1603 - Bef 1676 (73 years)
||Robert Bartlett  |
||, Gloucestershire, England [2, 3]
||27 May 1603
||Puddletown, Dorsetshire, England
||wine cooper  |
||Bef 29 Oct 1676
||Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
- On 14/24 July, 1673, Robert Bartlett, by deed of gift, conveyed to his son Joseph Bartlett his dwelling and lands at Eel River, with the condition that Joseph was not to take possession until after the death of both his father and his mother. The deed follows:
Know all men by these prsents, that I Robert Bartlett, of theTowne of Plymouth in the Jurisdiction of Plymouth in New England, in America wine Cooper; That fo divers Good Causes and Considerations, mee therunto moveing, have out of my own motion and out of that love Good will, and fatherly affection, which I have and doe beare unto my son Joseph Bartlett; have absolutely Given Graunted alliened enfeofed and Confeirmed; and by these presents doe Give Graunt allienenfe of an Confeirm from mee the said Robert Bartlett and my heires;
To him my said son Joseph Barllett hee his heires and assignes forever; all that my farme Messeuage teniment and seate, which I Now live in and am possesse off, in the Township of Plymouth aforsaid; scittuate and being att a place or river Comonly calld the Eelriver: viz: all that my house and land ther; being bounded with the lands of Nathanel: Warren deceased; now in the tenor and Occupaition of Mistris Sarah warren widdow; on the Northerly side and with the Land of Richard ffoster now in the tenor and occupation of Jonathan Morey on the southerly side, Containing two lotts or shares of land being in breadth forty pole; between the forenamed boundaries abuting on She Eelriver aforsaid and extendeth it selfe, for its length up towards the Pyne hills, To a place ordinarily Called and knowne by the Name of the Little Pyne hills;as alsoe foure acrees more or lesse, of marsh meddow appertaining therunto lying and being att the Eel river aforsaid; by the Riversyde against the land of Nathaniel Warren, before mensioned; Together with a peece of ffresh orup land meddow, being two acres (be it more or lesse) lying and being attorneare Mannomett ponds, in the Township of Plymouth aforsaid; neare unto the place wher hee the said my son Joseph Bartlett, now dweleth; which was somtimes the meddow of Richard; Church lying adjoyning to a brooke Called; The beaver dam brooke, between the said brooke, and the maine brooke, extending it selfe, for the length of it up the said brooke; To have and to hold all that my said house and land, with the foure acrees more or lesse of Marsh Meddow, and the two acrees more or lesse of upland meddow; with all and singulare the appurtenances therunto belonging unto the said my son Joseph Bartlett; To him and his heires and assienes for ever;
The said prmises viz: all that my said ffarme with my housetheron, with the said four acrees of marsh meddow, with the two acrees (more or lese) of upland or ffresh meddow, with all and singular the houses outhouses and ffences in and Upon the said farme seats or teniment with all and singulare the woods waters profitts and privilidges emunities and emoluments, belonging therunto or to the said two prsells of Meddow forenamed; and all and singulare my Right title or Interest off and Into the same, to belong and appertaine unto the onely proper use and behoof of him my said son Joseph Bartlett; To him and his heires and assignes for ever, ffree and cleare and Clearly acquitted, off and from all other and former Gifts Graunts bargaines sales Ingagments Incomberances or Intanglements whatsoever; and to be holden off our Sovr Lord the Kinge as off hi manor of East Greenwich in the Countey of Kent in the realme of England, in fre and comon soccage, and not in capite, nor by Knights service, nor by the rents and services therof, and therby due and of Right accustomed, with warrantice against all prsons that by my Right or title, might claime any Rght or title of or into the said prmises or any prte or prsell therof, alwaies provided; and that by these prsents it be
Clearly understood that the said my son Joseph Bartlett shall not enter upon th posession of the said my house land and meddowes, untill the decease of both me and my wife, Mary Bartlett, or upon any prte or prsell therof, nor any for him; but att the decease of both mee and my said wife; hee his heires or assignes, i to have hold use occupy Inheritt and In joy the same with all and singulare the appurtenances privilidges and emunities belonging therunto without any lawfull suite deniall Interuption or eviction or disturbance whatsoever lawfully claiming from by or under mee the said Robert Bartlett; or by my meanesacte privity Consent or procurement; and I the said Robert Bartlett doe heerby Give and Graunt libertie unto the said my son Joseph Bartlett, either by himselfe o his Attorny to Record and Inrole these prsents, or to Cause them to be recorded or Inroled in his Maties court of Plymouth aforsaid, or in anyother place or court of Records according to the usuall manor of Recording or Inroling deeds and evidences of land in such Case made and provided;
In witnes wherof I the said Robert Bartlett have heerunto subscribed my hand an affixed my seale this fourteenth of July 1673 one Thousand six hundred seaventy and three; Signed sealed and delivered in the prsence of Willam Clarke Robert Bartlett R his marke Nathaniel: Morton; and a (seale) This deed of Gift was acknowlided by Robert Bartlett senir this 24th day of Jul 1673 before mee Constant Southworth Assistant; [Col. Deeds, 111: 301] Mary (Warren) Bartlett, wife of Robert, receipted for her share of her mother's estate on 4/14 March, 1673/4. [M. D., III: 5 1]
(SOURCE: The Great Migration Begins)
MIGRATION: 1623 on Anne
FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
OCCUPATION: Wine cooper
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 1 May 1660 at Plymouth court "Robert Bartlett appeared, being summoned in answer for speaking contemptuously of singing of psalms, and was convict of the fact ..." [PCR 3:185-86].
FREEMAN: In the "1633" Plymouth list of freemen in proximity to those admitted on 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:4]. On list of 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:53]. In Plymouth section of lists of freemen of 1639 and (apparently) 1658 [PCR 8:174, 197].
EDUCATION: Signed all deeds by mark. Inventory included books valued at 7s.
OFFICES: Committee to lay out highways, 2 May 1637 [PCR 1:58]; Plymouth petit jury, 6 June 1643, 28 October 1645, 7 June 1648, 6 March 1649/50, 4 October 1653, 7 March 1653/4, 3 October 1654, 3 May 1659 [PCR 2:126; 7:35, 41, 47, 67, 70, 72, 93]; Plymouth grand jury, 5 June 1644, 2 June 1646, 17 May 1649, 7 June 1652, 8 June 1655 [PCR 2:71, 102, 3:9, 78; PTR 1:28]; surveyor of highways, 4 June 1645, 4 June 1661 [PCR 2:84, 3:215]; committee to lay out land, 24 May 1660 [PTR 1:41]. In Plymouth section of 1643 list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:189].
ESTATE: In the 1623 Plymouth land division granted one acre as a passenger on the Anne [PCR 12:6]. In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle "Robert Bartlet" was the twelfth person in the tenth company [PCR 12:12].
Assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:10, 27].
On 1 July 1633 it was ordered that "Mrs. Warren & Rob[er]t Bartlet mow where they did last year ..." [PCR 1:15]. On 28 May 1635 "Thomas Litle came before the Governor and acknowledged that he had given unto Robart Bartlet a parcel of land at the end of his lot beyond Eel River," and describes himself as brother-in-law to Bartlett [PCR 1:34]. On 14 March 1635/6 it was ordered that "Mrs. Warren, Rich. Church, Tho. Litle, & Rob[er]t Bartlet mow where they did last year ..." [PCR 1:41]. On 20 March 1636/7 it was ordered that "Richard Church, Rob[er]te Bartlet, & Thomas Little, [have] hay ground where they had the last year, and to take further supply where they can find it, in places not granted to others, and Rob[er]te Bartlet to have the swamp or pit at the head of Mr. Bradford's ground" [PCR 1:56]. On 5 May 1640 "Richard Church, Rob[er]te Bartlett, Thomas Little, & Mrs. Elizabeth Warren are granted enlargements at the heads of their lots to the foot of the Pine Hills ..." [PCR 1:152].
On 7 February 1637 "Mrs. Elizabeth Warren of the Eele River widow for and in consideration of a marriage solemnized betwixt John Cooke the younger of the Rockey Nooke and Sarah her daughter" granted to the said John Cooke "eighteen acres or thereabouts and lying on the north side of Robert Bartlett's lot formerly also given the said Robert in marriage with Mary another of the said Mrs. Warren's daughters" [PCR 12:27]. On 11 November 1637 John Cooke exchanged this eighteen acre parcel with Robert Bartlett for a "lot of land of like quantity lying on Duxborrow side betwixt the lots of Thomas Morton and Jonathan Brewster" [PCR 12:28].
