Hollis Bartlett Sr.
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Hollis Manning Bartlett Sr. (abt. 1886 - 1982)

Rev. Hollis Manning Bartlett Sr.
Born about in Bridgewater Township, Rice, Minnesota, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 20 Nov 1913 in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 95 in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Hollis was born in either Bridgewater or Dundas, Minnesota. Bridgewater is a township almost entirely surrounding the small city of Dundas in southeastern Minnesota. His parents had moved out west to take advantage of the Homestead Act.

The family's attempt at homesteading failed and they moved back to east to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where Hollis's father found work in a shoe factory. This is where Hollis grew up.

He attended Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity School to become a minister.

He married Ada May Storrs in Mansfield, Connecticut, on November 20, 1913. They met while Hollis was the pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Coventry, Connecticut from 1912-1914.

(Hollis stayed at the church in Coventry from 1912 to 1927.) The preceding comment is not accurate in terms of Hollis' pastorate, however as late as 2012, more than a few members of 2d Church have many memories of him preaching there. At least one member fondly remembers Hollis Jr. One might wonder if Hollis returned to Coventry during his vacations from his own churches and filled in for 2d Church's vacationing pastor. It would fit Hollis' personality to spend his vacation from preaching, preaching.

According to the story below concerning the birth of his children, we know that Hollis was in the Cotuit church by September 1914, when daughter Ada May was born, and stayed at least beyond Stephen's birth in August 1915. In September 1917, he was in his church in Salem, MA where Rebecca was born. Mildred's birth in February 1922 marks at least one date in which Hollis was pastor of the Jeffersonville VT church. By April 1928 Hollis Jr. was born and Hollis Sr had begun his ministry at the Lakeview church.

Sometime around mid-1952 Hollis wrote (or wrote down) "The Adventures of the Good Ship Naldee" which was an attempt to flesh out and preserve what had been essentially "oral stories" he had (we believe) made up on the fly as he told them to his first four grandkids (Bob and Steve Degree and Sally and Billy Nally) over a period of at least a year prior to him writing them down.

He preached at the Lakeview Church in Worcester for many years until he retired circa 1957.

He passed away in 1982 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is buried in the Center Cemetery in North Coventry.[1][2]

Hollis's middle name, Manning, is shared with his daughter Mildred's son, Theodore Manning Whittenkraus, and his mother's father, Edward Manning Downie and his great-grandson Christopher Manning Bartlett. He is also the namesake of Mildred's daughter Holly Ann Davis

Time Line of Pastorates

June 12, 1912

Ordination at Riverside Memorial Church Groveland, Massachusetts

June, 1912 - May, 1914

Second Congregational Church, North Coventry, Connecticut

June, 1914 - August, 1917

Cotuit, Massachusetts

August, 1917 - August, 1920

Salem, Massachusetts

October, 1920 - August(?), 1926

Jefersonville, Vermont

November(?), 1926 - December, 1956

Lake View Congregational Church, Worcester, Massachusetts

1932 - December, 1956

Organized and served as pastor Raymond Memorial Church, East Milbury, MA

1932 - December, 1956 Chaplin at the Brookside Home for the Aged. Worcester


  1. "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZT6-V6G : 4 December 2014), Hollis M Bartlett, 20 Aug 1982; from "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Worcester, Massachusetts, death certificate number 043459, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, Boston.
  2. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JBKN-33P : 20 May 2014), Hollis Bartlen, Aug 1982; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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I only have a few memories of my great-grandfather. I remember visiting his house for family parties where he would sit in his chair with his great-grandchildren huddled around his knees. We would admire his Dartmouth cane with the intricately Indian head on the head of it. http://www.WikiTree.com/wiki/Space:Dartmouth_Cane My last memory is visiting him in the hospital with Nana Whitten shortly before he passed away.
posted 31 Jul 2008 by Chris Whitten
Great Aunt Beck wrote of her father, "He was admired and loved by all who knew him. He was a great human! He loved people, and especially children, and most especially his grandchildren. He loved to take them shopping to buy a treat, a toy, or a pretty dress (for the girls, of course!)."
posted 31 Jul 2008 by Chris Whitten
Great Aunt Beck wrote, "He liked to tell the story of how his family grew. He met his wife in his first church, (Coventry, Conn). Ada May and Steve were born in Cotuit (Cape Cod), his second church. Grandma Beck [herself] in Salem Mass, his third church. Grandma Millie in Vermont, his fourth church. Holly, Jr. in Worcester, his fifth church. Then he would say he was afraid to move anymore."
posted 31 Jul 2008 by Chris Whitten
Great Aunt Beck wrote, "He loved to tell stories and jokes. He could make a joke about anything. When you said you were going to take a bath, he would say, 'Put it back when you are through with it.' He never liked quarrels or loud shouting. Our Aunt Mildred (Gramdma Millie's namesake) would fight his battles for him when they were kids. I was always a loud shouter. Many times he would say to me, 'Her voice was ever soft and gentle, a lovely thing in a lady.' Didn't help much."
posted 31 Jul 2008 by Chris Whitten
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As one of Hollis' grandchildren and student minister at 2d Church in Coventry 1999-2001, I was asked to be an interpreter at his grave on the occasion of 2d Church's contribution to Coventry's 300th Anniversary.

On October 6, 2012, the church held a mock funeral for former pastor Rev. George Calhoun, 1788-1867. Following the church service, a mock graveside service was held and visitors then toured the cemetery stopping at nine different locations. I was impressed by how many current members of the church remember well and fondly Hollis preaching there, now 30 years following his passing.

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