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Robert Bartlett (1603 - 1676)

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Robert Bartlett
Born in Puddletown, Dorset, Englandmap
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Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: Mayflower Family Member | Bartlett Name Study | Puddletown, Dorset | Anne, sailed 1623.

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Merge Warning There were at least two men named Robert Bartlett in 17th century New England.

1. Robert Bartlett, born England about 1603, came on the "Anne" to Plymouth Colony. Married Mary Warren, died in 1676.

2. Robert Bartlett, born England between 1603 and 1611, came on the "Lion", probably with Thomas Hooker. He lived at Hartford, CT then Northampton, MA. His wife's first name seem to be Anne. He also died in 1676.


Biography 1

Possibly the Robert Bartlett, baptized 27 May 1603 Puddleton, Dorset, son of Robert and Alice (Barker) Bartlett. This is not a proven fact. There are other contemporary Robert Bartletts found in English records. He Probably was born somewhere near the Warren and Walker families in Dorset since he came over on the Anne. A Richard Warren of Fordington had a daughter that married a John Bartlett prior to 1638.

Occupation: Cooper (or wine cooper)

He died at Plymouth between September 19 and October 29, 1676, possibly killed by Indians at Manomet Ponds, Massachusetts, which is a part of Plymouth (There is a Bartlett Pond in the vicinity.)

  • Note This is a compilation of research found in the merged profiles.

Biography 2

Pilgrim Hall Museum has a mini-biography and a documentary biography found at As follows:


Robert Bartlett, designated a cooper in later records, arrived in Plymouth Colony on the Anne in 1623.  During the 1627 Division of Cattle, he was unmarried and listed as part of Francis Eaton's company.  Probably around 1630, Robert married Mary Warren, daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren and his wife Elizabeth Warren.  Mary Warren had also been a passenger on the Anne.  Robert and Mary Warren Bartlett had 8 children: Benjamin, Rebecca, Mary, Sarah, Joseph, Elizabeth, Lydia, whose birth on 8 June 1647 is noted in the Plymouth Colony Records (PCR 8:4), and Mercy, whose birth on 10 March 1650 was noted in the Plymouth Colony Records (PCR 8:11).?Robert's name appears in the earliest list of freemen, dated 1633.  His public service was limited to serving on juries and as surveyor of the highways. His legal dealings mostly centered on land transactions although, in 1660 he was summoned to court to "answare for speakeing contemptuously of the ordinance of singing of psalmes."?Robert died between September 19/29 1676 (date of his will) and October 29-November 8, 1676 when his will was probated... Mary died sometime after 1677, when she executed a deed for land.  A document by her sons in 1683 refers to her as by then deceased.

ROBERT & MARY WARREN BARTLETT  in the records of the 17th century Arrival in Plymouth: Robert Bartlett was a passenger on the Anne, which arrived in Plymouth in 1623.  

"About fourteen days after came in this ship, called the Anne, whereof Mr. William Peirce was master; and about a week or ten days after came in the pinnace which, in foul weather, they lost at sea, a fine, new vessel of about 44 tun, which the Company had built to stay in the country.  They brought about 60 persons for the General, some of them being very useful persons and became good members to the body; and some were the wives and children of such as were here already.  And some were so bad as they were fain to be at charge to send them home again the next year."

Source: William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 127.  

We know that Robert Bartlett was a passenger on the Anne because it is so reported in the 1623 Division of Land.  Robert's future wife, Mary Warren (daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren) also traveled to Plymouth with her mother Elizabeth Warren and her four sisters on the Anne.  