On 9 April 1649 Richard Church sold to Robert Bartlett for œ25 a "house and housing and land with all the meadow ground with the addition that he had of Goodman Kemton at the Eel River" [PCR 12:165-66].
On 7 March 1652 Robert Bartlett held a full share as a purchaser of Dartmouth [MD 4:185-88, citing PCLR 2:1:106-07].
On 30 January 1653 Samuel Hicks of Plymouth, planter, sold to Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, for œ18 eleven acres of upland on the south side of Plymouth [MD 5:94-95, citing PCLR 2:1:97].
Robert Bartlett appears in a March 1651 Plymouth town list of those "that have interest and proprieties in the town's land at Punckateesett over against Road Iland" [PTR 1:37]. On 22 March 1663 the lots at "Puncateesett" were described, Robert Bartlett sharing the 24th lot with James Cole Sr. [PTR 1:67]. On 8 March 1668/9 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, sold to John Almey of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, merchant, for œ3 his share in land granted by the town of Plymouth in 1649 "lying over against Rhode Island aforesaid, at the place commonly called and known by the name of Punckateesett" [PCLR 3:328].
On 27 June 1659 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, engaged to pay to Benjamin Foster, the son of Richard Foster, œ8 when he reaches the age of twenty-one, on the condition that Bartlett would have the use of Richard Foster's land for the term of ten years; and "Mary the wife of the said Richard Foster deceased" engages to bring up the said Benjamin Foster, who is now four years old [MD 14:15-16, citing PCLR 2:2:28].
In 1660 the town of Plymouth granted to Robert Bartlett fifty acres "lying between the sea and the fern swamp between the Eelriver and Mannomett ponds" [PTR 1:43]; the bounds of this grant were described on 20 February 1662 [PTR 1:54]. On 26 January 1663 the town of Plymouth granted to those living at Eel River a quarter-mile extension on their lots, towards the pine hills [PTR 1:59]. On 21 February 1663 the town of Plymouth granted to Robert Bartlett eight acres of meadow that had been in dispute [PTR 1:61, 62]. On [blank] July 1667 the town of Plymouth granted to Robert Bartlett "a piece of swamp ... to make meadow of lying adjoining to his meadow at the Eelriver" [PTR 1:89].
On 14 July 1670 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, wine cooper, gave to "my son-in-law James Barnabey, cordwinder" of Plymouth and "my daughter Lydia Barnabey his wife" twenty acres "by me purchased of the said my brother-in-law Richard Church," and four acres of upland meadow added to it [MD 3:112, citing PCLR 3:297].
On 17 February 1670/1 Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, cooper, sold to Thomas Burge Jr. of Newport, Rhode Island, for œ50 half his share of land at Acushena in Dartmouth and half his share of land at Pascomansucke in Dartmouth (reserving one-third of the last named share) [MD 3:112, citing PCLR 5:118; RILE 1:140].
On 14 July 1673 "Robert Bartlett of the town of Plymouth ... wine cooper" granted to "my son Joseph Bartlett" for love and affection "all that my farm, messuage, tenement and seat, which I now live in and am possessed of, in the township of Plymouth aforesaid, situate and being at a place or river commonly called Eel River: viz: all that my house and land there"; four acres of marsh meadow there; and two acres of fresh or upland meadow; to be entered upon by his son on the death of the grantor and his wife [MD 3:112-13, citing PCLR 3:301].
On 19 September 1676 Robert Bartlett made a nuncupative will, bequeathing to "my wife all my estate yet undisposed of whether it be in lands or movables, goods, chattels, debts. I give all unto my wife to be absolutely at her dispose among my children" [MD 3:114, citing PCPR 3:2:87]. The inventory of the estate of Robert Bartlett was taken 29 October 1676 and totalled œ170 16s. 6d., including œ100 in real estate: "2 dwellinghouses and a barn, upland and meadow" [MD 3:114, citing PCPR 3:2:87]. On 6 March 1676/7 "Letters of administration is granted by the Court unto Mary Bartlett & Joseph Bartlett to administer the estate of Robert Bartlett, deceased" [PCR 5:220].
On 13 February 1677 "Mary Bartlett widow and late wife unto Robert Bartlett deceased" sold to "my son Joseph Bartlett" for œ300 all the estate which was reserved to her use for life in the deed of gift from her husband Robert Bartlett to the said Joseph Bartlett, as well as fifty acres of upland "near a place commonly called the salt marsh ... between the Eelriver and Mannomett Ponds," fifty acres of upland lying between the land of Ephraim Morton Jr. and the land that did belong to James Barnabey deceased, a parcel of meadow on the Eelriver, and all personal estate given her by husband Robert Bartlett in his will [MD 3:115-16, citing PCLR 4:223].
BIRTH: Born by about 1604 based on estimated date of marriage.
DEATH: Plymouth between 19 September 1676 (date of will) and 29 October 1676 (date of probate).
MARRIAGE: By about 1629 Mary Warren, daughter of RICHARD WARREN (on 7 March 1636/7 Elizabeth Warren, widow of Richard Warren, was made a purchaser in his stead, in part because "of the lots of lands given formerly by her unto her sons in law, Richard Church, Robert Bartlett, and Thomas Little, in marriage with their wives, her daughters" [PCR 1:54], and this was confirmed on 5 October 1652 [PCR 3:19]); she died between 13 February 1677/8 [PCLR 4:223] and 1683 [PLR 1:132].
CHILDREN (all born Plymouth):
iBENJAMIN, b. say 1629; m. (1) by 1654 Susanna Jenney, daughter of JOHN JENNEY (in her will of 4 April 1654 Sarah Jenney, widow of John Jenney, bequeathed to "my son Benjamin Bartlett," and to Mr. Thomas Cushman "the bible which was my daughter Susanna's" [MD 8:171-75, citing PCPR 1:17-21]); m. (2) after 4 April 1654 Sarah Brewster, daughter of LOVE BREWSTER [MFIP Warren 10-12, citing PCR 4:80, 173-4]; m. (3) before 21 January 1678 Sissilla _____ (named in his will of 21 August 1691 [MFIP Warren 10-12, citing PCLR 4:281; MQ 51:131-34]).
iiREBECCA, b. say 1631; m. Plymouth 20 December 1649 William Harlow [PCR 8:8].
iiiMARY, b. say 1633; m. (1) Plymouth 10 September 1651 Richard Foster [PCR 8:13]; m. (2) Plymouth 8 July 1659 Jonathan Morey [PCR 8:22 (marriage contract dated 27 June 1659 [MD 14:16, citing PCLR 2:2:28a])].
ivSARAH, b. say 1636; m. Plymouth 23 December 1656 Samuel Rider [PCR 8:17].
vJOSEPH, b. about 1639; m. by about 1663 Hannah Pope, daughter of THOMAS POPE [MD 19:24, citing PLR 1:84]; "March the 12, 1710 My dear wife Hannah Bartlet died being near 72 years of age, myself being six months younger than she when she died ..." [NEHGR 101:279 (from family Bible)]. (If the date given for the death of Hannah is 12 March 1710/1, then she was probably born in the first half of 1639, which would place her husband's birth late in 1639.)
viELIZABETH, b. say 1641; m. Plymouth 26 December 1661 Anthony Sprague [PCR 8:23].
viiLYDIA, b. 8 June 1648 [PCR 8:4, 291 (despite the fact that this is published as a birth of 1647, it is clear from the sequence of the records that it should be for 1648)]; m. (1) by about 1670 James Barnaby [PCLR 3:297]; m. (2) shortly after 30 October 1677 John Nelson as his second of three wives [TAG 56:33-34; MFIP Warren 16-17]; she d. Plymouth 11 September 1691 [PVR 135].
viiiMERCY, b. 10 March 1650/1 [PCR 8:11]; m. Plymouth 25 December 1668 John Joy of Boston [MFIP Warren 17; PCR 8:32 (not Ivey)].
COMMENTS: In 1959 John G. Hunt suggested that Robert Bartlett of Plymouth was the same as a Robert Bartlett baptized at Puddletown, Dorsetshire, on 27 May 1603, and twenty years later Paul Prindle published a fuller pedigree of this Dorsetshire family, but at the moment this proposed identification remains only a possibility [TAG 35:214, 55:164-70]. Robert of Puddletown had brother Benjamin and sisters Mary, Lydia and Elizabeth, all names used by Robert of Plymouth.
