Bidwells 1500s  Bidwells 1600s

First name(s) Hugh

Last name Bidwell Junior

Marriage date  4 Jul 1720

Place  Exeter

Spouse's first name(s) Hannah

Spouse's last name Peirce

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Ursula Bidwell

Baptism Date: 7 Sep 1726

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Hugh Bidwell 

Mother: Hannah

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Mary Bidwell

Baptism Date: 17 Mar 1734

Baptism Place:  Exeter, Bow Meeting

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Francis Bidwell 

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Jane Bidwell

Baptism Date:  12 May 1700

Baptism Place:  Exeter 

Death date    27 Jul 1701

Father: Robert Bidwell 

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Agness Bidwell

Burial Date: 5 Nov 1700

Burial Place: Exeter, St David

Source: findmypast.co.uk

First name(s) Mary

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date 30 Sep 1702

Place  Exeter

Spouse's first name(s) William

Spouse's last name Vicary

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: John Bidwell

Baptism Date:  13 Oct 1702Baptism Place:  Exeter 

Father: Robert Bidwell 

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Susannah daughter of Francis Bidwell

Burial Date: 25 Dec 1703

Burial Place: Exeter, St George

Source: findmypast.co.uk

First name(s) Abra.

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date 20 Nov 1705

Place  Exeter, St Mary Major

Spouse's first name(s) Susannah

Spouse's last name Adee

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Name: Andrew Bidwell

Baptism Date: 29 Aug 1706

Baptism Place: Exeter, St Mary Major

Father: Abraham Bidwell 

Mother: Susannah

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First name(s) Agness

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date      18 Aug 1707

Place  Exeter, St David’s

Spouse's first name(s) John

Spouse's last name Snell

Source: findmypast.co.uk

First name(s) Hugh

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  6 Jul 1708

Place  Exeter

Spouse's first name(s) Ursula

Spouse's last name Head

Source: findmypast.co.uk

First name(s) Hugh

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  10 May 1709

Place  Exeter Cathedral

Spouse's first name(s) Mary

Spouse's last name Rice

Source: findmypast.co.uk

First name(s) Robert

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  25 Apr 1709

Place  Exeter 

Spouse's first name(s) Margaret

Spouse's last name Salter

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First name(s) Richard

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  25 May 1714

Place  Exeter, St Pancras

Spouse's first name(s) Elizabeth

Spouse's last name Gilford

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First name(s) Richard

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  28 Oct 1714

Place  Exeter, St Mary Major

Spouse's first name(s) Joyce

Spouse's last name Wills

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Name: Abraham Bidwell

Burial Date: 23 May 1716

Burial Place: Exeter Holy Trinity

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First name(s) Mrs Elizabeth

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  14 Jul 1720

Place  Exeter St Mary Steps

Spouse's first name(s) Henry

Spouse's last name White

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First name(s) Ann

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date      9 Aug 1720

Place  Exeter, St David’s

Spouse's first name(s) Joseph

Spouse's last name Powell

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Name: Hugh Bidwell

Baptism Date: 23 Nov 1721

Baptised by James Peirce

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Hugh Bidwell 

Mother: Hannah

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Name: Hannah Bidwell

Baptism Date: 5 Aug 1723

Baptised by James Peirce

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Hugh Bidwell 

Mother: Hannah

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Deborah Bidwell

Baptism Date: 18 Oct 1727

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Hugh Bidwell 

Mother: Hannah

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Elizabeth Peirce Bidwell

Baptism Date: 28 Dec 1729

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Hugh Bidwell 

Mother: Hannah

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First name(s) Francis

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  16 Sep 1730

Place  Exeter

Spouse's first name(s) Mary

Spouse's last name Clapp

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Name: Susanna Bidwell

Baptism Date: 22 Oct 1732

Baptism Place:  Exeter, Bow Meeting

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Francis Bidwell 

Source: findmypast.co.uk

First name(s) Robert

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  21 Jan 1733

Place  Exeter 

Spouse's first name(s) Mary

Spouse's last name Arundle

