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Biography

Richard Barlett of Newbury is the earliest known member of this family. A number of theories have been put forward regarding the English origins of this Bartlett family have been put forward; however, they all remain unproven.


Name and Origins

Name: Richard Bartlett, of Newbury, Masachusetts.

Also found as

Marriage and Children

Married: The name of his wife is unknown.
Children of Richard Bartlett:
  1. Joan Bartlett. Born 29 January 1610/(11?) in England. She married William Titcomb. Joan died 28 June 1653 in Newbury.
  2. John Bartlett. Born on 9 November 1613 in England. He married Joan Unknown about 1638. John died 5 February 1678/9.

Death

Died: 25 May 1647 in Newbury, Massachusetts.[1]
The nuncupative will of Richard Bartlett, sr., of Newbury,[2]
was proved in the Ipswich court 28: 7 : 1647. The following is a copy of the same as recorded in the Ipswich Deeds, volume I, leaf 25.
The testimony of william Titcombe & Anthony Somersby concerning the last will & testament of Richard Bartlett sen of Newbury deceased the 20th of May 1647 About a month before he deceased we being with him and two of his sonnes being prsent he being very ill & had bene weake all the spring finding in himselfe that he was not like to continew he desired vs to take notice what his mind was concerning that small estate he had how he would dispose of it. as for his sonne John bartlett he had done for him more than for the rest of the children & at that tyme did not dispose any to him. To his sonne Christofer Bartlett he did bequeath the debt which latly he had borrowed of him which was five bushells of wheat if soe be it should please the lord to take him away at this sicknesse or ells if he should lye longe vizitted his necessity would require that he should pay it againe. To his daughter Johan wife of william Titcomb he bequeathed one paire of new shoes for herselfe & her four daughters each one a paire of shoes And all the rest of his goods & chattels that were not disposed of he bequeathed wholly to his sonne Richard Bartlett whom he made his sole heire & executor.
I Anthony Somersby the next day pswaded him to give somthing to his sonne John bartlett his answere was that he had bene with his sonne Richard Batlet this twelve month & all that he had was to little for to give him seing he had bene weake & ill & could doe little but lay vpon his sonnes charges; besides said he if I should lye longe sick I shalbe chargable to Richard & not to any of the rest and for John I have done more formly yet I will give him the warming pan and vpon his sonnes request he gaue him a great bible: this he spake being in psect memory & soe continued to the last breath.
I Edward Rawson wittnes to the last pt of the will that I often heard the said Richard Bartlett sen (the tyme of his sickness) say he would & did give all to his sonne Richard Bartlett 29th Septemb 1647.
this was before the wittness
Edward Rawson
Mr Rowson sworne to the first part of this will Anthony Somersby sworne to the wholl will before the court held at Ipswich 28th 7th month 1647.


Inventory of estate of Richard Bartlett of Newbury, shoemaker, deceased May 21, 1647, taken by William Titcombe, John Batlett & Anthony Somersby:
In leather…………………………………………….......... £2. 15s
His wearing apparell………………………………....... £1. 4s
2 paire of canvas sheets…………………………….... £1. 1s
One old shirt & a napkin…………………………....… 2s. 1d
One old coverlet & a blanket……………………….. £1
One old flock bed & a bolster………………………. £1
One old great kettle………………………………….......... 12s
One paire of pott hangers………………………….... 1s. 4d
One brasse pott……………………………………............. 10s
Two little kettles…………………………………................. 5s
One small brasse morter…………………………...... 7s. 6d
One warming pan………………………………….............. 6s
One great bible……………………………………............. 12s
Some other small books……………………………........ 7s
One cow……………………………………………............ £4. 5s
One heifer…………………………………………........... £1. 15s
His working geare and lasts……………………….......... 4s
Old pewter platters and an old pint pott………...... 2s
One spit & frying pan……………………………......... 3s. 6d
One small musket…………………………………................ 9s
One paire of bellowes…………………………….............. 1s
Bushel bagg, 2 old chests, a stone bottle & A halfe
bushel ::bagg………………………………............................ 5s
His debts…………………………………………............. £4. 19s
In silv……………………………………………….............. £2. 5s"

Research Notes

Breeches Bible

Source

  1. Newbury. Vital Records of Newbury, vol. 2. (1911): page 544.
  2. Dow. The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, volume I 1635-1644. (1916): pages 86-87.
Source list:
  • Bartlett Genealogy: The Descendants of Richard Bartlett of Newbury in 1637, Capt. Robert Bartlett of Marblehead in 1669, John Bartlett of Marblehead in 1660.
  • Brown, John. "Newbury and the Bartlett Family," in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 40 no. 2 (April 1886): Pages 192-204. Archive.org link. Google books link.
  • Holman, Mary Lovering. Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, vol. 2, number 92, The Bartlett Line. (1945): pages 653-655. Available ancestry.com.
  • The Essex Antiquarian: Vol VIII. #1, p. 9
  • Dow, George Francis ed. The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, volume I 1635-1644. (Salem: The Essex institute, 1916): pages 86-87. AmericanAncestors.org link.




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