Clues as to the ages of the children of Robert Bartlett are sparse, and several attempts have been made to determine the birth order of the children. Aside from the evidence of birth dates for the last two children, the date of freemanship for son Benjamin and the age at death for son Joseph, our most useful information comes from the marriage dates for the older daughters. The statement has frequently been made that Benjamin must have been born by 6 June 1633, since he was made free on 6 June 1654 [PCR 3:48]. But he had by 4 April 1654 already married and buried one wife, and was soon to marry a second, which suggests a man a few years older than twenty-one in that year. If we place the birth of Benjamin in 1629, then we have a gap of about six or seven years in which to place daughters Rebecca and Mary (1629-1636), but to do this we must assume that they both married when they were about eighteen, rather than rely on our usual rule of marrying daughters at age twenty in the absence of other evidence. There would be nothing unusual about this, and the resulting sequence of births for the elder children is in agreement with the evidence. Note also that under almost any interpretation there is a gap of about six years between the births of the sixth and seventh children of this couple.
On 25 December 1635 Robert Bartlett took Richard Stinnings as an apprentice for nine years, his time to begin on 1 December 1635 [PCR 1:35]. On 4 August 1638, for œ6 10s. and twenty bushels of Indian corn, John Barnes assigned to Robert Bartlett the remaining term of service of Thomas Shreive (being three years from the first day of August instant), Robert Bartlett also paying Shreive œ3 6s. 8d., and Shreive agreeing to serve an additional year for another œ5 [PCR 12:32].
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The most complete treatment of Robert Bartlett and his family may be found in George E. Bowman's account of the descendants of RICHARD WARREN in MD 3:105-17. This article includes abstracts of all records relating to Robert Bartlett and complete transcripts of the probate documents and some critical deeds, and is only slightly marred by a misguided effort to represent dates in both Old Style and New Style. A shorter but also excellent account may be found in Moore Anc 60-72. Paul W. Prindle included a solid version of the family in his limited edition Ancestors and Descendants of Timothy Crosby Jr. (Orleans, Mass., 1981), 2:342-50. For a more recent brief presentation of this family see Robert S. Wakefield, Janice A. Beebe, et al., Richard Warren of the Mayflower ... (MFIP, 4th ed., 1991 [referred to above as MFIP Warren]), which carefully presents the evidence for the marriages of the children.
THE WILL OF ROBERT BARTLETT
19 September 1676
"The last Will and Testament of Robert Bartlett of Plymouth made Septem: 19: 1676 The said Robert Bartlett then being very weake in body but of sound memory and understanding; Did by word of Mout Declare this to be his last will and Testament as followeth: I Give my wife all my estate yett undesposed of whether it be in lands or movables Goods Chattles Debts; I Give all unto my wife to be absolutly att her Dispose amonge my Children;
This will was made and Declared in the prsence of John Cotton Mordicay Ellis and exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the 29th of October 1676 on the oathes of Mr John Cotton and Mordicay Ellis."
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 3, p. 114
The inventory of the estate of Robert Bartlett
"The Inventory of the estate of Robert Bartlett exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the 29th of October 1676 on the oath of Mary Bartlett widdow
Impr his wearing Clothes 05 00 0
Item 2 bedds 2 bolsters and 5 pillowes
3 paire of blanketts 2 ruggs
08 00 0
Item 5 paire of sheets and 3 paire of pillowbeers 05 06 0
Item 4 Napkins and a smale Table Cloth 00 06 0
Item 1 bed and bolster and a paire of blanketts and
a Rugg and 5 paire of sheets
06 00 0
Item homspone Cloth 33 yards 05 00 0
Item silver mony 3l 03 00 0
Item 3 Iron potts and an Iron Kettle a skillett a frying pan 01 05 0
Item pewter and spoones 01 08 0
one skillett and a warming pan 01 00 0
Item 2 hakes 2 paire of pothookes and a spitt
a paire of tongues and a driping pan
01 00 0
Item 4 Chests 01 00 0
Item bookes 00 07 0
Item 2 Dwellinghouses and a barne upland
100 00 0
Item neate Cattle 2 oxen 05 10 0
Item old Cart and wheels and a plow & Chaine Copp
rings and staple botts and shakells Donge forke
pitch forkes syth and sickle
01 00 0
Item Cart rope and horse Geires 00 05 0
Item 7 neat Cattle 12 00 0
Item 3 horse kind 1 maire 03 00 00
Item 2 smale swine 00 06 00
Item old lumber 01 05 0
Item an old saddle and a panell 00 10 0
Item Debts Due from the estate 01 17 0
Item Debts Due to the estate 06 11 6
Taken by us January the 24th 1676 Joseph Warren Thomas ffaunce"
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 3, p. 114. 
- (Research):ROBERT & MARY WARREN BARTLETT in the records of the 17th century
Arrival in Plymouth
Robert Barlett was a passenger on the Anne, which arrived in Plymouth in 1623.
"About fourteen days after came in this ship, called the Anne, whereof Mr. William Peirce was master; and about a week or ten days after came in the pinnace which, in foul weather, they lost at sea, a fine, new vessel of about 44 tun, which the Company had built to stay in the country. They brought about 60 persons for the General, some of them being very useful persons and became good members to the body; and some were the wives and children of such as were here already. And some were so bad as they were fain to be at charge to send them home again the next year."
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.
Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 127.
We know that Robert Bartlett was a passenger on the Anne because it is so reported in the 1623 Division of Land. Robert's future wife, Mary Warren (daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren) also travelled to Plymouth with her mother Elizabeth Warren and her four sisters on the Anne.
Robert Bartlett & the 1623 Division of Land
The 1623 Division of Land marked the end of the Pilgrims' earlier system of land held in common by all. Governor Bradford explains it in this way: "And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.
Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991) p. 120
Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c Vol. I 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It begins with the 1623 Division of Land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. The lands of Robert Bartlett were among those designated as ""The fales of their grounds which came over in the shipe called the Anne according as their were cast. 1623…" and are described in this way " These following lye on the other side of the towne towards the eele-river…South side… Robt Bartlet one acre."
Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 12, p. 5-6.
Robert Bartlett & Mary Warren and the 1627 Division of Cattle
Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. I 1627-1651 also tells of the 1627 Division of Cattle:
"At a publique court held the 22th of May it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes & the Goates should be equally devided to all the psonts of the same company ... & so the lotts fell as followeth, thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot ... "
"The tenth lot fell to ffrancis Eaton & those Joyned wth him his (2) wife Christian Eaton, (3) Samuell Eaton, (4) Rahell Eaton, (5) Stephen Tracie, (6) Triphosa Tracie, (7) Sarah Tracie, (8) Rebecka Tracie, (9) ralph Wallen, (10) Joyce Wallen, (11) Sarah Morton, (12) Edward Fludd, (12) Robert Hilton Bartlet, (13) Tho: Prence. To this lott ffell an heyfer of the last yeare called the white belyd heyfer & two shee goats."
Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 12, p. 11-12.
Robert Bartlett's future wife Mary Warren is also listed in the 1627 Division of Cattle :
"The ninth lot fell to Richard Warren & his companie Joyned with (2) him his wife Elizabeth Warren (3) Nathaniell Warren (4) Joseph Warren (5) Mary Warren (6) Anna Warren (7) Sara Warren (8) Elizabeth Warren (9) Abigall Warren (10) John Billington (11) George Sowle (12) Mary Sowle (13) Zakariah Sowle. To this lott fell one of the 4 black heyfers that came in the Jacob caled the smooth horned Heyfer and two shee goats."
Robert Bartlett & Mary Warren and the Records of Plymouth Colony
1633 : "The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in New England, An: 1633. Edward Wynslow, Govr. Capt Myles Standish, William Bradford, John Howland, John Alden, John Done, Stephen Hopkins… Robt Bartlett."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 3-4.
Robert Bartlett ("Robte Bartlet") was also listed in the 7 March 1636-7 List of Freemen (PCR I:52), the 1643 List of males from 16-60 who are able to bear arms (PCR 8:189), the 1658 List (PCR 7:197 and PCR 8:197) and the 1670 list (PCR 5:274).
