Children of John and Mary (MELVIN) BIGELOW:
16163.1 John, b 12 Dec 1771 Ashburnham; d 25 Dec 1771.
16163.2 Jonathan, b 25 Jan 1773 Ashburnham; d 12 Nov 1819 Conway, MA; m 1798 Susanna BROOKS; res Conway, MA. 12 children.
16163.3 Silas, b 7 May 1775 Ashburnham; d 4 Nov 1822 Phelps, Orleans co, NY; m, intention filed 2 Feb 1801, Anna BROOKS; res Phelps, NY. 9 children listed in probate records.Orleans cemetery, Phelps, NY Inscription: "Silas Bigelow died 1822; age 48.
16163.4 John, b 8 July 1777 Ashburnham; d 2 Aug 1777.
16163.5 Amos, twin, b 5 July 1778 Ashburnham; d 3 Aug 1782.
16163.6 Anne, twin, b 5 July 1778 Ashburnham; Orleans cemetery, Phelps, NY Inscription: "Anna Bigelow died 1832; age 54.
16163.7 Isaac, listed as "twin", but no other birth recorded that day, b 27 Oct 1780; d 1843 Phelps, Orleans, NY; m Betsy PECK; res Phelps, NY. 4 children.
16163.8 Abner, b 23 Oct 1783 Conway, MA; d about 1840 Phelps, NY; m Cynthia GUILFORD; res Phelps. 3 known sons.
16163.9 Samuel, b 22 Aug 1785 Conway, MA; d 29 May 1839 Conway, MA; m Electra WILDER; res Conway, MA. 11 children.
16163.A Molly, b 09 July 1787 Conway, MA; d _____ ; m William MEDISTER. (see below)
16163.B Rebeckah, b 21 Apr 1790 Conway, MA; m 1812 Cheney LOOK; res Peru, MA. 10 children.
16163.C Esther, b 17 July 1792 Conway, MA; d 14 Oct 1811. unmarried.
16163.D Clarissa, b 15 Oct 1794 Conway, MA; m (1) 1812 Orra SHERMAN, and (2) 28 Sep 1821 John NEWHALL.
16163.E Moses Foster, bapt 11 Nov 1798 Conway, MA; d 1860 Conway, MA; m 01 Feb (Mar?) 1822 Mary "Polly" BARDWELL; res Conway. 7 children. (see below)
16163.F John 6 , possibly b after 1790 census - needs further documentation, but if true, will affect numbering of siblings. -(1998 Addenda)
The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Volume I, page 150-151&; pg 384 Addenda;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America; pg 126; #141-432;
vital records various towns in MA;
correspondence with descendants;
probate records Orleans co., NY.
cemetery records Phelps, NY.
Forge, The Bigelow Society Quarterly; Vol 27, no 1; Jan 1998, pg 16;
research by Mrs. Dwight Freeburn, Berea OH, 1978(submitted by Janis Pahnke, Chicago, IL)
Subject: John (5)
From: Janis Pahnke Janis222@sbcglobal.net
One thing I'd like to correct, that is on John (5).
Subject: John (5) and Mary Melvin
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 23:44:02 EDT
CC: Janis222@sbcglobal.net , email@example.com
Just got referred to your website. I am a descendant of Jonathan Melvin of Hollis, Conway, and Phelps, NY. We (me, Phoebe and Jan Pahnke are working on a theory that:
1. Mary Melvin who married John Bigelow may have been the dau (so far no proof) of Jonathan Melvin and Mary Brooks and the sister of Jonathan Melvin III who went to Conway and then to Phelps, etc. (he too is buried in the Melvin Hill Cemetery where Mary (Melvin) Bigelow was .
2. Mary (Brooks) Melvin was the dau of Benjamin Brooks of Townsend
3. After death of Jonathan Melvin, his widow, Mary (Brooks) Melvin married Moses Foster, Jr. of Ashburnham.
4. As I recall all three families went to Conway, later, Jonathan Melvin and some of the Bigelows to Phelps and Fosters to VT.
Regards, Phoebe Cortessis in CA
Subject: Moses Foster
From: Leslie Chapman < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Just visited your site; and note cousin Phoebe has sent you a note on Mary Melvin and thought I
would add some comments;
Personalities of Melvin Hill Cemetery by David L. Burnisky seems to bear out
the Parentage of Mary "Molly" Melvin, and her marriage to John Bigelow, Jr.
As to Moses and Moses Jr. I have been hammering away at them for several
days and the only really interesting thing I have found are a couple of
Roe, Alfred S.,
Rose neighborhood sketches : Wayne County, New York, with glimpses of the
adjacent towns: Butler, Wolcott, Huron, Sodus, Lyons, and Savannah
Worcester, Mass.,: Published by the author, 1893, 474 pgs.
I found some info on the relationship of the Collins family to the Fosters
through Ester Foster dau of Mary Brooks and Moses Jr., unfortuantely it is
mostly anecdotal and I have had some trouble deciphering exactly how
Thadeaus fits in the Collins line.
Stearns, Ezra S.
History of Ashburnham, Massachusetts : from the grant of Dorchester Canada
to the present time, 1734-1886 : with a genealogical register of Ashburnham
Ashburnham, Mass.: The town, 1887, 1040 pgs.
there are extensive references to Moses and Mosees Jr, and at first I
thought this was a different Moses etc, but with some persistance I finally
figured out that it is the same Moses. Further evidence to me was frequent
references to Nathan Melvin who is the wife of Moses Jr.'s sister according
to a number of folks i have contacted, and also Personalities of Melvin Hill
Unfortunately here again it is almost all anecdotal stuff, specifically
membership in churches, jobs on councils and so forth and almost no family
information other than mentioning that Jr. had a wife.
I found another web site; http://www.eoni.com/~paf/pilling/pilg813.htm
before I found yours that has quite a bit of stuff on Moses Sr and his
origins, but offers no supporting evidence other than listing LDS ancestral
If you are interested in more details on any of this let me know, I can send
you what I have. The Stearns and Roe info are in digital images downloaded
from Heritage quest so if you were interested in a little of that I could
email it, or if you wanted the works I could send you a CD.