I am researching my family. I truely do not have much to go on.Everyone who would know, has past on. Per the memory of a cousin, told to her by her mother, James was known to wonder. (that is James Floyd Bartley b: Nov. 30, 1850) Meaning he moved around a lot. One might say he always thought the grass was greener on the other side of the fence. It is also said that James came from the Blue Ridge Mountain area of West Virginia (but at this time have not found any proof). James also was able to go to a viewpoint (possibly climb) and he could see 3 or 4 states. (Possibly where states came together(4 corners).ANYBODY KNOW WHERE THIS PLACE IS? He traveled to Kansas, Missouri and California. I'd love to learn more about the James' of this family and the area they lived. (or anybody of this family really) So any help would be appreciated. Here is what I have collected at this time...
James Bartley Birth: UNKNOWN
Wife: Kitts (First Name Unknown) Birth: UNKNOWN
Children: 1. James Floyd Bartley (could Possibly be a Jr.) b:November 30th, 1850
James was born in England, English by birth.
Kitts was born in Holland, Dutch by birth.
A letter written by an Aunt.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ James Floyd Bartley Born: November 30th, 1850 Death: December 1914 (Thought to be in California)
Father: James Bartley Mother: Kitts
Wife: Martha Jane Gillem or Gillans or Gillian Born: March 27th, 1846 Death: March 2nd, 1933 (Thought to be in California)
1. Thomas Benton Bartley b: January 7th, 1873 in West Virginia. 2. James Bartley (possibly the III) 3. John Bartley (twin to James who died at birth) 4. Ollie Bartley (female) 5.Nettie Bartley, Nancy Bartley, & Darthula Bartley might be the same person. 7. Marion Forris Bartley (male)
Our Aunt was able to recall that when she was little girl James and Martha came to visit for dinner. She even mentioned that they unrolled Grandma Martha out in a rug. (not sure what that means) Grandma Martha also smoked a pipe.
Thomas Benton's siblings... James, John (d.a.b.) Ollie, Nettie, Nancy, Marion Forris, Darthula. We wondered if Nettie or Nancy was another name for Darthula. If is don't blame her. WOW! I’m not sure on the order of the children. There might even be another sister by the name of Nancy Bartley.