25 March 1633 : "According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of o'r soveraigne lord, Charles, by the grace of God King of Engl., Scotl., France, & Irel., defendor of the faith, &c, the psons heer under menconed were rated for publike use by the Gov'r, Mr. Will Bradford, Capt Myles Standish, Joh: Alden, Joh: Howland, John Done, Stephen Hopkins, Will Gilson, Sam Fuller, Senior, John Genny, Godbert Godbertson, & Jonathan Brewster, to be brought in by each pson as they are heere under written, rated in corne at xi's p bushell, at or before the last of November next ensuing ... Robert Bartlet ... 00 [pounds] : 09 [shillings] : 00 [pence]."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 9-10.
On 26 March 1634, Robert Bartlett was also one of the "raters" and was personally "rated" at the same amount as in 1633. (PCR I:26-27).
1 July 1633 : "Orders about mowing of Grasse for the pr'nt Yeare, 1633…That Mrs Warren & Robt Bartlet mow where they did last yeare, & the marsh adjoyning, as high as Slowly Howse."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 14-15.
13 March 1635/36 : "The 28 of May, 1635, Thomas Litle came before ye Gove'r and acknowledged that he had given unto Robart Bartlet a parcell of land at ye end of his lott, beyond ye Eele River, of 6 pole in length, & 4 pole in breadth, to build a house on, for him and his heirs for ever, to possess & quietly to injoy, without any molestation, claime, or trouble from ye said Thomas Litle, (his brother in law,) or any of his heirs or assignes for ever."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. I, p. 34.
5 July 1635 : "Richard Stinnings put himselfe aprentice to Robart Bartlet for nine years, his time to begine ye 1 of Desember, ano 1635, as appears by a covenant drawne in writing, showed unto us, under both their hands & seals; at ye end of which time he is to have of his said mr 2 suits of apparell & 3(li) in money, or other marchandable comodity."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 35
1636 : [Note - A law was passed by the Colony Court, November 15, 1636, 'That every mans marke of his Cattle be brought to the towne book where he lives and that no man give the same but shall alter any other brought by him and put his owne upon them.']
"Bartlet a peece cut out of the right eare before and out of the left eare behind."
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p.1.
7 March 1636/37 : "It is agreed upon, by the consent of the whole Court, that Elizabeth Warren, widdow, the relict of Mr Richard Warren, deceased, shalbe entred, and stand, and bee purchaser instead of her said husband, as well because that (hee dying before he had pformed the said bargaine) the said Elizabeth pformed the same after his decease, as also for the establishing of the lotts of lands given form'ly by her unto her sonnes in law, Richard Church, Robert Bartlett, and Thomas Little, in marriage wth their wives, her daughters."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 54.
20 March 1636/37 : "To Richard Church, Robte Bartlet, & Thomas Little, hey ground where they had the last yeare, and to take further supply where they can fynd yt, in places not graunted to others, and Robte Bartlet to have the swampe or pitt at the head of Mr Bradfords ground."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 56.
7 February 1637 : "Memorand the seaventh Day of ffebruary 1637 That Mrs Elizabeth Warren of the Eele River Widdow for and in consideracion of a Marriage already solemnized betwixt John Cooke the yeonger of the Rockey Noocke and Sarah her daughter doth acknowledge that shee hath given graunted enfeoffed and confirmed unto the said John Cooke one lot of land lying at the Eele River containeing eighteene acrees or thereabouts and lying on the North side of Robert Bartletts lott formly also given the said Robert in Marriage wth Mary another of the sd Mrs Warrens daughters, wch said lott is to begin at the heigh way and so to goe in lengh & breadth wth the said Roberts lott together wth a heigh way from the said lott to the water side if it be demaunded or requested To have and to hold the said Lott of land wth all & singuler the apprtences thereunto belonging unto the said John Cooke his heires and Assignes for ever to the onely pper use and behoofe of the said John Cooke his heires & Assignes for ever."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 12, p. 27.
2 May 1637 : "It was ordered by this Court, that a jury should be empanelled to set foreth the heigh wayes about Plymouth, Ducksborrow, and the Eele River, wch was accordinge summoned, and upon the ninth day of May next after they appeared before the Govnor, and tooke their oathes to lay forth such heigh wayes about the townes of Plymouth, Ducksborrow, & the Eele River equally & justly, wthout respect of psons, and according as they shalbe directed by informacion of others, & as God should direct them in their discretion for the genall good of the colony, and wth as little pjudice to any mans pticuler as may be, and to marke the treeys upon the said way, and so it to remayne a way forever.
The Names of the Jury. John Done, William Palmer, Love Brewster, Experience Michell, Phillip Delanoy, Thomas Cushman, Francis Cooke, Richard Burne, John Jenkyne, Moyses Symons, Robte Bartlett, Richard Higgens...
To the Eele River, from Plymouth … to the wch neighbourhood we allow a way from mr Hopkins house downe to a p- that leads to the fishing poynt; from whence wee allow a way to Robert Bartletts, leaving his house east, and so alonge, leaveing Thomas Little's east, & mris Warrens west, and so to Richard Churches, leaveing his house on the west side; so to a place of common ground, which is still to be left betweene."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 58-60.
11 November 1637 : "Memorand that whereas John Cooke hath a lott of land at the Eele River lying next to Robert Bartlet containeing by estimacion eighteene acrees or thereabouts given him by Mrs elizabeth Warren in marriage wth his wyfe and Robte Bartlett hath a lott of land of like quantitie lying on Duxborrow side betwixt the lotts of Thomas Morton and Jonathan Brewster Now this writing of Record witnesseth that the said John Cooke & Robert Bartlett have exchaunged the said lotts wth eich other so that the said John Cooke shall have & hold the lott of land lying on Duxborrow side to him and his heires forever & to their owne pper use and behoofe forevr And the said Robte Bartlett shall have & hold the said lott of land lying at the Eele River to him and his heires to ever & to their onely pper use and behoofe for ever"
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 12, p. 28.
4 December 1637 : "The pcell of land containeing about 60 acrees, lying at the Eele River, in a place there called the Whoop Place, formerly graunted to Thomas Clarke, is now confirmed to him and his heires forever, and is to be layd forth so as it may be least pjudiciall to Thomas Little, Robte bartlett, Mris Warrn, & the neighbourhood there."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 70.
4 August 1638 : "Memorand The fourth day of August 1638 That John Barnes doth acknowledg That for & in consideracion of the sum of vj [li] x [s] sterl to him in hand payd and twenty bushells of merchantable Indian Corne to be payd him in March next by Robte Bartlet hath assigned all his right & title in the terme of yeares wch he hath in the service in Thomas Shreive (wch is three yeares from the first day of this instant August) as by his Indenture beareing date the fourth of May Anno Regn Reg& Caroli nunc Angl&c xiij(to) it doth most playnely appeare. the sd Robte also paying the sd Thom Shreive iij (li) vj(s) viij(d) p ann for the terme of the said three yeares. And the said Thom Shreive doth further covenant wth the said Robte Bartlet to serve the said Robte one yeare more after the said three yeares are expired for five pounds sterl."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 12, p. 32
3 December 1638 : "Edward Shaw is hyred wth Robte Bartlett for a yeare from the first of December, 1638, for sight pounds tenn shillings sterl., to be paid in money."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 104.
3 December 1639 : "John Atwood complaynes agst Robte Bartlet, in an action of trespas upon the case, to the dam of xj(li) xiij(s) ix(d) sterl. The jury found for the pltiff three pounds three shillings six pence debt, fourty shillings dam, & the charges of the suite, sch came to vj)li) j(s) vj(d). Judgnt & execucion graunted.
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 14.
5 May 1640 : "Richard Church, Robte Bartlett, Thomas Little, & Mrs Elizabeth Warren are graunted enlargements at the heads of their lotts to the foote of the Pyne Hills, leaveing a way betwixt them and the Pyne Hills, for cattell & carts to passe by."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 152.
2 June 1640 : "The Ele River people is to build a bridge there, & 50 (s) repayd to Rich. Church & Robt Bartlet."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 156.
30 November 1640 : The name of "Robte Bartlet" is found on a list (with 5 others) of unspecified purpose, among a number of grants of meadow land.
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 167.
6 June 1643 : "John Gilbert, Junr, complns agst Mr Francis Doughty, in an action of trespas upon the case, to the dam xx [s]. [--] bushells of corne attached by the constable of Taunton; the deffent made no answere. The Court awards the corne to the pltiff, onely Thomas Gilbert promiseth to make it good if the debt be no proved.