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First name(s) John

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  30 Jun 1734

Place  Exeter

Spouse's first name(s) Jane

Spouse's last name Mutton

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Name: Robert Bidwell

Baptism Date: 10 Apr 1737

Baptism Place: Exeter, Holy Trinity

Father: John Bidwell

Mother: Jane

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Name: Ann Bidwell

Baptism Date: 23 Oct 1737

Baptism Place: Exeter

Father: Robert Bidwell

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Name: Charles Bidwell

Baptism Date: 29 May 1739

Baptism Place:  Exeter, Holy Trinity

Father: John 

Mother: Jane

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Robert Bidwell

Baptism Date: 24 Jun 1739

Baptism Place:  Exeter, Holy Trinity

Father: Robert

Mother: Ann

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Samuel Bidwell

Baptism Date: 1 Nov 1708

Baptism Place: Exeter

Burial date: 17 Jul 1709

Father: Abraham Bidwell 

Mother: Susan

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Name: Francis Bidwell

Birth date 25 Feb 1703

Baptism Date: 19 Mar 1703

Baptism Place:  Exeter Bow Meeting

Denomination: Presbyterian

Father: Francis Bidwell 

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Hugh Bidwell

Burial Date: 19 Jan 1720

Burial Place: Exeter, St Mary Steps

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Marriage of 6th great-grandparents Hugh Bidwell and Hannah Peirce

Birth of 5th great-grandmother Elizabeth Peirce Bidwell

Bidwells 1700s

12 May 1700

Jane Bidwell (daughter of Robert Bidwell) baptised (left)

27 Jul 1701

Jane Bidwell buried

5 Nov 1700

Agness Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St David (left)

Mar 1702

Mary Bidwell (daughter of Francis Bidwell) born (recorded Exeter, St George) (right)

23 April 1702

Anne (pictured right) crowned Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland

30 Sep 1702

Mary Bidwell of Newton St Cires and William Vicary of Broadclist, married (left)

13 Oct 1702

John Bidwell (son of Robert Bidwell) baptised (left)

25 Dec 1703

Susannah daughter of Francis Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St George (left)

16 Apr 1703

Mary daughter of Francis Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St George (right)

24 Jun 1705

Thomas Bidwell (son of Thomas Bidwell) baptised Exeter (right)

The above is probably mistranscribed, see below:

24 Jun 1705

Thomas Bidwell (son of Francis Bidwell) baptised (right)

20 Nov 1705

Abra. Bidwell and Susannah Adee (both of this parish) married at Exeter, St Mary Major (left)

 29 Aug 1706

Andrew Bidwell (son of Abraham and Susannah Bidwell) baptised at Exeter, St Mary Major (left)

5 Feb 1707

Thomas son of Francis Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St George (right)

 18 Aug 1707

Agness Bidwell and John Snell married at Exeter, St David’s (left)

18 Dec 1707

Wm Bidwell (son of Robert Bidwell) baptised  Exeter, St David (right)

6 Jul 1708

Hugh Bidwell and Ursula Head married at Exeter (left)

21 May 1708

Eliz. wife of Robert Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St David (right)

1 Nov 1708

Samuel Bidwell (son of Abraham and Susan Bidwell) baptised at Exeter (left)

17 Jul 1709

Samuel Bidwell buried

10 May 1709

Hugh Bidwell tallow chandler and Mary Rice married at Exeter, Cathedral (left)

25 Apr 1709

Robert Bidwell and Margaret Salter married at Exeter (left)

     25 Nov 1710

 Letter from Hugh Bidwell to Thomas Guy

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Letter from Hugh Bidwell to Thomas Guy asking him to give an Exchequer Order for an annuity of £12 per annum to John Hamley 

Source: National Archives

1711

Probate: Elizabeth Bidwell of Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk Devon Wills

1712

Ursula, sister of Hugh Bidwell Jr marries John Parr - who later became dissenting preacher in Okehampton (below)

Despite their marriage within the Established Church, both Hannah and Hugh appear to have maintained a strong presence in the Dissenting community in the following years. In fact, the Bidwell family seems to have been closely associated with the non-subscription movement in Devon. In 1712, Ursula Bidwell (the elder sister of Hugh Jr.) had married John Parr (1691-1779?), later a Dissenting minister of Okehampton.

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Source: The Language of Dissent: The Defense of Eighteenth-Century English Dissent in the Works and Sermons of James Peirce

Bracy V. Hill II, Ph.D.

1712

Hugh Bidwell late of Exeter, Fuller is reported bankrupt (below)

London newspapers chronicled the financial difficulties and bankruptcy of “Hugh Bidwell, late of the City of Exon, Fuller” in 1712. As burial records for Hugh Bidwell, Sr. were not discovered, the identification of the “Hugh” as the aging patriarch or the son in his early twenties is admittedly difficult.

