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Historical beginnings of the Bigelows
     It appears that when the Normans came in William the Conqueror’s time (1066-1087) the area known as Baggiley in Cheshire was held by Hamon Massy, Baron of Dunham (Durham?) Massy, who was given it as a reward for his Knights service.  It was to be handed down to his heirs and successors.
     Around the time of King John, (1129-1216), the heir of Hamon Massy, another Hamon Massy, gave Mathew Massy of Bromhale: Bromhale, Duckenfield, and two parts of Biggiley.  At this time the “Hamon Massy” heirs adopted the name Biggiley, as well.  Later it became known as Baguley.
It is certain that this town gave the name to the family Biggiley (Baguley.)  There were certain biggileys known to be resident as early as the reign of Henry III, (1216-1272).  Baguley is about twelve miles from Manchester.
     The International Genealogical Index indicates births as early as 1170 in the area.  If that is true then, the original name is therefore Massy.  As to whether Hamon Massy, Baron of Durham was a direct ancestor of Sire William de Baggiley (aka: de Baguley) still has to be established.
     Sire William de Baggiley (aka: de Baguley), born around 1260 was knighted by King Edward I, and later married one of the King’s daughters.  Her name was Lucy Corona.  She was born out of wedlock.  This was quite common in those days for the king to have children form someone other than the Queen.  Lucy’s mother (a lady in waiting) worked in the King’s court.  Sire William and Lucy had five children.  The children married into well-to-do families.  During this time the Baguley family were quite well up in the aristocracy of England.  They owned the salt mines in Cheshire and a mill for processing.  This is where they made their money.
     In the reign of Edward II, Sir William de Baguley was made Lord of Baguley.  Sire William built Baguley Hall around 1320 and was Lord of the Manor until his death.  At the time of his death, he also owned a manor at Hyde and another at Levenshulme in Lancashire, plus an inn called The Ryle Thorn in Baguley.  His son John Biggiley, born around 1290 and died around 1356, as well as his daughter Isabel succeeded him as joint heirs of his property.  Isabel married Sir John Leigh of Booths, a widower.  Their eldest son William inherited Baguley.  The manor remained in the Leigh family until the late seventeenth century, when the line terminated in Edward Leigh.  He had married Elinour Tatton of Wythenshawe Hall and although they had three daughters, there was no son to succeed him.
     An effigy of Sire William is housed in Sr. Mary’s Church, Bowden Parish, Cheshrie.  Not far from the old Baguley Hall.  Originally there was a Baguley coat of arms with an orange background, however, it is understood that this coat of arms was demolished when the property of John Baguley was made over to Sir John Leigh of Booths near Knutsford around 1353.
The third manor, that of Baguley, which formed part of the parish of Bowdon, came into the hands of the Baguley family from the Masseys certainly by the early thirteen century.  They took their name from the place.  They retained it till the year 1355 when John, the son of Sir William de Baguley, granted his manors there and at Hyde and Levenshulme to John Legh of Booths near Knutsford, who married Isabel, daughter of Sir William and sister of John.  The Baguley’s became a family of importance in the late twelfth and early centuries, being witnesses of many important charters, e.g. in Northendon and Stockport.  A charter of 1316 confirms the ownership by William de Baguley of land in Wythenshawe lying in Middle Eye near the land of William Mascy (probably near the Mersey-eye, meaning an island or land liable to flooding.)  As we have seen in 1318, Nicholas de Eton, Lord of Stockport, granted Ruyul (perhaps near Ryle Thorn or Royal Thorn) and Alveley Hay (now Haveley Hey) to Sire William de Baguley and his heirs.  The Baggeleghs were among the wealthy lay families owning the Cheshire salt mines.  A Thomas de Baguley fought for King Edward at the battle of Pointiers and later from Knutsford pleaded for more recognition of his services.  It is probable that Sir William built the great Baguley Hall, the most important building in our area, at the period of the greatest eminence of the family in the early fourteenth century in the style of the times. (Smithhills Hall at Bolton is a close parallel) Using timber, so tradition says, from Lyme Park, with the owners of which, the Leghs, he was connected by marriage.  This hall is the earliest and most massive of the three medieval manor houses in the area.  Ormerod gives a list of the members of the Legh family who held the manor until the seventeenth century.  It finally passed into the hands of the Tattons in 1825 when all three manors for the first time came into common ownership.
*1. Sir William de Baguley of Baguley, born around 1260, married Lucy Corona, 
      daughter of Edward II, and had five children:
** 1. Isabel de Baguley married Sire John Legh of Booths
*** 1. William de Baguley-Legh

** 2. John de Baguley, born 1290, married unknown

** 3. Ellen de Baguley married John de Venables-Legh and had three sons:
*** 1. Robert de Legh of Adlington
*** 2. John de Legh of Books
*** 3. Sire William de Legh

** 4. Geffery de Baguley married unknown

** 5. Sir William de Baguley, born 1310, married Clementia de Cheadle, daughter of
         Rodger de Cheadle, had four children and died 1350.
*** 1. Hamon de Baguley
*** 2. Isabel de Baguley
*** 3. Richard de Baguley
*** 4. Sire John de Baguley married Ellen de Baguley, had one son, and died 1353.
**** 1. Richard de Baguley acquired Ollerton Hall through marriage in the 1400’s.  He
             married Alice de Verdun of Ollerton Hall and daughter of Ralph de Verdun 
             They had one child.
***** 1. Ralph de Baguley of Ollerton, born 1500, married unknown, and died 1540.  He
               was succeeded by his three sons.
****** 1. Hamon de Baguley, heir to Ollerton Hall
****** 2. Nicholas de Baguley of Newton, married unknown had two sons, and died
******* 1. John de Baguley
******* 2. Robert de Baguley
****** 3. Randall de Baguley, born 1526, married Eleanor, had two sons, and died 1556
******* 1. Robert de Baguley, married unknown and had two sons and died on November 4, 1582.
******** 1. Randell de Baguley married Jane had seven children and died in 1626
********* 1. Francis
                   2. Elizabeth, born in 1606 and died in 1691
                   3. Persis, born 1604
                   4. Susan, born 1606
                   5. William born 1608, died March 23, 1621
                   6. Margaret, born 1611
                   7. John , born 1617, married Mary Warren, and died 1703
******** 2. John de Baguley died in 1597

