John Bartlett died in Windsor, Connecticut in 1670, leaving children and (probably) a widow.What was the name of his wife?
InBarbour’s“Vital Records of Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut”, extracted from several sources, including town records, is an entry as follows: BARTLETT Martha, wid. m. James Rising, Aug. 13, 1673 (citing Vol. (and/or Col.)1, page 46, of town records).
What was the name of the Widow Martha Bartlett’s late husband?Many researchers have concluded that Martha must have been the widow of the John Bartlett who died in 1670.This is a logical conclusion based on two factors.First, at that time, Windsor was still a relatively small community and there seems to have been only one family by the surname of Bartlett.Second, the timing is very close (1670 and 1673 are only three years apart).Therefore, by deduction, this is probably a correct conclusion.
Is there any other, circumstantial evidence which would add weight to this conclusion?Yes, there are two items.First, Jehoiada Bartlett, son of John, had married Sarah Hillier in Windsor on July 10, 1673, just one month before the Widow Martha remarried.Jehoiada and Sarah named a daughter Martha (born July 28, 1674).Martha Rising had died in Windsor on April 20, 1674.It seems fair to infer that Jehoiada named his first daughter after his recently departed mother:Martha.The second item of circumstantial evidence comes from the town records concerning the operation of the Rivulet Ferry at Windsor.John Bartlett had been the ferry operator beginning in 1655, and there was an agreement from 1660 whereby he would continue for another 7 years (i.e., until 1667).It is possible that he operated the ferry until the time of his death.Sometime thereafter, James Rising, the man who marriedthe Widow Bartlett, operated the ferry (according to “History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, 1635-1891”, by Henry R. Stiles, vol. I, page 640).Is it a mere coincidence that the man who married the Widow Bartlett operated the very ferry that John Bartlett had operated for so long?
I personally think these two additional items, when added to the deductive reasoning on time and place (and process of elimination) are adequate evidence to conclude that John Bartlett’s wife was indeed named Martha (but maiden name unknown).
Does anyone have any additional evidence, or a different interpretation of the evidence above, about the wife of John Bartlett (or the husband of the Widow Martha Bartlett)?If so, please share by posting here or contacting me directly at email@example.com.