Gamaliel Bartlett

Gamaliel Bartlett

Massachusetts, USA
Death 10 Nov 1859 (aged 62)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Lot 723 Section 108
Memorial ID 28010366 · View Source
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Age: 62 years; 11 months; 14 days

Postmaster and businessman. Gamaliel Bartlett was born in Massachusetts.

His parentage is undocumented; however, he is (anecdotally) the grandson of Dr. Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and governor of New Hampshire. Gamaliel Bartlett's sister, Susanna (abt 1790-1840), married Morris B. Pilgrim (1794-1875), a widower from Smith's Clove, Monroe Works, Orange County, New York.

On October 20th, 1818, Gamaliel Bartlett married Mary A. Parmelee at New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, a town bordering Massachusetts. This was the site of the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society (1785-1947). Because the Shakers were celibate, his membership in that society is unlikely.

Five years later, in 1823, Gamaliel Bartlett became the first postmaster of Stanhope, New Jersey (a section of Byram Township until 1904). He was appointed to the postmaster position by President James Monroe. Postmaster Bartlett established the new post office within his residence.

Then, in 1829, Mr. Bartlett petitioned the Sussex County (New Jersey) Court for a license to "...keep an Inn or Tavern in the house in which he now lives, in the Township of Byram (New Jersey)..." It was signed by the 16 town council members (referred to in those days as Freeholders). As mentioned above, Mr. Bartlett's home already had been in use as the town's first post office.

Locally alluded to as the "Stanhope House", it is reputed to have been built in the 1790s. According to Brian Morrell, vice president of the Canal Society of New Jersey, Gamaliel Bartlett used his house as a post office and bar as well as an inn, stage coach and canal stop.

Street numbers were not commonly utilized in those days; however, Gamaliel Bartlett's (former) residence is located on current maps at #45 Main Street (corner of High Street), Stanhope, NJ.

During the past 40 years it has been a music venue that featured such big-name blues musicians as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The music business wained and the "Stanhope House" ceased business May 1st, 2008; however, it has been purchased by Jonathan (Jon) Klein of Somerville, NJ (formerly resident of Livingston, NJ) as a venue for his popular group The Jon Klein Combine, a band that has performed with industry legends, including Johnny Winter and Robert Randolph. Bell's Mansion (now a well-respected restaurant destination) is a few steps away.

The Palladium of Liberty, a Morristown, New Jersey, newspaper of the day, reported on August 29, 1822...

"...Membership of a committee which studied the practicality of a canal from Pennsylvania to Newark, New Jersey, consisted of two prominent citizens from each (New Jersey) county concerned: Hunterdon County, Nathaniel Saxton, Henry Dusenberry; Sussex County, Morris Robinson, GAMALIEL BARTLETT; Morris County, Lewis Condict, Mahlon Dickerson; Essex County, Gerald Rutgers, Charles Kinsey; Bergen County, John Rutherford, William Colefax...".

Mr. Gamaliel Bartlett, through his forge and iron works, was instrumental in the construction of the Morris Canal (completed in 1831) which he championed. In fact, he was able to closely watch the building process from his front door step on Main St., Stanhope, NJ, was just across the lane.

Mr. Gamaliel Bartlett is mentioned in the book "Early Forges And Furnaces in New Jersey" authored in 1931 by Charles Shimer Boyer who states on page 220:

"...Israel Canfield and Co. continued the forge of David Sealy Canfield. About 1816 Abram Hathaway and Josiah Munson succeeded (Joseph) Jackson and a few years later GAMALIEL BARTLETT operated this forge and continued until 1825...".

Robert P. Bell, President of the Morris Canal & Banking Company, built his home (AKA Bell's Mansion) on a knoll a short distance up the road from Gamaliel Bartlett's home (and post office) about 1833... precisely when he and Mr. Bartlett were embroiled in a lawsuit entitled President and Directors of the Morris Canal and Banking Co. vs. GAMALIEL BARTLETT.

The records of this trial are in call number MG 20 - box number 13, at the New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, New Jersey.

Sometime between the 1840 and 1850 federal census records, Mr. Gamaliel Bartlett moved to Brooklyn (Kings County), New York City, New York (corner of Clinton and Gates) where he died in the home of Mrs. Laura Parmelee Johnson, widow, who was his wife's first cousin.

Philip W. Collins
Livingston, NJ 07039

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  • Created by: Philip W. Collins, Sr.
  • Added: 3 Jul 2008
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  • Philip W. Collins, Sr.
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gamaliel Bartlett (17 Nov 1796–10 Nov 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28010366, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Philip W. Collins, Sr. (contributor 47023590) .