Robert Bartlett & the 1623 Division of Land
The 1623 Division of Land marked the end of the Pilgrims' earlier system of land held in common by all. Governor Bradford explains it in this way: "And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."?William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.?Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991) p. 120??Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c Vol. I 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It begins with the 1623 Division of Land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. The lands of Robert Bartlett were among those designated as ""The fales of their grounds which came over in the shipe called the Anne according as their were cast.  1623..." and are described in this way " These following lye on the other side of the towne towards the eele-river...South side... Robt Bartlet one acre."  ?Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 12, p. 5-6.
Robert Bartlett & Mary Warren and the 1627 Division of Cattle  
Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. I 1627-1651 also tells of the 1627 Division of Cattle:
"At a publique court held the 22th of May it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes & the Goates should be equally devided to all the psonts of the same company ... & so the lotts fell as followeth, thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot ... "
"The tenth lot fell to ffrancis Eaton & those Joyned wth him his (2) wife Christian Eaton, (3) Samuell Eaton, (4) Rahell Eaton, (5) Stephen Tracie, (6) Triphosa Tracie, (7) Sarah Tracie, (8) Rebecka Tracie, (9) ralph Wallen, (10) Joyce Wallen, (11) Sarah Morton, (12) Edward Fludd,  (12) Robert Hilton Bartlet,  (13) Tho: Prence.  To this lott ffell an heyfer of the last yeare called the white belyd heyfer & two shee goats."
Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 12, p. 11-12.  
Robert Bartlett's future wife Mary Warren is also listed in the 1627 Division of Cattle :  
"The ninth lot fell to Richard Warren & his companie Joyned with (2) him his wife Elizabeth Warren (3) Nathaniell Warren (4) Joseph Warren (5) Mary Warren (6) Anna Warren (7) Sara Warren (8) Elizabeth Warren (9) Abigall Warren (10) John Billington (11) George Sowle (12) Mary Sowle (13) Zakariah Sowle. To this lott fell one of the 4 black heyfers that came in the Jacob caled the smooth horned Heyfer and two shee goats."  
  • Source: Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families: Vol 18:I Richard Warren, 2004, pp 1-4, 17, 74; Vol 18:2, family #347.

Biography 3

In the following 1673 gift to his son, Joseph, Robert calls himself a "wine cooper".

Robert Bartlett On 14/24 July, 1673, Robert Bartlett, by deed of gift, conveyed to his son Joseph Bartlett his dwelling and lands at Eel River, with the condition that Joseph was not to take possession until after the death of both his father and his mother. The deed follows:

