Your discovery in Kentucky is very interesting. I was wrong about Mary Wilson Chapman being a widow. I was reading a manuscript from John W. Bartleson (1846-aft1929)this afternoon and discovered my error in considering her middle name as a maiden name. John W. said in this manuscript of his memoirs that his father, John Bartleson, was a journeyman tailor who married his mother, Mary Wilson Chapman at age 16, against her father's wishes. John W. says they settled in Pulaski Co. in 1843 after starting down the rivers for Iowa. But their "means became exhausted" so they stopped and squatted in Illinois. John seems to have been a fairly impetus man, he escorted his sons to enlist in the Mexican War and decided to go himself and "he was well on his way to Mexico before my mother knew of his enlistment." He sounds like someone who good have ran out on an earlier marriage. It seems logical to link these two Johns, I wonder why your historian discounted it?
Thanks for your quick reply.
|Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Jobs | PRIVACY | Affiliate|
|© 2007 The Generations Network|