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Edmund or Edward Bushnell, Sr.

Birthdate: (29)
Birthplace: Horsham, West Sussex, England
Death: March 28, 1636 (29)
Ten Hills Farm, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Frances Bushnell II and Ferris Bushnell
Husband of Ann Beamsley
Father of Mary Robinson; Edmond Bushnell; Francis Bushnell; Edward Bushnell and Elizabeth Bushnell
Brother of Frances Maynard Hosmer; Deacon Francis Bushnell; Lt. William Bushnell; Ruth Mitchelson; Stephen Bushnell and 8 others

Occupation: Steward
Managed by: Jason Andrew Claes
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About Edmund or Edward Bushnell, Sr.

  • 2. Edmund, called by Gov. Winthrop, "Goodman," (R-2), bapt. Horsham, co. Sussex, Eng. 27 Apr. 1606 (R-1), d. Ten Hills Farm, Medford, Mass. 28 Mar. 1636 (R-2),

m. Horsham 16 Aug. 1627 Martha Hallor, who d. in Boston, Mass. bef. 16 May 1669 (R-1). She m. 2nd, bef. 8 Feb. 1646, Ensign William Beamsley as his 2nd wife who d. Boston, 29 Sept. 1658 (R-3-12).

Edmond Bushnell and his wife, Martha Hallor, are last referred to in the Horsham Register under the date of bur. of their fourth child, Francis (R-1), and abt. four months later we find them in London on the eve of their departure in the True Love for New England, he bearing two letters addressed to John Winthrop, Jr., son of Gov. Winthrop, in both of which he is highly recommended (R-13). Hotton, In his lists of emigrants to America (R-14), does not include them as passengers, but as the vessel was delayed for two days, it is evident that other passengers were taken on, other than those listed.

Soon after their arrival in Boston, he received a grant of land (R-8) under the Act of Nov. 1635, which required that a house be built thereon before the 1st March, following, but it is probable that he went into the service of Gov. Winthrop at once, as this land grant was cancelled 21 Mar. 1635/6 (R-8), and seven days later he d. at Ten Hills Farm (R-2), leaving a widow, son and daughter, and another daughter who was born some three months later. The Governor, in a letter to his son, John, then on an expedition to the mouth of the Connecticut River, refers to his death and calls him "Goodman Bushnell" (R-2), and in another letter states, "I had him down to Boston to do him what honor I could at his burial." (R-2).

On 25 Jan. 1636/7 his widow, Martha, received a grant of land in Boston for a house and garden (R-8), and on 19 Feb. 1637/8 (R-8) was granted "for fyve heads," a tract of land at Mt. Woolaston for a farm. She was adm. to the 1st. ch. of Boston, 3 Feb. 1638/9 (R-8-17) and two weeks later, on the 17th, presented her daughter, Mary, for bapt. (R-4).

She m. 2nd, as his 2nd wife, Ensign William Beamsley, an Innkeeper and distiller, and a Member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston (R-11) and had by him a. dau. Abigail, b. 8 Feb. 1646, bapt. 8 Feb. 1648/9, who provably d.y. (R-12). He d. 29 Sept. 1658 (R-4), and in his will, dated 14 Sept. 1658 (R-3-15), he named his wid.; his children by his first wife, and his widows children by her 1st husband, Edward Bushnell, Elizabeth Page, and Mary Robinson, but left his property to his widow, which at her death was to be sold and the proceeds divided among all his children. She deposed to the Inv. 8 Oct. 1658 (R-3), which was probated the 15th following. On 26 Jan. 1662/3, wid. Beamsley applied for a license for "stilling strong watters and retailing of the same, considering it hath ben a former imployment of her family releafe” (R-16), which was granted, 12 June 1663.

She probably d. just prior to 16 Nov. 1668, as on this date Edward Bushnell and all his sisters and step-sisters, with their husbands, sold the homestead in Boston to Key Alsop, and all signed the deed except Edward Bushnell, Thomas Dennis (the then husband of Mary Robinson), and Mary and Andrew Peters or Peterson, who had disposed of their interests to their brother-in-law Samuel Graves (R-10). This property was opposite the landing docks where the ships from overseas unloaded, and adjoining it was the property of Edward Page (R-10).

Children, 5, (R-1-2-3-4): 13. i. Edmond, bapt. 16 Sept. 1628 14*. ii. Edward, bapt. 10 Dec. 1629 15. iii. Elizabeth, bapt. 2 Apr. 1632 16. iv. Francis, bapt. 16 Mar. 1633/4 17. i. George Robinson, b. 30 Mar. 1658/9

-- (abridged) from the Bushnell Family Genealogy compiled by George Eleazer Bushnell, revised and maintained by Irving E. Bushnell Jr. at http://www.bushnellfam.com


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Edmund or Edward Bushnell, Sr.'s Timeline

April 27, 1606
Horsham, West Sussex, England
April 27, 1606
Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
April 27, 1606
Age 21
Age 26
March 28, 1636
Age 29
Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts
December 12, 1638
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States