Know all men by these prsents, that I Robert Bartlett, of the Towne of Plymouth in the Jurisdiction of Plymouth in New England, in America wine Cooper; That for divers Good Causes and Considerations, mee therunto moveing, have out of my owne motion and out of that love Good will, and fatherly affection, which I have and doe beare unto my son Joseph Bartlett; have absolutely Given Graunted alliened enfeofed and Confeirmed; and by these presents doe Give Graunt allien enfeof and Confeirm from mee the said Robert Bartlett and my heires; To him my said son Joseph Barllett hee his heires and assignes for ever; all that my farme Messeuage teniment and seate, which I Now live in and am possessed off, in the Township of Plymouth aforsaid; scittuate and being att a place or river Comonly calld the Eelriver: viz: all that my house and land ther; being bounded with the lands of Nathanel: Warren deceased; now in the tenor and Occupaition of Mistris Sarah warren widdow; on the Northerly side and with the Land of Richard ffoster now in the tenor and occupation of Jonathan Morey on the southerly side, Containing two lotts or shares of land being in breadth forty pole; between the forenamed boundaries abuting on She Eelriver aforsaid and extendeth it selfe, for its length up towards the Pyne hills, To a place ordinarily Called and knowne by the Name of the Little Pyne hills; as alsoe foure acrees more or lesse, of marsh meddow appertaining therunto lying and being att the Eelriver aforsaid; by the Riversyde against the land of Nathaniel: Warren, before mensioned; Together with a peece of ffresh or upland meddow, being two acres (be it more or lesse) lying and being att or neare Mannomett ponds, in the Township of Plymouth aforsaid; neare unto the place wher hee the said my son Joseph Bartlett, now dweleth; which was somtimes the meddow of Richard; Church lying adjoyning to a brooke Called; The beaver dam brooke, between the said brooke, and the maine brooke, extending it selfe, for the length of it up the said brooke; To have and to hold all that my said house and land, with the foure acrees more or lesse of Marsh Meddow, and the two acrees more or lesse of upland meddow; with all and singulare the appurtenances therunto belonging unto the said my son Joseph Bartlett; To him and his heires and assienes for ever; The said prmises viz: all that my said ffarme with my house theron, with the said four acrees of marsh meddow, with the two acrees (more or lese) of upland or ffresh meddow, with all and singular the houses outhouses and ffences in and Upon the said farme seats or teniment with all and singulare the woods waters profitts and privilidges emunities and emoluments, belonging therunto or to the said two prsells of Meddow forenamed; and all and singulare my Right title or Interest off and Into the same, to belong and appertaine unto the onely proper use and behoof of him my said son Joseph Bartlett; To him and his heires and assignes for ever, ffree and cleare and Clearly acquitted, off and from all other and former Gifts Graunts bargaines sales Ingagments Incomberances or Intanglements whatsoever; and to be holden offour Sovr Lord the Kinge as off his manor of East Greenwich in the Countey of Kent in the realme of England, in free and comon soccage, and not in capite, nor by Knights service, nor by the rents and services therof, and therby due and of Right accustomed, with warrantice against all prsons that by my Right or title, might claime any Rght or title off or into the said prmises or any prte or prsell therof, alwaies provided; and that by these prsents it be Clearly understood that the said my son Joseph Bartlett shall not enter upon the posession of the said my house land and meddowes, untill the decease of both mee and my wife, Mary Bartlett, or upon any prte or prsell therof, nor any for him; but att the decease of both mee and my said wife; hee his heires or assignes, is to have hold use occupy Inheritt and Injoy the same with all and singulare the appurtenances privilidges and emunities belonging therunto without any lawfull suite deniall Interuption or eviction or disturbance whatsoever lawfully claiming from by or under mee the said Robert Bartlett; or by my meanes acte privity Consent or procurement; and I the said Robert Bartlett doe heerby Give and Graunt libertie unto the said my son Joseph Bartlett, either by him selfe or his Attorny to Record and Inrole these prsents, or to Cause them to be recorded or Inroled in his Maties court of Plymouth aforsaid, or in any other place or court of Records according to the usuall manor of Recording or Inroling deeds and evidences of land in such Case made and provided; In witnes wherof I the said Robert Bartlett have heerunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seale this fourteenth of July 1673 one Thousand six hundred seaventy and three; Signed sealed and delivered in the prsence of Willam Clarke: Robert Bartlett R his marke; Nathaniel: Morton; and a (seale) This deed of Gift was acknowlided by Robert Bartlett senir this 24th day of July 1673 before mee Constant Southworth Assistant; [Col. Deeds, 111: 301] Mary (Warren) Bartlett, wife of Robert, receipted for her share of her mother's estate on 4/14 March, 1673/4. [M. D., III: 5 1]


The Inventory of the estate of Robert Bartlett exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the 29th of October 1676 on the oath of Mary Bartlett widdow.[1]

L s d
Impr: his wearing Clothes 05 00 00
Item 2 bedds 2 bolsters and 5 pillowes 3 paire of blanketts 2 Ruggs 08 00 00
Item 5 paire of sheets and 3 paire of pillowbeers 05 06 00
Item 4 Napkins and a smale Table Cloth 00 06 00
Item 1 bed and bolster and a paire of blanketts and 2 Rugg and 5 paire of sheets 06 00 00
Item homspon Cloth 33 yards 05 00 00
Item silver mony 3L 03 00 00
Item 3 Iron potts and an Iron kettle a skillett a frying pan 01 05 00
Item pewter and spoones 00 08 00 *
Item one skillett and warming pan 01 00 00
Item 2 hakes 2 paire of pothookes and a spitt a paire of tongues and a driping pan 01 00 00
Item 4 Chests 01 00 00
Item bookes 00 07 00
Item 2 dwelling? houses and a barne vpland and meddow 100 00 00
Item meate Cattle 2 oxen 05 10 00
Itemm old Cart and wheels and a plow & Chaine Copprings and staple bolts and shakells donge forke pitch forkes syth and siekle 01 00 00
Item Cart Rope and horse Geires 00 05 00
Item 7 meat Cattle 12 00 00
Item 3 horse kind 1 mare 03 00 00
Item 2 smale swine 00 06 00
Item old lumber 01 05 00
Item an old saddle and a panell 00 10 00
Item debts due from the estate 01 17 00
Item debts due to the estate 06 11 06
Taken by vs Ianuary the 24th 1676
Ioseph Warren
Thomas Faunce


