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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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S. J. BARTLETT, general merchandise, Melrose, was born in Fleming County, Ky., in 1833, and was reared to the business of general cooperage, his father having been prominently identified with that industry there. In 1855, he engaged in merchandising in Indiana, and located and organized the town of Bartlettsville, Lawrence County, Ind., where he was prominently identified with merchandising until 1870 when he located at Keelville, this county and carried on his industry successfully until 1878, when he located here, where he has been reputably connected with it since. He married Miss Jennie Fowler, of Lawrence County, Ind. They have a family of one son and three daughters—Maud, May, Minnie and Oscar. Mr. Bartlett also carries on and owns 100 acres of improved land in Neosho Township, well watered and stocked, containing 600 fruit trees, of a nicely assorted variety of apples, peaches, pears, etc.; good dwellings, barns and stables. In public life, Mr. Bartlett has always taken an active part in the locality in which he lived. During the civil war he organized and commanded Company F, Ninety-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, from which he was honorably discharged at the end of the war. He is an active member of the John A. Dix Post, No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic, and has been a member of the A., F. & A. M. society since 1870. He has held the position of Postmaster in his several localities the last twenty-four years, excepting during the war services. Since locating here he has held the incumbency of Claim Agent, and has been Notary Public since 1856. He has worked actively for the development of the social and industrial life of this locality since coming here.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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