According to Mr. Lucas, the Bartlett Society historian, the Robert Bartlett/Sarah Cooke-to-Lemuel Bartlett/Mary Doty-to-Lemuel Bartlett/Mary Holmes-to-Lemuel Bartlett/Lucy Bartlett patrilineal line has not been proved.Does anyone know of the family Bible's existence?
My great-great-great grandfather is purportedly the Lemuel (1786-1829) who married Lucy (Bartlett, d. of Andrew Bartlett and Lydia Churchill) in 1807. Family tradition indicates that he was the son of the Lemuel who was born in 1744 and married Mary Holmes in 1786 (he was purportedly the son of Leuel 1715-1792, m. Mary Doty 1742). However, Internet postings state "this Lemuel moved to Hebron/Norway, Maine and there are no marriage or childbirth records for him" (i.e., the Lemuel of 1744).I was able to obtain a certifed copy of the marriage certificate of Lemuel Bartlett and Mary Holmes in 1786 from Plymouth Town Hall.
I also obtained a certified copy of the birth certificate of my great-great-grandfather, Paran Bartlett, showing that Lemuel and Lucy were his parents. However, a pretty thorough search of the Plymouth records did not show a birth in 1786 for a Lemuel, nor did I find a death certificate for a Lemuel in 1829.Thus, the quest for a family Bible.
I am now wondering if there is a connection to the Lemuels who moved to Unity, Maine from Plymouth, MA, although some of the dates would appear to conflict.I guess I should be honored and delighted (and I am!) that I have a few well-proved family chains back to Robert Bartlett and to several Mayflower descendants, but would like to prove the Lemuel line.
Robert Bartlett, Jr. Bridgewater, MA
FYI - a Lemuel, his brother Benjamin, and their father Joseph (Esq., aka Lemuel) all moved from Plymouth, MA to Unity, Maine c. 1792. This Joseph was the ...son of Benjamin Bartlett and Sarah Brewster.
The Unity, Maine Historical Society has a great deal of info. A web search of something like 'Lemuel Unity' will also return a great deal of info.If anyone turns up evidence that one of the Unity Lemuels returned to Plymouth and married, that would be of great interest.
FYI - some genealogy sites state that Lemuel BRADFORD married Mary Holmes in 1786, but the official record in the Plymouth books indicates that he married "Mary Samson" in that year.