My fellow researcher Penny Gay has sent me two more pieces of information about the Bushell family which add considerably to our knowledge of them, and throw further light on the connections between different branches of the family, living in different parts of the country.
Wells Cathedral (via wellscathedral.org.uk)
The will of Thomas Bushell of Wells, Somerset, signed and sealed on 9th February 1669/70, makes bequests to the testator’s mother, Frances Bushell, and to three of his siblings: ‘Edward Bushell of Bath in the County of Somerset gent and Tobias Bushell of Claynes in the County of Worcester gent my brothers and Anne Bushell my sister’. This would seem to confirm that the Tobias Bushell of Worcestershire who was the father of Samuel, Thomas and Elizabeth Bushell – the latter being the first wife of Major Peter Boulton – was the brother of Edward Bushell the elder of Bath – who was in turn the father of the Elizabeth Bushell who married David Landick, whose daughter Posthuma became Peter Boulton’s second wife. It also provides confirmation that Tobias was still alive in 1670, though we know he had died by the time his son Samuel took up his apprenticeship in 1676.
Moreover, Penny has found a marriage record for Edward Bushell that supplies the name of his father – and by implication the father of Tobias, Thomas and Anne Bushell. Curiously, Edward and his wife Hester Chapman seem to have undergone two marriage ceremonies. We already knew about their wedding at Bath Abbbey, which took place on 19th December 1655. But now it appears that the couple had already been married at the church of St Clement Danes, Westminster, in October of that year. Leaving to one side the question of why two separate ceremonies were required, the Westminster record is useful in that it provides the names of the participants’ fathers: in Hester’s case, John Chapman, and for Edward, William Bushell.
St Clement Danes, Westminster
So now we know that Edward Bushell the elder of Bath and Tobias Bushell, of Claines and later of Fladbury, Worcestershire, were both the sons of William and Frances Bushell. Penny wonders if William is the William Bushell of Wells who is mentioned in the Visitation of Worcestershire records as being connected to the eminent Bushell family of Cleeve Prior, which was a mere ten miles from Fladbury.