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Source: The Language of Dissent: The Defense of Eighteenth-Century English Dissent in the Works and Sermons of James Peirce

Bracy V. Hill II, Ph.D.

1712

Francis Bidwell is Master Sergemaker, Exeter

First name(s)    Francis

Last name    Bidwell

Role    Master

Indenture or registration year    1712

Indenture year    1712

Premium    £17 .10s 0d

Place    Exeter

County    Devon

Apprentice's first name(s)    John

Apprentice's last name    Case

Apprentice's place    Crewkerne

Apprentice's county    Somerset

Apprentice's parent's first name(s)    John

Apprentice's parent deceased    Yes

Master's first name(s)    Francis

Master's last name    Bidwell

Master's occupation    Sergemaker

Master's place    Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk

1713

George son of Hugh Bidwell is apprenticed to Master Goldsmith, Exeter

First name(s)    George

Last name    Bidwell

Role    Apprentice

Indenture or registration year    1713

Indenture year    1713

Premium    £30. 0s 0d

Place    Exeter

County    Devon

Apprentice's first name(s)    George

Apprentice's last name    Bidwell

Apprentice's place    Exeter

Apprentice's county    Devon

Apprentice's parent's first name(s)    Hugh

Apprentice's parent's occupation    Fuller

Master's first name(s)    John

Master's last name    Brimley

Master's occupation    Goldsmith

Master's place    Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk

13 Jul 1713

Susanna wife of Mr Francis Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St George (right)

1714

Francis Bidwell of Exeter defendant

     

Short title: Hull v Mawry.

Document type: Bill and two answers.

Plaintiffs: William Hull, gent of Exeter, Devon.

Defendants: William Mawry, Elizabeth Winter and Francis Bidwell.

Source: National Archives

25 May 1714

Richard Bidwell and Elizabeth Gilford both of Newton St Syres married at Exeter, St Pancras (left)

20 Oct 1714

George I (pictured right) crowned King of Great Britain and Ireland

28 Oct 1714

Richard Bidwell and Joyce Wills married at Exeter, St Mary Major (left)

23 May 1716

Abraham Bidwell (of this parish) is buried at Exeter, Holy Trinity (left)

1717

Probate: Samuel Bidwell of Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk Devon Wills

Nov 1719

Hugh Bidwell named on lease of new Presbyterian Mint Meeting House, Exeter (below)

“Hugh Bidwell” was named with fellow fuller, Thomas Townsend, on the lease for the property of the new Mint Meeting in late November 1719.

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Source: The Language of Dissent: The Defense of Eighteenth-Century English Dissent in the Works and Sermons of James Peirce

Bracy V. Hill II, Ph.D.

19 Jan 1720

Hugh Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St Mary Steps (left)

4 Jul 1720

Hugh Bidwell Junior and Hannah Peirce married (left) in Exeter Cathedral.  The bride’s father, James Peirce DD did not attend (below).

Hannah married Hugh Bidwell Jr., the son of a Hugh Bidwell, a fuller and a member of the Exeter Common Council in 1687.43 Hugh Bidwell, Sr. was a prominent member of the Dissenting community in Exeter, and according to the registers of births and baptisms within the Exeter Presbyterian meetings, he had a large family.

Assuming Fox was correct in his recollection that Peirce did not attend the wedding, there are several possible reasons for Peirce’s actions. It seems unlikely that Peirce would have deigned the marriage of his daughter to such a family unacceptable, unless he had a significant reason. Alexander Gordon maintained that Fox’s argument for Peirce’s absence was insufficient, because Peirce had acknowledged in both editions of A Vindication that the use of the ring (although undesirable) was acceptable. While Gordon offered no alternative reasoning, it seems more likely that if Peirce did refuse to attend the wedding, he did so on the grounds that Hugh was an unsuitable match or because the couple chose to be married with an Anglican rite at Exeter Cathedral. The couple’s acceptance of the sacramental ceremony within the Established Church and with liturgy that included Trinitarian language likely would have been offensive to the Dissenting minister who had spent so many years in defending Nonconformity and who had been ejected only sixteen months earlier for his heterodox theology.

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Source: The Language of Dissent: The Defense of Eighteenth-Century English Dissent in the Works and Sermons of James Peirce

Bracy V. Hill II, Ph.D.

