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     Lucy was born in Northborough but the family moved to Townsend when she was a toddler. They returned to Northborough when she was about 12, and probably lived in the comfortable, brick house at 181 East Main Street until she married. She didn't have to look hard for her groom. He was her next door neighbor, although about a mile away, and he was also her first cousin once removed and would have known each other since childhood. She moved with Perley and their first baby to Wendell, Massachusetts, about 1798, then to Deerfield, and with two more children to Wilmington, Vermont, about 1801. When Perley died she received a third of his estate, as was the custom of the time.
     The following is a description of her legal (dower) right to the Bartlett homestead, as outlined in Perley's estate papers:

"...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 barn celler 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"

(31 December 1845).

     By the time the last of the family farm had been sold in 1848, Lucy had moved to Jackson Township, NY , where her sons Lowell and Lyman had settled with their families. The 1850 census says she was living with her daughter Lucy Pettee and her family in Wilmington. 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)

BARTLETT - At Wilmington, VT, Feb. 25, Lucy, aged 96, widow of Perley Bartlett.

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 9os.

children of Perley and Lucy (Bartlett) Bartlett:

i. Curtis R., b. 7 January 1797 (Northborough, MA vital records)
ii. Lyman, b. abt 1798 (twin?, b. Wendell?, MA)
iii. Hannah, b. abt 1798 (twin?, b. 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
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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