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John Bartleson estate records

Call Number: RH MS 867


The John Bartleson estate records concern the settlement of a Jackson County, Missouri estate, specifically regarding enslaved African Americans as property of the estate.


  • Creation: 1848 - 1858


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of John Bartleson

Born on October 15, 1786, John Bartleson was a land owner during the first half of the 1800s, marrying Fannie Boggs on January 21, 1819 in Madison County, Kentucky. Bartleson, in company with John Bidwell, led the first overland wagon train in 1841 to California from Missouri.

At his death in October 1848 as a resident of Jackson County, Missouri, Bartleson held six enslaved African Americans named Charles, Clara, Thomas, Frances, Mary, and William.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Scope and Contents

The John Bartleson estate records date from 1848 to 1858 and are arranged in a single series. The papers relate to the enslaved Bartleson African Americans and their legal disposition as property in the settlement of the estate. They include an inventory, court petitions, reports, and receipts. All items are fragile and should be handled with care. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

Physical Location

RH MS 867

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Glenn Books, 1990.

Guide to the John Bartleson Estate Collection
John Bartleson estate records
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
John Bartleson estate records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 867, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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