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Bissell family collection

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Bissell family collection, 1760-1926 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Stephen Powell and Leith Johnson and Benjamin Bradley

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Collection Overview

Title: Bissell family collection, 1760-1926Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Bissell, William (1810-1902)

Other Creators: Bissell, John (1807-1898), Bissell, Samantha J., Bissell, Warren (1836-1913)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 01/01/1949. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Baldwin family, Bissell, Zebulon, 1724-1771, Bissell family, House painting, Litchfield (Conn.), Mineral industries, Smith, Julia Bissell, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States - Social life and customs

Forms of Material: Account books, Business records, Correspondence, Deeds, Drawings, Military records

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of the Bissell and Bissell-Baldwin families, including family members, friends, and business associates. The collection consists of correspondence, business records, account books, and other records.

Isaac Bissell (1682-1744) moved to Litchfield in 1723, where he owned a 60th share, approximately 700 acres. He was the father of ten children, including Benjamin (1717-1747) and Zebulon (1724-1777).

The Bissells were farmers, although there is little material in the Society's manuscript collections that records their agricultural activities. Assorted Bissell family members are parties to documents found in various collections. As a family of property, most of the available documents describe land transactions.

The Bissell Family Collection, received from several sources, brings together documents of many Bissell family members. In bulk, the business papers of William Bissell (1810-1902) and his son Warren (1836-1913) comprise the greater portion. They resided in Milton. William owned the David Welch house from 1860 to 1902. This significant house of 18th century construction is listed in "Historic American Building Survey" (1941) and is the subject of Edward A. Raymond's pamphlet, "History of the David Welch House, 1756-1956."

The activities of William Bissell as a captain in the Civil War, as an industrious house painter, and as a farmer are documented. He served in Company A, 19th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers from Sep. 11, 1861 to July 21, 1863. Subsequent to active duty he recruited in the Litchfield area. The papers include recruitment records with names and bounty accounts and supply and inventory documents for his term of active duty. His activities as a house and furniture painter are detailed in 33 small account books (1825-1890) in which his labor and supply costs for each specific job site are recorded. Another account book provides additional information.

A facet of Warren Bissell's economic interests are revealed in a collection of business letters and documents (1906-1926) pertaining to speculative investments in western mines and land companies. Other business documents include bills and receipts for paint supplies, wall paper, and transportation. Other papers include property deeds.

A small collection of deeds and letters relate to the members of the family of Zebulon Bissell (1724-1771). One subject is a family misunderstanding concerning the lease of a farm in Chanango County, N.Y. to a nephew Harry Smith.

The Bissell-Baldwin Collection of 11 items relates to the family of Julia Bissell Smith who was a great great grandmother of donor George Baldwin. A letter by Julia Smith from Tuscumbria, Ala., June 6, 1836, describes to her mother the thoroughly unfamiliar southern way of life.

The Baldwin descendants Margaret, Dorothy, and George, all donors to the Society, are related to the Bissell and Joseph Adams families. Ella Kezia Adams, who married Charles Baldwin, was the daughter of Charles Adams and the granddaughter of Joseph Adams. See also the Adams Family Collection.

Biographical Note

William Bissell (1810-1902) of Litchfield was a captain in the Civil War, a house painter, and a farmer. He served in Company A, 19th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers from Sep. 11, 1861 to July 21, 1863. Subsequent to active duty he recruited in the Litchfield area.

Subject/Index Terms

Baldwin family
Bissell, Zebulon, 1724-1771
Bissell family
House painting
Litchfield (Conn.)
Mineral industries
Smith, Julia Bissell
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States - Social life and customs

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Henry Swanson gave a trunk containing papers of William Bissell in 1949 (1949-36-0) which comprises the bulk of the collection. Additional smaller gifts came from Mrs. Jerome Bissell in 1942 (1942-03-0), Mrs. Chudleigh Hicks in 1954 (1954-04-0) and 1966 (1966-06-0), Mrs. Philip Plumb in 1955 (1955-34-0), Mrs. Stanley Coe in 1959 (1959-01-0), Mr. and Mrs. James Doyle (1965-24-0), and found in collection (2010-109-0).  An accrual to the collection, 2006-19-0 from Bob Fischer.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Henry Swanson

Acquisition Method: Gift

Separated Materials: Series 1: Items 1,2,3 - John Bissell Military Commissions - are currently stored in aisle 18B Box 2. (Oversize)

Related Materials: Adams family collection, Litchfield Historical Society

Preferred Citation: Bissell family collection (1954-04-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Finding Aid Revision History: Original processing and finding aid creation done by Stephen Powell. 2009 revision by Leith Johnson. 2011 revision by Benjamin Bradley.

