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John Bishop

Birthplace: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of John Bishop, of Guilford; Richard Bishop; unknown mother of John Bishop, of Guilford and Dolabelle? Bishop
Husband of Ann Bishop and Anne Bishop
Father of Mary Hubbard; Anne Jordan; John Bishop, Jr.; Stephen Bishop; Sarah Chatfield and 2 others

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About John Bishop, of Guilford

John Bishop

  • Birth: baptized 3 January 1590 - Ipswich, Suffolk, England (documentation needed) (also seen as Neen Savage, Shropshire)
  • Death: Feb 1661 - Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Parents: unknown. Seen as Richard Bishop & his wife Dulzabella with no supporting evidence,
  • Married: Ann (1592-1676). Maiden name seen as "Stevens" but parents unknown

It is stated in the John Stone Family Genealogy that the first ship, the St. John, commanded by Captain Russell, sailed from England on May 20, 1639, and arrived at New Haven between July 10th and 15th, 1639. The list of persons (in alphabetical order) who are believed to have come in this ship and to have settled, with few exceptions, in Guilford is as follows:

Allied Families

John Bishop, Francis Bushnell, Francis Chatfield, William Chitteden, Thomas Cook, Abraham Cruttenden, Henry Dowd, William Dudley, Richard Gutridge, John Hoadley, William Hall, John Hughes, John Jordan, Thomas Jones, Henry Kingsnorth, Robert Kitchell, William Leete, John Mepham, William Plane, John Parmelin, Thomas Nash, Thomas Norton, John Stone, William Stone, Rev. Henry Whitfield.


"John Bishop, immigrant ancestor, born in England, about 1600, was one of the twenty-five immigrants who came with Rev. Henry Whitfield's company from England and founded Guilford, Connecticut. His name was signed second to the Plantation Covenant made on shipboard June 1, 1639. Robert Kitchell signed first. The order of the name indicates the respective social and other standing of the company, judging from analogy in similar cases. He was fifth on the list of trustees of the Indian purchases, and one of the four magistrates appointed to administer justice and preserve peace in the community. He brought his family of several children with him, and is said to be brother of James Bishop of New Haven, a contemporary. His wife was Anne. He died February, 1661, and she died April, 1676. His estate was the largest in the colony with the exception of Mr. Whitfield's. The site of John Bishop's homestead was suitably marked at the celebration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Guilford, Connecticut, held September 8, 9, 10, 1889. Children, probably all born in England: 1. John, mentioned below. 2. Stephen, married May 4, 1654, Tabitha Wilkinson, of Bermuda, who died December 21, 1692; he died at Guilford, June, 1690. 3. Bethia, married James Steele. 5. Daughter, married -- Hubbard."

Children (not all pedigrees include Sarah)

  1. Mary (1610-1675) married George Hubbard.
  2. Anne (1622-1671) married John Jordan.
  3. Sarah (1628-1657) married George Chatfield.
  4. John (1625- 1683) married Susannah Goldham.
  5. Stephen (~1627- 1690) married Tabitha Wilkinson.
  6. Bethia (1631-1675) married James Steele.


  1. Guilford Vital Records; Conn N2b Am. Gen. Vol 10 pp17-18; Vol 12 p.185 H6E2 1000 years of Hubbard p.199 Archives Lora Hancock, Mesa, Az.
  2. Mr. Ralph R. Cluff, 340 Arnwood, Medford, OR 97501 and all information above this note also came from him.
  3. Talcott. Families of Early Guilford Connecticut.
  4. Cutter. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV.
  5. Family Record of the Maltby-Morehouse Family by Georgia Lord Morehouse Maltby, pg. 52
  6. Clergymen and Chiefs by Alexander McQueen, pg. 173
  7. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts by William Richard Cutter, pg. 1687
  8. Families of Early Guilford, I:76


Marriage is recorded both in England and Connecticut on the LDS site.

"Lived in Guilford, Conn. 1639."

JOHN BISHOP came in the first ship (St. John) that came direct from England to New Haven. He died in Guilford before January 7, 1661, when his inventory was taken. His widow Ann survived him, and her will was probated in Hartford, June, 1676. He had three or more children. The sons, John (16__-1683) and Stephen (16__-1690), lived and died in Guilford, and both had large sized families.

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John Bishop, of Guilford's Timeline

January 3, 1590
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 3, 1590
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Age 17
Dalbury Lee, Derbyshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 31
London, Middlesex, England
Age 34
London, Middlesex, England
Age 36
Age 37
North Mundham, Sussex, England
Age 43
Age 48
Guilford, Conn.