John Bidwell Jr b 1641 d Jul-3-1692 (51)

Born in Hartford, CT.
In 1678 at 37, Jonathan married the 28 year old Sarah Welles, also from Hartford. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Pantry and Hannah (Tuttle) Welles and the granddaughter of Governor Thomas Welles.

In 1687 when John Jr was 46, John's father died, and left him some land. The following is a portion of his dad's last will and testiment from Volume 4, page 133 of the probate records of Hartford, dated sep-1-1687.

First my will is that all my just debts & funerall charges be duely payd & discharged. Also my will is & I doe hereby bequeath unto my son John Bidwell & his heirs forever, my lott in the swamp on the East side Connecticut River, being about 2 acres & a halfe lyeing between Tomas Bunce his land & the land of Goodman Easton, as allso I doe give & confirme unto him & his heires forever all my lands & buildings & appurtenances of them whatsover which liye or are in the Township of Hartford on the West side of the Connecticut River.
In a Codicil to the Will of John Bidwell, John Jr also received the following:
I give foure acres of mhy meadow pasture on the South ende of it to begin his measure at the old ditch that parts Barthleme Barnards land from sayd pasture & so to goe Eastward as far as sayd pasture reaches that way & from the South ende thereof Northwards till foure acres be accomplished to him & his heirs forever, onely my wife shall have the use of halfe the sayd foure acres during her naturall life & provided allso that my sayd son doe pay twenty-one Pounds in currant country pay for the same that is to say twenty shillings to the Reverend Mr John Whiting of Hartford wich I bequeath to him & twenty pounds to my sonJoseph bidwell...

John sr. gave most of the other kids cash and half of the estate to his wife.

Glastenbury for 200 Years, by Chaplin

Page 129: John bidwell Jr has the first saw mill at Glastenbury, 1667.
He lived at Hartford, as his father willed him all his lands and buildings west of the Connecticut River. He had six saw or grist mills, three in Hartford, and on each at East Hartford, Wethersfield andMiddletown.
He was an engineer and was selected by the town of Hartford to deepen the channel in the Connecticut River between Hartford and Weathersfield.

Town Records of Hartford

1686: The town by their vote made choice of Major Talcott, Ensigh Nathaniel Stanley, Mr.Cyprian Nichols and John Bidwell to consider the best way to make a channel in the river between this town and Wethersfield.

John Bidwell is buried at East Hartford and left an estate of 1081 pounds.
His widow Sarah, in Mar-1704, gave to her son John, land on the east side of the Connecticut River and her son Thomas witnessed the deed.
He and his wife Sarah were admitted to full communion at the Second or Center Street Church, Hartford on Feb-21-1685.

Hartford Probate Records

Vol 5, page 45: Mrs Sarah (Wells) Bidwell was administrator of John Bidwell (her husband) deceased and Daniel Bidwell (her brother-in-law) was appointed by the court to oversee the children as they were all young.

Inventory of John Bidwell Jr's Estate

This is an inventory of John's Estate on July-3-1692 (the day of his death) taken by whose names are underwritten (the names are not on this list).
The inventory was apprized (sp) by Stephen Hoamer and Joseph Myger on Aug-25-1692 at 1.081,04,04 (1081 pounds).
In the table the value is in pounds-shillings-pence
Inventoryvalue
1 clock 50, 1 searg coat 50, 1 broad cloth coat 3006 10 00
1 searg wascoat 20, 2 payre Breeches 10, 2 payre lining Breeches 02 05 00
1 doz neck clothes 24, 7 shirts 35, 6 payre of stockings 12 03 11 00
Gloves, 4 shoes 8, Hatts 20, Handkerchief 12, a staffe 6 02 10 00
Cash 9, 8 More 18 in all 10 06 00
Parler one feather bed, bedsted & furniture 10 00 00
1 trundle bead, bed sted & furniture 02 10 00
1 cubboard & cloath & cushions 4 10 1 great chest 20 05 10 00
on and on...