Jim, I am still interested. I haven’t worked on this family since around the time I posted, and I don’t have anything direct to add about John Bartlett. I do have a little more to tell about the family of Lucy’s father William Turner. I myself am not descended from this family. I have my family name from James Turner, brother to Lucy’s father. Initially, I was looking for male descendants of William’s for a DNA test (none found yet), but I wanted to collect information about the families of siblings because they often provide clues you can’t get from the person of main interest. Although William Turner’s will was written in 1795, he lived till 1808, when he drowned under suspicious circumstances. I have now seen his whole will. Here are the two places where the name Bartlett appears.
Item. I give, leave and bequeath to my son-in-law John Bartlett one cow and calf and woman’s saddle, one feather bed and furniture and one sow and pigs which he hath been and is now possesst with to be at the will and disposal of him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give, leave and bequeath to my loving wife Sarah all the remainder of my whole estate real, personal and movable, debts due it, during the natural life to be at the disposal of her during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided amongst my then living children, allowing my deceased daughter Lucy Bartlett a (sic---wvt) equal part with the rest of my children and her part of it to be equally divided between her living children and to be at the will and disposal of them and their heirs forever.
William Turner first bought land in Halifax County in 1760, and I find marriages of his children from 1780 to 1801. John Bartlett isn’t in the 1782 or 1785 tax lists for Halifax, but from those court records I judge he was adult by then. It is clear from the will that Lucy had more than one child living in 1795. The birth years you suggest for your John Bartlett’s children make it possible that they are all Lucy’s. Many of William’s legacies were confirmation of property the children were already enjoying, and all the bequests to his daughters were similar to that to John Bartlett. It would have been inconvenient to give Bartlett the things mentioned above if he were already living in another state in 1795, but he may well have taken them with him when he moved sometime before that. I will be happy to provide all I have about this Turner family, but it goes beyond what would be appropriate for the Bartlett forum. Please send me an email. Walter