Biography of Aaron M. Bissell of Bergan, NY

Aaron M. Bissell, the third son of Aaron and Lucinda Bissell, of Hebron, Conn., was born in Bergen, August 10, 1818, He followed farming, carrying on 265 acres of land which he owned, and was a breeder of fine horses and sheep. On April 29, 1845, he married Avis Mitchell, of this town, and died August 24, 1862, leaving, besides his wife, six children, namely: James A., born January 27, 1846; Emily L. (Mrs. John R. Emerson), born October 24, 1847; Franc A. (Mrs. Andrew Gifford), born July 26, 1849; Frederick M., born July 29, 1851; William A., born August 24, 1857; and George A., born September 9, 1859. Frederick M. Bissell, the fourth son of Aaron M., was born in this town and remained on the farm till of age, when he engaged in the occupation of house painting, which he has followed since. He married, April 24, 1872, a daughter of Maiden and Rhoda C. Gifford, of Bergen. They had five children, as follows: George R., born August 6, 1873; Carrie A., born August 16, 1875; Clarence G., born January 3, 1880; Earl C., born February 19, 1881; and Bert L., born September 15, 1883. Mr; Bissell is a professor of music, having led the Bergen cornet band for years, and has given instructions upon the violin and cornet, of which he is master. He is also leader of Bissell's orchestra. William A. Bissell, the fifth child of Aaron M. and Avis Bissell, was born here August 24, 1857. He, with George A., his brother, owns 218 acres of land one mile north of Bergen village. They are partners not only in farming, but in the produce and coal business, with warerooms at the West Shore freight house. William A. was married, November 30, 1880, to Nellie, daughter ofAlexander and Lois Miller, of Caledonia, N. Y., and they have one daughter, Jennie, born September 15, 1885. One remarkable fact worthy of mention is that 208 acres of the 218 belonging to these brothers was the original homestead taken up by Aaron Bissell ih 1807. James A. Bissell, the eldest child of Aaron M., born January 27, 1846, was married, January 8, 1880, to Loretta E., daughter of George and Catherine Wrightmeyer, of Baraboo, Wis. They have one child, Avis M., born July 8, 1883. Mr. Bissell is a farmer, owning a valuable farm of 42 acres just east of the corporation line, and makes a specialty of furnishing fresh milk to the residents, of the village.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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