Joseph, born Nov. 18, 1686; died 1754, aet. 68.
On 27 April 1721, in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Joseph Bartlett married Sarah Hoyt.
In1707, he was drafted and sent with others to Haverhill, to defend the town against an expected attack of French and Indians from Canada. August 29, 1708, about onehundred and sixty French and fifty Indians attacked the town, and set fire to several buildings. Mr. Bartlett and
others were in the chamber of Capt. Wainwright's house, from the windows of which they fired upon the enemy.
They were informed that their only safety was in surrender Mr. B. secreted his gun in the chimney, above the fire-place; went down; asked for quarter; was bound, and carried to Canada, where he remained a prisoner until he was redeemed. On the 5th of October he started on his return to Newbury, where he arrived on the 8th of November, 1712, after a captivity of over four years. He afterwards visited Haverhill, found his gun where he had secreted it, and it finally came into the hands of his grand nephew, Richard Bartlett, then of Amesbury, Mass., who .carried it while a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
Richard Bartlett subsequently removed to Warner, where he spent the remainder of his life. He frequently exhibited the old musket to visitors, as a rare curiosity. Many years since, on the 4th of July, a number of boys collected at Mr. Bartlett's, and, in honor of the day, awakened the echoes of the Warner Hills by discharges of the old gun. Boy-like, not quite satisfied with reports, and desiring it to "speak a little louder," they loaded it with about twelve inches of powder, and ramming down upon that several inches of soil, they applied a slow-match, when the gun literally "went off," and stock, lock and barrel were torn to splinters. In June, 1874, the writer collected the fragments of this gun of "ye olden time," with rivets and cords restored it to nearly its original shape, and deposited it in the rooms of the N. H. Historical Society, where it can be seen by the public in general, and the Bartletts in particular.
After Joseph's return from Canada, he settled on a farm in Newton, N. H. He was a worthy man, a Justice, and Deacon of the Church. His first wife was Miss Tewksbury, by whom he had no issue. His second wife was a Miss Hoyt. Their children were: four sons,—Joseph, Gershom, Richard and Matthias; and his daughters,—Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah, Sarah, Mercy and Lydia.
Of these, Mary became the wife of the late Gov. Josiah Bartlett. Many of the descendants of Joseph are now resident in Newton. One of them, John L., was a member of N. H. Legislature, 1872; and another, Frank D., in
His grave is located in the Old Town Cemetery, Rockingham County, NH.
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