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Welcome to Our Bartlett Family.
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This Bartlett family blog traces the known history of our family from the 1790's to the 1950's, from Kentucky to Missouri and is inspired by my great-grandfather, Ralph Sterling Bartlett from stories he had passed on to me over 30 years ago. However, my actual research did not start until late 2005 and expanded in a relatively short time from a small one page outline to a 100-plus page document and finally, to this blog, which began in 2007.

I am very thankful for the assistance of several distant cousins whom I have met while working on this project. Their input has been invaluable and has added so much more detail to our shared family history. You are welcome to any images and information contained in this history that may help to expand your branch of the family.

I hope what is presented here is both informative and interesting. 

Thanks for stopping by!
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Mike Bartlett


Current Blog Status:
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Hello Bartlett researchers! As you may already know, my research and updates have been few and far between for several years now. Life has taken me in other directions and my focus has been on other things. As a result, I am now finally having to face reality and am officially stepping away from this blog. I wish you well in your continuing research.

Baptism of Fire

by Eric A. Jacobson and Richard A. Rupp

Eric A. Jacobson and Richard A. Rupp published their long-awaited book, Baptism of Fire. It details the Union Civil War regiment (44th Missouri) that my gr-gr-gr-grandfather, Solomon Bartlett served in during the Battle of Franklin. He is specifically mentioned and his picture is included in this meticulously researched and historically fascinating book. 


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Research

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Some of the points I discussed in my intro to our family history must be expanded on a bit to help explain the reason for the lack of information on John Bartlett. The key to expanding our documented history any further relies solely on unlocking his mystery. I believe that once the details of John's life are discovered, the search for his father and the quest to go further back will be made much easier. John is such a pivotal figure because he presided over the most significant transition in our branch of the family since our still unnamed ancestor first crossed the ocean. He would be the first to take our family outside of our original colonial origins.

His generation began the first westward expansion of our country. On the heels of Daniel Boone and other early explorers came those ready to seek their fortune in a new land. John was one of those early pioneers. The old was left behind for greener pastures but an unfortunate result of this for us would be the loss of family ties and documented family history. Beyond the ongoing questions as to the identity of John’s father, John’s date and location of birth, number of children he had and whether or not he had siblings or other family living nearby; it is also unknown whether or not John served during the Revolutionary War.

John’s age, his time spent in North Carolina, the timing of his move to Kentucky and location in which his family settled would suggest that he was also a veteran. Certainly, most all of his neighbors were Revolutionary War Veterans. Part of the frustration in researching our particular family line is discovering how many families that interacted with ours are so easily traceable to their participation in the war, and in many cases, even back to their origins in Europe. Why isn’t it that easy for us? Somewhere down the line, our Bartlett’s dropped the ball regarding the passing of our lineage on to the next generation. I liken it to taking family photos. So much of our recent history is simply preserved in photographs, but there are times we find ourselves living in the moment and forgetting to bring the camera. This leaves those memories lost to those who weren’t there.

Reliance on verbal history can also be easily unintentionally distorted when a story is passed from generation to generation and unless there is a written record, the real history is eventually lost altogether. I would wager that the average person has little knowledge of their family history beyond their great-grand parents. If it wasn’t for my contact with my great-grandfather, I wouldn’t have any idea who came before us and I certainly wouldn’t have had the interest in going back any further. It is sad to think that in a matter of a few generations we could all be completely forgotten.

Other factors make it difficult in the attempt to uncover our family history. The first United States census was begun in 1790, however during the War of 1812, the 1790 and 1800 census was destroyed due to the burning of Washington D.C. by the British. Add to that the number of county courthouses full of documents burned during the Civil War and losses due to other disasters (both natural and man-made) and early records are sadly full of gaping holes. Many families, such as ours apparently did not maintain an independent documented family history. If they did, it either no longer exists or it may be collecting dust in some family member’s attic.

Many stories of John’s life have persisted over the years and it can be assumed that regardless of their validity, he must have lived quite a life, or at least been quite a storyteller himself. Or maybe it was his children, who in telling stories of their father’s adventures contributed to his myth. As the years pass, stories of loved ones can make them seem larger than life. In order to attempt to get to the truth a combination of factors need to be considered. Those would include known family history, the background and events that led to the settlement of Kentucky, geographic locations and any documented clues available. These can all be used to connect the dots and create a plausible scenario. Many factors have to add up in order to create a sound theory.

My search for our John Bartlett has been a rollercoaster and several times I’ve been ready to give up when something else will suddenly be found that keeps the search alive. The theory I’ve been chasing for over a year now involves a military warrant for 200 acres in the name of a John Bartlett on Pittman Creek that includes his signature on the back with a survey dated 1797 signed for him by a brother named William and also a governor’s grant confirming the validation of the warrant. It seemed to be a piece of land that was possible for him to have owned due to it’s location and with no other John Bartlett’s shown to be in that area at that time, I decided to check into it further.

More than a year later, I’m still trying to debunk this warrant, but have yet to do so. Maybe I am just too stubborn to admit this isn’t our John, but there seems to be enough to go on without looking too foolish, or maybe I’m already there. Regardless, here is the information I currently have. In 1797, evidence shows that [a] John Bartlett obtained 200 acres of land on Pittman’s Creek. The land obtained via a military warrant for services in the Virginia State Cavalry during the Revolutionary War. Dates of service are reportedly from 1780 to 1783 with an honorable discharge on April 12th, 1783.

A map from that time shows that the warrant was issued for land in what is now Pulaski County, which was formed in 1799 and at that time of its formation, was a neighboring county to Green. In fact, part of Pulaski County was once a part of Green County, although the land in question does not appear to have been. The maps of this time aren’t very easy to work with in regards to scale and finding actual locations. Many of the cities and towns used for reference hadn’t been formed yet and thus didn’t show on maps. Rivers and creeks weren’t drawn to scale and although they were supposedly surveyed, the information provided leaves much to be desired.

The actual location of this land in question is around 70 miles east from where John’s family settled in Skaggs Station. Even considering the limits of travel during that time, it would not be out of the question for him to be the owner of the land. They may have even passed through that very location on their way to settling in Skaggs. Many held land as a way of building wealth and not all land was settled by their owners. In fact, this land on Pittman was never shown to have been settled by a Bartlett at all. In fact, no Bartlett’s ever appear on any census in that area.

