change date is at the bottom of each page.
| Tracing our Bussell
roots has been a far greater challenge than that of my paternal
side of the family. It has not, however, been without reward.
During the course of my search I have found many other family
lines that are conected with some, predating the arrival
of the pilgrims....some of those names are listed below.
|Anna Elizabeth Bussell,
my mother, was born the youngest child of Richard
Harold Bussell and May Eleanor Eshleman,
who married on 14 Oct 1919 at the Church of the Epiphany,
G Street, N.W. Washington, DC. Cecile Antoinette
Bussell and Richard Harold Bussell, Jr.
are her older siblings.
|Richard Harold Bussell, Sr.,
was the son of Richard Harson Bussell and
Antoinette Louise Carlow who married 05
Aug 1888 at Poughkeepsie, NY. To this couple were born 6
children, five of whom, survived. Each is linked to the
- Maternally related Names:
Eshleman - Newman - Lokey - Lucas - Dalum - Goss - Herr
- Groff - Barr - Carlow (Callow) - Van Buren - King - Purdy
- Viele - Freer - Rider - Hall - de Lamontagne - and many
others. See the names database to follow these lines.
|The "Meaning" of the name BUSSELL
- Dweller at, or near, a thicket or small wood; one who
came from Boissel (small wood), in France.
|Although there may be a number
of meanings or origins, I have only found this one so far.
It came from Lisa Wheeler's Web Site. When I first stumbled
acroos the site, Lisa was a sophomore at the University
of Arizona. Her website has her genealogy as well as a very
well done, "Origins of Surnames"
on this button
to visit Lisa's site.
aside, I find it interesting the Lisa's last name is WHEELER...the
Wheelers married into my grandmothers Eshleman's in the
same generation that my grandmother May Eleanor Eshleman
married Richard Harold Bussell.|
The ancestors of
this line of Bussell's are an elusive bunch of family
and one which I continue to have some success finding...as
well as some difficulty.
As I was growing up, my Grandmother,
(MAY ELEANOR nee ESHLEMAN
BUSSELL) had some limited information and a handful
of names. I remember most of them. My mother Anna, and
her brother, my Uncle, Richard also remembered
hearing some names during the course of their lives. They
even remembered visiting with "someone", but who it was
they weren't sure.
Ames, Iowa rang some bells, the names
Betty and Victor came to mind, but little more was known.
With these bits and peices of information to start me
out with my search, I began the task of finding the roots
of this Bussell family.. I've been working on finding
this"root" since January of 1998.
As it stands, we are closer than ever
before, to putting the entire family together again...for
the first time since 1898.
RICHARD HARSON BUSSELL married
ANTOINETTE LOUISE CARLOW, daughter of ISSAC
PURDY CARLOW and MARY REBECCA KING, on August
5, 1888 at Poughkeepsie, NY. It is from the marriage certficate
that we learn the names of Richard's parents. (See the
column to the right for more detail about Richard Bussell
and Mary Vanburen.
Also gleened from the marriage certificate
is the following:
Certificate Number - not legible
1. In the Town (Village) City of Poughkeepsie
County of Dutchess
2. Full Name of Groom: Richard H. Bussell
3. Place of Residence: New York City
4. Age next Birthday 34 Years
This search has lead me around the country
and we, Bussell descendents, have relatives in several
states including California, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland,
Illinois, Oregon, Florida, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.
But, that is now...the known beginnings of this group
lie in New York State, primarly, at least so far, New
York City and Dutchess County. I concede that these beginnings
are NOT ancient history as I have been unable to find
anything proven in fact of this Bussell clan prior
to 1888...the year Roselie Bussell was born..
All of the known descendents listed in
the Descendant Chart (please click descendents on the
top bar to get there) , are directly descended
from RICHARD HARSON BUSSELL and his marriage to
ANTOINETTE LOUISE CARLOW.
