The Descendants of John Partridge Bissell of Lebanon, Connecticut
and Coitsville, Ohio
A Continuation of #665 in Edward P. Jones’ Bissell Genealogy
**Version 3.0, October
by Roger Bissell
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note: this is one
of a series of “continuations” of families listed in Edward P. Jones’ genealogy of the descendants of Captain
John Bissell of Windsor, Connecticut. Building on Stiles’ History
of Ancient Windsor, Jones traced a number of lines of Bissells no further than the late 1700s or early 1800s,
and other researchers (including myself, as compiler of this series) have subsequently managed to bring those lines on down
to the present. Some continuations have already been published, and this series will simply extract the data from those works
and present it here. Others have been more loosely gathered and are being published here for the first time. In still other
cases, published continuations are being more completely filled in or extended for this series. Someday, building on the foundation
laid by Stiles and Jones, a new genealogy of the Connecticut Bissells will be published and submitted to appropriate libraries,
and it is hoped that this series will play an important role in helping to bring that about....Roger Bissell, Orange, California,
As listed in Edward P. Jones’ Genealogy
of the Descendants of Captain John Bissell of Windsor, Connecticut by 1639, John Partridge Bissell (1757-1811)
appears as #665, son of Joseph Bissell, grandson of Benjamin Bissell #137, great-grandson of John Bissell #10, great-great-grandson
of Lieut. Thomas Bissell #3, and great-great-great-grandson of Captain John Bissell #1. This line of descent may be more readily
seen as follows:
John #1àThomas #3àJohn
#10àBenjamin #137àJoseph #303àJohn Partridge #665
Partridge Bissell was
born March 9, 1757 in Lebanon, Connecticut and died in March of 1811 at Coitsville, Ohio. He married June 30, 1790 to Temperance
Stark, who was born October 25, 1767 and died April 8, 1852. They moved to Ohio in 1800 with his parents. He was a Civil Engineer.
He laid out the Western Reserve in Ohio. He was also a Revolutionary War soldier.
In the Historical Collections of the Mahoning Valley,
there is an essay on Coitsville Township of Mahoning Co., Ohio which was written on December 24, 1875 by John Schield. He
points out the pivotal role John Partridge Bissell had in the settling of this community:
Bissel came, in company with Asa Mariner and others, to assist in surveying and dividing this and some other townships into
lots, preparatory to putting the land into market. Mr. Bissel was appointed a sub-agent to sell the land. He made a clearing,
and built a house at the center of the township in 1799. The farm then opened is still in possession of his heirs, and is
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Kyle, to whom we are indebted for the above facts, stated in this communication. In 1800
Mr. Bissel brought his family from the town of Lebanon, Conn. After forty days' wearisome journeying through the wilderness
they arrived at their new home in Coitsville. The first white family that settled in the township was Amos Loveland, a Revolutionary
soldier. He came to the Reserve in 1798; spent the Summer in assisting Mr. Bissel in surveying.
that John P. Bissell somehow managed to be installed before 1805 as the first acting Justice of the Peace for Coitsville Township,
but his major involvement in town matters was in his capacity as land speculator:
In 1801 Coitsville
began to settle up rapidly. Mr. Bissel was successful in disposing of numerous lots of land to farmers from Pennsylvania,
who were seeking homes in what was then the far West. The titles to lands in Western Pennsylvania being very precarious and
uncertain, many of the emigrants chose to pitch their tents on the Ohio side of the line, where the titles were considered
unquestionable…The year 1811 brought hard times for many of the pioneers of Coitsville. Mr. Bissel died in that year.
His financial affairs were found in a bad condition, which brought disaster to many of those who had purchased their lands
from him. Some had paid for their lands, received their deeds, and were, consequently, safe. Others who had not got their
lands paid for and received their titles were caught up. No matter how much they had paid, all fared alike and received a
small percentage on the money which they had paid. The land had to be re-purchased or abandoned. It was supposed, had he [John
P. Bissell] lived to settle up his own affairs, the result would have been different.
Freeman Ernest Morgan, Jr.,
a great-grandson of William Bissell’s daughter, Caroline Bissell Turner, wrote to me on January 29, 1986 and added the
following perspective on William Partridge Bissell:
The Bissells were generally long lived.
CAROLINE (BISSELL) TURNER was 92, but her father had died at 43 and his father, JOHN PARTRIDGE BISSELL at 54. He
was wheeling & dealing in real estate and when he died suddenly intestate, he had sold many properties on which he still
owed mortgages. The administrators could not collect on what was owed him because they could not give title unless they paid
up the rest of the money which they did not have! It was the old story of being spread too thin without enough capital. He
wound up more than $5,000 in the hole; a LOT of “green stuff” in THOSE days! The widow was given HER third, however,
before the balance of the creditors were forced to settle for the cash remaining. When HANNAH (PARTRIDGE) BISSELL died in
1817, she left HER money to the children of her son, JOHN PARTRIDGE BISSELL, since THEY had been denied an estate from their
father due to the unfortunate timing of his demise. She had many OTHER grandchildren but left it all to this one family.
An Ohio genealogist, Lida Flint
Harshman, wrote my father Eldon K. Bissell on March 4, 1979, and informed us that the Trumbull County courthouse records list
John’s minor children as: Jabez, William, John, Polly, Milly, Charlotte, and Mary. This list omits Anna, so it’s
possible Edward P. Jones was mistaken about her not dying until 1826. The list also misnames Caroline as Mary (probably given
as Cary), because Polly = Mary. Also, Milly is the nickname for Parmelia.
A. Elizabeth/Betsy Bissell, the oldest daughter of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Stark, was born in 1791
in Lebanon, Connecticut and died about 1835 at the age of 44 in Mercer Co., Pennsylvania. She married about 1810 to William
Byers (born August 23, 1790
in Virginia, died May 25, 1875),
and they had nine children. After her death, he remarried on August 10, 1836 to Elizabeth “Melone” (Malone) b.
Oct. 22, 1791. The children of William and Betsy (Bissell) Byers, as compiled from information from Marta Berg and Eric Reid,
were (not necessarily in chronological order):
2. Sylvanus Byers
Byers born May 24,
1813 in Virginia, died July 30, 1874.
Byers born about 1816
in Virginia, married John Steel (b. 1812, Pennsylvania, died before 1860). Appears with husband and first four children in
1850 census of French Creek, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, appears as widow with William, John, and Emma in 1860 census of Pulaski,
Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania, and appears alone as widow in 1880 household of Pulaski. They had:
a. Jane Steel
born ca. 1840 in French Creek, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania.
b. William Steel born ca. 1842 in French Creek.
c. Mary Steel
born ca. 1846 in French Creek.
Steel born ca. 1848
in French Creek.
Steel born ca. 1851
in French Creek.
Erastus Byers born 1821 in Pennsylvania.
6. Ambrose Byers born February 8, 1824 in Pennsylvania, died Feb. 27, 1887. (Our correspondent Marta
Berg is descended from Ambrose’s son, Charles Sumner Byers.) He married Apr. 30, 1850 in Mercer Co., Pennsylvania to
Mary McCracken (1828-1910). They had:
Sumner Byers. He had:
Walter Ambrose Byers
(1) Virginia Elinor Byers married Lloyd Hauge
(a) Marian Hauge
(b) Marta Hauge
married Carl Berg (d. 1969).
(i) Erik Berg had two children:
 Lauren Berg
 Katelyn Berg
(ii) Ellen Berg
(2) Walter Allen
b. John Franklin Byers
d. Willis Byers
(Lizzie) Mary Byers born
f. Lawrence Byers born ca. 1859.
g. Obid/Ovid Ambrose Byers born June 14, 1862, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania.
h. Alpheus Byers born ca. 1865.
Lottie Brunette Byers born ca. 1868.
Hannah Byers born
k. Horace Greeley Byers born December 26, 1872, Pulaski Twp., Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania.
Byers born March 9
1826 and died September 29, 1863. He fought in the Civil War and may have died in battle.
8. Orsenius/Oresemus Byers born about 1829. (Our correspondent Eric Reid is
descended from Orsamus’s daughter Maude Byers Reichard.)
a. Maude Byers
married Alonzo Reichard.
Reichard married Harold
(a) Nancy Allport married Vincent Weidenfeller.
(i) Eric Weidenfeller married ____ Reid and goes by her last name.
Byers born about 1833
died 1889. She appears as age 45 and living alone in a household in the 1880 census of New Bedford, Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania.
B. Anna Bissell, a daughter of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Stark, was born in 1792 in Lebanon,
Connecticut and died unmarried in 1826 in Coitsville, Ohio.
Bissell, the oldest
son of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Stark, was born April 5, 1795 in Lebanon, Connecticut, and he died March 14,
1838 in Boone Twp., Porter Co., Indiana. In 1827 he was named the first Postmaster of Coitsville, Ohio.
previously, in 1824, William married Sarah Corey, the daughter of Ebenezer Corey and Polly Thompson Corey, married
in 1803 and were the first couple married in Coitsville Township. Sarah was born in 1807 in Coitsville, and she died in 1887
in Boone Twp., Porter Co., Indiana. Ebenezer died in 1811, and Polly married several years later to James Crooks of Coitsville.
William and Sarah and their young children, plus a teenage boy and girl, were living in the 1830 census of Mercer
Co., Pennsylvania. (For a few years, we believed that these two older children were our great-great-grandfather, Pierce B.
Bissell, and his older sister, Mary Ann Bissell Stevens, but we now know that they were not in that household, and
that they were from another family entirely.)
