Richard Bushnell
(1623-1659)

Richard Bushnell is the seventh great grandfather of Rachel Wilcox Liberacki.

Parents

Francis Bushnell
Ferris Quenell

Spouse

Mary Marvin

Children

Joseph Bushnell
Richard Bushnell
Mary Bushnell
Mercy Bushnell


Richard Bushnell was born around 1620 in Horsham, Sussex, England.1 By about 1744, he was living in Saybrook, Connecticut. I cannot determine a year of immigration.

On 11 October 1648, Richard married Mary Marvin in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1755 and 1756, he is listed as having owned property in Norwalk, but he does not appear to have lived there.

According to Mary Bushnell Cheney, Richard was alive on 23 March 1658/1659 but died shortly after that date.

Mamie Doud Eisenhower, wife of the 34th President of the United States, was one of Richard's descendants.

1Sources provide 1919, 1920, and 1923 as birth dates.

Documents

Library

Cheney, Mary Bushnell. Life and Letters of Horace Bushnell with Portraits and Illustrations. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903.

Hart, Craig. A Genealogy of the Wives of the American Presidents and Their First Two Generations of Descent. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004.

Hinman, Royal Ralph. Catalogue of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of the Connecticut. Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, 1852.

Perkins, Mary E. Old Houses of the Ancient Town of Norwich, 1660-1800 With Maps, Illustrations, Portraits, and Genealogies. Norwich, CT: Press of the Bulletin Company, 1895.

Stedman, Jown W. The Norwich Jubilee: A Report of the Celebration at Norwich, Connecticut, on the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of the Town, September 7th and 8th, 1859. With an Appendix Containing Historical Documents of Local Interest. Norwich: John W. Stedman, 1859.

Talcott, S.V. Genealogical Notes of New York and New England Families. Vol. 2. Albany, NY: np, 1883. Rpt by Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2004.


Cocoa arrived in Paris the same year that Richard Bushnell died. A product from the Americas, cocoa was introduced by Spanish Infanta Maria Theresa when she married Louis XIV.