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John Bidwell

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut Colony
Death: July 3, 1692 (51)
Middletown, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bidwell; John Bidwell and Sarah Bidwell
Husband of Sarah Bidwell
Father of John Bidwell; Hannah Judd; Sarah Robbins; Thomas Bidwell; David Bidwell and 2 others
Brother of Hannah Hennot; Mary Dix; Richard Bidwell; Joseph Bidwell; Samuel Bidwell and 4 others

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About John Bidwell

The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)

William Tuttle & Elizabeth

  • 2. Hannah Tuttle,
    • b. England, 1632-3;
    • d. in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 9, 1683, a. 50;
    • bu. in the old Center chh. graveyard on Main st., where her memorial stone is still standing, among others of the Welles family; its inscription quite plain;
    • m. 1619, John, only s. of William and Margaret Pantry (Pantree),
      • b. abt. 1629; freeman of Harft., 1650;
      • will dated Sept. 1, 1653; inv. taken Nov. 25, same yr.; chil., John and Hannah --Mary

The Gen. Dict. of New Eng. sup. her dau. of Richard Tuttle of Boston, on what ground I have been unable to discover. Circumstances all point to the dau. of William Tuttle of New Haven, and the gravestone establishes the identity.

William Pantry came over in 1635; wealthy and advanced in years; selectman of Hartf., 1640, again in 1645; constable in 1648.


not named, prob. posthumous;

  • m. (2) June 23, 1654, Thomas, s. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Deming) Welles, jr.,
    • b. abt. 1627;
    • Quartermaster under Maj. John Mason, 1658; Dep. Mag. at Hartf., 1662-3, and is said to be named as a grantee in the Royal Charter of Conn. (prob. his f.) He was rep. May 1663, assistant 1668, and
    • was killed sm. yr. (1668) by a fall from a cherry tree.
    • Inv. taken in Hartf. Aug. 20, 1668, (english pound)1090 19s. 6d.; chattels, (english pound)590. Adm. given to wid. Hannah. He was the largest and tallest man of his time in Hartf.; of strong mind and estimable character. Inv. of est. of Mrs. Hannah Welles exh. Sept. 6, 1683; divided by the court, to John Pantry double portion, and to all the rest of Mrs. Welles' chil. equal portions. Mrs. Bidwell and Mrs. Meeks to receive each a piece of gold and a gold ring that their mother before her sickness did allot and give them; the two younger ss. to be clothed out of the est. before distribution.

10. chil. b. in Wethersfield.

  • I. John, bap. March 17, 1659; m. Abigail Mix.
  • II. Hannah, b. Aug., 1652; d. unm. 1672, according to Savage; 1675, according to W. S. Porter; but Miss Mary N. Talcott says she d. before Aug., 1671, as an account of the est. of Hannah Pantry was exh. to the court of probate in Hrtf. in Aug., 1671.
  • III. Mary, b. prob. after Sept. 1, 1653, when the f. made his will; m. Nathaniel Mix.
  • IV. Rebecca Welles, b. May, 1655; m. Aug. 13, 1680, Capt. James Judson.
  • V. Thomas, b. Oct., 1657; m. 1689, Mary Blackleach.
  • VI. Sarah, b. April, 1659; m. Nov. 7, 1678, John Bidwell, jr.
  • VII. Ichabod, Nov., 1669; m. Sept. 4, 1684, Sarah Way.
  • VIII. Samuel, Oct., 1662; m. Ruth Judson, sis. to James Judson.
  • IX. Jonathan, b. Sept., 1664; d. s. i. abt. 1690; killed by piece of block falling on his head. Thomas Welles adm. his est., which the court of assistants, on petition of all but the admr., ordered distributed, Nov., 1690, to Thomas, Ichabod, Samuel and Joseph Welles, John Bidwell, for his wf. Sarah and James Judson, for his wf. Rebecca; Thomas appealed, May 1691, claiming te est. of his bro. according to the English law, without avail.
  • X. Joseph, b. Aug., 1667; d. 1698; m. Elizabeth, dau. of Eleazer Way. 1. John, d. y. 2. Joseph, d. y. 3. Joshua, d. y. 4. Elizabeth, b. 1696; m. William Powell of Hartf. 1. Elizabeth, m. Nov. 4, 1750, Fletcher Ranney of Mid., Conn., who d. Dec. 14, 1772, a. 47. She d. June 14, 1785, a. 60.