14 Jul 1720

Mrs Elizabeth Bidwell and Henry White married at Exeter St Mary Steps (left)

9 Aug 1720

Ann Bidwell and Joseph Powell married at    Exon Holy Trinity (left)

8 Sep 1720

Mr Hugh Bidwell Snr. of the parish is buried at Exeter, Holy Trinity (right)

1 Mar 1721

Mrs. Mary Bidwell is buried at Exeter, Holy Trinity (right)

23 Nov 1721

Hugh Bidwell (son of Hugh and Hannah Bidwell) baptised in private by his grandfather James Peirce DD (left)

1722

Probate: Mary Bidwell of Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk Devon Wills

3 Jun 1723

William Bidwell aged six months is buried at Exeter, burying ground (right)

1723

William Bidwell of Cullompton named as Quaker and sergemaker

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Cullompton Meeting - Quaker Charity Lands, Cullompton. 4, 5 October 1723

 Lease, release, extract from will, and account

1. William Bidwell of Cullompton, sergemaker.

Source: National Archives

5 Aug 1723

Hannah Bidwell (daughter of Hugh and Hannah Bidwell) in private by her grandfather James Peirce DD (left)

1724

Probate: William Bidwell of Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk Devon Wills

1724

Hugh Bidwell is Master Fuller, Exeter

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First name(s)    Hugh

Last name    Bidwell

Role    Master

Indenture or registration year    1724

Indenture year    1724

Premium    £40 .0s 0d

Place    Exeter

County    Devon

Apprentice's first name(s)    William

Apprentice's last name    Jetsom

Master's first name(s)    Hugh

Master's last name    Bidwell

Master's occupation    Fuller

Master's place    Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk

17 Mar 1724

Tamsin daughter of Mrs Tamsin Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St Mary Steps (right)

18 Oct 1727

Deborah Bidwell (daughter of Hugh and Hannah Bidwell) in private (recorded Mint Meeting House, Exeter) (left)

7 Sep 1726

Ursula Bidwell (daughter of Hugh and Hannah Bidwell) baptised in private (recorded Mint Meeting House, Exeter) (left)

25 Oct 1727

George II (pictured right) crowned King of Great Britain and Ireland

28 Dec 1729

Elizabeth Peirce Bidwell (daughter of Hugh and Hannah Bidwell) in private.  Note to say “born in London”  (recorded Mint Meeting House, Exeter) (left)

20 Aug 1730

Hugh Bidwell first arrives in India (below)

The Bidwells must have embarked in the six month journey when Elizabeth Peirce was a tiny baby

Source: Selections from the letters, despatches, and other state papers preserved in Bombay Secretariat: home series, Forrest, George, Sir, 1846-1926; Bombay (presidency) Secretariat. Published 1887 archive.org/stream

16 Sep 1730

Francis Bidwell and Mary Clapp married at Exeter (left)

1731

Hugh Bidwell recorded in the East India Company’s personnel lists for Bombay

Source: British Private Trade Networks in the Arabian Seas, c. 1680 – c. 1760

Timothy Davies. Source: go.warwick.ac.uk

22 Oct 1732

Susanna Bidwell (daughter of Francis Bidwell) baptised at Exeter, Bow Meeting (left)

21 Jan 1733

Robert Bidwell and Mary Arundle married at Exeter (left)

26 Mar 1733

Robert Bidwell and Ann Commings married at Exeter, Holy Trinity (right)

30 Jun 1734

John Bidwell and Jane Mutton married at Exeter (left)

17 Mar 1734

Mary daughter of Francis Bidwell wool comber baptised Exeter Bow Meeting House (left)

1735

Hugh Bidwell in Cambay, Bombay.

Source: The Vindication of Mr. John Braddyll Against Mr. Henry Lowther; in ..., Volume 2 P. 45 books.google.co.uk

Source: Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency. P. 114  archive.org

1735

Hugh Bidwell in Cambay, Bombay.  Trouble with Ganims

Source: The Gaikwads Of Baroda Vol I. Pp. 18-20 archive.org

1736

Probate: Ursula Bidwell widow of Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk Devon Wills

5 Aug 1736

Hugh Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St George (right)

23 Aug 1736

Elizabeth Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St George (right)

24 Nov 1736

Francis Bidwell Junior is buried at Exeter, St George (right)

