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Eleazer Bishop

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Jersey, Guernsey, Channel Isles, England
Death: Died in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA
Place of Burial: New London, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Bishop; Anthony Bishop; Sarah Bishop and Sarah Bishop
Husband of Sarah Bishop
Father of Henry Allen Bishop; Peter Bishop; Timothy Bishop; John Bishop, Sr.; Samuel Bishop, Sr. and 5 others
Brother of Antoinne Bishop

Managed by: Michael Bishop Ebersol
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About Eleazer Bishop

Tradition has it that in the year 1692, there came from the Channel Isles to New London , Connecticut, a lad named Eleazar {Eleaser} Bishop {Bischopp}. Two stories have come to us regarding his coming.

First:

The lad, Eleazer, at about the age of seven years, was playing by the shore of the Isle of Guernsey or Jersey (as both islands are mentioned in the narrative) with a large handsome dog. It was probably a seaport and he was playing near the wharf when the Captain of a British ship which had called there, saw the dog and was so determined to secure it that he sent men ashore with instructions to bring the dog aboard under any circumstances. The boy refused to be parted with his companion and so both dog and boy were brought on board the ship which was bound for America. Before the long voyage across the Atlantic had ended the ship's crew had so won the affection of the dog, that it was willing to remain on board and as the Captain had no further use for the boy, whom he had kidnapped, he determined to dispose of him at the first opportunity. Arriving at the port of New London, he was able to attain his purpose and dispose of the lad to one Richard Dart, a tailor of New London, who paid for the boyâs passage by giving the captain a yoke of oxen.

Second:

Eleazer ran away from his home in the Isle of Jersey, was a stowaway on a British ship bound for America, and at the age of fourteen found himself in New London in the home of Richard Dart, who took the boy as his own and brough him up in his own family. It is recorded that two companions of Eleazer Bishop, one, Deshon, and the other, John Eharpe, were brought by a British Ship to New London, Conn., and a wealthy farmer, Richard Dart, paid for young Bishopâs passage as recorded above.


At seven years of age, together with two other boys named Deshon and Sharp, Eleazer was kidnapped off the Isle of Jersey by an English ship and brought to New London, Conn., about the year 1676. A rich farmer named Richard Dart, living four miles from New London, paid the shipmaster a yoke of oxen for young Bishop's passage and took him home; he lived with Dart until he married Dart's daughter, June 22, 1704. Dart gave him several hundred acres of land, all wild; he commenced clearing and built a house. Under him were born seven sons and two daughters.


Notes for Eleazar Bishop and Sarah Dart

1722 “July 8th Eleazer Bishop and his wife had their children baptized, Peter, John, Samuel, Clement, Mary, Sarah” at the First Church of Christ, New London, Connecticut. [1]

1723 “Aug. 4th Eleazer Bishop’s child Nicholas” was baptized at the First Church of Christ, New London, Connecticut. [2]

1726 “June 26th Eleazer Bishop’s child Eleazer” was baptized at the First Church of Christ, New London, Connecticut. [3]

