Daniel 6 BIGELOW

Daniel Bigelow, Nova Scotian who settled in Richland co, OH, and Walworth co, WI.

1592C.3      Daniel 6 BIGELOW, son of Amasa 5 ( Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1 and Rosina (CONE) BIGELOW, was born 09 August 1777 at Cornwallis, Kings county, Nova Scotia. He married there, on 05 May 1804, Emma Johnston, daughter of William and Mary (Peck) Johnston. She was born 30 October 1784, and died at Canso, Nova Scotia 27 January 1822. Daniel was a shipbuilder in his father's employ until age 21, then built his own ship, and in time had 3 vessels. Living successively in Horton, Pictou, and Canso, he was engaged in the West Indies trade until 1825, when he sold out. He moved to Richland county, OH for nine years, where he was a physician. In 1834 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and built a sawmill. Three years later he sold it and moved to Eagleville, building the first sawmill in that community.
     In 1837 he came to Walworth County, WI and is said to have planted the first crop of winter wheat in Sugar Creek township. The following year he built the first gristmill; lacking buhrs, he hunted out and dressed two granite stones and fitted them to the mill. They were in use several years. On 22 August 1838 in Milwaukee, he married (2) Jane Sleighton, who lived only a few years. In Daniel's old age, he returned to Nova Scotia and lived with his son William, dying at Canso 24 August 1863.

Children of Daniel and Emma (Johnston) Bigelow:

1592C.31t    Mary Ann, b 10 Feb 1805 Horton; d 2 Mar 1897 Sparta, Monroe, WI; m 20 Jan 1825 Ward Atwater. 9 children.

1592C.32t    William Johnston, b 23 Oct 1806 Horton; d 13 Sep 1875 Canso, Guysborough, NS; m (1)1834 Sarah M. Whitman; (2) Mathilda Publicover. 7 children.

1592C.33      Jane, b 26 Aug 1808 Horton; d ____ ; allegedly m __ Atwater, unless this be confused with her older sister.

1592C.34      Amelia (or Emily), b 27 Apr 1810 Horton; d ____ 1899 Forbes, Christian co, MO; m Isham Day. Large family. (see below)

1592C.35t     Amasa, b 29 Nov 1811 Horton; d 19 June 1876 Topeka, Shawnee Co, KS (while visiting relatives); m 6 Apr 1837 (Richland co, OH) Phoebe Boyce; res WI and CA. 10 children.

1592C.36t     Eliza Lee, b 1 May 1813 Pictou; d 3 Mar 1890 Drain, Douglas co, OR; m 14 July 1833 (St. Clair co, IL) Robert Crouch Kinney. 8 children.

1592C.37t     Daniel, b 24 July 1815 Pictou; d 27 Aug 1895 Sugar Creek, Walworth co, WI; m 21 Oct 1841 Richland co, OH) Amy McCart. 4 children.

1592C.38t     Abigail, b 18 May 1817 Pictou; d 21 Nov 1896; m (1)26 Dec 1834 (Richland co, OH) John Byrd; (2)12 July 1867 John Tomlinson (divorced 1870); (3) 23 July 1878 J.C. Pierce. 7 children.

1592C.39t     James, b 13 May 1819 Canso; d 15 Nov 1893 Sugar Creek, Walworth Co, WI; m _____ (date) Ann Fowler. 5 children.

1592C.3At    Sarah Ellice, a triplet, b 27 Jan 1822 Canso; d 10 May 1886 Sonoma, Sonoma co, CA; m (1) Milwaukee 10 Dec 1839 Isaac Flint; (2) James Cooper; (3) 25 Oct 1857 Sydney Harris. 9 children in all.

1592C.3B     Emma Grace, a triplet, b 27 Jan 1822 Canso; d ____ 1860 Sonoma, Sonoma co, CA; m 10 Oct 1842 (St. Louis, MO) Coleman D. Smith. 6 known children.

1592C.3C     infant son, a triplet, b and d 27 Jan 1822 Canso.

Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol I, pg 280-281;
Addendum Oct 2006; 
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
LaGrange Pioneers;
marriage and cemetery records NS, OH, IL, WI, MO, CA, OR;
correspondence with descendants.
Forge: The Bigelow Society Quarterly; Vol 28, No. 2 April 1999;
Forge: The Bigelow Society Quarterly; Vol 28, No. 4 Oct 1999;
Forge: The Bigelow Society Quarterly; Vol 30, No. 2 April 2001;

April 2001 FORGE: The Bigelow Society Quarterly; Vol.30, No.2

                             Emily 7 (Bigelow) Day, Daniel 6 Amasa 5 ( Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1)

         The following newspaper clipping from a Missouri newspaper in 1899/1900 announcing the death of Emily
         (Bigelow) Day [1592c.34] was contributed by Lucille Bigelow, Spnngjield OR. Articles about Emily's father,
         Daniel and her brother, Amasa 7, appeared in Forge, Vol.28, Nos. 2 - 4 (April - October 1999).

                                Was Ninety Years Old
                      Mrs. Amelia Day of Christian County Was
                                   Buried Sunday
                       Her Husband One of the Victims of Aif
                               Bolin's Terrible Hate

         Mrs. John Chrisman [Mary 8 Day] returned home
         from Sparta yesterday, where she was called about
         two weeks ago by the illness of her mother, who was
         buried Sunday. Mrs. Day - [ Emily who is sometimes
         called Amelia], the mother of Mrs. Chrisman, was in
         her 90th year, having been born in Nova Scotia in
         1810. She had lived in Southwest Missouri 50 years.

         Her husband, Isam [Isham] Day, was a Christian
         preacher, and his murder by the notorious Aif Bolin
         band of bushwhackers during the civil  war is
         remembered by the older people of Christian and
         Taney counties as one of the darkest crimes of that
         period of terror.

         Preacher Day was a Union man and Bolin and his
         gang captured him hauling a load of corn with a
         yoke of oxen. A son about 11 years old, now ex-
         Judge Thomas Day of Sparta, was with the farmer
         when the bushwhackers made him their prisoner.
         The guirrillas [sic] chained their captive and took
         him with the wagon of corn down to White [this
         section of the clipping is missing.]

         This was the last word Mr. Day ever spoke to one of
         his family. The boy went home and told his mother
         and sisters where he left his father.

         It was about three weeks before Mrs. Day learned
         the details of her husband's fate. The bushwhackers
         took their prisoner down to White River about 14
         miles below Forsyth. Here they put him into an
         outhouse and kept him chained for three days. Then
         the man was shot and his body sunk into white
         River, weighted down with rocks. Some time after
         this a Greene county southern man was going south
         with his slaves. In crossing the river, one of the
         negroes was drowned. In searching for the body of
         the slave, that of the murdered man was found. It
         was buried near the river, but Mrs. Day never
         recovered the remains of her husband. There were
         few men left in the country then and the women
         were not always equal to sad emergencies of the

         Mr. Day was a man of poor health, unfit for military
         service and because of his well-known peaceable
         disposition he supposed himself safe from the
         vengeance of the worst foes of the Union cause.

         His slayer, Alf Bolin, was betrayed and killed for the
         price put upon the terrible bushwhacker's head by
         the federal authorities toward the close of the war.

         Mrs. Day was the next oldest person in Christian
         county to old Grandma Foster, the mother of Col.
         John Foster, who died in Springfield of a wound
         received at Wilson Creek. Mrs. Foster is now 98
         years old and has a good promise of passing her
         100th mile stone. She is the widow of a soldier of the
         war of 1812.

Modified - 10/30/2006
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