Dec. 2, 1739 Lyme New London County Connecticut, USA
Mar. 18, 1818 Hartford Trumbull County Ohio, USA
Aged 77 years.
from Bushnell Family Genealogy:
"Alexander Bushnell became a carpenter, and two months after his 21st birthday, m Chloe Waite of Lyme (a Descendant of Thomas Waite, Member of Parliament, who had signed the death warrant of King Charles I, and, after the Restoration, had been obliged to flee the country). Before their removal to Hartland, Conn. they resided in Lyme, at least until after the birth of their second child Daniel, in 1763, although it is said that he built a house in Hartland in 1762, but they probably settled in Hartland before 1770 as on 22 Jan. 1770, he received title to a tract of land there, and on 2nd of the next Dec. took a letter from the church at Lyme to the church at Hartland where on 30 Oct. 1776, he and his wife were still members. From 1777 to 1780 he was a Selectman, during which time he also served in the Rev. War, first as a Sergt. under Gen. Gates at Saratoga, N.Y. where he took part in the capture of Gen. Burgoyne's Army in 1777, and in 1780 as Ensign in Capt. Mill's Co. Col. Beebe's regt. of Minute Men, which rank he had previously held in the 11th Co. of Train Band. During this time he was also on important commissions, such as providing tents, raising moneys on the town credit, etc. In 1781 he was a Lt. in the 3rd Co. 26th Regt. and later was promoted to Capt. in the same unit, as is said. He traded his house in Hartland, built by his son Daniel in 1798, and which, before it was destroyed by fire in 1925, stood for some 127 years, for land in Vernon, Ohio, and shortly after, at the age of 65, he with 8 or 10 other familites, among whom were his son Thomas, gr-son Andrews, Asahel Newell, Elam Jones and others, set out in ox teams and wagons for their new homes in the Connecticut Reserve in northeastern Ohio, making the journey in six weeks. He settled in Hardford, Ohio, Trumbull co. and died there in 1818, in his 79th year. His wife died there in 1832, aged 94, and for nearly 30 years she was the oldest person in the county. both were buried in Center Cemetery in Hartford, where their monument is still standing." ---------------------------------------------------------- History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and ..., Volume 2 By H.Z. Williams & Bros
Among the early pioneer families of Trumbull county the Bushnells are probably the most numerous. Captain Alexander Bushnell, the immediate ancestor of the family, emigrated with his descendants. He was born in Lyme, Connecticut, December 2, 1739, and was a descendant of Francis Bushnell, one of the first settlers of Guilford, Connecticut, who landed in Boston about 1630.
He married Chloe Waite, of the same place, February 12, 1761. She was a descendant of Thomas Waite, member of Parliament, one of the judges who signed the death warrant of King Charles I, the Waite family coming to America soon after the restoration in 1660. Their descendants are numerous, and very many of them reside in Trumbull county. They had ten children, all of whom were married in Connecticut, and these families all emigrated about the same period to Ohio.
He was a captain in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war, receiving his commission while serving under Washington. After the close of the Revolution the tide of emigration first set toward northern Connecticut, and he with many others moved to Hartland, Hartford county, in that State, about 1784.
In 1800 the tide of emigration started towards "New Connecticut" in Northern Ohio, and this now greatly increased family were swept by the torrent to the Western Reserve, the first one coming in 1801 and the remainder following soon after. He died March 8, 1818, in Hartford, Ohio. Captain Bushnell's children were Thomas, Daniel, and William, who with their families settled in Hartford; Chloe, the wife of Obediah Gilder, one of the pioneers of Gustavus, where their descendants still reside; Alexander, Jr., who with his family settled in Pittsburg; Sterling G., who with his family first settled in Vernon and in 1820 removed to Richland county, Ohio; Mary, the wife of Hon. Calvin Cone, who was one of the pioneers of Gustavus in 1804, but in 1817 removed to Hartford, where some of their descendants still reside. He served as member of the Legislature from Barkhamsted, Connecticut, previous to his emigration, and was State Senator in Ohio from 1806 to 1809. Hannah was the wife of Davis Fuller, who was a pioneer of Hartford; Lucy was the wife of Aaron Brockway, who was one of the first settlers of Vernon. They soon removed to Hartford, and about 1835 again removed to Forest county, Pennsylvania. Phebe was the wife of Asahel Borden. They settled on lot thirty in Hartford in 1804, where they both lived to a good old age, she dying at the age of ninety-one, and was the last of this family of pioneers to pass away.