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Francis Bushnell

Male Abt 1580 - Bef 1646  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Francis Bushnell 
    Born Abt 1580  Thatcham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 13 Oct 1646  Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Person ID I27615  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP
    Last Modified 1 May 2020 

    Father Francis Bushnell,   b. of Thatcham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 15 Aug 1625 and 15 Mar 1626 
    Family ID F16495  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ferris Quenell,   b. Bef 17 Apr 1587,   d. Bef 10 Mar 1628  (Age < 40 years) 
    Married 13 May 1605  Horsham, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 8, 9, 10
    Children 
    +1. William Bushnell,   b. Bef 3 Feb 1611,   d. 12 Nov 1683, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 72 years)
    Last Modified 1 May 2020 
    Family ID F16484  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was a churchwarden in Horsham, 1626/7, and in 1637 he contributed towards the repair of St. Paul's in London. He emigrated in 1639 on the St. John along with his two daughters and the Rev. Henry Whitfield, his five living sons having preceded him to New England in 1635. His signature is the third one on the Guilford Covenant.

      "He came with the company which settled Guilford, Conn., and was one of the signers of the 'Guilford Covenant' on 1 June 1639. He did not long survive, and his will was proved at Guilford, 13 Oct. 1646. Like the other wills of New Haven Colony, it is not extant, the first volume of Colony records having disappeared at least 150 years ago." [Donald Lines Jacobus, The Granberry Ancestry (citation details below)]

      "It would appear that he was an artisan, perhaps a painter and decorator, for in 1610/11, 'Francis Bushnell' was paid vs (five shilligs) for 'collaring the funt' (of the church or altar); also his sons were artisans, for his son Francis was a millwright, his son William a carpenter, and his son John a glazier and later a barber, while his eldest son Edmund was evidently an artisan as well as a farmer. If, as has been stated, they were Independents in their religious beliefs, they at least subscribed to the Church at Horsham, for by a seating list of this church dated 1625, William, Henry, John, and Mathew Grombridge had the first 'Seats' for which they 'paid vz a peece' and in the 'fift Seats' was John Bushnell 'who hath paid xs'. In the 'sixt Seats' is placed Edmond Bushnell — and William Bushnell who have paid for their 'rooms xjs, - and a Seate under the new gallary stayers for Pharis Bushnell, the wife of Frauncis Bushnell, to belong to him and his heirs for ever.' In 1628/7 he was a church warden, and on 25 Mar. 1636 and 29 Sept 1637, 'Fra Bushnell' made donations for the 'reparation of St. Pauls in London'. It is not probable that this family emigrated because of religious persecutions." [Bushnell Family Genealogy, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3900] Orion J. Wilcox and Emma Janette Fellows: Their Ancestors and Descendants by Fred D. Clark. Privately published, 2004.

    2. [S4061] The Ancestry of Daniel Bushnell by J. Gardner Bartlett. Boston, 1918., year only.

    3. [S4063] Bushnell Family Genealogy: Ancestry and Posterity of Francis Bushnell (1580-1646) of Horsham, England and Guilford, Connecticut by George Eleazar Bushnell. Nashville, Tennessee; dated 1945, but clearly, from internal evidence, published no earlier than 1948.

    4. [S647] Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines by Mary Walton Ferris. Volume 1, 1943; volume 2, 1931.

    5. [S2203] New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence A. Torrey. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015., year only.

    6. [S2280] The Granberry Family and Allied Families, Including the Ancestry of Helen (Woodward) Granberry based on data compiled by and for Edgar Francis Waterman and compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus. Hartford, Connecticut: Edgar F. Waterman, 1945.

    7. [S3900] Orion J. Wilcox and Emma Janette Fellows: Their Ancestors and Descendants by Fred D. Clark. Privately published, 2004., year and place only.

    8. [S4061] The Ancestry of Daniel Bushnell by J. Gardner Bartlett. Boston, 1918.

    9. [S2203] New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence A. Torrey. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.

    10. [S4062] Herbert F. Seversmith, "Pre-American Ancestries: Francis Bushnell of Horsham, Sussex, and Guilford, Connecticut." The American Genealogist 16:45, 1939.