Why would this be? It was clearly given to a John Bartlett and his heirs. I suspect it’s possible that it could have been intended as a future family homestead and then sold to a family friend, extended family member, or a total stranger after John’s death. The survey was in 1797 and John died in 1801. The year it was surveyed would not suggest that the owner would have been ready to settle the land at that time, if that was it's intended use. It would not be out of the question for some years to pass before it was either settled or sold for profit.

Looking at the location itself, as shown on the survey, Pittman [now spelled Pitman] Creek is a branch of the Cumberland River. There is reference to White Oak trees and a street name exists referencing that fact. The Quarles family land sat right next to this land and they appeared on the Pulaski County census for decades. The bend of the creek resembles the rough drawing on the survey. Since this land had Pitman Creek as a border, 200-plus years of soil erosion has made it impossible to figure out the exact boundries. But, there is no doubt that this is the same location.
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Location of Pitman Creek
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Another discovery was made when looking at the aerial map. Just a mile south of the land is Beauchamp Boulevard, which is the married name of John’s youngest daughter Lydia. Is this just a coincidence? I have checked to see if the Beauchamp family related to Lydia’s husband includes any Beauchamp’s that lived in the area. It just so happens that there is a distant cousin of Joseph Beauchamp who currently lives only 9 miles north of this land on Pitman Creek in Somerset, Kentucky. I made that discovery thanks to some miscellaneous web-surfing and dumb luck. Unfortunately, just because a current Beauchamp family member lives in the area does not mean that there would be a link to that land 200 years ago. So far, any credible Beauchamp connection to that piece of land has yet to be found.

I’ve also tried other common family surnames and even alternate spellings to link our family to the land to no avail. It appears that attempting to track down the history of ownership of the property would be the only way to explore this any further and that may be something that’s out of reach for me at this time. Finding out whom this John (or his family) sold it to, viewing the names on the actual documents and the date it originally changed hands might provide enough evidence. I’m not sure what other clues beyond that could be gathered besides finding a family cemetery on or near the property. I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel on this just yet, but I do find myself currently at a standstill in proving whether or not this will lead to "our" John Bartlett.
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LAND RECORDS:
.Kentucky Land Grants, Book 11, p. 499: John BARTLETT, 200 acres. Military Warrant No. 321, for services in Virginia State Cavalry. Land surveyed on Pittman’s Creek Aug 12, 1797. John BARTLETT was honorably discharged from service Apr 12, 1783.

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The above documents are: (1) the original warrant, issued to the veteran or his assignee(s); (2) the actual survey; and (3) the governor’s grant. Original signatures are included on original documents. This can prove useful when matching signatures to marriage bonds or pension applications, for example.

Notice that the warrant does not identify a particular tract or location. This was done intentionally by the Virginia Land Office. If the warrants were confined, it would be difficult for the veteran to sell or trade his allotment. The veterans were not receiving money for their services; they were being compensated in land. Some preferred to stay in Virginia; others preferred moving to an area other than a military district. The fact that a precise location was omitted allowed buyers to purchase several warrants and patent large tracts. Frequently the buyers were agents working for wealthy speculators. If the veteran sold his warrant before the document was actually issued, the name of the assignee is included. If the veteran received his warrant then assigned it to another party, the name of the assignee will appear on the survey and/or the grant.

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This is not the case with this John’s warrant. It was cashed in for the land on Pittman’s Creek in his name as stated in the survey and confirmed in the governor’s grant. John’s representative is listed as his brother William. It is still unknown at this time, who exactly John’s father was and especially who John’s siblings were. Curiously, on the Green County, Kentucky Tax Lists for the years 1800 and 1830, there is a William Bartlett listed. However, I have yet to establish just who this William was or if he was even related to our John. I believe he very well could have been, but we can’t rely merely on speculation. Hopefully confirmation regarding this William’s relation to our family (if any) can be made in the near future.

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Here are some of the events that took place during the years of John’s possible service in the war. Regardless of his actual participation, he would’ve at the very least been a resident and a possible witness to these events during this time.

_THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR_

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THE YEARS 1780 -1783____THE SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN
.Originally comprised of the armies of; Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Maryland and Delaware were added to the Southern Campaign later in the war. The last commander of the Southern forces was Nathaniel Greene from October, 17 1780 to the end of the war. Green County, Kentucky, the future county in which the Bartlett family would eventually reside was named after General Nathaniel Greene. The most likely unit John would’ve served in the Virginia Cavalry would’ve been the 1st Continental Light Dragoon Regiment (aka Bland’s Horse). This mounted unit was originally organized in Williamsburg, Virginia. When John’ would’ve joined, they were known as the 1st Legionary Corps. They consisted of 4 mounted and 2 dismounted troops. This unit consisted of several different configurations for the duration of the war.

The engagements from 1780 – 1783 that John could have been involved in were:

The Defense of the Carolina’s - These operations consisted of many battles in South Carolina and North Carolina over an 8 1/2 month span. One of the most famous of these battles being The Battle of Cowpens.


...The Battle of Cowpens - January 17, 1781

Cowpens marks the site of the first major defeat of “Bloody” Tarleton and one of the worst disasters of the British southern campaign. Gen. Daniel Morgan used a brilliant tactical maneuver to envelop the British regulars, most of who were killed or captured. This one hour battle was the event that started Cornwallis on his road to Yorktown.

Greene’s Campaign - Operations led by Gen. Nathaniel Greene, on of which included a famous turning point in the war, The Battle of Guilford Courthouse.

...The Battle of Guilford Courthouse - March 15, 1781

The largest, most hotly-contested battle of the Revolutionary War's Southern Campaign was fought at the small North Carolina backcounty hamlet of Guilford Courthouse. Major General Nathanael Greene, defending the ground at Guilford Courthouse with an army of almost 4,500 American militia and Continentals, was tactically defeated by a smaller British army of about 1,900 veteran regulars and German allies commanded by Lord Charles Cornwallis. After 2 1/2 hours of intense and often brutal fighting, Cornwallis forced his opponent to withdraw from the field. Greene's retreat preserved the strength of his army, but Cornwallis's frail victory was won at the cost of over 25% of his army.
Guilford Courthouse proved to be the highwater mark of British military operations in the Revolutionary War. Weakened in his campaign against Greene, Cornwallis abandoned the Carolinas hoping for success in Virginia. At Yorktown, seven months after his victory at Guilford Courthouse, Lord Cornwallis would surrender to the combined American and French forces under General George Washington.

