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Henry Bartlett

     HENRY BARTLETT was a member of the banking firm of Bartlett & Wallace, of Clayton, Illinois and one of the most prominent business men of that place. He was born at Kingston, Illinois on October 9, 1847. He comes from an influential family of English origin, founded in America during early Colonial days. Henry's father Nathaniel Gorham Bartlett was a grandson and namesake of Nathaniel Gorham of Massachusetts (one of the two signers of the Constitution of the United States from Massachusetts). Henry's father Nathaniel Gorham Bartlett was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts about 1796 and at the age of seventeen years was graduated from Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
     Nathaniel's parents were George and Mary Gorham Bartlett. His Mother Mary Gorham Bartlett was a daughter of Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796) who was a signer of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
     After his graduation Nathaniel became a clerk in a hardware store, where he remained for some time, leaving that position to become a clerk in the Recorder's Office of Boston. After working in the Recorder's Office for several years, Nathaniel G. Bartlett went to Canada, where he resided for about fourteen years, engaged in teaching school and farming. At the end of that time, he returned to Boston, where he remained a short time and then in 1838 emigrated Westward, locating in Beverly Township, Adams County, Illinois. In 1841, Nathaniel G. Bartlett married Laura Mills, who was born in 1811 in Canton, Connecticut. They settle on a farm near Kingston, Illinois where they resided until 1850 when they moved to Liberty Township. They remained living there until 1869 moving in March of that year to Clayton, Illinois. Nathaniel G. Bartlett resided in Clayton until his death in November 1871 at the age of seventy four years. Laura his wife survived him for another twenty years and departed this life in Clayton on January 20, 1892 at the aged of eight-one years.
     The siblings of Nathaniel G. Bartlett were as follows: Rebecca married Elijah Vose Jr., a hardware merchant, of Boston and to them were born five children, one of whom was Judge Henry Vose of Boston; Catherine was the wife of the Rev. James Walker, who for many years was a President of Harvard College; Henry Bartlett was a leading physician of Roxburg, Massachusetts; George was lost at sea, while engaged on a merchant marine vessel; and John C. was a physician who resided at Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
     The brothers and sisters of Henry Bartlett are as follows: James Bartlett born in 1842 in Kingston, Illinois. He married Catherine Ayers and resides in Wayne, Nebraska, where he has accumulated a considerable property, being a large land-owner and prominent business man. He served three years during the war, as a member of Company F, Seventy-eighth Regiment of Illinois Infantry. Charles was born in 1844. He enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Fifty-first Regiment Illinois Infantry, in February, 1865 and died at Columbus, Georgia in October of 1865. Charles is buried in the National Cemetery, at Andersonville, Georgia. Mary was born in 1845 in Kingston, Illinois and died at Clayton in October 1891 never having married. Joseph died in infancy. Laura C. was born in 1857 in Kingston. Laura married Frederick Kuntz of Clayton and resided there.
Henry Bartlett attended the common schools of his native town and was a student in a private school at Payson, Illinois under Mr. Wallace for one year. He was reared on the family farm, but when he attained his majority his father disposed of his farm and removed to Clayton with the family. In 1869, he purchased a half-interest in the drug business of Loyd & Miller of Clayton, succeeding Mr. Loyd and remained in the drug business for nearly five years. He has been connected with various business enterprises. At one time Henry was a member of the grocer firm of A.M. Lackey & Co. and the firm of Henry Bartlett & Co. merchants. He has continued his business career until now when he is engaged in the banking business of Clayton, as a partner of J. R. Wallace, under the firm's name of Bartlett & Wallace. They are operating one of the leading moneyed institutions of the community while the enterprise and thrift of the members of the firm enable them to conduct an excellent business.
     In 1875, Henry Bartlett married Susan M., daughter of Abel M. Lackey of Brown County, Illinois. Two children were born into this marriage; Charles L. born in 1879; and Bertha E. in 1881. The parents are widely known in this community and rank high in social circles. Their home is one of the most beautiful residences of Clayton, a modern dwelling containing twelve rooms. It was erected by Henry at a cost of $4,000 and is tastefully and elegantly furnished while being supplied with all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.
     In early manhood, Mr. Bartlett united with the Baptist Church and has since been a faithful and consistent member. He takes an active interest in church and Sunday-school work and has been Treasurer several terms. In politics, he is a Republican and his ardent adherence to the interest of his party none would ever doubt. He has served his township as Supervisor for nine years and was Director of the School Board for six years. Henry Bartlett served as an efficient knowledgeable President of the Town Board for one year.


[SOURCE: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF ADAMS COUNTY, ILLINOIS, Published: Chapman Bros-Chicago-1992 - Compiled by: Donna Catlin]

South Side Cemetery, Clayton, IL
Row 10 - S. to N.

Bartlett, Nathaniel G. d. 14 Nov. 1870 74yrs old
   Lura M. w/o N. G. 17 Jan. 1811 - 20 Jan. 1892 81yrs, 3ds
   Henry 9 Oct. 1847 - 1 Sept. 1923
   Susan M. w/o Henry 28 Feb. 1858 - 18 Aug. 1909
   Mary G. d/o N. G. & L. M. 19 Apr. 1845 - 30 Oct. 1891 45yrs, 6mos, 11ds
(footstones: H. B. and S. M. B.)
Krugh, Bertha E. 1881 - 1918
Bartlett, Charles L. 1877 - 1953
   Jane (Roby) 1876 - 1961

Row 9 - S. to N.

Kuntz, Frederick 1851 - 1929
   Laura C. 1853 - 1935
[Source: Cemeteries of Adams County Vol. V]


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