Caleb Bishop

Brief Life History of Caleb

When Caleb Bishop was born on 25 April 1752, in Dutchess, New York Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Benjamin Bishop, was 50 and his mother, Abigail Willet, was 23. He married Katherine Phillips on 28 March 1778, in New Hackensack, Wappinger, Dutchess, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Fishkill, Dutchess, New York, United States in 1790 and Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York Colony, British Colonial America for about 20 years. He registered for military service in 1777. He died on 20 May 1845, in Westchester, New York, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Westervelt Family Ground, Town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, United States.

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Caleb Bishop
Katherine Phillips
Marriage: 28 March 1778
John Bishop
William Bishop
Gabriel Bishop
Joshua Bishop
Coonrad Bishop
Catherine Bishop
Sarah Bishop
Mary Bishop
Hanna Bishop
Jane Bishop
Thomas Bishop

Sources (10)

  • Caleb Bishop, "United States Census, 1820"
  • Caleb Bishop, "New York Marriages, 1686-1980"
  • Caleb Bishop, "Find A Grave Index"

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1777 · New York Adopts a Constitution

The Constitution of New York was adopted by the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York on April 20, 1777. New York’s Constitution preceded and strongly influenced the United States’ Constitution. Three governmental branches were created including the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the legislative branch made up of two houses.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bissop, biscop, Old English bisc(e)op ‘bishop’, which comes via Latin from Greek episkopos ‘overseer’. The Greek word was adopted early in the Christian era as a title for an overseer of a local community of Christians, and has yielded cognates in every European language: French évêque, Italian vescovo, Spanish obispo, Russian yepiskop, German Bischof, etc. The word came to be applied as a surname for a variety of reasons, among them a supposed resemblance in bearing or appearance to a bishop, and selection as the ‘boy bishop’ on Saint Nicholas's Feast Day. In some instances the surname is from the rare Middle English (Old English) personal name Biscop ‘bishop’. As an Irish surname it is adopted for Mac Giolla Easpaig, meaning ‘servant of the bishop’ (see Gillespie ). In North America, this surname has absorbed, by assimilation and translation, at least some of continental European cognates, e.g. German Bischoff , Polish, Rusyn, Czech, and Slovak Biskup , Slovenian Škof (see Skoff ).

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

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