Jonathan Bissell

11 July 1796–5 March 1872 (Age 75)
East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life 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 7 daughters. He died on 5 March 1872, at the age of 75.

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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 Abalena Bissell
Katie J Bissell

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth McKnight Thompson


20 December 1820
East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States


    John Hooker Bissell


    Caroline Elizabeth Bissell


    Samuel Thompson Bissell


    Sarah T Bissell


    Caroline Elizabeth Bissell


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+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.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 6

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."
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

1 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.2 English: from a diminutive of Biss .3 Respelling of German Biesel, a habitational name from Bisel in Alsace.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Bissell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Bissell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Bissell, "United States Census, 1850"

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