The BIGELOW Family of Watertown in Middlesex co., Massachusetts
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JOHN BIGELOW (1617 - 1703) of Watertown
Parents: In his will, Francis Beagley als [alias] Rawley, a blacksmith of Suffolk county, England, left £5 to his brother John Beasley in New England, if he came to claim it. It has been suggested that John Beasley is John Bigelow. According to a version of the will, Francis is from Wrentham in Suffolk, making it possible that John is the son of Randle Beageley and that he was baptised there on 16 Feb 1616/7. [Ref] However Bigelow [Ref] argues that the John who was baptised in 1616 died in 1626. He suggests that the Elizabeth Bigelow who married Dea. Richard Butler of Hartford might be John's sister.
John Bigelow was born about 1617. He died on 14 Jul 1703, age 86. [Ref] He married first Mary Warren on 30 Oct 1642 in Watertown. [Ref, entry for John Warren][Ref][Refdoes not give the date or location][Ref says 8 (8) 1642 and cites Watertown records] He married second Sarah, the daughter of Joseph Bemis, on 2 Oct 1694. [Ref]
John was a blacksmith. [Ref] He was a soldier in the Pequot War of 1637-8. [Ref] He took the oath of fidelity in Watertown in 1652. [Ref] He was surveyor of highways in 1652 and 1660. [Ref] He was constable in 1668. [Ref] He was a selectman in 1665, 1670 and 1671. [Ref]
John Bigelow, Sr. and his brother-in-law Daniel Warren, Sr. were impressed from Watertown in Nov/Dec 1675 to serve in King Philip's War. [Ref] They were credited for service under Capt. John Cutler on 24 Jul 1676. [Ref] They were credited again as soldiers from Watertown on 24 Aug 1676. [Ref]
John Bigelow, Sr. was a freeman on 18 Apr 1690 in Watertown. [Ref]
John's will was signed with his mark on 4 Jan 1708 and proved on 28 Jul 1708. He mentions his wife Sarah; his eldest son John; his other sons Jonathan, Daniel, Samuel, Joshua, James; his daughter Mary Flagg; daughter Elizabeth Stearn's children; his daughter Sarah Learned; his daughter Martha Wood's children; his daughter Abigail Herrington; his son-in-law Isaac Learned. He left 20 gallons of wine for his funeral and asked Isaac and Sarah Learned of Sherbourne and Isaac Stearn of Billerica to attend. [Ref]
Children of John Bigelow and Mary Warren, all born in Watertown:
SAMUEL BIGELOW (1653 - 1720/1) of Watertown
Parents John Bigelow and Mary Warren [Ref]
Samuel Bigelow was born on 28 Oct 1653. [Ref][Ref] He died between 30 Sep 1720, when he signed his will, and 21 Feb 1721, when it was proved. [Ref] He married first Mary Flagg on 3 Jun 1674, the same day his sister Mary married his wife's brother Michael. [Ref only gives the name] Mary died on 7 Sep 1720, age 67 years and 8 months in Waltham. [Ref]
A Samuel Bigelow was in the Watertown sections of the 18 April and 16 May 1690 lists of freemen. [Ref] He was licensed as an innkeeper 1702 - 1716 in Watertown. [Ref] He was a representative to the General Court in 1708, 1709 and 1710. [Ref]
Samuel witnessed a 2 Jan 1709/10 deed wherein Thomas Bruce gave half of his disputed rights in Marlborough to their joint grandson David Bruce. On 3 Jan, Samuel was appointed guardian of David. On 23 Jan 1709 Samuel hired John Sherman, attorney, to represent David's case for the disputed rights. On 13 Mar a tentative settlement was reached. [Ref]
Samuel mentions his grandchildren David Bruce and Nathaniel, Isaac, Thomas and Catherine Reed in his will. He also mentions his sons John, Samuel, Thomas and Isaac; his daughters Mercy Garfield, Abigail Cutter and Deliverance Stearns; his son-in-laws Thomas Reed, Josiah Howe and Daniel Warren. [Ref]
Children of Samuel Bigelow and Mary Flagg:
MARY BIGELOW (1677 - 1708)
Parents: Samuel Bigelow and Mary Flagg
Mary Bigelow was born on 12 Sep 1677. [Ref][Ref] She died on 21 Feb 1707/8 in Sudbury. [Ref][Ref] She married first David Bruce on 26 Jan 1699. [Ref] David, the son of Thomas Bruce of Sudbury and Marlborough, was born about 1675 in Sudbury. [Ref] He died on 22 Jul 1701 in Marlborough. [Ref] Mary married second Thomas Read on 3 Dec 1701. [Ref][Ref]
Children of Mary Bigelow and David Bruce:
Ackerman, Arthur Wilmot, "Charles Sumner Bigelow," Memoirs of Deceased Members of the NEHGS section, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 81, 1927, 327.
Ballou, Hosea Starr, "Dr. Thomas Starr, Surgeon in the Pequot War and his Family Connection," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 89, 1935, 172- .
Bodge, George, "Soldiers in King Philip's War," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, many volumes.
Bond, Henry, Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendents of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston; to Which Is Appended the Early History of the Town, Vol. I, Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1855.
Durrell, Harold Clark, "James Franklin Bigelow," Memoirs of Deceased Members of the NEHGS section, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 87, 1933, 193.
Editors, "Names of Persons who Took the Oath of Fidelity in 1652," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 3, 1849, 401.
French, Elizabeth, "Genealogical Research in England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, many volumes.
Howe, Gilman Bigelow, Genealogy of the Bigelow family of America: From the marriage in 1642 of John Biglo and Mary Warren to the year 1890, unknown, unknown, 1890.
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007.
Otis, Horatio N., "Brief Notice of the Honorable Orin Fowler, with a Sketch of the Pedigree of the Family," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 7, 1853, 131.
Paige, Lucius, R., "List of Freemen, " New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 3, 1849, 348-9.
Pelle, Winifred Fahey, Lindsley Reese Bailey, Winsor Bruce, Laura Lindquist Fahey, Miriam Fahey Rudd and Catherine Rose Fahey, "Thomas Bruce of Sudbury, Marlborough, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 136, 1982, 294 - .
Pulsifer, David, trans., "Records of Boston," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, many volumes.
Vital Records of Watertown, 1630-1825. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007.