John Bartleson estate records
Scope and Contents
The John Bartleson estate records date from 1848 to 1858 and are arranged in a single series. The papers relate to the enslaved Bartleson African Americans and their legal disposition as property in the settlement of the estate. They include an inventory, court petitions, reports, and receipts. All items are fragile and should be handled with care. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by subject.
- Creation: 1848-1858
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Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biography of John Bartleson
Born on October 15, 1786, John Bartleson was a land owner during the first half of the 1800s, marrying Fannie Boggs on January 21, 1819 in Madison County, Kentucky. Bartleson, in company with John Bidwell, led the first overland wagon train in 1841 to California from Missouri.
At his death in October 1848 as a resident of Jackson County, Missouri, Bartleson held six enslaved African Americans named Charles, Clara, Thomas, Frances, Mary, and William.
.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)
The John Bartleson estate records concern the settlement of a Jackson County, Missouri estate, specifically regarding enslaved African Americans as property of the estate.
RH MS 867
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Glenn Books, 1990.
- Guide to the John Bartleson Estate Collection RH MS 867
- John Bartleson estate records
- Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written inEnglish.
- Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.