Tombstone Tuesday – December 21, 2021 – Robert Caskey Bartley

Robert Caskey Bartley was born on August 24,1835 in Bartley, Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey. He is the son of Jonathan and Dorothy (Caskey) Bartley.

In the 1850 Federal Census, Robert is found in Roxbury, New Jersey with his mother Dorothy. On December 18, 1858, Robert married Alice Swackhamer in New Jersey. Robert and Alice had two children; Anna (1859-1860) and Winfield, (1862-1863) who both tragically died as infants. Anna died of Croup but I did not find information on how Winfield died. Alice tragically died in on November 5, 1862. It is hard to imagine that Robert lost his wife and his two children in the span of three years.

The next census I find Robert in is the 1870 Federal Census in New Jersey. He is listed with his mother, Dorothy, in Roxbury, New Jersey. In the 1880 Federal Census, Robert is found with his second wife Hannah and their daughter Abbi Fox who was born in 1875. Robert list his occupation as farmer.

In the 1900 Federal Census, Robert and Hannah are in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey. Abbie and her husband, William Hopler and their daughter, Bernice, (1898) are living with Hannah and Robert. Robert lists his occupation as Farmer while Abbie is a Bookkeeper, William is a manufacturer.

In the 1905 New Jersey State Census, Robert is listed in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey and his occupation is listed as Manufacturer. In the 1910 Federal Census, a seventy three year old Robert remains in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey with his wife Hannah. His daughter, who appears to be a widow, still lives with them and she has three children; Bernice (1898), DeWalt (1901), Ellit (1903). He list his occupation as farmer and merchant. In the 1915 New Jersey Census, Robert is found in Bartley, New Jersey. His occupation is listed as Farmer.

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One hundred and five years ago on December 21, 1916, Robert died. He is buried with his family in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester, Morris County, New Jersey.

Rest in peace, Robert!

Love, Jan

Robert Caskey Bartley was married to a distant relative, Alice Swackhamer.

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