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John Bissell, Sr.

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Somerset, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Bissell and Margaret Elizabeth Howland
Husband of Mary Drake; Abigail Bissell; Ann Bissell (Gibbs); Elizabeth Bissell (Thompson) and 2nd Wife Bissell
Father of Lt Thomas Bissell, SR; John Bissell; Mary Drake; Thomas Bissell; Samuel Bissell and 2 others
Brother of Thomas Bissell

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About Capt. John Bissell


reported in a LDS/FamilySearch Ancestral File record

  • Marriage 1 Elizabeth THOMPSON b: ABT 1596 in Somerset,, England
  • Married: 2
  • Children
  • John BISSELL b: ABT 1630 in England
  • Thomas BISSELL b: 1630 in Somerset,, England
  • Mary BISSELL b: ABT 1632 in England
  • Samuel BISSELL b: ABT 1633 in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut
  • Joyce BISSELL
  • Nathaniel BISSELL b: 27 SEP 1640 in Of Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut

reported at ???

  • Name: John BISSELL 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1591 in Somerset,, England 2 Quality: 1
  • Death: 03 OCT 1677 in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut

reported at ???

  • Spouses/Children:
  • 1. Elizabeth Mary THOMPSON
  • Sarah BISSELL+
  • 2. Mrs Bissell John
  • Captain John BISSELL
  • Born: 30 Oct 1591, , Somersetshire, England
  • Christened: 21 Mar 1590/91, , Somersetshire, England
  • Died: 30 Oct 1677, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  • Buried: 1 Nov 1677, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA


Date and place of birth have also been (erroneously?) reported to be October 30, 1581 in Somerset, England.

Date and place of death have also been (erroneously?) reported to be:

  • October 3, 1677 at Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut
  • October 30, 1677 at Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut

Date and place of burial have also been (erroneously?) reported to be circa October 4, 1677 at Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut.

supporting data

from one unidentified source

RESEARCH: 1590 is the year commonly given as the birthday of John Bissell, If so it is only 18 years after the massacre of St. Bartholomew's day in France when his Huguenot forefathers, by name of Bysselle, escaped from France and fled to England, settling in Somersetshire. 20 Jan 1662/1663 - John Bissel here gives to his son Nathaniel a two page deed, including a part of the Whiting estate, with this proviso - 'In case John Bissell his father dyes before his now present mother-in-law, and if shee shall be willing and chuse to hvae ye yse of the parlor for her aboad that nathaniell shall Let her have the free use of it During her Life.' This is the first notice we have of a second wife. She died 29 March 1665.

Neither this record or two references to her death reveal her name. 2 Quality: 1

BIOGRAPHY: Tradition syas that he landed at Plymouth, MA with wife and three children in 1628, in company with his brother Thomas who died there or soon returned to England. This is doubtbul as is also the tradition that Thomas married an Indian girl and died without issue, possibly a mixed version of a similar tradition concerning Thomas son of John.

3 May 1640 - John Bissell Sen'r is in Rev. Matthew Grant's list of Windsor (CT) Church members as having joined the church on this day in May. His is the second one in the list of those 'that have taken full communion since we came here' (from Dorchester).

2 July 1640 - first serves on jury service at Hartford. Serves 11 more times in the next 8 years.

29 Sep 1642 - 'That the country may be better enabled to kill yearely some Beves for supply of Leather, It is ordered that no calves be killed without approbation of two men within each Towne.' John Bissell and John Porter were the Committee for Windsor.

9 Jan 1648/1649 - John Bissell sat todays Deputy for Windsor in the General Court which genearly met at Hartford. From this date he was a continuous representative for Windsor up to at least 1660. He appears again as a deputy in 1664. He was frequently appointed on the important committees of the court.

1656 - As Bissell was at work at hay one day in themeadow, a Scantic Indian came running toward him and implored his protection. Directing him to lie down, Mr. Bissell rolled a cock of Hay upon him, thus effectively concealing him. He had hardly done this when the Mohawks came runing furiously in pursuit, who wished to know of Mr. Bissell if had se the fugitive. He pointed to a particular direction which the Indians eargerly followed and thus the poor Scantic Indian was saved. (recorded by Styles Vol 1 p 117)

1662 - Moves into a new house on the east side of the Scantic River, likely the first settler in what became East Windsor with son Nathanial. The old house on the opposite side of the river deeded to son John junior. The new house was garrisoned during King Philip's War in 1675. He ran the Scantic ferry over the Connecticut River for many years beginning in 1641 before turning it over to his son John. WILL: The Last Will & Testament of John Bissell senior of Windsor 25 Sept 1673. I doe bequeath my soule into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ my gracious redeemer for the compleating of that glory an earnest whereof I hope he hat given me in this life, & my body I commit to comely & christian buriall. As for the estate God hath committed to my stewardship for the p'vention of future trouble in my family after my decease I doe hereby order the dispose thereof as hereafter is declared. I doe give unto May my daughter now wife of Jacob Drake 10 pounds, but if she be not living at time of paymetn then I give the 10 pounds to my daughter Joyce. O doe give to my daughter Joyce, wife of Samuel Pinney 30 pounds, but if shw be dead attime of payment, then 10 pounds of the 30 pounds is to be paied to my daughter Mary Drake. I do give unto my son John the summe of 50 pounds. The remaineder of my estate, after my just debts and funeral charges are paid, with 20 shillings a piece to each of my grandchildren naturally descending from my foure sons and two daughters, I doe bequeath unto my foure sons John, Thomas, Samuel, an Nathaniel, to be equally devided among them. I do allso appoint my Two sonns John and Thomas Bissell to be executors; and my desire is that my Loveing Friends Deacon John Moore and Daniel Clark to be supervisors to whom I advise my exeutors to repayre for counsell in any difficulty that shall happen in the discharge of this Trust committed to them, & I doe give unto each of them 20 shillings as a reward for what paines they may take about my will. John X Bissell. Witnesses - Daniel Clarke, John Moore Senior

Codicel to Will, dated 5 Apr 1677 - I doe hereby declare & it is my will that wheras my soon in law Jacob Drake hath received of me severall particulars as appear in my Book of Accounts the sums of five pounds fifteen shillings and eight pence for which he is debtor to me I doe hereby order that the foresayed sume shall be ducted out of the 10 pounds disposed unto Mary the noew wife of the sayd Jacob. Inventory of the Estate of John Bissell senior dated 22 Oct 1677 -

Feather bed, boulster and pillow (5-15-00), A rugg 25s, coverlid 20s,2 blanketts (4-5-00), A musket 25s, 1 lb powder 2s, 5 pounds bullets 20 d (1-8-8), 99 pounds lead weights (1-13-00), an old Bible 2s 6d, Marro Gods Oracles 2s, 2 bookes more 1s, 2 payr Glory 7s (0-13-0), Land in wilderness from the Country John Griffers grand (7-0-0), debts by bill due to his estate (374-19-11), 13 other lines of sundry houehold things (17-18-06), cash money (0-7-8), booked debts due to his estate (106-15-06). Total 520 pounds 15 shillings, 3 pence. 2 Quality: 1


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Capt. John Bissell's Timeline

October 30, 1591
Somerset, England
Somerset, England, United Kingdom
October 18, 1620
Age 28
Yardley, Warwickshire, England
November 1627
Age 36
Probably Somerset, England
Age 36
Age 38
Somerset, England
Age 44
Probably Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 27, 1640
Age 48
Windsor, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)