Matthew Bartlett

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Born: 3 May 1813 Died: 10 Apr 1873 Married: Emma Taylor Mother: Eliza Sophia Thomas Father: Robert Chick Bartlett Descendant: Elizabeth Bartlett
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

Matthew Thomas Bartlett was the father of Elizabeth Mary King Bartlett.


Matthew Thomas Bartlett was born on the 3rd May 1813 and baptised in Axminster (Anglican), Devon.

His father was Robert Chick Bartlett (Gent) and his mother was Eliza Sophia Bartlett (nee Thomas).

He had a brother John Gethin Bartlett, and a sister Mary Ann Hill (née Bartlett).

(from the Devon Baptism Transcriptions)


Matthew Thomas Bartlett married Emma King Taylor on the 2nd June 1840 at Epping in Essex.

It was registered in Apr-May-June 1840 at Epping, Vol. 12, Page 151.

On the night of 6 June 1841 Matthew Bartlett and his wife Emma Bartlett née Taylor are living at 3 St. Ann Road, Lambeth.

Living with them are Emma's sister Priscilla, and her mother Elizabeth.

On the night of 30 March 1851 Matthew Bartlett was living with his wife Emma Bartlett and six children (including daughter Elizabeth Bartlett) at 2 Clifton Place, Lambeth, Kennington, Surrey.

They had a house servant and a nurse maid. He was a commercial traveller with the manchester woollen trade.


Matthew Barlett and Emma King Taylor had the following children:

  • Robert Cheek Bartlett, 18 Mar 1841, c. 9 Jun 1841 St. Mark's Kennington, Surrey.
  • Matthew Thomas Bartlett, 24 Mar 1843, c. 27 Oct 1843 St. Mark's Kennington, Surrey.
  • Elizabeth Mary King Bartlett, born 13 Aug 1844, baptized 11 Sep 1844 at St. Mark's Kennington, Surrey.
  • Priscilla Jane Bartlett, b. 4 May 1846, c.27 May 1846 St. Mark's, Kennington, Surrey
  • Henry Philip Bartlett, 23 Mar 1848, c. 12 Apr 1848 St.Mark's, Kennington, Surrey.
  • Jasper Taylor Bartlett, 25 Mar 1850, c.19 Apr 1850 St. Mark's, Kennington, Surrey.
  • Emma Frances Bartlett, c. 15 Jun 1853 Reigate, Surrey
  • Charlotte Taylor Bartlett, c. 22 Aug 1855 Reigate, Surrey
  • Alice Anne Bartlett, c.30 Oct 1857 Reigate, Surrey

On the night of 7 April 1861 Matthew Bartlett is living with his family at Linkfield Street, Reigate Foreign. Where "foreign" referred to the rural parts of Reigate, with Linkfield Street now being part of Redhill. He is a Commercial Traveling in Carpets and Flannels. His sister-in-law Priscilla Taylor is staying with him.

Assaulted by a Drunken Traveller

Kentish Gazette 24 July 1866


A Drunken Traveller. - At the police-station, Redhill, on Tuesday, before the Mayor and Mr. Philip Hanbury, Alex. McDonald was charged with being drunk and disorderly whilst riding in a railway carriage between Horley and Redhill, on the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway ; and he was further charged with assaulting Matthew Thomas Bartlett and Jasper Bartlett in the carriage. Mr William Nash, the station-master at Redhill, said: The prisoner was very drunk. I ordered the collector to remove him from the carriage and to give him into custody for being drunk and annoying the passengers. Mr. Matthew Thomas Bartlett, of Station-road, Redhill, said that he and his son got in the Brighton train at Three Bridges in the same carriage with the prisoner. There was no one else in the carriage. Before we got to Horley he assaulted my son by knocking his hat off. He did the same to me, and I immediately took hold of him. He began biting me, and I was obliged to hold him all the way from Horley to Redhill. The prisoner was excessively drunk. The witness's son confirmed this evidence. The Mayor told the defendant his conduct was most disgraceful, and fined him 40s. and costs, or three weeks' imprisonment. At the same time the magistrates thought it highly improper on the part of the railway company to allow a man in such as state to enter a carriage.


This is a case against a Mr. Edwin Francis Hill who withdrew some shares in trust for his wife by forging the signature of Matthew Bartlett on a power of attorney document (see the newspaper item below) and the whole case is documented at the a backup of the text is kept here.

What we have learned from the case: Matthew Thomas Bartlett is a commercial traveller living at Merton Cottage, Red Hill. He had a brother John Gethin Bartlett (who lived at the Hare and Hounds public-house. North Woolwich Road) and a sister Mary Ann Bartlett who moved to Australia.

London Evening Standard, 24th October 1867.

Charge of Forgery on the Bank of England.

Yesterday at the justice-room of the Mansion House, Mr. Edwin Francis Hill, 36 years of age, a solicitor, residing in Camden-road, who had been arrested on a warrant, was charged before the Lord Mayor (Sir Thomas Gabriel) with having feloniously forged and uttered, well knowing it to be forged, a power of attorney for the transfer of 100l. Three per Cent. Consolidated Annuities, standing in the names of Messrs. John Geithen Bartlett and Matthew Thomas Bartlett, with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England.

Mr. W.D. Freshfield, one of the solicitors to the Bank, attended to prefer the charge. He explained that the two Messrs. Bartlett referred to stand in the relation of brothers-in-law to the prisoner, he having married their sister, and the stock of which he was now accused of forging a transfer, was part of a larger sum of 662l, which was held in trust for the sister of the brothers Bartlett, and now the wife of the prisoner. The prisoner had practised as a solicitor in Australia, but had returned to England about fifteen months ago.

