Submitted by Christi Hamblen; transcribed by Virginia Goodrow.
Rufus Bartlett Will
Fork Ridge Marshall County VA April 24, 1862
In the name of God Amen
Know all men by these presents that I Rufus Bartlett being of sound mind do bequeath First that my funeral expenses be paid Second that my honest debits be paid Third that I will to my son-in-law John Rulong my homestead farm situated on Fork Ridge in Marshall Co Va and that he in consideration pay to each of the other heirs the sum of five hundred dollars except Elbridge G. Bartlett him two hundred dollars and to each of his two oldest sons One hundred and fifty dollars Fourth the balance of my property both personal and real be all sold (except what has been verbally willed) and equally divided between all the heirs except Elbridge G Bartlett except the Farm situated in Warren Co Iowa it shall not be sold until the expiration of three years then sold and equally divided amongst all the heirs. Fifth the homestead farm shall not be sold by the said John Rulong to any other than one of the actual heirs until the expiration of fifteen years Sixth the said John Rulong shall pay to each of the heirs the amount due of the Homestead Farm as follows he shall commence by first paying Sharlott Harris second Aurilla A. Purdy third Erastus G. Bartlett fourth Elbridge G. Bartlett & sons Fifth Melissa J. Harris Sixth Caroline R. Meyer and Seventh Ide M. Bartlett. Seventh all moneys not payed over to the heirs by the said John Rulong at the expiration of five years he John Rulong shall pay four per cent interest until payed. Eight I also appoint my son Erastus George Bartlett and John Rulong his assistant administrator to collect all moneys and pay all debts Ninhth shortly after my death all personal property (except what has been verbally willed) shall be sold for the profit of said heirs.
Witness my hand and seal this 24th day of April 1862.
Rufus (his X mark) Bartlett
James Niyan? mark
I J. B. Lydick a Justice of the County do certify that the names above signed was done in my county on the 24th day of April 1861 and in my presents willingly and acording to the request of Rufus Bartlett as given under my hand an seal.
J. B. Lydick J.P.
Submitted by Christi Hamblen
This short biography of ELBRIDGE G. BARTLETT, son of Rufus and Cleopatra, is from "Directory of Warren County"(Iowa), Whitebreast Township. It was published about 1880. The volume was found in the Masonic Library, Linn County Genealogy Society, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by James Johnson. (And later elsewhere.)
Bartlett, E. G., farmer and merchant: lives in Lacona; owns forty acres of land in Sec. 27. and his hotel and store property in Lacona; he was born March 10, 1821, in West Virginia; he moved to Adams county, Illinois, in 1843, and to this county in 1853; he is one of the leading men of the township; has been elected justice of the peace, a position he now holds; has also been township clerk, trustee and county supervisor; he went to Pikes Peak in 1859, and spent two and one-half years, when he returned to this place; he was secretary of the first school board and built the first school-house; built the first frame house and set out the first orchard in the township; he is now postmaster, and keeps the office in his store, where he also keeps a large stock of dry goods groceries, etc.; he also keeps a hotel, where the weary traveler always finds rest and a hearty welcome from the landlord; he is a printer by trade, but has done nothing at it of late years; he was twice married, first, December 18, 1843, to Sara, daughter of John Potter, of West Virginia; they had seven children: Beatrice A., Rufus L., Eugene C., Izorah, Ediadore S., Horace G., Nettie M.; Beatrice A., Rufus J., Eugene C. and Izorah are dead; wife died December 6, 1879; married again May 22, 1881, Mrs. Eliza L. Coles, daughter of Jonathan Morris, of West Virginia; they have had four children; Lola, Elbridge G., Dale and an infant; E. G. and Dale are dead.
E. G. married Sarah Beatrice Potter 18 Dec 1843 in Pennsylvania. (Her family had lived in Donegal Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.) They lived in Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois after they married and moved to Lacona , Whitebreast twp, Warren Co, Iowa in 1853.
They had 7 children:1-Beatrice A. (who is buried in the Shupe cemetery in Whitebreast township, Warren County, Iowa)
2 - Rufus L. Bartlett who died before 1880
3- Eugene C. Bartlett,, who was born in 1848 in Illinois, and died before 1880 in Iowa
4-Eliadore Sophia Bartlett, b 27 Sep 1850, in Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois, and Died 26 Nov 1921 in Barber, Ada Co., Idaho and buried 27 Nov 1921 in Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada Co., Idaho.
5-Horace G. Bartlett, b 1856 in Iowa, m. Josephine Gage in Montana.
6- Zora (Isorah) Bartlett b 1858 in Iowa
7- Nettie M. Bartlett, b 1854, m. Nelson Ebert.
Sarah Beatrice was born in Pennsylvania. Her mother was Rachel Supler. According to the Directory of Warren County her father was John Potter who was born in (W)VA. Sarah died of tuberculosis, 6 Dec 1879.
See bio of E. G. B. in "Directory of Warren County" published in 1880 for 2nd family and other info.
E. G. B. went to Pikes Peak gold rush in 1859. This was not limited to the actual mountain but what is now referred to as the Front Range in Colorado. There were numerous gold fields. Many '59ers turned back home because there were so many prospectors. The fact that EGB remained for 2 and one-half years (Directory of Warren County) showed at least perseverance. We don't know how successful he was in his search for gold but in 1870 he was considered a successful businessman, managing the post office, a hotel and had acreage as well.