Henry Clay Bartlett (1828-1848)


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Henry Clay Bartlett


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Henry Clay BARTLETT, fifth son and tenth child of Jesse BARTLETT and Frances CALLAWAY, was born on 17 March 18281 in Illinois.2

He was not quite four years old when the family arrived in Texas in late 1831 from Illinois.3

In the Mexican War he served as a corporal in Company G of the First Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers.  He was mustered into federal service on 25 May 1847, received a disability discharge on 11 Jan 1848, and was mustered out of service on 1 May 1848.4  He died in Mexico on 4 January 1848, at age 19, after drinking from a poisoned well.5,6


1. Holy Bible (Philadelphia, Pa.: M. Carey & Son, 1817), p. 678. This bible was originally owned by Jesse Bartlett and Frances Callaway Bartlett and was in the possession of Ruby Lynn Shelton, Rice, Tex., in 1974. On the flyleaf, believed to be in Jesse's hand, is "Jesse Bartlett his Book."
2. Supposition as to place, based on family's residence.
3. Joseph C. Bartlett, letter to Gen. Robertson, 9 May 1873, "J. C. Bartlett 1873-76" folder, box 2H118, Texas Veterans' Association Papers, A-Fn, Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin, Tex. (stating that he arrived in Texas in December 1831; presumably brother Henry and the rest of the family came with him).
4. Charles D. Spurlin, comp., Texas Veterans in the Mexican War: Muster Rolls of Texas Military Units (Nacogdoches, Tex.: Ericson Books, 1984), p. 99.
5. Anvaline Provence, letter to Theretta Pickel, undated (copy obtained 26 May 1974 by Roger Bartlett from Ann McFadin Miller, Corpus Christi, Texas) (quoting 4 Dec 1907 letter from Emmeline Bartlett Tate to Anvaline Meredith Provence mentioning the poisoned well).
6. Probate Records, Washington County, Texas, Estate of Henry Clay Bartlett, Deceased, file 107.

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