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Starke Aaron [Male] b. ABT. 1608 England or Scotland? - d. ABT. 1685 Groton, New London, CT

Arrived in America around 1627-1630, landing in Salem, Massachusetts.
May have lived in Cambridge, Watertown, or Dorchester, Massachusetts.
May have followed Reverend Thomas Hooker in making the earliest settlements in Connecticut in June of 1636.
Lived in Wethersfield, Windsor, Hartford, Stonington, and New London, CT.
1637 - volunteered in Pequot War.
1639 - Living in Hartford.
April 11th, 1639 - charged with unclean practices with a servant
girl named Mary Holt. "fornication". sentenced to be whipped in
hartford and windsor. Letter R branded on his cheek. Paid Mary's
parents a large sum of money. Instructed to get married.
1643 - sentenced him to be whipped again for another offense.. served under Captain Mason.
1653 - Living in Stonington.
1664 aquired fifty acres in Stonington
1666 took freeman's oath
1669 sold land in stonington
1669 became freeman in New London
Purchased a farm in Groton. Now known as Stark's Hill.
1675-1677 - volunteered for service in "King Philip's War
buried in Stonington in 1685

Aaron Stark's name was first documented in New England on April 11, 1639, when he appeared before the Particular Court of Connecticut accused, along with two other men, of "unclean practices.” He subsequently appeared before the court twice more; in July of 1640 when he was accused of bestiality; and in April of 1643 (the accusation not reported in the court record). The charges brought by the court against Aaron on these three occasions have not reflected well on his character; indeed, they have been a source of embarrassment for many past and present Stark family genealogists. But other aspects of his life also need to be taken into account, for they provide a more complete and positive picture of this man who was the progenitor of so many American Starks. The work to follow will seek to present a full and balanced account of Aaron Stark and his times.

These charges prompted many early researchers to register some harsh judgments. James Savage, in his 1860 book on genealogy in New England before 1700, described Aaron as an "unpromising youth." R. R. Hinman, in his Catalogue of Names of the First Puritan Settlers, compiled and published in 1848, reported; "Starke, Aaron, Hartford, 1639 - (This case is inserted to show the extreme severity of their punishment for bastardy)..." Hinman quotes the charges and the punishment Aaron received in his first appearance before the court. Even worse, the reference to "bestiality" and the embarrassment it engendered caused Stark family researchers to suppress altogether Aaron's second appearance before the court: all we knew was that when the court met in April of 1643, it ordered Aaron to serve Captain Mason "during ye pleasure of ye Court."

Was young Aaron Stark a mean, unprincipled, or even dishonest man? Was he truly or wrongly accused? We know he was not an educated man, was not a Puritan, couldn't write his own name, and had no known skills (other than Indian fighting, perhaps). Despite his early troubles and these handicaps, he survived to the age of 77 in a hostile environment, became a land owner and farmer, became a husband and father, and earned the trust and respect of his neighbors and mentor, John Mason. Aaron may not have been a saint and possibly did have serious character flaws, but he certainly deserves to be known for more than these early records. Perhaps his spirit still roams Connecticut looking to gain understanding and respect, and perhaps our study will help him to do so.

The factual part of Aaron's life will be drawn from surviving documentation. Other aspects of his life will be based on reasoned speculation and what we can learn about the activities of other individuals with whom he no doubt associated. Most of the factual records to be presented in this narrative have been gleaned from the research of Pauline Stark Moore, Carolyn Smith, Donn Neal, and Gwen Boyer Bjorkman, all of whom also shared their own interpretations of Aaron Stark with me.

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Prentice Wendy Lou [Female] b. 18 JAN 1955 Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co, SD - d. 23 JAN 2004 Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co, SD

Sioux Falls - Wendy Prentice Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD, died January 23, 2004, following a short illness. She was 49.

Wendy Prentice was born January 18, 1955, to Luther and Alice (Starks) Prentice. She was raised in Sioux Falls, where she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1972. Wendy worked at an area nursing home as a nursing assistant.

She married Robert Brownell and was later married to Craig Henderson. She resided in Phoenix, AZ, where she worked for financial firms in the accounting field. Wendy loved living in the desert southwest. She traveled extensively and particularly enjoyed her trips to Morocco, Amsterdam, France and Africa.

She returned to Sioux Falls in 1997 to be closer to her family. After working for K-Mart for a period of time, Wendy began her employment with Midcontinent Communications in the accounting department.