Some accounts claim that William and his family did not move to Indiana
until around 1837, where he died the following year. However, William and Sarah sold their Mercer Co., Pennsylvania property
in December of 1834, which jibes well with their son John’s biography, which claims that his family moved to Indiana
when he was age 6, which would have been about 1835; and a Porter Co., Indiana history shows William as being there by 1836.
widow, Sarah, was shown with several of the children in the 1850 census of Boone Twp., Porter Co., Indiana, then in the 1860
census of Bullskin, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania with her daughter Mary Brunot, then in the 1870 census of Saunders Co., Nebraska
with her son Thompson Bissell, and finally in the 1880 census of Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana with her daughter Caroline
William and Sarah had six children, who are listed here with their known descendants:
1. Caroline Bissell born July 27, 1825 at Coitsville, Trumbull Co., Ohio, died January
8, 1917 at Hammond, Indiana. She lived with her cousin John P. Bissell in Pittsburg, while attending finishing school in the
1840s. She married October 17, 1844 in Porter Co., Indiana to Judge David Turner (b. December 17, 1816 in Trumbull Co., Ohio,
d. February 14, 1890 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana).
Here is the census data we currently have on this family:
1860 census: Crown Point, Lake Co.,
Indiana – David Turner 42 OH, Caroline 34 OH, John B. 14 IN, Sarah J. 12 IN, Emma 7 IN, Anna M. IN, Mary A. 3 IN, Alex
M. 7/12 IN.
census: Crown Point, Lake Co.,
Indiana – David Turner 64 OH (IRE, IRE), Caroline 54 OH (CT, OH), Murry A. 20 IN (OH, OH), Austria 16 IN (OH, OH), Sarah
mother 72 OH (PA, NJ).
1880 census: Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa – John B. Turner 34 IN (OH, PA), Mary 33 OH (OH, NY), Nettie C. 7 IA (IN, OH),
Alice E. 3 IA (IN, OH).
1900 census: Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana – Caroline Turner 74 July 1825, widow, 10 children, 7 living, OH (PA, OH), Anna
Morgan 45 May 1855, widow, 6 children, 4 living, IN (OH, PA—both should be OH), Mary Holm 43 April 1857, widow, 3 children,
1 living, IN (OH, PA—both should be OH), Allie (Alice?) Holm 19 July 1880, MO (OH, IN), Freeman B. Morgan 12 June 1887,
IN (IL, IN).
census: 3rd ward,
Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana – Alexander Turner (indexed as “Turns”) 40 Dec 1859, IN (OH, OH), Lillian 29
July 1870, 2 children, 1 living, IN (OH, IN), Margaret daughter 3 Oct 1896 IN (IN, IN), Clara Short servant, Caroline Montieth
(niece) 24 Apr 1876 MI (MI, MI).
1st ward, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa – John E. Turner 55 IA (erroneous birthplace and middle
initial), Mary Oct. 1846 53 m. 30 years, 4 children/4 living, Alice Jan. 1879 23, Laura Sep. 1880 19, David Feb. 1882 18.
1900 census: same location – Fred B. Neff Jan. 1870
IA (OH, IA), Nettie July 1872 IA (IN, OH), Howard E. Jan. 1896 IA (IA, IA).
1910 census: 2nd ward, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa – John
B. Turner 64, Mary B. 63, 4 children/4 living, Laura 29.
same location – David Turner 27, Hildegarde 25, John B. 1-7/12, Anna Beurle (mother in law) 62.
1920 census: 2nd ward, Cedar Rapids Linn Co.,
Iowa – John B. Turner 74 IN (IN, IN), Nettie Neff daughter 47 IA (IN, OH), Laura Turner daughter 38 IA (IN, OH), Howard
E. Neff grandson IA (IA, IA).
1920 census: same location – David Turner 37, Hildegarde 36, John 10, Virginia 7, Anna Beurle (mother in law) 72.
David and Caroline had ten children:
Bissell Turner born
September 19, 1845 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died October 16, 1936 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa. He married August
30, 1870 to Mary Boynton (b. Oct. 26, 1846 in Ohio, d. Feb. 6, 1911). John and his son David were in the mortuary business
and made several innovations in the field, including the use of microphones during funeral services. They founded a microphone
factory in Cedar Rapids. They were also patrons of the arts, in particular supporting painter Grant Woods, one of whose paintings
was entitled “John B. Turner, Pioneer.” They had:
i. Nettie Caroline Turner born July 5, 1872 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa. She married
October 3, 1893 to Fred B. Neff (born January 26, 1870 in Iowa, died February 24, 1943). They had two sons:
(1) Howard Edgar Neff born January 1, 1896 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa, died June
19, 1937. He married in 1921 to Irene Orr (born September 21, 1897).
(2) John Turner Neff born January 19, 1909, died July 1909 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa.
Alice Ethel Turner born January 14, 1877 at Cedar Rapids, Linn
Co., Iowa, died February 27, 1955. It is not presently known where she was living in the 1900 census. She married August 26,
1903 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa to John Breton Brunot (her first cousin once removed, son of great-aunt Mary Bissell
Brunot). She and John had three children:
(1) John Breton Brunot Jr. born November 9, 1904 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
He married September 30, 1930 to Laura Louise Canfield (born November 21, 1906, died March 5, 1956). They had:
Mary Canfield Brunot married Victor E. Sandberg.
(2) Mary Alice Brunot born October 14, 1906 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
William Turner Brunot born April 21, 1908 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
Co., Pennsylvania. He married August 21, 1934 to Catherine Patricia Kennedy (born April 15, 1910). They had:
(a) William Kennedy Brunot married Rosemary Diane Dunford.
(b) James Turner Brunot
(c) Ellen Kennedy Brunot
John Breton Brunot III
Laura Turner born September 8, 1880, died May 2, 1955 at
Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa. She apparently never married.
David Turner born February 27, 1882 at Cedar Rapids, Linn
Co., Iowa, died 1954. He married about 1907 to Hildegarde Eleanor Beurle (born August 9, 1884, died 1962). They had two children:
(1) John Beurle Turner aka “John B. Turner II”, born February 24, 1909 at
Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa, died March 1983 at Cedar Rapids. He married Harriet “Happy” Young (born January
13, 1912). They continued the family tradition of being patrons of the arts, donating a number of Grant Woods’ paintings
to the Cedar Rapids Art Museum. They had:
McArthur Turner born
March 31, 1940 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa, died August 24, 1997 at Littleton, Colorado. He married Wendy Plumb.
(2) Virginia Turner born September 5, 1912 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa, died
October 1978 at Cedar Rapids. She married September 4, 1935 to Ronald Perry Evans.
b. Sarah Jane Turner born September 5, 1847 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died July 18, 1937 at Port
Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan. She married in 1875 to Rev. Thomas W. Montieth (b. 1843, d. 1911). She was a member of the
D.A.R. They had six children, four of whom were still living in 1910:
Caroline V. Montieth born April 1876 at Port Huron, St. Clair Co.,
Michigan. She was a member of the D.A.R. She was listed as “Clara V.” in her parents’ 1880 household. She
was living in the household of her uncle Alexander Murray Turner in the 1900 census, but was back in her parents’ household
in the 1910 census. She was living unmarried in her mother’s household in 1920.
ii. Wilson Thomas Montieth
born March 15, 1879, died August 11, 1883 at Port Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan. He was listed as “William
F.” in his parents’ 1880 household.
David T. Montieth born about 1883, died April 11, 1923, at Port
Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan. He was living unmarried in his mother’s 1920 household.
iv. Wilson H. Montieth born February 18, 1885 at Port Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan.
v. John Murray Montieth born about 1887, died 1891 at Port Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan.
vi. Percy Loba Montieth born about 1891 at Port Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan, died
1941 at Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan.
c. Mary Amelia Turner
born May 10, 1850, died March, 1853 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana.
d. Emma Turner
born October 10, 1852 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died January 25, 1924. She married October 20, 1875
to Irving Cass Emery (b. June 26, 1851, d. November 18, 1912). She was a member of the D.A.R. They had 6 children, of whom
4 were still living as of the 1910 census, including:
James T. Emery born about 1879 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co.,
David T. Emery born August 18, 1881 in Cedar Rapids, Linn
Co., Iowa. He married about 1908 to Carrie ____ (b. ca. 1880 in Indiana). They had:
Margaret Emery born about 1909 in Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana.
(2) Marian Emery born about 1911 in Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana.
(3) James P. Emery born about 1913 in Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana.
(4) John David Emery born about 1919 in Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana.
Irving Cass Emery Jr. born about 1885 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co.,
Iowa. (Still at home in 1910.)
iv. John B. Emery born October 1891 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa. (Still at home in
Anna Maria Turner born May 27, 1855 at Crown Point, Lake Co.,
Indiana, died September 13, 1943 at Morgan Park, Cook Co., Illinois. She married August 5, 1877 at Crown Point, Lake Co.,
Indiana to Rev. Freeman Eldon Morgan (b. February 9, 1850, d. April 4, 1891). They had six children:
i. Ruth Edna Morgan born August 23, 1878 at Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois, died August
26, 1956 at Washington, D.C.
Margaret Morgan, born at Kurnool, Burma India January 1, 1881,
died about 1977 in Colorado. She married Augustus D. Forbush. Member of D.A.R.
Murray Turner Morgan born January 25, 1883 in Kurnool, Burma India,
died July 29, 1971 at Kelly Lake, Wisconsin.
Morgan born November
21, 1884 in Kurnool, Burma India, died November 21, 1893 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana.
v. Freeman Ernest Morgan born June 9, 1887 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died December
16, 1956 at Washington, D.C. He married March 8, 1911 at St. Joseph, Berrien Co., Michigan to Mary Stewart Mitchell (b. June
6, 1886 at Clinton, Henry Co., Missouri, d. June 25, 1980 at Washington, D.C.). They had four children:
(1) Helen Louise Morgan born May 2, 1912. She married June 11, 1939 to Marshall Douglas
Brown (b. ca. 1912), and they divorced about 1850.
