Biography of Alvin Bidwell
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

D-Descriptive guide of the battlefield of Saratoga

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Bidwell, Alvin, was born in the town of Pinkney, Jefferson county, September 27, 1820, a son of Reuben and Sarah (Hart) Bidwell, Sarah daughter of Jeremiah Hart Reuben was a son of David Bidweli, who came from Holland and settled in the southern part of the town of Stiliwater. He was very patriotic during the war and was very nearly taken prisoner by the Tories who tried to enter his house, but with the aid of his dog and his gun he defended his house against them. He was also a very public spirited man and an active worker in the Presbyterian church of the town of Malta. Alvin Bidwell was educated in the common schools of the town of Stillwater, and Jones Academy. He lived with his father, assisting on the farm until he was twenty-two years of age, when he leased the farm of his father and-started in life for himself. Six years later he purchased the farm from his father and has followed farming up to the present time. In early life he was active in town and county affairs and all public spirited enterprises. He married Helen, daughter of David Flagler, and they had two children: Harriet Aurelia (deceased) and Belle, wife of W. H. Allen of Mechanicville. Mrs. Bid well died and for his second wife he married Ruth S. Garrison, a daughter of Henry Ferris.


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