Wendy was a wildlife advocate and liked spending time outdoors. A Godmother to her nephew, Tyler Prentice, she enjoyed a special friendship with him.She was blessed with a passion for older people and cherished the many deep friendships that she had built over the years.Her fun-hearted and compassionate spirit will always be remembered and treasured.

Grateful for having shared her life are her mother, Alice Prentice, Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Brian Prentice and his wife, Brenda, Mountainburg, AR; sister-in-law, Darla Prentice, Sioux Falls, SD; nephew, Tyler Prentice, Sioux Falls, SD; four aunts; one uncle; and several cousins. Her father, Luther, and her brother, Mark, preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at Miller Funeral Home Valley View Chapel. Visitation for Wendy will begin at noon Monday, with the family present from 7:00 to 8:00 Monday evening to greet friends. A private family interment will be held at Hills Of Rest Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Sioux Valley Hospice Cottage or the Children's Inn

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Koball Karlton Arnold [Male] b. --Not Shown--

Hello James,

It was quite a surprise getting your e-mail! Thank you for the updates and corrections. I appreciate that very much.

I was so sorry to hear about your uncle, Kevin. I had fond memories of him from when I was a young boy. We used to have Starks reunions when your great-grandmother, Corra Starks was still living. I always enjoyed listening to uncle Charles (your grandfather). He always made a point of talking to (and joking with) us "young people". He was fun.

I am 48 years old, son of Alta (Starks), and am the second-to-the-youngest of five boys in my family. I have four children, Justin, Zachary, Korra and Sophie.

I have only dabbled in genealogy - I just don't seem to have the time to invest in going full scale. I do enjoy it, though. I would like to travel to Dixon and Amboy, IL someday and just spend a few days gathering information there. That seems to be the "hot spot" where the Starks and Symes families met. Grandma Corra used to tell me stories about those times. I am always bugging my mom and aunts about getting some information down, but their memories are not what they used to be.

Prior to her death, your grandfather's sister, Myrta, had made a scrap book of sorts. This contained a few family stories, but unfortunately, the genealogy portion of it was filled with a great number of inaccuracies.

You are aware, I'm sure, that the Roper (Corra's mother was a Roper) family had a book published many years ago. This helps our generations out a great deal in terms of research.

I have limited information on the Starks side. It seems as though once I get beyond Samuel Starks (1759 - 1834), it gets a bit foggy. The same is true with the Symes family. When I get beyond Steven Symes (1810 - 1870) I am afraid my information is perhaps not accurate or complete.

Sioux Falls is a growing city. I drive by grandmother Corra's house once-in-a-while and it always brings back memories of her. James, she was the kindest lady you could ever hope to meet. Actually, that whole family was (and is). From Aunt Myrta down, each one of the eight Starks children were kind and caring people. They would do anything for anyone in need.

Aunt Ethel now has Alzheimer's Disease, so she is not doing too well. She lives in California with her husband, Vinnie. Aunt Flora Nelson lives in a small town north of Sioux Falls, so I see her frequently. She is a real sweetheart of a lady. Aunt Alice Prentice is not doing too well. She just sold her home and had moved into an apartment in Sioux Falls. My mother, Alta, helps Alice out a lot. My mom is now 80, and gets around like she is 60. She is a little tiny thing and always has a smile and a warm hug for everyone.

Keep in touch and say hello to everyone for me. I am not sure if your father or aunts and uncles would remember me or not. I am a bit younger than they are. They may recall my older brothers, Keith and Curt perhaps. I believe that my cousin, Linda Starks, has touched base with your family from time to time.

If you ever have any questions that you feel I could help you with, please don't hesitate to e-mail a note or call. If you would ever like to speak with my mom, let me know. She would love to hear from you.

My warmest regards,

Karl Koball
505 E.Sandpiper Trail
Sioux Falls, SD

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Starks Emeline S. [Female] b. 14 FEB 1835 Bradford Co, PA

Occupation: School teacher and homemaker

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Williamson Harlow A. [Male] b. 8 JAN 1830 Cornwall, VT

Harlow A. Williamson is a retired farmer residing in Ashton. He is the son of Samuel B. and Sybil (Delong) Williamson, natives respectively of Cornwall and Shoreham, Vt. The father died in his native place and the mother passed from this life in Cook County, this State.