Freeman Ernest Morgan
Jr. born June 16,
1913 at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, died Fbruary 19, 1998 at Aspen Hill, Montgomery Co., Maryland. He married October 16,
1939 at Calumet, Houghton Co., Michigan to Ruth Geraldine Peterson (b. June 8, 1916 at Calumet, Houghton Co., Michigan).
(3) Marjorie Caroline Morgan born December 9, 1919 at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, died July 16, 1989 in Maryland.
She married March 26, 1966 to Thomas Burton (b. ca. 1891, d. Dec. 24, 1975).
(4) Ruth Ann Morgan
born June 10, 1924 at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, died March 18, 1989 in Georges Co., Maryland. She married
Joseph Priestly Spalding (b. Mar. 26, 1915 in MD, d. Mar. 9, 1985 at Ocean City,Worcester Co., MD).
vi. Edward Silliman Morgan born December 21, 1889 and died August 4, 1890 at Crown Point,
Lake Co., Indiana.
A. Turner born April
28, 1857 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died February 20, 1930. She married June 20, 1878 to Rev. Charles A. Holm (b.
May 31, 1853, OH, d. July 4, 1885). They had three children, only one of whom was still alive in 1900:
i. Alice T. Holm born July 1880 at Moberly, Randolph Co., Missouri.
g. Alexander Murray Turner born October 3, 1859 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died
April 11, 1938. (He is sometimes referred to as Murray A. Turner.) He was a banker in Hammond, Indiana and co-author in 1896
(with his second cousin, John Partridge Bissell of Pittsburg, who is probably the John Bissell b. ca. 1849, son of William
Semple Bissell) of The Bissell-Turner Genealogy, from which a good deal of this family’s vital statistics was
taken. He married first on December 31, 1890 to Lillian Elizabeth Blackstone (b. July 1870, d. Nov. 21, 1900 at Hammond, Indiana);
they had two children, one of whom died before the 1900 census, the other being the daughter listed first below. He married
second about 1909 to Rose McClellan Latta Brunot (b. ca. 1880 in Pennsylvania, d. ca. 1913 at Hammond, Indiana), the widow
of his first cousin, James Thompson Brunot. According to the 1910 census, James and Rose had two children, though this hardly
seems possible, since they married Sept. 4, 1901, and he died Aug. 14, 1902; their one known child was James Turner Brunot
(b. July 24, 1902 in Pennsylvania, d. Oct. 1984 at Bridgeport, Connecticut), who appeared with Alexander’s family in
the 1910 census. By 1920, James was listed as Alexander’s “adopted son.” Alexander’s three natural
i. Margaret Caroline Turner born October 24, 1896 at Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana.
John Latta Turner born September 9, 1910 at Hammond, Lake Co.,
iii. Rose Latta Turner born January 12, 1912 at Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana.
h. Susan Turner born November 23, 1862, died January 22, 1863 at Crown Point, Lake Co.,
Austria Caroline Turner born June 3, 1865 at Crown Point, Lake Co.,
Indiana, died July 11, 1940. She married December 23, 1886 to Charles Ross (b. Apr. 16, 1861, d. Feb. 22, 1936). They had:
Helen Leslie Ross born July 29, 1888, died June 29, 1917.
ii. Caroline Bissell Ross
Donald Walter Ross
Margaret Susan Ross
v. Austria Mary Ross
vi. Ethel Vida Ross born April 4, 1899, died May 8, 1968. She married October 5,
1921 to Wilber H. Waterman (born December 29, 1894, died June 21, 1947). They had:
Jean Ross Waterman about 1922. She married Samuel Felten.
Helen Virginia Waterman born September 29, 1923, died October 15, 2005
at Kokomo, Howard Co., Indiana. She married David Welcher (born December 27, 1918).
(3) Nancy Marian Waterman born April 14, 1925. She married Alexander DeRidder Collette.
vii. Marion Turner Ross born March 29, 1905, died September 16, 1924.
j. Maggie Turner born November 3, 1867, died
January 10, 1879 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana.
2. (Ebenezer?) Thompson Bissell born October 19, 1827 at Coitsville, Trumbull Co., Ohio, died December
13, 1894 at Elyria, Garfield Co., Nebraska. He married January 15, 1852 at Hebron, Porter Co., Indiana to Sarah J. Brecourt
(born October, 1827 in Ohio, died after 1900 in Washington). Some interesting historical information is available about Thompson
Bissell. A history of Butler Co., Nebraska says:
The soil of Nebraska, for three hundred miles
west of the Missouri river, is now proved to be equal to that of Iowa. Yet nothing was further than this admitted fact from
the opinions of the pioneers in that region. Of these explorers, Major Long, of the United States army, came earliest, in
1820, and he described the basin of the Platte river as lying in the American Desert, and when he found "buffalo wallows"
numerous, wrote; "What should ever prompt buffalo to seek the inhospitable deserts of the Platte is not, perhaps, easy
to conjecture." If he had been himself a buffalo, he would have known more about grazing grounds. But his opinion was
that of gold hunters and freighters who, onward from 1849, ascended the Platte either overland to California or the Colorado
mountains. But how could these shrewd men, and after years of observation, mistake the nature of a soil? The best answer is
that given by Thompson Bissell, long a freighter to the mountains, and afterward one of the earliest and
most successful farmers on a branch of the Platte: "We freighters," says he, "all considered the land west
of the Missouri bluffs good for nothing. We so thought it because the grass was both stunted and scanty, and it seemed to
us that the ground where grass would not grow must be worthless. But after a while we noticed that prairie fires burned the
very roots of the grass, and that whenever a field escaped those fall burnings, the grass directly became thicker there, and
that wherever the soil chanced to be broken up, the grass increased in height from six inches to as many feet. Further, when
rain falls on a burnt field it immediately runs off, and the winds drink up the moisture in a few days. If the same rain falls
on an unburnt field, the grass dams up the water, compelling it to soak into the ground instead of running off, and thereby
a large quantity of moisture is stored for future use. The result is a much larger vegetation, the soil grows yearly richer,
and droughts are mitigated."
The history of Butler Co., Nebraska also says:
On the portion of the old Government road between Deer Creek and the county line west, and dispersed along the foot
of the bluffs, were several ranches: McCabe's on Deer Creek, established 1859; Thompson Bissell’s,
on Elm Creek, established 1860 and Simpson's, afterward Grant's, also established in 1859. Thompson Bissell
removed to Saunders County in 1865…In 1859, Thompson Bissell, William Bissell, William Earl, J. W.
Seeley, Moses Shinn and Messrs. Simpson, Beardsley, McCabe, David R. Gardner, David Reed made settlements in the county. Thompson
Bissell, D. R. Gardner, David Reed, Simpson and McCabe established ranches as previously stated, the others locating in the
vicinity of Savannah and Linwood. Thompson Bissell remained in the county until 1865, when he settled near
Wahoo, in Saunders County, at the point known as Bissell's Grove, where he still resides. [Another source says that Thompson Bissell settled upon Section 34, Wahoo Precinct, in July, 1864.]
18 of Saunders County, Past and Present, L. W. Gilchrist contributed an extensive entry about Thompson
Thompson Bissell was an 1865 settler in Saunders County and was elected
a county commissioner in 1866. In the gold excitement of Pike's Peak he ran a road house on the overland trail on Platte River
and did a thriving business in trading sound cattle to the emigrants for footsore animals which traveled up the Platte, destined
for the gold fields of Colorado and California. In 1865 the Indian war on the plains made residence on the frontier very dangerous.
The Sioux Indians were on the warpath; they were the most numerous Indians on the frontier, possibly excepting the Comanches
of Texas. During this Indian trouble Mr. Bissell settled on Wahoo Creek about two miles south of where Ithaca now stands and
commenced ranching and dealing in cattle. He brought with him quite a number of oxen yokes which he had received in trade
from the emigrants. In 1865 William H. Dech and his father, Uncle Billy, settled near where Ithaca now stands. From 1865 until
1869 settlers did not come very fast to the prairies of Saunders County, but in the latter year there came quite a number
who located in the valley west and northwest of Bissell's place. No more liberal or generous settler ever cut his fodder in
this county than Thompson Bissell. His house, his table, barn and corn crib were open to any settler who
traveled by his door and no one ever passed within sight without receiving a cordial invitation to stop. No one was ever charged
a cent for lodging, meals or horse-feed and the writer of these lines has seen at least a dozen up-country settlers eating
at his free table at one time. No man helped the early settlers as he did. He would sell any homesteader a yoke of oxen, take
his note and ask no security. He launched himself heavily into the Texas cattle business, bringing as high as 4,000 Texas
steers to the county at one time. His heavy cattle risks finally broke him. He espoused the greenback craze and for a time
was a prominent advocate of the 16 to 1 policy that brought financial downfall to many, him among the number. He closed out
his ranch and moved to Valley County, where he died and was buried a few years since.
there was a good bit of claim jumping. Men took out claims in 1868 and went back home to spend the winter, intending to return
in the spring. John M. Booth located a claim on Cottonwood about five miles northwest of Wahoo. Two men jumped the claim.
Thompson Bissell, Moses Stocking (another 1865'er) and about twenty-five other settlers went out to the jumped
claim. One of the men came to the door with a gun and Moses Stocking walked up to him, grabbed the gun, and twisted it out
of his hands. There were two jumpers in the house and these were loaded on a wagon, taken to Ashland, tickets bought for them
and they were placed on the B. & M. and forwarded into Iowa. They were admonished not to return, which advice they adhered
to, and this ended claim jumping in Saunders County.
