1514.      John 4 BIGELOW, son of John 3 ( Samuel 2, John 1), and Jerusha (GARFIELD) BIGELOW, was born 28 October 1704/5 in Marlborough, Middlesex co, MA. He was married on 04 July 1728 to Rebecca HOWE, daughter of John and Rebecca HOWE of Marlborough. They soon moved to Worcester, specifically that portion of the township later set off as the township of Holden, and John was a leading man in petitioning for the formation of Holden in 1740. He was elected as one of the first selectmen (town council) in 1741, and served 1741-46, 1748-51, 1755, 1756, and 1761. He was Assessor in 1742, 1744-46, 1748-51, 1755, 1756; he was town Treasurer 1742 and 1750. He was a captain in the local militia. In 1742 he and his brother Jotham were admitted to the church by letter of transfer from Worcester. In 1763 he bought land from James Foster, and said he was of Holden. In 1765 he bought land in tract Narragansett #4, and was "late of Holden", having moved to what is now Greenwich. In 1764 he was of Greenwich (then called by its Indian name Quabbin) when he gave his son John jr a tract of land; again in 1765 he sold land to his son Nathan in Quabbin, but after that no further record. Family tradition says he moved to Goshen or Cummington and died about 1783, but no record exists, nor can we find record of his wife Rebecca Howe. (see below)

Children of John and Rebecca (HOWE) BIGELOW, all born in Worcester and Holden, MA:

15141      Rebeckah, b 30 May 1729; d _____ ; m 06 Nov 1750 Richard CHEEVER of Rutland.

15142      Mary, b 16 Feb 1732; d _____ ;

15143      Anna, b 23 Aug 1735; d 06 Nov 1735.

15144      Prudence, b 22 Sept 1736; d _____ ; m 16 Nov 1758 Jonathan EDMUNDS. (see below)

15145      John, b ___ 1740; d 19 Oct 1807 Cummington, MA; m Mary _____ . 11 children.

15146      Nathan 5, b 09 Oct 1744; died circa 1800 Peru, Clinton, NY; m 1767 Mrs. Jesse BETTS, nee CURTIS. 1 stepson and about 7 children.

Howe, Bigelow Family of America; page 53-54;
Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol I page 48;
Holden Town records, censuses of VT & NY;
National Archives, pension record of Bartlett Betts Bigalow.

From: Charles Howe  < >
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 4:30 PM
Subject: Bigelow Society webpage
I was looking for more info on John Bigelow's wife Mary.
John Bigelow, b. 28 Oct 1705 in Marlborough, Middlesex, MA married Rebecca Howe, info below applies (you indicated "no knowledge" regarding her:
Born 19 Mar 1702/03 Vital Records, Marlborough, MA, Vol 1, Pg 105 VR of Marlborough MA to the end of the year 1849
Marriage info: VR, Marlborough, Vol 1, Pg 270 Further sites: Nathan Bigelow VR of Holden MA to the end of the year 1849 Pg. 14 Prudence and Rebeccah VR of Worcester MA to the end of the year 1849 Pg 105
Charles A. Howe
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From: Carma Demmer Synstelien  < >
I just wanted to tell you what a fine job you are doing on the Bigelow family information!  I really enjoy all the stories and interesting facts.  I am a descendant of Prudence Bigelow that married Jonathan Edmunds.  John 1, Samuel 2, John 3, John 4, Prudence 5
I have only been researching our family history for about a year, but your site has been the most enjoyable.  Thank you, Carma Demmer Synstelien 12 - Minnesota
Anna Edmunds 6, Betsy Howe 7, Anna Edmunds Rogers Smith 8, George Waters Smith 9, Matilda Smith 10, Orville Demmer 11, Carma Demmer Synstelien 12

Rod Bigelow
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