Harlow A. Williamson was one of a family of seven children, and was born in Cornwall, Vt., January 8, 1830. He was reared on a farm in his native place and received a good education, but appreciating the value of knowledge he has been a constant reader and today is a man of intelligence and culture. In 1850, when twenty years of age, he started out in life for himself and came to Illinois choosing Lee County as his abiding place. He had nothing with which to begin the battle of life but his strong hands and a determination to win, and on locating here worked out by the month on a farm for four years. At the expiration of that time he was enabled to purchase a farm of his own, having been very economical and industrious and saving his earnings. His tract of land was located in Bradford Township and upon this he settled and continued its improvement until when ready to dispose of it, he had brought it to a fine state of cultivation.

January 1, 1857, was the date of our subject's marriage to Miss Emeline, daughter of Charles and Sarah (Pratt) Starks, the latter a native of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and the mother born in Bradford County, Pa. They were among the very earliest settlers of Illinois, having made Lee County their home as early as 1838. Thus pioneer life in this State is a familiar tale to Mrs. Williamson, as its hardships as well as its adventures have made I a lasting impression upon her. Her parents remained in Lee Center Township for a few years and later went to Bradford Township, where they lived honored and useful lives and died after having reared a large family of children, eleven in number. Mrs. Williamson was the seventh child and was born, February 14, 1835, in Bradford County, Pa.

After his marriage, our subject located in Bradford Township and there he worked industriously, cultivating the soil until the fall of 1889, when he and his wife came to Ashton, where they now reside. Having no children of their own they have acted the part of parents to three little ones, Nellie, Harry and Katie, on whom they have bestowed a wealth of affection and have trained to become useful in wliatevelr position in life they may be placed.

Mr. Williamson was elected to the positions of Collector of his township, Constable and School Director and gave perfect satisfaction to his fellow-townsmen while the incumbent of those positions. He is a true-blue Republican and has always been since the organization of the party. With his estimable wife, he is active in all good works and is a member of the Presbyterian Church. They are now living retired from the active duties of life and entertain their host of friends in their beautiful new home which has just been completed and which is elegant of appointments is in keep­ing with its cultured inmates. Mrs. Williamson is an excellent lady and presides with grace and dignity over their new home, beloved and respected by all who have the honor to know her, and indeed that is saying a great deal, for they are pioneers of this section, hence have extended acquaintance.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 257

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Starks John D. [Male] b. 7 JUN 1841 Bradford Twp., Lee Co, IL - d. 15 JUN 1909 Marshalltown, IA

Database of Illinois Civil War Veterans



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Shaw Thomas [Male] b. ABT. 1622 - d. 17 JUL 1707 Stonington, New London Co, CT

Title: Nostarks.FTW

Title: Nostarks.FTW

Title: Nostarks.FTW

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Colver Edward [Male] b. ABT. 1600 England - d. 1685 Mystic, Groton Township, New London Co., CT

The Arrival

Edward Colver was born circa 1610 in England. arriving in the New World on the same ship as his future wife, Ann Ellis, who came with her Brother-in-law and Sister - Thomas FANNING born 1655 and Frances ELLIS who died 27 Apr 1704 in Stonington, CT.

Edward was a millwright and wheelwright and took up farming as well. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony at Boston in 1635 and helped in the founding of the town of Dedham, Massachusetts in 1636, his name being sixty-eighth on the list of one hundred and twenty four who signed the covenant.
1637-1653: The Prosperous Years

Edward Colver was granted 5 parcels of land to work between 28 November 1637, and 3 February 1645. He sold off the last of this land in 1651. He served in the Pequot war of 1637 as an Indian Scout. For this service he received two grants of land, one of two hundred acres in 1652/3 and another in 1654 of four hundred acres. These grants were situated about four miles north of the scene of the battle. [1].

On 19 September 1638, Edward Colver married at Dedham, Massachusetts, Ann Ellis, daughter of John Ellis. [2], which probably at that time consisted of a little congregation meeting in one of the houses of the settlers. The Rev. John Allyn was the pastor, having been ordained shortly before he performed the marriage between Edward Colver and Ann Ellis. Ann Ellis Colver was admitted to membership in the First Church at Dedham 17 September 1641, and her first child, John, was baptized two days later.

Edward Colver assisted the Winthrops in building a fort at Saybrook, Connecticut, at the mouth of the Connecticut River. He owned land in Dedham, but in 1645 removed to Roxbury, Massachusetts.

