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"Possibly one of
the incidental
functions of
genealogical study
is to chasten
family pride,
and to make us
more conscious of
the essential unity
of the great
human family."

- Donald Lines Jacobus

Brief Biographical Sketch:


Samuel Bidwell (1672) / Elizabeth (Stow) Bidwell

Name: Samuel Bidwell

Birth: c. 1651, Hartford, Conn. (Hale, House & Related Families/Jacobus)

Emigration: To Middletown c. 1672. (HMC)

Death: April 5, 1715, Middletown, Conn. (BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: House & barn builder, sawmill owner. (MLR)

Marriage: m. (1) Elizabeth Stow, November 14, 1672, Middletown, Conn. (b. abt. 1650, Concord, Mass.; d. unknown, Middletown, Conn.) She was the daughter of Thomas Stow and Mary (Griggs) Stow of Concord, Mass. and Middletown, Conn. (SAV); m. (2) Sarah Harris, abt. 1690, Middletown, Conn. (b. September 30, 1663, Middletown, Conn.; d. abt. 1696) She was the daughter of Captain Daniel Harris and Mary (Weld) Harris of Rowley, Mass., and Middletown, Conn. (In-Depth First Settler Profile: Daniel Harris); m. (3) Abigail (unknown surname), abt. 1697 (d. March 8, 1732/3, Middletown, Conn.) (BCVR)

Children: 7 children by first wife between 1674-1688, one child by second wife in 1695; two children by third wife 1698-1700. (BCVR) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).