As of December 1999, the possiblity exisits
that Richards Middle name "Harson" may have actually been
"HARSEN", an old New York family name dating to
the 1860's and somehow related to the VANBUREN
family. I continue to seek this link.
Little is known about Richard Harson Bussell
and his family but I do have some valid information. The
potential for additional ancestors exists and I honestly
believe that I have found this past...I just, have yet,
to be able to prove it with the ...ever so crucial...documentation.
Richard Harson Bussell was born, according
to birth certificates of his children, in New York City.
He was the son of RICHARD BUSSELL and MARY E.
I have located
young Richard (Richard Jr. who married Antoinette
Louis Carlow) on the 1870 census at Cornwall, (Orange
County) New York (merely across the Hudson from New Hamburg).
The father Richard is listed as...you guessed it...a "lumber
merchant". Here we also find evidence that our Richard
Harson had an older sister, Elizabeth Bussell. View the
Census Image by clicking here.
I have listed what I know about our ancestors
the form of a descendant chart. Click the button below
| Together they had
six children. It is possible that they had more, but I have no information
leading to this possibility. Five of the six chidren (three boys and two
girls) survived long enough to have families of their own. Links are provided
above to read about each of those five survivors, (Richard, Philip, Victor,
Bessie and Roselie).
Of the five survivors, only Roselie has "not been located beyond 1929".
Well now here's a story. RICHARD HARSON
BUSSELL, from all of the documentation I've seen ...
was most likely born sometime between 1853 and 1855 in
New York. Whether he was born in the City or not is unknown.
He married ANTOINETTE LOUISE CARLOW, she, from
my best guess, was born sometime around 1864 in, according
to her certificate of death , New
Hamburg, New York.
(New Hamburg has a home page, click on the link to
New Hamburg is an area near Wappinger
Falls, New York, in Dutchess County. I've managed to find
some information about the CARLOW family and so far know
that they are married in to the PURDY family of
The first piece of evidence I obtained was a copy of a
birth certificate for ROSELIE BUSSELL, born on
July 05, 1888 in Camelot, New York. Just so happens, this
is where RICHARD HAROLD BUSSELL, (my grandfather)
was born on February 16, 1891, as documented by a copy
of his birth certificate. The actual spelling on the birth
certificate was "Bussoll". (continued below)
Camelot is now a part of southern Poughkeepsie,
New York. In fact, Richard lived specifically in an area
known as Barnegat...a piece of property later purchased
by IBM and used to build a manufacturing plant which still
| From my research trip to Dutchess County on August 28, 1999,
I found a story of the area known as Camelot at the Adriance Memorial Library
in Poughkeepsie. I have taken the liberty of printing this story (I don't
know if I'm violating copyrights or not, if I am and someone needs this
removed, simply contact me) for you to read about the area. Please click
to the right to read the story.
||Click on this button
to read about Camelot.|
On the first two birth certificates, Richard's occupation
was listed as "farmer." The next three children (Victor,
Philip and a baby girl who died at birth) were all born
in New York City. Their birth certificates list Richard's
occupation as "lumber merchant". This is where
I am 99.9% certain we have a connection.
The Story as We Know It
Now..here's what happened. On March 22,
1898, Antoinette Louise "Carlow" Bussell, died. According
to her certificate of death, the cause was "Pleuro Pneumonia,
Premature Birth (8) months, cardiac failure". The child
she was bearing was stillborn. Both mother and daughter
are buried in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery in an "as yet"
unmarked grave. An infant child by the name of Philip
Henderson is also buried in the same plot, having died
at age 2 months in 1917.
For information purposes, Mary Rebecca
Carlow, Antoinette's mother, purchased the lot..but there
is no evidence of Richard being buried in this same cemetery.
From the records of the Home for the
Friendless, on April 8, 1898, just 17 days after Antoinette
died, Richard, Philip and Victor Bussell were "surrendered"
to the orphanage for outplacement. The "cause of surrender"
was "Death of mother. Father not able to support them.