There is a record of an allotment of twelve and one-half acres of land to Edward Colver about 1648. In 1650 and 1651 he built a grist mill for Governor Winthrop. About 1653 the family moved again to Pequot (now New London) and purchased a lot from Robert Burrows. Edward was granted land 20 November 1653 of that year as "Goodman Colver."
1654-1681: Back to War

Between 1654 and 1681 Edward Colver and Governor Winthrop's son, Major John Winthrop were engaged in a land dispute. The Governor won the case for his son, and a mill built by Edward was torn down, but in 1699 amends were made and the mill was rebuilt. In the 1920's Ray Culver, a descendant of Edward, found Indian arrowheads and a stone pipe on this land that had once belonged to John Winthrop, Esq.

In 1675 when King Philip made war against the New England colonies, Edward Colver, then an old man of sixty-five, went out with his four sons, Edward Junior, Ephraim, Joseph, and Samuel, to fight against the noted Indian chief. They took part in the "Swamp fight" which occurred near Tiverton, Rhode Island, 19 December 1675, when the tribes again met with defeat and heavy loss. Edward Colver was the only soldier engaged in the "Swamp fight" who had participated in the previous Pequot War, and as the tactics of the battle were the same as on that occasion, it is thought that the old soldier may have aided Captain Dennison, who commanded the Connecticut men at the "Swamp," to plan that attack.

Edward Colver and wife Ann sold land in New London, 10 February 1661/2, both signing by mark. Edward Colver, "Sr," of New London, wheelwright, "in consideration of my own age and weakness of memory and understanding," gave land to his wife, Ann, 28 July 1682, [3]. On 5 May 1662, Edward Colver was allowed to brew beer and make bread and was allowed on 9 January 1664/5 to sell liquors.

In 1664 Edward Colver deeded the homestead at Pequot to his son John. Edward moved to the farm of four hundred acres called [4] where he continued to live until after the close of King Philip's War. [5]

In 1678 Edward and his wife Ann deeded the "Chepadas" farm to their sons Joseph and Ephraim and moved to a house in the village of Mystic built by their son Joshua in 1668. The last years of Edward Colver was spent in this house on the Groton side of the Mystic River.
To Rest and Remembrance

Edward died on 19 September 1685 in the village of Mystic, Town of Groton, New London County, Colony of Connecticut. He was then put to rest at the Wightman Burying Ground, Groton, in New London County. His marker consists of a small headstone bearing upon one face the roughly cut initials of "E. C." Edward's wife, Ann (Ellis) Colver, has a similar tombstone with the initials of "A. C." A Colver-Culver monument was erected at Edward and Ann's graves in September 1982. The monument reads:

1600 - 1685

House called Chepados, built ca 1664. 278 Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Mystic, CT 06355.
5 fireplaces.

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Pratt John [Male] b. ABT. 1638 - d. 23 NOV 1689 Hartford, CT

Will dated Apr. 9, 1687, names wife, two youngest sons, and five daughters. John administered father's estate in 1655. Freeman 1657; constable 1670. Married first about 1657; and second about 1676 Hepzibah WYATT (bap. Oct. 23, 1653, Farmington, CT; d. Dec. 20, 1711, Hartford, CT), daughter of John WYATT and Mary BRONSON. Hepzibah married second about 1690 John SADD, Jr.

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Boosey James [Male] b. ABT. 1605 England - d. 22 JUN 1649 Wethersfield, CT

An immigrant from Colchester, Essex, or vicinity, James settled at Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT by 1639 when he was clerk of the trainband. He was deputy to the General Court in April & September 1639, and many times thereafter. The will of James BOOSEY was dated Jun. 21, 1649, naming his five children, with Joseph being his "eldest son." The inventory of his estate on Aug. 4, 1649 totaled £983 8s. and reveals his occupation as a joiner and wheelwright.

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Unknown Alice [Female] d. 30 AUG 1683 Wethersfield, CT

Alice was married second on 5 Oct 1652 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT to James WAKELEY, apparently under duress. They moved to Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT, and James fled to RI in 1663 and in 1665 amid accusations of being a wizard. James WAKELEY (or WAKELEE) and his first wife, name unknown, had three children: Henry married Sarah BURT (daughter of Henry BURT and Ulalia MARCHE); Richard WAKELEE married Rebecca; and Rebecca married Ezekiel SANFORD (son of Thomas SANFORD and Sarah). The inventory of Alice WAKELEY's estate was taken on Sep. 6, 1683, totaling £348 19s.

