Michael (Bissell) Bissell --Benefiel

Michael (Bissell) Bissell --Benefiel

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Dr Michael G. Bissell --Benefiel formerly Bissell
Born 1940s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [private brother (1940s - unknown)] and
Father of [private daughter (1970s - unknown)] and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
Account confirmed 26 Jul 2017 | Michael's 10126 contributions | 485 thank-yous received
Profile last modified | Created 17 Oct 2015
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Categories: Benefiel Name Study | Encell/Ensell Name Study | England Project | World War II Project Members | German Roots | DNA Project | New Netherland Settlers Project.



This profile is part of the Benefiel Name Study.
This profile is part of the Encell/Ensell Name Study.
Dr Michael (Bissell) Bissell --Benefiel is a Project Member of the Military and War subproject World War II
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Michael (Bissell) Bissell --Benefiel has English ancestors.
Michael (Bissell) Bissell --Benefiel has German Roots.



ethnicity estimates:

-Ancestry DNA:

84% Great Britain
6% Scandinavia
5% Western Europe
4% Trace regions


53.4% Britain and Ireland
14.9% France and Germany
4.4% Scandinavia
0.2% Finland
2.9% Southern Europe
0.2% Middle East and North Africa
0.1% Trace regions

-for personal origins (surname question) see "Oral history" below under "Memories"

Early Life

Born March 5, 1947 in Ridgecrest, Kern County, California [1] at the Drummond Clinic (see image)
Childhood in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles County, California [2], [3] to age 13,
after which family moved to Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona [3]. [4]

Family and Timeline

1947-49: first home, Glendale, California [2]
1949-1960: childhood, Burbank, California [3]
1949: birth of brother (private) Benefiel [5]
1953: birth of brother Thomas Raymond Benefiel; death of maternal grandfather Marsh E Encell Sr
1960-61: first year high school, Tucson, Arizona, family moved to Scottsdale [4]
1961-62: second year high school, Scottsdale, Arizona, family returned to Tucson [6]
1962: death of paternal grandmother Marie Dorothea Cordes
1962-65: completion of high school, Tucson, Arizona [5]
1965-69: college, Tucson, Arizona [7]
1969: first marriage to (private) Tucson, Arizona [5]
1969-1975: medical school, Stanford, California (lived in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, California, and on campus) [8]
1973: ; brother Thomas Raymond Benefiel died in freak auto accident
1974: end of first marriage in divorce [12]
1975-78: completion of PhD, Stanford, and MPH, Berkeley [5]
1977: second marriage to (private), Menlo Park, California [13]
1978: birth of daughter (private), Menlo Park, California [5]
1978-81: Residency in Clinical Pathology, Martinez, California
1981-83: Postdoctoral research at NIH, Bethesda, Maryland
1983: birth of son (private), Bethesda, Maryland [5]
1984-88: first academic appointment, Chicago, Illinois [9]
1988-89: first lab directorship, Duarte, California [10]
1989: second marriage ended in divorce [14]
1989-91: moved to Long Beach, California [5]
1990: third marriage to Lolita Anne Hill [5]
1991-93: second lab directorship, San Juan Capistrano, California, lived in Lake Elsinore, California [11]
1993-97: third lab directorship, Galveston, Texas [10, 12]
1998-00: fourth lab directorship, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, lived in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
2000: death of mother and father
2000-15: fifth lab directorship, Columbus, Ohio, lived in Reynoldsburg, Ohio [10]
2008: death of wife Lita Reynoldsburg, Ohio [15]
2010: fourth marriage to (private), Reynoldsburg, Ohio [5]
2014: became Emeritus [5]
2015-16: moved to Columbus, Ohio [5]


Schools Attended:

1952-1959: Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, Burbank, California
1959-1961: Luther Burbank Junior High, Burbank, California and Townsend Junior High, Tucson, Arizona
1961-62: Catalina High, Tucson, Arizona [6]
1962-63: Scottsdale High, Scottsdale, Arizona
1963-65: Palo Verde High, Tucson, Arizona
1965-69: University of Arizona [7]
BS, cum laude and with honors, chemistry, 1969.
BS, cum laude, mathematics, 1969
1969-77: Stanford University School of Medicine.
MD, 1975.
Stanford University Program in Neurological and Biobehavioral Sciences. PhD, 1977.
1975-76: Stanford University Medical Center. Categorical Internship in Pathology
1977-78: University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, Program in Epidemiology.
MPH, 1978
1978-81: University of California, Davis, Martinez Veterans' Administration Medical Center. Residency in Clinical Pathology.
1981-84: National Institutes of Health, NIMH, Laboratory of Neurochemistry.
Post Doctoral Fellowship.

Occupation [5]

Clinical Laboratory Director and Professor of Clinical Pathology

1984-88: University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
1988-91: City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California
1991-93: Nichols Institute Reference Laboratories, San Juan Capistrano, California
1993-97: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
1997-98: Chi Laboratory Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1998–00: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2000-14: Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio


[1] Ancestry.com, California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Ancestry.com, Birthdate: 5 Mar 1947; Birth County: Kern. Record for Michael Gilbert Bissell. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=cabirth1905&h=3655109&indiv=try.

[2] Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Ancestry.com, Record for Henry R Benefiel. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USDirectories&h=246730306&indiv=try.

