BIDWELLS of Devon
BIDWELLS of Devon

Charles Moorhouse Bidwell [11143 - 70 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T6H 2G9, Canada] compiled this genealogy from his research and would appreciate having any errors corrected and gaps in dates, etc. (shaded in gray) filled. Thanks.

NOTE: there are three associated files for major branches:
Thomas Burridge BIDWELL's branch, with some descendants in England and some in Ontario, Canada,
George Chamberlain BIDWELL's branch, with descendants coming to Ontario, Canada, and
John (1831) BIDWELL's branch, whose descendants remain in England.

Suggestion for Searching: Use your browser's "Edit" menu to "Find" a SURNAME [they must be in ALL UPPER CASE] or a place name in each of the files.



Our family seems to originate in Thorverton in the county of Devon, England. The earliest mention we have found is the "In the 1530s Richard Quicke married Elizabeth Bidwell. Her father, Thomas, had been given monastery land in Newton St. Cyres by Henry VIII after he fell out with the Catholic Church over his marriage to Anne Boleyn." [http://www.quickes.co.uk/]

There are many Bidwells in the USA, but we have not made a connection yet, so they may all descend from the Bidwells of Norfolk.
Our Researcher in Ontario is Lynda Joyce Rutledge BIDWELL; Email her with questions.

Distantly related (?) BIDWILL folks in New Zealand are listed here as a result of my sleuthing in Wellington.


Richard BIDWELL (da mon year about 1680? - da mon year) ... wed - 28 Oct 1714, St Mary Major, Exeter ... Joyce WILLS (da mon year - 26 May 1742)
4 | children
Joyce BIDWELL (10 May 1717, c 14 Jun 1717 at Newton St Cyres - da mon year)
Richard BIDWELL (23 Nov 1721, c 14 Dec 1721 at Newton St Cyres - da mon year)
Hugh BIDWELL (19 Jun 1724, c 2 Jul 1724 at Newton St Cyres - 25 Aug 1796 [72] at Thorverton)
Thomazin BIDWELL (15 Mar 1730, c 1 Apr 1730 at Newton St Cyres - 20 Dec 1731)

Richard BIDWELL (23 Nov 1721 - da mon year) ... wed - 29 Aug 1747 at Newton St.Cyres ... Mary COLLINS (da mon year - da mon year)
4 | children
Richard BIDWELL (07 Dec 1749, c 27 Dec 1749 at Newton St Cyres - da mon year)
George BIDWELL (08 Oct 1753, c 24 Oct 1753 at Newton St Cyres - da mon year)
Anne BIDWELL (20 Aug 1757, c 13 Oct 1757 at Newton St Cyres - da mon year) - wed Robert WILLS
Thomas BIDWELL (21 Mar 1759, c 28 Mar 1759 at Newton St Cyres - da mon year)
This is a dead end, in my research.

Hugh BIDWELL (19 Jun 1724 - 25 Aug 1796 at Thorverton) ... wed - 20 Feb 1749 at Thorverton ... Ruth FLOOD (da mon year - da mon 1797)
10+ | children
Hugh BIDWELL (da mon 1750, c 16 Dec 1750 at Thorverton - da mon year)
Ruth BIDWELL (da mon year, c 14 Jan 1752 - da mon year)
Mary BIDWELL (da mon year, c 06 Apr 1755 - da mon year)
William BIDWELL (da mon year, c 07 Jun 1757 at Thorverton - da mon year)
Sarah BIDWELL (da mon year, c 27 Apr 1760 at Thorverton - da mon year)
Thomas BIDWELL (da mon year, c 20 Jun 1762 at Thorverton - da mon year)
John BIDWELL (05 Oct 1770, c 30 Oct 1770 at Thorverton - bur 12 Jul year, died before 1773)
John BIDWELL (da mon year, c 05 Apr 1773 at Thorverton - da mon year)
Rebecca BIDWELL (da mon year, c 08 May 1775 - 30 May 1775 in Thorverton)
-- 3 others (?) in these 12 years
Abraham BIDWELL (da mon year, c 07 Oct 1787 - da mon year)

Hugh BIDWELL (da mon 1750 - da mon year) ... wed - 29 Oct 1769 ... Anstice NINER (da mon year - bur 26 May 1815)
3 | children
William BIDWELL (da May 1773 - bur 07 Jun 1775 at Thorverton)
Anstice BIDWELL (da May 1773 - bur 21 Jun 1774 at Thorverton)
William BIDWELL (14 Jan 1784 - da mon year)
This is a dead end, in my research.

