Genealogy and Black History Month

Updated: Feb 23

In honor of Black History this month, I'd like to share a historical story of my ancestor:

Captain Orlando S. Bartlett

1823–1899


Orlando was born in Pamelia, New York in 1823. Before the Civil War in 1857, he was an abolitionist and helped free slaves. He escorted them to the Canadian border, which is known as part of the Underground Railroad today. In 1862, he joined Company A, 12th Kansas Infantry while starting out as a Private. Within a year, he was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant. Orlando recruited for Company H (black infantry unit), 2nd Kansas Infantry, and became Captain when the prior one was killed in the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. He held the rank until the company was mustered out of service in Leavenworth in 1865. Orlando’s brother Orson also moved to Kansas around the same time as Orlando. Orson served in a different Kansas Regiment during the Civil War and moved up the rank to Sergeant.


Orlando was a contractor and builder by trade like his brothers. After the Civil War in 1872, he returned home and opened an undertaking business. He grew his business and ended up owning 2 carriages, 2 hearses and other related inventory at the time of his death.


Orlando died in 1899 and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Wyandott, Kansas. A copy of his obituaries can be seen on his memorial page on Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/206252129/orlando-s-bartlett


Orlando is my 2nd Great-Grand Uncle. You too can find pleasant surprises about your ancestors like I found through Orlando. Find out more information on how to seek your family history while building your family tree on my website:

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