Biography of Levi Bissell of Le Roy, NY

Levi Bissell was born in Hebron, Tolland County, Conn., April 12, 1819, and was a son of Ira and Aseneth (Mann) Bissell, natives of Hebron, Conn. Ira Bissell, son of Levi, was a leading and prominent farmer of Connecticut. He served in the State Senate, as did also his son and grandson, and in the Assembly. He reared two sons and two daughters. Levi Bissell, the subject of this sketch, came to Bergen, where he purchased 167 acres of land which his widow now owns. In May, i868, he moved to Le Roy, where he resided until his death. He married Bellona A. Anderson, daughter of Seneca and Lucy (Webb) Anderson, who were born respectively July 17, 1798, and February 12, 1804, in Massachusetts. Seneca Anderson came with his parents to Middlebury, Wyoming County, N. Y., in 1805. About 1807 or '08 he came to Le Roy and settled about one mile southwest of the village. He reared eight children, viz.: Bellona A., who was named after the village before it became Le Roy; Col. David, of Van Buren County, Mich.; Harmony Whelan, of Rochester; Lucy Whelan, of Brockport; Orphana Wilbur, of Oklahoma Territory; Holton D., of Belle Plaine, Kan.; Galusha, of Granville, O.; and Dell H. Whelan, of Hillsdale, Mich. Seneca Anderson died March 27, 1882. He was a son of David, who came from Westchester, Mass., and who was a farmer, a deacon of the Presbyterian Church for 25 years, one of the organizers of the Presbyterian Church at Le Roy, served as justice of his town, and married Sarah Ewell, who bore him three sons and six daughters. David Anderson was a son of Jonathan, of Ingham. Mass., who came from Edinburgh, Scotland. Levi Bissell and his wife had one daughter, who died at the age of 22. They have an adopted daughter, Bell Bissell.

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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