Here is the
census data we currently have for this family:
1860 census: Plattsmouth, Butler Co., Nebraska – Thompson “Bessel” 30 Illinois
(Pennsylvania), Sarah 30 Illinois (Ohio), Columbia 6 Illinois (in Indiana), Jane 4 Illinois (Indiana), G. (? William Brecourt
Bissell was born March 1858 in Illinois) 3 Illinois, J. (? Mary Elizabeth Bissell was born November 1859 in Indiana) 10/12
census: Ithaca, Saunders Co.,
Nebraska – Thompson Bissell 44 Pennsylvania (should be 42), Sarah 44 (should be 42) Ohio, Hume (Columbia) 16 Indiana
(should be 17), Jane 14 Indiana (should be 15), William 11 Indiana (supposedly b. in Illinois), Mary 9 Indiana (supposedly
b. Nov. 1859), Annie 7 Nebraska, Charles 5 Nebraska, Frederick 3 Nebraska, Sarah 63 New Jersey (William’s widow).
1880 census: Wahoo, Saunders Co., Nebraska – Thompson
Bissell 51 OH (NY, NY), Sarah 51 OH (OH, OH), Mary 20 IN (OH, OH), Anna 17 NE (OH, OH, Chas. 15 NE (OH, OH), Fred 13 NE (OH,
OH), Ettie 9 NE (OH, OH).
1900 census: Gate Precinct, Thurston Co., Washington – Charles Bissell 35 NE, Fannie 30 WI, Ollie 9 NE, Earl 8 NE, Cora
6 NE, Ada 5 NE, Clark 2 WA.
Same location: Etta Sculy b. Sep. 1870, 29, widowed, mother of 1/1, NE OH, OH), Anett (male) b. Jan. 1897, 3, OR, Sarah Birrell
b. Oct. 1827, 72, widowed, mother of 11/5, OH (OH, OH), Fred Birrell b. Aug. 1866, NE (OH, OH).
1910 census: Centralia, Lewis Co., Washington – Fanny J. Bissell 39,
married 23 years, mother of 15, 8 living, Wendell Earl 18 NB, Ada M. 14 NB, George C. 12 WA, Roy J. 9 WA, Iva 7 WA, Vera L.
Same location: – Florence Bissell, Charles Bissell (Fred not in household).
1910 census: Lakeside Twp., San Diego Co., California – Mason Birchard,
Etta, Kenneth B. Sculy 13.
1920 census: Centralia, Lewis Co., Washington – Wendell W. Bissell 28 NE (NE, NE), Myrna 25 MN (MN, MO), Antene 4 WA (NE,
MN), Arlene 10/12 WA (NE, MN)
Same location: Fanny J. Claughton 48 (widow) WI (NY, NY), George C. Bissell 21 WA (NE, NY), Vera L. Bissell 15 WA (NE, NY).
1920 census: Cosmopolis, Grays Harbor Co., Washington –
J. Fred Bisell 53 NE, Florence 46 IL, Marie Richards (daughter, widow) 24 IL (NE, IL).
1920 census: Seattle, King Co., Washington – Charles A. Bissell 54
MI ? (NY, NY), Flora 43 Illinois (KY, Illinois). (This may be Thompson’s son.)
Thompson and Sarah had eleven
children, only five of whom were still living according to the 1900 census (though our records show six still alive at that
Humes Bissell born
June 20, 1853 at Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana, died May 21, 1914 at Florence, Arizona. He married June 1, 1873 in Saunders
Co., Nebraska to Sarah J. Harndon, who died before 1900. He was living in Graham Co., Arizona in the 1900 census. Columbia
and Sarah had a daughter:
i. Ina T. Bissell born September 25, 1875 in Saunders Co., Nebraska. She married January
11, 1896 at Albany, Wyoming to Robert Russell Gearhart (d. before 1920). They had five children:
(1) Helen F. Gearhart b. ca. 1897 in Wyoming. She married before 1920 John L. Green (b. ca. 1896 in Colorado).
Merle E. Gearhart (daughter) b. ca. 1899 in Wyoming.
She married before 1918 William Schultz (b. ca. 1893 in Michigan). They had:
(a) Evelyn R. Schultz
b. ca. 1918 in Wyoming.
George B. Gearhart b. ca. 1902 in Wyoming.
Sylvia R. Gearhart b. ca. 1904 in Wyoming.
Alice M. Gearhart b. ca. 1911 in Wyoming.
b. Margaret Jane Bissell born May 23, 1855 at Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana, died December
24, 1894 at Valley Co., Nebraska. She married October 4, 1877 at Saunders Co., Nebraska to Robert Burns Kipling (b. March
16, 1844). They had:
i. Edwin Kipling
born August 15, 1878 at Ord, Valley Co., Nebraska, died 1949 at Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada. He married Hattie
York. They had:
Earl Everett Kipling born 1903.
James Kipling born 1880.
iii. Emma Kipling
born February 13, 1881. She married Edward Hansen.
iv. Archie Kipling born 1882.
v. Robert Thompson Kipling born February 29, 1883. He married Rosa May Heitz (born 1887).
(1) Albert Kipling married November 6, 1940 at Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada to Mary Hazel Smith (born
August 13, 1922 at Pathlow, Saskatchewan, Canada).
vi. Frank Kipling born April 1, 1885 at Saunders Co., Nebraska, died March 20, 1952 at Melfort, Saskatchewan,
Canada. He married March 15, 1906 at Garfield Co., Nebraska to Geneva Mae Ledger. They had:
(1) Archie Virgil Kipling born 1907 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He married Dora Stasius,
and they had at least four children including:
Lloyd Ernest Kipling born 1909 in Nebraska, died 1923 in Melfort,
(3) Elmer Robert Kipling born December 20, 1912 at Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada. He married
February 1940 to Ann Gale Holowaty (born August 21, 1921 at Wakaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. They had at least four children.
(4) Clarence Emmitt Kipling born October 6, 1914 at Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada. He married
January 6, 1937 at Melfort to Ethel June Irene Smith (born September 1, 1915 at Pathlow, Saskatchewan, Canada. They had at
least four children.
(5) James Clifford Kipling married Evelyn Bildstein. They had at least two children.
(6) Maria Viola Kipling died 1987 at Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, Canada. She married
Cecil Hill, and they had at least four children.
vii. Jessie Kipling born May 13, 1888.
Minnie Kipling born August 3, 1892.
c. Fortunnatez Abbott Bissell born December 20, 1856 and died April 26, 1857 at Valparaiso, Porter
William Brecourt Bissell born March 3, 1858 at Rock Island Co., Illinois,
died April 24, 1877 at Saunders Co., Nebraska.
Elizabeth Bissell born
November 6, 1859 at Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana, died May 25, 1932 at Baker, Oregon. She married November 5, 1883 at Wahoo,
Nebraska to William Duby (born Aug. 1860 in Missouri, died April 21, 1931). They had:
i. Myrtle Duby
born March 1886 at Saunders Co., Nebraska, died 1945 at Baker City, Baker Co., Oregon. She married first December
29, 1908 at Baker City, Oregon to William Chester Wilbourn (born 1879, died 1920) and second between 1920 and 1930 at Baker
City, Oregon to John L. Cass (born 1892, died 1965). She had no children with either husband.
f. James Edgar Bissell born and died October 4, 1861 at Hall Co., Nebraska Territory.
g. Anna Gertrude Bissell born October 19, 1863 at Hall Co., Nebraska Territory, died February
27, 1946 at Baker, Baker Co., Oregon. She married November 28, 1881 at Lincoln, Nebraska to Hick Matthews. The 1900 census
says they were married 19 years, so he must have died in the spring of 1900. They had:
Archie Matthews born November 1881 at Baker, Baker Co., Oregon.
ii. Walter Matthews born August 1891 at Baker, Baker Co., Oregon.
h. Charles Thompson(?) A.(?) Bissell born May 5, 1865 at Wahoo, Saunders Co., Nebraska,
died November 6, 1934 at Centralia, Washington. He married July 19, 1886 at Ord, Valley Co., Nebraska to Frances (“Fanny”)
J. Clark (b. ca. 1870 in Wisconsin). They divorced in 1909, shortly after the last child was born, and she remarried after
1910 to ____ Claughton, who died before 1920. Charles was living in his widowed sister-in-law, Florence Bissell’s household
in the 1910 census. Charles and Fanny had 15 children, of whom only 8 were still alive by the 1910 census:
i. Child died young.
Child died young.
iii. Child died young.
iv. Ollie Bissell (daughter) born September 1890 in Nebraska.
v. Wendell Earl Bissell born November 1891 in Nebraska. He married about 1915 to Myrna
____ (b. ca. 1895 in Minnesota, d. after 1920 in Washington). They had:
(1) Ardene Bissell (female) born about 1916 in Washington.
(2) Arlene Bissell born 1919 in Oregon.
William Bissell born March 12, 1921 in Washington, died March
1971 in Washington.
Charles Bissell born about 1924.
(5) George L. Bissell born August 21, 1926 in Washington. He married Ella J. ____ (b.
vi. Cora Bissell born March 1894 in Nebraska.
vii. Ada M. Bissell born May 1895 in Nebraska.
viii. George Clark Bissell born February 1898 in Washington. He married about 1924 at Tacoma,
Pierce Co., Washington to Vena Madeline Oppelt.
ix. Roy J. Bissell born December 6, 1900 in Washington, died June 1976 at Mason Co., Washington.
Iva Bissell born 1903 in Washington.
Vera L. Bissell born 1905 in Washington.
i. Fred James Bissell born August 29, 1866 at Wahoo, Saunders Co., Nebraska. He and
his mother were living in his sister Etta Sculy’s household in 1900, and he married March 9, 1902 at Gate, Washington
to Ellie Florence (Carrall) Hutchings (widow, born ca. 1874 in Illinois). She had a daughter Marie from her first marriage.
They apparently had no children together.
