Biography of Anna G. Bidwell (w/o Chester W.)
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Bidwell, Anna G., is the widow of Chester W. Bidwell, who was born in Connecticut, and died at East Carlton in 1882, aged eighty four years. He moved with his parents to Sherburne, Chenango county, at the age of five, and came to Orleans county in 1824, making the distance from Chenango county on horseback. He afterward sold the horse to Winslow Pratt, of Gaines. He and his brother Alfred bought the farm where Mrs. Bidwell now lives, which contained 150 acres, and which they later divided, each taking half. The father of Chester W. Bidwell was Ozias, a native of Connecticut, who died in Srnyrna, N. Y. He married Mary Weatherly, and had thirteen children: Folly, Chester, Betsey, Alfred, Eleazer and Elizur (twins), David, Hannah, Eunice, Seth, Amanda and John (twins), and ,George. Seth, the last survivor, died in Brighton, Mich., in 1893. Chester Bidwell was twice supervisor and twice justice of the peace in Carlton, taking a prominent part in the affairs of his locality. He married at Palmyra Anna G. Barnhart, February 6, 1827, a native of Bloomfield, Ontario county. She was born August 16, 1807, and moved on the farm where she now lives March 5, 1827. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Bidwell had one son, William R., born March 25, 1828, who died April 19, 1852. He married Isabel Allen in 1850. Mrs. Bidwell has in her possession the saddlebags owned by her husband aEd used by him on the journey to Orleans county. The first labor performed by Mr. Bidwell in Orleans county was chopping the wood from twenty acres of land which is now a part of the farm on which the county poorhouse is situated. While performing this labor he boarded at the house of Lucius Street

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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