Notes for John Bigelow
!Information found (11/2002) at: http://www.mandellstreit.com/genealogy/families/bigelows/
---NOTE: Much of the information found on the page was gotten from "Genealogy of the Bigelow Family of America, from the Marriage in 1642 of John Biglo and Mary Warren to the Year 1890, by Gilman Bigelow Howe (Hamilton, Worcester, Mass., 1890).-----
For additional information about the Bigelow family, the reader is directed to the TWO Bigelow Society websites. The first is located at:
and was created by the late Don Bigelow of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The other site, created by Rod Bigelow of Massena, New York, is found at:
After the death of Don Bigelow, Rod accepted the responsibility of maintaining both sites, which now are linked together.
JOHN BIGELOW was born in Wrentham, Suffolk, in 1617 and died July 14, 1703 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He married Mary Warren in Watertown, Massachusetts, August 30, 1642. Their marriage was the first ever recorded in Watertown. ohn was a blacksmith by trade, and was elected selectman of Watertown in 1665, 1670, and 1671. He served as the town surveyor of highways twice. Mary emigrated to Massachusetts with her parents, John Warren III and Margaret (------).
They emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, arriving in the fleet with Sir Richard Saltonstall. The year of their arrival marked the beginning of the so-called Great Migration from East Anglia to New England. Through their son Samuel, John Bigelow and Mary Warren were ancestors of U.S. President James A. Garfield and Bigelow Carpet Company founder Erastus B. Bigelow. Through son Joshua, they were ancestors of Mary Jane and Lucy Bigelow, both of whom married Mormon leader Brigham Young, and David E. Bigelow, whose wife Ruth (Campbell) Bigelow founded the Bigelow Tea Company. Through daughter Sarah, they were ancestors of Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
His will was dated 4 January 1703 and was proved 23 July 1703. The will of John Biglo in its entirety, is as follows:
"In the name of God amen. I John Biglo of Watertown in the county of Middlesex within her Majesties Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, being weeke of body but in sound disposing Memory prais be given to god for the same, Do make this my last will and testament in manner & form following, that is to say first and principally I resign my soul unto the mercy full hands of allmighty god my Creator assuredly hoping through the mercy of my blessed Saviour to obtain pardon remission of all my sins and my body I commit to the earth whence it was taken, to be decently buried by the discreshion of my executors hereinafter named and as for the worldly goods & estate the lord hath lone me I dispose thereof as follows:
Imp. I give and bequeath unto Sarah my well beloved wife, and to her heirs & assigns forever, all the lands and movable estate, that was hers before our marriage, and forty pounds in money, twenty pounds of s'd money to be p'd her within one month after my decease and twenty pounds within one year after my dece's I give unto her forty pounds waight of good pork, three bushels of barley, and one bushel of indian corn, five pounds waight in butter and five pounds waight in Chees, and also two Sheep, and half the flax that shall be in the house at my Deces--and that to be in full satisfaction of her thirds,
2ndly I give & bequeath to my eldest son John Biglo, & to his heirs & assigns forever, twenty pounds in money to be p'd within one year after my Deces, and in case my s'd son have an heir lawfully begotten of his own body, I give & bequeath his s'd heir twenty pounds in money to be p'd to him or her, when it shall be twenty one years of age, or day of marriage which shall first happen, but if it hapon my s'd son deces without an heir as above s'd, then my will is y't ye aboves'd twenty pounds be equally divided between my children then surviving.
3rdly I give & bequeath unto my son Jonathan Biglo, and to his heirs & assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd him within one year after my deces.
4thly I give & bequeath to my son Daniell Biglo and to his heirs & assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd him within one year after my deces.
5thly I give & bequeath to my son Samuel Biglo and to his heirs & assigns forever ten pounds in money besides what he hath already had, to be p'd to him within one year after my deces.
6thly I give and bequeath unto my son Joshua Biglo and to his heirs & assigns forever two parcels of lands lying on the westerly side of bow brook in s'd town. Purchased of Lieut Chas Hammond as may more fully appear by the deed of the same, and twenty five pounds in money, to be p'd him within one year after my deces.
7thly I give & bequeath unto my son James Biglo fifteen pounds, which I lent him as may appear by a bond under his hand and seal, and I give & bequeath to my said son James's son James Biglo ten pounds in money to be p'd him if he shall live to the age of twenty one years, but if it so happen that he deces before s'd age, then ye s'd ten pounds to be equally divided between my s'd son James surviving children, when they shall be of the age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happen.
8thly I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Flagg and to her heirs & assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd her within two years aft
9thly I give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Sterns' children twenty five pounds in money, to be p'd them, when they are twenty one years of age, or day of marriage which shall first happen.
10thly. I give & bequeath to my daughter Sarah Learned, and assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money, within three years after my Deces.
llthly. I give & bequeath to my daughter Martha wood's children, lawfully begotten of her own body, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd them equally alike, when they shall arrive at the age of twenty one years or day of marriage, which shall first happen.
12th. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Abigail Herrington & to her heirs & assigns, twenty five pounds in money, to be p'd within four years after my deces.
And I nominat, ordain, & appoint, my above s'd son Joshua Biglo and my son in law Isaac Larned my Sole Executors to see this my last will & testament performed and all the rest and residue of my estate not herein bequeathed, after all my just debts and funerall charges are p'd my will is that it be divided between my s'd executors, that is to say, two parts of three, to my s'd son Joshua, and one third to my son in law Isaac Leanerd, and do request my trusty and well beloved friend, Capt. Benj. Garfield to be my overseer of this my last will & testament, my s'd executors to allow him out of my estate for his cost & charges reasonable sattisfaction to his content, Revoking & making null & void all former or other wills by me heretofore made. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this fourth day of January one thousand seven hundred two/three, in the first year of the reign of our lady Anna, by the Grace of God over England & Queen.
Signed, seald & Published
Daniel Harrington Witnesses
JOHN x BIGLO
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