Sarah BIDWELL (da mon 1760 - da mon year) ... wed - 11 Apr 1784 at Thorverton ... Thomas BURRIDGE (da mon year - bur 10 Nov 1822)
7 | children
Sarah Bidwell BURRIDGE (bap 30 Sep 1784 - bur 13 Jul 1800 at Thorverton)
Ruth BURRIDGE (bap 8 Jan 1786 - da mon year)
Thomas BURRIDGE (bap 14 Mar 1790 - da mon year)
William BURRIDGE (bap 25 Sec 1793 - da mon year)
Rachel BURRIDGE (bap 10 Jan 1796 - da mon year)
Rachel BURRIDGE (bap 19 Mar 1798 - bur 06 May 1804 at Thorverton)
Sarah BURRIDGE (bap 21 Mar 1802 - da mon year)
Burridge Family is researched by Jean Agnew.

John BIDWELL (da mon 1773 - da mon year) ... wed - 20 Oct 1790 at Thorverton ... Lydia (Lyddy) GOULSWORTHY of Gittisham (da mon year - da mon year)
12+ | children
Lydia BIDWELL (15 Oct 1791- da mon year)
      ... wed - 28 Aug 1816 at Seaton & Beer ... Thomas John BURRIDGE (da mon year - da mon year) - 6 children
John BIDWELL (12 Dec 1793, c 25 Dec 1793 at Thorverton - 09 Jan 1877 [83] at Clifton)
Hannah BIDWELL (16 Sep 1797 - da mon year)
      ... wed - 25 May 1818 in Exeter ... John LAVERCOMBE (da mon year - da mon year) - no known issue
Nicodemus BIDWELL (da mon 1799/1800?, c 22 Mar 1800 - 19 Dec 1876 [76] in Thorverton)
David BIDWELL (da mon year, c 29 Jan 1802 - 17 Mar 1802 at Thorverton)
Elizabeth BIDWELL (26 Feb 1803, c 28 Feb 1803 - da mon 1803 at Thorverton)
Thomas BIDWELL (26 Jan 1806 - da mon year)
      ... wed - da mon year ... Mary ______ of Brushford (da mon year - da mon year) - no issue
Elizabeth BIDWELL (da mon 1808 - da mon year)
      ... wed - 31 Mar 1823 at Thorverton ... Samuel BYNE of Thorverton (da mon year - da mon year) - no issue
Harriot BIDWELL (20 Apr 1808, c 08 May 1808 - da mon year)
      spinster school mistress at 57 in 1861 census of Holy Trinity
Jane BIDWELL (da mon year, c 17 May 1813 at Thorverton - da mon year)
David BIDWELL (da mon year - da mon year) butcher
Abraham BIDWELL (da mon year - da mon year) fishmonger rumoured to have had 10 children
2 other children?

John BIDWELL (12 Dec 1793 - 09 Jan 1877)
... wed - Lady BARNHAM in Exeter (believed to have died at 57 of brain tumour) - no known issue
... wed - 01 Aug 1848 at Bristol ... Elizabeth BURRIDGE (da mon year - 23 Mar 1851)
3 | children
Ann BIDWELL (da mon 1838 at Bristol - da mon year) [1861 census]
John (Jack) Joseph Burridge BIDWELL (15 May 1840, c 23 Aug 1840 at Temple, Bristol - da mon 1890 [50] bur in Cirencester)
Harriett Emma BIDWELL (da mon 1845, c 14 Sep 1845 at Bristol - 01 Jun 1928 at 82)
      wed - da mon 1866 in Bristol ... ______ WHITE (da mon year - da mon year), lived in Birmingham,
      had 3 children: Edith (married COCKINGS); son (died age 10); dau.
... wed - 11 Oct 1857 at Bristol ... Ann SALMON (da mon 1838 - da mon year)
4 | children
Rosina (Rose) BIDWELL (27 Feb 1858, c 04 Apr 1858 at Bristol [London Reg birth in Vol 6a (AMJ) pg 15] - da mon 1930+)
      wed - da mon 1876 at Bristol - ______ TANNER (da mon year - da mon year) - no issue
Charles BIDWELL (21 Feb 1860, c 16 Oct 1867 at Bristol [London Reg birth in Vol 6a (AMJ) pg 23?] - 18 Feb 1899 [39 of apoplexy])
Abraham BIDWELL (02 Aug 1864, c 16 Oct 1867 - 16 Nov 1948 [84])
Eliza Ann BIDWELL (24 Jun 1866 - da mon 1869 [age 2; disease?])

