Thomas BARTLETT’s Roots
Thomas BARTLETT (c1730-1806) and wife Anne first appeared in Fauquier Co, VA in 1769 with 8 or 9 stair-step children, ranging in age from infant to 16 or 17 years old.Based on the ages of the children they were probably married about 1750 and therefor born about 1730.They had a total of 10 children (who survived to adulthood), before Anne died in 1774-76 timeframe.In 1777 Thomas remarried in Fauquier Co, VA to Sarah CARROLL, and they had 5 children who survived to adulthood.In 1785 Thomas and Sarah BARTLETT moved to Harrison Co, VA - Sarah died about 1801; Thomas in 1806, at about age 76.Thomas had 75 known grandchildren, and over 10,000 descendants.
But who were Thomas BARTLETT’s parents and where was he born?Who were Anne’s parents and where was she born?Where were their roots?I believe he was the son of Thomas BARTLETT of Richmond Co, VA.Let’s look at the pieces of this puzzle and see why this is a logical, and perhaps only, answer.
1. As noted above Thomas BARTLETT (c1730-1806) first appeared in Fauquier Co, VA in 1769 at age 39 with a growing family.Many of the pioneers who moved to and settled in Fauquier Co, VA between the 1750s and the Revolutionary War, came up the Rappahannack River from the counties in the Northern Neck.The only BARTLETT family I can find with a Thomas BARTLETT of the right age, was the family of Thomas BARTLETT of Richmond Co, VA.
2. Thomas BARTLETT (c1705-1767/83) of Lunenburg Parrish, Richmond Co, VA made a will in 1767.In his will he names his wife Catherine, and children, including sons Thomas and John and four married daughters.Other Richmond Co, VA records show a Thomas BARTLETT as executor of a will that Thomas BARTLETT, Jr. witnessed in 1747. There appears to be only the one BARTLETT family in Richmond Co, VA in the mid-1700s, so these two Thomas BARTLETTs are obviously the father and son in the will above.A male witness had to be at least 14 years old, so this Thomas BARTLETT Jr. was born before 1733.I have found no other references in Richmond Co, VA to a Thomas BARTLETT, Jr. so it appears that he left the area some time after 1747.It is very likely that this Thomas BARTLETT, Jr. was married by about 1750 and had a growing family by 1767, when his father wrote out a will.So what happened to this Thomas BARTLETT, Jr.?
3. Another strong piece of evidence in this puzzle is John BARTLETT.In his 1767 will, Thomas BARTLETT left his 110 acre Plantation to his son, John BARTLETT.The will was recorded in 1783.In 1787 John BARTLETT, of St Marks Parish, Culpeper Co, VA sold 90 acres of land “whereon Thomas Bartlett Sen’r dec’d formerly lived in Lunenburg Par., Richmond Co, VA.”This is a direct link to one of Thomas BARTLETT’s sons who left Richmond Co, VA and migrated up the Rappahannack River.Thomas BARTLETT (c1730-1806) had been in Fauquier Co, VA, on the other side of the river, from 1768 to 1785, when he moved to Harrison Co, VA.I think these two brothers struck out from Richmond Co, VA in the 1760s to find their fortunes westward.John BARTLETT bought 288 acres in Culpeper Co, VA in 1760, which he sold in 1791 when he moved to Fluvanna Co, VA.Thomas BARTLETT appeared in Fauquier Co, VA in 1769 and bought land there in 1771, which he lived on until 1785 when he moved to Harrison Co, VA.
4. Also John BARTLETT of Culpeper (most of the Culpeper Co, VA records were for John BARTLEY – he was illiterate so he didn’t know how the clerk spelled his name, and his descendants have retained the BARTLEY surname) had a wife, Anne, a daughter Joanna, and two of his granddaughters were named Anne Settle BALLINGER and Anne Settle PARRISH!Thus it’s pretty certain that John BARTLETT married Anne SETTLE (Henry SETTLE’s 1770 Will in Richmond Co, VA named daughter Anne BARTLETT and granddaughter Joanna BARTLETT).
We don’t really know where Thomas BARTLETT (c1730-1806) lived from 1747 until 1768 – he could have stayed in Richmond Co with his parents; he could have gone with his brother, John, to Culpeper Co; he could have been in Fauquier Co earlier than 1768 (I don’t think so); or he could have been anywhere else.If Thomas BARTLETT (c1730-1806) didn’t leave Richmond Co until after a probable marriage about 1750, then Anne would have been the daughter of one of the neighbors in central Richmond Co, VA – probably born abt 1730 and married by 1750.Let’s start looking!!
It appears that Elisha BARTLETT and his sister’s families stayed in Richmond Co, VA after 1783 and into the 1800’s, but what happened to sons Joseph BARTLETT and James BARTLETT (James presented his father’s will to the Richmond Co, VA court in 1783, indicating the named executors wife, Catherine BARTLETT, and Charles JONES were both deceased by then) and daughter Pennelope BARTLETT?
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