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Bidwell Lore – Theodosia Bidwell Brewer

Welcome to week 16 of Bidwell Lore! Last week we shared a Mayflower connection to the Bidwell family via Adonijah Bidwell, Jr.  This week we will introduce you to Reverend Bidwell’s youngest daughter, Theodosia, with a wonderful guest post by Bidwell descendant Wilma Spice, who we previously heard from in the July article about Jemima Bidwell’s pewter. ...

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Bidwell Lore – The Mayflower Connection

Welcome to the fifteenth week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we continued the story of Adonijah Bidwell, Jr., and this week we want to share the Bidwell family’s Mayflower connection via Adonijah Bidwell, Jr.’s wife, Melicent Dench.  In the course of receiving Bidwell Lore articles, readers have no doubt become aware that there appears to be a connection...

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Bidwell Lore – Stories of Adonijah Bidwell, Jr.

Welcome to the fourteenth week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we introduced you to the oldest son of Reverend Bidwell, Adonijah Bidwell, Jr., and this week we want to share with you some stories about his life.  Adonijah, Jr., was the oldest child of Reverend Bidwell and his second wife, Jemima. Adonijah, Jr. (1761-1837)Barbabas (1763-1833)Jemima (1765-1842)Theodosia (1766-1841)...

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Bidwell Lore – Adonijah Bidwell, Jr.

Welcome to the thirteenth week of Bidwell Lore! In the previous three installments, we discussed the wives of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Now we move on to his children, beginning with his oldest, Adonijah, Jr. Adonijah Bidwell was married three times and it was with his second wife, Jemima, that he had his four children: Adonijah, Jr. (1761-1837)Barbabas (1763-1833)Jemima...

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Bidwell Lore – Jemima Bidwell’s Wedding Pewter

Welcome to the twelfth week of Bidwell Lore! As we learned in the last two issues of Bidwell Lore, Adonijah Bidwell was married three times and his first two wives died when they were still fairly young. Sadly we know very little about the day-to-day lives of these women, but we were very lucky in 2019 to...

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Bidwell Lore – The Wives of Adonijah Bidwell, Part II

Welcome to the eleventh week of Bidwell Lore! This is the second email in a series about the wives of Adonijah Bidwell.  Last week we introduced you to Theodosia Colton and Jemima Devotion and this week you will meet Ruth Kent.  We have also included the story of Rev. Edward Taylor, known as the Puritan poet and...

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Bidwell Lore – The Wives of Adonijah Bidwell

Welcome to the tenth week of Bidwell Lore! Last week finished the essay by guest writer Bernard Drew titled The Last Skirmish of King Philip’s War, 1676.  We now move back to the Bidwell family and more specifically to the wives of Adonijah Bidwell. He was married three times: his first two wives died tragically young, not...

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The Last Skirmish of King Philip’s War, 1676 – Part II

Welcome to the ninth week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we read Part I of the essay  The Last Skirmish of King Philip’s War, 1676 from guest writer and local Berkshires historian Bernard Drew.  This essay has been adapted by Mr. Drew from a chapter in his book Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts (McFarland, 2012).  At...

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The Last Skirmish of King Philip’s War – 1676

Welcome to the eighth week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we finished our series about Adonijah Bidwell and his experience at the Siege of Louisbourg.  Today we are going to switch gears a bit and go further back in time to learn about King Philip’s War with guest writer and local Berkshires historian Bernard A. Drew.  This...

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Bidwell Lore – Louisbourg Falls

Hello Friends,  Welcome to the seventh week of Bidwell Lore! Last week we saw part of two of the series about Adonijah Bidwell and his experience at the Siege of Louisbourg.  Today is the third and final part of this story, the fall of Louisbourg. Before moving onto the story, we wanted to say a heartfelt thank...