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Loomis Joseph [Male] b. ABT. 1589 Braintree, Essex, England - d. 25 NOV 1658 Windsor, Hartford Co, CT

A 'woolen draper,' he arrived in Boston in the 'Susan and Ellen' in 1638, and settled at Windsor, CT in 1639. Married Jun. 30, 1614, Shalford, Essex, England.

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White Robert [Male] b. 17 MAY 1560 Messing, Essex, England - d. 17 JUN 1617 Shalford, Essex, England

His will was dated May 27, 1617, and indicates he lived for considerable time in the parish and was quite wealthy. He gave to support the poor of Messing, and to Rev. Richard ROGERS, a non-conformist, and Rev. Bartholomew SCRIVENER, an established church minister. Robert's will names his wife and all his children. Son Daniel and wife Bridget were named executors, and John CHRISTMAS (Sr.) and William LEVETT were witnesses. Also named are three sons in law (James BOWTELL, Joseph LOOMIS, and William GOODWIN), Ralph BETT ("my kinsman and servant"), and Joseph DIGBIE ("my servant"). The three unmarried children, Bridget, Anna, and John, were bequeathed money on the condition that they obtain the consent of their mother, and of Joseph LOOMIS and William GOODWIN, before marriage (100 marks to each daughter, and 200 marks to John). It is possible that Daniel was the son of a first wife, prior to Robert's marriage to Bridget on Jun. 24, 1585 at Shalford, Essex.

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Bigelow Isaac [Male] b. 4 MAY 1713 Colchester, New London Co, CT - d. 1792 Barre, VT ?

Isaac is found in town records as follows: town indigent, 31 weeks and 3 days; 06 February 1736 Isaac Sr. granted son Isaac 40 acres, part of the farm he now occupied [3:430]; 21 Oct 1740, Ephraim Wells and wife Elizabeth deeded to Isaac jr 7 acres [5:102]; 17 Jun 1747, William Harris deeded Isaac BIGELOW jr 52 rods of land [4:346]; 12 May 1752 Elisha BIGELOW to his brother Isaac, an exchange of land [62:65]; 20 May 1761, Isaac BIGELOW to David DAY, 118 acres [7:492].

About 1761, in company with 150 other families, Isaac and his family, excepting daughters Abigail and Mary, and son Timothy, removed to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Isaac was an original proprietor there, but returned to New England at the outbreak of the American Revolution. Son Amasa and three married daughters remained in Nova Scotia. Isaac appears on the 1790 census at Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH. From town records at Keene, NH we learn that in 1792 Isaac and wife Abigail took a life-lease from Samuel Works of Westmoreland, of half a house in Chesterfield, also the yard and half the garden, with Works providing their firewood. We have no further mention of Isaac or wife Abigail after this date. Family tradition says he died suddenly while visiting son Addi in Barre, VT, but neither town nor cemetery records provide a clue.
1790 census: NH-Cheshire-Chesterfield-Isaac Bigelow: 1-0-1-0-0.

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Bigelow Isaac Sgt. [Male] b. 19 MAR 1690/91 Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA - d. 11 SEP 1751 Colchester, CT

He was married, in Watertown, 29 Dec 1709 to Mary BOND, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Woolson/Woolsom) BOND. She was baptized 7 Dec 1690 in Watertown. They soon moved to Colchester, CT; land records show that he bought land there 23 Mar 1712, and was admitted as an inhabitant 5 Jan 1717. He held various offices in Colchester: tax collector 1724; way warden 1725, 1732, 1733, 1734, 1737, 1740, 1742, 1745, 1751; howard 1726; grand juryman 1732, 1737; surveyor 1751; lister 1751. He was a member of the local militia and in 1744 was commissioned a sergeant by the governor of the province. Colchester First church records show Isaac Bigelow & wife were admitted prior to 1733 (early records of Mr. Bulkeley's pastorale are lost.).

Rose, a "servant" of Isaac Bigelow, was baptized 9 Jun 1745; and Robin, Negro child owned by Isaac Bigelow, baptized 10 May 1747.

His will is dated 17 Nov 1749. In it he mentions his wife Mary, and bequeaths to her one-third the personal estate, and "the use of one'half the howse, whichever end she chuse" for her lifetime or as long as she remain his widow; also the use of one-half the barn. To son Elisha he gave the Negro boy named Robbins. Additionally he mentioned son Isaac, daughters Mary Fitch, Mary Waters, Hannah Clark, Abigail Fowler, and Sarah Skinner. The estate was valued at L 2087- 11-9. Isaac died in Colchester 11 Sep 1751; his widow Mary died on 9 July 1775.

