1519. Jotham 4, son of John 3 (Samuel 2,
John 1) BIGELOW and Jerusha (GARFIELD)
BIGELOW, was born in Marlborough, Middlesex co, MA on 01 September 1717.
At unknown date he married Persis TEMPLE, daughter of Isaac and Martha (JOSLIN)
TEMPLE. She was born 29 December 1718 Marlborough. With his brother John
they early moved to that part of Worcester which in 1740 was set off as Holden;
he was one of those signing the petition for the new town. With his brother
John he was admitted to the church by transfer from Worcester, at the time
of the formation of a church in Holden on 22 December 1742. At the first
town meeting he was chosen Clerk of the Market.
There are several missing dates in this family, particularly marriage dates, as early Guilford, VT records are sketchy. Also, a discrepancy appears, in that Jotham's will mentions daughter "Mary", yet apparently the surviving daughter is "Martha" -- the two names frequently interchanged during this period--OR there was an 11th child whose birth was not recorded. Holden town records refer to Jotham's 2nd wife as "Mrs." Mary RICHARDSON. Also, records show that on 11 January 1749 a Persis BIGELOW died; it is not clear who this is; this is presumably Jotham's first wife.
After Jotham's wife Persis died, he married (2) 23 May 1750 Mary RICHARDSON of Sterling, MA. She was born 14 August 1727 at Woborn, MA, daughter of Capt. William and Mary (WILDER) RICHARDSON of Woborn and Lancaster. Soon after 1761 the entire family moved to Guilford, Windham co, VT, where again he was one of the first settlers of the town. His wife Mary's death is not recorded, but on 20 Jan 1778 in Deerfield, MA he married (3) Hannah KING, who outlived him. Jotham made his will 05 April 1786, and died 08 April 1786. The will mentions wife Hannah, sons Jotham, William, Joel, and Josiah, and daughters Lucretia, wife of Dean CHASE; Persis, wife of William PACKER (or PARKER), and daughter Mary.
(see new info below)
Children of Jotham and Persis (TEMPLE) BIGELOW, all born Holden, Worcester co, MA:
15191 Persis, b 31 Oct 1739; unknown death date; m William PACKER.
15192 Damaris, b 23 May 1742; d 16 Jan 1749.
15193 Martha, b 12 Dec 1743.
15194t Jotham, b 12 Dec 1745; d 18 June 1821 Phillipston, MA; m 1771 Mercy POWERS; res Phillipston, MA.; 7 children.
15195 Joel, b 09 Mar 1748; d 24 July 1749.
Children of Jotham and Mary (RICHARDSON) BIGELOW:
15196t William, b 20 Feb 1751; d 14 Oct 1814 Guilford, VT; m 1782, Damaris HAPGOOD; res Guilford, VT; 10 children.
15197t Col. Joel,
b 30 June 1752; d __ 1830 Ellisburg, NY; m ca 1774 Sarah STOWELL;
res Guilford, VT; 10 children.
15198t Josiah Richardson,
b 17 Apr 1754; d 17 Dec 1803 Pompey, Onandaga co, NY;
m at unknown date, Sarah CULVER; after 1800 res Pompey, NY; 9 children.
15199 Abel, b 28 May 1757; died young.
1519A Lucretia, b 06 May 1759; m Dean CHASE. (see below)
Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy Vol I,pg 50-51;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America; page 55;
vital records of Marlborough, Holden, and Deerfield, MA;
also vital records Guiford, VT.
Note: From Bigelow Family GenForum
Jotham of Marlborough, MA & Guilford, VT
Posted by: Nancy Lanni email@example.com
Date: November 20, 1999 at 21:10:01
Seeking information on Jotham Bigelow (1717 Marlborough, MA -1786 Guilford, Windham, VT) who married 4? times,
Persis Temple, Mary Richardson, Sarah Lo? and Hannah King. He was the son of John and Jerusha (Garfield) Bigelow. Was
involved in the "Guilford Incident" in VT, was a member of War Council 1777, Committee of Safety 1775, an innholder of Holden 1754-62. I descend from daughter Lucretia who married Dean Chase.
Dear Rod: I am enjoying your Bigelow Society website. Very well done! I understand that there are skeptics about
the letter that Jerusha Garfield Bigelow sent to her husband during his captivity in Canada. Do you know of the
whereabouts of that letter? Are there facsimile copies of it in existence? Do you believe that Emma Lewis Coleman
took some literary license when she told his story?
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 12:04:26 -0400
From: Kathy Hill KHill@PerrierGroup.com
I am related to the Bigelows through the marriage of Lucretia Bigelow (b: 6 MAY 1759 in Holden, MA/father Jotham??) to Dean Chase. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
Sincerely - Kathy Hill