The Jurys Names. James Hurst, Manasseth kempton, Edward Banges, Josuah Pratt, Giles Rickett, Nicholas Snow, Robte Bartlett, Robte Finney, Samuell Hicks, John Smaley, James Cole, Daniell Cole, sworne."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 35.
Robert Bartlett also served on a jury on 7 June 1648, when it was noted that he served on the jury "a part of the time, & being nessesitated to depart, John Thomson was putin his rome." (PCR 2:126).
August 1643 : "The Names of all the Males that are able to beare Armes from xvj Yeares old to 60 Yeares, wthin the sevrall Towneshipps. Plymouth… Robte Bartlett."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 8, p. 187-189.
29 August 1643 : "Concerning the differrences betwixt Mr Willm Thomas & Wm Newland, for the 4 [li] 10 [s] he undertooke to pay for the towne of Marshfeild to Richard Church and Robte Bartlett, it is ordered, by consent of both parties, that a cow of Mr Willm Thomas, now in the hands of Christopher Waddesworth, of Duxborrow, shalbe prized by John Winslow and another man, chosen by the sd Christopher, and be deliveed unto Thomas Shillingsworth; and the said Thomas to give a note under his hand to the said Mr Thomas to pay him so much more as the said cowe comes to, at or before March next; and so all differences betwixt the said Mr Thomas, Willm Newland, and Thomas Shillingsworth, to be fynally decided and ended.
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 60.
5 June 1644 : At the Genrall Court of our Sovraigne Lord the Kinge, holden at Plymouth aforesaid, the fift Day of June, in the xxth Yeare of his said Maties Raigne, of England, &c…
The Grand Inquest : Willm Newland, John Finney, Thom Southworth, Richard Higgens, Robte Bartlett, Constant Southworth, Willm Merick, John Tisdale, sworne…"
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 71.
Robert Bartlett also served on a "Grand Enquest" on 2 June 1646 (PCR 2:102), 7 June 1652 (PCR 3:9), 8 June 1655 (PCR 3:78).
5 June 1644 : "It is ordered by the Court, that Manasseth Kempton, Edward Banges, & Robte Bartlett, or any two of them, shall price the two oxen of Willm Powells, recoved by due course of law by Thomas Clarke and Clement Campion, John Barnes beinge Campions attorney, and the surplusage of the oxe wch Thom Clarke recoved to be payd to Campions use, wth thother oxe, as they are prised."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 73.
22 June 1644 : "At a Townes meeting the xxii June 1644
"In case of alarume in tyme of warr or danger these divisions of the towneship are to be observed and these companys to repaire together…
"At the Eele River : Thomas Little, Thom Williams, John Smith, Robt ffinney, Manasseh Kempton, Joseph Warren, Richard Church, Robt Bartlet, and the rest."
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 17-18.
4 June 1645 : "Surveyors of the Heighwayes. Plymouth… Francis Cooke, Mr Leigh, Robte Bartlett, and Richard Sparrow"
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 84.
28 October 1645 : "Roger Cooke and Willm Lathame compns agst John Barker, and Ann, his wfe, in an action of trespas upon the case, to the dam of xx [li], for the said Anns burneing of their house accedentally; but the jury could not give in a verdict, and the matter was ended, and the said John was content to give the plntiffs xx [s] towards their losses.
The Juries Names : James Hurst, Richard Sparrow, Josuah Pratt, Robte Bartlett, John Finney, Thom Cushman, sworne…"
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 41.
10 December 1646 : "At a towne meeting the 10 of Desem 1646 It was agreed that whosoever coms not to ye towne meeting being therunto warned at ye time appoynted shall forfite to ye towns use for every shuch defalte 12d except he shall have a sufficent and lawfull excuse… [those being called to town meeting are then listed] Robert Bartlett"
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 20-22.
17 May 1649 : "At a meeting of the Townemen of new Plymouth holden at the meeting house the 17th of May 1649 the Comites chosen weer…
Grand Jury : Robert Bartlet, John ffenney, Jacob Cook, Andrew Rings."
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 28.
9 April 1649 : "Bee it knowne unto all men by these prsents yt I Richard Church have sould unto Robert Bartlet all the Right and title yt I the sd Richard Church hath in house and houseing and land with all the meadow ground with the addition yt hee had of goodman Kemton at the Eel River and hee is to leave a Cubbert and bime and all the shelves and benches yt are in the house and all the ladders yt are about the house and the sd Richard Church doth bind himselfe his heaires and asynes to Ensure all ye the sd Richard Church hath sould to Robert Bartlet yt no man shall not truble him for it but the said Richard Church is to take his Corn of from the ground and to threash it in the barn in fourteen days and hee is to leave the plancks yt are in the barne.
"And the said Robert Bartlet is to give unto the sd Richard Church for his house and land the full Sum of twenty five pound in maner and form folowing a Rid oxe yt they Call his name Mouse for eight pound and ten shi. and six pound to bee payed at Mr paddies in Commodities and the Resedew to bee paid the next yeare foloing in the last of September either in Catell or in Corn or in Marchants pay if in Cattell they must be prised if in Corn it must be at the prise Currant if in Marchants pay hee must take it as hee Receveth it; and the marchants pay is to bee paid in linnen and woollen and shoos and stockens heere at plymouth if they be there to bee had if not hee is to take it in the other pay."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 12, p. 165-166.
6 March 1650 : "Edward Doty complayneth against John Shaw, Junir, in an action of the case, to the dammage of tenn pound. The jury find for the plaintife thirty five shillings dammage & the charges of the Court, & the deffendant to make good the iron worke unto the plaintife. The jureys names are these :
Mr. John Winslow, James Hurst, Joshua Pract, Leiuetennant Tho Southworth, John Finney, Edward Tillson, Tho Whitney, Robert Bartlet, Gyles Rickards, Richard Sparrow, Richard Wright, Andrew Ringe, sworne."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 47.
January 1651 : "1 January 1651 William Harlow and Benjamin Bartlet have killed two wolves for which the towne is indebted to them.
"febreuary 1651 Robert Bartlet also killed a woolfe the same month 1651.
"Robert Bartlet hath sence killed another woolf month 1651."
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 32.
On a page with no date given, which is preceded by Town dealings of 1651 and followed by Town dealings of 1636, it is reported that teams were formed for cutting wood. Robert Bartlett headed up one team and "for Robert Bartlets Teams" were "William Harlow, Richard ffoster, Joseph Green, Gyles Rickard."
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 33.
March 1651 : The Names of those that have Interest and proprieties in the Townes land att Punckateesett over against Road Island…
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 36-37.
5 October 1652 : "Whereas a petition was prefered by Robert Bartlet unto the Court holden att Plymouth the 7th of October, 1652, therin requesting that wheras sundry speeches have pased from som who pretend themselves to bee the sole and right heires unto the lands on which the said Robert Barlet now liveth, at the Eelriver, in the townshipp of Plymouth, which hee, the said Robert, had bestowed on him by his mother in law, Mis Elizabeth Warren, in marriage with her daughter; by which said speeches and passages the said Robert hath ben dishartened in his proceeding either in buiding, fencing, &c; the Court having taken the pmises into serius consideracon, and having seched what the Court hath upon record extant, and what could bee manifested upon memory by those that then were cheife and had speciall hand in carying on and menageing the former affaires of the country, and doe therby find that Mis Elizabeth Warren, who gave the said lands unto the said Robert and others in like condicion, had power soe to doe, as being by an order of Court bearing date March the 7th, 1637, and other actes of Court before, envested into the state and condicon of a purchaser, as in the said order is expressed ; the said Court doth by these presents, therefore, further ratify and confeirme the aforesaid actes of Court wherby the said Elizabeth Warren is declared to have right to despose of the aforsaid lands, approveing and allowing of the abovesaid gift of land unto the said Robert Barlet and others in like condicon with him, to bee called ..."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, p. 19.