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Bigelow John [Male] b. 16 FEB 1616/17 Wrentham, Suffolk - d. 14 JUL 1703 Watertown, MA

The immigrant ancestor of nearly all persons in North America bearing the surname Bigelow in any of its several variants, is John Biglo of Watertown, Massachusetts. He lived from 1617 to 1703. Many of his descendants have been recorded in a genealogy entitled The Bigelow Family in America, written by Gilman Bigelow Howe, printed 1890. The book was published by Charles Hamilton of Boston, and is no longer available except by photo-copy reprint. Rebound used copies occasionally come into the used-book market with the simple title Bigelow Genealogy.

In this book Howe states that he was unable to obtain any satisfactory account of the progenitor of John Biglo, and quotes conflicting traditions stating that the surname is of various national origins. He also quotes the late genealogist H.G. Somerby, who felt that John Biglo came from Wrentham, Suffolk, England, and was son of Randall and Jane Beageley, who had their youngest son, John, baptized 16 February 1617. Also, from the probate records of Wrentham, Somerby quotes the will of a Francis Baguley, blacksmith, of Wrentham, who in a will dated 20 October 1656, granted five pounds "to his brother John Baguley, now living in New England, if he comes for it within two years". He offered no proof that Francis was son of Randall Baguley.

The rector of Wrentham parish in 1617 was the Rev. John Phillips, who later emigrated to Dedham, Massachusetts. During his years in Dedham, Phillips once stated that the blacksmith John Biglo of Watertown, Massachusetts was the same infant whom he had baptized in 1617 as the son of Randall Beageley, and that he (Phillips) had "known John Biglo from earliest youth upward','

Further, in a civil case in Watertown during his lifetime, John Biglo took the witness stand and identified himself as "John Biglo, formerly of Wrentham, England." From these facts we state the identity and parentage of John Biglo, and through parish and probate records in England, can prove three generations of his English ancestry.

John Biglo seems to have arrived in Watertown, MA about 1632. He probably came with an older relative, Elizabeth Bigelow, second wife of Deacon Richard Butler, who after a short stay in Massachusetts, followed the Rev. Thomas Hooker to Connecticut. It is assumed that Elizabeth was an older sister or first cousin. No ship's-records exist showing the date of their arrival. It is probable that John Biglow and/or Mary Warren came over on one of the ships of the Winthrop Fleet.

John Biglo took part in the Pequot War of 1636, serving from Watertown. The next public mention we find of him is his marriage in Watertown on 30 October 1642-- the first marriage recorded in Watertown--before Mr. Nowell, to Mary Warren, daughter of John and Margaret Warren. Ella Biglow's book, Reminiscences of Historic Marlborouqh, MA, contains a fictional description of John at his wedding, in white satin breeches, ruffled shirt, and silver shoe buckles. There is also a docu-drama book called The Winthrop Woman, that is very well researched. On page 250, there is related a cannon-ball pitching contest between Will Hallet and "his opponent -- Bigelow, the blacksmith." The contest was held in the Common of "little Boston", on Election Day in the mid to late 1630's. The book relates the life of Elizabeth, a grand-daughter of John Winthrop, and a passenger on one of the ships of the same Winthrop Fleet.

To quote from Howe's book, "from the list of those who took the oath of fidelity at Watertown 1652, we find that John Biggalough was one of the number, and he became a freeman 18 April 1690 which we find from the roll of freeman written as John Bigolo; under the same date we find that Samuel Begaloo was made a freeman, and by another list, date 16 May 1690, we find Samuel Biggilo and John Warren jr. were made freemen. On the return of soldiers who were in the service from 25 November to 3 December 1675 [King Philip's War]we find the names of John Bigulah Sr, Michael Flegg, and Isaac Leonard, the last being wounded. Thus we find the name variously spelled by different officials, but when we find the name written by any member of the family, in those early days it is written Biglo, Bigelo, or Bigelow."
John Biglo appears by various accounts to have been a blacksmith, and again from town records we quote: "Agreed with John Biglo that for ten trees the towne allowed him for the setting up of a shop for a Smithes forge, that he shall either go on with his promise of setting up his trade, which is the trade of a Smith, within one twelfmonth after the date hereof or else to pay unto the towne ten shillings for these ten trees he acknowledged to have off the towne." Dated 4 March 1651.