10 Apr 1737

Ann Bidwell (daughter of John and Jane Bidwell) baptised at Exeter, Holy Trinity (left)

23 Oct 1737

Ann Bidwell (daughter of Robert Bidwell) baptised at Exeter (left)

1739

Probate: Hugh Bidwell of Exeter

Source: findmypast.co.uk Devon Wills

29 May 1739

Charles Bidwell (son of John and Jane) baptised at Exeter, Holy Trinity (left)

24 Jun 1739

Robert Bidwell (son of Robert and Ann) baptised at Exeter, Holy Trinity (left)

2 Oct 1739

Robt. Bidwell is buried at Exeter, St David (right)

25 Feb 1703

Francis Bidwell (son of Francis Bidwell) born (left)

26 Feb 1703

Francis Bidwell (son of Francis Bidwell) born (recorded Exeter, St George - Anglican)) (right)

19 Mar 1703

Francis Bidwell (son of Francis Bidwell) baptised at St. Olaves, Exeter (left)

At Exeter, James Peirce would live to see his extended family grow. At least five children were born from the union of Hugh and Hannah. Hugh (III) was christened on November 23, 1721, and Hannah was christened on August 5, 1723. Both were baptized by their grandfather, James, in private. Three more children were born after the death of James Peirce. Ursula (the namesake of her aunt) was christened in private by Joseph Hallett III on September 7, 1726, as was Deborah (perhaps named for her great-grandmother) on October 18, 1727. The last recorded child was Elisabeth Peirce Bidwell who was born in London and later christened in private by Joseph Hallett III on December 28, 1729.

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Source: The Language of Dissent: The Defense of Eighteenth-Century English Dissent in the Works and Sermons of James Peirce

Bracy V. Hill II, Ph.D.

Name: Thomas Bidwell

Baptism Date:  24 Jun 1705

Baptism place: Exeter

Father’s name: Thomas Bidwell

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Thomas Bidwell

Baptism Date:  24 Jun 1705

Baptism place: Exeter St. George

Father’s name: Francis Bidwell

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Above: satyrical illustration of Scottish Presbyterians c. 1700

Source: pintrest.com

Name: Mary daughter of Francis Bidwell

Birth Date:  26 Feb 1703

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Above: Queen Anne

Source: wikipedia.com

Name: Francis son of Francis Bidwell

Birth Date:  26 Feb 1703

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Mary daughter of Francis Bidwell

Burial Date: 16 Apr 1703

Burial Place: Exeter, St George

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Thomas son of Francis Bidwell

Burial Date:  5 Feb 1707

Burial Place: Exeter, St George

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Wm Bidwell

Baptism Date:  18 Dec 1707

Baptism place: Exeter St. David

Father’s name: Robert Bidwell

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Eliz. wife of Robert Bidwell

Burial Date:  21 May 1708

Burial Place: Exeter, St David

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Above: Exeter St Mary’s church steps

Source: pintrest.com

Name: Susanna wife of Mr Francis Bidwell

Burial Date:  13 Jul 1713

Burial Place: Exeter, St George

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Above: George I

Source: wikipedia.com

Above: Exeter Cathedral

Source: eurovisitguide.com

Name: Hugh Bidwell Senior

Burial Date:  8 Sep 1720

Burial Place: Exeter, Holy Trinity

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Mrs Mary Bidwell

Burial Date:  21 Mar 1721

Burial Place: Exeter, Holy Trinity

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: William Bidwell

Burial Date:  3 Jun 1723

Burial Place: Exeter, burying ground

Denomination: Presbyterian

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Tamsin daughter of Mrs Tamsin Bidwell

Burial Date: 17 Mar 1724

Burial Place: Exeter, St Mary Steps

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Above: George II

Source: wikipedia.com

First name(s) Robert

Last name Bidwell

Marriage date  26 Mar 1733

Place  Exeter , Holy Trinity

Spouse's first name(s) Ann

Spouse's last name Commings

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Hugh Bidwell

Burial Date:  5 Aug 1736

Burial Place: Exeter, St George

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Elizabeth Bidwell

Burial Date:  23 Aug 1736

Burial Place: Exeter, St George

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Francis Bidwell Junior

Burial Date:  24 Nov 1736

Burial Place: Exeter, St George

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Name: Robt. Bidwell

Burial Date:  2 Oct 1739

Burial Place: Exeter, St David

Source: findmypast.co.uk

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