Adonijah Bidwell

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Adonijah Bidwell

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Death: June 2, 1784 (67)
Monterey, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bidwell and Prudence Bidwell
Husband of Theodocia Bidwell; Jemima Bidwell and Ruth Judd
Father of Adonijah Bidwell; Barnabas Bidwell; Jemima Partridge and Theodocia Bidwell
Brother of Baby Bidwell; Thomas Bidwell; Abigail Bidwell and Jonathan Bidwell

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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

October 18, 1716
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
August 6, 1761
Age 44
Monterey, Berk, Massachusetts
August 23, 1763
Age 46
Monterey, Berk, Massachusetts
January 21, 1765
Age 48
Hartford, Hartford, CT
November 29, 1765
Age 49
Monterey, Berk, Massachusetts
June 2, 1784
Age 67
Monterey, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
May 10, 1881
Age 67