Sylvester Bartlett
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Sylvester William Bartlett (1831 - 1863)

Sylvester William Bartlett
Born in Andover, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 15 Feb 1852 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 31 in Port Hudson, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United Statesmap
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Roll of Honor
Sylvester Bartlett was Killed in Action during United States Civil War.
Corporal Sylvester Bartlett served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: Dec 1861
Mustered out: Dec 20, 1861
Side: USA
Regiment(s): Co. B 8th Regiment New Hampshire Infantry

Sylvester was born in Andover, New Hampshire.

At the time of the 1850 census, the 18-year-old Sylvester is living with his brother Sylvanus in Newton, New Hampshire. The brothers were both working as shoemakers. [1]

At age 20, he married Maria on February 15, 1852, in Amesbury, Massachusetts. They were married by a Justice of the Peace named Joseph Merrill.

He appears in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census in Amesbury with Maria, Ann (two years old) and Frank (newborn). [2]

At the time of the 1860 census he was a 27-year-old shoemaker living in East Kingston, NH. He and Maria has their four young children, Charles being just one year old. In March 1861, Stephen was born. [3]

In December 1861, he went to Manchester to enlist in the Army and fight for the Union in the Civil War. He signed up in Company B, 8th Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers to serve three years, or for the duration of the war. He was mustered in as a private a week later, five days before Christmas.

He was promoted to corporal (year?).

Interestingly, he had a neighbor in East Kingston, another shoemaker, who enlisted in the same NH regiment on the same day in 1861. They served in the same company. This neighbor was killed in the first great charge on Port Hudson on May 27, 1863. Sylvester died in the second great charge, on June 14.

According to the affidavit from Sylvester's company captain in Maria's pension papers, Sylvester was shot in the head.


  1. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2014), Sylvester Bartlett in household of Sylvanus Bartlett, Newton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States; citing family 945, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. "Massachusetts State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 November 2014), Sylvester Wm Bartlet, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 953,978.
  3. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2015), Sylvester Bartlett, 1860.

See also:

  • "New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 April 2017), Sylvester W Bartlett, 06 Dec 1861; citing Rockingham, Newfields, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord; FHL microfilm 2,217,643.
  • Listed as father of the groom on marriage record of Charles W. Bartlett, with Maria E. Kimball as the mother: "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Sylvester Bartlett in entry for Chas W Bartlett and Georgie A Short, 22 Dec 1887; citing Northfield, , New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,000,968.
  • "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Sylvester W. Bartlett, Corporal, Company B, 8th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Union; citing NARA microfilm publication M549 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1; FHL microfilm 882,018.

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Great write-up. Thank you for your work on it!
posted by Sherry Bartlett
Thank you! Much appreciated, fellow Bartlett.
posted by Chris Whitten

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