  • New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635, Vol. 3. P-W, Image 624, p. 1935
  1. Plymouth Colony Wills, Vol. III part 2, f. 87.
  • Source: Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

Transcribed and compiled by Francis F. Spies in 1952. Original mss. is part of R. Stanton Avery Collections, call # MSS VT WEY 20. New England Historic Genealogical Society (, Source Medium: Electronic

  • Source: K. Alan & Roberta J. Streeter - Genealogy Research Assistants. New England Connections established 12 July 1996 - Our Mayflower Passangers 12 July 1996 This site created and maintained by Robert H. Streeter - E-mail to James A. Streeter - E-mail to, Copyright © 1996,1997 by Robert H. Streeter.
  • Source: Vital Records of Plymouth, vol. 03 - 1901
  • Source: Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol 18 Part 1 of 3, Richard Warren, Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2004.

Additional Reading and Online Sources

Bradford's History "Of Plymouth Plantation", Wright & Porter Printing Company,Boston, 1898. (There are other versions)

Willison, George F., Saints and Strangers, The Cornwall Press, Cornwall, NY, 1943, Third Printing

Banks, Charles Edward, The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers Who Came to Plymouth, Genelogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1976

Bowman, George Ernest, The Mayflower Reader, Baltimore, Genelogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978 (Caleb Johnson's site)

Merged Profiles/GDG's

This person was created on 19 October 2010 through the import of Ancestors of Lois Greene.ged.

The Anne, Master Peirce, sailed 1623, departing London, England, arriving June or July of 1623 Plymouth, MA

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On 22 Sep 2014 at 12:46 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

Duplicate profile. There should be a merge proposal. Note - there are two Robert Bartletts with the same year of birth and year of death. This is the one who married Mary Warren.

On 14 May 2014 at 01:07 GMT Rob Stafford Jr wrote:

Bartlett-2370 and Bartlett-297 appear to represent the same person because: Although they have different birth and death dates, I don't trust my values, and Bartlett-2370 should be listed as the father of Bartlett-299.

On 5 Apr 2013 at 19:04 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

I made a table comparing the two early Robert Bartletts based on Charles Robert Anderson in GMB. Perhaps this will help you tease them apart (you'll have to cut and paste and edit the spaces out): 1C2O4e0DSZuF5jROsXhfer1BUpz6PeJOAYThgex05TQ4/ edit?usp=sharing

On 5 Dec 2012 at 21:35 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

Anyone want to look over how I divied out the sections in this profile?

Pretty Please and Thanks,


On 5 Dec 2012 at 19:27 GMT Dana (Van Wormer) Schreder wrote:

Becky, your suggestion sounds good to me.

On 5 Dec 2012 at 18:46 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

How does this sound:

1) Back up the whole thing to a text file. 2) Leave this profile alone except for making signed and dated notes. 3) Find or make a profile for Robert Bartlett of Hartford and COPY the parts that belong to him into the new profile.

4) Put out a notice for the other managers to check/comment on what we are doing.

On 5 Dec 2012 at 18:21 GMT Brian McCullough wrote:

There were two Robert Bartletts in Massachusetts at this time, and I am descended from both. I don't know how to go about separating them here, but this problem first came into my consciousness over forty years ago when I discovered others had made this same error on paper, and within the LDS files.

On 5 Dec 2012 at 17:45 GMT George Schauer wrote:


On 5 Dec 2012 at 17:36 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

This profile looks like several unrelated individuals were merged together.

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