Born: 16 May 1812 and baptised 24 May 1812 at South Barrow, Somerset, England
Parents: Samuel Bartlett 1775-1851 and Lucy Braine 1790-1866
Siblings: Lucy Lyde Bartlett 1806-?, Susanna 1807-c 1810 Susanna (or Susan) Bartlett 1810- ?, Mary c1816-?, Hester 1816-1896, Eliza or Lisa c1821-?, Elizabeth c1821-?, Samuel 1825-1906, Abraham 1827-1896, Daniel 1830-1866
Married: Elizabeth Marshall 1810-c1886 on 3 Jan 1843 at Queen Camel, Somerset, England
Offspring: Samuel 1844-?, Elizabeth 1846-1889 (who Married Job Cox Oram) and James “Marshall” Bartlett 1854-1897
Died: 19 May 1895 in South Barrow, Somerset
By the 1841 census James was farming in South Barrow while his father Samuel, born in South Barrow was farming at Standerwick Farm, Foddington, Babcary. In 1843 James married Elizabeth Marshall, daughter of Stawell Marshall or Stowell Marshall.
The earliest record we have found that gives the name of the family’s South Barrow residence is the 1881 census when they were living at Parsonage Farm.
Extract from http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk “The rectory house was repaired in 1400-1. In 1650 it comprised a hall, kitchen and six other rooms built of stone and thatched. It was rebuilt in the 19th century as Parsonage Farm.”
Did James always live in the house that was to become Parsonage Farm?
After James retired Parsonage Farm was run by his son James “Marshall” Bartlett. In 1895 James senior died at the age of 87 years. James’ cousin John Oram 1824-1807 was one of his two executors.
Two years later in 1897 James “Marshall” died leaving a widow and two young children. By the 1901 census Henry Corp is farming Parsonage Farm so presumably the property had to be sold or rented out after James Marshall Bartlett’s death.
Following a request to the Trustees of the Somerset Military Museum Mike Motum of RIFLES identified Marshall’s uniform as
2nd = North Somerset Yeomanry c.1880
– This is confirmed by the form of this undress uniform and the Bath photographer.
– The NSY had an out station covering the Wincanton and Castle Cary area, which would have included South Barrow.
– If JM Bartlett was a farmer, this would fit in well.