30 January 1653 : "Memorand: That Samuell hickes of Plymouth in New England planter Doth acknowlidge that for and in consideration of the summe of eighteene pounds for which hee hath receaved a bill of Robert Bartlet of Plymouth aforsaid cooper hee hath freely and absolutly bargained allianated and sould enfeofed and confeirmed and pr these prsent Doth bargaine sell enfeofe and confeirm unto the said Robert Bartlett a certaine tract of land lying on the southside of the towne of Plymouth aforsaid conteining eleven acres bee it more or less being bounded on the one side by the gardenplotts of John Barnes &c and the land of Gorge Watson; and on the southside by the land of Mis ffuller; the neather end abutting on the bay and soe extending it selfe in the length therof up towards the common hieway; To have and to hold the said eleeven acres of upland bee it more or lesse with all and singular[e] the fences and all other appurtenances privilidges and emunities; in upon or any way belonging unto the said tract of land or any pte or pcell therof unto the said Robert Bartlett his heires and assignes for ever; with warrantice against all psons and people whatsoeer that from by or under him or any before him that shall or may challenge any title or enterest of and in the prmises or any pte or pcell therof heerby covenanting to Defend the title and proprietie therof unto the said Robert Bartlet hee his heires and assignes for ever; The said prmises with all and singulare the appurtenances privilidges and emunities therunto belonging to appertaine unto the onely proper use & behoof of him the said Robert Bartlett his heires and assignes for ever; provided that the said Robert is not to enter on the full possession of the said land untell the 15th of October 1654; And from that time as abovsaid to belonge unto the said Robert Bartlet his heires and assignes for ever"
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 5, p. 94-95.
4 October 1653 : "Robert Eldred complaineth against Edward Sturgis, in an action of the case, to the dammage of five pounds, for unjust molestacion. The defendant appeered not, but sent a writing, desiring the action might bee refered, that soe further evedence might bee prsented to the Court then att present could bee for the clearing of the case; notwithstanding, wheras it did appeer unto the Court that the defendant was lawfully summoned, the Court awarded to the plaintife charges for himselfe, the witnesses, clarke, marshall, and soe furth.
"The charges came to, in the whole, … 01 [li] : 05 [s] : 00 [d].
"The Juryes Names that heard and tryed athe abovesaid Actions. John Cooke, Juner, Christopher Waddsworth, Mr John Starr, Robert Bartlet, Edward Tilson, Thomas Whitnes, Thomas Clarke…"
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 67.
7 March 1653-4 : "Mr Joseph Tilden, Samuell House, William Holmes, John Whetstone, and James Doughty doe complaine of debts due and unapied to each of them, from Henery Sergiant, Arthur Hart, and Abraham Townsend, and have by order attached the goods of the said pties, and did desire justice in the prmises. The jury found as followeth, videlect: upon the demaund of a debt, by Mr Josepth Tilden, of ten shillings, they found it due to him from them…
"the Juries Names. Christopher Waddsowrth, Willam paybody, Robert Bartlett, Phillip Delanoy, Mr John Starr, Ephraim Morton, Henery Sampson, Willam Hoskins, Gorge partrich, henery Wood, Steven Bryant, Andrew ringe., sworne."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 70.
3 October 1654 : "John Barnes complained against Robert Barket, in an action of the case, to the dammage of fifteen pounds, for non paiment of a debt of thirteen pounds four shillings and eight pence.
"This next above action was heard, but the pties agreed before the jury went out of the Court. Soe the charges were paid, and it was issued betwist themselves.
"The Juries Names. John Dunham, Senir, Josepth Andrews, Christopher Wadsworth, Gabriell Fallowell, Thomas Whitney, John Willis, John Finney, Robert finney, Robert Bartlett, Thomas Lettice, Andrew Ringe, Edmond Tilson. sworne.
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 72.
5 June 1655 : "Robert Bartlett complaineth against Thomas Pope, in an action of trespase on the case, to the dammage of thirty shillings, for killing of a sow with pigg, belonging to the said Robert Bartlett.
"The jury find for the plaintife eighteen shillings dammage, and the cost of the suite."Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 73.
1 June 1658 : "Leiftenant Southworth, John Dunham, Senir, Robert Finney, John Barnes, and Thomas Pope are requested and apointed by the Court to sett the range betwixt Nathanneell Warren and Robert Bartlett on the lands they now live on, and they to begine the range where it was att the first as neare as may be; and where any land is impaired by the sea, that not to hinder the range; and what these find, or any three of them agree on, to stand."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, p. 142.
3 May 1659 : "Georg Barlow complained against Willam Newland, in an action of defamacion, to the damage of fifty pounds, in charging the said Gorge, and that in the fact of the Court, that hee had broke up his housein the night, and that hee had lost many things out of his house.
"The jury find for the plaintife five shillings damage, and the cost of the suite.
"The Juryes Names. Mr. Josias Winslow, Senir, John Dunham, Senir, Christopher Wadsworth, Rob Finney, Tho Doghead, Rob Bartlett, Tho Whitney, Gorg Partrich, Tho Pope, Jacob Cooke, John Rogers, Benjamine Bartlett. sworne."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 93.
27 June 1659 : "Know all men by these prsents that I Robert Bartlett of Plymouth Cooper Doe acknowlidge that my selfe my heires exequitors adminnestrators and Assignes are heerby bound unto the Govr: and Court of New Plymouth to pay and to make good unto Benjamine ffoster son of Richard ffoster the sume of eight pounds to bee payed in Current Countrey pay att prise Current; when hee the said Benjamine ffoster shall attaine the age of one and twenty yeares on condition the said Robert Bartlett is to have the use and Improvement of all the lands belonging to the said Richard in the township of Plymouth aforsaid for the full tearme of ten yeares; beginning att the date heerof provided that the said Robert Bartlett is not to Destroy any of the timber on the said lands or any prte therof Neither hee nor his heires exequitors or assignes; and that the said Robert Bartlett is not heerby engaged to make good the houseing on the said lands; but may Improve the said timber or wood for fiering or other Nessesary uses for the fenceing of the said lands;
"ffurthermore Mary the wife of the said Richard ffoster Deceased Doth heerby engage to bring up the said Benjamine ffoster hee being att the Day of the Date heerof of the age of foure yeares or therabouts; and is to pay and Discharge all Debts and Demaunds Due and owing to any prson or prsons from the estate of the said Richard ffoster the above mencioned prticulares shee the said Mary ffoster Doth heerby engage to prforme both for herselfe her heires and exequitors and that neither shee nor any from by or under her is to Demand any thinge for the bringing up of him the said Benjamine ffoster; and on these Conditions is to enjoy the estate of the said Richard ffoster In witnesse herof the said Robert Bartlett and Mary foster have heerunto sett theire hands the 27th of June 1659
"In the prsence of humphrey Johnson, Nathaneel Morton;
"the marke of (Rob) Roert Bartlett, The marke of Mary ffoster"
Mayflower Descendant, Volume 12, p. 14.
1660 re the Purchasers of Dartmouth : "Att a generall meeting of the Purchasers att Plymouth the seaventh of march 1652 It was ordered and fully agreed unto and Concluded by the whole that all that Tract and tracts of lands lying from the Purchassers bounds on the west side of Acougheasse to a river called Accusshaneck and three miles to the Aastwards of the same; with all Ilands meddows woods waters rivers creekes and all appurtenances therunto belonging should bee given to those whose names are heerunder written Containing thirty four shares and was then given alloted Assigned and sett over to them by the whole to have and to hold to them and their heires and Assignes for ever; to Devide and Dispose of the same as they should see good; and they are to Satisfy the Indians for the Purchase therof and to beare all other Due Charges that shall any way arise about the same According to their severall proportions ... Robert Bartlett [et al.]
"Wheras these Purchasers whoe by agreement of the whole had theire proportions of Purchase land falling unto them in the places above mencioned whoe by agreement had theire severall names entered into a list (together with some other old Comers) under the hand of the honored Gov'r: late Deceased they Did Desire that the list of theire Names might bee recorded; but the above written originall list of Names and the agreement Could not bee found in some yeares; soe that it was Judged lost These purchasers notwithstanding still Desiring that what was theire right might bee recorded; wherupon order was given by the aforsaid Gov'r that it might be Done ...
"The names of those whoe by order of the Purchasers mett att Plymouth the seaventh Day of march 1652 whoe by Joynt consent and agreement of the said purchasers are to have theire prtes shares or proportions att the place or places commonly called and knowne by the names of Acushena alias acquessent which entereth in att the westeren end of Neckatay and to Coaksett alias acoakius and places adjacent... The said Tract or tract[s] of Land soe bounded as abovesaid which is purchased of the Indians which were the right propriators therof; as appeers by a Deed under theire hands with all the mershes meddows rivers waters woods Timbers; and all other profitts privilidges emunities comodities and appurtenances belonging to the said Tract or Tracts above expressed or any prte or prcell therof to belonge unto the prties whose names are underwritten (whoe are in number thirty four whole prtes or shares and noe more) to them and their heires and assignes for ever ... Robert Bartlett one whole share."
