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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Hon. Solomon Bartlett, farmer, and proprietor of a saw and grist mill on the Gasconade River, in Cullen Township, was born in Miller County, Mo., in 1831, being a son of John M. and Elizabeth (Russell) Bartlett, who were born in Kentucky in 1798 and 1800, and died in Missouri in 1871 and 1848, respectively. The father was of French descent, and was married about 1818, coming to Miller County, Mo., in 1820, but afterward became a resident of Moniteau County. Seven of their twelve children are living: Solomon, Nancy (widow of B. P. Sailling), Louisa, John G., Reuben H., Hiram F. and Sarah. Solomon resided on his father’s farm until seventeen years of age, when he left home and took the overland route to California, making the trip in ninety days. He spent three years in that State working in the mines, and in 1853 returned home via the Isthmus of Panama and New York City, and located in Moniteau County, where he was engaged in merchandising for three years, and then sold out, and the following two years was engaged in farming. In 1854 he married Miss Martha Matthews, who was born in Boone County, Mo., in 1833, and died in 1874, having borne two children: Crocia Ann, wife of A. B. Brownfield, and George W. In 1877 Mr. Bartlett married Miss Martha Bond, who was born in Miller County, Mo., in 1846, and died in 1881. In 1857 he became a citizen of Pulaski County, Mo., and purchased sixteen acres of land, and began operating a saw and grist mill which was on the land. He erected his present mill in 1866, which is provided with two buhrs, the saw-mill being run by water power. In politics he is a Democrat, and in 1864 was elected to the State Legislature, and served one term. The same year he enlisted in Company A, Forty-eighth Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry, United States Army, as second lieutenant, and was promoted to first lieutenant, and in June, 1865, was discharged at St. Louis. After the war he was elected as supervisor of registration, and served two years.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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