Lord Robert Bigelow ALLERTON
(Abt 1548-1582)
(Abt 1550-)
Randall Baguley BIGELOW
(Abt 1578-1626)
(Abt 1582-1626)


Family Links

1. Mary WARREN

2. Sarah BEMIS


  • Born: 16 Feb 1616/17, Wrentham, Suffolk, England
  • Christened: 16 Feb 1616/17, Wrentham, Suffolk, England
  • Married (1): 30 Oct 1642, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Married (2): 2 Oct 1694
  • Died: 14 Jul 1703, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Buried: 16 Jul 1703, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

   Ancestral File Number: LVX2-CG. User ID: 2328.

   General Notes:

Immigrated England >Watertown Massachusetts 30 Aug ?1637/1642, Military Service, Served in Pequot War 1637, Earliest Marriage in Town Records 30 Oct 1642, Blacksmith, Oath of Fidelity 1652, Surveyor of Highways 1652 and 1660, Constable 1663, Selectman 1665, 1670, 1671, Served in King Phillip's War 1675/1676, Will Dated 4 Jan 1703, Will Proved 28 Jul 1703.

A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, John Farmer, Genealogical Publishing Co, Lancaster MA 1829, p33: JOHN BIGELOW, Watertown 1642, had a son John b 1643. Of the name of Bigelow and Biglow, 24 had graduated from NE colleges in 1828.

Ancestors of Charles Dana Bigelow and His Wife Eunice Ann Howe, Compiled for their Son and Daughter, Charles Emerson Bigelowand Jessie Howe (Bigelow) Beech, Josephine C Frost, Frederick H Hitchcock Genealogical Publ, NY, 1926
p6: "John Bigelow m Mary Warren, Child Samuel Bigelow m Mary Flagg...
"1. John Bigelow first appears on the records at Watertown MA in the first marriage at that place when on the 30th of 8th month he married Mary Warren, the ceremony being performed by Mr Nowell. They had thirteen children and she died 9 Oct 1691 and he on 14 Jul 1703 aged 86 years. He served in the Pequot War of 1637 and on the return of the soldiers who served in King Philip's War of 1675/1676 his name may also be found. He was a surveyor of highways in 1652 and 1660; Constable in 1663 and one of the Selectmen in 1665, 1670, and 1671. He married second 2 Oct 1694 Sarah Bemis..."

Genealogy of One Branch of the Bigelow Family, W H Bigelow, 1877, George E Selleck, Brattleboro, p3:
"Family Record.
"To Hudson's History of Marlboro Mass., I owe the possession of the followingdata of the earliest records of the Bigelow race.
"This family was early in the Country, and may be traced to a remote period in England, even to the reign of Henry the 3d, (1206) when the name was written Baguley, and was derived from theplace where they dwelt. Richard, at that time, was Lord of Baguley, and his descendants took the name of the place. In the reign of Henry the 7th, (1485) Ralph de Baguley was Lord of Allerton Hall. He died in 1540, leaving Randall and Nicholas. Randall died in 1556, and his sons Phillip and Robert divided his estate. Robert died in 1582, leaving a son Randall, who moved to Suffolk County, England, and died in 1626, leaving two sons, Francis and John. Francis died in 1657, and gave by will a portion of his property to his brother John, then in New England, at Watertown, Mass.
"From the 'Genealogical Records of New England' I quote as follows:
"'John Bigelow, Watertown, MA, 1636, Blacksmith, son of Randall, of Wrentham in County of Suffolk England, baptized 16 Feb 1617 by the hand of Rev John Philip, the Rector, who came to our country two years after Bigelow did and lived some time at Dedham, but on the overthrow of the Bishops' domination in England went back to his old living.'
"The above named (1) John Bigelow married, 30 Oct 1642, Mary Warren, daughter of John Warren of Watertown MA, which was the earliest marriage on the town records.
John born 27 Oct 1643, lived in Hartford CT, no Children.
Johnathan born 11 Dec 1646, lived in Hartford CT.
Mary born 14 Mar 1649.
Daniel born 11 Dec 1650.
Samuel born 28 Oct 1653.
(2)Joshua born 5 Nov 1655.
Eliza born 15 Jun 1657.
Sarahborn 29 Sep 1659.
Martha born 1 Apr 1662.
Abigail born 4 Feb 1664.
Hannah born Mar 1666.
"His wife Mary died 16 Oct 1691. He married again and died 14 Jul 1703. His will was dated 4 Jan 1703 and was proved up 28Jul 1703. 'His inventory shows good estate..."

Genealogies, Families, and Descendants of Early Settlers of Watertown MA, Vol I, Genealogies, Henry Bond MD, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1855
p29: "1.(I.) John Bigelow, a blacksmith, of Watertown, took the oath of fidelity, 1652, and was selectman 1665, '70, '71, He m 30 Oct 1642 Mary Warren [This is the earliest marriage found in the town records.] She d 19 Oct 1691 and he m (2d) 2 Oct 1694 Sarah Bemis. He d 14 Jul 1703 aged 86. Inventory L627,12. His will was dated 4 Jan 1702-1703 and proved 28 Jul 1703.
"2.1. John b 27 Oct 1643; a housewright; settled in Hartford CT prior to 1669, in which year his land was taxed. He m Rebecca, dau of Jonathan Butler, of Hartford.His will, dated 1707, after providing for his wid (he had no chil) conveyed his estate to Jonathan Butler, and the farm has remained with the Butler family to this day. Some of Mr Bigelow's relatives attempted ineffectually to break this will.
13.3.2. Jonathan b 11 Dec 1646.
4.3. Mary b 18 Mar 1648/1649, m 3 Jun 1674 Michael Flagg [Flagg, 22].
16.5.4. Daniel b 1 Dec 1650.
22.6.5. Samuel b 28 Oct 1653.
33.7.6. Joshua b 5 Nov 1655.
8.7. Elizabeth b15 Jun 1657, m Lieut John Stearns Jr [I.Stearns,1,III].
9.8. Sarah b 29 Sep 1659, m 23 Jul 1679 Isaac Learned of Fram a first
cousin of said John Stearns [Learned,9].
44.10.9. James.
11.10. Martha b 1 Apr 1662, m John Woods (?Obadiah Woods).
12.11. Abigail b 4 Feb 1663/1664, m 10 Dec 1684 Benjamin Harrington [35].
12. Hannah b and d Mar 1665/1666.
13. Son b and d Dec 1667..."
p619: "1.(I.) John Warren came to America in 1630 aged 45; settled in Watertown was admitted freeman 18 May 1631; was Selectman 1636-1640. In 1635 he and Abraham Browne were appointed to lay out all highways and to see that they were repaired. His homestall lot of 12 acres in 1642 was bounded W by highway, E by William Hammond, N by John Biscoe, S by Isaac Sterne. He also then owned 7 other lots amounting to about 176 acres. Oct 1651 he and Thomas Arnold were each fined 20s for an offence against the laws concerning baptism. 14 Mar 1658-1659 he was to be warned for not attending public worship; but "old Warren is not to be found in town." 4 Apr 1654 he was fined for neglect of public worship 14 Sabbaths each 5s=L3.10s. 27 May 1661 the house of "old Warren and goodman Hammond" were ordered to be searched for Quakers. His wife Margaret d 6 Nov 1662 and he d 13 Dec 1667 aged 82. His Will dated 30 Nov, proved 17 Dec 1667 mentions the following chil, probably all b in England.
[Figure = Signature of John Warren]
15.2.1. John b 1622; adm freeman 18 May 1645.
3.2. Mary m 30 Oct 1642 John Bigelow [Bigelow, 1.]
6.4.3. Daniel b 1628; took oath of fidelity 1652.
5.4. Elizabeth m abt 1654 James Knapp [Knapp,4.]"

17th Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century 1915-1975, Mary Louise Marshall Hutton, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company Inc, 1987, p25:
"Joseph Bigelow (1617-1703) MA, m. Mary Warren; Sarah Bemis, Selectman, Military Service."

Barber Genealogy, Sect I Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909, Sect II Descendants of John Barber of Worcester Massachusetts 1714-1909, Publ John Barber White, Ed Lillian May Wilson, Haverhill Mass, Press of the Nichols Print, 1909, clxiv 659p 24cm, 10-11369, CS71.B24 1909, Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909.
p86: "Patience Bigelow, the mother of Sarah and Prentice Lawrence, was a descendant of the Bigelow family of Allerton Hall, the line of descent being as follows:
"Randall, of Suffolk, 1626.
"John Biglo, bp. Feb 16, 1617; came from England to Watertown, Mass., Aug. 30, 1642; m. Mary Warren. Their son,
"James Bigelow, m. Mar25, 1687, Patience Browne, dau. of Jonathan and
Mary (Shattuck) Brown, who was b. Mar. 6, 1668-1669. He d. Jan 30,

Database: Massachusetts Pioneers
page 49
[p.49] BIGELOW, etc., cont. and he m. Oct. 2, 1694, Sarah, dau. or widow of Joseph Bemis. Ch. John b. 27 (8) 1643, Jonathan b. 11 (10) 1646, Mary b. March 18, 1648, (m. June 3, 1674, Michael Flagg,) Daniel b. Dec. 1, 1650, Samuel b. Oct. 28, 1653, Joshua b. Nov. 5, 1655, Elizabeth b. June 18, l657, (m. John Stearns, Jr.,) Sarah b. Sept. 29, 1659, (m. July 23, 1679, Isaac Learned,) James (known from parson Bailey's rec. of his marriage March 25, 1687;) Martha b. April 1, 1662, (m. ---- Woods,) Abigail b. Feb. 4, 1663-4, (m. Dec. 10, 1684, Benjamin Harring-ton,) Hannah b. and d. in 1665, a son b. and d. in 1667. He d. July 14, 1703, ae. (per dep.) 86. Will dated 4 Jan. 1702-3, prob. July 23, 1703, beq. to wife Sarah; sons John, Jonathan, Daniel, Samuel, Joshua, and James; daus. Mary Flegg, Elizabeth Sterne, (her children,) Sarah Larnard, Martha Wood, (her children,) and Abigail Harrington.

Ancestral File Ver 4.13 LVX2-CG John BIGELOW Born/Chr 16 Feb 1616/1617 Wrentham Suffolk England, Mar 30 Oct 1642 Mary WARREN (AFN:7TTP-NV) Watertown Middlesex MA, Died 14 Jul 1703 Watertown Middlesex MA, Bur 16 Jul 1703 Watertown Middlesex Massachusetts, v4.19 Born ?1639 (sic) Christened 16 Feb 1617.


1. Residence; 1642, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA. 1

   Marriage Information:

John married Mary WARREN, daughter of John WARREN, III and Margaret BAYLY, on 30 Oct 1642 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA. (Mary WARREN was born on 14 Mar 1623/24 in Nayland, Suffolk, England, christened on 12 Sep 1624 in Nayland, Suffolk, England, died on 16 Oct 1691 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA and was buried on 19 Oct 1691 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA.)

   Marriage Information:

John also married Sarah BEMIS on 2 Oct 1694. (Sarah BEMIS was born on 15 Jan 1641/42 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA, died in 1712 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA and was buried in 1712 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA.)


1 Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, John Farmer, Library of Congress Catalogue Number 64-19761; International Standard Book Number 0-8063-0108-2, (Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc, Lancaster MA 1829), pg 33.

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