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Samuel Bidwell

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Death: April 5, 1715 (65)
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bidwell and Sarah Bidwell
Husband of Abigail Bidwell; Sarah Bidwell and Elizabeth Bidwell
Father of Moses Bidwell; Thankful Yeomans; Sarah Brainerd; Samuel Bidwell; Elizabeth Brainerd and 2 others
Brother of Richard Bidwell; John Bidwell; Joseph Bidwell; Sarah House; Mary Meakins and 2 others

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About Samuel Bidwell

Samuel Bidwell (1672) / Elizabeth (Stow) Bidwell

Name: Samuel Bidwell

Birth: c. 1651, Hartford, Conn. (Hale, House & Related Families/Jacobus)

Emigration: To Middletown c. 1672. (HMC)

Death: April 5, 1715, Middletown, Conn. (BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: House & barn builder, sawmill owner. (MLR)

Marriage: m. (1) Elizabeth Stow, November 14, 1672, Middletown, Conn. (b. abt. 1650, Concord, Mass.; d. unknown, Middletown, Conn.) She was the daughter of Thomas Stow and Mary (Griggs) Stow of Concord, Mass. and Middletown, Conn. (SAV); m. (2) Sarah Harris, abt. 1690, Middletown, Conn. (b. September 30, 1663, Middletown, Conn.; d. abt. 1696) She was the daughter of Captain Daniel Harris and Mary (Weld) Harris of Rowley, Mass., and Middletown, Conn. (In-Depth First Settler Profile: Daniel Harris); m. (3) Abigail (unknown surname), abt. 1697 (d. March 8, 1732/3, Middletown, Conn.) (BCVR)

Children: 7 children by first wife between 1674-1688, one child by second wife in 1695; two children by third wife 1698-1700. (BCVR)

(See in-depth profile in Member Area for details at this site for Middletown, Connecticut.  Sources used on the Middletown site include: 

Below is the abbreviation code to common sources used in both the brief sketches and the in-depth profiles on this web site:

(MVR) Middletown Vital Records (originals at Middletown City Hall, Middletown, Conn.; also available on microfilm at Russell Library, Middletown, Conn.)

(BCVR) The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (original index at Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Conn.; printed volumes by town available from Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md.; digitized statewide index available on CD-Rom as part of The Ricker Compilation of Vital Records of Early Connecticut, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md.)

(MLR) Middletown Land Records (originals at Middletown City Hall, Middletown, Conn.; also available on microfilm at Russell Library, Middletown, Conn.)

(MAN) Digest of Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District (Manwaring, Charles William. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records. Originally published 1904-1906; reprinted 1995. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.)

(CBRMC) Commemorative Biographical Record of Middlesex County, Connecticut, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Settled Families. Chicago, Ill.: J.H. Beers & Co., 1903.

(MUH) Middletown Upper Houses (Adams, Charles C. Middletown Upper Houses, A History of the North Society of Middletown, Connecticut from 1650 to 1800 with Genealogical and Biographical Chapters on Early Families. New York, N.Y.: The Grafton Press, 1908.)

(FFS) Frank Farnsworth Starr ("The Settlers of Mattabeseck 1650-1660," Middletown Penny Press, Oct. 11, 1900; also published in the Middletown Tribune 250th Anniversary supplement.)

(CAF) Centennial Address of Rev. David Field. (Field, David D. Centennial Address: With Historical Sketches of Cromwell, Portland, Chatham, Middle Haddam, Middletown, and its Parishes. Middletown, Conn.: W.B. Casey, 1853.)

(GMB) The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 (Anderson, Robert Charles, FASG. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Vol. I-III. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996.)

(SAV) Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown & Co., 1860-1862.)

(GFHC) Genealogical & Family History of the State of Connecticut (Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York, N.Y.: Lewis Publishing Co., 1911.)

