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Jesse Marshall Bartlett


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Marshall, as he seems to have been known, was born on 17 June 18221 in Knox County, Tennessee2, the third son and seventh child of Jesse BARTLETT and Frances CALLAWAY.2a  He is one of many Bartlett men, before and after him, to be named Jesse.  The name Marshall, which appears several times in later generations, probably honored one of his mother's brothers, James Marshall CALLAWAY (1790-1865).

He was about three years old when the family moved from Tennessee to Illinois and was age nine when they arrived in Texas in late 1831.3

His father and mother had died in 1838 and 1840 respectively, and in the early 1840's he and most of his siblings moved north from Washington County, Texas, where the family had lived. It appears that, unlike the others, who settled in what is now northeastern Navarro County, Texas, he located on Chambers Creek, near what was known as Howe's Settlement or Forreston, in what is now Ellis County.4

It appears that he served six weeks as a private (mounted volunteers) in the Bastrop Company in the Pasquez campaign, an expedition to San Antonio under the command of General Edward Burleson, in the spring of 1842. In the Mexican War he served for a year, from 2 Aug 1846 to 17 Aug 1847, as a private in Thomas J. Smith's Company, Texas Mounted Volunteers. He received warrants for eighty acres of bounty land for his service.5,6,7,8

He never married and died on 4 February 1851 at age 28.9


1. Holy Bible (Philadelphia, Pa.: M. Carey & Son, 1817), p. 678 (giving only the date). This bible was originally owned by Jesse Bartlett and Frances Callaway Bartlett and was in the possession of Ruby Lynn Shelton, Rice, Tex., in 1974. On the flyleaf, believed to be in Jesse's hand, is "Jesse Bartlett his Book."
2. Supposition as to place, based on family's residence.
2a. Transcript, Bartlett's Heirs v. Mary A. Hubert, case M-2846, Texas Supreme Court Papers, Texas State Archives, p. 1 (naming Marshall Bartlett of Navaro [sic] County, Texas as a child and heir at law of Jesse Bartlett).
3. Joseph C. Bartlett, letter to Gen. Robertson, 9 May 1873, "J. C. Bartlett 1873-76" folder, box 2H118, Texas Veterans' Association Papers, A-Fn, Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin, Tex., (stating that he arrived in Texas in December 1831; presumably brother Marshall and the rest of the family came with him).
4. The Ellis County History Workshop, History of Ellis County Texas (Ennis, Tex.:, 1972), pp. 17, 103 (stating that he settled near Howe settlement in 1844).
5. Charles D. Spurlin, comp., Texas Veterans in the Mexican War: Muster Rolls of Texas Military Units (Nacogdoches, Tex.: Ericson Books, 1984), pp. 175-76, 209.
6. Bounty land file, Jesse Marshall Bartlett, Mexican War, file BLWT 3461-47-40, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
7. Muster roll, Smith's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Mexican War, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
8. Public Debt Papers (claims against the Republic of Texas settled after 1845), Treasury Department, Texas State Archives, box 2-12/94 (Marshall Bartlett) (Pasquez campaign).
9. Holy Bible (New York, N.Y.: B. Waugh & T. Mason, 1834). This bible was originally owned by Nathan A. McFadin and Eliza Bartlett and was in the possession of Mabel McFadin Planchon, Uvalde, Tex., in 1953. Inside is a statement that the book was the property of Nathan A. McFadin and was bought 28 Oct 1840. Ann McFadin Miller provided a typescript of the family record pages to Roger Bartlett on 26 May 1974.

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