John Biglo was chosen a surveyor of highways in 1652 and 1660, a constable [Tax-collector] in 1663, and one of the selectmen (see below) or town council, in 1665, 1670, and 1671. His homesite consisted of six acres and was bounded north by Richard Ambler and William Parker, east by Thomas Straight, south by the highway, and on the west by Miles Ives After the death of his wife Mary in 1691, he married (2) on 2 October 1694, Sarah Bemis, daughter of Joseph Bemis. She outlived him. He died on 14 July 1703, at the age of 86 years, as recorded in town records. His will was dated 4 January 1703 and was proved 23 July 1703.(His will is quoted in it's entirety after his children list)

Children of John and Mary (Warren) Bigelow, all born in Watertown, Middlesex co, MA:

11 John, born 27 Oct 1643; died about 1721 in Hartford, Connecticut; he married, at unknown date, Rebecca Olmsted, to whose nephew his property was willed. Resided Hartford., Connecticut. No issue.
12 Jonathan, born 11 Dec 1646; died 9 Jan 1711 Hartford, Connecticut; married (1)1671 Rebecca Shepard who died before 1686; (2) Mary Olcott,who died 7 Mar 1697 (3) Mary (Benton) Cole. Resided Hartford, Connecticut. 12 children.

13 Mary, born 18 Mar 1648; died in Watertown before 1704; married 3 June 1674 Michael Flagg(FLEGG). 3 children.

14 Daniel, born 1 Dec 1650; died about 1715; married at unknown date Abial Pratt; he was a tailor; resided Framingham, Massachusetts. 6 children.

15 Samuel, born 28 Oct 1653; died 1 Feb 1731/2 Waltham, Massachusetts; married 3 June 1674 Mary Flagg(FLEGG). An innkeeper & carpenter, he resided Watertown to 1720, & held several town offices. 10 children.

16 Joshua, born 5 Nov 1655; died 1 Feb 1745 Westminster, Massachusetts; married 20 Oct 1676 Elizabeth Flagg. Resided Watertown most of his life. 12 children.

17 ..... Elizabeth, born 18 June 1657; died 18 April 1694 Billerica Massachusetts; married 06 Sept 1676 John Stearns. Resided Billerica. 7 children.

18 Sarah, born 29 Sept 1659; died after 1703 at Framingham, Massachusetts; married 23 July 1679 Isaac Learned. Resided Framingham. 11 children.

19 James, born about 1660; died 20 Jan 1728 at Weston; married (1)25 Mar 1687 Patience Brown; (2)3 July 1693 Elizabeth Child; (3)15 June 1708 Johanna Erickson. Resided Watertown. 4 children. The male line,however, died out in the next generation.

1A Martha, born 1 April 1662; died unknown date. She married (1)1686 Thomas Olmsted, and divorced 1687; (2)Obadiah Woods of E. Hartford, CT, who died 1712. Martha's family is uncertain, but she left several children.

1B Abigail, born 4 Feb 1663; died 12 Jan 1754 Watertown; married 10 Dec 1684 Benjamin Harrington. Resided Watertown. 4 children.

1C Hannah, born 4 Mar 1665; died 8 Mar 1665

1D A son, unnamed, born and died 18 Dec 1667.


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
Sam'l Livermore
Daniel Harrington Witnesses
Munning Sawin"

The inventory of John Biglo's estate amounted to L 627-12-00. This was a middle-class fortune. Among the expenses charged for the funeral were several pairs of black gloves, twenty gallons of wine, bottles for the wine, allspice and sugar, and two men and horses to carry the wine and other articles to the funeral, also " a man and horse to notify Isaac Larned and wife at Sherburne to attend the funeral, and a man and horse to notify John Stearns at Billerica to attend the funeral".

An additional note comes from the Knight family genealogy, in which Joseph Knight and his wife Hannah in 1649 sold "a mansion and land" to John Biglo. A map of early Watertown is shown in Robinson & Wheeler's book, Great Little Watertown; the land owned by John Biglo appears at the extreme left of the map, as does the adjoining parcel purchased from Joseph Knight. John Biglo owned several pieces of property, and in 1686 executed a gift-in-deed, conveying 16 acres and the house thereon "already occupied by my son Samuel" to Samuel Biglow and wife.

