Francis Bushnell

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Francis Bushnell, son of Lieutenant William Bushnell and Rebecca Chapman, was born at Guilford, Connecticut, 6 January 1649.1 He died at Danbury, Connecticut, 1697.1,2

Francis married Hannah Seymour, daughter of Thomas Seymour and Hannah Marvin, at Norwalk, Connecticut, 12 October 1675.3,1,4,5

Sometimes named as a son of his uncle Richard, Francis settled in Danbury about 1685, where he died. His inventory was made in Oct 1697; Samuel Knapp of Danbury made oath. Administration was granted to Samuel Pickett and Samuel Knapp. The seven children were named, all under 18. Abigail chose Ens. Thomas Taylor as guardian.

Francis was a resident of Norwalk as early as 1671 which was where Richard lived, but Richard's 1659 will only listed two sons, Joseph and Richard. Since he lived in the same town, it is a natural error to identify Francis with the family of Richard. Francis is also sometimes confused with his uncle Francis, and erroneously said to have died young.1,6,7


Hannah Seymour b. 12 Dec 1654, d. bef. 1697
  • Hannah Bushnell+2 b. 22 Aug 1676, d. bt 1722 - 1723
  • Mary Bushnell2 b. 21 Dec 1679
  • Abigail Bushnell2 b. aft. 1680
  • Lydia Bushnell2 b. aft. 1680
  • Rebecca Bushnell2 b. aft. 1680
  • Judith Bushnell2 b. aft. 1680
  • Mercy Bushnell2 b. say 1691, d. 5 Sep 1767
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  1. [S1013] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Mary Beman (Gates) Dawes: Volume II: Gates and Allied Families (n. p., 1931), 2:163-172, further cited as Ferris, Dawes-Gates II.
  2. [S5] Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield (two vols., New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1930-1932), 134, further cited as Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield.
  3. [S5] Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield, 134, 537.
  4. [S10] Alfred A. Knapp, Nicholas Knapp Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edward Brothers, 1953), further cited as Knapp, Knapp Genealogy.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 260, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S5] Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield, 134-135.
  7. [S115] W. T. R. Marvin, "Notes and Queries: Bushnell," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 59 (Apr 1905): 109, further cited as Marvin, "Bushnell Notes."