"Dear Bissell Researchers"
Hello, again! Your fly-by-night BHAM editor has moved
again -- this time to Garden Grove, California, the home town of comedian Steve Martin and Dr. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral.
With this issue, we conclude Volume I (i.e., the first
subscription "year" consisting of four issues). A full year has passed since our last issue, and the mountain of
Bissell family data continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Our subscribers and correspondents have really come through for
us with Bissell data, and we appreciate it! It makes BHAM a better newsletter.
Guess what? It's time to renew! If you like what we've
done and want to see more, please send $5.00 to "Bissell People Finders" (who will begin publishing BHAM starting
with Volume II). [1999 note: since this never happened, please do not send money to "Bissell People Finders"!!]
We've grown to 25 paid subscribers, and we hope to
double that this year. Please help us do so! (Gift subscriptions and contributions are welcome, too. Help put BHAM in your
favorite library.) [1999 note: since our basic approach is now to publish on the Internet, please disregard the above. The
material on this website is free for the taking, and anyone who wishes to copy and distribute it to other individuals or libraries
is welcome to do so.]
probably twice as excited about BHAM and our network of Bissell descendants as I was when we started in June of 1985. The
main reason is the big leap in understanding of the Rhode Island Bissell family, as well as the significant addition to our
knowledge of Daniel Bissell IV ("the Spy") and his relatives.
Also, we have been invited to be a clearinghouse for Bissell descendants
who belong to Founders of Ancient Windsor. We welcome their queries, with or without subscriptions!
Finally, now is as good a time as any to talk about standards
of research in genealogy. As I've stated previously, I am an amateur genealogist, both in monetary and scholarly
This means not
only that I don't do family research for a living, but also that I don't use the same level of thoroughness and precision
that professionals use. I tend to operate more intuitively than most people. If I'm reasonably sure I've identified
someone (by a process of elimination, comparison with other records, or whatever), I state it as a fact, even if I lack primary
sources (such as birth, marriage, or death records). At least, I do so tentatively, subject to correction.
On the other hand, you should not assume that
the other contributors to this newsletter are this casual in their research. Soren Simonson's genealogical listings
and references, as well as the group sheets and references of Jeannette Dickinson and Jean Gilmore, are a model of the kind
of scholarship I most admire and rely on to make BHAM a worthwhile journal. (Soren, for instance, used well over 100 references
for the Bissell/Eastman data he sent me. It would have taken two pages of BHAM just to list them, not to mention the other
biographical data I omitted from later generations.)
What I'm trying to say is that I appreciate the trust and moral support of both the Connecticut and the Rhode
Island Bissell families. In return, I'll do everything I can to keep BHAM interesting and correct. For the time
being, at least, it's all we have.
Which brings me to one (really) final point about the possibility of one or more Bissell associations, societies,
or clubs. There are many ways such a thing (or things) could be set up:
* One big association of
Connecticut Bissell descendants, and one for Rhode Island Bissell descendants.
* One association for
each of Captain John Bissell's four sons (and daughters, if any were traced), and one each for R2a John, R2b Samuel, and
* An international Bissell association.
* An association of
Bissells descended from the ancestor you are surest of or most interested in.
My father tried to interest various Bissell descendants in starting up
a genealogy group several years ago. One of our subscribers answered him thusly:
Your offer of heading
a Bissell Assoc. is very nice, but really it should be done by someone who is a LONG line Bissell...like yourself! I have
just written Jim Pontius, asking him if he knows of a Bissell Assoc. already established...if not, you should most certainly
start one, and become head/Pres. (It could never mean to us what it does to you.)...This is how it should be, the person with,
or just off of the Surname, is the one who has the most drive/interest/desire to see the name and following continue...YOU!!!!
...It is a 'labor of love' when it is your line, and we know this is how you feel, and the reason why you should start
an Assoc., if there isn't one that is already going.
Dad and I would not have been an ideal choice for a Connecticut or Rhode Island
association, for one simple reason: we have been in the nearly unique position of not knowing our Bissell roots past my great-great-grandfather,
Pierce B. Bissell (born in 1816, supposedly in Michigan). I don't even know whether I'm of either the Connecticut
or Rhode Island families! For all I know, Dad and I could be descended from a later immigrant, such as Thomas Bissell who
came on a ship from Hamburg, Germany to Philadelphia in the 1770s. (Just as a for instance.)
However, that doesn't dampen or diminish my love
and enthusiasm for our newsletter and network of friends and Bissell researchers. And, truly, isn't that a Bissell
Association, of sorts? Sure, we don't have a board of directors or get together for meetings or picnics at Captain John's
ferry or Thomas' blacksmith shop sites. But as scattered as we all are, it seems to me that would be hard to arrange anyway.
So in the meantime, let's enjoy our fellowship through
BHAM. Let's share the information and excitement we have derived from our chosen hobby/obsession. (And let's help
Roger figure out his Bissell roots!)
All aboard for Volume II of BHAM -- coming soon! [1999 note: would you believe, in 2000, "only" 12 years
[1999: P.O. Box 5193
Orange, CA 92863
P.S. -- I work day shifts at Disneyland (I'm in the
band there) from Wednesday to Sunday. So if you want to reach me my phone, don't call then -- or be prepared to talk to
my wife or my answering machine! [1999 note: my work week has been Thursday to Monday for some years now.]
To date, we have devoted much space in BHAM to descendants of Captain John's son Thomas -- one line from his
son, Lieutenant Isaac, and another from Thomas II. We must leave several more we have traced for future issues.
This time, we turn our attention to two lines of descent
from Captain John's son Nathaniel's son David. One line is from David's son Noah, and one is from his son David
Since it is so difficult
to get everyone's lineage published right away, the next best thing we can do for our readers is show them an outline
of the lines already written up (or soon-to-be). This outline does not indicate all the Connecticut lines currently
being studied. Thank you all for being so patient. Enjoy the outline!
Outline of Connecticut
to or correspond with BHAM
(as of April 1987)
I. Thomas Bissell
A. Thomas Bissell II
1. Thomas Bissell III --> Jerijah Bissell
Jerijah Bissell III --> Arkansas Bissells (eight subscribers!)
b. Asabel Bissell
-->(?) Bissells of Schuyler County, Illinois (Roy H. Bissell)
2. Ebenezer Bissell (no descendants contacted)
Aaron Bissell --> Epaphras Bissell --> Toledo Bissells
b. Moses Bissell -->
Moses Bissell II --> Bissells of Ontario County, New York and Medina County, Ohio
B. Lieutenant Isaac Bissell
Isaac Bissell II
a. Isaac Bissell III
(1) Luther Bissell II --> Viola Bissell and Barry
Smith (also Bissells of Ottumwa, Iowa.
(2) Harman Bissell --> Buford
Lyle and Robert F. Bissell (also Bissells of Kay County, Oklahoma)
Bissell --> Bissells of Otsego County, New York, Medina County, Ohio, Knox County, Illinois, and Jones County, Iowa (Rev.
Edwin Orrin Bissell, Jr.)
b. Calvin Bissell --> Alma Slawson
2. Benjamin Bissell --> Benjamin Bissell II
a. Rachel Bissell Simmons --> Armentrouts of North
b. Warren Bissell --> Bissells of Athens and Meigs
County, Ohio and Minnesota.
3. Zebulon Bissell
a. Zebulon Bissell II --> Dwight Bissell
b. Benjamin Bissell --> Mrs. Willard Layton
4. Col. George Bissell --> David Bissell
a. Edward Bissell --> Jack Bissell of Scarborough, Ontario
b. John Bissell --> Bissells of Ogle County, Illinois
II. Samuel Bissell
Mary Bissell --> Donald Erkfritz
B. Samuel Bissell II and John Bissell (double line) -->
Denise Milke and Marjorie LaSalle
C. Hannah Bissell --> Donna Siemiatkoski and Bebe
D. Abigail Bissell --> Agnes Kracaw and Kathryn Sharp Pontius
1. Captain Ozias Bissell --> Ozias Bissell II -->
Emery Bissell --> Morgan Bissell --> Harry Elton Bissell and Joyce Bissell Hory (also Bissells of Peoria, Illinois and
2. Capt. Lieut. John Bissell II --> John Bissell III
--> John Bissell IV --> Noah Bissell and Benjamin Bissell and Aaron Bissell (Bissells of Oneida County and Steuben County,
New York, Washtenaw County and Cass County, Michigan, and Will County, Illinois)
III. Nathaniel Bissell --> Lieut. David Bissell
Solomon Bissell --> Bissells of Chesterfield, Massachusetts
B. Noah Bissell II --> Noah
Bissell III --> Bissells of Oneida County, New York (Mrs. Charles B. Wheeler, II) [1999 note: this is an error. The Oneida
County Bissells descend from Noah Bissell, son of John Bissell IV of Rutland County, Vermont, who is a descendant of IV. Samuel
Bissell, above. Their lineage is discussed in this issue and corrected in Volume 2, issues 1-2.]
IV. John Bissell II
John Bissell III --> Benjamin Bissell --> Joseph Bissell
1. John Partridge Bissell
--> Freeman Morgan and Howard Neff
2. Ammi Ruhammi Bissell
--> Bissells of Dewitt, Iowa
3. Benjamin Bissell --> Benjamin Bissell Jr. of Lake
County, Ohio and Red Oak, Iowa (wife Mary died in Clearfield, Iowa)
Bissell --> Daniel Bissell II
1. Jabez Bissell --> Jabez Fitch Bissell --> Bissells
of Ottumwa, Iowa
2. Daniel Bissell III
Daniel Bissell IV (the Spy) --> sons to Michigan and Illinois
b. Elias Bissell
--> Bob Sarsfield, Rev. Hudson Phillips
3. Josiah Bissell -->
Catherine Goulais Bissell Ely
The Bissells of Oneida County, New York
by Roger Bissell
We could just as well have titled this: "Who were Amos Alonson Bissell
who married Amelia Susan Willsie and John Bissell who married Isabella Jeanette Halley -- of Oneida County, New York?"
(But how to center it?!)
two Bissells were listed in Appendix O, "Unidentified Bissells," of E. P. Jones' Bissell Genealogy
-- along with two sons of each. But who were they? How do they fit into the Greater Bissell family?
Census index listings for 1800 to 1850 leave little doubt:
John's father was Noah III (1777-1842) whose wife was Polly Meach (according to E. P. Jones). As it turns out, Noah III
was Amos' father, too; but it takes more detective work to establish this.[1999 note: as was discovered some years later,
this is incorrect. John's father was Noah, son of John Bissell IV of Rutland, Vermont, a great-great-great-grandson of
Samuel Bissell, son of Captain John Bissell. The correct lineage is established in our discussion in Volume 2, issues 1-2
(1810 census, Onondaga County, New York) was in Verona of Oneida County in 1820 and 1830. In 1840, he was nowhere
to be found, but in Verona were Cynthia Bissell and John Bissell. Then in 1850, John was nowhere to be found, but in Verona
was Isabella Bissell.
Bissell II (according to Jones) has a sister Cynthia (married in 1801), so the Cynthia in Verona in 1840 is probably Noah
Bissell III's daughter, named for her great-aunt. It's also reasonable to assume that Andrew and Edwin Bissell
of the 1850 Verona census index were also sons of Noah Bissell III.
My father, Eldon K.Bissell, first learned of this family through Jean Robinson of San
Mateo, California, a relative of some of John and Isabella's descendants. She gave us some data for their children and
referred us to her cousin's husband, Charles B. Wheeler II of Bethesda, Maryland, a genealogist and subscriber to BHAM.
He confirmed that John Bissell who married Isabella Halley was indeed the son of Noah Bissell III of Connecticut, Vermont,
and New London (Oneida County), New York. (His reference was William R. Cutter, Genealogical and Family History of Western
New York.) [1999 note: Cutter was wrong! See the discussion in BHAM II, 1-2.]
In March of this year, using the brand new Upstate New York 1860 census
index, I found out how Amos fit in. In Verona were three Bissell households: Andrew H. (farmer) and wife Gertrude, E. B. (Edwin,
a boat captain, apparently widowered) and his four children, and Amos A. (also a boat captain) and wife Amelia and two of
their children. Andrew and E. B. were both shown as age 40, and Amos was age 35. Clearly, they were the brothers of John Bissell
(born 1808) -- i.e., they were sons of Noah Bissell III.
Yet another probable brother was found in the 1870 census of Verona: Henry Bissell, born
about 1812. He, too, was a boatman, specifically, "on the canal." (Surely this refers to the Erie Canal.)
Some years ago, Dad received from L.D.S. archives (Salt
Lake City) some family group sheets on Solomon Bissell, brother of Noah Bissell III. (His wife, Tirzah Pierce's great-great-niece,
Della Dame Edmunds, submitted the sheets in 1967.) We have been interested in this family, because the mother (or grandmother)
of my great-great-grandfather, Pierce B. Bissell (born 1816, Michigan?) was probably a Pierce. (Astute readers of our Rhode
Island Roundup section should now have a better idea of why we have persisted in identifying all of the grandchildren of Private
Samuel and Sarah (Pierce) Bissell of Hartwick, New York!)
Following is the data on Noah Bissell III and Solomon Bissell.
Statistics for descendants of
Noah Bissell III and Solomon Bissell
compiled by Jean Robinson, Charles B. Wheeler
II, and Roger Bissell
Captain John Bissell's son,
Nathaniel Bissell, had Lieutenant David Bissell (1681-1733), who had Noah Bissell
(1716-1776), who had Noah Bissell II (1753-1842) of Windsor, Connecticut and Chesterfield, Massachusetts.
(Lieutenant David Bissell also had David Bissell Jr., the great-great-great-grandfather of BHAM subscriber
Don Bissell of Conway, South Carolina. We will trace his lineage in our next issue.)
Noah Bissell II married Eunice Alcott, and they had :
Noah Bissell III, born September 29, 1777, died September 26, 1842. He married Polly Meach.
Amelia Bissell, born
1778, died 1843. She married Stephen Taylor.
Cynthia Bissell, born 1783. She married Bela Stetson.
born 1785. She married Bonner Robertson.
Ruth Bissell, born 1787, died 1826/36. She married Calvin Cowen.
Solomon Bissell born January 26, 1789, died January 23, 1871. He married Tirzah Pierce.
Emily Bissell, born 1791. She married Calvin
Cowen (sister's widower).
Benoni Olcott Bissell, born 1795, died 1795.
* Noah Bissell III married about 1805 to Polly (Meach) Bissell. [1999 note: the following is erroneous.
These were the children of Noah Bissell, son of John Bissell IV of Rutland County, Vermont. See BHAM, Volume 2, Number 1,
forthcoming.] They had:
1. Cynthia Bissell, listed in 1840 census,
apparently died unmarried before 1850. [1999 note: she may actually be the widow of Noah Bissell of Oneida County, New York,
rather than the son of Noah Bissell III, who did not live in Oneida County, New York.]
John Bissell, born 1808, Onondaga County, New York, died August 27, 1889. He married about 1839 Isabella
Jeannette Hally and was a prominent man in Buffalo, New York, appearing there in the 1860 census as being in the "transportation
business." They had:
a. Mary Eleanor Bissell, born about
1840 (listed as Ellen, age 10 in 1850 census), died 1886, Buffalo, New York. She married Dexter P. Rumsey. Not known whether
they had children.
b. Arthur Douglas Bissell, born January
10, 1944, New London, Oneida County, New York, died November 13, 1926. He married June 16, 1874 to Fanny Castle (her sister,
Mary Ann, married John A. Leo, they being the grandparents of Jean Leo Robinson, who has helped us greatly in our research
of New York state Bissells). Merchant, customs inspector, established People's Bank in Rochester. They had seven children,
six of whom are listed below:
i. Thomas Hally Bissell, born March 27, 1875, died unmarried.
ii. Howard Bissell, born September 30,
1878, died October 24, 1937. He married Dorothy Trego.
(1) Howard Bissell Jr., born February
23, 1913. He married Love Cary.
Howard Bissell III
(b) Dan Bissell
(d) Shannon Bissell
(2) Katherine Bissell married ____ Dodge.
(a) Howard Dodge
(b) Robert Dodge
iii. Raymond Bissell, born October 26, 1880, died February 26, 1926. He married
(1) Elizabeth Warren Bissell, born 1908.
She married Philip M. B. Boocock. No children.
(2) Helen Georgia Bissell, born 1912.
She married Robert Leroy Almy.
Bissell Almy, born 1946. She married Michael Timothy Callaghan.
Joshua Almy Callaghan, born 1977.
(ii) Robert John Callaghan, born 1979.
(3) Eleanor Bissell, born 1924. She
married Charles Barker Wheeler, II (BHAM subscriber and co-compiler of data for this article).
(a) Thomas Rochester Wheeler, II, born
1947. He married first Ellen Leslie Hundley (children below), second Laurie Trevalin.
Charles B. Wheeler III, born 1974.
(ii) Elizabeth H. Wheeler, born 1977.
(b) Gordon Bissell Wheeler, born 1950.
He married Leslie Davies Gratwick.
Lindsay Gratwick Wheeler, born 1980.
(ii) Stephen Bissell Wheeler, born 1982.
iv. Arthur Douglas Bissell Jr., born
July 25, 1883. He married Ella Davis. No children.
v. Jeannette Bissell married Bradley
(1) John Goodyear married Julie Ousley.
(a) John Goodyear Jr. married Jane ___.
(b) Richard Goodyear married Constance
Martin. Two children.
(2) Sam Goodyear.
(3) Bradley Goodyear, Jr. married Suzanne
(a) Bradley Goodyear married Gunter Smith.
Goodyear married first Prince Louis della Torreo Tasso, second Daniel Streeter, Jr.
della Torreo Tasso married Martha ____.
(b) Daniel Streeter III.
(c) Bradley Streeter.
(5) Thomas Goodyear,
vi. Lloyd Bissell, born July 12, 1891. He married July 26, 1916 to Dorothy Pendennis White.
Lloyd Bissell, born December 10, 1918. She married first Robert Ware, second Robert T. Bronkie.
Robert Ward Jr.
(c) Dona B. Bronkie
(d) Robert T. Bronkie, Jr.
P. Bronkie, II
(2) Arthur D. Bissell, II, born May 25, 1917.
D. Bissell III
(c) Dan W. Bissell
(3) Pendennis Bissell
married Thomas J. Fitzgerald.
(a) Timothy T. Fitzgerald
c. Wilson Shannon Bissell, born December
31, 1847, New London, Oneida County, New York. He married in 1889 to Louisa Fowler Sturges. Attended Yale, law partner with
Grover Cleveland in Buffalo and Albany, Postmaster General of the U.S. under President Cleveland.
i. Margaret Bissell married Burnham
Dell, two daughters.
3. Henry Bissell, born about 1818, boatman on Erie Canal.
He married Mary ____.
a. Arthur Bissell, born about 1864.
Bissell, born about 1866.
4. Edwin B. Bissell, born about 1820, Oneida County, New
York, boat captain. He married about 1842 to Phebe B. ____. Widowered by 1860. (Married twice?)
J. Bissell, born about 1843 (only listed in 1860 census, possibly Edwin's second wife, mother of Jane?).
R. Bissell, born about 1847/9?
c. Stanford W. Bissell, born about 1849,
died by 1860?
d. Ada Bissell, born about 1851.
e. Jane Bissell , born about 1859.
5. Andrew H. Bissell, born about 1821, Oneida County, New York, farmer.
He married about 1850 to Gertrude.
a. Rachel Bissell, born about 1846 (in 1850 and 1870 censuses).
Bissell, born about 1847, died by 1860(?).
c. Flora Bissell, born about 1851.
Bissell, born about 1853. Probably married ____ Akins, probably died before 1880. (See father's listing in 1880
Akins, born about 1877.
e. Harriett Bissell, born about 1857. Probably married
____ Bartley, probably died before 1880. (See father's listing in 1880 census.)i. George Bartley, born about 1879.
Bissell, born about 1860 (probable twin to William).
g. William Bissell, born about 1860
(probable twin to Susan).
6. Amos Alanson Bissell, born about 1825, Oneida County,
New York, boat captain. He married about 1852 to Amelia Susan Willsie.
a. Angus Bissell,
born May 1853, lodging with brother william in 1900 census.
b. Herbert Porter Bissell, born July
30, 1856, New London, Oneida County, New York. He married October 30, 1883 to Lucy Agnes Coffey.
William Grosvenor Bissell, born January 30, 1870, Lockport, Niagara County, New York. He married (after 1900?) to
Clara Elizabeth Cronin.
* Solomon Bissell,
unlike his brother Noah III, remained a resident of Chesterfield, Massachusetts. He married Tirzah Pierce (brother of President
Benjamin Pierce), and they had:
1. Benjamin Pierce
Bissell, born October 31, 1809. He married Mary ____.
2. Parnel Synthia Bissell,
born June 21, 1811, died March 2, 1829.
3. Benoni Bliss Bissell, born July 15,
1813. He married April 5, 1837 to Mary Ann Searle. They had:
a. John H. Bissell,
born November 1, 1841. He married December 3, 1863 to Julia A. Richardson.
b. Henry J. Bissell, born
December 24, 1856. He married September 1879 to Ella M. Torrey.
Utley Bissell, born August 19, 1815. He married in 1841 to Emily Lemire Searle. They had:
Charles Rollin Bissell, born March 25, 1842, died November 5, 1861.
b. Clarence Eugene Bissell,
born November 28, 1854. He married April 25, 1882 to Emily Rawlings.
c. Clayton Arthur Bissell, born
May 15, 1856.
5. Helen N. Bissell, born about 1817, died July 12, 1823.
6. Rix Burt Bissell, born March 17, 1818, died November 2, 1826.
7. Electa Anderson Bissell, born January 9, 1821, died November 14, 1825.
8. Helen Bissell, born 1823, died December 1, 1824.
RENEWAL NOTICE AND SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
If you haven't already done so, please renew your subscription to BHAM.
Volume II, issue #1 is already in the typewriter. (Not literally, at this moment, of course!) It's $5.00 for four issues.
Make checks out to "Bissell People Finders." Thanks! [1999 note: disregard the above, of course. Volume II never
made it out of the typewriter. However, it will shortly (sometime during the first part of 2000) be posted on the Internet
and hard-copy distributed to those original subscribers who can still be located.]
Don't miss next issue's analysis of early Illinois Bissells. Your editor
thinks he has finally discovered how he fits into the Connecticut Bissell family! [1999 note: the likelihood of this being
true is less than it seemed to be in 1987, but still a possibility.]
RHODE ISLAND ROUNDUP
In this issue we continue our listing of descendants
of David Bissell (born 1763, Rhode Island) and Private Samuel Bissell (born 1755, Rhode Island). They are sons of R2b Samuel
Bissell (ca. 1730 - 1813) and his first wife, Sarah Aldridge.
We also set the record straight on the John Bissell who married Betsy Vaughn in our Second
Open Letter to Descendants of Private Samuel Bissell of Hartwick, New York. It has long been believed that the John Bissell
who married Betsy Vaughn was the son of Private Samuel Bissell. We now know that this is not true. The data from a newly-discovered
line of descent from John and Betsy (Vaughn) Bissell reveal that D.A.R. applications #13787, 46018, and 117100 were invalid.
The D.A.R. applicants descended neither from the son John (born 1781) of Private Samuel of Hartwick, New York (born 1755),
nor from the son Jonathan (born 1782/3) of Lieutenant Samuel of Exeter, Rhode Island (born 1757), but from Private Samuel's
half-brother, John (born 1768), who was not a Revolutionary War veteran. This half-brother, John, was the son of
R2b Samuel Bissell and his second wife, Mary Frazier, whom he married in 1766.
Some corrections to earlier charts are in order:
* Chart II (issue #2-3) is incorrect in attributing Samuel
(1799-1849) to Jonathan (1782/3-1850?) and in saying that Jonathan died in 1850. Instead, Samuel (1799-1849) should be attributed
to John (1768-1850), who should be added under David, Private Samuel, and Sarah as their half-brother; and Jonathan's
death date is not 1850, but unknown....Also, Samuel (1683-1745) should have been labelled R2, not R2b; his son Samuel
(ca. 1730-1813) is R2b in our numbering scheme....Finally, the dotted line connecting Private Samuel with Jonathan should
be eliminated. Instead, a dotted line should be drawn from Private Samuel's son John (1781-1819) to the children of Private
Samuel's half-brother John (1768-1850), and a not= should be drawn between the two Johns, indicating that they were mis-identified
with each other. Another not= sign should be drawn between Private Samuel and Lieutenant Samuel. This mis-identification is
what threw me off the track in thinking Jonathan was the ancestor of the D.A.R. applicants. My apologies to anyone who became
confused or followed me down that blind alley.
* Chart III (issue #2-3) is also incorrect in saying that John (1781-ca. 1819) married Betsy Vaughn. It was his half-uncle
John (1768-1850) who married her. At this point, we don't know who was the wife of John (1781-ca. 1819) and the mother
of Silas, John, and Ruth. Someday, perhaps, a more thorough perusal of Otsego County, New York marriage records will give
us the answer. [1999 note: I examined the published marriage records for this county in 1998 and found nothing additional.]
* Rhode Island cemetery records (L.D.S.film #855241)
show that R2 Samuel Bissell (1683-1745) indeed must have married twice, as we suspected in our last issue. (Thanks to Peggy
Speckman for providing this data.) Isett/Izett, his wife, died in 1760 in her 67th year, which places her year of birth at
1693. Thus, while she was undoubtedly the mother of R2b Samuel (born about 1730), R2c Thomas (born 1724), and the girls born
between 1720 and 1732, she could not have been the mother of Edward "the Mariner" (born 1709/10) or John
(born 1707) who was the ancestor of Katherine Cox Gottschalk and Sister Mary Theodore (genealogists of the Rhode Island line
and contributors to an appendix of E. P. Jones' book on the descendants of Captain John Bissell. So, while we still do
not know who was the first wife of R2 Samuel Bissell (1683-1745), we now do know that Isett Burgess was his second wife. For
those of you who wish to correct the chart on p. 23 of issue #2-3, you may do so by "whiting out" the dotted lines;
you should also ignore paragraph three in the text preceding the chart. Or, you may simply refer to Chart A on the next page,
which shows the relationships correctly and in more detail.
Chart B, following the Open Letter, also lists the descendants of R2 Samuel
Bissell, but froom another perspective. rather than listing all of his children and grandchildren, it lists only
those whose lines have been traced into the 20th century to Rhode Island family researchers. Six of the eight lines are those
of subscribers to BHAM! The other two lines belong to the sisters and their niece who incorrectly applied for D.A.R. membership,
and to Katherine (Cox) Gottschalk and Sister Mary Theodore.
Many more lines of Rhode Island Bissells are yet to be discovered, of course -- including
the descendants of R2c Thomas (born 1724), some of whom went to North Carolina and to Canada. We will postpone our discussion
of them until we can gather more data. Subscriber Charles Cockerline has been a great help in tracking these people down.
He is a genealogist who has done much research on the Rhode Island Bissells, and he has stated his intention to publish a
book and one or more articles on this family. We can hardly wait!
We hope to publish some of the material of R2c Thomas in our next issue, along with an
extensive listing of descendants of John Bissell (1768-1850). For now, however, let's take cheer in the fact that, between
our efforts here in this journal and the important work being done by Mr. Cockerline, Mr. Soren Simonson, and others, some
long-overdue light is being shed on the Rhode Island Bissells. It's about time they were brought out from behind the long,
illustrious shadow of their Connecticut cousins!
Coming in our next issue of BHAM: "Who was Daniel Bissell of Fitch Bay, Quebec?" (Hint: E. P. Jones'
addendum which speculates that Daniel is of the Connecticut family is not correct!) Also, "Who was Cyra Bissell
of Coventry, Rhode Island? "
by Roger Bissell
In the Rhode Island Bissell appendix to E. P. Jones'
book on Bissell genealogy, Katherine (Cox) Gottschalk says that Thomas Bissell (born 1643 in England, founder of the Rhode
Island Bissell family) died in 1725 and that his father was Samuel Bissell (born 1623).
Rhode Island genealogist Charles Cockerline says that Thomas Bissell died
in 1709 and that his father was John Bissell (born about 1620) and that John's father was George Bissell.
We have speculated that Samuel Bissell (born 1623) was
either the son of Captain John's brother Thomas (Capt. John was founder of the Connecticut family), who returned
to England in the 1630s -- or the son of one of Captain John's cousins (name unknown, perhaps George). Is it
possible that Samuel (born 1623) was also a son of George?
The children of Samuel Bissell (1683-1745) of Rhode Island,
including the children of four of his sons
R2 Samuel Bissell (1683-1745) married
first about 1705 (wife unknown) and had two sons. He married second about 1723 to Izett/Isett Burgess and had two sons and
R2A John Bissell born 1707
1. Anne Bissell, ancestress of Katherine
(Cox) Gottschalk and Sister Mary Theodore, genealogists of the Rhode Island line and contributors to the Rhode Island Bissell
appendix of E. P. Jones' Bissell genealogy (1959).
4. John Bissell
R2D Edward ("the Mariner") Bissell
1. Richard Bissell
R2C Thomas Bissell born 1724
1. Lieutenant John Bissell Jr. born
2. Thomas Bissell born 1752/55, moved
to North Carolina
3. Lieutenant Samuel Bissell born 1757
4. Daniel Bissell born in the 1740s, descendants to Quebec
5. Susannah Bissell
6. William Bissell
7. Mary Bissell
Hannah Bissell born
Bissell baptized 1732
R2B Samuel Bissell baptized 1732, died 1813
1. Lieutenant Thomas Bissell
2. Mary Bissell born 1757
3. Hannah Bissell
4. Private Samuel Bissell born 1755, moved to Otsego County, New York
5. Elizabeth Bissell
6. Sarah Bissell born 1754
7. Joseph Bissell, to Delaware County, New York
8. David Bissell born 1763, son Aldridge to Yates County, New York.
9. John Bissell born 1768, married Betsey
Vaughn, confused by D.A.R. applicants with son of Lieutenant Samuel and/or Private Samuel Bissell.
10. George Bissell, to Delaware County, New York
Annie Bissell born in the 1730s, married in 1758
A SECOND OPEN LETTER
OF SAMUEL BISSELL OF HARTWICK, NY
AND THEIR COUSINS IN THE RHODE ISLAND FAMILY
by Roger Bissell
In my first Open Letter of April 1986, I attempted to
identify all the children and grandchildren of Private Samuel Bissell of Rhode Island and Hartwick, Otsego County, New York.
To do so, I had to correct errors made on D.A.R. applications and by Rhode Island Bissell genealogists in E. P. Jones'
book on The Genealogy of the Descendants of John Bissell. These corrections were only possible because of data unearthed
at the Federal Archives and the Los Angeles Public Library by myself and Mr. Soren Simonson -- data which allowed us to sort
out the 39 (out of at least 48 total) of Private Samuel's grandchildren that had been born by the time of his death in
With one exception,
I still stand by my identification of Private Samuel's legal heirs as found in the section of the Open Letter entitled,
"Sorting out Samuel's Grandchildren." That exception is Sally Doud. Whoever she was, she may well not
have been Private Samuel's sister, Sarah (=Sally). As Soren Simonson pointed out:
It was not customary to list a sibling as one's heir unless other siblings were listed also (and Private Samuel's
brother, David, was still living in Exeter, Rhode Island in 1832).
2. It is unlikely
that Sarah (Private Samuel's sister) -- who was listed by her maiden name in their father Samuel Bissell's will in
1813 when she was age 59 -- would have married for the first time between age 59 and age 78 (which she was at the time of
Private Samuel's death).
So, if indeed Sally Doud was not Private Samuel's sister, it seems reasonable to assume that she was an unidentified
daughter-in-law or granddaughter. But who?
I also stand by the conclusion reached in the section "Who was 'Samuel Bissell, Jr.'?" -- namely,
that he was the son of Private Samuel's second son named John, b. 1819 [just after the first one named John died]. He
was named Samuel Chase Bissell in honor of his grandfather, Private Samuel Bissell, and his uncle, Dr. John Chase; and he
was called "Junior" since Private Samuel's son, Dr. Samuel Bissell, had died some years earlier, leaving open
the title for a worthy nephew or grandson, which Samuel Chase Bissell undoubtedly must have been!
The sections "Correcting the Error in Jones/Gottschalk"
and "Who was Samuel Bissell (1799-1849)?" are also basically correct, except for one important thing: Private Samuel's
son, John Bissell (1781-1819) did not marry Betsy Vaughn! (We do not yet know whom he did marry.)
Both Jones/Gottschalk and the D.A.R. applicants agreed
in their claim that Pvt. Samuel's son did marry Betsy Vaughn, despite their other errors and disagreements about his children.
So, I concentrated on the disagreements, thinking that was all there was to resolving the confusion. Was I wrong!
Census and L.D.S. cemetery records prove that the John
Bissell who married Betsy Vaughn lived in Coventry, Rhode Island, was born in 1768 in North Kingstown, and died a widower
in 1850 (just after the census). He and his wife are buried in Washington, Rhode Island, as is their daughter, Eliza, widow
of Gideon Vaughn (no doubt, a cousin).
Therefore, the John Bissell who married Betsy Vaughn could not have been Private Samuel's son, John,
who lived 1781-1819. Instead, it appears all but certain that he was the half-brother of Private Samuel. Jones/Gottschalk
lists a John Bissell born to Private Samuel's father, Samuel Bissell (1730-1813) and his second wife, Mary Frazier, whom
he married in 1766, just two years before the John Bissell in question was born. This in turn implies that Silas, Ruth, and
John were not the children, but the half-great-niece and half-great-nephews (if there are such things!) of the John
Bissell who married Betsy Vaughn.
On the other hand, it is quite likely that the ancestor of the D.A.R. applicants, Samuel Bissell (1799-1849), was
the son of John and Betsy (Vaughn) Bissell, and not the son of Lieutenant Samuel Bissell's son, Jonathan (b. 1782/3).
Cemetery and funeral home records show that Cyra Bissell (1801-1889) was the son of John and Betsy Bissell, was born in Coventry,
Rhode Island, and died in Providence; census records have him living in Providence in 1850 and 1860. Samuel (1799-1849) was
in the 1840 census of North Providence, and L.D.S. filmed vital records show him as having died in Providence in 1849.
This data all supports the D.A.R. applicants' claim
that Samuel (1799-1849) was indeed the son of John and Betsy (Vaughn) Bissell. Unfortunately, it seems that the D.A.R. applicants
could not have been descended from Lieutenant Samuel Bissell (nor from Private Samuel Bissell) and thus were not really eligible
for D.A.R. membership. They are of neither Lieutenant Samuel's line (as I erroneously proposed), nor of Private Samuel's
line (as they erroneously proposed), but of Private Samuel's half-brother John's line.
Coming finally to the introduction of the first Open
Letter, it's clear now that Lieutenant Samuel Bissell of Exeter, Rhode Island was a big "red herring," as we
investigators sometimes say:
1. The D.A.R. applicants first claimed descent from Lieutenant Samuel Bissell
and listed his daughter Sarah as having married John Tripp. When the D.A.R. application screening process "corrected"
their claim to descent from Private Samuel Bissell, they left Sarah's marriage to John Tripp unchallenged. Since Private
Samuel's daughter Sarah married Isaac Carr, Jr., my natural assumption was that the applicants actually knew
Sarah Bissell Tripp to be their ancestor John's sister. My mistake!
Lieutenant Samuel's son Jonathan would only have been 16 years old at the time of the birth of Samuel (1791-1849) -- even
younger than Private Samuel's son John (b. 1781) -- and we don't even know that Jonathan survived to adulthood or
married or had children. That should have been a tip-off that I was being overly generous in giving the benefit of the doubt
to the D.A.R. applicants that they had true descent from a Revolutionary War veteran. My mistake, again!
Please forgive me my hastiness, and please try to focus
on the benefits of all our research and communication. When we all work together, THE TRUTH WILL OUT!
[1999 note: For the correct family listings of Pvt. Samuel
Bissell of Hartwick, New York, Lieutenant Samuel Bissell of Exeter, Rhode Island, and John Bissell of Coventry, Rhode Island,
see the Revised Rhode
Island Bissell Genealogy.]
10782 Linnell Ave.
P.S. -- The
attached chart of Researcher-Descendants of Samuel Bissell (1683-1746) of Rhode Island shows where the John who married Betsy
Vaughn fits into the Rhode Island family. Note that Lieutenant Samuel Bissell of Rhode Island is not included in
the chart, because we know of no living descendants of his; he would be placed beside Daniel (son of Thomas born 1724), if
we knew of such descendants.
P.P.S. -- Thanks to Peggy Speckman of Golden, Colorado for providing the information that solved this mystery --
and thanks to Charles Cockerline of Lambeth, Ontario for putting us in touch with Mrs. Speckman!
[1999 note: Please send additions and corrections to
this "Open Letter" and charts to my permanent mailing address: Roger Bissell, P.O. Box 5193, Orange CA 92863 or
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org]
Bissell (1683-1745) of Rhode Island
John Bissell born
Anne Bissell -->[...]Katherine (Cox) Gottschalk and Sister Mary Theodore
Thomas Bissell born 1724
Daniel Bissell -->Randall
M. Bissell --> John D. Bissell --> Sophia E. Bissell m. Elliott --> Anna. E. Elliott m. Cockerline --> Floyd M.
Cockerline --> Charles W. Cockerline
Samuel Bissell born about 1730
David Bissell --> Aldridge Bissell --> Nicholas G. Bissell -->
Alma Harriet Bissell m. Somers --> Jay F. Somers --> Jeannette L. Somers m. Dickinson
Bissell --> Christopher Pierce Bissell --> Jesse Davis Bissell --> Charles Bissell --> Charles Overman Bissell
Lydia A. Bissell m. Eastman --> Harriet M. Eastman m. Dean -->
Elma J. Dean m. Simonson --> Merle W. Simonson --> Soren Simonson
Mary A. Bissell m.
Fairchild --> Herman L. Fairchild --> Leroy F. Fairchild --> Jean K. Fairchild m. Gilmore
Samuel Bissell -->
John G. Bissell
Anna Bissell m. Greene
E. Bissell m. Baldwin
Nellie Bissell m. Pettis
--> Helen B. Pettis
Cyra Bissell --> Mary A. Bissell m. Wattles --> Mary M. Wattles
m. Carey --> Edwin F. Carey --> Eleanor F. Carey m. Preston --> Peggy Preston m. Speckman
Vital Statistics for Descendants of
Private Samuel Bissell of Hartwick, New York
Appendix I: Descendants of Dr. Samuel Bissell
compiled by Soren Simonson and Jean Gilmore
Augustus Bissell, born 8-3-1812 Hartwick, New York. He married about 1840 Nora Bennett, was a judge in Cedar Co.,
Iowa in mid-1800s.
1. Ella Bissell, born about 1841, Iowa.
B. Sarah Mariah Bissell, born 8-21-1813
Hartwick, New York, died 7-15-1893. She married Dr. George W. Morse.
1. Lucy Morse,
a teacher at Montrose, Pennsylvania
2. Frank P. Morse of Binghamton, New
Minerva Bissell, born 7-5-1815 Waterford, Pennsylvania, died 5-29-1849 Illinois. She married Samuel Adams (as his
first wife), and they had (as listed in 1850 census household of Winnebago County, Illinois, by which time Samuel had married
Hannah's sister as his second wife):
1. Melissa Adams, born about 1835, Pennsylvania
Elmina Adams, born about 1837, Pennsylvania
Adams, born about 1841, Illinois
4. Samuel Adams,
born about 1843, Illinois
Eliza Ann Bissell, born 2-3-1817 Waterford, Pennsylvania, died 6-3-1875. She married Eri Gregory, no children.
E. Harriet Louisa Bissell, born 4-14-1818
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, died in Minnesota. She married Samuel Adams (as his second wife) shortly before 1850.
F. Isaac Thomas Bissell, born 11-28-1819
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, died 1860 in Iowa. He married Julia Adams. He was listed in the 1850 census of Brooklyn, Lee County,
Illinois with wife and children and shown with occupation being physician. ("J.T." age 30, Julia age 30, Edward
11, Reuben 5, all born in Pennsylvania).
1. Edward Bissell, born about 1839,
2. Reuben Bissell, born about 1845, Pennsylvania.
G. Fidelia Emeline Bissell, born 3-24-1821
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania. She married Benjamin Franklin Morse. Seven children reported but none identified as of 1850 census
of Broome County, New York.
John Bissell, born 8-7-1822, died 7-28-1823, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania.
I. Lydia Almira Bissell, born 2-21-1824 Brooklyn, Pennsylvania,
died 8-9-1890. She married George K. Eastman (b. 1822).
1. Emma Eastman born about 1846, died
1930. She married Daniel B. Jackson.
a. William A. Jackson born about 1869, Minnesota, still alive in California
b. Harriet Jackson born about 1870, Minnesota. She married Edward P.
i. Imogene Burch married first Roger Wolcott (divorced), second Carl
Reverend Robert L. Jackson born about 1872, Minnesota, died about 1833, Iowa. He married Belle Parker.
i. Marybelle Jackson (adopted).
d. Catherine ("Katie") Jackson born about 1873, Minnesota,
died about 1947, California. she married Dr. Frank E. Burch.
i. Edward Burch married Conradene Sanborn
ii. Katherine Burch married Glen Taylor before 1947.
e. Alice A. Jackson born about 1879,
Wisconsin. She married George Wheaton.
i. George Wheaton Jr., lived Minneapolis
ii. Hermion Wheaton married Edwin Butt, lived Australia
f. Genevieve Jackson married first Leroy
Boughner (divorced), second William H. Pryor.
i. Jackson Boughner, lawyer in Chicago.
g. Earle D. Jackson married Lillian
i. Cornelia Jackson
2. Samuel Wakefield Eastman born about 1848,
died probably Boise Idaho, age 78. He married first Emma L. Cooledge (divorced), second ____.
a. George K. Eastman, born July 1879,
Minnesota (1-19-1878?), lived in Seattle, Washington.
b. William A. Eastman, lived in Seattle.
c. Ethel May Eastman, born 6-1-1885. He married ____ LaVelle, lived
G. Eastman, born 10-3-1888, lived Seattle.
e. Brooks Eastman, born 11-8-1889 (= B. Wakefield Eastman?), lived in Los Angeles.
3. Elma Eastman, born March 1850, Pennsylvania,
died about 1933, Colorado. She married Harry Ainsworth.
c. Alfred Ainsworth, born October 1884, Colorado.
4. Rufus Augustus Eastman, born probably
10-18-1851, Pennsylvania, died 8-28-1859, Pennsylvania.
5. Warren C. Eastman, born 1852, Pennsylvania, died 1-28-1936,
Pennsylvania. He married 1896 to Ethel Hamlin (divorced).
a. Hyla East Eastman, born March 1897,
Alfrette Eastman, born 11-9-1899, Pennsylvania, d. 11-25-1900.
c. George Eastman, born 12-21-1901, Pennsylvania, still
living in Pennsylvania in 1962. He married Ruth E. Whitman.
6. Dayton True Eastman, born 2-15-1855,
Pennsylvania, died 1-2-1938, New York. He married 12-10-1884 to Phoebe Stricland.
a. Henry Philander ("Philip") Eastman,
born 12-3-1886, died before 1938. He married 9-10-1919 to Bessie Krom, lived in New York.
b. Mabel Eastman, born 2-14-1890. She
married William Lynch, lived in New York.
c. Leon Eastman, born 9-9-1892, died 10-17-1979. He married about 1956 to Ruth ____, lived in New
Eastman, born 6-21-1895, lived in New York.
e. Mildred Eastman, born 4-10-1898. She married Alfred Dumrose, lived in New York.
f. Marie Margarete Eastman, born 6-10-1902,
7. Albert O. Eastman, died 9-20-1861, aged 6y11m1d (born 10-19-1854?).
8. Anna Eastman, born about 1856, Pennsylvania,
died about 1925, Colorado. She married Harry Swanson. No children.
9. Revillo Eastman, born about 1858,
Pennsylvania (10-30-1858/9?), died September 1924. He married 12-29-1886 to Ella May Lord, lived in Minnesota.
a. Andrew Eastman, born 3-8-1889, Pennsylvania,
Eastman, born 3-8-1891, Illinois, died 1946, lived in Minnesota.
c. Edna Eastman, born 2-7-1893, Minnesota. She married
____ Colestork, lived in Seattle.
d. Charlotte Eastman, born 11-9-1899, Minnesota.
10. Harriet May ("Hattie") Eastman,
born 5-15-1863, Pennsylvania, died 5-9-1952, Iowa. She married 9-1-1887 in Emerald Grove, Wisconsin to Chester C. Dean.
a. Howard Chester Dean, born 6-18-1888,
Wisconsin, died 6-5-1983, Arizona. He married in 1914 to Lenora Green, lived in Iowa and Arizona.
i. Doris Dean, born in 1916. She married
Kenneth Lee Kern.
ii. Phyllis Dean, born in 1920.
b. Lydia Anna ("Anna") Dean,
born 12-6-1889, Wisconsin, died in 1969. She married in 1914 to Earl Kemp, lived in Wisconsin.
i. Dean Kemp, married twice.
Dale Kemp, married Norma ____.
c. Elma Judith Dean, born 7-17-1891,
Wisconsin, died 1-29-1982, Arizona. She married 8-2-1916 in Ames, Iowa to Warren Earl Simonson, D.V.M., lived in Iowa and
i. Earl Dean ("Dean") Simonson, D.V.M., born
1-23-1918, Iowa. He married 6-5-1943 in El Paso, Texas to Betty Gabrielson.
ii. Doyle Warren Simonsen, D.V.M., born 4-11-1919, Iowa.
He married 11-27-1941 in Marcus, Iowa to Margaret Irene Rasmussen.
iii. Merle Wilbur Simonsen, born 2-27-1923, Iowa. He married 6-10-1944
in Cherokee, Iowa to Virginia Ann Tanner. They are the parents of Soren Simonsen of Long Beach, California,
who compiled much of the data for this appendix.
(1) Soren K. Simonsen, born July 9,
1946, Cherokee, Iowa
(2) Beverly Ann Simonsen, born July
13, 1949, Cherokee, Iowa. She married July 6, 1969 at Pocahontas, Iowa to Glenn Scott Rowe.
(3) Eric J. Simonsen, born June 11, 1951, Cherokee, Iowa. He married
December 23, 1974 at Manning, Iowa to Donna Jean Sonksen (divorced in 1985).
(4) Craig Dayn Simonsen, born May 11, 1954, Cherokee, Iowa. He married August 2, 1974 at Quimby,
Iowa to Beverly Delores Todd.
Lynn Simonsen, born September 19, 1957, Quimby, Iowa. She married May 30, 1980 at Manhattan, Kansas to Kevin Henderson
(divorced in 1983).
Chester Simonsen, born 1-14-1925, Iowa, died 11-26-1971, Arizona. He married March 1964 to Cecily Ann Walker.
d. Grace M. Dean, born 74-1893, Wisconsin, died 11-7-1978, Iowa.e. Susan Imogene ("Imogene") Dean,
born 11-2-1900, Iowa. She married Frank O. Paulson, lived New Jersey and Virginia.
i. Loree Paulson married Barbara Reints, lived New York.
Paulson married Chester Reeves, lived North Carolina.
f. Helene Elizabeth ("Betty") Dean, born 12-22-1902, Iowa. She married Dr. George A. Olson,
Olson, born 1933. She married Merlyn McIntosh, lived Missouri.11. Jay Eastman, born about 1864 (September 1865?), died 1921 in Pennsylvania.
He married Mellie M. ____.a.
Fay Eastman, born December 1892, Pennsylvania.
J. Mary Amanda Bissell, born 9-18-1825
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, died 10-18-1907. She married 7-2-1848 Harman Canfield Fairchild.
LeRoy Fairchild, born 4-29-1850, Pennsylvania, died 11-29-1943, New York. He married first 7-23-1875 in Ithaca, New
York to Sarah Alice Egbert, second to Philomena C. Michael.
a. Katherine Alice Fairchild, born 11-18-1876, Pennsylvania,
died 5-25-1970, New York. She married 6-20-1906, Albion, New York to Charles T. Lewis.
b. Lillian Fairchild, born 11-12-1878, Pennsylvania, died
Jessie Evalyn Fairchild, born 1-26-1881, New York, died 5-9-1973, New York. She married in 1932 to Guy Bogart.
d. LeRoy Frink Fairchild, born 5-17-1885,
Pennsylvania, died 12-1-1935, New York. He married first 9-28-1910 in Rochester, New York to Irene Davis (divorced), second
8-12-1918 in Albion, New York to Kathryn Germaine Scanlon.
i. Jean Kathryne Fairchild, born
5-14-1920, Nw York. She married 8-12-1950 in Ithaca, New York to Adrain Thornton Gilmore, Jr., lived in Aurora, New York and
Inverness, Florida. Mrs. Gilmore is the other principal compiler of data for this appendex.
ii. Richard Leroy Fairchild, born 5-31-1925,
New York. He married 3-31-1951 in Canandaigua, New York to Carol Miller.
2. Earl Demarest Fairchild, born 5-14-1852,
died 10-11-1856, Pennsylvania.
3. Willie Henry Fairchild, born 3-22-1854, died 9/10(?)-2-1856, Pennsylvania.
4. Edgar Fairchild, born 9-2-1855, died
5. Fayette Fairchild, born 8-16-1858, died 7-4-1874, Pennsylvania.
6. Bert Bissell Fairchild, born 6-20-1868,
Pennsylvania, died 12-8-1955, New York. He married 9-14-1898 in Dexter, New York to Carrie Moyer.
K. Jane Antoinette Bissell, born 1-21-1827
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, died 10-17-1901. She married 3-6-1854 William Frink.
Frink, died young
2. Lillian Frink, married ____ Shurtleff.
L. Rosena Cordelia Bissell, born 4-20-1828
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania. She married William Brookins.
a. Harold Brookins, lived in Tacoma, Washington
M. Katharine Venina Bissell, born 8-18-1829
(one month after father died) Brooklyn, Pennsylvania. She married Adam Leib, no children known.
of Aldridge Bissell
of Yates County, New York
compiled by Jeanette Dickinson
A. Nichols Gardner Bissell, born May 16, 1816, Wickford,
Rhode Island, died August 10, 1860, Pewamo, Michigan. He married June 6, 1846 to Eliza Ann Snyder.
Adelbert William ("Dell") Bissell, born April 8, 1847/8, Milo, Yates County, New York, died June
1918, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He married May 10, 1868 to Electa M. Wanier. The last three of their children listed below were
found in the 1900 census:
a. Nicholas Bissell born about 1869,
b. Paul Bissell born about 1874, Michigan.
c. Elisabeth E. Bissell born
June 1876, Michigan.
d. Dell Bissell born about 1879, Michigan (twin to Belle).