Mayflower Descendants, Vol. 4, p. 165-188.
20 February 1660 : "ffity Acrees of land is graunted unto Robert Bartlett lying between the sea and the fferne swamp between Eelriver and Mannomett ponds with all and singulare the apurtenances to him and his heires for ever"
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 43.
1 May 1660 : Att this Court, Robert Bartlett appeered, being summoned to answare for speakeing contemptuously of the ordinance of singing of psalmes, and was convict of the fact, and did inpart acknowlidg his evill therin, promising that hee would bee warned of soe doeing for the future, expressing these words - that hee hoped it should bee a warning to him; on which the Court sharply admonished hm, and required him that unto such as hee had soe opprobiously spoken of the said ordinance hee should acknowlidge hs falt, which hee engaged to doe as hee should bee minded of them, and soe hee was discharged."
Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 3, p. 185-186.
24 May 1660 : "fforty Acrees of land is graunted unto three Indians namly to Acconootus Wanna and Wampocke lying at Shifting Cove to bee layed forth and bounded with all other conditions and cercomstances to bee ordered about it by George Watson Robert Bartlett Nathaneell Warren and William Cooke; and if there shalbee occation to put in another Indian with them that then they shall each ten acrees"
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 41.
4 June 1661 : "Surveyor of the Highwayes.
"Plymouth… Robert Bartlett, Andrew Ringe, John Dunham, Junir."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, p. 215.
20 February 1662 : "The bounds of the land graunted to Robert Bartlett is as followeth viz: fifty acrees of upland lying along by the ferne swamp between the Eelriver and Manomett ponds being bounded on the North norwest end with a Rid oake under the foot of the pyne hills by a little swamp and soe Ranging North northeast fifty pole in breadth towards the sea and soe Runing along by the seaside eight score pole to a little swamppe peece of ground comonly called the grounutt place and soe Running from the grounutt place west southwest to a pyne tree standing on the southwest side of a ferney swamp"
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 55.
26 January 1663 : "A quarter of a mile in elngth was by the Towne alowed and Confeirmed unto each of the naighbours that have land on the [--] of the Eeleriver viz; Nathaniel Warren Robert Bartlett Joseph Warren and ephraim Morton and the Rest this to goe from the heads of theire lotts towards the pyne hils a quarter of a mile in length and of equall breadth to the lotts of land they are now possessed of; the said addition with all and singulare the appurtenances to have and to hold to them and theire heirs for ever; Nathaniel Warren hath libertie from the Towne and is deputed in theire behalfe to purchaise a certaine pcell of land
Nathaniel Warren and Joseph Warren are appointed by the Towne to goe with the Measurers of land att some convenient time to settle a difference about lands betwixt Robert Bartlett and and hugh Cole"
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 59.
February 1663 : "Ten acrees of land is graunted unto Robert Bartlett lying adjoyning to his meddow that Thomas Butler mowed…
In case it soe fall out that there is more meddow in the place where Robert Bartlett hath meddow above expressed that then the towne have graunted that which Remaines unto Joseph Bartlett soe it exceed not six acrees"
Records of the Town of PLymouth, Vol. 1, p. 62.
21 February 1663 : "Wheras a certaine pcell of meddow hath bin for sometime challenged by Robert Bartlett lying neare unto the bounds of Plymouth towards Sandwich it being graunted him by the court which yett notwithstanding hee could not prove by the Record and that since it doth apeer to bee within the liberties of our towne The Towne have graunted unto the said Robert Bartlett eight acrees of the said meddow to him and heires for ever…
"In case it soe fall out that there is more meddow in the place where Robert Bartlett hath meddow above expressed that then the towne have graunted that which Remaines unto Joseph Bartlett soe it exceed not six acrees"
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 61-62.
22 March 1663 : "The severall lotes on Punctaeesett Necke are as followeth…
James Cole seni:, Robert Bartlett - Lot 24 - Lott lyeth on the north side of the 23 lott; and att the west end is bounded with a walnutt stake and a walnutt bush and extends from the water side up to the highway in the middle of the necke"
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 62-67.
July 1667 : "a peece of swamp is graunted unto Robert Bartlett to make meddow of lying adjoyning to his meddow att the Eelriver."
Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 89.
14 July 1673 : "Know all men by these prsents that I Robert Bartlett, of the Towne of Plymouth in the Jurisdiction of Plymouth in New England, in America wine Cooper; That for divers Good Causes and Considerations, mee therunto moveing, have out of my owne motion and out of that love Good will, and fatherly affection, which I have and doe beare unto my son Joseph Bartlett; have absolutely Given Graunted alliened enfeofed and Confeirmed; and by these presents doe Give Graunt allien enfeof and Confeirm from mee the said Robert Bartlett and my heires; To him my siad son Joseph Bartlett hee his heires and assignes for ever; all that my farme Messeuage teniment and seate, which I Now live in and am possessed off, in the Township of Plymouth aforsaid; scittuate and being att a place or river Comonly calld the Eelriver: biz: all that my house and land ther; being bounded with the lands of Nathanel: Warren deceased; now in the tenor and occupaition of Mistris Sarah warren widdow; on the Northerly syde and with the Land of Richard ffoster now in the tenor and occupation of Jonathan Morey on the southerly side, Containing two lotts or shares of land being in breadth forty pole; between the forenamed boundaries abuting on the Eelriver aforsaid and extendeth it selfe, for its length up towards the Pyne hills, To a place ordinarily Called and knowne by the Name of the Little Pyne hills; as alsoe foure acrees more or lesse, of marsh meddow appertaining therunto lying and being att the Eelriver aforsaid; by the Riversyde against the land of Nathaniel: Warren, before mensioned; Together with a peece of ffresh or upland meddow, being two acres (be it more or lesse) lying and being att or neare Mannomett ponds, in the Township of Plymouth aforsaid; neare unto the place wher hee the said my son Joseph Bartlett, now dweleth; which was somtimes the meddow of Richard; Church lying adjoyning to a brooke Called; The beaver dam brooke, between the said brooke, and the maine brooke, extending it selfe, for the length of it up the said brooke; To have and to hold all that mysaid house and land, with the foure acrees more or lesse of Marsh Meddow, and the two acrees more or lesse of upland meddow; with all and singulare the appurtenances therunto belonging unto the said my son Joseph Bartlett; To him and his heires and assignes for ever; The said prmises viz: all that my said ffarme with my house theron, with the said four acrees of marsh meddow, with the two acrees (more or lesse) of upland or ffresh meddow, with all and singular the houses outhouses and ffences in and upon the said farme seatt or teniment with all and singulare the woods waters profitts and privilidges emunities and emoluments, belonging therunto or to the said two prsells of Meddow forenamed; and all and singulare my Right title or Interest off and Into the same, to belong and appertaine unto the onely proper use and behoof of him my said son Joseph Bartlett; To him and his heires and assignes for ever, ffree and cleare and Clearly acquitted, off and from all other and former Gifts Graunts bargaines sales Ingagments Incomberances or Inanglements whatsoever; and to be holder off our Sovr Lord the Kinge as off his manor of East Greenwich in the Countey of Kent in the realme of England, in free and comon soccage, and not in capite, nor by Knights service, nor by the rents and services therof, and therby due and of Right accustomed, with warrantice against all prsons that by my Right or title, might claime any Right or title off or into the said prmises or any prte or prsell therof, alwaies provided; and that by these prsents it be Clearly understood that the said my son Joseph Bartlett shall not enter upon the posession of the said my house land and meddowes, untill the decease of both mee and my wife, Mary Bartlett, or upon any prte or prsell therof, nor any for him; but att the decease of both mee and my said wife; hee his heires or assignes, is to have hold use occupy Inheritt and Injoy the same with all and singulare the appurtenances privilidges and emunities belonging therunto without any lawfull suite deniall Interuption or eviction or disturbance whatsoever lawfully claiming from by or under mee the said Robert Bartlett; or by my meanes acte privity Consent or procurement; and I the said Robert Bartlett doe heerby Give and Graunt libertie unto the said my son Joseph Bartlett, either by him selfe or his Attorny to Record and Inrole these prsents, or to Cause them to be recorded or Inroled in his Ma'ties court of Plymouth aforsaid, or in any other place or court of Records according to such Case made and provided; In witnes wherof I the said Robert Bartlett have heerunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seale this fourteenth of July 1673 one Thousand six hundred seaventy and three;
Signed sealed and delivered in the prsence of William Clarke, Nathaniel: Morton;
Robert Bartlett R his marke and a (seale)
This deed of Gift was acknowlided by Robert Bartlett senir this 14th day of July 1673 before mee"
Constance Southworth Assistant
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 3, p. 112-113.
