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.
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.