Nicodemus BIDWELL (da mon 1799/1800 - 19 Dec 1876) ... wed - 13 Jul 1823 at Thorverton ... Amelia (Melly) CHAMBERLAIN (06 May 1798 - 16 Jul 1858 [60])
9 | children
Thomas Burridge BIDWELL (25 Jan 1824 - 24 Jul 1906 - bur Thorverton)
Elizabeth BIDWELL (23 Oct 1825 - da mon 1915 [90])
      wed - da mon year - Jesse BEARD (da Sep 1824 - 19 Jun 1896 [72]) - no issue
George Chamberlain BIDWELL (da mon year, c 18 Mar 1827 - da mon year)
Mary BIDWELL (08 Feb 1829 - da mon year) ... wed - da mon year at Bristol? ... (H. Alfred?) MITCHELL (da mon year - da mon year)
      3 children: Alfred MITCHELL (da mon year - da mon year); Harry MITCHELL (da mon year - da mon year); Louis MITCHELL (da mon year - da mon year)
John BIDWELL (16 Jan 1831 - da mon year)
Richard BIDWELL (20 Apr 1834 - da mon year) - lost? [living at home in 1851 census]
Harriot BIDWELL (28 Aug 1836 - buried 18 Sep 1842) - age 6; disease?
Jane BIDWELL c 30 Dec 1838 - buried 25 Sep 1842 (age 3; disease?)
David BIDWELL c 12 Jul 1840 - buried 09 Oct 1842 (age 2; disease?)
... wed - 09 Jun 1860 at Tiverton ... Frances (DENSHAM) HARRIS (da mon 1804 - 02 Nov 1897 [93]) - no issue

David BIDWELL (da mon year - da mon year) ... wed - da mon year ... Mary LAWRENCE (da mon year - da mon year) a weaver
2 | children
Frances BIDWELL (da mon 1840 at Bristol - da mon year)
Issac Lawrence BIDWELL (25 Aug 1843 at Slees Court, Redcliff, Bristol - da mon 1918 [68] at Stow, Suffolk)

John (Jack) Joseph Burridge BIDWELL (15 May 1840 - da mon 1890 ... wed - 15 Jul 1866 at St Peter's church, Regents Square ... Mary Anne BALDWIN (23 Mar 1848 - da mon year)
2 | children:

John BIDWELL (14 Sep 1867 - 30 Aug 1937)
Edmund BIDWELL (29 Feb 1872 - da mon 1040)

Charles BIDWELL (21 Feb 1860 - 18 Feb 1899) ... wed - 10 Mar 1879 at St Philip's church, Bristol ... Susan FOWLER (28 May 1860 - da mon 1943)
12 | children (in 20 years!)

Abraham BIDWELL ( 21 Mar 1879 - da mon year) ... wed - 12 Mar 1900 at St.Phillips ... Elizabeth HAMMERS
Charles BIDWELL (24 Sep1880 - 10 Jun1946) ... wed 10 Dec 1901 at St.Phillips ... Celia Matilda CLEMENTS
Edward BIDWELL (12 Mar1882 - 21 Oct 1954) ... wed 21 Jul 1900 Bristol ... Elizabeth Ann ALEXANDER
Ann (Annie) BIDWELL (5 Apr 1886 - 6 Nov 1941) ... wed ... Frederick JOLLIFE
Henry BIDWELL (23 Nov 1887 - da mon year)
more details at this site.