1754 Eleazar Bishop wrote his will on 29 August. “In the Name of God Amen this 29th Day of August A.D. 1754, I Eleazar Bishop of New London in the County of New London in the Colony of Connecticut being Advanced in year but Thry Gods Goodness of Sound minde and memory and calling to mind my Mortality and Knowing that it is appointed for all men Once to die therefore do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following. First and princepally I Give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that have it beseeching him for the Merritts Sake of my Redeemer Jesus Christ to forgive me all my Sins and to Receive me into his Heavenly Kingdom my body I Commit to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian Burial beleaving in the General Resurrection at the Last Day. And as touching the worldly Goods and Estates wherewith God hath Blest me in this life I Give devise and Dispose of the Same in the following Manner and Form. First I will that all my Just Debts and funeral Expenses be well and Truly paid for by my Executors hereafter named. Item I give and bequeath unto my younest son Eleazar Bishop all my Homestead Lands Buildings &c to him his heirs & assigns forever on condition that my said son pay unto my son John Bishop the sum of One Hundred Pounds old Ten’r Bills of Credit and also that he pay unto my Daughter Sarah Shaw the Sum of Sixty pounds old Tenor Bills of Credit in one year after my Decease. Item I Give and Bequeath unto my son Nicholas Bishop all that my Houseing and Lands at and adjoining to Lakes Pond which I purchased of my son John Bishop by way of Exchange however the Same as abutted and bounded or Reputed to be bounded to him my Said Son Nicholas his heirs and assigns forever on condition that my side son pay unto his Brother my son Samuel Bishop the Sum of One Hundred pounds old Tenor Bills of Credit and also that he pay unto my two Grand Children (the Children of my son Clement deceased) the Sum of Sixty Pounds old Tenor Bills of Credit in one year after my Decease. It. I Give and Bequeath unto my Son John Bishop the sum of One Hundred Pounds old Tenor bills of Credit which in this my Will I have ordered my son Eleazar to pay him which with which what I have already done and paid for my said son is in full of his Portion of my Estates. It. I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Shaw the Sum of Sixty Pounds old Tenor Bills of Credit which in this my Will I have ordered my son Eleazar to pay her which with what I have already Done and Given unto my said Daughter is her full Portion of my Estate. It. I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Samuel Bishop the Sum of One Hundred Pounds old Tenor Bills of Credit which in this my last Will I have ordered my son Nicholas Bishop to pay to mu Said Son Samuel which with what I have already Given and Done for my Said Son Samuel is his full Portion of mu Estate. It. I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Forsyth the Sum of Twenty Shilling old Tenor Bills of Credit which with what I have already paid and Given my said Daughter is her full Portion of my Estate. It. I Give and Bequeath unto my two Grand Children (the children of my son Clement Deceased) the Sum of Sixty Pounds old Tenor Bills of Credit to be Equally divided between them If they both live to Grow up and are of age and If Either of them Should die before they arrive to the Age of twenty one without Lawfull Isue then I give the whole sum to the Survivor being the sum which I have in this my Will ordered my son Nicholas to pay them. It. I Give and Bequeath unto my Loving Wife Sarah one Third part of the profits of my Homestead farm and of my Farme which I have given to my son Nocholas dureing the Term of her Natural Life as also one Good Cow which she shall Choose and a half a score of Sheep, and as much of my Indore Houshold Stuff as she shall want to keep house with. It. All the Rest of my Estate whatsoever If any should Remain I Give and Bequeath to be Equally divided into five Equal parts one of which I Give unto my son John one of which I Give unto my son Samuel on of which I Give unto my Daughter Sarah one of which I Give unto my Daughter Mary and the other unto my two Grand Children (the Children of my son Clement dec’d). And lastly I do Nominate and appoint my Good Friend Pygan Adams Esq’r Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament golding this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal the Day and Year first above written. Eleazar Bishop (his mark) Signed Sealed Published and declared by the Said Eleazr Bishop to be his Last Will & Testament In presence of John Richards, Abigail Richards, John Richards Jun’r” [4]

1755 September 3 Eleazer Bishop died. Joshua Hempstead reported his death and burial in his diary, “Thursd 4th fair … old Eleazer Bishop was buryed. Died yesterday aged 70 odd.” [5]

Research Notes:

There are two stories commonly reported about the origin of Eleazer Bishop. In her notes, Evelyn Miles Krase, wrote, "Eleazer Bishop or Bischoppe came from Jersey or Guernsey in 1690. Story I: Eleazer aged 7 playing on shore with handsome dog. A passing British ship's captain sent men ashore to secure dog. Boy refused to be separated from his companion so both boy and dog were taken aboard. In America captain disposed of boy to Richard Dart, a tailor of New London who paid for the boy's passage by giving a yoke of oxen. Story II: stowaway on American bound ship and at 14 arrived in New London." [6] Evelyn also stated Eleazer's birth date as 6-22-1683.

