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Re: Trying to find possible church burial records


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall - volunteer
Date: 7/25/2022 at 22:25:36

In Response To: Trying to find possible church burial records (Lisa Woiwood)

There was a James E. Bissell who died in 1925, living in the Volga area in the 1880's, but he was not a minister.

I can't be certain, but think Rev. Bissell was Johnathan E. Bissell, who was a minister in Newton (Jasper co.) and McGregor 1880-1887 (scroll down the page to The Ministers & Missionaries for his entry) http://iagenweb.org/clayton/church/pilgrims.htm

Although Rev. Bissell isn't mentioned on this page, not all who served that congregation are.
The last line on the page says in 1961 the church joined the United Church of Christ.

Like many pastors, he probably served more than one congregation.

A few references I found mentioning him:

--1880 U.S. census, Jasper co., Iowa, Newton City, 6/24/1880:
John Bissell, age 31, minister, b. Michigan, father b. Conn, mother b. Vermont
Eliza Bissell, age 23, wife, keeping house, b. Conn., parents b. Conn.
Bradley Bissell, age 4m, b. Feb. in Illinois

--Strawberry Point Press, Wed. Jan. 24, 1883; Volga City; pg 1, column 5:
Rev. Bissell, of Fayette, conducted quarterly meeting exercises here Sabbath P.M., preaching a most excellent sermon. [note - there also was a Rev. John W. Bissell from Fayette, so this might not be J.E. Bissell)

--North Iowa Times, Thurs., Aug 23, 1883; pg 3, "Home & Other Items", column 2:

Rev. J.E. Bissell was summoned on Tuesday by telegram to Newton to conduct the funeral services of a former parishoner. He is expected to return in time to occupy his own pulpit on Sunday, and to conduct a praise service on Sunday evening.

--North Iowa Times, Thurs., Nov. 29, 1883; pg 3, columns 1 & 3:
Col. 1
Union services at the M.E. church to-day at 11 o'clock, Rev. Bissell officiates.

Col. 3
Religious Notices - Union Thanksgiving services at the M.E. church this morning at 11:00 o'clock. Rev. Bissell pastor of the Congregational church will preach the sermon.

--North Iowa Times, Thurs. Aug. 7, 1924; pg 1, column 3, "Looking Backward Forty Years Ago", taken from the N.I.T. 8/7/1884:

Rev. J.E. Bissell and family left Tuesday evening per steamer Pittsburg for York, Nebr., for a visit with parents to be absent three or four weeks.

--North Iowa Times, Thursday, October 18, 1945; pg 7, column 4, "I Remember" article by Lena Myers, concluded from pg 1:

The 36th Annual Meeting of the Clayton County Bible Society was held in the Congregational church on Feb. 7, 1886. Rev. J.E. Bissell was pastor of the Congregational church and Rev. W.D. Mabry of the Methodist.

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