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 1: Bissell, Warren Washington: Deeds and Mechanics Lien, 1859, 21 Jun. - 1902, 6 Feb.Add to your cart.
A series of warranty, quit, and mortgage deeds as well as one mechanics lien. The series is compose of a total of four folders.
Folder 1: Warrant and Quit Claim Deeds, 1859, 21 Jun. - 1873, 20 Sept.Add to your cart.
A folder of warranty and quit claim deeds which pertain to Warren Washington Bissell. The deeds range in date from 1859-1873.
Folder 2: Warranty and Quit Claim Deeds, 1874, 13 Jan. - 1902, 15 Feb.Add to your cart.
A folder of warranty and quit claim deeds relating to Warren Washington Bissell.
Folder 3: Mortgage Deeds, 1873, 20 Sept. - 1883, 3 Dec.Add to your cart.
A collection of mortgage deeds relating to Warren Washignton Bissell.
Folder 4: Mortgage Deeds and Mechanic's Lien, 1884, 10 Jan - 1902, 6 Feb.Add to your cart.
A collection of mortgage deeds as well as one mechanics lien relating to Warren Washington Bissell.
Series 2: Bissell, Warren Washington: Bills and Receipts, 1896 - 1926Add to your cart.
A collection of twenty-two folders of bills and receipts which relate to Warren Washington Bissell. The folders which make up this series are organize by year, and then the contents of the folders are then organized alphabetically by name of the company. In several years items from the National Lead Company are placed in a separate folder because the large volume of papers.
Folder 1: Bills and Receipts, 1894, 1896Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell.
Folder 2: Bills and Receipts--National Lead Company, 1896, 9 Mar. - 21 Oct.Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts from the National Lead Company relating to Warren Washington Bissell from exclusively the year 1896.
Folder 3: Bills and Receipts--A through M, 1898Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts pertaining to Warren Washington Bissell. This is the first of three folders and contains items pertaining to companies whose names fall between the letters A and M.
Folder 4: Bills and Receipts--National Lead Company, 1898, 28 Mar - 9 Jul.Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts from the National Lead Company for Warren Washington Bissell. This is the second bill and receipts folder whose contains pertain to the year 1898.
Folder 5: Bills and Receipts: N through V, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Bills and Receipts, 1899Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts, alphabetically organized, related to Warren Washington Bissell from the year 1899.
Folder 7: Bills and Receipts--National Lead Company, 1899, 1 May - 30 Oct.Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts from the National Lead Company for Warren Washington Bissell from the year 1899.
Folder 8: Bills and Receipts, 1903, 18 - 25 Apr.Add to your cart.
This folder contains three receipts from The First National Bank of Litchfield for Warren Washington Bissell.
Folder 9: Bills and Receipts-- A through H, 1904Add to your cart.
A collections of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. All the items are from the year 1904 and have been arranged, by company named, alphabetically. This is the first of three folders of papers from 1904, and contains documents from companies whose companies names fall between the letters A through H.
Folder 10: Bills and Receipts--J through Na, 1904Add to your cart.
A collections of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. All the items are from the year 1904 and have been arranged, by company named, alphabetically. This is the second of three folders from 1904, and contains documents from companies whose companies names fall between the letters J through Na.
Folder 11: Bills and Receipts--Ne through W, 1904Add to your cart.
A collections of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. All the items are from the year 1904 and have been arranged, by company named, alphabetically. This is the third of three folders from 1904, and contains documents from companies whose companies names fall between the letters Ne through W.
Folder 12: Bills and Receipts--A through M, 1906Add to your cart.
A collections of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. All the items are from the year 1906 and have been arranged, by company named, alphabetically. This is the first of three folders from 1906, and contains documents from companies whose companies names fall between the letters A through M.
Folder 13: Bills and Receipts--Na through New J., 1906Add to your cart.
A collections of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. All the items are from the year 1906 and have been arranged, by company named, alphabetically. This is the second of three folders, and contains documents from companies whose companies names fall between the letters Na through New J.
Folder 14: Bills and Receipts--New Y. through S, 1906Add to your cart.
A collections of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. All the items are from the year 1906 and have been arranged, by company named, alphabetically. This is the third of three folders, and contains documents from companies whose companies names fall between the letters New Y. through S.
Folder 15: Bills and Receipts, 1908-1911Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The items are arranged alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.
Folder 16: Bills and Receipts--B through L, 1921Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The items are organized alphabetically and then chronologically. This folder contains items with company names that fall between letters B through L.
Folder 17: Bills and Receipts--M through W, 1921Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The items are organized alphabetically and then chronologically. This folder contains items with company names that fall between letters M through W.
Folder 18: Bills and Receipts, 1922Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The papers are organized alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.
Folder 19: Bills and Receipts, 1923Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The papers are organized alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.
