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Richard Bushnell, Sr.

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Horsham, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Death: circa July 17, 1658 (31-39)
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Frances Bushnell II and Ferris Chennell Bushnell
Father of Thomas Bushnell; Elizabeth Bushnell; Joseph Bushnell; Richard Bushnell, Esq.; Hannah Bushnell and 4 others
Brother of Frances Maynard Hosmer; Edmund or Edward Bushnell, Sr.; Deacon Francis Bushnell; Lt. William Bushnell; Ruth Mitchelson and 8 others

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About Richard Bushnell, Sr.

  • 10. Richard, bapt. Horsham, co. Sussex, Eng. 20 Apr. 1623 (R-1), d. perhaps at Saybrook or Norwalk, Conn. between 1 Dec. 1659, the date of his will, and 17 July 1660, the date of inv. of his est.;

m. (R-44) Hartford, Conn. 11 Oct. 1648, Mary Marvin, bapt. (R-12), Great Bentley, Eng. 16 Dec. 1628, d. Norwich Conn. 29 May 1713, dau. of Matthew and Elizabeth Marvin (R-42). She m. 2nd, Dea. Thomas Adgate of Saybrook, Conn. and soon after moved to the new settlement at Norwich, Conn. where he d. 21 July 1727; both were interred in the old Burying Ground , at Norwichtown, Conn. (R-43).

Richard Bushnell, if our surmise is correct, came to New England with his brothers Francis and William in 1635 when he was about 12 or 13 years old. It is probable that he res. with his bro. Francis in Salem, Mass. until their removal to Conn. when, by family tradition, they came by way of Long Island, but not, liking the place came over to Guilford. The statement that he was one of John Winthrop's garrison at Saybrook Fort (R-49), under Lyon Gardiner, during the Pequot War, fixes the date of the arrival of these brothers in Conn. at a somewhat earlier date than has been assigned by other commentators. He m. at Hartford, Conn. Mary Marvin, dau. of Matthew and Elizabeth ( ) Marvin, who with their family, came to New England in the ship Increase in 1635 and settled first at Hartford, but later rem. to Norwalk, Conn. (R-14), where about 1655 Richard Bushnell was granted a £200 lot next to that of his father-in-law (R-50). He d. either at Norwalk or Saybrook bet. the date of his will, 1 Dec. 1659 and the date of the inv. of his est. 17 July 1660. In his will he divides his est. between his wid. and his four children (2 girls and 2 boys), and requests as overseers Matthew Marvin, Nathaniel Richards, and Richard Olmstead. Wits. Alice (Kellogg) Marvin (2nd wife of Matthew Marvin) and James Cornish. His home lot in Norwalk was sold 22 Jan. 1674 to Robert Stewart (R-50). His widow , m. bef. 6 Mar. 1661/2, Dea. Thomas Adgate (R-12), who was app. adm. of his est. and shortly after the family rem. to the new settlement, at Norwich, Conn.

Children, 4, (R-43): 44*. i. Joseph, b. 2 May 1651, 45*. ii. Richard, b. Sept. 1652, 46. iii. Mary, b. Jan. 1654 47. iv. Mercy (Marcia), b. Mar. 1657

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

"In purchasing this home-lot of Josiah Read, Richard Bushnell may have realized a youthful ambition to own the land, with whose streams and broad meadows he had been familiar from boyhood, when he lived with his stepfather, Dea. Thomas Adgate, on the opposite side of the way. Here he now settles to a long life of usefulness and honor, in a neighborhood of relatives, his mother and step-father, and his two brothers-in-law, Samuel Lathrop and Christopher Huntington, 2nd, across the street, and his brother Joseph, and brother-in-law, Thomas Leffingwcll, just below him on the "Sentry Hill" Road. Richard Bushnell was born in 1652, and was the son of Richard Bushnell of Norwalk, Ct., who married Mary, daughter of Matthew Marvin, and later moved to Saybrook, where he died about 1658. The widow, Mary, married just before coming to Norwich, Deacon Thomas Adgate, and when Richard arrived here with his mother and step-father he was about eight years of age. In 1672, he married his step-sister, Elizabeth Adgate, and had two sons and two daughters. Anne Bushnell was married in 1695 to William Hyde, and Elizabeth in 1709 to Jabez Hyde, sons of Samuel and Jane (Lee) Hyde. Caleb (b. 1679), married in 1699-1700 Anne Leffingwell, and Benajah (b. 1681), married in 1709 Zerviah Leffingwell, daughters of Ensign Thomas Leffingwell."

- Old houses of the antient town of Norwich [Conn.] 1660-1800 By Mary Elizabeth Perkins Born Horsham Sussex Son of francis B. Bushnell and Ferris Quenell

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Richard Bushnell, Sr.'s Timeline

April 20, 1623
Horsham, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
April 20, 1623
Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
April 20, 1623
April 20, 1623
Horsham, Sussex, England
April 20, 1623
April 20, 1623
Horsham, Sussex, England
Age 24
May 2, 1651
Age 28
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut