- Forefathers and Descendants of Willard & Genevieve Bartlett and of Allied Families
published by Moulton - McGehee - Endress St Louis, MO 1952
by Genevieve Wilson Bartlett
"Richard Bartlett of Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635, ancestor of this branch of the family in America, Married in England and his eldest child was born there in 1610. He died in Newbury, May 20, 1647. He bought one of the famous Breeches Bibles twenty years before he came to America, said to be the rarest volume to be found in any library of the first settlers. The Bible record as written by him in it, gives an authentic foundation for the beginning of this family in America. The New England Historic Genealogical Society kindly permits reproduction of a page of the Register 40:203, 1886, see pg 2."
"Estate of Richard Bartlett of Newbury:
The Testimony of William Titcombe & Anthony Somersby concerning the last will and testament of Richard Bartlett sen. of Newbury deceased the 20th of May 1647. About a month before he deceased we being with him and two of his sonnes being present he being very ill and had bene weake all the spring finding in himself that he was not like to continew he deserved us to take notice of what his mind was concerning that small estate he had how he would dispose of it. As for his sonne John Bartlett, he had done for him more than the rest of his children & at that time did not dispose any to him. To his sonne Christofer Bartlett he did bequeath the debt which lately he had borrowed of him which was five bushels of wheat if soe it should please the lord to take him away at this sickness or ells if he should lye long vizitted his necessity should require that he should pay it againe. To his daughter Johan wife of William Titcombe he bequeathed one paire of new shoes for herselfe & her foure daughters each one pair of shoes. And all the rest of his goods and chattels that were not disposed of he bequeathed wholly to his sonne Richard Bartlett whom he made his sole heire & executor. I, Anthony Somersby, the next day Pswaded him to give something to his sonne John Bartlett his answer was that he had bene with his sonne Richard Bartlett this twelve months & all that he had was to little for him to give seing that he had bene weake & ill & could do little but lay upon his sonnes charges; besides he said if I should lye long sick I shall be chargable to Richard & not to any of the rest and for John I have done more formely yet I will give him the warming pan and upon his sonnes request he gave him a great bible; this he spake being in pfect memory & soe continuewed to his last breath.
The first part of this will proved 28:7:1647 by Mr Rawson, the whole by Anthony Somersby (Ipswich Deeds, Vol. 1, leaf 25).
Inventory of estate of Richard Bartlett of Newsberry, shoemaker, deceased May 21, 1647, taken by William (his mark) Titcombe, John Bartlett & Anthony Somersby: in leather, 2 li. 15s.; his wearing apparrell, 1li. 4s.; 2 paire of course canvas sheets, 1 li. 1s.; one old shirt and napkin, 2s. 1d.; one old coverlet and a blanket, 1 li.; one old flock bed & a bolster, 1 li.: one old great kettle, 12s.; one paire of pott hangers, 1s. 4d.; one brasse pott, 10s.; two little kettles, 5s.; one small brasse morter, 7s 6d.; one warming pan, 6s.; one great bible, 12s.; some other small books, 7s.; one cow, 4 li. 15s.; his working geare and lasts, 4s.; old pewter platters and an old pint pott, 2s.; one spit and frying pan, 3s. 6d.; one small musket ?s.; one paire bellowes, 1s.; bushell bagg, 2 old chests, a stone bottle & a halfe bushell bag, 5s.; his debts, 4 li.19s.; in silv., 2 li. 5s. (Iswich Deeds, Vol. 1 leaf 25, 26: Probate Rec. Essex Co, Mass., Vol 1, 1635.)
Richard Bartlett came to Newbury in the ship 'Mary and John' in 1634, being one of the earliest settlers. Newbury was not incorporated until 1635, which was the date of his settlement there. He died 5-25-1647. There is no record of his wife; she probably having died in England. Children: 1-Richard, 2- Christopher born 1623, 3-John, 4 Joanna married William Titcomb, one of the early settlers and proprietors of the town of Newbury. (Hudson-Mohawk Family histories, Vol 1, pg 320)
His family bible - one of the famous "Breeches Bibles" (so-called from the translation of the word for the original garment worn by Adam & Eve) is now owned by William Bartlett, of Lowell, who received it from his father, Rev Samuel C Bartlett, late president of Dartmouth College. (Family History of Central NY, Vol II, pg 835)