THE BARTLESON FAMILY. John Bartleson was born in Virginia about 1801. He was a tailor by trade, and was thus engaged in Lancaster, Penn., at an early age. It was here or somewhere in the immediate vicinity, that he became acquainted with Mary W. Chapman, and shortly afterward married her. From information gleaned from the most authentic resources, it appears that the only known relative that John Bartleson had, was a half-brother by the name of James Bartleson, it was much the same case with his wife. She was the only child of Ambrose Chapman, and being left an orphan at an early age, was raised by her grandmother, at whose death she was left without a relative within her knowledge. After their marriage, the happy twain removed to Ohio, and very soon afterward located in Stark County, where a part of their large family was raised. They removed to Morgan County, of the same State, and resided there for a few years. In 1843, they came West, by river, settling in Pulaski County, where their two youngest children were born. In all, there were thirteen children, viz., Edwin, who now lives in Missouri; A. C., Robert and William, twins; Amanda (deceased), Eliza S., James, Warren K., Aratus, Mary J., an infant (deceased), Alonzo (deceased), and John W. John Bartleson and his two eldest sons, were in the Mexican war. The father was killed at the battle of Buena Vista. The report of his death nearly broke the heart of the one by whom he was most dearly loved. She was left a widow, with twelve children, the youngest of whom was born while his patriotic father was fighting for his country. But it was not long before the ringing tones of the bugle were heard again throughout the land. This time, we were divided against ourselves. President Lincoln called for those who would uphold the stars and stripes, who would fight for union and for liberty. Nobly, gloriously, did she respond to the nation's call for aid; no less than eight noble sons did she send to the front, to give their lives if necessary, for that of the country, to which their father before had given his all. Two went out as Captains of companies. Seven of the eight returned. Alonzo died in Cairo. Mary W. Bartleson passed away January 4, 1868, loved and respected by all.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 298-299.