John Benjamin Bridges1

#770, (22 December 1745 - 12 July 1823)
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Nelle Belle Bridges


Hannah Garland b. 1751, d. 1827
Children 1.Hannah Bridges+1 (1775 - 1840)
 2.John Bridges1 (1778 - 1832)
 3.Anna Bridges+1 (1785 - 1874)
 4.Elisha Bridges+1 (1788 - 1861)
 5.Benjamin Bridges+1 (1793 - a 1871)
Possibly son of Josiah Bridges III (person 772) and Mary Bowdy (person 773). Need to determine (1) if these are the John and Hannah who married in York ME and (2) if John Benjamin is a third child of Josiah and Mary, or possibly of another Bridges who lived in York Co. Maine.2 
What we know: John and Hannah Bridges came to Ohio about 1790 with four children. They later had a fifth child born in Ohio. The cemetery memorials for both John and Hannah have "Born in Mass." He is listed in Patricia Law Hatcher's Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. The FindAGrave page for John has "Revolutionary War Veteran" added by the Hamilton County Genealogical Society. Portions of today's Hamilton County, Ohio, where the Bridges family settled, were part of the Virginia Militray Tract.
There was a marriage in 1770 of a John Bridges and a Hannah Garland in York County. York County was then part of the Province of Massachusetts Bay and was part of the new state of Maine established in 1820.2 
Birth*22 December 1745He was born on 22 December 1745 at York Co., Maine (then Massachusetts)G.3,4,5 
Marriage*30 July 1770He married Hannah Garland, daughter of Simon Garland and Ruth _____, on 30 July 1770 at York Co., Maine (then Massachusetts)G.6 
1790He and Hannah Garland removed to Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OhioG, in 1790 then soon after to Anderson Township, where he built the first house.3 
between 1790 and 1820May have received Donation Tract Lands by the Ohio Land Company between 1790 and 1820.7 
1799He and Hannah Garland appeared on the census of 1799 at Hamilton Co., OhioG.8 
1808He appeared on the tax list of 1808 at Hamilton Co., OhioG.9 
1810He appeared on the tax list of 1810 at Anderson Twp., Hamilton Co., OhioG.10 
15 December 1811He left a will dated on 15 December 1811 at Hamilton Co., OhioG.11,1 
1820He and Hannah Garland appeared on the census of 1820 at Anderson Twp., Hamilton Co., OhioG; (nei. son Elisha.)12 
Death*12 July 1823He died on 12 July 1823 at Hamilton Co., OhioG, at age 77.3,5 
Burial*July 1823He was buried in July 1823 at Bridges Family Cemetery, Bridges Road, Anderson Twp., Hamilton Co., OhioG.5,13,4,14 
Probate18 August 1823His estate was probated on 18 August 1823 at Hamilton Co., OhioG.1
ChartsAncestors of Nelle Belle Bridges


