William Talbot Bissell

7 August 1883–10 October 1951 (Age 68)
Freeport, Harper, Kansas, United States

The Life of William Talbot

When William Talbot Bissell was born on 7 August 1883, in Freeport, Harper, Kansas, United States, his father, Joseph Benjamin Bissell, was 41 and his mother, Elizabeth Stimson, was 41. He married Sophie Eugenia Smith on 2 June 1910, in Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Indianapolis, Custer, Oklahoma, United States in 1935. He died on 10 October 1951, in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States, at the age of 68.

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William Talbot Bissell
Sophie Eugenia Smith
Marriage: 2 June 1910
Margaret Talbot Bissell

Spouse and Children

2 June 1910
Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas, United States


    Margaret Talbot Bissell


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World Events (8)

1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 2

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 18

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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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Story Highlight

Bissell & Smith Eloped - Fort Scott (KS) Tribune, June 6, 1910

The following will be interesting to many Fort Scott people because Mr. Bissell formerly worked for the risca in this city: Miss Sophia Eugenia Smith and Mr. William Talbot Bissell, who announced thei …

Sources (3)

  • William T Bissell in household of Ernest P Buhrman, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William P Bissell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William T Bissell, "United States Census, 1940"

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