Mr. George Lewis, junr., solicitor, appeared for the defence. Mr. Snellgrove, a clerk from the Bank of England, proved that on the 12th of this month there was a sum of 662l. 14s. 3d. Three Per Cent. Consols in the books of the Bank, in the names of Matthew Thomas Bartlett and John Gethin Bartless. He produced a transfer for the sum of 100l, part of that stock, dated the 12th October purporting to be signed by John Gethin Bartlett for himself, and as attorney for Matthew Thomas Bartlett, in favour of Herny Edward Swift, a stock jobber. Witness attested the signature of Mr. Bartlett, who in signing for his brother acted on the power of attorney produced, which purported to be from Matthew Thomas Bartlett to John Gethin Bartlett.

Mr. John Corbet Irving said that he is in business as a stock broker at 1, Copthall-court, in partnership with Mr. Henry George Slade. Prior to the 9th October the prisoner (Mr. Hill) applied to his firm to sell for him 100l, part of a larger sum of 600l. odd, the stock in question, stating in whose names it appeared in the books of the Bank, and instructing them to apply for a power of attorney from Matthew Thomas Bartlett in favour of his brother, John Gething Bartlett, to enable him to deal with the stock. Witness's firm obtained the power of attorney on the 9th October, and were asked by the prisoner to give it to him ; but they declined to do that, and sent it instead, by post, to John Gethin Bartlett. On the 11th, two days afterwards, the prisoner called upon him and gave him the power of attorney, which then purported to be executed by Mr. M. T. Bartlett. Next day John Gethin Bartlett attended at the Bank of England to execute the transfer of the stock, and he did so in the presence of witness, who identified him before the authorities of the Bank. The proceeds of the sale of the 100l. stock amounted to 92l. 8s., and witness paid that sum, less the charges, by a cheque to the the prisoner. It was made payable to him by name or order, and it had since been returned by the bankers of witness's firm as having been paid by them.

The next witness was Mr. Matthew Thomas Bartlett who said he was a commercial traveller to Messr.s Arthur, Kay, and Evans, merchants, in Old Change, and resides at Merton Cottage, Red-hill. He and his brother, John G. Bartlett, of the Hare and Hounds public-house, North Woolwich-road, are owners of the 600l. odd stock, in capacity of trustees of their sister, Mary Ann Hill, the wife of the prisoner. Witnes had examined the power of attorney for the sale of the 100l. stock purporting to be signed by him in the presence of the prisoner and of Henry Smith, gardener, Station-road, Red-hill, and to be given in favour of his brother to enable him to deal with the stock. The signature, "M. T. Bartlett," appended to it was not in witness's handwriting, and he never authorised any person to sign his name to such a document. The signature, in fact, was a forgery. He did not know by whom it was written. For the last three months the prisoner had from time to time urged him to sell part of the stock, and to pay the proceeds to him, but he had always declined. The signature, purporting to be that of an attesting witness to the execution of the power of attorney by witness was in the prisoner's handwriting.

Mr. Freshfield, the solicitor for the prosecution, said there was reason to believe that the signature, "Henry Smith, gardener," which purported to be that of the other attending witness, was that of a non-existent person.

The witness Bartlett, in cross-examination by Mr. Lewis, said the signature purporting to be his bore a great resemblance to his, but it was not written by him. He could not say it was in the prisoner's handwriting. The prisoner married witness's sister, and they were jointly interested in the stock in question under a marriage settlement. The prisoner presented a letter from his wife to witness, authorising the sale of 100l. of it. She is in Australia, and he said he wanted the money to pay her passage to England, offering at the same time ti insure his life as a security for the amount.

Mr. Freshfield, at this pointed, asked to have the hearing of the case adjourned.

Mr. Lewis urged the Lord Mayor to admit the prisoner to bail i nthe interval, which friends of his of competent means were prepared to give. He should have something to say on the prisoner's behalf when the proper time arrived. In the meantime he should content himself by stating that this was a fund in which the prisoner and his wife were jointly interested; that one of the trustees had signed the transfer, and the other had not, and that the money was procured to pay the passage of the prisoner's wife from Melbourne to England.

The Lord Mayor declined to entertain the application, and the prisoner was remanded.


On the night of 2 April 1871, Matthew Bartlett is living with his wife Emma Bartlett and five of his children at Alpine Villas, Reigate, Surrey.

The death of Matthew Thomas Bartlett was registered in Apr-May-Jun 1873 at Reigate, Surrey (Vol. 2a, Page 85). He was 61.

Probate read as follows:

BARTLETT Matthew Thomas (Effects under £800)

3rd May 1873. The Will of Matthew Thomas Bartlett formerly of Linkfield-street but late of Bridge-road both in Redhill in the County of Surrey Commercial Traveller who died 10 April 1873 at Bridge-road was proved at the Principal Registry by Emma King Bartlett of Bridge-road Widow the Relict and Robert Cheek Bartlett of 5 Bow Churchyard in the City of London Warehouseman's Clark the Son the Executors.


The death of one Matthew Thomas Bartlett was registered in Oct-Nov-Dec 1880 in Reading. He was only 2 years old.

The death duty registers of 1873 list Matthew Thomas Bartlett of Red Hill Surrey leaving his estate to Emma K. Bartlett sp (spouse?) Lanr/Lonr (a place?) (Court: P.R., Register: 2, Folio: 454)