26. Sarah Welles,

  • b. April, 1659;
  • d. abt. 1709;
  • m. Nov. 7, 1678, John Bidwell, jr.,
    • b. abt. 1641;
    • d. July 3, 1692;
    • s. of John and Sarah Wilcox Bidwell.*


  • I. John Bidwell, b. Sept. 1, 1679; d. Sept. 3, 1751.
  • II. Hannah Bidwell, b. Aug. 31, 1680; m. 1706 Joseph Judd.
  • III. Sarah Bidwell, b. Aug. 19, 1681; m. Sept 20, 1707, Capt. Joshua Robbins.
  • IV. Thomas Bidwell, b. Dec. 27, 1682; d. 1716; m. March 28, 1710, Prudence Scott.


Biographical Summary:

John Bidwell was a proprietor "by the courtisie of the town" in 1640, when his home-lot was south of Seth Grant's home-lot, and on the east side of the road from Seth Grant's to the Mill. He also owned a tan-yard on an island in Little River, receiving four acres in all. He married Sarah, daughter of John Wilcocks, of Hartford. Chosen chimney-viewer, 1655, 1661; freed from watching, warding, and training, November 9, 1670. He and his wife, Sarah, were original members of the Second, or South Church, February 12, 1670. He died in 1687; inventory, June 4, £419. 10. 6.


i. John, born in Hartford; married November 7, 1678, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Tuttlo) [Pantry] Welles, of H.; admitted to the South Church, February 21, 1685. He owned six saw and grist mills, — three at Hartford, one each at East Hartford, Wethersfield, and Middletown; died July 3,1692. inventory £1081.

ii. Joseph, born in Wethersfield, east side of the river; married, May 18,1675, Mary Colefax, daughter of William. Admitted to the South Ch., Hartford., February 1672; had a saw-mill in Glastonbury; died in 1692.

iii. Samuel, born 1650; Middletown; married (1) November 14, 1672, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Stow, of Middletown; (2) Sarah, daughter of Capt. Daniel Harris; (3) Abigail ____; he died April 5,1715.

iv. Sarah, married William House, of Hartford; admitted to the South Church, March 31, 1678.

v. Hannah, married ____Waddams. (John Waddams, of Wethersfield?)

vi. Mary, married Lieutenant John Makin (Meakins), of East Hartford,

vii. Daniel, born 1655; married (1) Elizabeth____;(2) Dorothy ____; lived in East Hartford, where he was first constable, 1699, and held other offices; died November 29, 1719.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 230. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books


John, son of Richard Bidwell, married Sarah, daughter of John and Mary Wilcox.

  • She died June 15, 1690.
  • Her father, John Wilcox, died before October, 1666. His wife survived him, and her will is dated March 4, 1668-69, Hartford.

John Bidwell was an early settler at Hartford, and had four acres of land allotted him in the division of lands there in 1639. In 1640 he had a house lot on the east side of Trumbull street, near Pearl, and in 1666 had land allotted him at East Hartford. In 1640 he owned a tan yard on an island in Little river, in what is now Bushnell's Park. November 9, 1670, he was "freed from Training Watching and Wardeing by the town of Hartford." He and his wife Sarah were original members of the Second or Centre Church, February, 1672. May 13, 1669, John Bidwell and Joseph Bull had granted to them two hundred acres of land "in the next commons to the place where their Saw Mill stands, with liberty to take timber out of the common for the improvement of their saw mill as their need shall require." October 13, 1669, in a list of freemen on the north side of Little river, John Bidwell. Sr., is mentioned.

His will was dated February 10, 1680, and mentions his wife Sarah, sons John, Joseph, Daniel and Samuel, and daughters Sarah House, Hannah Waddams and Mary Meekins.

He died 1687.


  • John, born about 1641, mentioned below:
  • Joseph, died 1692;
  • Samuel, born 1650;
  • Sarah,
  • Hannah.
  • Mary,
  • Daniel, 1655.

Source: New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation, Volume 3

William Richard Cutter. Lewis historical publishing company, 1913, p 1149.

Downloaded 2010 from Google Books.


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John Bidwell's Timeline

Hartford, Connecticut Colony
September 1, 1679
Age 38
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
August 31, 1680
Age 39
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
August 19, 1681
Age 40
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
December 27, 1682
Age 41
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
February 25, 1687
Age 46
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Age 50
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
July 3, 1692
Age 51
Middletown, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony