When John Bridwell was born on 20 August 1822, in Fairfield Township, Highland, Ohio, United States, his father, James Bridwell, was 42 and his mother, Sophia Oatyar, was 40. He married Mariah ( Maria) Hopkins on 22 December 1842, in Ross, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Ohio, United States in 1870 and Fairfield MM, Highland, Ohio, United States in 1880. He died on 21 September 1892, at the age of 70, and was buried in Leesburg, Highland, Ohio, United States.
English (Wiltshire): habitational name from Bridwell in Uffculme (Devon) or Bridewell in Westbury (Wiltshire), both of which are probably named after a well or spring dedicated to Saint Bride, or a stream frequented by birds (Old English bridd + wella ‘well, spring, stream’). Compare Bridewell .
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