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1st Continental Light Dragoon

All of these battles and campaigns are consistent with John’s location during those years. This is not to suggest he would have participated, only that he could have if he was in the Virginia Cavalry during this time.

Records of pensions paid out to veterans and their families are the most common way for families to claim Revolutionary War heritage. However, congress did not enact any laws prior to 1818, except for the relief of officers and soldiers disabled in the line of duty, so anyone who died before March 18, 1818, and was not disabled in the line of duty, did not receive a pension. A soldier's widow had to appear in person before a court of record to establish her late husband's service and that they married prior to the date set out in the enabling legislation, with documents if possible. John had died in 1801 and his widow remarried 5 years later, so it would appear that a pension would have never been pursued by the family if in fact John was an eligible veteran.
A few ways to further confirm this information for me would be to establish his residence prior to his stint in North Carolina to be Virginia. He would’ve had to have been a previous resident of Virginia to claim land in Kentucky via a military warrant and to have fought in the Virginia Cavalry. Obviously, looking at a map, this is all entirely possible, as Virginia shares a long border with North Carolina, where he previously resided. However, territories changed boundaries once the western portion of Virginia became Kentucky and portions of Virginia and North Carolina became Tennessee which adds to the confusion. As I mentioned previously if it were possible to find out who this John Bartlett (or his family) sold this land to we may have our answer. It was in the name of a John and his heirs as of the survey date in 1797 and no Bartlett’s are shown to have settled there or ever lived in the area according to census records. Was this because he died 4 years after the survey? Was this even our John? We may never know.

I would eventually like to confirm this one way or another. I did inquire into John’s war service with the D.A.R. database and they advised me that no one has claimed membership with them using this particular John Bartlett’s service. None of the other John Bartlett's in their records match our John either. So, if enough evidence could be found to confirm his residency, war service, his ownership of this piece of land and our direct family link to this John, a D.A.R or S.A.R. membership could possibly be yours using a Bartlett ancestor. But, for now, the evidence I currently have still gives me enough to go on to keep trying to research this further.

In Memoriam

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Our Bartlett Family.The Pioneers.
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In memory of those who prepared the way for us.

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Here are some of their final resting places.
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Solomon Bartlett (1828 - 1865)
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Son of Hugh and Leah (Welborn) Bartlett, husband of Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett and father of Harmon, John, Hugh, Nancy, Leah, Addison and James Bartlett.
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Led his family with his wife Elizabeth out of Kentucky to settle in Missouri. Served in the Civil War as a Private in the Union Army and died of disease as a prisoner of war in Mongomery, Alabama at the age of 37. Although Solomon’s grave was originally located near Montgomery, Alabama, His grave would have likely been re-located to The Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia. He would be buried among the 3,000 unmarked graves of Union soldiers, as his name is not listed among their records.
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Concord Cemetery
Concord Township, Ford County, Kansas
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John Thompson Bartlett (1853 - 1921)
(son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett)
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Dorothy K. (Bartlett) Bartlett (1858 - 1927)
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John T. and Dorothy K. Bartlett's headstones
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Stafford CemeteryStafford County, Kansas
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Elizabeth C. Smith (1831 - 1915)
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Elizabeth C. (Braden) Bartlett Smith - widow of Solomon Bartlett and Liberty Smith. Mother of Harmon, John, Hugh, Nancy, Leah, Addison and James Bartlett. Mother to Oscar Payne Smith and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Smith) Hadwiger.
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Elizabeth C. Smith's headstone
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James Sanford Bartlett (1864 - 1922)
(son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett)
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Malinda M. (Beyer) Bartlett (1871 - 1954)
(wife of James S. Bartlett)
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James S. and Malinda M. Bartlett's headstone
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Missouri
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Enloe Cemetery
Moniteau County, Missouri
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John McMurtry Bartlett (1798 - 1875)
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(son of Solomon Bartlett and Rosannah (McMurtry) Bartlett, grandson of John and Priscilla (Falkner) Bartlett, brother of Hugh Bartlett (son of Solomon Bartlett and his second wife, Isabella (Marshall) and an uncle of Solomon Bartlett (son of Hugh).
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John was the eldest son of Solomon and Rosanna Bartlett. He was born in Green County, Kentucky and was the first of our common Bartletts to move to Missouri in the early 1800's. He originally settled in Moniteau County, then Miller County, then Pulaski County and finally back to Moniteau County, Missouri. He is an uncle of our Solomon Bartlett, who moved his family from Kentucky to Sullivan County, Missouri with his wife Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett in 1855.
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Mary A. Bartlett (1818 - 1875)
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John M. and Mary A. Bartlett's headstones.
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Green City Cemetery
Sullivan County, Missouri
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Harmon Joshua Bartlett (1849 - 1931)
(son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett)
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Lucy B. (Smith) Bartlett (1856 - 1935)
(wife of Harmon J. Bartlett)
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Lida Bartlett (1880 - 1943)
(daughter of Harmon J. and Cecilia (Woodruff) Bartlett)
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Benjamin Thompson Bartlett (1877 - 1941)
(son of Hugh M. and America Elizabeth (Payne) Bartlett)
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Anna Maybelle (Frazier) Bartlett (1880 - 1967)
(wife of Benjamin T. Bartlett)
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Hugh Marshall Bartlett (1851 - 1933)

(son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett)
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Mark Sterling Bartlett (1818 - 1818)
(infant son of Ralph S. and Floy Bartlett, grandson of Addison S. and Mary F. (Halliburton) Bartlett, great-grandson of Solomon and Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett)
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Holiday CemeterySullivan County, Missouri
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Addison Solomon Bartlett (1862 - 1946)
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Mary Frances (Halliburton) Bartlett (1870 - 1946)
(wife of Addison S. Bartlett)
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Addison S. and Mary F. Bartlett's headstone
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Mt. Olivet CemeterySullivan County, Missouri
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John Bruce Bartlett (---- - 1935)
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.Goldia Margaret (Overstreet) Bartlett (1898 - 1979)
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Resthaven Memorial Gardens
Livingston County, Missouri
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Ralph Sterling Bartlett (1888 - 1981)
(son of Addison S. and Mary F. (Halliburton) Bartlett)
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Floy V. (Albertson) Bartlett (---- - ----)
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(parents of Edward, James, Wayne, Viola and Marietta Bartlett)
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Other Family Members
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Nancy Isabella (Bartlett) Payne (---- - ----)
(daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett and wife of Daniel A. Payne)
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Leah Bartlett (---- - ----)
(daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett)
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Cemetery Links:

