Stephen Moses 5 BIGELOW

16A43.      Stephen Moses 5 BIGELOW,  son of  Moses 4 ( Ebenezer 3, Joshua2, John1) and Mary (HAMMOND) BIGELOW, was  born 05 August 1764 at Watertown, Middlesex county, MA. As to his life and death, we have only the evidence submitted to G.B. Howe that certain men were sons of a Moses Bigelow, and grandsons of a Moses Bigelow. From this and from the content of the letters (see Howe's Bigelow Family of America, appendix), we infer that Moses 4 Bigelow the elder (see below) was killed or lost at the siege of Quebec, and that as a consequence his family was scattered, the son Stephen Moses being raised by a man surnamed Arnold in Providence, Rhode Island. Stephen Moses Bigelow subsequently moved to Vermont, and married a Phebe Wing. He possibly also spent some time in Canada, as he does not appear on any census of early U.S. (1790, 1800, 1810). We have no other facts, but at his death he was survived by the five sons listed below, one of whom was a correspondent of G.B. Howe:

Children of Stephen Moses and Phebe (Wing) Bigelow:

16A43.1t        Horace, b 20 May 1796 VT; d 30 Oct 1854 Berkshire, Franklin county, VT; m Sarah Wiltsie born in Canada  (see below), and had at least 5 children.

16A43.2t       Hardin, b ca 1801 VT; d 27 Nov 1850 San Francisco, CA of cholera; he settled early in upper NY, then in MI, two daughters being buried at Marengo, Calhoun co, MI and other references in that community show that he was in business there; at one time lived IL and served in Black Hawk War. Alleged to have mined in South America. In California Gold Rush he was early at Sacramento, and elected its first mayor, after directing that the town be sandbagged against flood, and levees built. He later put down a squatters' riot in the town. He left other issue besides his daughters buried in MI, whose tombstone refers to them as children of "Hardin and Thirza," but when he sold land in 1830's in NY, the deed was "Hardin and Cynthia"

16A43.3t      Ward, b ca 1802?; in 1850 res Diana township, Lewis co, NY; was married to Sarah _____ ,and had at least 5 children.

16A43.4t       Stephen, b 26 Dec 1805 VT; d 03 Sept 1883 Sutton, Brome co, Que; m 25 Feb 1829 Amelia Smith. 8 children.

16A43.5t       John, b ca 1813 VT; d 12 Mar 1898 Grand Rapids, Kent co, MI, but buried Big Rapids, Mecosta co, MI; lived successively NY (1830), Washtenaw co, MI (1840), Calhoun co MI (1850), and before 1866 settled in Big Rapids, where he had flouring and lumber mills until his retirement; m (1) ca 1835 Eliza Davis, and (2) ca 1874 Mrs. Lucetta Decker. 8 children.

16A43.6t      Sarah, b 26 Nov 1815 (1812?) Berkshire, Franklin co, VT; d 12 Jan 1891 (bur Lost Grove Cem, Arlington, Bureau co, IL age 79); m Martin Corley (1810-1873); 10 children;

Bigelow Family Genealogy Volume. I page.176;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
numerous censuses, vital records, and other sources, plus correspondence with descendants.

New Note 2015:
From: Tom Kress  < >
Its not clear, but I believe the website indicates that Moses-5 was killed at the siege of Quebec.  Because the siege of Quebec City during the French and Indian War took place in 1759, Moses-5  whose birth date should be 1764 could not have fought in the battle, which started 13 Sep 1759.  It had to be Moses-4, who was born about 1730 and would have been the appropriate age to participate.  This also establishes an approximate death date of 1759 for him, and further supports my suggestion that Moses-6 and Moses-5 should be the same person.
Subject: Re: Horace Bigelow
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 19:11:09 -0700
From: "Leonard Hart"
Your family records of Moses (5) Bigelow (16 A43) does not fit for the children to be of the man. I am sure that it is just a small mistake but the children as listed are of Moses born 1764? The Horace is my line and his daughter was my ggrandmother. She died in Berkshire, VT. and Horace died in 1877, also in Berkshire, VT. They are buried in the Berkshire Cemetery. Sarah Thayer as listed is not a Thayer but is Sarah Wiltsie born in Canada. The DAR, (we have a copy) lists her and Horace. My Grandfather was named after Horace Bigelow and can be found in the Hart Family History by Andrews on page 153 as family number 482. Horace Bigelows daughters name is Ann Maria. George Hart and Ann Maria Bigelow were married in Potsdam, St. Lawrence, NY 16 Sep. 1851. If you want other family records please let me know.
Leonard Hart

16A43.      Stephen Moses 5 son of Moses 4 ( Ebenezer 3, Joshua2, John1)

From: Pat Hubbell < >
Subject: Our connection to the Bigelow family?
Date: Monday, August 30, 2012,
Hello, I hope to learn more about my family's connection to the Bigelow family from your Bigelow Society's research. My great great grandmother was Sarah Bigelow, born in Berkshire Township, Vermont on 26 Nov 1815. Her mother was Phebe Wing, her father said to have been Stephen (or Moses) Bigelow. We have found her gravestone as "Phebe wife of Stephen Bigelow, died  Aug 11,1826, age 49 years, 4 mos" buried in Berkshire Center Cemetery in Berkshire, Franklin County, Vermont." According to our family notes, Phebe (Wing) Bigelow's children were Horace, Ward, John, Hardin and Sarah Bigelow.  Our family story is that with her parents deceased, Sarah Bigelow went to Rochester, NY when young, to live with an older brother who was a riverboat pilot on the Genesee River.  There she met and married Martin Corley, a river boat captain, and in 1841, they went to Bureau County, Illinois where they bought farmland and raised a family of 10 children.  Their children are listed below in this biography of Martin Corley found in the History of Bureau County, Illinois published in 1885.
 CORLEY, Martin
Martin Corley, deceased, was a native of the Parish Ashgraw, County Conard, Ireland, where his parents, Daniel and Mary Moulton, died.
Martin Corley came to America when quite young and became a captain of a boat on the Genesee River . He was married in Rochester , N. Y. to Sarah Biglow, born November 26, 1815, near the Canada line in Berkshire Township , Vt. She is the daughter of Stephen and Phebe (Wing) Biglow, the former a native of Rhode Island and of Welsh extraction, and the latter of Connecticut and of English and Irish descent. Her father commanded on of the vessels under Gen. Wolfe at the taking of Quebec , and participated in the battle on the Plains of Abraham, receiving as reward a large tract of land in the Canadas from the British Government. Her grandfather was an officer and fell at the battle of Bunker Hill .
Mr. Martin Corley lived three years in Rochester, N. Y., and then, in 1841, came to LaSalle County, Ill., and in December, the same year, bought 120 acres of Daniel Roth in Westfield Township, Bureau Co., in Section 10, where he died July 18, 1873, aged sixty-seven years.
He was a good farmer and owned 480 acres when he died. He was respected by all who came in contact with him for his many good qualities. Mrs. Corley yet survives and is the mother of ten children, viz.: Mrs. Mary McDonald, Daniel, John, Stephen, Mrs. Phebe A. Bartlett (deceased), Martin, Mrs. Meriam Loehr, Frank, Mrs. Emma Grimes and Agnes Corley.
Frank Corley and his mother now own the homestead consisting of 120 acres.
Source: History of Bureau County , Illinois , H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company, Chicago 1885
Note that the county in Ieland is probably parish "Ahascragh." This biography was probably written with some of the information given by Sarah Bigelow Corley as she was still living at the time the county history was written. 
Her daughter, Mary Theresa (Corley) McDonald, listed above as Mrs Mary McDonald, was my great grandmother.
I have communicated with the Wing Family Society. They have, listed in their Wing family history, a Phebe Wing, born in Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut in 1774.  Their notes indicate she first married  Orange Ellsworth 02 March 1807 in First Church of Rockingham, Windham, Vermont, and then married Stephen Bigelow who was from Rhode Island.
Do you have any firther information that would help me make a connecion to the Bigelow Family?  Could there have been a Moses Stephen Bigelow who also went by his middle name?
Thanks ahead of time for any assistance you can provide.
Margaret Patricia Stahl Hubbell
Wrentham, MA

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