Tangled Roots provides the following account of the two stories, “Tradition has it that in the year 1692 there came from the Channel Islands to New London, Connecticut, a lad named Eleazar Bischoppe. Two stories have come to us regarding his coming. First: The lad Eleazar, at about the age of seven years, was playing by the shore of the Guernsey, (or Jersey, for both places are spoke of) with a large handsome dog. It was presumably a seaport, and he was playing near the wharf, when the captaind of a British ship which had called there, saw the dog, and was so determined to secure it that he sent men ashore with instructions to bring the dog aboard under any circumstances. The lad refused to part with his companion, and so both dog and boy were brought on board the ship, which was bound for America. Before the long voyage across the Atlantic had ended, the ship’s crew had so far won the affections of the dog that it was willing to remain of board, and as the captain had no further use for the boy, whom he had kidnapped, he was determined to dispose of him at the first opportunity. Arriving in the port at New London, Connecticut, he was able to attain his purpose, and disposed of the boy to one Richard Dart, a tailor of New London, who paid for the boy’s passage by giving the captain a yoke of oxen. Second: Eleazar ran away from home in the Island of Jersey, was a stow-away on an America bound Brithish ship, and at the age of fourteen found himself in New London, in the home of Ricard Dart. Dart, a wealthy farmer, had paid for young Bishop’s passage, took the boy as his own and brought him up with his family. Some years later, Eleazar married Richard Dart’s daughter, Sarah. It is recorded that two companions of Eleazar Bishop, one Deshon and the other John Sharpe, were brought by a British ship to New London CT. A wealthy farmer, Ricard Dart, paid." [7] Tangled Roots also reports that following information about the Bishop family of Jersey, “In correspondence with Mr. Murray LeMasurier of Toronto, a descendant of Antoine Bishop of the Isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands, he relates that he has researched the Bishop Family in Jersey and was assisted by Dr. Frank LeMaistre, Jersey’s foremost genealogist. Dr. LeMaistre indicates that Antoine and Eleazar were brothers, the sons of Anthone Bishop, and that they had come with their father, (and perhaps others) from England to Jersey in the Channel Islands. Antoine was evidently born circa 1677.” [8]

Footnotes: [1] S. Leroy Blake, The Later History of the First Church of Christ, New London, Conn. (New London: The Day Publishing Company, 1900), 484, [Archive-Link], [Archive-Catalog].

[2] S. Leroy Blake, The Later History of the First Church of Christ, New London, Conn. (New London: The Day Publishing Company, 1900), 485, [Archive-Link], [Archive-Catalog].

[3] S. Leroy Blake, The Later History of the First Church of Christ, New London, Conn. (New London: The Day Publishing Company, 1900), 488, [Archive-Link], [Archive-Catalog].

[4] Genealogical Committee of the Bishop Family Association, Tangled Roots: Descendants of John Bishop (1709-1785) of Horton, Nova Scotia, a New England Planter, vol. 1, Colonel John BIshop (1736-1815) (Wolfville, Nova Scotia: Genealogical Committee of the Bishop Family Association, 1990), xiii-xiv, [Link].

[5] Diary of Joshua Hempstead of New London, Connecticut (Collections of the New London County Historical Society, vol. 1, 1901), 655, [Link].

[6] Evelyn Miles Krase notes, bef. 17 May 1973

[7] Genealogical Committee of the Bishop Family Association, Tangled Roots: Descendants of John Bishop (1709-1785) of Horton, Nova Scotia, a New England Planter, vol. 1, Colonel John BIshop (1736-1815) (Wolfville, Nova Scotia: Genealogical Committee of the Bishop Family Association, 1990), xi, [Link].

[8] Genealogical Committee of the Bishop Family Association, Tangled Roots: Descendants of John Bishop (1709-1785) of Horton, Nova Scotia, a New England Planter, vol. 1, Colonel John BIshop (1736-1815) (Wolfville, Nova Scotia: Genealogical Committee of the Bishop Family Association, 1990), xi, [Link].

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Eleazer Bishop's Timeline

1683
1683
Jersey, Guernsey, Channel Isles, England
1705
1705
Age 22
1706
1706
Age 23
1709
1709
Age 26
New London, New London, Connecticut, United States
1712
1712
Age 29
1714
1714
Age 31
1718
1718
Age 35
1720
1720
Age 37
1723
June 22, 1723
Age 40