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Bigelow Ebenezer [Male] b. 12 JAN 1815 Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada - d. 14 AUG 1889 Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada
He early learned the shipbuilding trade and built his first vessel when he was only 19 years of age. He was one of the first in Nova Scotia to draft a vessel and soon gained an excellent reputation as a shipbuilder. His vessels being considered second to none on the Atlantic Coast. He built one or two every year until he retired at sixty years of age. These were ships, barques, schooners and brigs. He died at his home in Canning on 14 August 1889 and Watie about two weeks after - on 02 September 1889.
At the age of 27 he moved to Spencer's Island, Parrsborough, NS and engaged in shipbuilding. With his father in law, he built the mystery ship: Mary Celeste (see below). He was also in the mercantile business. He married (1) on 05 November 1867 Margaret Dewis daughter of Joshua and Naomi (Reed/Reid) Dewis. She was born at Advocate on 09 May 1845 and died 10 June 1869. His (2) marriage was to Barbara H. Suthergreen on 12 July 1875. She was born at Advocate in November 1846. We do not have William's death date.
See "The Mystery Ship" about the "Mary Celeste" article in "Forge" Vol.26, No. 3, Jul 1997, page 46; "Forge",Vol.28,No.1, Jan.1999. This reference regards grandfather of Stanley T. Spicer who sailed on her, first on maiden voyage, later as mate. He notes that W. H. Bigelow was one of the original shareholders, but Joshua Dewis was the builder. He states: "It may well have been that some of these original shareholders supplied timber and other materials and took shares in lieu of payment. This was a common practice. William Thompson who rigged the vessel may have been paid in part or in whole with his eight shares. While the vessel could not have been built without contributions of shareholders, there is no question that Joshua Dewis was the builder. He continues: Since W. H. Bigelow has been mentioned, I don't know if you are aware that a vessel was built here and named after him. Enclosed are details from the register [see note**]. From about 1880 until the turn of the century, the Spencers Island Co. built vessels here and also operated the local general store. W. H. Bigelow was one of the shareholders and the store just closed its doors last month.
Stanley T. Spicer sent 1999 letter about Mary Celeste and has written "The Saga of the Mary Celeste: Ill- Fated Mystery Ship", Hantsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1993. Exerpt about the shipbuilding Bigelows of Canning, NS from Stanley Spicer's book, Maritimers Ashore and Afloat, Vol. 2, was the July 1998 (Vol. 27, No.3) cover story of "Forge". Mr. Spicer has generously provided the Editor with a copy of this book on the Mary Celeste, and contributed the information above in a letter. "Forge" Vol.28, No. 1, Jan 1999, p. 14, "**Brig W. H. Bigelow, 280 tons. Built at Spencers Island, NS 1863. Original shareholders: W. H. Payzant, Daniel Cox and W. H. Bigelow, majority shareholders (48 shares) Isaac Spicer, 8 shares,Thomas Bigelow and Alexander Huntley, both from Cornwallis, NS, 4 shares each. Alexander Huntley was probably master builder, perhaps with Thomas Bigelow. both listed on the register as shipwrights. The brig was wrecked in Bahamas, 1873.
This family resided in Lower Stewiacke, NS where he owned a mill and general store. Both Amasa and Elizabeth died at North Sydney, NS - dates are missing.
He died after 35 years as head of the Chemistry Dept. of Mt. Allison Univ. in Sackville. His will probated in Windsor, Hants co, NS.
killed by train in Malden MA.
Lorenzo Peters was a salesman and worked on the Railroad. Records say he was born in Cow Bay, Cape Breton, NS, and in another, Catalone, NS. Eva Blanche Bigelow was grandmother of writer of family sheet. She was a telephone exchange operator and housewife. She died 26 Sep 1974 at Belmont,NS.
William Earle Peters was 4th of 9 children . He was an electrician in Alcan. He married Gertrude Alma Hall at age 19. He worked at Lewis's Garment Factory in Truro until joining the Air Force in 1940. dog tag # R104101. He taught small arms out of aircraft and travelled over Canada four and 1/2 years.
In 1945, being released from the Air Force in Kingston, he moved his family from Summerside, PEI. The family settled in Collins Bay where the first home was purchased. Windermere Square was the site of the second home and all the
family participated in building it, assisted by financing from DVA. Queen Mary Road was the third home in the Kingston area. During this time the retirement home was being built on Clarke Drive, R.R.3 Gananoque on the St.Lawrence.
Earle worked in Kingston one year at Dupont; then to Alcan for 36 years as an electrician, retiring in 1972. Earle enjoys family, reading, playing golf, playing his piano organ, music, boating, curling, walking, cross country skiing and last year (1996) bought a bicycle. Travelling has been extensive throughout the USA. An occasional cruise, one to the Carribean and Alaska. The most enjoyable trips were to visit his family who are spread across Canada.
Katherine Spence was foster mother for 117 babies
attended Texas Christian College
Booie Kuhn was with Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team; They have a daughter Marjorie Kuhn, res. Sussex NB.
born in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, Canada 18 January 1835. Benjamin died 1901 in Lake County, CA, at 66 years of age. He married Prudence Ruth COX in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, Canada ?, abt 1860. Prudence was born in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, probably 18 October 1841. Prudence died after 13 June 1900 in CA, at approximately 58 years of age. Prudence immigrated, 1870. Destination: Seattle, WA. She resided in Berkeley, Alameda co, CA 13 June 1900, 1941 Berkeley Way.
Benjamin immigrated, 1868. Destination: Seattle, WA. He petitioned the court to become a citizen in Seattle, WA, 1876.
Benjamin's occupation: Ship Builder in Canada and Seattle, WA ?, before 1888. Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on
the 1900 Census in Berkeley, Alameda co, CA. He resided in Berkeley, Alameda co, CA 13 June 1900, 1941 Berkeley
Way. Name shown as David B.[Benjamin] Bigelow on the 1900 Federal Census, but shown as Benjamin David in the Bigelow
Family Genealogy, Vol 2.
Ebenezer was a ship builder
Isaac was a shipbuilder. Real estate and banking also took up his time after he married Emeline Davison on 25 November 1862. She was the daughter of William 'Edward' and Margaret (Payzant) Davison; she was born 08 February 1845, Lower Canning, Kings co, NS, and died 15 July 1912, Seattle, WA. In late years, both Isaac and Emeline were in the state of WA and both died at Seattle, King co, WA. She 15 July 1912 and he on 27 June 1922.
he was a Congregational minister at Somerville,
As his father before him, John was in the shipbuilding trade and they resided in Canning all of their lives she dying there in 1925 and he in 1931 after raising a large family
A master shipbuilder. moved to CA; killed while doing some mechanical work at San Diego
Owen was a Railway Engineer
Joseph was a carpenter and building contractor. They resided in Halifax, NS. Joseph died 06 June 1950 at Saskatoon, SK. No death data on Minnie.
Emerson was a building contractor in Saskatoon Sask., businessman and farmer. Emerson and Grace lived in Canning, NS where he was a Grocer, In 1935 they lived in Thochu, Alberta when their daughter Lois Grace married G.Albert Mattson. They had three children. Emerson was a Building contractor in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, a businessman and farmer. Grace was an Elocutionist reader and Home Maker. Emerson died 04 January 1942 at Wimborne, Alberta. No death data on Grace.
He was a shipbuilder and contractor.
He married Mabel Antoinette Spicer who was born 10 June 1878 Spencers' Island, NS and died 07 July 1952 Kentville, NS. She was daughter of Robert Wesley and Emma (Smith) Spicer. Halle had died 18 February 1947 from cancer. (One source says 1949?) They had 5 children.
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