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Joseph Gardner Bartlett: Ancestry; NEHGS Application

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Date: About 1590 to 11 Nov 1927
Location: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Surname/tag: Bartlett, Kilham, Killam
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New England Historical and Genealogical Society Membership Application

Boston, Mass., 4 Jan 1897, Joseph Gardner Bartlett (1872-1927):[1] states as follows:

Joseph Gardner Bartlett b. Boston Mass Aug 25, 1872

Father: Joseph Elbridge Bartlett b. Boxford, Essex, Mass. Feb. 16, 1819

Mother: Antoinette Frances Carpenter b. Foxboro, Norfolk, Mass. May 31, 1837 to Daniels Carpenter (1795-1880) and Abigail Payson (1800-1876)

Augustine Kilham and his wife Alice (b. 1597) sailed with their family in the ship "Mary Anne" from Yarmouth England in May 1637 and came to Salem Mass. Augustine Kilham was probably born about 1595 in Norwich, England, and a son of Augustine Kilham, who was admitted as a freeman of Norwich in 1589.[2] Augustine and Alice finally settled in Wenham Mass. where they died in 1667. Their eldest son Daniel Kilham, born in England about 1620 married about 1645 Sarah[3] dau. of Thos. and Sarah[4] Safford. Daniel Kilham lived in Wenham where he died in 1700.

His third child Thomas Kilham born in Wenham about 1653 married Martha dau. of John and Sarah (Coche)[5] Solart of Wenham.

In 1701 this Thomas Kilham purchased of Zerubabel Endecott the farm in Boxford which the Massachusetts General Court had granted to his grandfather, Governor John Endecott. Thomas Kilham was a soldier in King Philip's War in 1675. After he purchased the Endecott farm he settled there, and it is now occupied by the 6th generation of his descendants.

He had several sons, of whom Samuel (married Grace, dau. of Zerubabel and Grace (Symonds) Endecott of Boxford) was the captain of the military company; and he [Thomas] was succeeded on the farm by his son John Kilham who married Abigail dau. of Dea. Samuel and Abigail (Porter) Symonds of Boxford.

This John Kilham died in 1738 in early manhood, leaving 3 young children, but his widow continued on the farm and reared the family.

Their only son John Kilham Jr. inherited and lived on the farm and served in the War for Independence. He married in 1764 Priscilla Bradstreet of Topsfield who was born in 1745 and died in 1807. She was a dau. of John and Eliz. (Fiske) Bradstreet; a grand-dau. of Simon (H.C. 1700) and Eliz. (Capen) Bradstreet; great-grand-dau. of John and Sarah (Perkins) Bradstreet; and great-great-grand-dau. of Gov. Simon and Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet. John Kilham Jr. had ten children by Priscilla Bradstreet, of whom Samuel succeeded him on the farm.

Samuel was born in 1779, married in 1807 Lois dau. of Joseph and Mary (Carter) Holt of Reading and had ten children of whom Joseph Elbridge Killam was born in 1819.

He was educated at the public schools and Topsfield Academy, and studied medicine with Dr. George Cogswell and at Dartmouth College and the University of New York from whence he graduated with an M.D. in 1846. In 1845 his surname was changed by the Mass. General Court to Bartlett. He practiced medicine for a few years in Somerville and Charlestown but in 1853 was elected president of the Mystic River Corporation which office he held 35 years till the transfer of their wharf property to the Boston and Lowell R.R. in 1887.

Dr. Bartlett married 1st Caroline dau. of Gilbert Tufts of Charlestown and niece of Chas. Tufts the founder of Tufts College. She died in 1854 leaving no children; and Dr. Bartlett married 2nd Antoinette F. Carpenter. They have had six children.

NOTE: The author above does not state why his father changed his surname during medical school. One has to wonder if he did it because it would be unseemly to be called "Dr. Killam". This could be an unpleasant surname for a medical doctor.

Give an account of your education...:

I first attended school at the age of seven years entering the Rice Primary School in the autumn of 1879. I finished the course here in three years and entered the Rice Grammer School in the fall of 1882. Two years later I entered the Boston Latin School graduating in the Class of 1890 and was admitted to Harvard College; but my parents desiring that I should study architecture I entered the Mass. Institute of Technology and took a two years course in that subject graduating and receiving a diploma in 1892. No degree is given to students in architecture unless they take a four years course. After finishing at the Institute I entered into a local office to learn the business.

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  1. NEHGS Membership Applications, 1845-1900. Thomas Killam, son of Daniel Killam, born 1653. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2020.) LINK$
  2. This sentence about the parentage of Austin/Augustine is likely wrong.
  3. This should be Mary Safford, not Sarah
  4. This should be Elizabeth Unknown, not Sarah Unknown
  5. This should be Elizabeth Unknown, not Sarah Coche

Also See:

  • Remarks of (Joseph) Gardner Bartlett, at an NEHGS dinner given at the Parker House, 1896; LINK$; regarding the improvements made to their library systems and facilities

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