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John Bushnell, Sr.

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Horsham, Sussex, England
Death: August 5, 1667 (52)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Frances Bushnell II and Ferris Bushnell
Father of Dorothy Bushnell; John Bushnell, Jr.; Jane English; Elizabeth Bushnell; Sarah Bushnell and 1 other
Brother of Frances Maynard Hosmer; Edmund or Edward Bushnell, Sr.; Deacon Francis Bushnell; Lt. William Bushnell; Ruth Mitchelson and 8 others

Occupation: Glazier
Managed by: Jason Andrew Claes
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About John Bushnell, Sr.

  • 6. John, bapt. Horsham, co, Sussex, Eng. 23 Apr. 1615 (R-1), d. Boston, Mass. 5 Aug. 1667,

m. Abt. 1650, Jane ( ). She m. 2nd, 14 Apr. 1670, John Hill of Saybrook, Conn. by who she had a son Samuel Hill and two unnamed dau's. (R-18).

John Bushnell, erroneously stated to have been the father of all the Bushnell emigrants, was a glazier and embarked from the Port of London, Eng. in the spring of 1635 in the ship Hopewell (R-14). He first settled at Salem, Mass, where he on 25 Dec. 1637 had a land/grant for three heads or less (R-27). On the 15 Jan. 1637/8 he was paid 7s. 4d. for glassing the meeting house windows, and a year later, on 15 Apr. 1639, was received as a member of the town, where three months later, on 15 Apr. he made application for a land grant (R-27).

Nothing further is known of him until he appears in Boston, where on 1 Feb. 1648/9 he made a sale of merchandise to Francis Knight of Pemaquid, N.H. for which he was to be paid in beaver skins witnessed by a note, "I, ffrancis Knight of Pemaquid ... to pay ... John Bushnell of Boston ... £4-15s-3d ... on demand in beaver skins ... as witness my hand this 1 ffeb 1648." (R-38)

On 10 Dec. 1650 he appears as a witness in Boston (R-12), at which time he was aged about 40, and, about 1655 he bought a piece of property on Dock Square, 13 1/2 ft. wide and 50 ft. deep, near Bendalls Dock, on the site of the present 3 and 4 Dock Square, in sight of the famous Faneuil Hall, where he built a small house which about 1752, was torn down to make room for a larger building to be erected on this and adjoining property, having stood nearly a century.

On 29 Dec. 1657 he and a Mr. Glover were granted permission (R-12) to solicit funds for the repair of the town pump and well, and in the will of John Ruggles, whose est. was inv. 20 Sept. 1658, he is mentioned as "Glazier Bushnell" due for glass; he is also mentioned in the will of Robert Buttoms.

He d. 5 Aug. 1667, and his inv. taken in the same month totaled £24-1s-2d, his homestead being valued at £140, the balance, being personal property. Adm. was granted to his wid. but she had rem. from the jurisdiction of the Court soon after his death, having gone to Saybrook, Conn. (R-12), where on 14 Apr. 1670, she m. John Hill. She took her youngest son, William, with her, who d. there 31 Aug. 1684 (R-18), but evidently left her other children in Boston, where the town records show an order to Goodwife Alexander to deliver the ch. of Wid. Bushnell to Hope Allen, to relieve the town from charge thereby (R-40).

On 14 Sept. 1685, a second adm. was granted to his son John, then of full age for himself, his sister, and the child of a dec'd sister (R-15). John Bushnell, the father, must have changed his occupation some time before his death, for William Sewell (or Seweall), in his diary, commenting on the action of the court, under date, "Monday, 14 Dec. 1685" writes, "Something of Bushnell the barber relating to his estate was now done. He died in 1667, about the same time as Mr. Wilson did as I remember." (R-12) The son John also calls his father a barber in his deed to Sampson Stoddard for the property on Dock Square, "I, John Bushnell, of Boston, cordwainer, the only son of John Bushnell, once of Boston, barber, dec'd. and guardian of Sarah Covell, the dau. of Richard Covell by Sarah his wife, and Richard English of the same place, butcher; and I, Jane his wife, dau. of the said John Bushnell, dec'd (R-10)... convey to Sampson Stoddard, the house and land of John Bushnell dec'd." The births of all the children of John and Jane Bushnell are shown in the Boston Records, except that of his son John, adm. of his estate.

Children, 7: 37. i. Dorothy, b. 19 Feb. 1651/2, prob. d. y, 38. ii. Sarah, b. 24 Mar. 1654/5 39. iii. Elizabeth, b. 30 Aug. 1657 40. iv. John, b. 19 Jan. 1658/9 41. v. Jane, b. 18 Dec. 1662 42*. vi. John, b. abt. 1684 43. vii. William, b. 28 June 1666

-- (abridged) from the Bushnell Family Genealogy compiled by George Eleazer Bushnell, revised and maintained by Irving E. Bushnell Jr. at

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John Bushnell, Sr.'s Timeline

April 23, 1615
Horsham, Sussex, England
April 23, 1615
Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
April 23, 1615
Horsham, Sussex, England
April 23, 1615
February 19, 1652
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
March 24, 1655
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
August 30, 1657
Age 42
January 19, 1660
Age 44
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
December 18, 1662
Age 47
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States