Robert BARTLETT

Robert BARTLETT

Male Abt 1604 - Aft 1676  (~ 72 years)

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  • Name Robert BARTLETT 
    Born Abt 1604  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1623  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Anne 
    Died Aft 19 Sep 1676  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29356  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2014 

    Family Mary WARREN,   b. Abt 1609, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 13 Feb 1677/8, Manomet, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1629 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin BARTLETT,   b. Abt 1629, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rebecca BARTLETT,   b. Abt 1631, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary BARTLETT,   b. Abt 1633, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Sarah BARTLETT,   b. Abt 1636, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Joseph BARTLETT,   b. Abt 1639, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1711, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     6. Elizabeth BARTLETT,   b. Abt 1641, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Lydia BARTLETT,   b. 8 Jun 1648, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1691, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     8. Mercy BARTLETT,   b. 10 Mar 1650/1, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9812  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Aboard the Anne - 1623 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aft 19 Sep 1676 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • The origin of Robert Bartlett is unknown. He migrated in 1623 aboard the Anne to Plymouth, Massachusetts. His occupation was Wine Cooper.

      "On 1 May 1660 at Plymouth court 'Robert Bartlett appeared, being summoned in answer for speaking contemptuously of singing of psalms, and was convict of the fact..." [PCR 3:185-86]."

      Robert Bartlett is in the 1633 list of Plymouth freemen, and held several offices: Committee to lay out highways, 1637; Plymouth petit jury, 1643, 1645, 1648, 1649/50, 1653/4, 1659; Plymouth grand jury, 1644, 1646, 1649, 1652, 1655; surveyor of highways, 1645, 1661; committee to lay out land, 1660; and in the Plymouth section of men able to bear arms in 1643.

      "In the 1623 Plymouth land division granted one acre as a passenger on the Anne [PCR 12:6]. In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle 'Robert Bartlet' was the twelfth person in the tenth company [PCR 12:12].

      "Assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:10, 27].

      "On 1 July 1633 it was ordered that 'Mrs. Warren & Rob[er]t Bartlet mow where they did last year...' [PCR 1:15]. On 28 May 1635 'Thomas Litle came before the Governor and acknowledged that he had given unto Robart Bartlet a parcel of land at the end of his lot beyond Eel River,' and describes himself as a brother-in-law to Bartlett [PCR 1:34]. On 14 March 1635/6 it was ordered that 'Mrs. Warren, Rich. Church, Tho. Litle, & Rob[er]t Bartlet mow where they did last year...' [PCR 1:41]. On 20 March 1636/7 it was ordered that 'Richard Church, Rob[er]t Bartlet, & Thomas Little, [have] hay ground where they had the last year, and to take further supply where they can find it, in places no granted to others, and Rob[er]t Bartlet to have the swamp or pit at the head of Mr. Bradford's ground' [PCR 1:56]. On 5 May 1640 'Richard Church, Rob[er]t Bartlett, Thomas Little, & Mrs. Elizabeth Warren are granted enlargements at the heads of their lots to the foot of the Pine Hills...' [PCR 1:152].

      "On 7 February 1637 'Mrs. Elizabeth Warren of the Eele River widow for and in consideration of a marriage solemnized betwixt John Cooke the younger of the Rockey Nooke and Sarah her daughter' granted to the said John Cooke 'eighteen acres or thereabouts and lying on the north side of Robert Bartlett's lot formerly also given the said Robert in marriage with Mary another of the said Mrs. Warren's daughters' [PCR 12:27]. On 11 November 1637 John Cooke exchanged this eighteen acre parcel with Robert Bartlett for a 'lot of land of like quantity lying on Duxborrow side betwixt the lots of Thomas Morton and Jonathan Brewster' [PCR 12:28].

      "On 9 April 1649 Richard Church sold to Robert Bartlett for L25 a 'house and housing and land with all the meadow ground with the addition that he had of Goodman Kemton at the Eel River' [PCR 12:165-66].

      "On 7 March 1652 Robert Bartlett held a full share as a purchaser of Dartmouth [MD 4:185-88, citing PCLR 2:1:106-07].

      "On 30 January 1653 Samuel Hicks of Plymouth, planter, sold to Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, for L18 eleven acres of upland on the south side of Plymouth [MD 5:94-95, citing PCLR 2:1:97].

      "Robert Bartlett appears in a March 1651 Plymouth town list of those 'that have an interest and proprieties in the town's land at Punckateesett over against Road Iland' [PTR 1:37]. On 22 March 1663 the lots at 'Puncateesett' were described, Robert Bartlett sharing the 24th lot with James Cole Sr. [PTR 1:67]. On 8 March 1668/9 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, sold to John Almey of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, merchant, for L3 his share in land granted by the town of Plymouth in 1649 'lying over against Rhode Island aforesaid, at the place commonly called and known by the name of Punckateesett' [PCLR 3:328].

      "On 27 June 1659 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, engaged to pay to Benjamin Foster, the son of Richard Foster, L8 when he reaches the age of twenty-one, on the condition that Bartlett would have the use of Richard Foster's land for the term of ten years; and 'Mary the wife of the said Richard Foster deceased' engages to bring up the said Benjamin Foster, who is now four years old [MD 14:15-16, citing PCLR 2:2:28].

      "In 1660 the town of Plymouth granted to Robert Bartlett fifty acres 'lying between the sea and the fern swamp between the Eelriver and Mannomett ponds' [PTR 1:43]; the bounds of this grant were described on 20 February 1662 [PTR 1:54]. On 26 January 1663 the town of Plymouth granted to those living at Eel River a quarter-mile extension on their lots, toward the pine hills [PTR 1:59]. On 21 February 1663 the town of Plymouth granted to Robert Bartlett eight acres of meadow that had been in dispute [PTR 1:61, 62]. On [blank] July 1667 the town of Plymouth granted to Robert Bartlett 'a piece of swamp... to make meadow of lying adjoining to his meadow at the Eelriver' [PTR 1:89].