May Bissell born May
5, died June 9 1868 at Wahoo, Saunders Co., Nebraska.
Grace Bissell born
September 9, 1870 at Wahoo, Saunders Co., Nebraska, died August 1959 at Portland, Oregon. She married October 23, 1895 at
Ellensburg, Washington to George W. Sculy, who died before 1900. She remarried March 9, 1902 at Gate, Washington to Mason
Birchard (died at San Diego, California, Nov. 25, 1934, age 64). Etta and George had:
i. Kenneth B. Sculy born January 1897 in Oregon.
Bissell born December
16, 1829 at New Bedford, Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania, died September 15, 1903 at Phillipsburg, Kansas.
In a section
of Phillipsburg—Phillips County Centennial 1872-1972 entitled “Early Residents of County,”
we read that:
JOHN BISSELL, Registrar, U.S. Land Office, first came to Phillips County
in February 1872, locating on a farm near Phillipsburg where he yet resides. [From this, we can infer that this section of
the book consists of biographical sketches written no later than 1903, but apparently prior to 1888, when he moved into town.
See next sketch below.] He has followed farming and stock raising since. He is well known in Phillips county as one of its
substantial. He took registers position in the U.S. Land Office April 9, 1883.
He was born in Mercer county,
Pennsylvania Dec. 16, 1829. Moved with his parents to Valparaiso, Ind., where he was raised on a farm making Indiana his home.
Went to California in 1852 and engaged in mining and various pursuits until 1854.
Was married in 1856 to Miss
Rebecca Cornell of Boone Grove, Ind. They have five children, Edgar, married and farming near Phillipsburg; Maria, married
to W. R. Cannon, a merchant at Norton, Kansas, Emma, Pheba and Mary.
Mr. Bissell is a member of order I.O.O.F. of
Phillipsburg. He represented Phillips county in Kansas Legislature sessions of 1874, 1876, 1879 and 1883.
Dispatch ran a feature on November 2, 1893 entitled “Our Businessmen (1893),” and it contained further information
on John Bissell:
JOHN BISSELL the present proprietor and building of the Hotel Bissell
was born at New Bedford, Pa. January 1830. When 6 years of age he moved with his parents to Porter County, Indiana where he
lived until the spring of 1872 when he came to Phillips county. Arriving here, he settled upon a homestead two miles west
of this city, which he brought under a high state of cultivation and which he still owns. He was three times elected to represent
Phillips county in the Legislature where he served the interests of the people who sent him. In 1882, he was appointed Register
of the U.S. Land office at Kirwin this county, which position he filled for four years. In 1888, he moved to Phillipsburg
and built the large three story brick hotel, a very good picture of which can be found in this paper and now personally conducts
From material contributed by his granddaughter, Sarah Helen Roberts, to the Bicentennial
Biography Book (1976), we get this further perspective:
John Bissell, his brother
William and a nephew left Boone Grove, Porter Co., IND., in the fall of 1871 and wintered in Iowa with relatives. The following
spring they started for Kansas, but William became ill and stayed with a brother [Thompson Bissell] in Nebraska for several
months. The others came on in wagons, driving some livestock.
John started as a farmer—he planted evergreens
on his farm on Bissell Creek, raised cattle and sheep and his own food supplies. The first home was a cave in the side of
a bank on Bissell Creek with a soddy for the front. When the railroad went through his grove in Phillipsburg he moved a large
part of it to land he owned at Kirwin, watered and cultivated it. This grove was the largest in that part of the state until
the drought of 1930s. Wood had to be hauled from Hastings, Nebraska to build the houses in both Phillipsburg and Kirwin. At
least one load was lost to the flooding Republican River.
John Bissell helped organize the community. The first school district
and the “fort,” which was never used except for a few Indian scares, was on his property. It was unorganized except
that there was a chairman and W. H. Boughton was supposed to have charge of the military activities.
brother William in his buildings around the city of Phillipsburg as a result of which he lost most of his money in the panic
of 1893-7. He was in politics—served in the legislature 1874, 1876, 1879, 1883—and was probate judge when he died
in 1903. He was Registrar at the Federal Land Office in Kirwin in 1883-1886, held local offices, such as trustee of Kirwin
twp., enumerator. He threw his influence to Phillipsburg in the county seat fight and made permanent enemies of some of the
John married March 11, 1856 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana to Rebecca
Cornell (b. November 23, 1829 at Crawford Co., Ohio, d. October 10, 1909 at Columbus, Nebraska).
Here is the
census data we have to date for this family:
Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana – John Bissell 30 Pennsylvania, Rebecca 30 Ohio, Edgar 3 Indiana.
1870 census: Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana – John
Bissell 41 Pennsylvania, Rebecca 40 Ohio, Edgar 13 Indiana, Mariah 9 Indiana, Emma 6 Indiana, Phoebe 3 Indiana, Mary 11/12
census: Phillipsburg, Phillips
Co., Kansas – John Bissell 50 PA (NJ, OH), Rebecca 50 OH (PA, VA), Emma 16 IN (PA, OH), Phoebe 13 IN (PA, OH), Mary
10 IN (PA, OH).
census: Prairie View, Phillips
Co., Kansas – Edgar Bissell 23 IN, Lou 18 IN.
Kirwin Twp., Phillips Co., Kansas – John Bissell Dec. 1829 PA (CT, PA), Rebecca Nov. 1829 OH (PA, VA),
Emma June 1864 IN (PA, OH).
1900 census: Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas – “Ewald” (Edgar) Bissell Feb. 1857 IN (PA, OH), Louella Apr.
1862 IN (OH, IN), Maude June 1881 KS (IN, IN), Willis May 1883, Vinnie Feb. 1885, Helen Jan. 1887, Mary May 1888, John Jan.
1898, Fredrick Dec. 1899.
1920 census: Gunnison Co., Colorado – Edgar Bissell 62 IN (PA, IN), Luetta 57 IN (OH, IN).
John and Rebecca
had seven children:
Bissell born February
26, 1857 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana, died December 29, 1927 at Gunnison, Colorado. He married July 20, 1880 at Phillipsburg,
Phillips Co., Kansas to Louetta Murray (born April 1862 in Indiana). They were living in Gunnison, Colorado in the 1910 census.
They had seven children:
i. Maude Bissell born June 1881 in Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas.
Willis B. Bissell born May 1883 in Phillipsburg, Phillips Co.,
Vinnie Eleanor Bissell born February 1885 in Phillipsburg, Phillips
Co., Kansas, died February 16, 1947 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She married February 13, 1907 to Andrew Morgan Powell.
iv. Helen Bissell (twin) born January 1887 in Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas.
Mary C. Bissell (twin) born January 1887 in Phillipsburg, Phillips
vi. John M. Bissell born January 1898 in Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas.
Frederick W. Bissell born January 1900 in Phillipsburg, Phillips
Co., Kansas. He was in the 1920 census of Cicero, Cook Co., Illinois.
b. unnamed son
born and died July 8, 1858 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana.
c. Maria Bissell born November 8, 1860 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana, died April 24, 1938 at
Los Angeles, California. She was a member of the D.A.R. She married September 15, 1879 at Phillipsburg, Kansas to Walter P.
Cannon (born April 1845 in Maryland). They had two sons:
Walter B. Cannon born September 1880 at McPherson, McPherson
John A. Cannon born December 1883 at McPherson, McPherson
Willis Bissell born March 2, died April 16, 1863 at Boone
Grove, Porter Co., Indiana.
Bissell born June
2, 1864 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana, died October 2, 1940 at Kirwin, Kansas.
f. Phebe Bissell born December 1, 1866 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana, died April
25, 1935 at Manhattan, Kansas. She married February 27, 1901 at Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas to William Robert Roberts,
who died before the 1910 census. In the 1900 census, she was listed as the landlady and owner of the hotel, and he was the
manager. They had four children:
Hellen S. Roberts born about 1903 at Phillipsburg, Phillips Co.,
Mary Ellen Roberts born about 1905 at Phillipsburg, Phillips Co.,
iii. John B. Roberts born about 1906 at Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas.
William Robert Roberts born about 1908 at Phillipsburg, Phillips Co.,
Mary Bissell born August 20, 1869 at Boone Grove, Porter
Co., Indiana, died August 16, 1942 at Kirwin, Kansas. She married February 10, 1893 at Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas
to Irving H. Rogers (b. Aug. 1867 in Iowa). As of the 1900 census, they had no children.
Bissell born June
29, 1832 at New Bedford, Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania, died November 30, 1864 near Franklin, Tennessee. (He was a Captain in
the Union Army in the Civil War.) He married June 29, 1853 in Porter Co., Indiana to Sarah A. Rumsey (b. 1834 in New York,
d. August 1893 in Nebraska).
The following details were included in Past and Present of
Saunders County (1915, p. 345):
At the time of the Civil war her father enlisted in the thirteenth Indiana Volunteer
Infantry [correction – 128th] and was given the rank of captain. In November, 1865, he was shot at Franklin,
Tennessee, and died almost instantly. He was an attorney by profession and previous to enlisting in the Union army was engaged
in successful practice in Indiana. [The history incorrectly referred to James as a native of New York.]
The obituary (Ashland Gazette, October
25, 1944) of their daughter, Jessie, stated the following:
the family moved to Valparaiso, Indiana where the father practiced law until 1863. [However, the family was living at Crown
Point, Lake Co., Indiana in the 1860 census.] He was an ardent admirer of Lincoln, and feeling his duty to fight for the Union
cause, he was commissioned captain and organized and trained a company. He was killed at Franklin, Tennessee on Dec. 3, 1863.
His widow came to Nebraska in 1867 and took a claim near Ithaca, Nebraska. In 1869 she brought her five children to Nebraska
[apparently by covered wagon, according to another source] and endured all the hardships of the pioneers.
