Robert Bartlett, of the Hartford Colony

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Robert Bartlett

Birthplace: Cherrington, England
Death: March 14, 1676
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts (Killed by Indians)
Place of Burial: Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bartlett and Joanne/ Joan Bartlett
Husband of Anna Bartlett (Warringer)
Father of Samuel Bartlett; Abigail Strong; Nathaniel Bartlett and Deborah Cowls

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About Robert Bartlett, of the Hartford Colony

Robert Bartlett

  • Birth: Circa 1612 - England
  • Death: Mar 14 1676 - Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Parents: John Bartlett, Joane Bartlett (is this proven?)
  • Wife: Anna


Parents: unknown


  1. Anna (____ - 1676)

their 4 children:

  1. Abigail Bartlett Stebbins Strong (1636 - 1689)*
  2. Samuel Bartlett (1639 - 1712)*
  3. Nathaniel Bartlett (1643 - 1691)*
  4. Deborah Bartlett Cowls (1645 - 1711)*

Biographical Summary:

Robert Bartlett, Cambridge, 1632, if, as probable, he came in the "Lion,”' September 16 of that year. He was an original proprietor of Hartford, receiving eight acres in the division of 1639-40. He lived on the west side of a highway, west of what is now Lafayette St.; freeman, April 10, 1645; chimney-viewer, 1650; removed to Northampton about 1655; killed by the Indians March 14, 1675-6.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 229. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Robert left London, England aboard the ship, LYON on 22 Jun 1632 and it arrived in Boston on 16 Sept 1632. Robert was among 132 passengers, 50 of which were children. He first settled in Cambridge; moved to Hartford in 1639. Robert was one of the original proprietors of Hartford, CT, receiving 800 acres in the division 1639-1640. Those who arrived with Thomas Hooker left England to avoid persecution. He lived on the west side of the highway, now known as Lafayette Street. He was a freeman in 1645. In 1646 while in CT he was convicted of slander and received six months imprisonment, time in the pillory, a fine, and a whipping.. He was a chimney viewer in 1650. In 1655/56 he moved to Northampton, Hampshire, MA.

By the end of his life he was a prosperous and respected resident of Northampton. The Bartlett homestead on Pleasant Street in Northampton remained in the Bartlett family for 125 years. Robert Bartlett was killed by Indians during the Northampton raid in King Philip's War. Indians broke through the palisades at the lower end of Pleasant Street and set fire to nine houses. Killed along with Bartlett were Thomas Holton, Mary Webb Earle, Increase Whelstone, and James Mackramels. Despite the loss of life the Northampton battle was a victory for the colonials. Unknown to the Indians Northampton had been recently reinforced with two companies of soldiers under Major Robert Treat and one company under Captain William Turner. With these reinforcements Northampton was able to inflict many casualties on the Indians, who were led by Sancumachu, and drive them off.


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Robert Bartlett, of the Hartford Colony's Timeline

March 14, 1616
Age 22
Northampton, Hampshire County, Colony of Massachusetts, British Colonial America
September 6, 1640
Age 24
Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 25
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
March 8, 1645
Age 28
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
March 14, 1676
Age 60
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA