John is quite a mystery, in more that a couple of ways.It's pretty well known that he arrived in Windsor with the Warham flock in 1636 and was in the Boston (Dorchester) area possibly as early as 1630, when the first Mary and John came in.The Mary and John is notable, in that Rev. Warham's voyage on the vessel is well documented.There is a John Bartlett on the list of the second sailing of the Mary and John, in 1634, which is interesting too.I believe he was a traveler on the Mary and John, but can't say, for sure, whether it was the first or second sailing.He was in Windsor in 1636, along with another Bartlett; Edward.John operated the "Rivulet Ferry", the Rivulet is now known as the Farmington River.He lived in Windsor early on, then moved north to Poquonock, and finally died in Simsbury, in 1670.The Bartlett name has gone through some changes over the years and Bartley is still used; a version dating to the early 1700s, probably beginning with a grandson of John's, Isaiah, and his relationship with the Dutch community in New York City and New Jersey.As for exactly when or where John was born, my opinion is the county of Kent, England, and probably sometime between 1610-1615.His brother, George, of Guilford, is usually reported as having been born about 1630, but I would be glad to argue that a bit, as his accomplishments and the respect his neighbors in Guilford held for him reflect a man who was somewhat older, somewhat wiser.In looking at life spans of John's children and grandchildren, it would be fair to say that John very well could have lived 60 years, if not a little longer.I think Edward Bartlett, who came to Windsor with John, is a very important character in this search for John's ancestry, whether he was a brother, a cousin, or even John's father - but... the mystery goes on, at least at this desk...There is also a Robert Bartlett, in very early Hartford, who is a curiosity, if I haven't created enough confusion...Some say John's father is John (who married Agnes), some say Richard (was he the first actual Secretary of State?), some even say Robert (who married Mary Warren), but I say it was... a man named Bartlett, or Bartelot, or Berthelot, or Bartole, or....
This is a page I did of my Bartletts: http://www.geocities.com/doc_pear/http://www.geocities.com/doc_pear/
And this is my database at worldconnect: http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=ameralia2http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=ameralia2