Jonathan Bissell

Male11 July 1796–5 March 1872

Brief Life History of Jonathan

When Jonathan Bissell was born on 11 July 1796, in East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Capt. Hezekiah Bissell, was 59 and his mother, Elizabeth Bartlett, was 42. He married Elizabeth McKnight Thompson on 20 December 1820, in East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 5 March 1872, at the age of 75, and was buried in East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

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Jonathan Bissell
Elizabeth McKnight Thompson
Marriage: 20 December 1820
John Hooker Bissell
Caroline Elizabeth Bissell
Samuel Thompson Bissell
Sarah T Bissell
Caroline Elizabeth Bissell
Hezekiah Bissell
Elizabeth Bissell
Caroline Bissell
Mary Abelene Bissell

Sources (19)

  • John Bissell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Bissell, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • John Bissell in entry for Elizabeth Thomson, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 December 1820East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
  • Children (9)

    +4 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

    +1 More Child

    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 4

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


    Age 14

    Post office est. Dec 31, 1810

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 23

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    Name Meaning

    English: from Middle English buyscel, busshell, bysshell ‘bushel, measure of grain’ (Old French boissel, buissel, of Gaulish origin), hence a metonymic occupational name for a grain merchant or factor, one who measured grain. The name may also have been applied to a maker of vessels designed to hold or measure out a bushel.

    Americanized form of German Bissel, of unexplained etymology. The surname Bissel is also found in France (Alsace).

    History: The surname Bissell of French (ultimately possibly German; see 2 above) origin is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of America.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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