In reference to Starling Bartlett’s daughter Rhoda who married Trimmakin J. Richardson in 1825, the writer found the following data:
Trimmakin J. Richardson bought three items from the estate sale of Newman Richardson who died about 1826 in Hancock County. John Richardson was the administrator. Trimmakin J. bought a side saddle for $10.06 ½ , two grinders for 62 ½ cents, and a pair of truckle (sic) wheels for 18 ¾ cents. In addition to this, Rhoda “Bartlett” was paid 62 ½ cents by the estate for making two shirts for the orphan of Newman Richardson, and then Rhoda “Richardson” was paid $1.00 right after that for making a coat for him. [At first the researcher thought these two different surnames were just a slip of the pen of the administrator. But now the realization is that Rhoda Bartlett, daughter of Lodowick Archer, and possibly mother of Sterling Bartlett, had moved back to Hancock County after losing her husband Thomas in Lexington, S.C. about 1817. It is probable that something had also happened to her son William (may have died) in S.C. around 1825.] Both payments from Newman Richardson’s estate were made in 1828. [Of side interest, other buyers of Newman Richardson’s estate were Frederick, William, and James Archer, indicating that they were neighbors, or even relatives. (Hancock Co. estate records books M/75, M/467 and N/344.) George Still had sold land to Newman Richardson in 1816 adjoining Sterling Bartly’s (sic) land. Deed Book L/546.] Notice that this is the second time a clerk has spelled Sterling’s surname “Bartly.”
In the 1827 lottery, Trimkin (sic) J. Richardson, living in the 117th district of Hancock county, was a lucky winner, receiving lot #73 in the 2nd district of Troup County. Trimiccan (sic) J. Richardson was on the Hancock County Tax List in 1830 paying tax on this lot, but he thought that it was in Harris County. (Meriwether and Harris are adjoining counties.) The sale of this lot #73, 2nd. District occurred in Meriwether County as recorded there in Deed Book D, page 181. The grantor’s index says Franklin I. (sic) Richardson sold the lot. The grantors’ index was typed. The typist misread Trimkin J. as “Franklin I.” and recorded it that way. The deed itself said “on December 11, 1834 Trinkin (sic) J. Richardson,” (later referred to as Trimikin in the same deed) sold the land for $175 to Shem Thompson. The witnesses were Isiah (sic)
Underwood and Kenneth Yelverton, J.P. It was recorded October 9, 1835. Shem Thompson immediately sold it to James Thompson.
Trimmakin J. Richardson is not on the Hancock County Tax List in 1831.
On the 1838 Macon County, Ga., tax list “Trimmerkinson” J. Richerson (sic) paid 1 poll tax and owned 405 acres of pine (perhaps in Lee County), and lot #35 in the 13th district of Macon County. The original grantee of the lot #35 was a revolutionary war veteran named David Ramsdell from Butts County. The researcher has no reason to believe he was a relative of Trimmakin’s. Trimmakin J. Richardson lived in Captain Price’s district, or the 814th militia district called the Garden Valley Area of Macon County. Next to his name in the Macon County tax list is John Richerson (sic) who evidently was too old to pay a poll tax, but who owned 405 acres of pine and lot #126 in the 1st district of Macon County. [The pine land was probably in Lee County. He had paid tax in Hancock County the year before on lots #74 and #65 in Lee County and Lot #146 (sic) in Marion County.] Macon County was formed from Marion County and Houston County. To lend frustration to the situation, early Macon County records were totally destroyed in 1856.
The 1840 Macon County, Georgia, Census had a T.J. Richardson in household #116 who was born 1800-1810 and a female born 1800-1810. They had one male and one female born 1825-1830; two females born 1830-1835; and two males born between 1835-1840. (Total of six children, three of each gender.) It is impossible to say, however, whether this T. J. Richardson is Trimmakin. But James Archer lived two doors down in household #114 in the same census, so the researcher will let the reader draw his/her own conclusions.