Kent Funeral Home Records

Concord Township Cemetery, Ford County, Kansas
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Ralph S. Bartlett


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What follows is a multi-part series of articles that were printed in the Green City, Missouri newspaper in 1978. As you will read, Ralph was 90 years old at the time. This was also around the time of my first meeting with my great-grandfather in Chillicothe. In reading these articles, I recall that some of these stories where ones that he had shared with me. Again, I must thank our cousin Ronald Braden Bartlett for providing these articles. It is rare that someone of Ralph’s age is able to recall so much family history in such detail. Ralph’s mind was sharp right up until his passing. For those who weren’t able to know him, much of his personality and sense of humor comes through in these detailed accounts of our family’s early years in Missouri. These are copied from copies of the actual newspaper so it reads exactly as it was printed. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did.
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The following pages include some Bartlett family genealogy that Ralph was working on. These pages only cover our roots in Missouri. I have yet to discover any significant details of our family's history while in Kentucky or anything previous to that in his notes.
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The following few excerpts are from letters Ralph had written to his family. Even at his age, Ralph was a prolific letter writer. He typed them all himself and many of them with the use of only one good eye, as he had a cataract. These show how thoughtful and good-hearted he was. Writing kept his mind sharp and helped him to stay connected with his loved ones who lived far away. In reading these, I'm reminded of what originally drew me to him. He is greatly missed.

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Conclusion


Throughout this history we find that our ancestors were a hard-working, determined people who had faith in God and maintained a strong family. Each generation successfully paved the way for the next through both prosperous and hard times. They participated in the westward expansion of our nation, fought for our country and also have the proud distinction of always being on the right side of history. I’ve spent enough time learning about the various generations of Bartlett’s to feel a real family connection to those who came before us. It has also given me a greater appreciation for the family that I am blessed to be a part of. I’ve driven through many of the areas our family frequented in Missouri and Kentucky previously, but that was before I knew of our family connection to those places. Now I look forward to visiting them again with this knowledge. I can’t think of a more interesting way to spend a vacation. Although my original intention was to just find our mysterious link to Josiah, with each discovery, I wanted to learn more and more until it became the 200-plus year history that I’ve now presented to you. And even though Josiah has now been shown not to have been a direct ancestor of ours, it couldn’t possibly take away any of the pride I have in being a Bartlett.

I would hope that great-grandpa Ralph would be pleased with this family history. Even though the “Josiah Myth” has now been debunked, his assumption, I’m sure was shared by many others in the family as well. And until my research, was continuously told by me for almost 30 years and as recently as a couple of years ago from the date that I am writing this. I was watching the movie “National Treasure” with my family, in which the Declaration of Independence is prominently featured. I remember telling my mother-in-law my family connection to the document. It was about 7:45 on a Friday evening…and that was the last time. I’ve have since confessed my error, although the hundreds of others I’ve told over the years will never know the truth...oh well. Another family myth that has yet to be proved to my satisfaction would be our connection to Robert Bartlett & Mary Warren which would make us a “Mayflower Family”. There is a website that provides DNA evidence of family connections for genealogists who have now found themselves without a paper trail to continue their family history.

One such project on the site is the Bartlett DNA Project. The website states:


“The project was started in October of 2002 to link Colonial Virginia BARTLETT lines and is now open to all BARTLETT's, and to BARTLEY, BARKLEY, BERKLEY and other similar variations (these SURNAME's have been researched and proven to have been used interchangeably with each other)”.

The family group in this project that is associated with our Bartlett line is listed as follows:

46144 – John BARTLETT d c1801 Green Co,KY; m Priscilla FAULKNER; > Solomon BARTLETT m Isabel; > Hugh Marshall BARTLETT m America Elizabeth PAYNE; > Braden Solomon BARTLETT [match 24/25 with Team 11; 23/25 with Team 9]

This link runs through Solomon’s son Hugh Marshall Bartlett, brother to Addison, who we descend from. So, essentially, their results should be the same as ours, with Solomon as the common link. It mentions that we match 24/25 with Team 11; 23/25 with Team 9. The teams are other distant Bartlett branches from various parts of the country. Team 11 hails from Henry Co, VA-Overton Co, TN which could potentially link John Bartlett back to his suspected origins in Virginia. The other team we are listed as matching 23/25 is Team 9. These Bartlett’s are of the “Mayflower” line. Without getting into the details of DNA matching, the 23/25 and 24/25 matches are supposed to be within the range of certainty.

I have tried to find the link from our John to the “Mayflower” group using the published Robert Bartlett pedigree going back at least 5 generations without success. Despite the DNA evidence, not having the paper trail to back up this claim leaves me unsatisfied. I’ve been in contact with Ronald Braden Bartlett, Hugh Marshall Bartlett’s great-grandson. He is the family member who participated in this project. He has also unsuccessfully tried to find the exact link to Robert Bartlett and Mary Warren. It was gratifying to find out that the family history he’s gathered over a couple of decades completely matched the history I’ve compiled. Should we be satisfied just with these DNA results? Personally, I would rather stay on the paper trail if at all possible for any future expansion of our documented family history. At least the DNA results give us a reason to keep trying to find the missing link that could eventually lead to us claiming a Mayflower ancestor. It would also answer for us the question of when our family history in America began. This would be the year 1623 if this link was to be eventually confirmed. I mention this possible family link to our history so a future Bartlett historian might also be moved to prove or disprove the connection. Hopefully, one day we can find the name of our Bartlett who “crossed the pond.” As for me, I’m satisfied with our known history at this point in time. I do hope to learn more eventually, but it certainly won’t be at the same pace I’ve maintained over the last year.

