About John Bartlett
John Bartlett b. June 14, 1820 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, US, d. December 3, 1905
John Bartlett was an American writer and publisher whose best known work, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, has been continually revised and reissued for a century after his death.
Parents: William Bartlett 1786-1863 and Susan Thatcher b. 1794
Wife: Hannah Willard, daughter of Sidney Willard
Bartlett was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to William Bartlett and Susan Thacher. His father was a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims Love Brewster, a founder of the town of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; Elder William Brewster, the Pilgrim colonist leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony; and John Alden, who was hired as a cooper in Southampton, England, just before the voyage to America and who along with the Brewsters were signers of the Mayflower Compact. His mother was a direct descendant of Anthony and Elizabeth Thacher who were the sole survivors of a terrible shipwreck on August 14, 1635 in which twenty one passengers including their four children were drowned. Thacher Island, a small island off Cape Ann on the Massachusetts coast in the United States is named after them.