Here is the census data we have collected on
this family to date:
census: Crown Point, Lake Co.,
Indiana – James Bissell 29 lawyer Pennsylvania, Sarah A. 26 Ohio, Philura 5 Indiana, Philena 3 Indiana, Jesie 2 Indiana,
Susan 1/12 Indiana.
1870 census: not yet located.
1880 census: Greene, Saunders Co., Nebraska – Sarah
A. Bissell 46 NY (CT, CT), Carrie A. IN (PA, NY), James H. 16 IN (PA, NY).
1900 census: Cedar Twp., Wilson Co., Kansas – James
H. Bissell 36 June 1864 IN (PA, NY) m. in 1894, Lizzie 28 February 1872 NE (MI, IN), Fern 4 September 1895 KS, Sarah 3 May
Lincoln Co., Idaho – James Bissell 46 IN (PA, NY), Lizzie 39 (one child deceased) NE (MI, PA), Sarah
12 KS (IN, NE), Mae 4 KS (IN, NE), Lizzie 2 KS (IN, NE).
1920 census: Oneida Co., Idaho – James Bissell 5-
IN (PA, NY), Lizzie 4- NE (IN, PA), Sarah 22 KS (IN, NE), May 15 KS (IN, NE), Gene (Lizzie) 12 KS (IN, NE).
have not yet located Sarah and the children in the 1870 census of Saunders Co., Nebraska. The five children of James and Sarah
Amanda (“Mandy”) Bissell
(called Manly A. in one record, probably a misspelling of “Mandy”) born November 11, 1854 at Crown
Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died May 23, 1899. She married Theodore E. Zingre (born about 1840 in Switzerland). They had four
Sarah A. Zingre born 1875.
Zingre born about
1876 at Green Bay, Lee Co., Iowa. She married October 25, 1899 to William Sprague. They had four daughters:
(1) Philura Sprague
born about 1900 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She married Thornwald Peterson (b. ca. 1900).
(2) May L. Sprague born about 1903, died about 1906.
(3) Josephine M. Sprague born about 1906. She married about 1930 to Harold B. Bowman.
They had two sons:
Ferrel Bowman born
and died about 1932.
(4) Elizabeth F. (“Betty”) Sprague born about 1912.
iii. Caroline A. (“Carrie”) Zingre born about 1876 at Green Bay, Lee Co., Iowa. She married John Oney (b. about 1872
in Ohio). They had:
(1) Theodore Willard Oney born about 1900 in Hartzell Twp., Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma.
John E. Oney born about 1910 in Hartzell Twp., Oklahoma
Maime P. Zingre born about 1880 at Green Bay, Lee Co., Iowa,
died about 1940. She married Albert Ferrel (born about 1880).
Philena (“Nettie”) Bissell
born January 1856 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana. She married John McAulley.
c. Jessie Harriet Bissell born Mar. 31, 1858 at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, died the Sunday preceding October
25, 1944 at Ashland, Nebraska. Her sisters and one brother preceded her in death, according to her obituary. She married on
February 18, 1875 to Martin Emor Ballou (b. September 16, 1854, Ashtabula Co., Ohio). They had six children, all of whom lived
past 1944 except for daughter Jessie:
i. Emor Smith Ballou born March 1876, lived in Clear Creek precinct near Ashland,
Saunders Co., Nebraska, died 1947. He married in 1901 to Katherine Lilly Fletcher (b. in Indiana, d. 1930). They had three
(1) Earl Benjamin Ballou, died as a child.
(2) Elizabeth Ballou,
died as a child.
Otis Martin Ballou born April 20, 1907, Ashland, Nebraska, died
April 28, 1986. He married in 1932 to Marie Ruth Lohry (b. December 17, 1911). They had two children:
(a) Janine Marie Ballou born 1934, died 1963. She married Lawrence Goodfellow. They lived at Arvada, Colorado
and had three children:
Michael M. Goodfellow(MichBallou@aol.com) born at Arvada, Colorado, lived at Atlanta, Georgia. He married in 1979 to Balinda Sue Dunning. They had:
[ii] Sarah Jeanine Goodfellow
D. Goodfellow born
at Arvada, Colorado, lived at Fort Collins, Colorado.
Sue Goodfellow born
at Arvada, Colorado, lived at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
(b) Earl Martin Ballou
born 1939. He married Suzanne Cook. They lived at Ashland, Nebraska, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Omaha,
Nebraska. They had two daughters:
Darlene Marie Ballou married David Wilson, lived at Lee’s
Jeanine Sue Ballou
James B. Ballou born February 1878, lived in Clear Creek precinct
near Ashland, Saunders Co., Nebraska.
iii. Jessie C. Ballou
born December 1879, married C. Oscar Swanson, lived near Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska and later Greenwood, Nebraska,
died before 1944.
Elizabeth A. Ballou born April 15, 1881, married J. E. Fenton,
lived in Clear Creek precinct near Ashland, Saunders Co., Nebraska and later in Pomona, California.
v. Otis M. Ballou born March 1885, lived in Clear Creek precinct near Ashland, Saunders
vi. Susan M. Ballou born May 7, 1890, married Allen W. Cummer, lived at Fort Collins,
Colorado and later in Ashland, Saunders Co., Nebraska.
A. (“Carrie”) Bissell
born May 22, 1860 at Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana, died about 1890. She married after 1880 to Chris Christerson
(b. ca. 1860).
H. Bissell b. June
1864 at Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana. He married about 1894 to Lizzie Cissne (b. February 1872 in Pebble Precinct, Dodge
Co., Nebraska). In the 1900 census, they were in Cedar Twp., Wilson Co., Kansas. In
the 1920 census, they were in Malad, Oneida Co., Idaho. They had four daughters:
i. Fern Bissell
born February 1895 at Cedar Twp., Wilson Co., Kansas, died before 1920.
ii. Sarah Bissell
born May 1897 at Cedar Twp., Wilson Co., Kansas.
iii. Mae Bissell born 1905 at Cedar Twp., Wilson Co., Kansas.
(“Gene”) Bissell born 1908 at Cedar Twp., Wilson Co., Kansas.
Elizabeth Bissell born
July 27, 1834 at New Bedford, Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania, died September 5, 1910, Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
She married July 12, 1855 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana to Hilary Brunot (b. July 24, 1824 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
d. June 10, 1899 [the Westmoreland County history says June 9, 1900] at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania). (The
Brunots are a very prominent family from France, and there is an extensive write-up of them in John Boucher’s History
of Westmoreland County, Volume II, 1906, pp. 135-7.) The 1860 census of Bullskin, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania shows H.
J. Brunot 35 PA, wife Mary (horribly mis-transcribed as “Franz”, and clearly “Mary”) 25 PA, and daughters
Anne E. 4 IL and Caroline M. 2 IL, along with Mary’s mother, Sarah 53 OH. In all, Mary and Hilary had 10 children:
a. Ann Elizabeth Brunot born June 10, 1856 at Rock Island Co., Illinois, died January
26, 1945 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. She married June 11, 1890 to her first cousin once removed, Hilary Breton
Brunot (born April 1854 in Louisiana) of Brevard, North Carolina. They were shown in the 1900 census of Henderson Twp., Henderson
Co., North Carolina and in the 1910 census of Brevard, Transylvania Co., North Carolina. Ann’s mother was living with
them in the 1900 census. They had:
Eugenie Brunot born April 1891 in Pennsylvania.
Felix Reville Brunot born September 1892 in Pennsylvania.
Hilary Breton Brunot
Jr. born April 1894
iv. Elizabeth Brunot
born July 1898 in Pennsylvania.
Caroline Brunot born
March, 1858 at Rock Island Co., Illinois, died June 13, 1924 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California. She married September
13, 1883 to Dr. Israel Putman Klingensmith (born April 18, 1850 at Jeannette, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania). They had:
Hilary B. Klingensmith born August 1884, Blairsville, Indiana Co.,
Mary Christina Klingensmith born January 1887, Blairsville, Indiana Co.,
William I. Klingensmith born May 1889, Blairsville, Indiana Co., Pennsylvania.
Indiana T. Klingensmith (daughter) born August 1891, Blairsville, Indiana Co., Pennsylvania.
c. Hilary Sauson Brunot (twin) born June 4, 1860 at Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, died August 14,
1928. He was the United States consul at St. Etienne, France.
Louisa Brunot (twin) born
June 4, 1860 at Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, died March 7, 1932 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
e. William Brunot born April 23, 1865 at Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, died April 14, 1885
at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
Reville Brunot born
April 22, 1868 at Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, died March 6, 1940. He was a broker at Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He married December
27, 1892 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania to Jennie Gertrude Diehl. They had:
Hilary J. Brunot born about 1895 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
Viola Caroline Brunot born August 15, 1898 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
Charles D. Brunot born about 1902 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
iv. Gertrude D. Brunot born about 1904 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
Felix R. Brunot born about 1909 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
vi. Clarence S. Brunot born about 1917 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
g. Melusina Corey Brunot born April 22, 1870 at Fayette Co., Pennsylvania. She married
April 10, 1902 to Joseph Kuhn Barclay of Greensburg, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania. They had:
Louise B. Barclay born about 1905 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
Thomas Barclay born about 1908 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
Thompson Brunot born
December 13, 1873 at Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, died August 15, 1902. He married September 4, 1901 to Rose Latta (b. Dec.