Countless hours have been put into research trying to find Timmmakin Richardson in the 1850 censuses throughout the southeast and Texas. In Starling’s will, he was referred to as “Tennison” Richardson, lending more confusion. The only possible “hit” was the discovery of a Rhoda Richardson in the Dale County Alabama 1860 census, page 589. This Rhoda Richardson was born about 1814 (sic) in Georgia. Living in her household were Thomas Richardson who was born about 1840 in Georgia; William J. Richardson born about 1842 in Georgia; and Henry A. N. Richardson born about 1844 in Georgia. Again, it is impossible to tell whether this Rhoda Richardson was Starling Bartlett’s daughter or not. If she was born about 1814, then a marriage date of 1825 would make her a very young bride indeed. It is hard to discount her, however, as her recorded age in the census could be in error.
In reference to Thomas Gilbert who married Mary Bartlett in 1828 the following information was found:
Thomas Gilbert paid tax in Hancock County on 175 acres of land on the Buffalo Creek adjoining the land of Mann in 1829. He paid tax on the same land in 1830, but it was then adjoining Everett’s land. There was a Thomas Gilbert on the Hancock County 1830 census, page 154, who was 20-30 years old, with a female (wife) who was 20-30 years old and one daughter 5-10 years old. (Did the census taker make a mistake in child’s age? Or was this a child by a first marriage?)
In 1831 and 1832 Thomas paid tax on the same Hancock County land (less 5 acres) now adjoining Lankester. He was not on the 1833 Hancock County tax list. He may have moved with Sterling Bartlett and family.
Thomas Gilbert paid a tax on 202 ½ acres of pine land, lot #124 in the 2nd District (originally Muscogee) now Macon County, Georgia, in 1838. He also paid tax on 40 acres called lot #651 in the 17th district and the 2nd section of Cherokee County. This was the gold lottery land of 1832. Lot #651 was won by Richard Gilbert’s orphans (from the 118th district of Hancock County.) (Microfilm Drawer 286, Box 48 Ga. State Archives.) The actual grant was issued to the “Orphans of Richard Gilbert,” on December 1, 1845. [In Microfilm Drawer 50, Box 77, the eligibility list for residents of Hancock County who could draw in this particular lottery includes Thomas R. Gilbert, eligible for 2 draws; Martha Gilbert, widow, eligible for 1 draw; and Orphans of Richard Gilbert, eligible for 2 draws.) The 1832 gold lottery land was issued in 40 acre plats.
The 1840 Macon County, Georgia, Census had a Thomas Gilbert who was born between 1800-1810, and a female born between 1810-20. One female child was born between 1825 and 1830; one male and one female were born between 1830-35; and two
males and two females were born between 1835-1840. (Total seven children, four female, three male.)
The writer cannot locate Thomas Gilbert on the 1850 census. However, in the 1860 Alabama census, coincidentally Macon County, page 868, there was a Thomas Gilbert born in S.C. in 1805; a wife Mary born in Georgia about 1811; a female Jonia (sic) born in Georgia in 1840; a male Richard (named for his grandfather?) born in Ga. in 1842; a male James born in Ga. in 1844; a male John born in Ga. in 1846; a female Jeannett born in Ga. in 1848; a female Rhody (named for her aunt and great grandmother?) born in Ga. in 1849; a female Elvira born in Alabama in 1852; and a daughter Emma born in Alabama in 1854. This indicates that the family moved from Georgia to Alabama some time between 1849 and 1852. [Two doors down from this family lived Stephen Gilbert, born 1834 in Georgia and his wife Mary born 1839 in Georgia. They had one daughter Josephine, born 1859 in Alabama.]
In the Macon County, Alabama, 1870 census, page 78, there was a Thomas Gilbert who was born about 1806 in S.C.; no Mary; a female “Georgia” born about 1847; a female Milvia (sic) born about 1849 in Alabama; and a female Emma born about 1852 in Alabama. This appears to be the same family as the one the writer found in the Alabama 1860 census with obvious birth date discrepancies attributed to census-taking errors. Apparently wife Mary had passed away at some point between the two census dates. It might prove beneficial to go to the Macon County Alabama records or the newspaper records or church records to find out exactly when Mary Gilbert died.