Mary Warren Biglo

John Warren,son of John and Mary (Scarlet) Warren, was baptised 1 Aug 1585 Nayland, Suffolk, England. He married Margaret , who died in Watertown, MA 6 Nov 1662. John Warren died at Watertown 13 Dec 1667. They came to New England 1630. All their children were born Nayland, Suffolk England:

Mary, baptised 23 Apr 161;; buried 17 Dec 1622.
Elizabeth, baptised 25 June 1619; buried 1622.
iSarah, baptised 20 Apr 1620; buried 7 Sept 1621.
John, baptised 12 may 1622;died Watertown,MA about 1703; married 11 J1y 1667 Michal (Jennison) Blois.
Mary, baptised 12 Sept 1624; died 19 Oct 1691 Watertown; married 30 Oct 1642 John Bigelow. See preceding four pages.
Daniel, baptised 25 Feb 1626/7; died after 1698; married 10 Dec.1650 Mary,Barron.
Elizabeth, baptised 21 July 1629; married about 1654 James Knapp.
Bond's, Genealogies & History of Watertown;
NEHG Register, Oct 1910;
Warren genealogy;
The Winthrop Woman, by Anya Seton Chase (c) 1958
(This is a Copy of a scanned document from the Bigelow Society June 1996 by Don Bigelow

New info from Janice Farnsworth, when John was living in Watertown and one of the Selectmen:
Source: Children & Youth in America

New England towns remove children from poor families
This is the first of three volumes dealing with the history of public policy toward children and youth in America from the colonial period to the present.

1. Watertown, Massachusetts, 1671

Watertown Records, I, 103-104, 105, 107.

January 3, 1671. At a meeting of the Select-men at the house of Isaac Sterns, John Bigulah and Thomas Fleg, Senior, were appointed to treat with Edward Sanderson and his wife about getting a service for the biggest of [the] two least of his children where it may be to their own content and the good education of the child in learning and labor. And the town will be helpful to them in it if they desire it. And to acquaint them that if themselves do not that, then the town will provide a service for it.

March 3, 1671. There coming a complaint to us the selectmen concerning the poverty of Edward Sandersons family: that they had not wherewith to maintain themselves and children either with supply of provision or employment to earn any, and considering that it would be the charge of the town to provide for the whole family which will be hard to do this year, and not knowing how to supply them with provision, we considering if we should supply them and could do it, yet it would not tend to the good of the children for their good education and bringing up so they may be useful in the commonwealth or themselves to live comfortably and usefully in time to come; we have, therefore, agreed to put out two of his children into some honest families where they may be educated and brought up in the knowledge of God and some honest calling or labor. And, therefore, we do order that Thomas Fleg and John Bigulah shall have power to bind them prentices with some honest people with the consent of their parents, if it may be had, and if the parents shall oppose them to use the help of the Magistrate, in the name and with the consent of the Selectmen, Thomas Hastings.


Thomas Fleg, Senior, and John Bigulah at a meeting of the Selectmen March 3, 1672 were appointed to put out the children of Edward Sanderson apprentice. The return of Thomas Fleg and John Bigulah was that they had put out the oldest of the two, of a matter of eight years of age, to John Fleg, an apprentice till she be eighteen years of age. The said John Fleg was to have her well apparelled at her: coming to him and to have for his encouragement fifty shillings to be paid in his rates to the town. And the above said John Fleg does engage to bring her up in all respects as an apprentice according as the law require[s] and to allow her double apparel at the end of the term of her time fitting for an apprentice.

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Warren John III [Male] b. 1 AUG 1585 Nayland, Suffolk - d. 13 DEC 1667 Watertown, MA

Came from Nayland to Boston with Governor Winthrop on the ship Arabella. He arrived at Salem, June 12, 1630 and went to first Charlestown and then on to Watertown. There he took the Freeman's Oath on May 18, 1631 / was Selectman (1636-1640) and on committee of highways.

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Albers Bernard F. [Male] b. 29 APR 1875 Germantown, Clinton Co, IL - d. 11 APR 1945 St. Leo, Kingman Co, KS

Also known as Benjamin?

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Mils Stephen [Male] b. 1729

Title: Nostarks.FTW

Title: Nostarks.FTW

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Stienes Eva Katharina [Female] b. 1727

Title: Nostarks.FTW

Title: Nostarks.FTW

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