Person:Richard Bushnell (1)

Richard Bushnell
chr.20 Apr 1623 Horsham, Sussex, England
d.Bet 1 Dec 1659 and 17 Jul 1660 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
m. 13 May 1605
  1. Edmond Bushnell1606 - 1636
  2. Deacon Francis Bushnell1608/09 - 1681
  3. Lieutenant William Bushnell1610/11 - 1683
  4. Stephen Bushnell1612/13 - 1624/25
  5. John Bushnell1615 - 1667
  6. Thomas Bushnell1617 - 1617
  7. Mary Bushnell1618 - 1628/29
  8. Rebecca Bushnell1621 - Bef 1646/47
  9. Richard Bushnell1623 - Bet 1659 & 1660
  10. Sarah Bushnell1625 - 1693
  11. Elizabeth Bushnell1627/28 - 1627/28
  • HRichard Bushnell1623 - Bet 1659 & 1660
  • WMary Marvin1628 - 1713
m. 11 Oct 1648
  1. Joseph Bushnell1651 - 1746
  2. Deacon Richard Bushnell1652 - 1727
  3. Mary Bushnell1654 - 1745
  4. Mercy Bushnell1657 - 1740/41
Facts and Events
Name[1][3][4] Richard Bushnell
Gender Male
Christening[1][2] 20 Apr 1623 Horsham, Sussex, England
Marriage 11 Oct 1648 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesto Mary Marvin
Will[3] 1 Dec 1659
Death[1][3] Bet 1 Dec 1659 and 17 Jul 1660 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United StatesBetween date of will and date of inventory.
Estate Inventory[3] 17 Jul 1660

Came to New England with his brothers Francis and William in 1635 when he was 12 or 13 and likely lived with them in Salem. They eventually ended up in Guilford, then Saybrook. Richard was one of John Winthrop’s garrison at Saybrook Fort under Lyon Gardiner during the Pequot War.

8g grandfather of Humphrey Bogart through both Richard and Mary - their children married and had a daughter Elizabeth m. Isaac Tracy, also a great grandson through Mary.

Transcribed by Elaine Merrell from Several Ancestral Lines of Moses Hyde and his Wife Sarah Dana, Married at Ashford, CT., June 5, 1757, by Harriette Hyde Wells, published Albany, N.Y.: by Joel Munsell's Sons Publishers, 1904

«i»BUSHNELL LINE.111Richard Bushnell m. Mary Marvin, dau. of Matthew Marvin, at Hartford, Oct. 11, 1648. This is the first record we find of him. His name also appears in 1656 among the owners of home lots in Norwalk, but he is not afterwards found in the list of early settlers, and it is supposed that he became a resident of Saybrook, and d. about the year 1658. His relict appears, in 1660, at Norwich, as the wife of Thomas Adgate. Her Bushnell children were brought with her to the new settlement, and their births are found registered with those of her Adgate children.(111) RICHARD.112 Joseph, b. May, 1651, m. Mary Leffingwell, Nov.28, 1673. They had eleven children. He lived tohis 96th year and his wife to her 92d.113 Richard, b. Sept., 1652, m. Elizabeth Adgate, dau. of his stepfather by his first wife. He had two sons, Caleb and Benajah, and two daus., Anne and Elizabeth, who m. the brothers,William and John Hyde, sons of Samuel, the proprietor. Richard Bushnell was one of the most active and noted men in Norwich. He performed successively, if not contemporaneously, the duties of townsman, constable, schoolmaster, poet, deacon, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, town agent, town deputy, court clerk and justice of the peace. He saw actual service in scouting against the Indians and was useful in exercising the train bands. As a clerk Mr. Bushnell exhibited an improvement upon the old forms of writing and spelling, and as a justice he decided numerous cases of debt and trespass, both for Norwich and the neighboring towns. He left quite an estate. He bequeaths to one son certain heirlooms, viz., his "double barreled gun, silver-hilted sword and belts, ivory-headed cane and silver whistle." His epitaph is unique, and closes as follows:" As you are, So was we. But as we are You shall be." 114 Mary, b. Jan., 1654, m. Thomas Leffingwell, Jr., Sept., 1672, brother to her brother Joseph's wife. She lived to be over 90.

Page 146-7. Bushnell, Richard, Norwalk. Invt. L212-08-08. Taken 17 July, 1660 by Matthew Marvin, Nathaniel Richards & Richard Olmsted. Will dated 1st December, 1659: In the name of God, Amen. I Richard Bushnell of Norwalk, being of perfect memory though weake in Body, do make this my last Will and Testament.I doe give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Marcy Bushnell the 1/2 of whatsoever shall remain, & the other half I doe give and bequeath to my 4 children, allowing my 2 sones each of them L5 more than to my 2 daughters, & this I desire may be imployed for them until they shall bee of sufficient age or marryed, wch soever shall first come t o passe. I request Matthew Marvin, sen.,Nathaniel Richards and Richard Olmstead of Norwalk to be Overseers. Witness: Alice Marvin, Jas: Cornish.RICHARD BUSHNELL, LS. Court Record, Page 167 - 6 March, 1661-2. Will proven. And ye Relict being again married to William Adgate, Adms. is granted to ye sd. Adgate, he giving to the Overseers sufficient Security to discharge the Legacies to the Bushnell Children.@S720@Page 102«/i»

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Seversmith, Herbert F. Pre-American Ancestries - XII. Francis Bushnell of Horsham, Sussex, and Guilford, Connecticut. American Genealogist (D.L. Jacobus). (Jul 1939).

    "Richard (Bushnell), baptised April 20, 1623, died between December 1, 1659 and July 17, 1660, at Norwalk, Conn.; married at Hartford, Conn., October 11, 1648, Mary, daughter of Matthew Marvin."

  2. Church of England. Parish Church of Horsham (Sussex), and Robert Garraway Rice. The parish register of Horsham in the county of Sussex, 1541-1635. (London, England: Sussex Record Society, 1915).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 10. Richard Bushnell, in Bushnell, George Eleazer. Bushnell family genealogy: ancestry and posterity of Frances Bushnell, 1580-1646, of Horsham, England and Guilford, Connecticut, including genealogical notes of other Bushnell families, whose connections with this branch of the family tree have not been determined. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972)
  4. Richard Bushnell, in Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862).

    RICHARD, Saybrook, m. 11 Oct. 1648, Mary, d. of Matthew Marvyn, had Joseph, b. May 1651; Richard, Sept. 1652; Mary, Jan. 1655; and Maria, Mar. 1657. He d. early, and his wid. m. Thomas Adgate. Mary m. Sept. 1674, Thomas Leffingwell, jr.