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Richard Bidwell

Birthplace: Newton St. Cyr, Devon, England
Death: Died in Windsor, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bidwell and Wilcocks
Husband of Anna Bidwell
Father of John Bidwell, Sr.; Hannah Eno and Joseph Bidwell

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About Richard Bidwell

Richard "Goodman" Bidwell is the first generation in the book "Genealogy to the Seventh Generation of the Bidwell Family in America" by Edwin M Bidwell (1884)available in its entirety at Google Books


Richard Bidwell was raised near the village of Newton St. Cyres, Devonshire. He was born there in 1587, just one year before the Spanish Armada sailed to conquer England. The English fleet, led by Sir Francis Drake, was based just down the road from Richard's family, in Devonshire's Plymouth Harbor. They sailed from there to the island.

Richard was born in one of the great pivotal years of British history. Elizabeth I ordered the beheading of her rival Mary Queen of Scots in this same year. Shakespeare was just getting started as an actor and playwright. The United States would not be founded with the Declaration of Indepdendence for another 189 years.

Richard Bidwell was married 1633, spouse's name unknown, but her father's name was John Wilcocks or Wilcox; mother's name: Sarah Bidell.

In 1630, at Plymouth Harbor, Richard and his son John, age 10 at the time, climbed aboard a ship, the Mary and John, with 140 other Puritan settlers. On board was Matthew and Priscilla Grant, the direct ancestors of future President Ulysses S. Grant. English Puritans were gearing up to go to civil war with their Royalist-Anglican enemies; there were persecutions and hard feelings on both sides.

They sailed to what is now Massachusetts, and helped found the first settlement of the city of Boston. Not long after, some of the settlers, including the Bidwells and Grants, departed south, and settled at what is now Hartford, Conn. They starved out, and returned.

Later, some of them, including John Bidwell and the Grants, came back and founded Hartford.

Richard, according to The Bidwell Family History (compiled by Joan J. Bidwell, 1982), was an early settler in Windsor, Conn. He had five children, John, b. 1620, Hannah, b 1634, Joseph, died 1672, Samuel and Richard.

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Richard Bidwell's Timeline

Newton St. Cyr, Devon, England
Age 27
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
October 22, 1623
Age 36
Probably England
Age 46
Of Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 49
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
December 25, 1647
Age 60
Windsor, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
November 24, 1934
Age 60
November 24, 1934
Age 60
November 24, 1934
Age 60
January 25, 1935
Age 60