Another daughter of Starling Bartlett’s named Dority (sic) Bartlett was married to William Shelly, but there is no marriage record that I can locate either in Hancock County or Marion County, Georgia. He does not appear on any of the Hancock County Tax lists that this researcher could find. Dority and her husband were named in Starling’s will. A “Sister Dorothy Shealy” was a charter member who joined the Bethel Baptist Church in Marion County, Ga., on June 15, 1838, the same day that Elizabeth Bartlett (probably her mother) and James S. Bartlett (her brother) joined. Sister Dorothy “Shealy” applied for a letter of dismission and it was granted on Saturday April 20, 1844. Dorethy (sic) and William J. Shelly were listed in the 1850 Macon County, Ga., census on page 138. She was 28 years old, making her birth date about 1822. Her birthplace was said to be Georgia. Her husband was 32, and stated that he was born in S.C. They had children James W. 9; George W. 8; William J. 6 ½; Thomas G. 5; Thomas J. 1 ½ . In 1860 the couple is found in the Conecah County, Alabama census on page 973. William Shelly was 42, born in S.C.; Doughriety (sic) was 45 born in Ga.; James was 18 born in Ga.; George was 15 born in Georgia; and John was 12 born in Ga. Again, notice the age discrepancy for Dority between the two censuses. Also, the way the latter census taker spelled her name makes us think she may have been given a surname to honor a relative, and the way her name seems to have really been pronounced was Dority.
Another daughter that Starling Bartlett named in his will was Marion (sic.)
Marion (Mariam, Mariana, or Mary Ann) Bartlett married John Whittington, but again, there is no marriage record that I can locate. [There were Whittingtons in Hancock County when the Bartletts lived there.] John Whittington was a witness in 1838 for Sterling Bartlett’s purchase of lot #212 in Marion County, Georgia, from John Holly. (This record was found in Taylor County deed book “A” page 164. Marion County gave up land to form Taylor County in 1852.) The 1860 Taylor County Census, page 831, states that John Whittington was 47 years old and was born in Georgia. His wife Mariam was 43 and born in Georgia. They had seven children: George W. age 22 [born about 1838, so their marriage must have been close to that]; Sarah A. R., age 21; Georgia Anna age 10; Mariam E. age 9; John E. (or C.) age 7; Thomas age 4; and Julia C. age 2. The 1880 Taylor County Census shows that John and Mariam Whittington and family lived in the town of Reynolds. (stamped page 57.) John was a farmer born about 1813 in Georgia; Mariam was born in Georgia about 1817, and stated that her father was born in North Carolina and her mother was born in Georgia. (This gives us three different states now for the possible birthplace of Sterling Bartlett.) Three daughters and a son lived with them in the 1880 census: Georgia A. age 28; Mary E. age 25; and Julia C. age 21; Thomas, age 24 and probably his wife Nancy P. age 22 and their daughter Ella B. 6 months old, born in December, 1879.
On June 14, 1879, ten days after the death of her brother James S. Bartlett, Mariane Whittington and three of her daughters received land from her sister-in-law Mary Bartlett, newly widowed by James S. Bartlett. Essentially, the land was a gift, because Mariane paid Mary Bartlett two dollars for 100 acres of land covering parts of lots # 235 and #236 in Taylor County. The deed was recorded on September 20, 1879. (Taylor County Deed Book F, page 456.)
The Butler Herald reports that Mariam Whittington, wife of John, died on July 24,1891 of typhoid pneumonia and was buried at New Hope. She was the mother of seven children.
Emily Ann Bartlett, the youngest of Starling’s daughters, was married to John Searcy on October 17, 1846 in Marion County, Georgia. She was born in Georgia about 1831, per the 1850 Talbot County, Ga. census page 312. John Searcy was born in N.C., and his age was 26 (?). He was a laborer. Their son William (William Wesley) was 3 and daughter Mary (Mary Elizabeth) was 1 year old in this census. This young family apparently lived in the household of Nathaniel Brown age 63, born in N.C.
Emily had already died by the time her father Starling wrote his will in 1857, but apparently had given birth to two more children by that time: Francis L. and Samantha M. Searcy.
In the Georgia 1860 census, John Searcy age 32 was farming in Cusseta in Chattahoochie County (page 460.) He was born in N.C. His new wife Mary was 24, and was born in Georgia. William was 10. Mary was 10 (sic.) Francis (female) was 8, and Samantha was 3. A new child Dickson was 1, and a baby born in March 1860 was named James. Ellen Layfield age 20 lived with the family. Her surname may give a clue as to the surname of John’s new wife.
