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Bidwell Lore – The Meeting House Continued

Last week, we learned how Township No. 1’s Meeting House was finally constructed so it could be used by Rev. Adonijah Bidwell for weekly services and for town business. This week, we’ll see if we can figure out what the building may have looked like, and some of the formative events that were discussed and...

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Bidwell Lore – The Meeting House

Welcome to week 64 of Bidwell Lore. This week we share more information about the completion of the first Meeting House in Township #1. As we have learned over the past few weeks, it took more than thirteen years to build the first Meeting House in Township No. 1. But, finally, in October 1750, the Meeting House and...

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Bidwell Lore – A New Minister for Township #1

Welcome to week 63 of Bidwell Lore. This week we talk about the selection of Adonijah Bidwell as the new minister of Township #1 We learned in the last article that it took 13 years of struggles and effort—from 1737 to 1750—to make real progress toward completing the first meeting house in Township No. 1.  This was due...

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Bidwell Lore – Ultracrepidarianism, Slavery, and The Age of Enlightenment, Part I

Welcome to week 26 of Bidwell Lore! This week we begin a new three-part series, still in the world of Barnabas and Mary, titledUltracrepidarianism, Slavery, and The Age of Enlightenment. Thank you Rick Wilcox for all of your work writing these articles! Ultracrepidarianism: the habit of giving opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge. In my role...

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Bidwell Lore – Introducing Barnabas Bidwell

Welcome to week 18 of Bidwell Lore! Last week we introduced you to Reverend Bidwell’s oldest daughter, Jemima, with a wonderful guest post by Bidwell descendant Russ Taylor.  This week we turn to the last and most well known of Reverend Bidwell’s children, his son Barnabas. He had a fascinating and at times dramatic life and so we...

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Bidwell Lore – Jemima Bidwell Partridge

Welcome to week 17 of Bidwell Lore! Last week, we introduced you to Reverend Bidwell’s youngest daughter, Theodosia, with a wonderful guest post by Bidwell descendant Wilma Spice.  This week we will introduce you to Reverend Bidwell’s oldest daughter, Jemima, with a guest post from Russ Taylor, one of our 2018 History Talk speakers and a Bidwell descendant. ...

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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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