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Lucy was born in Northborough but the family moved to Townsend, Massachusetts, when she was a toddler. They returned to Northborough when she was about 12. She didn't have to look far for her groom. He was her next door neighbor and her first cousin once removed. Because of numerous Bartlett marriages into the families of John and Abraham How of Marlborough, they were cousins many times over beyond the Bartlett connection. She moved with Perley and baby Curtis (and she was already pregnant with Lyman) to Wendell, Massachusetts, in 1797, then to Deerfield, and with two more children, ended up in Wilmington, Vermont, about 1801. When Perley died she received here traditional dower thirds of his estate.
     The following is a description of her legal (dower) right to the Bartletthomestead, as outlined in Perley's estate papers on 31 December 1845:

"...two west rooms in second story of dwelling house and all the two upper stories or stairs in said house so far east as the west side of the stairway leading thereto, with priveledges of the hall and stairway which may be necessary for the free enjoyment of the above described, also the north wood shed and small building attached,also the stable and scaffold in the west end of the large barn with priveledges in the floorway or driveways as may be necessary for carting, threshing,foddering, etc. Also the west barn, shed entire. Also the west half of the barnceller under the east floor proprtioned right of the barn yard and watering place and right of ingress.

total value $1616.33, full third part of estate"

By the time the last of the family farm had been sold in 1848, Lucy had moved to Jackson Township, New York, where her son Lyman was living. This was just west of the village of Shushan. The 1850 census says she was living with her daughter Lucy Pettee and her family back in Wilmington. Dr. Pettee's house and office were demolished to built the Town Hall. By the 1860 enumeration she was living with her son Curtis, still in Wilmington. She died at the Pettees just short of her 96th birthday and is buried beside Perley behind the Congregational church in Wilmington. A death notice was found in The Pittsfield Sun:1

death notice (with wrong day) in the Vermont Recorder and Farmer, 4 March 1868

Lucy was in a maternal line of long-lived women. She, her mother, one, maybe two of her daughters and two of her granddaughters lived to be in their 90s.

children of Lucy Bartlett and Perley Bartlett:

i. Curtis R., b. 7 January 1797 (Northborough, MA vital records)
ii. Hannah, bap. 3 September 1797, Wendell, MA
iii. Lyman, bap. 7 July 1799, Wendell, MA
iv. Avery, b. abt 1801 (Wilmington, VT)
v. Jonas b. 10 April 1803
vi. Lois, b. abt 1805
vii. Lowell, b. abt. 1808
viii. Elmer b. abt 1809
ix. Lucy, b. abt 1811
x. Perley, b. abt 1813

vital records sources: Lucy's birth and marriage dates come from the Northborough, MA, vital records. Her death date comes from her gravestone in Rest Land Cemetery, Wilmington, VT.

1. issue of 12 March 1868, p. 3.

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