      "On 14 July 1670 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, wine cooper, gave to 'my son-in-law James Barnabey, cordwinder' of Plymouth and 'my daughter Lydia Barnabey his wife' twenty acres 'by me purchased of the said my brother-in-law Richard Church,' and four acres of upland meadow added to it [MD 3:112, citing PCLR 3:297].

      "On 17 February 1670/1 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, sold to Thomas Burge Jr. of Newport, Rhode Island, for L50 half his share of land at Acushena in Dartmouth and half his share of land at Pascomansucke in Dartmouth (reserving one-third of the last named share) [MD 3:112, citing PCLR 5:118, RILE 1:140].

      "On 14 July 1673 'Robert Bartlett of the town of Plymouth... wine cooper' granted to 'my son Joseph Bartlett' for love and affection 'all that my farm, messuage, tenement and seat, which I now live in and am possessed of, in the township of Plymouth aforesaid, situate and being at a place or river commonly called Eel River: viz: all that my house and land there'; four acres of marsh meadow there; and two acres of fresh or upland meadow; to be entered by his son on the death of the grantor and his wife [MD 3:112-13, citing PCLR 3:301].

      "On 19 September 1676 Robert Bartlett made a nuncupative will, bequeathing to 'my wife all my estate yet undisposed of whether it be in lands or movables, goods, chattels, debts. I give all unto my wife to be absolutely at her dispose among my children' [MD 3:114, citing PCPR 3:2:87]. The inventory of the estate of Robert Bartlett was taken 20 October 1676 and totalled L170 16s. 6d., including L100 in real estate: '2 dwellinghouses and a barn, upland and meadow' [MD 3:114, citing PCPR 3:2:87]. On 6 March 1676/7 'Letters of administration is granted by the Court unto Mary Bartlett & Joseph Bartlett to administer the estate of Robert Bartlett, deceased' [PCR 5:220].

      "On 13 February 1677 'Mary Bartlett widow and late wife unto Robert Bartlett deceased' sold to 'my son Joseph Bartlett' for L300 all the estate which was reserved to her use for life in the deed of gift from her husband Robert Bartlett to the said Joseph Bartlett, as well as fifty acres of upland 'near a place commonly called the salt marsh... between the Eelriver and Mannomett Ponds,' fifty acres of upland lying between the land of Ephraim Morton Jr. and the land that did belong to James Barnabey deceased, a parcel of meadow on the Eelriver, and all personal estate given her by husband Robert Bartlett in his will [MD 3:115-16, citing PCLR 4:223].

      "In 1959 John G. Hunt suggested that Robert Bartlett of Plymouth was the same as a Robert Bartlett baptized at Puddletown, Dorsetshire, on 27 May 1603, and twenty years later Paul Prindle published a fuller pedigree of this Dorsetshire family, but at the moment this proposed identific ation remains only a possibility [TAG 35:214, 55:164-70]. Robert of Puddletown had brother Benjamin and sisters Mary, Lydia and Elizabeth, all names used by Robert of Plymouth.

      "Clues as to the ages of the children of Robert Bartlett are sparse, and several attempts have been made to determine the birth order of the children. Aside from the evidence of birth dates for the last two children, the date of freemanship for son Benjamin and the age at death for son Joseph, our most useful information comes from the marriage dates for the older daughters. The statement has frequently been made that Benjamin must have been born by 6 June 1633, since he was made free on 6 June 1654 [PCR 3:48]. But he had by 4 April 1654 already married and buried one wife, and was soon to marry a second, which suggests a man a few years older than twenty-one in that year. If we place the birth of Benjamin in 1629, then we have a gap of about six or seven years in which to place daughters Rebecca and Mary (1629-1636), but to do this we must assume that they both married when they were about eighteen, rather than rely on our usual rule of marrying daughters at age twenty in the absence of other evidence. There would be nothing unusual about this, and the resulting sequence of births for the elder children is in agreement with the evidence. Note also that under almost any interpretation there is a gap of about six years between the births of the sixty and seventh children of this couple.

      "On 25 December 1635 Robert Bartlett took Richard Stinnings as an apprentice for nine years, his time to begin on 1 December 1635 [PCR 1:35]. On 4 August 1638, for L6 10s. and twenty bushels of Indian corn, John Barnes assigned to Robert Bartlett the remaining term of service of Thomas Shreive (being three years from the first day of August instant), Robert Bartlett also paying Shreive L3 6s. 8d., and Shreive agreeing to serve an additional year for another L5 [PCR 12:32]."

      "The most complete treatment of Robert Bartlett and his family may be found in George E. Bowman's account of the descendants of Richard Warren in MD 3:105-17. This article includes abstracts of all records relating to Robert Bartlett and complete transcripts of the probate documents and some critical deeds, and is only slightly marred by a misguided effort to represent dates in both Old Style and New Style. A shorter but also excellent account may be found in Moore Anc 60-72. Paul W. Prindle included a solid version of the family in his limited edition 'Ancestors and Descendants of Timothy Crosby Jr." (Orleans, Mass., 1981), 2:342-50. For a more recent brief presentation of this family see Robert S. Wakefield, Janice A. Beebe, et al., 'Richard Warren of the Mayflower...' (MFIP, 4th ed., 1991 [referred to above as MFIP Warren]), which carefully presents the evidence for the marriages of the children."

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  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 114.

    2. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 112-117.