4 March 1673/4 : "Mary Bartlett the wife of Robert Bartlett Came into this Court and owned that shee hath received full satisfaction for whatsoever shee might Claime as Due from the estate of Mistris Elizabeth Warren Deceased; and John Cooke in the behalfe of all her sister testifyed the same before the Court ; and the Court Doth heerby settle the remainder of the said estate on Joseph Warren to bee by him Injoyed without further mollestation or disturbance from any of them"
Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 5, p. 139.
6 March 1676-7 : "Letters of adminnestration is graunted by the Court unto Mary Bartlett & Joseph Bartlett to adminnester on the estate of Robert Bartlett, deceased." |
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 5, p. 220.
Robert Bartlett made his last will and testament on 19 September 1676. Click HERE for the text of Bartlett's will and the inventory of his estate taken 29 October 1676.
6 March 1676-7 : "Letters of adminnestration is graunted by the Court unto Mary Bartlett & Joseph Bartlett to adminnester on the estate of Robert Bartlett, deceased."
Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 5, p. 220.
13 February 1677/1678 : "To all people to whom these prsents shall Come, Mary Bartlett widdow, and Late wife unto Robert Bartlett deceased, of the Towne of New Plymouth, in the Collonie of New Plymouth, in New England england in America sendeth Greet &c :
Know yee that I the said Mary Bartlett, for and in Consideration of one bond of three hundred Pounds Sterling bearing date with these prsents, made signed sealed and delivered, unto me by my son Joseph Bartlett, of the aforsaid Towne of new Plymouth; for the true and full prformance of severall obligations, therin expressed, and mensioned unto mee; and my order and Assignes; wherwith I doe acknowlidge my selfe to be fully satisfyed Contented and payed; have freeely and absolutely bargained and sold allianated enfeofed and Confeimed; and by the prsents I doe bargaine Allianate sell Enfeoffe and Confeirm from mee the said Mary Bartlett and my heires; unto the said Joseph Bartlett hee his heires and ssignes for ever; all that my Right title and Interest that I have; or may claime, for or dureing the time of my Naturall Life, in any sort of houseing lands or meddows; which was Given or served to mee or for my use; by the aforsaid Robert Bartlett my husband; in his deed of Gift unto the aforsaid Joseph Bartlett Alsoe I have Bargained and sold as aforsaid all that my fifty acrees of upland be it more or lesse, that I have lying and being, nearer a place Comonly Called the salt Marsh, abuting upon the sea; between the Eelriver and Mannomett Ponds, within the aforsaid Towne of New Plymouth; and fifty acrees of upland be it more or lesse; lying and being between the lands of Ephraim Morton Junir; and those lands that were James Barnabeys deceased lying att the Eelriver; and all that my one prsell of meddow; be it more or Lesse; lying and being upon the said Eelriver; next unto the meddow of the said Ephraim Morton; and I doe also Bargaine; and sell as aforsaid, unto the aforsaid Joseph Barlett, all that m;y prsonall estate; lett it be in what specue soever; That was Given unto mee by me aforsaid deceased husband Robert Bartlett; by his Last Will and Testament; which appeers by Inventory Recorded; That I Now have or shall have at the time of my decease; To be the proper estate of the said Joseph Bartlett; with all and singulare the appurtenances; and privilidges belonging unto each of the aforsaid prmises or prsells of Land; and all my Right title and Interest of and into each of the aforsaid prmises; and every prt or prsell therof: To have and to hold; all that my aforsaid Right title and Interest, of and Into any houseing Lands & meddowes Given or reserved to mee as aforsaid by my deceased husband Robert Bartlett; and all that my fifty acrees of upland; be it more or lesse; lying att the aforsaid salt Marsh abuting upon the sea; and all that my fifty acrees of upland be it more or lesse That lyeth between the lands of Ephraim Morton Jur and James Barnabey deceased; and all that my one prsell of Meddow (be it more or Lesse) that lyeth upon the aforsaid Eelriver next Ephraim Mortons meddow; and all myaforsaid prsonall estate Given unto mee by my aforsaid Robert Bartlett as it is before expressed; with all and singulare the appurtenances, and privilidges unto each of the said prmises, belonging; and all my Right title and Interest of and Into every of the said prmises and every prte and prsell therof; unto the said Joseph Bartlett; his heires and assignes for ever; free and Cleare and Clearly acquitted and discharged; of all former bargaines sales Gifts Leases; Mortgages Charges and Intanglements whatsoever; to be holden as of our Sovr Lord the Kinge; as of his Manor of East Greenwich in the Countey of Kent within the Realme of England in free and Comon soccage; and not in Capite nor by Knights service by the rents and services therof and therby due, and of Right; accustomed; to the onely proper use and behoofe of him the said Joseph bartlett, his heires and assignes for ever; and with warrantice against all people whatsoever; for ever by these prsents from by or under mee; the said Mary Bartlett; my heires executors and Adminnestrators; and every of them; Claiming any right title or Interest; of and Into the said prmises with their appurtenances; or any prte or prsell therof; and I the said Mary Bartlett doe by these prsents authorise; The said Joseph Bartlett either by himselfe or his Attorney; to Record and Inrole these prsents or cause them to be recorded or Enroled, before the Govr of New Plymouth; or some one of his Assistants; for the time being according to the usuall manor of Recording and enroling of deeds and evidences, in his said Ma'ties Court of New Plymouth aforsaid In Witnes wherof, I the aforsaid Mary Bartlett have heerunto sett my hand and seale; This thirteenth day of ffebruary one Thousand six hundred seaventy and seaven.
Signed sealed and delivered
in the prsence of John Cotton senir, William Crow, John Cotton Junir
Mary Bartlett her ----- Marke and a seale
This deed of sale was acknowlided by Mary Bartlett widdow; the thirteenth day of ffebruary 1677 Before mee
Constant Southworth Assistant
Some time in the year 1683, Benjamin and Joseph Bartlett confirmed a gift of land made by Robert and Mary Bartlett to their grandsome William Harlow Jr.,; that document referred to the "deceased our dear Parents, Robert and Mary Bartlett."
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 3, p. 116.
||15 Sep 2006 |
||Robert Bartlett, b. 1567, Puddletown, Dorsetshire, England , d. Yes, date unknown |
||Alice Barker, b. Abt 1569, , , England , d. Yes, date unknown |
||6 Oct 1589
||Puddletown, Dorsetshire, England
||Mary Warren, b. Abt 1610, Greenwich, Kent, England , d. 27 Mar 1683, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age ~ 73 years) |
||28 Mar 1628
||Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts [2, 3]
|+||1. Benjamin Bartlett, b. Bef 6 Jun 1633, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 21 Aug 1691, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age ~ 58 years)|
| ||2. Rebecca Bartlett, b. Bef Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. Bef 15 Jul 1658, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age ~ 23 years)|
| ||3. Mary Bartlett, b. 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 26 Sep 1692, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age 58 years)|
|+||4. Sarah Bartlett, b. 1680, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. Bef 14 Jun 1680, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age 0 years)|
|+||5. Joseph Bartlett, b. 1639, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 18 Feb 1712, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age 73 years)|
| ||6. Elizabeth Bartlett, b. 1643, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 17 Feb 1713, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age 70 years)|
| ||7. Lydia Bartlett, b. 8 Jun 1648, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 11 Sep 1691, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age 43 years)|
| ||8. Mercy Bartlett, b. 20 Mar 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||9. George Bartlett, b. Abt 1638, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 2 Aug 1669 (Age ~ 31 years)|
||15 Sep 2006 |
- [S7687] Robert Bartlett of the "Anne" and his descendants for four generations, Robert S. Wakefield, (Plymouth, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, c2000), 10 (Reliability: 3).
- [S7707] Great Migration Begins, Robert Charles Anderson, (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1995), CD containing all volumes..
- [S7687] Robert Bartlett of the "Anne" and his descendants for four generations, Robert S. Wakefield, (Plymouth, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, c2000), 1 (Reliability: 3).