William 5 BIGELOW

 16219.     William 5 BIGELOW, son of Jonathan 4 (Jonathan 3, Joshua 2, John 1), and Mary (SNOW) BIGELOW, was born circa 1749 at either Harvard or Groton. He was married at Bolton, MA on 1 Jan 1772 to Hannah Robbins. She was born circa 1751. William served throughout the Revolution, and at the close of his life, claimed pension. He was a farmer and laborer. On the 1790 census he is listed with 1-2-3-0-0 in his household; in 1800 it reads 00001-12001. He died at Bolton 1 Oct 1826, and his wife Harmah died 19 July 1837, aged 86 years.
1790 census: MA-Worcester-Bolton-Wm. Bigelow: 1-2-3-0-0.
Mass Sold & Sail of Rev War, Vol II:
   Biglow, William, Bolton. Private, Capt. Benjamin Hastings's co., Col. John Whitcomb's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Cambridge; service, 8 days; reported enlisted into the army; also, 1st Corporal; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 27, 1775; service, 3 mos. 12 days; also, receipt for wages for Aug., 1775, dated Prospect Hill; also, return of men enlisted into Continental Army, dated May 23, 1778; enlistment, 3 years; reported absent from company at Bolton; also, list of men raised for the 6 months service and returned by Brig. Gen. Patterson as having passed muster, in a return dated Camp Totoway, Oct.25, 1780; also, pay roll for 6 months men raised by the town of Bolton for service in the Continental Army during 1780; marched July 17,1780; discharged Dec. 6, 1780; service, 5 mos.; also, Private, Capt. Rufus Lincoln's co., Lieut. Col. John Brooks's (7th) regt; muster rolls for Sept., Oct. and Nov., 1781; enlisted March 31, 1781; enlistment, 3 years; also, muster rolls for Dec., 1781, and Feb. 1782, dated West Point.
   Biglo, William, Bolton. Corporal, Capt. Hastings's co., Col. Whitcomb's regt.; company return dated Oct. 6, 1775.
   Bigelow, William, Bolton. Capt. Benjamin Hastings's co., Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt.; order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money, dated Harvard, Jan. 18, 1776; also, Private, Capt. Jonathan Houghton's co., Col. Smith's regt.; receipt for wages for Oct. and Nov., 1776, dated Bolton; also, return of men enlisted into Continental Army from Capt. Jonathan Houghton's co., Col. Josiah Whitney's regt., dated Jan. 2, 1778; residence, Bolton; enlisted for town of Bolton; joined Capt. Whipple's co., Col. Rufus Putnam's regt.; enlistment 3 years; also, Sergeant, Capt. Job Whipple's co., Col. Rufus Putnam's (5th) regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from March 10, 1777, to Dec. 31,1779; reported as serving 28 months 21 days as Private, 5 months as Sergeant; also, certificate of service dated Highlands, Sept.13, 1779; also, Private; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to March 10, 1780; also, descriptive list of men raised to reinforce Continental Army for the term of 6 months, agreeable to resolve of June 5, 1780; age 35 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 6 in; complexion, ruddy; residence, Bolton; arrived at Springfield Aug. 8, 1780; marched to camp Aug. 9, 1780, under command of Capt. Daniel Lunt; also, descriptive list of enlisted men; Capt. Sawyer's co., Cot. Whitney's regt; age, 36 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 7 in.; complexion, dark; occupation, farmer; residence, Bolton; enisted March 31, 1781; enlistment, 3 years; also, Private, Capt. Rufus Lincoln's co., Lieut. Col. John Brooks's (7th) regt.; muster roll for Jan., 1782, sworn to at West Point; enlisted March 21, 1781, enlistment, 3 years.

From town records we reconstruct the family as follows:

16219.1       Jane, b 15 July 1774 Bolton; d ____ ; m 31 Dec 1795 (Bolton) Jonathan Houghton jr.

16219.2      William, b 3 Oct 1776 Bolton.

16219.3      Mary, b 5 Mar 1779 Bolton; d ____ ; m 7 May 1807 (Harvard) Asa Farr.

16219.4      Jonathan, b 8 Mar 1783 Bolton; d ____ .

16219.5      Elizabeth, or Betty; William and Hannah, according to published records, had a daughter Betty baptised at Templeton 8 Dec l765 which may be a clerical error for 1785; d ____ ; m 1 Oct 1823 Seth Miller Robbins.

16219.6      Ann Bagnell. called Nancy; bapt 9 Oct 1791 Bolton; d 3 Sep 1847 Boston; unmarried. Her part in her Parents' pension application makes clear that she is one and the same person, as described above.

The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Volume I, page 156-157;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
vital records various towns in MA;
pension application William Bigelow;
Forge: The Bigelow Society Quarterly, vol.6, p.46.

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