13, 1873). They had:
James Turner Brunot born July 24, 1902 in Pennsylvania. In 1920,
he was shown as “adopted son” in the household of his first cousin, Alexander Murray Turner.
i. Indiana Trainer Brunot (daughter) born July 21, 1876 and died November 2, 1877 at Greensburg, Westmoreland
j. John Breton Brunot
born November 6, 1878 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, died January 3, 1958. He was a lawyer
in Greensburg. He married August 26, 1903 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa to Alice E. Turner (his first cousin, once removed,
daughter of his first cousin, John B. Turner). They had:
i. John Breton Brunot Jr. born November 9, 1904 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
He married September 30, 1930 to Laura Louise Canfield (born November 21, 1906, died March 5, 1956). They had:
(1) Mary Canfield Brunot married Victor E. Sandberg.
ii. Mary Alice Brunot born October 14, 1906 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
iii. William Turner Brunot born April 21, 1906 at Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.
He married August 21, 1934 to Caroline Patricia Kennedy (born April 15, 1910). They had:
(1) William Kennedy Brunot
married Rosemary Diane Dunford.
(2) James Turner Brunot
Ellen Kennedy Brunot
John Breton Brunot III
Bissell Jr. born March
3, 1837 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana, died November 22, 1897 at Phillipsburg, Kansas. He settled for a brief time around
1865 in Butler Co., Nebraska with his brother Thompson.
In a section of Phillipsburg—Phillips
County Centennial 1872-1972 entitled “Early Residents of County,” we read that:
BISSELL, Editor and proprietor, Phillipsburg Herald, came to Kansas in the fall of 1872 and located in the above village where
he engaged in the real estate business and loan office continuing since. He became proprietor of the Herald in August 1882.
This newspaper was established in the [sic] of 1878. Now has a circulation of 600 copies.
was born in Porter County, March 3, 1837. Lived in his native county until 1858 at which time he came to Nebraska City, Neb.,
where he engaged in various pursuits. He returned to the east in the fall of 1861 and enlisted in Co. M. Twelfth Indiana Cavalry.
October, 1863, was promoted to First Lieutenant, January 1864, and participated in all the battles of his regiment.
Was mustered out in the fall of 1865 when he became interested in merchandising until he came to Kansas. Was married
in October 1866 to Miss Mary M. Calkins of Valparaiso, Ind. They have two children, Sara Myrta and William Guy. Mr. Bissell
is a member of the Masonic Order of Phillipsburg, Post No. 177 G.A.R. Has served as Register of Deeds of Phillips county two
The Phillipsburg Dispatch ran a feature on November 2, 1893 entitled “Our Businessmen (1893),”
and it contained further information on John Bissell:
WM. Bissell. One of the oldest settlers and
best known men in Philips county was born March 3rd, 1837 in the state of Indiana, where he lived until he was
of age. In 1858 he came west and joined a government surveying party at Nebraska City, Nebraska, with which he remained for
one year when he settled upon a farm in Butler county, Nebraska where he built the first house in that county and served one
term as County Surveyor.
He then went to Hall county, Nebraska where he again opened up another farm and built
the first house in that county. Here he remained until 1861 when upon receipt of the news of the war he returned to his native
state and enlisted in the 12th Indiana Cavalry, Co. M, in which company he was soon promoted to the position of
first Lieutenant. At the close of the war he having had a taste of frontier life we find him at Ft. Dodge, Iowa, engaged in
the hardware and implement business where he remained until the fall of 1872 when he came to Phillips county. He settled upon
a homestead a large part of which is now covered by the city of Phillipsburg.
The City has grown so
that a large part of his homestead has been cutup into lots and is today covered by a large portion of the finest residences
of the city. In 1877 he was elected Reg. of Deeds and re-elected in 1879.
contributed by his great-niece, Sarah Helen Roberts, to the Phillipsburg Bicentennial Biography Book (1976), we get
this further perspective:
Contrary to the newspaper stories none of the Bissell children were the first born
in the county. Some stories say Myrta was (she was ca 9 months when she came) her cousins Emma Bissell, Phebe and Mary were
several years old.
However Aunt Molly was the first newspaper woman in that part of Kansas. She was active
in Kansas Women’s Clubs as well as in local affairs. (Mary Margaret Calkins [Aunt Molly] was a graduate of the college
at Valparaiso IN.) William and Molly were charter members of the Methodist Church. She continued her newspaper writing after
her husband was no longer editor of the Phillipsburg Herald. He lived in Phillipsburg and sold real estate, made loans etc.
His brother John lived in the country, but it was his money that William used in the business. As a result of a guarantee
that the price would not drop below $1.25 per acre of land (some say guarantee was only 25 cents), both lost their property
in the panic of 1893. The Bissell Hotel was part of the settlement with eastern speculators. It belonged to John. It was used
to keep the family homes of both John and William from being liquidated. [It was built in 1888-89 and razed in 1977.]
married October 10, 1866 at Valparaiso, Indiana to Mary Margaret Caulkins (b. August 28, 1843 at Pike Co., Ohio, d. February
14, 1906 at Phillipsburg, Kansas). They lived first in Porter Co., Indiana, then around 1870 at Fort Dodge, Iowa, then at
Phillipsburg, Kansas, and finally at Gooding, Idaho. Here is the census data we currently have on this family:
census: Ward 1, Fort Dodge,
Webster Co., Iowa – William Bissell 35 Indiana, Mary 28 Indiana.
1880 census: Phillipsburg, Phillips Co., Kansas – William Bissell 45
IN (PA, PA), Mary M. 37 OH (NJ, CAN), Myrta S. 8 IA (IN, OH), William G. 3 KS (IN OH).
1920 census: Gooding, Gooding Co., Idaho – Guy W.
Bissell 43 KS (IN, OH), Grace 41 KS (NY, TN).
William and Mary had five children, two of whom
survived to adulthood:
daughter born and
died about 1867 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana.
Bissell born and died
in 1868 at Boone Grove, Porter Co., Indiana.
c. Sarah Myrta Bissell
born June 22, 1872 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, died before 1947 in California. She married in 1892 in Phillipsburg,
Phillips Co., Kansas to Dr. David Dillard Haggard. She was a member of the D.A.R. As of the 1910 census, they had been married
for 17 years and had no children.
Guy Bissell born June
6, 1876 at Phillipsburg, Kansas, died January 13, 1952 at Gooding, Idaho. He married January 14, 1904 at Kansas City, Missouri
to Grace Huginin (b. 1879 in Kansas, d. after 1920). In the 1920 census, they were living at Gooding, Idaho, and he was listed
as Guy W. Bissell. They apparently had no children.
baby born and died
after 1877 at Phillipsburg, Kansas.
John Lebanon Bissell
(twin of Jabez), a
son of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Stark, was born January 8, 1797 in Lebanon, Connecticut and died July 15, 1865
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He married July 13, 1820 to Nancy Semple, daughter of William and Nancy Semple. He established
the first rolling mill in Pittsburgh. They had:
Semple Bissell was
born August 1822 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and died May 27, 1885. He married first in 1845 to Elizabeth E. A. (D.) Hogg
(died 1856), daughter of George Hogg, and married second in 1857 to Eliza Shields, daughter of John Wilson Shields. He lived
at Versailles Twp., Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. He had three children from his first marriage, the remainder from his second.
(Note: he is listed as E. S. age 70, born May 1830 in the 1900 census!)
Bissell was born about 1846 and married after 1880 to
Norman Spang. They had:
Sarah A. Spang m. Alfred ____.
ii. Frederick Spang
b. John [Hogg] Bissell born July 10, 1849. Apparently he was in Rico, Ouray Co., Colorado
in 1880 census, listed as Jno. Bissell, age 30, banker, unmarried.
c. James H. Bissell born about 1855. He married Eliza Wilson. They resided in Minneapolis, Minn. [Shown
in 1880 census of Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota as age 30, physician, with wife Addie age 28, both b. PA, in the household
of George H. Rust, real estate agent.][IGI shows James Bissell m. Jane Powers on 9-16-1886 in Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania.
Not sure if this is the same person.]
W. Bissell II born
about 1857. He married February 24, 1892 Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania to Annie Martin.
e. David Shields Bissell born December 8, 1859 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. He married June 7, 1892 in Welland Co., Ontario, Canada to Annie Morris T. Bush
(born April 18, 1860 in New York).
John Ten Bush Bissell born November 18, 1893 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania.
Leet Wilson Bissell born April 4, 1895 in Pittsburgh.
Philip Ten Broeck Bissell born December 1896 in Pittsburgh.
iv. Constance Bonner Bissell born February 26, 1898. She married Thomas D. Finley.
f. Maria W. Bissell born in June of 1861.
g. Nancy Semple Bissell born May 1862 in Pittsburgh.
Eliza Bissell born
August 1864 in Pittsburgh.
i. Robert Wilson Bissell
born August 1865 in Pittsburgh.
j. Albert Bissell born October 6, 1867 in Pittsburgh, died April 1, 1947.
Emery Bissell born January 1870.
Partridge Bissell III was born about 1826 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He married Mary A. Bayard (born about 1828, died in 1866), daughter of George A. Bayard. [Note: He
was co-author in 1896 (with his second cousin, Alexander Murray Turner of Hammond, Indiana) of The Bissell-Turner Genealogy,
from which a good deal of this family’s vital statistics was taken. See Caroline Bissell Turner in William Bissell’s
second family, listed above.]
Annie B. Bissell born about 1845.
Bayard Bissell born
about 1848, died March 24, 1886, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Bissell born in 1850.
3. Thomas Bissell died young.
4. Josiah Bissell died November 30, 1891.
M. Bissell born about
1827, died in 1902 unmarried.
Semple Bissell born about 1828, died in Cleveland, Ohio. He
married Cynthia Wick (born about 1830).
Edward Bissell born about 1859.
Bissell born about
1862. She married Frank Olcott.
Augusta Bissell born about 1864. She married William Boardman.
d. Julia Bissell born about 1857. She married Robert Clarke.
