Enoch Bartlett

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Enoch Bartlett
Born Enoch Bartlett
Haverhill, Massachusetts[1]
Died 1860[1]
Bartlett pear, from The Pears of New York (1921) by Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick

Enoch Bartlett (1779–1860) was a merchant[1] and farmer from Dorchester, Massachusetts, who owned what had been Thomas Brewer's farm in Roxbury. This farm had a field of pear trees, one of which had particularly fine fruit. Because it was thought to be a seedling tree, it became known by the name "Bartlett pear",[2] but in 1828 a new batch of pear trees arrived from England, and it was realised that the Bartlett pear was the same as the Williams pear. By this time the name "Bartlett pear" had stuck, and is still the commonest name for this type of pear in Canada and the United States.


  1. ^ a b c d Bartlett, Thomas Edward (1892), The Bartletts: Ancestral, Genealogical, Biographical, Historical. Comprising an account of the American Progenitors of the Bartlett Family, with Special Reference to the Descendants of John Bartlett, of Weymouth and Cumberland, New Haven, Connecticut: Press of the Stafford Printing Co., p. 94. 
  2. ^ C. Benjamin Richardson, 1871. The Historical magazine, and notes and queries concerning the antiquities, history, and biography of America, New Series, Volume 9, p. 399, in google books