Williamson Archer Bartlett was born in June 16,1818 in Hancock County Ga. and died February 18, 1880 in Marion County, Ga. His family moved to Marion County, Ga. (now Taylor County) before the 1840 census was taken. Sterling Bartlett, James S. Bartlett, and William Bartlett all had separate households. William was probably married because a female who was born between 1810 and 1820 was in his household, but the marriage record has never been found. They had no children in 1840. Their children started arriving in 1842 when Martha was born. William came next about 1844, and Mary was born about 1847. This researcher could not find Williamson Archer Bartlett anywhere in the 1850 Georgia census. [A different William A. Bartlett lived in Lee County, but he is probably Abner Bartlett’s son.] Our William A. Bartlett’s wife died at some time between the 1847 birth of his child Mary and his marriage on November 20, 1853 to Ruth Hall, for which there is a record in Muscogee county. In 1855 William A. Bartlett listed himself as a professional agent for A.G. Redd in the 1153rd district of Chattahoochee County. He registered 2735 acres and lot #60 in section 5 for Mr. Redd.In 1856 William A. Bartlett paid 1 poll in the Halloca district which had the militia district number 787. He had 4 children between the ages of 8-16 (had more, but not between those ages.)In 1857 Wm. A. Bartlet registered in district #1153 with 1 poll, 3 children between ages 8-16, and no land.The 1859 Chattahoochee County Tax Digests show Wm. A. Bartlett paying tax as the agent for A. G. Redd in the 1153rd district.
The 1860 Chattahoochee County Ga. census taken on July 4, 1860 shows that Wm. A. Bartlet lived in the Cusseta District which was also called the 1150th(sic) district. His occupation was "overseer for the property on the premises of G. Redd." His record stated that he was 42 years old and was born in S.C. (although, there is some question about the way the enumerator wrote this.More likely, he was born in Georgia.) His wife was Rutha age 26, and his children were:Martha, age 18, (who had married Richard Clark 1858 in Chattahoochee County, and had one child Mary Clark born about October or November of 1859);William Bartlet was 16;Mary was 12;John was 6;Thomas was 4;Sarah was 2;and George was six months old.
In 1864 W.A. Bartlettt, agent for A.G. Redd registered in the 1153rd district for paying of taxes in Chattahoochee county. [A.G. Redd appears to be Albert Gresham Redd who had a huge house built in 1859 on Rose Hill in Columbus. The house was destroyed in the 20th century and replaced by a parking lot. (Historic Columbus Foundation.) [Information from Columbus Georgia 1828-1978 by John S. Lupold, published by Columbus Sesquicentennial, Inc.]
In 1866 the Chattahoochee County tax was a little more interesting. W. A. Bartlett in the 1153rd district listed 1 dog, four children between the ages of 6 and 18 (he had more, but they weren’t within this range), no land, and [property worth $107.00???]He also listed 2312 acres as an agent for A. G. Redd and a lot #59 for the same man.In 1867 W. A. Bartlett was an agent for A. G. Redd AND Joseph Carswell.
The 1870 Chattahoochee County, Georgia Census, page 79, shows the following: (words in [ ] are added by this writer.) Wm. A. Bartlett, age 52, Farmer, Property value $2400, born Ga. can read & write Ruth Bartlett age 38 [nee Hall] Mary age 22 John age 15 Thomas age 14 [Thomas Daniel Bartlett] Sarah age 12 [married a Melton] Julia age 9 [married (1) Chambley (2)Foster…..lived Mauk, Ga. in 1933] George age 10 Charles age 8 [middle name Madison-b.12-28-62; d.7-28-1933 Buried Bethel Cem. in Butler Ga. Married Lena Rhodes b. 1866, died 1923, buried Bethel Cem.] Nancy age 6 [middle name Loula- married Henry Alonzo Childs] Ida, age 3 [married J.R. Rowe and died at age 19] Wingfield 8 mos. old ["Archie Wingfield" referred to in record below as A.W. Bartlett - died 1894 pneumonia] Williamson Archer Bartlett prepared his will in 1875 and added a codicil in 1879. He did not specifically name his children. [Mary Weed was the granddaughter of W.A. Bartlett. She was the daughter of Martha and Richard Clark. Mary married Lafayett Weed which is found in Ga. marriage records.]
The 1880 Marion County census, page 128-A, taken June 23, 1880 after William A. Bartlett had died, shows additional children: Homer born about 1871 [referred to as H.D. Bartlett in record below.] Warren "Albert" born 1873-5 - buried West Point, Ga. [referred to as W.A. Bartlett in record below.] Oscar born 1876 – [referred to as C.O. Bartlett.]He was buried in Leesburg Cemetery near Albany, Ga.