Folder 20: Bills and Receipts, 1924Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The papers are organized alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.
Folder 21: Bills and Receipts, 1925Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The papers are organized alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.
Folder 22: Bills and Receipts, 1926Add to your cart.
A collection of bills and receipts relating to Warren Washington Bissell. The papers are organized alphabetically by company name and then chronologically. This folder only contains two items.
Series 3: Bissell, Wililam Captain: Papers, 1862Add to your cart.
A collection of papers relating to Captain William Bissell particularly dealing with the American Civil War.
Folder 1: Enlistment Documents, 1863-1865Add to your cart.
A collection of enlistment papers belonging to Captain William Bissell. About half the papers are dated.
Item 1: Envelope, n.d.Add to your cart.
An envelope that has been open on one ended. The envelope is addressed to William Bissell and pertains to rations for soldiers at Camp Dutton.
Folder 2: Ration account list, n.d.Add to your cart.
A four page document headed, "Ration account with William Bissells [recruite] and D.C. Killbourne Special [Command]." The document lists names, the date of their enlistment, number of days, price, and ammount.
Item 3: Volunteers for the Litchfield County Regiment, n.d.Add to your cart.
A four page document which contains the names of volunteers of the Litchfield County Regiment (the 19th Volunteers).
Item 4: Note, 1863, 11 Dec.Add to your cart.
A not that mentions legislature that the president is going to sign soon. On the back of the paper there is a physical description of a John J. Smith.
Item 5: Smith, John J. Volunteer Enlistment Form, 1964, 21 Jan.Add to your cart.
Four volunteer enlistment forms, that are all the same, filled out, in the same way, for a John J. Smith. William Bissell is listed as the Recruiting Officer.
Item 6: Blank Volunteer Enlistments, 1865Add to your cart.
Three mostly blank Volunteer Enlistment forms. The forms are all filled out in the same manner and would have been used for people recruited in Bridgeport, CT.
Folder 2: Documents for William Bissell, 1862, 2 August - 1867, 25 JuneAdd to your cart.
Five documents from the Ordnance Office, Treasurey Department, and the State of Connecticut.
Item 1: Return of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 1862, 3 Aug.Add to your cart.
A Document signed by the Captain of Ordnance pertaining to Ordnance and Ordnance stores returned by Company A of the 19th Connecticut Volunteers.
Item 2: Return of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 1863, 27 Nov.Add to your cart.
A document signed by the Captain of Ordnance pertaining to Ordnance and Ordnance stores returned by Company A of the 19th Connecticut Infantry.
Item 3: Return of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 1863, 19 Dec.Add to your cart.
A document signed by the Captain of Ordnance pertaining to the return of Ordnance and Ordnance stores of Company A of the 19th Connecticut Volunteers.
Item 4: Letter from Second Auditor's Office, 1867, 20 MayAdd to your cart.
A letter from E.B. French, auditor, pertaining to Returns of Clothing and Camp and Garrison Equipage to Captain William Bissell.
Item 5: State of Connecticut Document, 1867, 25 Jun.Add to your cart.
A document that describes Wililam Bissell and discusses items especially clothing.
Folder 3: List of Quartermasters Stores, 1862, 29 Aug. - 24 Nov.Add to your cart.
Lists of Quartermaster's stores created by Captain William Bissell of the Connecticut 19th volunteers.
Folder 4: List of Quartermasters Stores, 1862, 24 Nov. - 1863, 18 Jul.Add to your cart.
Lists of Quartermaster's stores created by Captain William Bissell of the Connecticut 19th volunteers.
Folder 5: Quarterly Returns, 1862, 2 Sept. - 31 Mar.Add to your cart.
Documents relating to Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores created by Captain William Bissell of the 19th Connecticut Volunteers.
Folder 6: Quarterly Returns, 1862, 31 Dec. - 1863, 27 Jul.Add to your cart.
Documents relating to Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores created by Captain William Bissell of the 19th Connecticut Volunteers.
Folder 7: Clothing Receipts Rolls, 1863, 1 Jan. -  Jul.Add to your cart.
Clothing Receipts Rolls for Company A of the 19th Connecticut Volunteers created by Captain William Bissell. Due to the size of these documents they are not stored in box two; there is a place holder in the box for them, however.
Folder 8: William Bissell's Resignation Letter, 1863, 8 Jun.Add to your cart.
Captain William Bissell's resignation letter addressed to Lieut. Col. E.S. Kellogg.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous Civil War Documents, 1863Add to your cart.
Seven documents pertaining to Captain William Bissell's involvement in the Civil War. Most of the documents are letters that were enclosed with excerpts of General Orders, but one document is a letter in which Bissell writers on behalf of a corporal for 10 days furlough.
Folder 10: Pension Documents, 1881-1890Add to your cart.
Documents relating to Captain William Bissell receiving a pension. Documents include letters and forms such as an agreement to fees form and a proof of disability form.
Folder 11: Pension Documents, 1890-1897Add to your cart.
Documents relating to Captain William Bissell receiving an increase in pention. Documents include letters and forms such as an agreement to fees form and a proof of disability form.
Folder 12: 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Memorial Reunion and Deduication book & Book and Ribbon, 1896, 21Oct; 1889, 11 Sept.Add to your cart.
The folder contains a program from a Reunion and Dedication of Monument at Arlington National Cemetery from October 21, 1896, and the folder also contained a ribbon from the 23rd reunion of the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery which has been moved to collections; a scanned copy of the ribbon has been placed in the folder.
Folder 13: Account Book and CT. Department of Labor Letter, 1850; 1873, Nov.Add to your cart.
A small account book created by Captain William Bissell, and a letter about the establishment of the Connecticut Department of Labor.

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