James A. Bartlett, son of William and Zilpha (Helm) Bartlett, was born May 9, 1832, in Shelby County, Ky. In 1842 his parents came to Daviess County and settled in Whitesville Precinct. His father died in 1850. His mother still lived with her son, James A., aged eighty-two years. There was a family of six children, four sons and two daughters. Mr. Bartlett was previously married to Polly Helm, who died leaving a son and daughter. When fourteen years of age, James A. went to Hardin County and lived with an uncle for two years. Jan. 22, 1855, he married Mary Ann, daughter of Richard Simmons, of Bullitt County. The first year of his marriage he rented a farm in Hardin County, and the following spring came to Daviess County. He remained here for five or six years and then went to Shelby County and traded stock a year. He then bought a farm in Ohio County and loved there six or eight years, when he traded it for a farm in Daviess County, which he sold in 1879 and bought the one where he lives now. He owns 145 acres of fine land, under a good state of cultivation, about half a mile west of Whitesville. Mr. Bartlett was reared a Baptist, and joined that church when a boy, but in 1857 severed his connection with it and joined the Christian Church. Mrs. Bartlett was reared a Catholic, but joined the Christian Church with her husband. They have had ten children, six of whom are now living- William L., Franklin W., Queen Ollie, Mary Magdalene, Ida and Orville A. William L. married Janie, daughter of Duncan Evans, and is a resident of this township. Politically Mr. Bartlett has always been a Democrat.
Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Print.