Bissell born about
1870. She married Henry Wick.
Francis (Frank) Bissell born January 28, 1833 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died in 1920. He married m. 1st
in 1856 to Martha H. Miller, and married 2nd in 1866 to Ann Margaret Jackson (born June 14, 1837, died August 1,
1918. He was proprietor of the Eagle Foundry in Pittsburgh. They had:
Miller Bissell born
April 25, 1857, died June 5, 1893. He married 1st Jenny Finney, no issue, and married 2nd on June 7,
1888 to Bessie Gray, daughter of Charles Taylor Gray.
Anna Pauli Bissell
W. Jackson Bissell born
May 18, 1867. He married May 23, 1898 to Katherine Amelia Ewing Hogg of New Haven, Pennsylvania. They had:
John Jackson Bissell born June 30, 1903. He married June 18, 1927
to Margaret Norman Sacks of Hartford, Connecticut.
(1) John Jackson Bissell II born October 6,
1928 and died October 7,
A son born January 29, 1938.
ii. Frank Semple Bissell born February 22, 1912. He married January 1937 to Eleanor Merrick
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
John Bonner Bissell died February 10, 1916.
8. Ellen C. Bissell born
about 1838. She married in 1870 to Dr. Alexander M. Speer.
a. J. Bissell Speer
b. Alexander Speer II
Mary Bissell born about 1841.
E. Jabez Bissell (twin of John Lebanon), a son of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Stark, was born
January 8, 1797 in Lebanon, Connecticut and died unmarried in July of 1853.
F. Polly Bissell, a daughter of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Start, was born about 1798 in
Lebanon, Connecticut. She was the family historian for many years, and her compiled records were the basis of the Bissell-Turner
Genealogy, co-authored in 1894 by her great-nephews, Alexander Murray Turner of Hammond, Indiana and John Partridge Bissell
III of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Polly’s husband, James Kyle, whom she married late in life, was
born in 1795 in Westmoreland, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania and died in 1872. His parents were Joshua Kyle and Mary Stewart.
He married first Jane White (d. before 1858) about 1816 and had three children (who are not descendants of John Partridge
Mary Kyle, b. April 12, 1818, d. January 30, 1864, in
Wood, Marshall Co., Indiana, bur. Jacob Cemetery in Wood, Marshall Co., Indiana.
2. Hannah Kyle,
b. November 18, 1826, Youngstown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, d. February 6, 1916, bur. Kyle Home Cemetery, Youngstown,
Mahoning Co., Ohio.
Washington Kyle, b.
January 26, 1834, d. December, 1916, Casey, Clark Co., Illinois, bur. I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Marion Co., Indiana.
James remarried to Polly Bissell in 1858, and she died Nov. 24, 1880, about eight years after James. The Willimantic
Chronicle carried the following item:
Wed Dec 1 1880: The Cleveland Herald records the death in Coitsville, Ohio, on
the 24th, of Mrs. Polly Bissell Kyle, one of the oldest residents of the Western Reserve. Her father, John P. Bissell, went
there from Lebanon, this state [actually, Connecticut], in 1800. Mrs. Kyle lived on the homestead all her days. One of her
fondest reminiscences was that she was a schoolmate of Jesse Grant, the father of the ex-president.
James Kyle 65, wife Polly 62, Jackson W. Kyle 25.
1870 census: James Kyle 75, wife Pollie 71.
1880 census: Coitsville, Mahoning Co., Ohio – J.
W. Kyle 46, wife Mary 37, William 17, Ida 15, Jessie 7, Burton 3, Kate 1. [This is Jackson Washington Kyle, Polly’s
Same location: Mary [Polly] Kyle 81 CT (CT CT) “keeping house,” with Oliver Hephner 25 PA (OH PA) also living there,
listed as a farm hand. [Note: the household next door belonged to Polly’s nephew, James McGeehan, the son of
her sister Charlotte Bissell McGeehan.
G. Emery Bissell, a son of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance
Stark, was born 1801 in Coitsville, Ohio and died in 1803.
Bissell, a daughter
of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Stark, and referred to as “Milly” in her father’s 1811 probate
record, was born July 3, 1803 in Coitsville, Ohio, where she died November 30, 1865. She married about 1825 to James
Beggs (born 1800 in Pennsylvania and died after 1880), and they lived at Coitsville, Ohio.
is a list of their children with information provided from the LDS database and the various censuses:
1. Marsha A. Beggs, b. 1826 Trumbull Co., Ohio.
2. Amanda S. Beggs, b. 1831 Trumbull Co., Ohio.
3. Adonijah J. Beggs, b. June 1835, Coitsville Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio. He m. 1st Elizabeth
Ewing about 1862. He m. 2nd October 23, 1869 to Saloma McFall at Mahoning Co., Ohio. Here are the children of his
a. Otto E. Beggs, b. ca. 1863 OH.
P. Beggs, b. ca. 1867
OH. She m. after 1880 to David Houston Dickson (b. January 17, 1862). They had:
i. Amy C. Dickson. She m. David L. Whiting. They had:
(1) Robert H. Whiting. He m. Rachel Voytek. They had:
(a) Richard Whiting. He m. Rosanne Mijavek. They had:
Whiting. He provided
the data for this line. (Rhwenon@aol.com)
Barbara A. Beggs, b. ca. 1871 OH.
d. Pat Beggs,
b. ca. 1875 OH.
Beggs, b. 1837, Coitsville
Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio.
Clark Beggs, b. 1839,
Coitsville Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio, d. July 12, 1898. He m. about 1867 to Martha J. ____ (b. ca. 1842 OH). They had:
a. Mary P. Beggs, b. ca. 1868 OH.
b. Caroline (Carrie) Beggs, b. October 16, 1870 OH.
6. Patridge Beggs, b. 1841, Coitsville Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio.
7. Margaret Beggs, b. 1843 Coitsville Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio.
Here is the census
information we currently have on this family:
1850 census: Coitsville, Mahoning, Co., Ohio – Marsha A. 24, Amanda S. 20, Adonijah J. 15,
Caroline 13, Partridge 9, Margaret 7.
Coitsville, Mahoning Co., Ohio – James 60 PA, Pamela 56 OH, Caroline 22 OH, James C. 21 OH, Partridge
18 OH, Margaret 16 PA.
Coitsville, Mahoning Co., Ohio, two doors down from aunt Polly Kyle – Chas. Longstreet 34 NY, Amanda
28 PA, Delos 10, Dewit 8, James 7, Cephas 5, Charles E. 3, Rose E. 1, infant unnamed b. April 1860.
1870 census: Coitsville, Mahoning Co., Ohio – James
Baggs 71 PA, Caroline 28 OH, Andrew E. 34 OH, Sadonia 34 OH, James C. 31 OH, Martha [ ] 28 OH, Mary P. 2 OH, Otto E. 7 OH,
Eliz. P. 3 OH.
1880 census: Coitsville, Mahoning Co., Ohio – Clark Beggs 41 OH (PA OH), Martha J. (wife) 37 OH (Scotland OH), James (father)
80 PA (Ireland Ireland), Caroline (sister) 43 OH (PA OH), Mary P. (daughter) 12 OH (OH OH), Carrie (daughter) 9 OH (OH OH),
Lizzie (niece) 3 OH (OH OH).
Coitsville, Mahoning Co., Ohio – A. J. Biggs 45 OH (PA OH), Savonia (wife) 44 OH (OH --), Otto 16 OH
(OH OH), Barbara A. 9 OH (OH OH), Pat 5 OH (OH OH).
Bissell, the daughter
of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance Stark, was born in 1806 and died August 1847. She married James McGeehan, and they
lived at Coitsville, Trumbull Co., Ohio. Only a Thomas McGeehan or variant spelling has been found in Coitsville, Ohio in
the 1850 census, so it appears that Charlotte’s husband’s full name was James Thomas or Thomas James McGeehan.
James Thomas remarried about 1848-1850 to Anna Crose (b. ca. 1816), who had a son James Crose b. ca. 1841. Charlotte and James
Thomas had four children, including a son b. ca. 1826 and who may have died before 1850:
1. Son McGeehan b. ca. 1826 OH, apparently d. before 1850.
2. James McGeehan b. ca. 1828 OH. He married Esther (or Hester) ____ b. ca. 1837 OH. They had:
a. Emma Caitlin McGeehan b. ca. 1857 OH.
b. Frank McGeehan b. July 1859 OH.
c. Harris McGeehan
b. ca. 1865 OH.
McGeehan b. ca. 1867
Emma C. McGeehan born about 1832.
B. McGeehan born about
census: Coitsville, Trumbull
Co., Ohio – Thomas “McGahen” 1M 20-30, 2M0-5, 1F20-30.
1840 census: Coitsville, Trumbull Co., Ohio – Thomas “McGreen”
1M 30-40, 2M10-15, 1M0-5, 1F30-40, 1F5-10.
1850 census: Coitsville, Trumbull Co., Ohio – Thomas McGeehen 46, Anna 34, James 21, Emma
C. 18, Wm. B. 12, James Crose 9.
Coitsville, Ohio – James McGeehan 32 OH, Esther 23 OH, Emma C. 3 OH, Frank 11/12 OH.
census: Coitsville, Ohio –
James McGeehan 42 OH, Ester 35 OH, Macailin [Emma Caitlin?] 13 OH, Frank 11 OH, Harris 5 OH, William 3 OH.
census: Coitsville, Ohio –
James McGeehan (son of Charlotte and James) 52 OH (PA OH), Hester (wife) 45 OH (OH PA), Emma C. 23 OH (OH OH), Frank 20 OH
(OH OH), Harris 15 OH (OH OH), William 12 OH (OH OH). [Note: this family lived next door to Mary (Polly) Kyle, who
was James’ aunt.]
Caroline Bissell, youngest daughter of John Partridge Bissell and Temperance
Stark, was born in 1809 at Coitsville and died unmarried on October 13, 1832.