available here.  While it does have his children's information it does not have any information about his wife as far as I can see.  But this page combined with his will is the best way to start any serious research of Richard Bartlett.  The other day I did a cursery search of English birth records and found none for any of Richard's children.  that said, they only have a fraction of existing records and only a small amount actually have survived.
answered Mar 19, 2013 by anonymous

Thank you again for all your help with the Bartletts. May I put your research on the WikiTree profile for Richard Bartlett and his father Richard Barttelot?

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