  1. [S714] Hamilton County Ohio Probate Court, Will Index and Books (1791- ), online, John Bridges; probated 18 Aug 1823, recorded vol. 25, p. 452-3; names as heirs sons John and Benjamin ($50 each), daus. Hannah and Ann ($5 each), wife Hannah one-third of entire estate, son Elisha the land and plantation; residue divided equally among children Hannah, John, Ann, Elisha and Benjamin. [signed] John Bridges, 16 Dec 1811, witnesses Orgia Clark and James Clark present at probate.
  2. [S520] VWH.
  3. [S174] S. B. Nelson and J. M. Runk, editors, History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio: Their Past and Present (Cincinnati: S.B. Nelson & Co., 1894), p. 931. "John Bridges . . . came to Cincinnati in 1790, and a short time afterward located in Anderson township, where he built the first house. He died July 12, 1823, and was buried in the family burial ground on his farm."
  4. [S841] Marie Dickore, "New England Pioneers in the Cincinnati Area", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 111:4 (October 1957): p. 290, citing Bridges Cemetery, Anderson Twp, Hamilton Co. OH. John Bridges, b. MA 22 Dec 1745, d. 12 Jul 1823; his wife Hannah Bridges, b. MA 25 Jan 1750, d. 26 Nov 1727; both came west in 1790 with their son Elisha, b. MA 4 May 1788, d. 10 Mar 1861. Elisha marr. Eliza Clark, b. VA before 1811.
  5. [S1628], online, Old adjacent standing grave markers. John Bridges / Born in Mass. Dec. 22, 1745 / Emigrated West 1790 / d. July 12, 1823 / Aged 77y 6m 21 d / First Resident of Anderson Twp. Hannah / Wife of John Bridges / Born in Mass. Jan. 25, 1750 / Emigrated West 1790 / d. Nov. 26, 1827 / Aged 77y 10m 1d. Bridges Family Cemetery, Sherwood Village, Hamilton Co. OH. Note added by Hamilton Co. Genealogical Society "Revolutionary War Veteran." Memorials 17486786 and 17486784, created by Shanna Nicole, photos added by Schandlers.
  6. [S378] Lester Mackenzie Bragdon and John Eldridge Frost, "Vital Records of York, Maine", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 109 etc. (1955 etc.): 115:212, "John Bridges & Hannah Garland both of York intend Marriage Enterd July 14, 1770. Joind in Marriage July 30, 1770 by Rev Saml Langton."
  7. [S1069] Mayburt Stephenson Riegel, compiler, Early Ohioans' Residences From the Land Grant Records (Mansfield, Ohio: The Ohio Genealogical Society, 1976), online, Tract No. 8, Duck Creek. John Bridges and John Bridges Jr. Also in Tract 8, Natahniel Abbott.
  8. [S175] Ohio, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890, online, John Bridges, Cincinnati Tshp, Hamilton Co., OH, 1799; Database: OH Early Census Index.
  9. [S175] Ohio, Compiled Census Index, online, John Bridges Sr., Hamilton Co., misc. tshps, 1808, p. 004, OH Early Census Index.
  10. [S175] Ohio, Compiled Census Index, online, Name: John Bridges; State: OH; County: Hamilton Co.; Township: Anderson; Year: 1810; Record Type: Tax List; Page: 023; Database: OH 1810 Washington Co. Census Index.
  11. [S156] Hamilton County Ohio Wills, 1791-1901, Index, online, box 1; executor Elisha Bridges; Beneficiaries Hannah Bridges, Elisha Bridges.
  12. [S115] 1820 U.S. Federal Census. John (45+), agriculture; Hannah (45+); no others.
  13. [S157] Hilda Johnson, transcriber, Bridges Family Cemetery, Hamilton County, Ohio (Jensen, Shirlene L., July 2001),
    Anna 8 Nov 1811 - 25 Feb 1818 dau of E and E
    Nancy 26 Dec 1821 - 1 Jul 1822 dau of E & E
    Judith 4 Jul 1828 - 11 Mar 1855 dau of E & E
    Rebecca 4 Jul 1828 - 17 Jun 1893 dau of E & E
    Elisha 4 May 1788 (Mass.) - 10 Mar 1861, son of J & H
    Eliza 22 Aug 1794 (VA) - 13 Jan 1883 wife of Elisha dau of James Clark
    Eliza 20 Oct 1837 - 18 Feb 1857 dau of E & E
    Hannah 25 Jan 1750 (Mass.) - 26 Nov 1827 wife of John
    James C. 1819-1899 (son of E and E Bridges)
    John 22 Dec 1745 (in Mass.) - 12 Jul 1823 Emigrated to the west in 1790
    John G. 10 Jul 1823 - 6 Aug 1911 son of E&E
    Lucy M. 3 Oct 1844 - 29 Jun 1882 wife of Elisha and dau of John and Emma Bogart
    Mariah 1823-1915 wife of James C. Bridges
    Edward 14 Jan 1817 - 21 Jan 1892
    Susannah 18 May 1815 - 22 Mar 1891 wife of Edward Gray dau of E and E Bridges
    JONES, Lucy A. 19 Sep 1841 - 6 Nov 1895
    PADDISON, James d. 1 Jan 1932 64y 10m 12d
    Lillian d. 24 Dec 1952 60y 11m 29d
    Richard 12 Jan 1851 - 21 Oct 1928 (same stone with Mary Senior)
    Mary 16 Jan 1848 - 16 Nov 1921
    WILLIAMS, Mary 28 Mar 1831 - 10 Aug 1885 dau of E and E. Bridges.
  14. [S713] Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, online, John Bridges, family cemetery, Anderson Tshp OH 56; vol. 1, ser. 11999; vol.8.