Henry appears to have come to Boston, MA, on the ship Retorne
as a servant of John Frank. In accordance with an ordinance requiring that all minors boarding ships at the port of Bristol, England, be accounted for,
it is recorded that a Henry Bartlett became Johnís servant on 15 May 1667.(1) It was also very likely the subject of this article who
appears in an inventory taken of the estate of Gregory Belcher of Braintree, MA, who died 25 November 1674.(2) Henry is listed as a servant valued at 5 lbs. More
specifically, he was probably an apprentice. Henry surely was the man of that name who,
on 24 August 1675, is credited with military service under Capt. Isaac Johnson for which he was to receive 2 lbs, 14 shillings.
He is also in a list of men in Johnsonís company recorded on December 10, 1675, where he is referred to as being from Braintree, MA.
He served in the Narragansett Campaign (perhaps the Great Swamp Fight of 1675), during which he "froze his feet."(3)
He is recorded as being a resident of Marlborough, but this reference, perhaps the entire report of his injuries, may post-date the time of his service
by a matter of years. He supposedly was in that town by 1680, but the first found record of his residence there is his marriage two years later. In 1688 the town taxed him for a very modest 6 pence among others taxed for their "person and estate."(4)
His descendants are barely mentioned in Marlborough even though they appear in that townís vital records. They lived in a rural
area at the border of Marlborough between later towns such as Westborough and Northborough. An abstract of land grants cites two instances where Henry's name appears among the grantees, no date given, but surely after 1688.(5) Henry and his family were assigned to the protection of two different garrisons in Marlborough at different times, once to Thomas Howe's and once to Nathan Brigham's (1711).(6) Joseph Stratton was also assigned to the latter garrison and appears among the witnesses to Daniel Bartlett's land purchases in 1713.(7) That land was partly abutted by that of Nathan Brigham, but the garrison was supposedly close to the center of the village. If Henry lived near where Daniel eventually settled, they would much more likely have been at the neighboring Samuel Goodenow garrison. No probate records appear for Henry, or any record of his death. Little else has been found about him. On 2 March 1706/1707 he was elected one of the Marlborough's tythingmen (collector of church taxes), and he was re-elected to that office on 6 March 1709/1710.(8)
children of Henry and Mary (Bush) Bartlett:
i. Mary b. 3 October 1683
ii. Elizabeth b. 27 February 1686, m. John Prentiss
iii. Daniel b. 6 April 1691
v. Henry b. October 1696, died young
vi. Henry b. 29 August 1701
vii. Martha b. 29 August 1701
viii. Lydia b. 17 August 1704, d. 1722
vital records sources: Henry's marriage record comes from the Marlborough, MA, vital records.
1. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 93, pg. 382.
2. A reference to the inventory and Henry being in it was found on the internet (http://www.uftree.com/UFT/WebPages/Theovial/VIAL/d1/i0001143.htm).
Thanks to Jack Bartlett for pointing this out to me.
3. Court Files, Middlesex Co., MA, 1675-1695.
4. this and the next two notes are from published accounts of Marlborough and/or Middlesex County records, details to be cited.
7. Marlborough town meeting minutes (LDS microfilm).
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