"On Memorial of William Bidwell, of Hartford, Administrator of the estate of Daniel Bigelow, late of Hartford, deceased: Showing to this Assembly the s'd Daniel Bigelow died intestate, leaving three children by his first wife, whose maiden name was Hannah Bidwell, which Hannah was owner of land when she married unto s'd Bigelow, and that the s'd Bigelow had by s'd Hannah, one son and two daughters which still survive, and that all the movable estate is not sufficient to pay all s'd Bigelow's just debts, and shewing that Martha, one of the daughters of s'd Daniel and Hannah, who is now 13 years old, is an idiot and wholly incapable of doing anything for herself, and memorialist would ask that some person be appointed to estate of s'd Martha to pay a bill of L 24, 12s, which was ordered, and appointed Joseph Pitkin and Jonathan Bull. "
Mainwairing's Early Wills & Probate continues the record further with the petition of second wife Elizabeth on behalf of her two daughters for a share in the estate; this marriage and second family were totally overlooked by Howe.
From the probate records quoted above, are surmised the following children. By the first wife, Hannah (BIDWELL) :
12A1 Hannah, b 1719; d Tolland, CT; m 3 Nov 1740 Ezekiel LADD. 12 children.
12A2 Martha, b ca 1722; mentally retarded, and unmarried- no death date.
12A3 Daniel, Capt., b ca 1724; d 12 Mar 1806 (buried Litchfield, CT); m (1) Abigail ____ , who d 1757, age 31, and (2) Elizabeth BUTLER. 5 children.
By the second wife, Elizabeth (RISLEY):
12A4 Elizabeth, b ca 1729.
12A5 Thankful, b ca 1731
Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol I page 21-22;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
Barbour, Families of Early Hartford, CT;
Mainwairing, Early Wills & Probate;
Barbour, Index of Connecticut Vital Records;
Family 1: m Rebecca ADAMS
child 1.+John RISLEY
BIRTH: 1677, Hockanum, CT
DEATH: 1755, East Hartford, CT
Father: Richard RISLEY
Mother: Rebecca ADAMS
Family 1: m Mary ARNOLD
1. John RISLEY
2.+Elizabeth RISLEY; m Daniel 3 Bigelow (12A)
3. Hannah RISLEY
4. Mabel RISLEY
5. Thankful RISLEY
6. Martha RISLEY
7. Timothy RISLEY
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 13:16:20 +0100
From: Floyd Su < email@example.com >
I was looking for John Risley [father and son] who were rectors of Tingewick, Buckinghamshire [England] around [from memory] 1780 - any connection?