I found a bio of John E. Bartle in a county history of Iowa Co., Wisc.His life does sound a lot like my John Sr.It says that he and Nannie had 6 children and lost four.Do you know if they are buried in the cemetery in Dodgeville?Do you have b/d dates for their children?Do you know when he and Nannie were married?
I'd like to think this is the family we've looked so long for but wonder why, if it is the same John, John Jr (b. ~1847) and Albert (b. ~1849) weren't known or mentioned in the bio.
There is the possibility that his first wife left while he was in California and told the boys he had died.But why wouldn't he hear about or find them when he returned as they are on the 1860 Census in Wyoming, Iowa Co., WI?
A bio of John Jr, in the History of Mitchell Co. and Worth Counties (IA), it says his mother lives in West Mitchell.I've not found her there yet.She may have remarried.I think it was written about 1880.