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Bartlett Family Papers


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Thomas Bartlett (1767-1857), a ship carpenter, was the second son of John Barlett ( -1783) of Maryland and Sarah Moore (1735-1810) of Pennsylvania. He had two siblings: Ann Bartlett (1770-1831), of Philadelphia, PA and Columbia, PA and Edward Bartlett (1766-1838), of Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as half-siblings Mary Ann Cockburn (1753-1810) and John Moore Cockburn (1755-1824) from his mother's first marriage. Thomas, Edward, and Ann were beneficiaries of their mother's will in 1810.

Thomas's father, John Bartlett, was a customs clerk at the Port of Philadelphia for the British government when the American Revolutionary War came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He fled to New York City in 1778, and his property in Southwark was forfeited due to his service to the British government.

In 1807, Thomas's mother, Sarah (Moore) Bartlett, was listed as one of the heirs in the will left by her aunt, Susannah Swett. In the same year, Sarah's sister, Ann (Moore) Loudon, also left the majority of her large estate to Sarah and her daughter, Ann.

Beginning in the 1814 Philadelphia City Directory until 1822, Thomas Bartlett and his sister Ann begin to appear in the city directories together, living in Southwark, with her working as a seamstress. While living in Philadelphia, the Bartletts still owned property in Columbia, PA and in 1814-1815, Thomas Bartlett was considered a taxable freeholder of that town.

Consists of correspondence, accounts, receipts, and other financial and legal documents related to the settlement of the Bartlett family estate. The materials mainly concern the estates of Sarah Barlett and her sister, Ann Loudon; the property that was left to Sarah's children; the handling of that property for the legacies that were set up for Sarah's grandchildren; and the difficulties of handling the affairs when parties are located in various locations (Philadelphia, PA; Columbia, PA; Halifax, Nova Scotia). Of note are the materials that document the appointment and legal services of Mary Jones, who acted as Edward Bartlett's attorney in these legal matters in Pennsylvania while he resided in Canada. Other people who significantly contributed to managing the family's affairs include William P. Beatty and Samuel Miller, and to a lesser extent, Thomas Evans.

Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino: American Historical Manuscripts in November 2022 (AM 2024-049).

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This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in April 2024. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in April 2024, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2024 processing.

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Bartlett Family Papers, 1776-1857 (1810-1834). 0.2 linear feet.
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0.2 linear feet

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