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Samuel Bartlett
  • Born: 17 Nov 1752, Salisbury MA
  • Marriage (1): Mary Barrett on 29 Sep 1776 in Boston MA
  • Died: 29 Sep 1821, Cambridge MA

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  • Apprenticed about 1770 to Samuel Minott in Boston MA 9

    Deafened by cannon fire during the Boston massacre, he gave up his acedemic studies and became a smith.
  • He worked circa 1775-1795 as a silversmith in Concord MA
    Although he worked in the town for two decades, Bartlett's most active period in Concord seems to have been between 1785 and 1795. With the aid of journeyman silversmith Joseph Lasinby Brown, of Concord, Bartlett executed communion silver commissions for three towns in Middlesex County, and produced domestic silver for resale and wholesale markets. At the end of the period, he was elected register of deeds for Middlesex County and moved to Cambridge, retiring from the role of silversmith. Bartlett marked 12 pieces of communion silver, including three flagons, one tankard and eight cups. About 25 pieces of Bartlett's domestic hollowware are known, including canns, porringers, creampots, and a unique miniature teapot. In addition, Bartlett marked teaspoons, tablespoons, ladles, and shoe buckles.
  • Appointed in 1795 as Register of Deeds for Middlesex County in Concord MA
    After his appointment, Bartlett stopped making silver and spent the next 25 years recording deeds, filling tens of thousands of pages with his neat, round handwriting, evidently preferring the life of a clerk to that of a craftsman.

Samuel married Mary Barrett on 29 Sep 1776 in Boston MA. (Mary Barrett was born on 13 May 1752 in Boston MA and died in 1823.)

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