Abraham BIDWELL (02 Aug 1864 - 16 Nov 1948) ... wed - 24 Jun 1893 at Bedminster ... Hannah Elizabeth RICHARDS (27 Dec 1870 - 29 Jan 1951)
10 viable | children: [there were first 3 children who were still-born or died at birth - never named and not counted here]

Rhoda BIDWELL died at 2yrs 8 months from falling off riverbank in Bristol
Rose BIDWELL (18 Feb 1898 at Bristol - da mon 1979) ... wed - (date, in Bristol) ... John MAGGS
3 children: Gladys, Dorothy, and Donald

John (Jack) BIDWELL (da mon 1899 at Bristol - da mon 1978) ... wed - (date, Ireland) ... Madge _____
Charles BIDWELL (31 Jan or? 13 Feb 1901 at Bristol - da Aug 1986) ... wed - (date, place) ... Muriel Ellen BROWN
Albert BIDWELL (da mon 1905 at Bristol - da mon 1942) ... wed - (date, place) ... Violet STORKEY
George BIDWELL (da mon 1906 at Bristol - da mon 1950) ... wed - (date, place) ... Elizabeth TRIPP-EDWARDS
Ann BIDWELL (da mon 1907 at Bristol - da mon 1994) ... wed - (date, place) ... William Henry BARRETT (da mon 1905 - da mon year)
4 children: Violet, Barbara, Jacqueline, and Elizabeth

Jessie BIDWELL (11 Feb 1910 at Bristol - da mon year) ... wed - (date, place) ... Lucy EBLETT
Lily BIDWELL (da mon 1912 at Bristol - da mon year) ... wed - (date, place) ... Joseph Thomas TRIPP-EDWARDS
3 children: Pearl, Mervin, and Keith

Violet BIDWELL (08 Aug 1914 at Bristol - da mon 1966) ... wed - (date, place) ... Royston FIELDER
3 children: Peter, Dennis, and Paul

John (Jack) BIDWELL (da mon 1899 at Bristol - da mon 1978) ... wed - (date, Ireland) ... Madge _____
5 | children:

Jack BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Marge BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Kathleen BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Patricia BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Anthony (Tony) BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)

Charles BIDWELL (31 Jan or? 13 Feb 1901 at Bristol - da Aug 1986 at Chichester, West Sussex) ... wed - (date, place) ... Muriel Ellen BROWN (da mon year - da Dec 1989 at Chichester, West Sussex)
2 | children:

Charles Seymour BIDWELL (03 Mar 1926 at Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire - da mon year)
Dianne Margaret BIDWELL (30 Jan 1929 at Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire - 31 Jan 1942) killed in a war-time blitz, buried in All Saints church yard, West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

George BIDWELL (da mon 1906 at Bristol - da mon 1950) ... wed - (date, place) ... Elizabeth TRIPP-EDWARDS
6 | children:

Rita BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year) died age 2 yrs, 8 mos
Colin George BIDWELL (25 Oct year at _______ - da mon year)
Brenda BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Roger BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Bernard BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Trevor BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)

Jessie BIDWELL (11 Feb 1910 at Bristol - da mon year) ... wed - (date, place) ... Lucy EBLETT
3 | children:

Kay BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Jeffery BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)
Brian BIDWELL (da mon year at _______ - da mon year)

Colin George BIDWELL (25 Oct year at Bristol - da mon year) ... wed - (date, place) ... Shirly Ann BOWREY
3 | children:

Kevin David BIDWELL (2 Sep 1959) at Bristol - da mon year)
Anita Jane BIDWELL (3 Oct 1960) at Bristol - da mon year)
Michael Colin BIDWELL (1 Jan 1963) at Bristol - da mon year)

Charles Seymour BIDWELL (03 Mar 1926 - da mon year) ... wed 15 Sep 1949 at St. John's church, Pembroke Parish, Bermuda ... Ann Margaret WHITE (04 Sep 1927, Plymouth - da mon year)
3 | children:

Dianne Margaret BIDWELL(01 Oct 1951 - da mon year)
David Theodore Steven BIDWELL (31 Jan 1953 - da mon year)
Robert Charles BIDWELL (12 Mar 1956 - da Jul 1980, asthma attack) buried in Bermuda

David BIDWELL (da mon 1858 - da mon year) - butcher ... wed - da mon year ... Mary LAWRENCE (da mon 1858 - da mon year) - weaver
2 | children
Frances BIDWELL (da mon 1840 at Bristol - da mon year)
Issac Lawrence BIDWELL (25 Aug 1843 at Slees Court, Redcliff, Bristol - da mon 1918 [68] at Stow, Suffolk)
This is all I have discovered by Dec 1999.

This site was created by and is maintained by Charles Moorhouse Bidwell.