James Bishop was the son of Thomas Bishop (1593 - ). he was born in 1625 in Kingston Parrish, Surrey, England. He came in New Haven after 1639 and first appears in the official records as being fined 6 pence for defective military equipment, along with William Ives, John Cooper, and many others in Feb. 24, 1644 and in Mar. 7, 1647 he was admitted as a freeman in New Haven. He was both the great grandfather of Abigail Bishop and the grandfather of Mary Bishop. He married Mary Lewin Curtis (1629-1664) in 1650 in New Haven. She was the widow of Thomas Curits and had one child by him. Her sister was the widow of Capt. George Lamberton, who was lost at sea with Nathaniel Turner in 1646. She was born in 1625 in England and died on Nov. 26, 1664 at the birth of eighth child, Ruth.
Next, James married Elizabeth Thompkins on Dec. 12, 1665 in New Haven. She was born on Dec. 12, 1645 in Milford, CT and died on Oct. 25, 1703. In 1660 he was the plaintiff, along with Leistenn Nash and Sargent Boykin in a case against Richard Baldwin of Milford. James and the others were serving as the agents for the estate of Samuel Cassinch, deceased. They claimed that Richard stole a gray mare and her colt belonging to the estate of Samuel. There was much dispute over the true ownership of the mare and the final resolution was unclear from the records. James was made a corporal in the local militia in 1657 and promoted to sergeant in July and then resigned in August 1665.
James was very involved in town affairs. In August 1661 he was deputy to the New Haven Court, a role he held through 1664. He also held the role of Secretary of the New Haven General Court for the same years. In addition he was appointed as a Judge for New Haven town from 1661 through 1665. In Sept. 16, 1663, he was appointed guardian of John Hill by the court, John’s father now deceased, and the court granted to James, John Hills’s portion of his father’s estate, probably for the care of John. In May 22, 1665 again reappointed secretary to the court but asked on Aug. 14, 1665 to be “freed from his place of a secretary” and was replaced by John Winston.
In Sept. 23, 1667 James was appointed, along with John Moss, to be the deputy for New Haven to the General Assembly in Hartford to be held on Oct. 10, 1667. At the Nov. 11, 1667 town meeting, and again in 1669, he was asked, along with John Cooper to settle a boundary dispute with Bransford, CT and in 1668 James Bishop, John Cooper and others were asked to settle a boundary dispute with Milford, CT. On April 26, 1669 James was appointed recorder for the town court for the year and reappointed in 1671. On Dec. 6, 1669 he recorded the agreement with Bransford on the boundary dispute that he, John Cooper and others negotiated. (Continued)