Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
BARTLETT, JOHN W., a retired farmer living in Springfield, Ill., has been a resident of Sangamon County for more than forty years. He was born in Loudoun County, Va., October 10, 1837, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Eberhardt) Bartlett, the former a native of West Virginia and the latter of Virginia. The father was of English and the mother of German descent, and they became parents of seven daughters and one son. The father was a cooper by trade and both he and his wife died in Virginia. John W. Bartlett was educated in the country and had to pay tuition to attend school held in the log schoolhouse in the neighborhood of this father's farm. After leaving school he worked at farm work about one year at eight dollars a month and his board, and later learned the trade of carpenter, at which he worked but a short time and he then resumed farming.
Mr. Bartlett came to Sangamon County, Ill., in 1870, and carried on farming in Rochester Township and Mt. Auburn until a few years ago. He now lives at 1624 East Brown Street, Springfield. He was an energetic an successful farmer and won the respect and confidence of his neighbors and associates. He is a Methodist in church affiliations and in politics is a Republican.
Mr. Bartlett was married in Taylorville, Ill., in 1885, to Miss Mary J. Wiley, who was born in Christian County, where her parents were early settlers. They were from Indiana and both died in Christian County, where the father carried on blacksmith business to the time of his death. Two children were born to Mr. Bartlett and his wife, of whom one survives: Lydia L., wife of Joseph Rudolph, who is employed in the Wabash Railroad Company shops at Springfield. Mr. Rudolph and his wife have one son, Arthur. Mr. Bartlett is well and favorably known in Springfield and has many friends.