Adonijah Bidwell (1716 - 1784)

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Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Monterey, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Managed by: Michael Reid Delahunt, art teacher & lexicographer
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About Adonijah Bidwell

Adonijah Bidwell was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1716. The son of Thomas Bidwell,[2] a wealthy merchant involved in the triangular trade, Adonijah had a comfortable childhood. As a young adult, Adonijah Bidwell attended Yale College and graduated in 1740. He was intermittently a teacher, a chaplain for the British and colonial expeditions to Canada and, finally, a full-time minister for Township No. 1 in Monterey, Massachusetts.

He married (1) Theodosia Colton of Suffield, Connecticut, a poet, who died in 1759; (2) Jemima Devotion of West Hartford, Connecticut, a first cousin of Theodosia, who died in 1771, and (3) Ruth Kent of Suffield, Connecticut. His third wife, Ruth, outlived him and married Jonathan Judd, a widower, also a minister.

Adonijah died in 1784 at age 68, leaving the farm and 1/3 of his possessions to his eldest son, Adonijah the Younger, as well as 1/3 of his worldly possessions to both Barnabas and widow Ruth.

No children by first and third marriages.

Children by his second wife, Jemima Devotion:

  1. Adonijah the Younger
  2. Barnabas
  3. Jemima
  4. Theodosia

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Adonijah Bidwell's Timeline

1716
October 18, 1716
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1752
October 24, 1752
Age 36
1760
October 16, 1760
Age 43
CT
1761
August 6, 1761
Age 44
Monterey, Berk, Massachusetts
1763
August 23, 1763
Age 46
Monterey, Berk, Massachusetts
1765
January 21, 1765
Age 48
Hartford, Hartford, CT
November 29, 1765
Age 49
Monterey, Berk, Massachusetts
1772
October 28, 1772
Age 56
1784
June 2, 1784
Age 67
Monterey, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
1881
May 10, 1881
Age 67