The writer formerly reported that the Butler Herald wrote that John Searcy died about August 20, 1882 at his residence near Carsonville of typhoid fever. This however, referred to a different John Searcy. Research is still ongoing as to the whereabouts of John Searcy, former son-in-law of Starling Bartlett.
James S. Bartlett, named as a son and executor in Starling Bartlett’s will, was born in Georgia October 16, 1813-4 and died in Taylor County on June 4, 1879. He is buried at the Bethel Cemetery off US Hwy.19, ½ mile south of Butler, Ga. He and his wife had two sons who were both killed in the War Between the States. Imagine how horrible that was for them! James’s widow was Mary Adams Bartlett. She was the daughter of Anthony Adams, who came from Lexington County, South Carolina. (See 1810 Lexington, S.C. census page 68.) As mentioned earlier, James S. Bartlett joined Bethel Baptist Church on June 15, 1838. He and Mary (his wife) were dismissed by letter on November 18, 1843. After James S. Bartlett died, Mary married a young man named John Childress, age 23, and sent him to college. She was a very generous lady, and willed much of her land to friends, nieces and nephews (children of her sisters and of her deceased husband’s brother William Archer Bartlett) before she died Dec. 14, 1887. She was also buried at Bethel Cemetery. She was born Feb. 4, 1820.
There is much to write about James S. Bartlett. This will be saved for a separate report.
Williamson Archer Bartlett, named as a son in Starling’s will, was born June 16, 1818 in Hancock County, Ga. and died on February 18, 1880 in Marion County, Ga. (One family record says he was born in Bibb County but that appears to be an error. There was a William Bartlett there in 1840 but he was born between 1790 and 1800. He could be Rhoda’s missing son, but it is impossible to tell since he is not on the 1850 census which tells the birth state.) He is the son from whom James William Bartlett, Jr. (born 5-13-1923) of Columbus, Georgia, descends. Williamson Archer Bartlett went by several names: William, “Archie,” Uncle Buck, William A., and maybe more yet. He first appears on the Marion County 1840 census. At that time only he and one female lived in his household. He was 20-30 and the female was 15-20 years old. The records of his first marriage have not been located, even though they have been thoroughly sought out. The researcher also cannot locate him on the 1850 Georgia census.
[There was a William A. Bartlett, age 28 (sic), found in Lee County Ga., in 1850, living with wife Elisseph and no children. The age is wrong, and we know that Sterling’s son William A. and wife had children born in 1840, 1842, 1844 and 1847. “A” William A. Bartlett was also on the 1852 (the only early extant) tax list for the 915th district of Lee County, but much more research needs to be done to establish whether this was the same as the son of Sterling or a different William A. Bartlett. He appears at this time to be closely related to Abner and Mary Bartlett who moved around quite a bit, but settled in Jasper County, Ga. A “Mr. Bartlett” was a member-elector of the Ga. legislature in 1855. (Almost all of the Lee County records were destroyed in 1856 in a courthouse fire.) This William A. Bartlett paid 1 poll in 1852. The information was reported by his agent M. E. Sparks. He listed 800 acres (# 8, #9 and #24,district 14; and #43 and #45, district 13;) and 40 acres more. William A. Bartlett, trustee for Sarah A. Dickenson, reported her property at a value of $1,900 on the line beneath that.]
Sterling Bartlett’s son William A. Bartlett appeared on the Chattahoochee County tax list in 1855 in the 1153rd district. He was an agent for A. G. Redd who owned 2735 acres of land. In 1856 William A. Bartlett paid 1 poll tax in 787th district which was known also as the Halloca District of Chattahoochee County. In 1857 he lived in the 1153rd district and paid 1 poll, but he owned no land there. In 1859 he lived in the same district and was again an agent for A.G. Redd.
William A. Bartlett was on the Chattahoochee County Georgia 1860 census, page 79. He had a new wife, Ruth (Hall), to whom he was married on November 12, 1853, in Muscogee County, Ga., and four more children. Ruth was born March 30, 1834 and died December 21, 1905 in Butler, Taylor County, Ga. We will continue with this family’s history in a separate report. (Later censuses may record the birth counties of William A. Bartlett’s oldest four children.)