Miss H. Rhoades, 2 W. 36th St. interested in case and
will pay the board. $15.00 per month." "Bessie - Nov 20,
1896 - is boarding with Mrs. Jacob Miller, Van Siclen
Ave. Brooklyn, N.Y." As an aside, the names Jacob Miller
and Miss H. Rhoades have been found relatively close or
associated to our own in other documents.
The record also says "Mother died of Pleuro-Pneumonia.
Grandmother Mrs. M.R. Carlow, Temple Grove, Saratoga Springs,
N.Y. Aunt 418 W. 43rd St. Mrs. I.P. Carlow." It seems
that Mary Rebecca and Isaac had a son, Isaac P. Carlow,
Junior. Again, I haven't uncovered hard evidence, but
I suspect this reference is to the wife of "Junior".
|You may view this image in
a new window by clicking the button to the right.
When you've finished looking, simply close the new window.
| The three boys became
a part of American history that most Americans know little
about...The Orphan Train Movement. By clicking on
the link below you will go directly to the Orphan Train
Heritage Society of America, Inc. Here you can find out
more about this phenomenon. This Link is also listed in
the Bussell Links Section above.
on the Graphic to go to The Orphan Train Heritage Society
of America in a new window.
Pictures of Richard, Philip,
Victor and Bessie, appear on their individual pages along
with their descendent information and their stories.(a
work in progress).
(Roselie, who was raised by her Grandmother, Mrs. Mary
Rebecca King of New York, is not pictured, although we
now have some limited information about her)
Roselie is assumed to have married
someone named Henderson, and Bessie, although in the
same house while they were children, lost touch in the
early 1900's and never spoke to Roselie again. If you
know, or think you know who Roselie Bussell married,
or you might be one of her descendents, please contact
These pages contain some of
the information about this group of Bussells/Bressells.
I am willing to share the rest of what I have with anyone
who suspects or can prove a relationship.
I am especially interested in determining the whereabouts
of Roselie Bussell Henderson and her descendents as well
as where she and they may be.
The Carlow line is growing and I'd like
to find more. Anotinette Louise Carlow, the mother of
the boys was from New Hamburg, NY. Her father was ISSAC
PURDY CARLOW who died January 24, 1915 in Poughkeepsie,
Issac was born December 23, 1842, one
of at least five children of PETER A. CARLOW and
his wife CORNELIA JANE (nee
PURDY) CARLOW. Other children include
John Henry, George Thompson., William Laurence., and Amy
H. according to the 1850 census of Dutchess County for
As I continue my journey to find more
information, I will post it here. If you have any information,
photos, documents, etc., please contact me. I would like
your help and permission to post your information as well.
From the Family History Center (FHC FILM # 552542 - The New York City
1870 Census - Ward 19 - Election District 10-14) I have located a Richard
Bussell at age 54 (not quite certain how he fits in yet. John H. Bussell,
is one John Hare Bussell and he has a 5 year old son living with him by
the name of Richard as well. As in other research...the lumber business
appear with both names.
Below listed is the index information for this FHC Film. By Clicking HERE,
you may view the results in a separate window....when you've finished,
simply close the window.
|Head of Household
|BUSSELL, Richard || M||W|| 54||NY||19 WD 11 ED||Roll 1003 ||Pg 366|
|BUSSELL, John H. || M || W || 39 ||NY ||19 WD 11 ED||Roll 1003|| Pg 366|
|BUSSELL, Edward ||M ||W ||27 ||NY ||19 WD 11 ED ||Roll 1003 ||Pg 366|
|BUSSELL, Sami ||M ||W ||45 ||NY ||19 WD 12 ED ||Roll 1004 ||Pg 24|
|Two CARLOW'S were listed in this census as well. Richard Bussell married a Carlow, remember!|
|CARLOW, Edward ||M ||W ||33 ||NY ||19 WD 10ED ||Roll 1003 ||Pg 328|
|CARLOW, William || ||25 ||NY ||19 WD 10ED || Roll 1003 ||Pg 328||