Joseph 3 BIGELOW

168     Joseph 3 BIGELOW sr, son of Joshua 2, (John 1), and Elizabeth (FLAGG) BIGELOW, born 29 Dec 1695 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA. He was married apparently, circa 1720, to Sarah ___ . Howe's Bigelow genealogy does not divulge her name, but from Weston church records we learn that Joseph BIGELOW and wife Sarah joined the church in 1726. From the same source we learn that Sarah, wife of Joseph BIGELOW, died 18 Feb 1755, aged in her fifties. Again in Weston, Joseph BIGELOW married (2) 10 July 1755 Thankful ROBINSON, daughter of William ROBINSON of Newton.
     On 15 Apr 1758 he made his will, and gave "unto Sarah daughter of my son Joseph jr late of Weston property which were mine before my marriage with my marriage with my present wife, but if Sarah should die before me, then it shall go to Thankful my wife." He died 6 Jan 1765 at Weston. His widow Thankful married on 5 June 1766, Ezra GRAVES of Sudbury. He died "suddenly of colic" a few months later, and Thankful married (3) in 1768 Isaac RICE of Sudbury.
     Joseph BIGELOW sr sold a tract of land to Joseph jr in Weston 6 June 1753; by the land records in Cambridge we learn that he deeded Joseph jr one-half a farm in Weston with half the buildings thereon, for 500 pounds, dated 30 May 1755 (apparently dividing property once held by his late late wife Sarah). On 1 Sept 1755 they further divided the farm; also in 1760 Joseph and Thankful sold their interest in the estate of her late father William ROBINSON.

     Births of his children were not recorded anywhere to be found, and infer they took place in the      early 1720's , just before their move to Weston, MA:

1681+      Joseph jr, died in the 1750's; m (1) 7 May 1747 Lydia WARREN; (2) May 1752 Mercy PRATT; and (3) 1756 Olive PRATT, sister of Mercy. 5 children.

1682+       Uriah, d 3 Oct 1760 in Stow, MA; m 1748 Abigail PIERCE; (she later m (2) 4 Oct 1763 Joseph KNEELAND of Harvard); res Bolton, MA. 4 children. (Both Joseph jr and Uriah had a son named Roger; these two Roger BIGELOWS both served in the Revolution, and in particular were at the Battle of Concord & Lexington in 1775.)

1683+       Elizabeth, d Weston, MA 8 July 1751; m 2 Apr 1741 David SMITH; 4 children.

Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol I page 34;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
Bond, Genealogies and History of Watertown;
Weston published town and church records;
vital records of Bolton, Sudbury, and other Massechusetts towns.

Rod Bigelow

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