Biography of Jonathan Bateman

Jonathan Bateman, postmaster at Manville, Rhode Island, is a man of ability and takes a keen interest in the welfare of the town and of his fellowmen. In addition to his duties as postmaster, he also operates a store in Manville.

Jonathan Bateman was born in Pontiac, Rhode Island, April 19, 1875, son of Joshua and Elizabeth (Reilly) Bateman, both natives of England. The father was a millworker. The son was educated in the grammar schools and the Bryant & Stratton Business College, of Providence. He then clerked in various stores and proved himself hardworking, dependable, and quick to learn and assume responsibility. He finally was able to launch himself in his own mercantile enterprise, which he has successfully conducted for many years.

At the same time, Mr. Bateman has been lending his services to the postal service. For twelve years from 1903 to 1915, he was postmaster at Manville. In 1922 he resumed office on his appointment as a third-class postmaster, with one assistant and two carriers on the one rural route he controls. He was census-taker in 1900. His fraternal affiliations are with the Blue Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons and the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics he is a Republican, and in religious faith, a communicant of the Episcopal Church.

Jonathan Bateman married Sarah J. Sunderland, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, daughter of Thompson and Betty (Eastwood) Sunderland. Mr. and Mrs. Bateman are the parents of the following children: Gertrude, assistant postmaster; Carlisle, a mail carrier at Manville; married Helen F. McCullough by whom he has a child, Carlisle, Jr.; Florence, wife of Leroy Boyd, resides at Danville; George, who married Ruth Fields, has charge of the variety store of his father.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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