Was Sarah [Bishop?] Chatfield born a Bishop? (17th Century / Connecticut)

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Seek assistance identifying historical records in order to determine how it might be shown that Sarah Chatfiled, buried 1657, wife of George, should have last name at birth "Bishop" and or associated as the daughter of John Bishop..

Some family files place a daughter, Sarah Bishop (Bishop-3468), the first wife of George Chatfield, in the family of John Bishop (Bishop-171). Modern accounts are in conflict with such reports. 

  • No such child was confirmed in the family of John Bishop by See Nathan Grier Parke II, The ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley & his wife Emma Arabella Bosworth, Donald Lines Jacobus, ed. (1960), 98-100. Click here for ready access at Hathi Trust
  • No first wife was reported for George Chatfield. See Richmond H. Curtiss, "Some Early Families of Guilford, Conn.," Connecticut Nutmegger 14 (1981):14. This record reads, "George Chatfield, b. England. Came to Guilford in 1630. Brother of Francis Chatfiled, 19th signer of the Covanant), d. Killingworth m. Isabel Nettleton." [Click here for subscribor only access to the article at American Ancestors] 

The assciation is found in earlier work on the Bishop and Chatfield families. For example, see entry by Elizabeth French in NEHGR 70 (1916), p. 136. (Click here for ready access at Internet Archive.) In this account, she is called, "Sarah Bishop, who d. s.p. 20 Sept 1657, dau. of John and Anne [Bishop] of Guilford, Conn."

Guilford records suggest a George Chatfiled had a first wife, Sarah 

Guilford recordd report the burial of Sarah Chatfield, "w. of George," on 30 Sept 1657 (citing "A-1" in  The Barbour Collection, aka Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928,) Click here for subscriber only access to the report at American Ancestors. 

Problem identifying Sarah as a Bishop and/or dau. John Bishop

John Bishop died 1661 at Guilford. Although his will is lost, this Sarah (Bishop) Chatfield, would have predecased him. Using the 1916 entry as a guide, there is a reasonable chance that a daughter who died without surviving heirs would not have been mentioned in the father's will anyway. 

Said another way, I'm struggling to reverse engineer accounts that John Bishop had such a daughter, Sarah, and/or to that George Chatfield's first wife was possibly Bishop. Hoping we can collectively learn more. If that is not successufl, might we 

  1. Change her last name at birth to "Unknown," but include "Bishop (not shown)" as an other last name. 
  2. Sever the child-parent link betwen Sarah and John Bishop, retaining soft links in both narratives.
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John Bishop's daughter, Sarah Bishop born 1628 died or buried 30 Sep 1657 married George Chatfield 29 Mar 1657. daughter Abigail N Chatfield born abt 1657.
by Colin Chatfield G2G Crew (790 points)
Colin, please provide a source for this information. Thanks.

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