Ralph definitely was the inspiration for this project, but a good part of my urgency to document our history was to share it with my grandfather. Wayne, like his father Ralph, had an interest in our origins. Wayne had family pictures (many of which are included here) in his home. He had also shared some of the Halliburton and the Kinsella family histories with me and others in the family over the years as well. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete this before he passed. I saw Grandpa a couple of weeks before he left us. The last time we spoke, I gave him a big hug and told him I loved him. I hope he knows just how much. His passing has had a rather large impact on me personally. Having already been involved in putting this project together, I had become more aware of how precious the time is that we have together. Maybe it’s because I’ll be the first grandchild to reach the age of 40 (yikes!), maybe it’s because I’m a father now. Whatever the reason, it has caused me to reflect on the legacy I will leave. Seeing the effect Grandpa had on others, especially after he left really drove that home for me. Grandpa is a personal hero of mine and had earned a level of love and respect that few are able to maintain over a lifetime.

Learning of the challenges our ancestors faced has also put things in perspective for me. Some things now seem a lot more trivial today in comparison. We certainly shouldn’t have anything to complain about. We enjoy a good life today because of those previous generations. And what we do today will in turn have a direct effect on our children and theirs as well. Judging from past history, those values should already be ingrained in our genetics, but it should never be taken for granted. I believe in learning from history and ours is full of role models who took on challenges, raised good families and maintained their faith in God through even the toughest of times. I believe that this is why we as a family have been blessed. So how do you want your history to be written? It certainly won’t be written by me. But at some point, a curious family member may want to take the journey back and document their family history. What will they find when they get to your name? It certainly does make you think, doesn’t it? Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share this with you. And thanks for continuing to make this such a great family to be a part of.


Michael Thomas Bartlett


2007

1900 - 1950

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1900 - Sullivan County, Missouri Census

Bartlett, Addison Head W M Mar 1862 38 M 13 Farmer

Bartlett, Mary F. Wife W F Feb 1870 30 M 13
Bartlett, Ralph S. Son W M Jan 1888 12 S At School
Bartlett, Orpha A. Dtr W F Aug 1889 10 S At School
Bartlett, Earl H. Son W M May 1891 9 S At School
Bartlett, James E. Son W M Apr 1893 7 S At School
Bartlett, Isabel B. Dtr W F Feb 1895 5 S
Bartlett, "Infant" Dtr W F Apr 1900 1 S.
 
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Actual 1900 Sullivan County, Missouri Census Image -

(Addison Bartlett’s family entry starts with Addison’s name on last line of page 1 and continues onto page 2.)
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1900 - Stafford County, Kansas Census

Smith, Elizabeth C. 69 F KY (Widow of Solomon Bartlett & Liberty Smith)
Bartlett, James S. 36 M Farmer KY (Son of Solomon)

Bartlett, Malinda M. 28 F KS (Wife of James S.)
Bartlett, Harmon A. 7 M KS (Son of James S.)

Bartlett, Addison A. 5 M OK (Son of James S.)
Bartlett, Myrtle T. 3 F OK (Dtr of James S.)

Bartlett, Charles S. 1 M KS (Son of James S.)

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Actual 1900 Stafford County, Kansas Census Image –

(Elizabeth C. Smith, widow of Solomon and now Liberty’s widow now lives in Stafford, KS and is listed on line 21. She had moved from Missouri with her son James S. Bartlett’s family. They now join her son, John and his family (not shown) in Kansas. James’ family census entry starts on line 34.)
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In 1900 we see that Elizabeth Smith, widow of Solomon Bartlett and Liberty Smith, is now living in Stafford, Kansas along with her son’s John, James and their families. The rest of the Bartlett’s remain in Sullivan County, Missouri, including Addison and his family. Ralph (12), Orpha (10), Earl (9) and James (7) are all in school and Isabel (5) is at home. Another daughter, Clio would be born around 1904. This census also shows the first of several of Addison’s and later on, Ralph’s children who would not survive childhood. In my research, I came across actual death certificates on a Missouri government archive site. I’ve chosen not to include those actual documents here, but I will mention those children who were named. Regardless of how long they were with us, they were known and loved by their parents and siblings. These types of discoveries are very sad for me, especially having young children of my own. But having faith that they are now together again with their families gives a measure of comfort. One of these children, Winifred Elizabeth Bartlett was born to Addison and Mary on Christmas Day, 1909.



From Addison and Mary’s family Bible



Addison and Mary



Ralph, Erwin and Irl


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Addison’s son’s Erwin and Irl and his brother James’ son’s Harmon and Addison. Neal Sinclair, son of Amanda (Bartlett) Sinclair is also pictured and incorrectly identified on the above photo as Clair Neal. His mother, Amanda was a daughter of Hugh M. Bartlett.

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1900’s IN HISTORY

PRESIDENT: William McKinley (1897 – 1901), Theodore Roosevelt (1901 – 1909)

EVENTS: Queen Victoria dies (January 22nd, 1901), First flight by the Wright brothers (December 17th, 1903), The Russian Revolution (1905), San Francisco earthquake (April 18th, 1906), First Model T by the Ford Motor Company (September 27th, 1908), The Chicago Cubs win the World Series (October 14th, 1908). Geronimo dies (February 17th, 1909)

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1910 - Sullivan County, Missouri Census

Bartlett, A. S. Head M W 48 M 23 Farmer

Bartlett, M. F. Wife F W 40 M 23
Bartlett, Ralph S. Son M W 22 S Teacher
Bartlett, Orpha A. Dtr F W 20 S Teacher
Bartlett, Earl H. Son M W 19 S
Bartlett, James E. Son M W 17 S
Bartlett, Isabel B. Dtr F W 15 S
Bartlett, Clio L. Dtr F W 6 S
(no name) Dtr F W __ S




Actual 1910 Sullivan County, Missouri Census Image -

(Addison Bartlett’s family entry in middle of page. Addison is listed as Bartlett, A. S.)

1910 Began an eventful decade for the family. Ralph is now 22 and sister Orpha is 20 and both would be about to depart the household. Both are listed as teachers. This would be the first time that someone in our line of Bartlett’s would list an occupation other than Farmer or farm-related work. Later in the year, Ralph would marry Floy Viola Albertson and start their new household in Sullivan County, Missouri. The Albertson’s are said to be of Swedish descent.




Ralph Sterling Bartlett and Floy Viola Albertson around 1910

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Edward is born to Ralph and Floy around 1913. James follows around 1917. Sadly, their first son, Dwight J. Bartlett, born July 26th, 1911 died the following day, making Edward their oldest surviving child. Another child, Mark Sterling Bartlett, born October 18th, 1918 survived 2 months before passing. Both Dwight and Mark were laid to rest in the Green City Cemetery, Green City, Missouri. Addison and Mary had a daughter Lillian, who was born in 1900 and died soon after. Another daughter, Winifred Elizabeth Bartlett would pass away at just over 2 ½ years of age on August 16th, 1912. Winifred is buried in Holliday Cemetery, Pollock, Missouri. Both Green City and Holliday Cemeteries are in Sullivan County.
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One other notable passing during this decade would be Elizabeth (Braden), widow of Solomon Bartlett and Liberty Smith. Blessed with a long life, she would pass away in Stafford, Kansas in 1915 at around age 85.
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Elizabeth (Braden) Bartlett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1830 - 1915)

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Ralph's son Edward with Mary playing with a dog in front of Addison and Mary's home. .

World War I was finally entered into by the United States in April of 1917. Amazingly, I did find Ralph’s draft registration card filled out by him on June 5th, 1917 at age 29. It shows that he was born in Milan, Missouri on January 16th, 1888. He listed his occupation as “Farming” living in Green City, Missouri. It also mentions his family status at the time (Married with 2 children, Edward and James). He listed no previous military service. Also included in the information are physical attributes of Ralph at the time. The image quality is pretty poor, but from what I can see, it appears that he describes himself as tall, medium build with grey (?) eyes, brown hair and he indicates that he has not lost an arm, leg, hand, eye, and that he was not physically disqualified for service. Thankfully, Ralph was not called to serve. After the signing of the armistice of November 11, 1918, the activities of the Selective Service System were rapidly curtailed. On March 31, 1919, all local, district, and medical advisory boards were closed, and on May 21, 1919, the last state headquarters closed operations. The Provost Marshal General was relieved from duty on July 15, 1919, thereby finally terminating the activities of the Selective Service System of World War I.



Ralph S. Bartlett’s actual draft registration card from 1917 (World War I)


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1910’s IN HISTORY

PRESIDENT: William H. Taft (1909 – 1913), Woodrow Wilson (1913 – 1921).

EVENTS: The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912, and sinks on its maiden voyage. Panama Canal is finally open, finished by the United States after the first failed attempt by the French (1914). Pancho Villa leads several hundred Mexican raiders against Columbus, New Mexico (March 9th, 1916). United States declares war on Germany (April 6th, 1917) and enters World War I which finally ends with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles (June, 28th, 1919).
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1920 - Sullivan County, Missouri Census

Bartlett, Addison S. Head M W 57 M Farmer
Bartlett, Mary F. Wife F W 49 M
Bartlett, Erwin Son M W 26 S Farmer
Bartlett, Clio L. Dtr F W 16 S


Actual 1920 Sullivan County, Missouri Census Image -

(Addison Bartlett’s family entry in middle of page)

In 1920, we find that Addison is now 57 and still farming. His son Erwin (listed as James on previous census) is still living at home at age 26 and farming with his father. Daughter, Clio is the youngest at home at age 16.

Bartlett, Ralph S. Head M W 32 M Farmer
Bartlett, Floy V. Wife F W 28 M
Bartlett, Edward Son M W 7 S
Bartlett, James Son M W 3 S
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Actual 1920 Sullivan County, Missouri Census Image -

(Ralph Bartlett’s family entry in middle of page).

Ralph is now listed as a farmer, leaving the teaching profession at some point before 1917 according to his draft card. Ralph and Floy’s sons, Edward and James are now 7 and 3 respectively. During this decade, John and James, sons of Solomon and Elizabeth and brothers of Addison, will pass in 1921 and 1922, John at age 67 and James at 58. Along with the passing of Elizabeth (Braden) earlier in 1915, this ends the generation of Bartlett’s that made the trek from Sullivan County, Missouri to Stafford, Kansas. There are Bartlett’s that still reside in the towns of Stafford and Saint John, Kansas to this day. Some of them, no doubt, would be descendants of John and James. In 1924, Wayne Locksley Bartlett is born to Ralph & Floy in Chillicothe, Missouri in Livingston County. The next census in 1930 will show Ralph’s family residing in Chillicothe in Livingston County. They moved from Green City in Sullivan County in 1923.

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Wayne Locksley Bartlett
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1920’s IN HISTORY

PRESIDENT: Woodrow Wilson (1913 – 1921), Warren Harding (1921 – 1923), Calvin Coolidge (1923 – 1929)
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EVENTS: Decade known as the “Roaring 20’s” and the “Jazz Age”, Prohibition (1920-1933), Hitler publishes Mein Kampf (1926), a book that foreshadows many of the events in the 1930’s., Charles Lindbergh becomes the first person to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean (20 May - 21 May 1927), Penicillin is discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming (1928), The Great Depression Begins (1929)

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1930 - Livingston County, Missouri Census

Bartlett, R. S. Head M W 42 M Salesman
Bartlett, Floy V. Wife F W 38 M
Bartlett, Edward Son M W 17 S
Bartlett, James Son M W 13 S
Bartlett, Wayne Son M W 5 S
Bartlett, Viola Dtr F W 3 S
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Actual 1930 Livingston County, Missouri Census Image -

(Ralph Bartlett’s 4th family entry from the top). 1930 is the last census currently available.

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1930 - Sullivan County, Missouri

Bartlett, Addison S.
Bartlett, Mary F.
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In 1930 Ralph, Floy and family show on the census as residents of Livingston County, Missouri. They are living in Chillicothe, while Addison and Mary remain on their farm in Sullivan County. Ralph & Floy now have a daughter, Viola, who is now 3. This brings their family to 3 boys (Edward, James and Wayne) and one girl (Viola). They would add another daughter (Marietta). Ralph has now gone from being a teacher to farmer and now lists “Salesman” as his occupation. Ralph held several sales positions during this time including working for the J.D. Adams Road Building Machinery Co. and also spent time as an auctioneer. This was during the Great Depression, the worst economic downturn our country had ever experienced. Farmers and rural areas suffered as prices for crops fell by 40–60%, so clearly this would not have been a good time to have been farming for a living. The economic struggles would continue throughout the decade and would not see much relief until the onset of World War II. At some point before or during 1936 Ralph took an additional job as he joined the Chillicothe Police Force.


