Bartlow Orphan Lines - 2

Orphan lines, by assigned definition here, can be any lines with ancestral OR descendancy connection problems. They will invariably lack hard evidentiary documentation like bibles, church or probate records, to specifically identify parentage.



1. CORNELIUS BARTLOW, is featured in a biographical sketch as being one of the earliest settlers in Bartlow Twp.,Henry Co.,OH., a township named after him. Cornelius states he was born 3 Oct 1811 in Lycoming Co.,PA., and came to Ohio(Richland Co.) as a young man. Oddly enough, he could cite the exact birthdates of his three siblings, but could not identify his father. He names an older sister,Jane(b.29 Jan 1808); an older brother,Daniel D.(b.10 Sep 1809); and a younger sister,Mary(b.6 Aug 1813).

2. CORNELIUS BARTLOW names his five children as: James(6/12/1837-9/17/1840); Elijah S.(12/3/1838-4/9/1865,NYC); Daniel D.(10/12/1840-4/21/1862(GAR),Washington,TN); Mary Ann(5/11/1842- )m.Ira B. Horner; and John Thomas(12/26/1847-11/8/1909).

3. CORNELIUS BARTLOW's first marriage is recorded as 25 Aug 1836, Richland Co.,OH., to Sarah McMahon(7/3/1810,PA-12/16/1844,OH), d/o James McMahan and Sarah Larue.

4. CORNELIUS BARTLOW's second marriage is recorded as 5 May 1846, Richland Co.,OH., to Elizabeth Medley.

5. CORNELIUS BARTLOW is not locatable in the 1850 Federal Census, of Henry Co.,OH. Neither is he located in Monroe Twp., Richland Co., nor Findlay, Hancock Co.,OH., places one would expect him to be based on his own testimony.

6. CORNELIUS BARTLOW, farmer, age 48, born PA., is listed(156/129,taken 30 Jul.) in the 1860 Federal Census, of Henry Co.,OH.,Bartlow Twp.,P.O.,N.Bridgeville(became Deschler). Also named are his wife, Elizabeth(Medley),49,PA?, children, Elizabeth,21,OH; Daniel,19,OH; Mary,17,OH; and John,12,OH.

7. CORNELIUS BARTLOW, carpenter, age 58, born PA., is listed(18/18,taken 7 June) in the 1870 Federal Census, of Bartlow Twp.,Henry Co.,OH. Also named are his wife, Elizabeth(Medley),59,VA., daughter, Mary A.,27,OH., and son, John T.,22,OH.

8. CORNELIUS BARTLOW, carpenter, age 68, born PA., is enumerated on p.216 (164/167,taken 12 June) of the 1880 Federal Census, of Bartlow Twp.,Henry Co.,OH. Listed with him are his wife, Elizabeth(Medley),70,VA., and their son, John Thomas,32,OH.

9. CORNELIUS BARTLOW dies in Dischler, Bartlow Twp., Henry Co.,OH., 26 Aug 1889, leaving his widow(2nd spouse), Elizabeth(Medley) Bartlow(b.10/14/1810,Wood Co.,VA-d.5/27/1893,Henry Co.,OH.).


Cornelius Bartlow(1811-1889) could not identify his father, which might infer he was orphaned at an early age. But something tells me he should have known his father. His grandfather,Cornelius Bartlow(1760-1833) of Moreland Twp.,Lycoming Co.,PA names, among others, a son, John, in his will dated 29 Oct.1833. The will does not specify whether John Bartlow is dead, although one might deduce that because Cornelius identifies four grandchildren: Jane, Daniel, Cornelius and Mary, as if they were orphans, or his only grandchildren (which they were not). The named grandchildren match, coincidentally, in order of birth, Cornelius(b.1811) and his three siblings. So, the connection is traceable, though somewhat inconclusive. The records necessary to document John as the father of Cornelius Bartlow(1811-1889) are arguably non-existent or, at least, unlocatable to-date.

The censuses of Moreland Twp.,Lycoming Co.,PA. in 1810 would suggest the two oldest grandchildren named(Jane,b.1808, and Daniel,b.1809) may be living with their paternal grandparents. Because two more children were born(1811 and 1813), one would expect their father to be still living and among the older males residing with their grandfather,Cornelius Bartlow(1760-1833). However, Cornelius' household in 1820 census does not show children young enough to be grandchildren, inferring John Bartlow may have died about 1813(War of 1812??) and the widow?? may have remarried. Daniel D. Bartlow, probably the same born in 1809 and assumed son of John, is believed the same who married Louisa Weaver circa 1829. Although both Daniel and Louisa died before 1840, three children survived. Their firstborn son was, coincidentally, named John. If Daniel knew his father to be John, then Cornelius(b.1811) should have known.

Could there have been a rift between Cornelius and his father? Maybe.

His siblings do not appear to have accompanied him to Ohio. But, a first cousin, named Jesse Bentsley(1821-p1860) may have, or may have emigrated a few years later and then taken up residency near his older cousin. Jesse was specifically named in the will of his grandfather, Cornelius Bartlow(1760-1833), although his mother was never identified. Jesse Bentsley married 21 Feb 1846, Richland Co.,OH., Mrs. Rebecca Hull, and by 1860 had moved on to Olney Twp., Richland Co.,IL.

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