Charles Lewis 7 BIGELOW

16324.2C   Charles Lewis 7 BIGELOW, son of Ephraim Bate6 ( Ephraim 5 , John 4 , Lieutenant John 3, Joshua2, John1), and Anne (WAY) BIGELOW, was born in Hoosick, NY on 13 Aug 1816. He married on 14 September 1843 Christian Vought. He died in 1909 North Wolcott, Wayne co., NY at age 92. Great grandfather of Russell Bigelow, R.D.#2, Red Creek, NY 13143--clipping (see below)."came to Wolcott, NY from. Hoosick, NY (200 mi.) at age of 1 year, with father, mother and 11 brothers and sisters.  Trip made in 2 large covered wagons, drawn by oxen.  His father, Ephraim Bate Bigelow came originally from Litchfield, CT. He died in 1909, age 92."

Children of Charles Lewis and Christian (Vought) Bigelow:

16324.2C1       Nicholas Vought 8, b 23 Jan 1845 Wolcott, NY; d _ Apr 1920 Wolcott, NY, buried Wolcott cem.,Wolcott, NY; m 10 Feb 1875 Rachel S. Reynolds; she born 15 Dec 1850; d _ July 1920 also buried Wolcott cem.,Wolcott, NY. (see below) 2 children known:

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Bigelow Family Genealogy Volume. I page.332;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
Bigelow Society and descendant Information.
Subject: Nicholas Bigelow,etc.
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 14:12:10 -0500
From: "Frank Patterson" <  >
My grandmother is going to be 101 in April and remembers "Nick" Bigelow from North Wolcott. Her memory is untarnished and talks a lot about my g-g-grandfather,Charles Richards,and his best friend Nicholas Bigelow. On some of my g-g grandfather's CW pension papers, Mr. Bigelow went with him to various meetings about the pension and signed papers as a witness. I have gone up to the old homestead twice this past year and know approximately where the Bigelows lived. (On the lake) (I have a distant picture of their homestead in late 1800's-early 1900's) They both were in the the Civil War, different regiments. Often talked about the war, which the women and children were notable to share in. I believe this "Nick" may have named his oldest son after my g-g grandfather, one William Charles Bigelow. Be more than glad to share. I am from Horseheads, NY. My name is Frank Patterson. I have looked hard for the regiment that Mr.Bigelow served in and any picture of him. Grandma would get such a kick to see one if it were available.He will be in my book, if I ever get it done.It is basically about my g-g grandfather and my best friend who was killed in Vietnam on Mothers Day, May 12,1968.
Hope to hear from you. Frank

Forge Vol.11, #3, July 1982; page 44-45  "A Good Citizen"
This article is from a newspaper clipping believed to be a Rochester, NY edition, in the year 1907.

Charles Lewis 7 BIGELOW, son of Ephraim Bate6 ( Ephraim 5 , John 4 , Lieutenant John 3,Joshua2, John1

The record of Charles L. Bigelow of North Wolcott, Wayne county, New York, is most interesting - one might even say inspiring - in its relation to  the duty of exercising the elective franchise.  The general conception of the right of suffrage is that it is merely a right, a privilege conferred by law  upon those who possess certain qualifications and withheld from others for certain reasons, some of which are purely arbitrary.  Mr. Bigelow voted for the  seventieth consecutive year at the recent election, and this record is declared  to be absolutely unparalled in the history of the country.  Whether it is or not, it is evidence of a signally lofty conception of the duty of voting, as distinguished from the exercise of a mere perogative.  If this conception obtained more widely, many of the evils of administrative affairs would be removed.  The greatest menace to the various movements for honesty and patriotism in the conduct of public affairs is the fact that so many otherwise good citizens do not take the trouble to register or, if registered, to go to the polls to vote.

Mr. Bigelow has been voting annually ever since the election at which Martin Van Buren was the successful candidate for president.  For seventy years, the allotted period of human life according to the Psalmist, he has expressed his opinion at the polls in the local, state and national elections.  He is now 91 years of age; and leaves behind him the legacy of a splendid appreciation of the dignity and responsibility of citizenship.  He is just an humble, modest old man; his life has been spent quietly and unobtrusively; he was probably unknown outside his immediate vicinity, until a floating newspaper paragraph carried his name beyond those unpretentious confines.  But he has done something of which he should be immensely proud, and perhaps he is.  He has done his duty so conspicuously that he stands alone in that respect.  Perhaps his vote has never changed the result of even any election, but that does not matter.   He illustrates the splendid difference between prized and unprized citizenship.

It is a great deal to have assisted, even in the most inconspicuous degree, in the settlement of all the questions which have arisen since 1837 in this country.  The battle of Waterloo was fought on the Belgian plains the year before he was born, and the echoes of the war of 1812 in our own country had not yet died away.  Abraham Lincoln was a lad of 7 when Mr. Bigelow first drew breath.  Lincoln has been dead forty-two years, while Bigelow is hale and hearty and undoubtedly proud of the fact that he voted twice for the Great Emancipator, for he has always voted the Republican ticket.  Bigelow was a man of 29 when the Mexican war broke out, and was 5 years old when Sumter was fired upon.   He lacked but one year of reaching the fiftieth milestone when Lee surrendered and Lincoln was shot.  He was 60 years old when the Centennial was held, when the Maine was sunk, he was 82.  He has seen the rise and fall of parties, the coming of the railroad, the telegraph, the telephone and all the tremendous  triumphs of science and invention.  He has seen the country purged of slavery and victorius in two foreign wars since he attained his majority.  And  through all this marvelous period he has been performing his modest share in a little hamlet up York state,  deserving well of the country he loves and so conducting himself  that he may point to all the nations achievements at the ballot box and say with Aenaeas:  "All of this I saw and a great part in it I bore," for the part of duty is always large.

Russell Bigelow, R.D. #2, Red Creek, New York 13143  (16324.2C121    Russell E. 10, b 25 Sep 1917 Wilmington, DE; d 15 Oct 1990 Westbury, NY; bur.N. Wolcott cem, Wolcott,NY; m 2 Aug 1942 Roberta May Gwaltney, b 12 June 1922 Petersburg,VA; ) found this clipping in some old belongings of his father, and states:  "Charles Lewis Bigelow was my great grandfather, and I understand he came to Wolcott, New York from Hoosick, NY, a journey of some 200 miles,  at the age of about one year, with his father and mother  and eleven brothers  and sisters.  The trip was made in  two large covered wagons  drawn by oxen. His father, Ephraim Bate Bigelow, came originally from Litchfield, Conn. He died in 1909, aged 92."

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