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History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


Warren Bartlett, farmer, P. O. West Union.  Among the most successful farmers of Melrose Township may be mentioned Warren Bartlett.  He is a native of Clark County, Ill., born May 20, 1825, and raised within half a mile of his present home.  His father, James Bartlett, was born in York State, in May 1792, where he grew to maturity and married to Hannah M. Tuladay, of York State.  She was born about 1793.  They settled near York, this county, in 1818, where they made a residence of one year, removing then to what is now Melrose Township.  Here he entered a tract of land and proceeded to make for himself a home of the then wild country.  At that time there were very few families in the county, and of course this family witnessed all of the hardships incident to an untamed country, filled with their native inhabitants, Indians.  Our subject vividly remembers the roving tribes which occupied the country, and used to amuse the elder people by wrestling with young Indian lads.  Mr. Bartlett raised a family of six children who grew to maturity, besides three which died in youth.  Of this
family the subject is the sixth.  The mother died in this county in 1833, and the father, in June 1871, having spent fifty-three years of his life in this county.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was buried with the honors of that ancient brotherhood.  Warren was given such educational advantages as were to be had, consisting of about three months each winter.
He was married May 30, 1847, to Miss Sarah Ann Smith, daughter of John and Charlotte Smith.  She was born in Ohio, March 7, 1825, and came to this county with her parents in 1846, and died here on the 2nd of August 1878, leaving a family of ten children, of whom one is deceased.  She was for several years a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the last ten or twelve years was a member of the United Brethren Church.    Devoted to her church and to her family, the loss in her death is felt by a large circle of friends, whose confidence and love she enjoyed in the fullest degree, but more especially by her husband and family, to whom she appears to have performed the office of guardian angel.  The record of the family is as
follows:  Delilah H., born June 4, 1848, married to Thomas J. Snavely; Perry C. Bartlett, born September 8, 1851, married Miss Sarah Janney, two children, viz:   Ethelbert and Avery B. Bartlett; Charlotte M., born Jun 23, 1853, married Jeremiah Grant, and died November 1876, leaving two children, viz:  Edward Grant and Nellie F. Grant, the former in the family of Joseph Smith, and the latter a member of subject's family; Martha A. Bartlett, born January 30, 1855; Jefferson Bartlett, born April 7, 1857; Iredell Bartlett, born February 2, 1859; Warren, born May 6, 1861, married to Mary J. Scott, widow of James Scott, and daughter of James W. and Mary J. Boyles, one child, Dora May Scott, Joseph Bartlett, born December 14, 1862; William N. Bartlett, born October 7, 1865; Edward E. Bartlett, born August 18, 1869. Mr. Warren Bartlett is a member of the United Brethren Church, and labors assiduously for the promotion of temperance or total abstinence.

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