(HMC) The History of Middlesex County. Henry Whittemore, ed. The History of Middlesex County 1635-1885. New York, N.Y.: J.H. Beers & Co., 1884)

(RPCC) Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663 (Adams, Arthur W., ed. Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut 1639-1663. Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Society, 1928.)

(HCCM) Hartford County Court Minutes, 1663-1687 (Ullmann, Helen Schatvet, CG, FASG., ed. Hartford County, Conn., County Court Minutes, Vol, 3 & 4, 1663-1687, 1697. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005.)

(NEHGSR) NEHGS Register (New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, Mass: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-2007.) (Online database available at (TAG) The American Genealogist (articles by Donald Lines Jacobus, ed., 1922-1971) (The American Genealogist. New Haven, Conn.: D.L. Jacobus, 1922-1971).

You can join this organization and get further details about Samuel and his wife and their families, occupations and indepth information about their town and its early settlement. See link above.)

Samuel Bidwell, b. 1650; d. 5 April, 1715 ; m., 14 Nov., 1672, EU-zabeth Stow. She was a dau. of Thomas Stow, formerly of Roxbury, Mass.

Children :

33 Sarah, b. 20 Sept., 1674.

34 Samuel, b. 10 June, 1677 ; d. March, 1727.

35 Mary, b. 8 Jan., 1680; d. 1734.

36 Nathaniel, b. 4 Nov., 1688.

37 Elizabeth.

He m., 2d, Sarah Harris; d. 1696. She was the 4th dau. of Capt. Daniel Harris.

Children :

38 Thankful, b. Dec, 1695.


Third Generation. 41

Hem. 3d, Abigail ; d. 8 March, 1733.

Children : . ■

39 Moses, b. 9 Jan., 1699.

40 Abigail.

41 Hannah, d. 22 Aug., 1725.

The above are children mentioned in his will.

They lived at Middletown, Ct. ; Thankful his daughter was named in her grandfather Harris' will. He settled at Middletown as early as 1680, and is buried at the Riverside cemetery at Middletown. Middletown Town Records, vol. i, page 81: 18 March, 1685, Samuel Bidwell sold land upon the east side of the river. He made his will 23 March, 17 15, it is at Probate court Hartford, also In-ventory, vol. 10, pages 31 and 175. Estate £1.00.6. He repre-sented Middletown at the General Court at Hartford in January and October, 1697, May and October, 1698, October, 1703 and October 1705.

A Nathaniel Bidwell is mentioned as representing Middletown, Ct., at Hartford, at a General Court held May, 1696, but as there was no Bidwell of that name except a son of Samuel then only six-teen years old, and as Samuel served the next year and for several years after, he must have been meant. Colonial Records of Ct., 1706 to 1 716, page 208 : the above is mentioned as an executor of Capt. Daniel Harris' will, 5 May, 1712, (his father-in-law).

Vol. 8, page 253, Hartford Probate Records : Abigail Bidwell of Middletown, widow of Samuel Bidwell, presented the will of her late husband which was approved, etc. Extracts from Field's Cen. Ad., at Middletown, Nov., 1850. page 42: about May, i860, the name of Samuel Bidwell first appears as a member of the Congrega- tional church at Middletown.

Sketch of Portland, Ct. : In May, 17 14, the first church was formed here and the society was called East Middletown, and was in Oct., 1767, named Chatham ; among the petitioners were Samuel and Nathaniel Bidwell, and afterwards came John Penfield from Rhode Island. Public Rec. of Col. of Conn., page 208, Samuel Bidwell of Middletown, is mentioned.

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Samuel Bidwell's Timeline

Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
September 20, 1674
Age 24
Probably Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
June 10, 1677
Age 27
of, Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
January 8, 1679
Age 29
Middletown, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
March 4, 1683
Age 33
Middletown, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Age 34
December 8, 1695
Age 45
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut
January 9, 1699
Age 49
Middletown, CT
April 5, 1715
Age 65
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States