Chillicothe, Missouri Police 1936 - Ralph is fifth from left.

Addison and Mary chose to retire from farming and move to Phoenix, Arizona in 1938. They held a public auction to sell their farm equipment, among other things before the move to Arizona. Their daughter Orpha and her husband had previously moved there. Son Erwin and daughter Clio would also end up residing in Arizona leaving Ralph and family in Missouri. Also left behind would be the portion of land that Solomon & Elizabeth had originally purchased in 1855. The 1930’s would also see the passing of three of Solomon and Elizabeth’s children. Harmon and Hugh would both live to age 82. Their sister, Nancy Payne (Bartlett) would pass at age 83..


Harmon was Solomon and Elizabeth's oldest son. The above page lists an incorrect date that the Bartlett family moved to Missouri (it was actually 1855, not 1864). Also incorrect is where they were from in Kentucky (They were from rural Monroe County, not the city of Frankfort). The picture of Harmon also shows that he suffered from a goiter. His son Bruce served in World War I in France.
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Addison and Mary in their orchard.
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Addison, Mary and Family



A.S. Bartlett Auction
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Livingston County - Organized January 6, 1837, from Carroll County and named for United States Secretary of State Edward Livingston.
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1930’s IN HISTORY
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PRESIDENT: Herbert Hoover (1929 – 1933), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 – 1945)


EVENTS: The Great Depression runs through most of the decade. Air mail service across the Atlantic begins, Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs aimed at economic recovery are begun (1933 – 1937), Rise to power of Adolf Hitler and Nazism in Germany(1933), Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, The Empire of Japan invades China as a precursor to Japanese invasions in Southeast Asia (1937), John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath is first published (April 14th, 1939), Start of World War II in Asia and Europe (1939).
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1940 - Livingston County, Missouri

Ralph Bartlett
Floy Bartlett
Edward Bartlett
James Bartlett
Wayne Bartlett
Viola Bartlett
Marietta Bartlett
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The 1940’s would prove to be a decade full of significant family events. The census for 1940 is not available, so I’ve just listed family members. Ralph ran for Livingston County Treasurer as a Democrat in the 1940 primary. Unfortunately, he did not prevail.
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The front and back of Ralphs campaign card.

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Ralph eventually ended up selling insurance and real estate from an office in his home. He was in business well into his late 80’s and reported his largest commission ever at the age of 86.

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Ralph S. Bartlett Real Estate, Loans and Insurance letterhead


The Bartlett home in Chillicothe, Missouri with the “Ralph Bartlett Insurance and Real Estate” sign that was added in the 1940's.

Wayne Bartlett graduates from Chillicothe High School in 1942 and enlists in the Navy shortly after graduation. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st Class from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater of World War II on the U.S.S. Canberra. Wayne would tell of his time in the war when asked by us grandkids. He was very proud to have fought for our country and especially took pride in the branch of service (Navy) that he served in. He would tell us about the ship (Canberra) he served on and said that he had fired the big guns on the ship. We would always ask him if he had ever hit anything and he would usually just say “No.” And even if he had, I don’t think he would’ve told us anyway. Although he was proud to serve, he never bragged about the grim reality of war. His ship had been torpedoed during the war off the coast of Formosa. 23 men on his ship died as a result and I’m sure that had a big effect on him. He had saved a newspaper clipping with a picture of the severely damaged hull of the ship. Grandpa Wayne was a hero to his grandkids and he was always someone we wanted to make proud. What follows is some of what he experienced aboard the U.S.S. Canberra during the war.
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__WORLD WAR II__

THE YEARS 1942 - 1945__THE PACIFIC THEATER


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USS CANBERRA CA 70
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Displacement: 13,600 Tons

Length: 673’5"

Beam: 70’10"

Draft: 20’6"

Speed: 33 Knots

Complement: 1,142

Armament: Nine 8” guns; Twelve 5" guns

Class: BALTIMORE

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The USS Canberra was a Baltimore class heavy cruiser laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Shipyard at Quincy, Massachusetts on 3 September 1941. She was christened at her launching on 19 April 1943 by Lady Alice C. Dixon , the wife of the then Australian Minister in Washington and was commissioned on 14 October 1943 with Captain A. R. Early in command. Initially the cruiser was to be named Pittsburgh, but in 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the 8 inch gun cruiser then building to instead be renamed USS Canberra in honor of the Australian cruiser HMAS Canberra which was severely damaged by gunfire and torpedoes from Japanese warships and subsequently sunk by USN warships at the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. On 12 October 1942 the ship was officially renamed Canberra. The battle of Savo Island was one of the first major naval engagements in the Pacific to feature a mixed force of U.S. and Australian vessels fighting side-by-side against the Japanese. The common sacrifice of the HMAS Canberra and other U.S. and Australian vessels and sailors was emblematic of our two countries' alliance, born in the grim early days of World War II. USS Canberra was the only US Naval vessel ever to be named in honor of an allied foreign warship and with the name of a foreign capital city.
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CANBERRA departed Boston 14 January 1944 and sailed via San Diego to embark passengers for Pearl Harbor, arriving 1 February. She rendezvoused with TF 58 on 14 February and took part in the capture of Eniwetok. The cruiser steamed from her base at Majuro to join the YORKTOWN (CV-10) task group for the raids on the Palaus, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai (30 March-l April), then got underway from the same base 13 April for air strikes against Hollandia and Wadke in support of the Army landings on New Guinea. CANBERRA joined with the ENTERPRISE (CV-6) task group for fighter sweeps against Truk, then bombarded Matawan, rejoining the carriers for further strikes on Truk (29 April-1 May).

After a raid against Marcus and Wake Islands in May 1944, CANBERRA sailed from Majuro 6 June to participate in the Mariana's operation, including the far-flung Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the supporting air strikes and bombardment to neutralize bases in the Bonins.
Following replenishment at Eniwetok, CANBERRA sailed 29 August for raids on the Palaus and the Philippines, and to back up the Morotai landings (15-16 September).
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On 2 October 1944, CANBERRA sailed in company with TF 38 for air strikes on Okinawa and Formosa in anticipation of the forthcoming landings on Leyte.
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On 13 October, only 90 miles off Formosa, close to the enemy and far from safe harbor, CANBERRA was struck below her armor belt at the engineering spaces by an aerial torpedo which blew a huge, jagged hole in her side and killed 23 of her crew instantly.
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U.S.S. CANBERRA and FRIDAY 13th

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Friday the thirteenth, I never gave it a thought;

A day that I would never have sought.

We were eighty miles from Formosa Shore,

Two hundred thirty miles from China, and not far from Nippon's door.

After evening chow Air Defense Blew,

More planes coming in, which we all new.

"Thirty five enemy planes" the Skipper said,

"Our C.A.P. will make sure their dead".

We were almost sure that they would too,

But somehow, eleven of the Japs got through.

Seven came on our Port - coming in fast.

We opened fire and got two with our blasts,

The ships on our port got the other five,

The four on our Starboard started their dive.

One headed for the Wasp, but made too short a run,

He turned for our ship then dropped a big one.

Our murderous fire hit him, and made him splash,

But his torpedo struck us with a resounding crash.

It happened so sudden, but yet it was true,

For there we laid in that ocean of blue.

We express our pride to the Wichita and the rest,

Who protected us and pulled us away from that hornet's nest.

Our speed that night was two knots, and not much more the next day,

But still we were retreating farther, farther away.

Tugs came up the following day, and we started our run,

But we swore we would be back to sink the Rising Sun.

That same day a sneak came in, started his dive.

He'll not boast for we riddled and burned him alive.

Five days past and we were out of their reach,

Their planes could not touch us from their beach.

Admiral Halsey of the great Third Fleet

Sent us this message of the Jap defeat;

To the Canberra, Officers and crew;

"I am proud to be the Commander of you.

Your courage and guts will be a Navy tradition,

And my sympathy to the men, who gave their lives for this mighty mission"



George Shane Korey
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Before damage control could isolate the compartments, some 4,500 tons of water rushed in to flood her after fire room and both engine rooms, which brought the cruiser to a stop. Then began one of the most notable achievements of the war in saving wounded ships. CANBERRA was taken in tow by WICHITA (CA-45). The task force reformed to provide escort for her and HOUSTON (CL-81) who had been torpedoed on the morning of the 14th. Retiring toward Ulithi, “Cripple Division 1” fought off an enemy air attack that succeeded in firing another torpedo into HOUSTON. Admiral Halsey (CTF 38) attempted to use the group, now nicknamed “Bait Division 1,” to lure the Japanese fleet into the open, but when the enemy sortied from the Inland Sea, air attacks from the rest of TF 38 roused enemy suspicions of the trap, and the Japanese force withdrew.
 



CANBERRA and her group continued unmolested to Ulithi, arriving 27 October, 2 weeks from the day she was hit. The cruiser was towed to Manus for temporary repairs, thence departed for permanent repairs at Boston Navy Yard (16 February-17 October 1945). CANBERRA returned to the west coast late in 1945 and was placed out of commission on 6 July 1946 at Mare Island Naval Ship Yard and into the reserve (Mothball) fleet at Bremerton, WA on 7 March 1947.

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Christmas greetings from the crew of the U.S.S. Canberra


Seaman 1st Class, Wayne L. Bartlett of the U.S.S. Canberra in uniform


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While the Canberra was being repaired at Boston Navy Yard in 1945, Wayne asked his hometown sweetheart, Rita Kinsella to marry him. She traveled all the way from Chillicothe, Missouri to Boston, Massachusetts and they were married on July 28th, 1945. Wayne was discharged from the Navy in October 1945, a month after the war had officially ended and two months after Japan had surrendered. The Kinsella’s are of Irish descent.



Wayne and Rita Bartlett
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In 1946 within five months of each other, Addison Solomon Bartlett and Mary Frances (Halliburton) passed away in Phoenix, Arizona. Mary passed in July at about the age of 76 and Addison, the following December at age 84. They had been married for 59 years. They had six children (3 sons and 3 daughters). This left their son Ralph as the senior patriarch of our family, a distinction he would have for nearly 35 years.
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Addison Solomon Bartlett




Mary Frances Bartlett (Halliburton)
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Addison and Mary's obituaries. Note that they list Addison's location of birth incorrectly. He was born in Missouri, not Kentucky. Their graves are located in Holiday Cemetery in Sullivan County.


1940’s IN HISTORY
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PRESIDENT: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 – 1945), Harry Truman (1945 – 1953)

EVENTS: The film Citizen Kane is released (1941), The United States enters World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, George Orwell’s Animal Farm published (1945), Germany surrenders May 7th, 1945, Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6th and August 9th, 1945); Japan surrenders on August 15th, World War II officially ends on September 2nd, 1945, Beginning of the Cold War (1946), The Marshal Plan to rebuild Europe (1947), Joe Louis’ reign as heavyweight champion ends on March 1st, 1949.

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1950 - Livingston County, Missouri

Ralph S. Bartlett
Floy V. Bartlett
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Ralph and Floy Bartlett
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Ralph, Floy and Family
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[Back] Wayne, James, Ralph - [Front] Viola, Marietta, Floy, Edward

By the 1950’s, Ralph and Floy would be the last of our particular Bartlett line still residing in Chillicothe, Missouri. Wayne and Rita had since moved to Arkansas City in Cowley County, Kansas. Wayne would work for his brother, Edward at the Bartlett Seed Company and graduate from Cowley Community College. And, as you all know, they started their own family. This will now end nearly 100 years of our Bartlett history in Missouri, as the following generations would eventually settle in Kansas and elsewhere.

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The Bartlett’s of Missouri

Family Tree
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Solomon Bartlett
Elizabeth Braden


Harmon
. .Hugh. .John. .Nancy. .Leah
. .Addison. .James

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Addison Solomon Bartlett
Mary Frances Halliburton

Ralph. .Orpha. .Erwin. .Irl. .Isabelle. .Clio

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Ralph Sterling Bartlett
Floy Viola Albertson

Edward. .James
. .Wayne. .Viola. .Marietta

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Wayne Locksley Bartlett
May Rita Kinsella

Thomas. .Linda. .Larry. .James. .Diana

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