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John Bidwell

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Probably England
Death: August 23, 1683 (69)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Bidwell
Husband of Sarah Bidwell
Father of Richard Bidwell; John Bidwell; Joseph Bidwell; Samuel Bidwell; Sarah House and 5 others
Brother of Samuel Bidwell; Richard Bidwell; Joseph Bidwell and Hannah Bidwell
Half brother of Hannah Bidwell

Occupation: Owned a tan yard and before 1669 built a saw mill. Proprietor of Wethersfield, farmer, tanner
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About John Bidwell

"Genealogy to the seventh generation of the Bidwell family in America" By Edwin M. Bidwell pages 25 - 30

founder of Hartford with Rev. Thomas Hooker (Original Proprietors of Hartford)
John Bidwell, born 1620, died 1687, was only ten years old when he and his father Richard boarded the Mary and John to sail to America. to what is now Boston Harbor.

John Bidwell was one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut. In 1640, he was a proprietor “by the courtesie of the town”. 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 owned a tan-yard on an island in Little River, receiving four acres in all. He married Sarah, daughter of John Wilcocks, of Hartford.

He and his wife, Sarah, were original members of the Second, or South Church, Feb. 12, 1670. He was chosen chimney-viewer, 1655, 1661. He was freed from watching, warding, and training, Nov. 9, 1670.

Their children included:

i. John, Hartford; m. Nov. 7, 1678, Samb, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Tuttle) [Pantry] Welles, of Hartford; admitted to the South Church, Feb. 21, 1685. He owned six saw and grist mills; three at Hartford, one each at East Hartford, Wethersfield, and Middletown; died July 3, 1692. Inv. £1081.

ii. Joseph, Wethersfield, east side of the river; married May 18, 1675, Mary Colefax, dau. of Wm.; adm. to the South Church, Hartford, Feb. 1672; had a saw-mill in Glastonbury ; died in 1692.

iii. Samuel, b. 1650; Middletown ; m. (1) Nov. 14, 1672, Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Stow, of Middletown ; (2) Sarah, dau. of Capt. Daniel Harris; (3) Abigail-; he d. April 5, 1715.

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

v. Hannah, married John Wadhams/ Waddams. (John Waddams, of Wethersfield )

vi. Mary, m. Lieut. John Makin (Meakins), of East Hartford.

vii. Daniel, b. 1655; in. (1) Elizabeth-; (2) Dorothy -; lived in East Hartford, where he was first constable, 1699, and held other offices; d. Nov. 29, 1719.

Source: Excerpts from the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford


According to old family records, Richard Bidwell and son, John were passengers on the vessel, "Mary and John" coming to America in 1630 to make a new life for themselves on this new land. It is uncertain in what exact location in England this Bidwell family had resided before coming to America, but according to notes of family historian, Frederick David Bidwell 1873-1947 he states that Richard Bidwell and son John came from County Devon.

Through correspondence dated 1979, between Rev, John Scott, Vicar of Newton St. Cyres in County Devon, and Robert F. Bidwell of Urbana, Ohio, we are informed that a manor is located in Newton St. Cyres called Bidwell Barton, which according to parish historical materials, was where the Bidwell family lived in the 16th Century and was the beginning of the Bidwell family in England, and presumably where the family took it's name. Rev. Scott states the fact that the parish records contain a mass of entries relating to the Bidwell family, including the baptism of a John Bidwell, who may be the son of Richard Bidwell. However, no documented proof has been found that Richard Bidwell was the name of the father of John, Joseph, Samuel and Richard, although all evidence certainly leads one to believe this is the correct relationship.

Richard Bidwell b. 1587 d. 25 Dec. 1647 John Bidwell b. 1620 d. 1687 Hartford, CT m. 1640 Sarah Wilcox at Hartford, CT, b. 1623 d. 15 June 1690 Hartford, CT, dau. of John and Mary (___) Wilcox John Bidwell b. 1641 d. 3 July 1692 m. 7 Nov. 1678 Sarah Welles in Hartford, b. Apr. 1659. Sarah was b. in Wethersfield, CT, dau. of Thomas and Hannah (Tuttle) pantry Welles and the granddaughter of Gov. Thomas Welles. John was b. and d. at Hartford. Sarah d. 1708. John Bidwell b. 1 Sept. 1679 d. 30 Sept. 1751 m. Hannah Pitkin, dau. of Capt. Roger and Hannah (Stanley) Pitkin. John and Hannah are buried at the East Hartford Cemetery, East Hartford, CT

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John Bidwell's Timeline

Probably England
Age 20
Age 24
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 27
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
Age 29
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Age 36
Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Age 39
Middletown, Connecticut
Age 39
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Age 40
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony