Children of Thomas A. and Jane Emily (Wallace) Bigelow, all born New Lebanon, Columbia co, NY:
16B2A.21 Douglas Albert, b 17 Dec 1826; d 21 Mar 1893 (Sept 1863?) Mott, Siskyou co, CA; m 15 Oct 1849 Harriet Fairelough.
no dates; m Frank Neer.
(possible error see below)
16B2A.23t Jane Eliza, b 16 Mar 1829; d 21 Mar 1893; m 1853 (Elgin co, IL) Joseph Hogeboom; 1888 successful farmer in Butte, Sutter co, CA. 7 children, including Emma V. Hogeboom, who married Frank L. Neer. see below)
16B2A.24t Ralph Pierce, b 26 May (Mar?) 1831; d 04 Feb 1911 CA; m (1) in IL 1854 Emily Palmer ,and (2) 21 Aug 1905 (Siskyou co, CA) Orra Elizabeth Arnott.
16B2A.25 Louisa M., b 16 Mar 1836; d 15 Feb 1841.
16B2A.26t Marcus James, b 29 Oct 1840; d 08 June 1933 Butte co, CA; m 13 Mar 1872 (Yuba co, CA) Clara Isabel Parlin. 5 children.
16B2A.27t Lucius Gale, b 22 Feb 1844; d 14/15 June 1878 Butte Co, CA; m 10 May 1869 Margaret O'Donnell. 3 children.
Bigelow Family Genealogy Volume. I page.357-358;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America; page 270;
Thompson and West, History of Sutter co, CA;
histories of Siskyou and Butte counties, CA;
1840, 1850, 1860 censuses;
marriage records of IL and CA;
probate records Butte co, CA;
Great Register (voter's list) of CA;
correspondence with descendants of Marcus Bigelow.
The late Mrs. Ed (Pat) Bigelow's records; photographs
Larry W. Campbell, 4741 7th Av., Sacramento 20, CA submitted group sheets before Vol. 1 and 2 were on computer. Marcus crossed the plains by ox-cart in 1857. A letter (Eugene's article) written by Marcus' older brother to Allen Bigelow and Emily Wallace, his parents, instructing them how to prepare for the transcontinental trip. Allen was then 55 and took wife and children to foot of Mt. Shasta in Northern CA, evidently taking the Oregon trail after crossing Utah and dropped into CA fm. the north and settled in Weed, a little community on the northeast slope of Mt. Shasta. They went into the logging business and were active in the manufacture of lumber during gold rush era. Then they moved to Gridley, 100 mi.south in Sacramento Valley and farmed. In their memory, BIGELOW FALLS on east slope of Mt.Shasta (near famous chalets later built by William R. Hurst) and BIGELOW ROAD, near Pennington not far from Gridley.
to Thomas Allen & Jane Wallace Bigelow
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 09:19:01 -0700
From: "llcampbell23" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The following below is my personal additions and changes (some in underlining) to your current information on the Thomas Allen Bigelow family so you can decide what is worth using. It also appears from your information that Jabez Bigelow was the first to settle in "New" Lebanon, Columbia, NY, so a correction from "Lebanon" is needed in Jabez's information also.
It turns out three federal census records for 1850-1870 all show Jane Emily Wallace Bigelow gives her birthplace as "Mass" and not New Lebanon as we assumed. I verified from Gridley-Biggs Cemetery records that her correct name is Jane Emily Wallace, not Emily Jane. She is "Jane" on all census records, and a daughter was named Jane E. Bigelow, who married Joseph Hogeboom, who was a successful farmer living next door to her parents in Butte,Sutter,CA. It was their son Marcus James who disliked farming and moved into Gridley,Butte,CA.
I found June 1846 land records for Allen Bigelow in Genoa, Dekalb, IL. This reveals that his family left New Lebanon, NY in the spring of 1846 and arrived in IL to purchase his new farm lands in June 1846. Note that U.S. Land Patent records are dated years after the actual purchase because farmers had to make the application and governments take time to act, so they are less reliable with long delayed dates for arrival.
It is useful to know that when you can find section, township, range and meridian citations from land records, then you can use www.topozone.com > view maps > state > county> city to find the township grid numbers, from which you can plot the portion of the section like NENE (40 acres) or NE1/2 (80 acres) or NE (160 acres) or N1/2 (320 acres). Then identify roads and features to find that same location in an aerial view at Topozone or MapQuest to see it today.
I am still trying to verify if Thomas Allen went directly to Butte,Sutter,CA or if he went first to Shasta Valley,Siskiyou,CA where their son Ralph P. and family remained alone in 1860. Your information in another Bigelow ancestor says the parents went to Shasta first and were followed by others after a letter from one back to the family on how to travel across the nation. There was a lot of gold mining in Siskiyou County, but Ralph P. Bigelow is recorded as "farmer."
Larry W. Campbell
I am finding errors regarding Emma Bigelow, dau. of Thomas Allen & Jane Wallace Bigelow. Her number is 16B2A.22. When I interviewed older family members, I was given her name and told she married a Frank Neer; which is reported in your great web site on the Society.
Recently, I found a lot more information on Frank L. Neer and his wife Emma. Frank was born 25 Sep 1858 in Ohio; whereas, Emma Bigelow (if she exists) would have been born about 1828 -- far to old to marry Frank Neer. In the 1850 census, no Emma is recorded in the Thomas Allen Bigelow family in Genoa, DeKalb, IL. If she exists she could have married an unknown husband, or died early, or??
Frank L. Neer did marry Emma V. HOGEBOOM (not Bigelow). She is the dau. of Jane Eliza Bigelow who married Joseph Hogeboom. That may be the cause of the errors. Jane Eliza is a dau. of Thomas Allen and Jane Bigelow, and it was their dau. Emma V. who married Frank L. Neer.
The Neer's settled next to the Bigelow and Hogeboom families in North Butte twp., Sutter, CA The Neer's are buried in the Pennington, Sutter, CA cemetery.
Now, I question the source for there even being an Emma Bigelow born between Douglas and Jane Eliza Bigelow. If she was born in 1828, then the first three Bigelow children would have all been one year apart in age, which is not common. If she was younger, she should show up on the 1850 censes with all the other children. She now seems to be a mixup with Emma V. Hogeboom, since that Emma did marry Frank Neer, and his name was also incorrectly connected to an Emma Bigelow who would have been 30 years older than Frank.
How best to handle this on the Society page for 16B2A.22?
Larry W. Campbell, descendant of Marcus James Bigelow 16B21.26t
"Bigelow Society Web page: 16B2A.2 Thomas Allen 6 BIGELOW, son of Gale 5 ( Jabez 4 , Gershom 3, Joshua2, John1) and Almy (GARDNER) BIGELOW, was born 18 December 1802 at New Lebanon, Columbia county, NY. He married, on 22 January 1826, Emily Jane Wallace, who was born 27 April 1802 in Massachusetts. They lived at New Lebanon until early 1846, then moved to Genoa township, DeKalb county, IL, where they were enumerated in 1850 (where he is incorrectly recorded as "Alvin Bigalow"). Illinois Land Purchases shows Allen Bigelow purchased two 40 acre plots (80 acres) on 6 June and 27June1846 located about 4 miles ESE of Genoa, IL. In 2008, the intersection of Derby Line Rd. and Lincoln Rd. is the northern boundary and center of these two 40 acre parcels in two adjoining sections. An airplane landing strip and pond now covers the west side 40 acres with 40 acres on the east side of Lincoln Rd. being the other half of the Allen Bigelow farm from 1846 to 1853. (See MapQuest.com > aerial image for the intersection of these two roads; it is like driving there and seeing it today.) These land purchases appear in the U.S. Land Patents on 10Mar1848, so it can be years after purchase before the Land Patent is issued. In 1853 they made their way overland to California and settled in Butte (now Pennington), Sutter, CA. There Thomas died 08 June 1879, and Jane Emily Wallace on 23 October 1879. Buried in Gridley, CA (below)