Bissell born about 1879, Michigan (twin to Dell).
f. Lucius A./D. Bissell born January 1879
(identical to Dell?).
g.Thaddeus O. Bissell born June 1881.
i. Archie C. Bissell
born May 1887.
2. Alma Harriet Bissell, born June 26, 1850, Milo, New
York, died August 14, 1936, Carson City, Michigan. She married December 25, 1869 to Charles Philip Somers. They had:
Nellie M. Somers.
b. Jay F. Somers, father of subscriber/compiler Jeannette Lois Somers
3. Cory Paul Bissell, born February 23, 1859, Ionia County,
Michigan. He married March 17, 1880 to Myra E. McGowan.
B. Phebe J. Bissell, born 1819/20, Wickford, Rhode Island, died September 23, 1873, Michigan. She
married first before 1850 to Gardner Tefft and married second after 1857 to Paris Corey. There were no children born to the
first marriage; Phebe's obituary refers to surviving daughters.
C. William Sean Bissell, born Decembeer 1824, Milo, New York, died August
22, 1903, Pewamo, Michigan. He married Decembr 21, 1851 to Almira L. Snyder. They had:
DeForest W. Bissell, born January 28, 1954, New York, died ?. He married first Julia A. Ludwick and second
Mary (Simon) Gennant.
a. William Bissell, born March 1879.
b. Floyd Bissell, born September 1885.
2. Elmer Dow ("Dow")
Bissell, born July 10, 1862, Lyons Township, Ionia County, Michigan, died February 25, 1906, Lyons Township, Ionia
County, Michigan. He married July 24, 1892 to Lula M. Sherman (who married second to Grant U. Vance). They had:
Olive E. Bissell, born June 30, 1893, Lyons Township, Ionia County, Michigan, died June 26, 1950/1. She married
Arthur Walter Hunter.
b. Alma (Almira) Leah Bissell, born April 14, 1895, Lyons Township, Ionia County,
Michigan, died in Ft. Pierce, Florida. She married September 30, 1916 to Howard Townsend.
c. Baby born
January 14, 1902, died in infancy.
d. Marie L. Bissell, born March 1, 1903, Lyons Township, Ionia County,
Michigan. She married first April 26, 1923 to Fay E. Townsend and second to Charles Johnson. They lived at Orleans, Michigan.
Clarence Dorr ("Dorr") Bissell, born August 19, 1865, Pewamo, Lyons Township, Ionia County, Michigan,
died March 20, 1926, Lansing, Michigan. He married about 1889 to Frances L. Crane. They had:
Ethel A. Bissell, born February 23, 1891, Pewamo, Michigan, died January 19, 1983, St. Johns, Michigan. She
married February 29, 1912 to Eric Gee.
b. Joseph C. Bissell,
born August 6, 1893, Lyons Township, Ionia County, Michigan, died St. Johns, Michigan. He married Iva Mae Townsend, and they
i. Clell Bissell, born April 31, 1918, Lyons Township, Ionia County, Michigan. He married May 14,
1941 to Bernadette Sturm.
ii. Vada M. Bissell, born May 23, 1923, died January 15, 1984, Grand Rapids,
Michigan. She married February 1947 to Gerald Sturm.
iii. Harry Bissell, born March 13, 1927. He married
c. Lucy Vell Bissell,
born July 8, 1895, died July 3, 1913, Detroit.
D. Elizabeth Bissell, born 1827, Milo, New York, died 1891 (age 63y5m), Pewamo, Michigan. She married
December 24, 1846 to Van Renssalaer Sunderlin, and they had:
1. Eugene Aldrich
Sunderlin, born February 22, 1848, Steuben County, New York, died 1906, Michigan. He married Ruby Sterling, and they
lived at Detroit and Lansing.
2. Lorenzo Dennis ("Denny") Sunderlin, born 1851, New York,
died 1895, Michigan. He married Eveline Dawson, and they lived at Pewamo, Michigan.
3. Eva Sunderlin,
born 1860/1, Michigan, died December 28, 1861, Michigan.
E. David A. Bissell, born February 1, 1830, Milo, New York, died April
22, 1902, Michigan. He married February 2, 1862 to Zerviah O. Stone. They lived in Lowell and Pewamo, Michigan, and had one
child that died in infancy:
1. Spence Bissell
F. Mary Ann Bissell, born about 1832, Yates
County, New York, died about 1840, age 8y7m15d.
G. Beriah G. Bissell (male), born October 1834, Yates County, New York, died September 1835, age
T. Bissell, born August 25, 1836, Milo, New York, died October 5, 1876, Yates County, New York. She married David
H. Clark. They had:
1. Aldridge Clark, born about 1859, Yates County, New
Sarah Jane Bissell, born about 1839, Milo, New York. She married after 1875 to John Butcher.
[Note: some of the above data was taken from the 1880 and 1900
censuses of Michigan. In addition to Jeannette Dickinson's splendid job of compiling the above information, we must also
mention Mrs. Clell (Bernadette) Bissell of Pewamo, Michigan. In a letter dated February 2, 1980, my uncle Royce Bissell of
Greenfield, Iowa, told my father, Eldon K. Bissell, of a letter he had just received from a Mrs. Clell Bissell requiring information:
"Her husband's branch goes back to Aldrich Bissell (no dates) b. Washington Co., Wickford, R.I." Mentioning
this letter to Mrs. Dickinson prompted her to send us another large batch of data, included above.]
To All BHAM Subscribers
May 1, 1987
No. 5 (Vol. II, No. 1) is already being prepared and will be published this summer. We are trying to get on and stay on a
quarterly schedule. We will also try to keep BHAM balanced between the Connecticut and Rhode Island families, and between
Captain John's four male lines. In the past, it has been impossible to keep BHAM both prompt and balanced. We have often
had to wait months for additional information -- or try to look it up ourselves (usually involving more guesswork and giving
a less complete picture). For these reasons, please answer requests for family history data as quickly as possible.
(To those of you who have done so in the past, we thank you very much!)
We operate BHAM on a break-even basis, so we calculate our printing and
postage accordingly. However, the more subscribers we have, the larger a price break we can get on printing -- and thus the
more material we can include per issue. So, to help us keep BHAM as chock-full as possible, please send your renewals
and gift subscriptions ($5.00 for four issues) right away. Make your checks out either to Roger Bissell or to
Bissell People Finders and indicate that it's for BHAM. (And to those of you who have already renewed your subscriptions,
we thank you very much, too!)
One of the ways we have cut corners for BHAM is in the binding. There isn't any! Obviously, it's too thick
to staple, so we gave up on that. Instead, for our own personal copy, we use a three-hole puncher and a small three-ring binder.
Certainly, one could instead use a two-hole puncher and put it in a large three-ring binder. (Or even keep it "loose.")
If and when we change format to 8-1/2 x 11, we will staple the issues, but not until or unless. Sorry.
during Volume II, we hope to be able to present documentation that your editor is descended from Jerijah Bissell II. (See
Volume I, Number 1 and Numbers 2-3a on the Bissells of Howard County, Arkansas.) To our great surprise, Jerijah II's son
Jerijah Bissell III turns out to be his oldest son and the one living in Madison County, Illinois in the 1820 census
(not his father). And to our great interest, Jerijah III's census data showed three sons of the age group our great-great-
grandfather (born in 1816) would fit into. Further data pops up weekly that strengthens the probability of this connection.
We'll keep you posted! -- REB