[3] Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Ancestry.com, Record for Henry R Benefiel. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USDirectories&h=242931808&indiv=try.

[4] Ancestry.com, U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Ancestry.com, Database online. Record for Michael G Bissell.

[5] First-hand information. Entered by Michael Bissell --Benefiel

[6] Ancestry.com, U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Ancestry.com, Record for Mike Bissell. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=YearbooksIndex&h=112103716&indiv=try.

[7] Ancestry.com, U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Ancestry.com, Record for Michael G Bissell. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=YearbooksIndex&h=244963131&indiv=try.

[8] Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Ancestry.com, Record for Michael G Bissell. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USDirectories&h=1434602489&indiv=try.

[9] Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Ancestry.com, Record for Michael G Bissell. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USpublicrecords3&h=87493352&indiv=try.

[10] Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Ancestry.com, Record for Michael G Bissell. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USpublicrecords3&h=407218497&indiv=try.

[11] Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index,http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=people&h=652626758&ti=0&indiv=tr y&gss=pt

[12] Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Ancestry.com.

[13] Ancestry.com, California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007), Ancestry.com, Record for Michael G Bissell. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=CaMarrIndex&h=1129668&indiv=try.

[14] Ancestry.com, California Divorce Index, 1966-1984 (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=ca_divorce&h=1584514&ti=0&indiv= try&gss=pt

[15] Ancestry.com, Web: Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-Current (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;), Ancestry.com, Record for Lolita Anne" (hill) Bissel. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=StructuredCrawledSites-51&h=9517366&indiv=try.


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alternative spelling of Benefiel
Aristocratic family line associated with Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk England
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This is my actual paternal surname. Other spellings include Bennefield, Benefield, Beddingfield, etc.
alternate spelling of Benefiel
5th great grandmother's maiden surname. Scots-Irish immigrant ancestors likely from Donegal.
Paternal Great grandfather's surname. From northern Germany.
I have multiple DNA results on myself and relatives and have conducted a surname study.
My mother's maiden surname. I have conducted a DNA study on this surname.
Most of my lines of inheritance come from England.
ancestral surname
I'm one quarter German roots
History and geography of this North Sea island source of many immigrants to America
I have several lines that include immigrant ancestors in this category
Paternal great grandmother's maiden name
I have started the Benefiel One Name Study and the Encell/Ensell Name Study
Great grandmother's maiden surname. Immigrant ancestors from England to Massachusetts in 1600's.
An important tag that I use a great deal in exploring English profiles
Surname of my paternal great great grandmother Jane Ryker, a descendant of New Netherlands settlers
I have a lot of material from the time my father served as a AAF glider pilot in the ETO in WWII

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Michael Bissell --Benefiel's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Michael or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Michael (Bissell) Bissell --Benefiel: AncestryDNA Paternal Lineage (discontinued), haplogroup R1b1b2a1a1*, Ancestry member mgbissell + Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 360 markers, haplogroup R-BY45057, FTDNA kit #B85093 + Y-Chromosome Test 37 markers, haplogroup R1b
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Michael (Bissell) Bissell --Benefiel: AncestryDNA Maternal Lineage (discontinued), haplogroup J1C2, Ancestry member mgbissell + Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup J1c2, FTDNA kit #B85093
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On 3 Nov 2018 at 15:45 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Michael,

It's been a year since the England Project was re-ignited. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey!

We really appreciate all your contributions and hard work :)

We would love some feedback from you please. :)

Are you happy contributing with the team you are on, or would you like a change, or even add to another team?

If you are not already on a team, which one would you like to be on?

If you are not sure what is available, just ask, we are here to help :)

Are you still happy contributing to the England Project?

Please PM me through my profile and let me know how you are doing :)

Thank you :)

Wendy Leader England Project.

On 1 Sep 2018 at 16:58 GMT Scoti Pickrell wrote:

Hi Michael, You are linked to the Wiki page of David Davis and Elinor Moore <https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Davis-33053>

This page shows no parents for David Davis. Do you have any ideas or clues for his parentage? They are my 5th great grandparents. Thank you very much, Scoti Pickrell

On 4 Aug 2018 at 21:01 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Hi Michael,

Just an FYI, without pre-1500 as one of your followed tags you are missing posts that have to do with maintaining the badge. You may want to add the tag.

On 6 Jun 2018 at 15:59 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Michael

You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.

Thank you!!


On 12 May 2018 at 20:41 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Michael

A warm welcome to the England Project. We are so glad you joined us!!

Your badge also automatically signs you up to the United Kingdom Project.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and don’t forget to add England and United_Kingdom to your tags.


On 13 Apr 2018 at 15:50 GMT Ann Wyatt wrote:

Thank you for adding me to the list.

Ann Wyatt

On 7 Feb 2018 at 22:19 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:

Michael, thanks for adopting my cousin's husband Joshua Commodore Barney. What made you choose to remove his middle name? A database error, perhaps?

- Karen

On 1 Jan 2018 at 22:21 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 14 Oct 2017 at 21:03 GMT Carol (Christiansen) Freedman wrote:

I am looking at your early life!!!! My daughter was born in Ridgecrest, Kern County at the Drummond Hospital. My spouse was working for TI there and he moved over to the Naval Weapons Cennter. She was born in 1972. What a small world!!!! We came to Bellevue, WA in 1976.

On 4 Aug 2017 at 14:39 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

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