******* 2. Phillip de Baguley, married unknown and had two sons:
******** 1. Randall de Baguley died in 1617
                 2. Phillip de Baguley married a Margery in 1593

Bigelow Genealogy

The immigrant ancestor of nearly all persons in North America bearing the surname Bigelow in any of its several variants is John Biglo of Watertown, Massachusetts. The late genealogist H. G. Somerby, felt that John Biglo came from Wrentham, Suffolk, England and was the son of Randall and Jane Beageley, who had their youngest son, John baptized February 16, 1617.  Also, from the probate records of Wrentham, Somerby quotes the will of a Francis Baguley, blacksmith, of Wrentham, who in a will dated October 20, 1656, granted five pounds “to his brother John Baguley, now living in New England, if he comes for it within two years.”  He offered no proof that Francis was son of Randall Baguley.

The rector of Wrentham parish in 1617 was Reverend John Phillips, who later immigrated to Dedham, Massachusetts. During his years in Dedham, Phillips once stated that the blacksmith John Biglo of Watertown, Massachusetts was the same infant whom he had baptized in 1617 as the son of Randall Beageley, and that he had “known John Biglo from earliest youth upward.”

Further, in a civil case in Watertown during his lifetime, John Biglo took the witness stand and identified himself as “John Biglo, formerly of Wrentham, England.”  From these facts, as well as parish and probate records in England, we can see the parentage of John Biglo.  He seemed to have arrived in Watertown about 1632 and probably came over with an older relative, Elizabeth Bigelow, second wife of Deacon Richard Butler, who after a short stay in Massachusetts, followed Reverend Thomas Hooker to Connecticut.  It is assumed that Elizabeth was an older sister or first cousin.  No ship’s records exist showing the date of their arrival.  It is probable that John Biglo and or Mary Warren came over on one of the ships of the Winthrope Fleet. 

John took part in the Pequot War of 1636, serving from Watertown.  The next public mention we find of him is his marriage in Watertown on October 30, 1642, the first marriage recorded in Watertown, to Mary Warren.  One book described a fictional description of John at his wedding in white satin breeches, ruffled shirt, and silver shoe buckles.  Another book describes a cannon-ball pitching contest between Will Hallet and “his opponent, Bigelow, the blacksmith.”  The contest was held in the Common of “little Boston,” on Election Day in the mid to late 1630’s. Another book lists those who took the oath of fidelity at Watertown 1652 and John Biggalough was one of the numbers.  He became a freeman April 18, 1690, which we know from a roll of freeman written as John Bigolo.  Under the same date Samuel Begaloo was made a freeman, and by another list dated May 16, 1690, Samuel Biggilo and John Warren Jr. were made freeman.

On the return of soldiers who were in the service from November 25 to December 3, 1675 (King Phillip’s War), the names of John Bigulah Sr. Michael Flegg, and Isaac Leonard, the last being wounded were found.  Thus different officials spelled the names variously, but when the name was written by any member of the family, in those early days, it was written Biglo, Bigelo, or Bigelow.

John appears by various accounts to have been a blacksmith and town records quote: “Agreed with John Biglo that for ten trees the towne allowed him for the setting up of a shop for a Smithes forge, that he shall either go on with his promise of setting up his trade, which is the trade of a Smith, within one twelf month after the date hereof or else to pay unto the towne ten shillings for these ten trees he acknowledged to have off the towne.” Dated March 4, 1651.

John was chose a surveyor of highways in 1652 and 1660, a constable (tax collector) in 1663, and one of the selectmen or town council in 1665, 1670, and 1671.  His home site consisted of six acres and was bounded north by Richard Ambler and William Parker, east by Thomas Straight, south by the highway, and on the west by Miles Ives.  After the death of his wife in 1691, he married 2nd, on October 2, 1694, Sarah Bemis, daughter of Joseph Bemis.  She outlived him.  He died on July 14, 1703 at the age of eighty-six as recorded in town records.  His will was dated January 4, 1703 and was proved July 23, 1703. 
John and Mary had thirteen children.

Howe, Bigelow Family of America pages ;
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Subject: Ezra and Deborah (Bigelow) Holden
Date: 08/27/2005
From: Beverly Barnhart < >
Hello,My name is Beverly Barnhart.  I have been researching my family, which through a long line leads back to Ezra and Deborah Bigelow Holden.  Their son Ezra Shattuck married Elizabeth Davis, who is my 3 greats grandmother.  I don't know if you are interested, but I have her birth and death date, as well as Ezra Shattuck's as well as pictures.  Are you interested in these to have posted on your site?  I also have pictures of Elizabeth's parents, Jason and Martha (Phillips) Davis, and Ezra and Elizabeth's children. (They had nine, only four living to adulthood.)  I also have pictures that are unidentified, am curious if you know of anyone who might help me.  They are somehow associated with the Holdens.  I also have pictures of Joseph and Susan (Brown) Holden, who was Ezra Shattuck's brother.

Do you have pictures of Deborah and Ezra or any of their kids, besides Ezra S. and Joseph?  Also do you have any info regarding Ezra and Deborah, besides birth and death info, maybe an obit (may be too soon for that)  Anyway, if there is anything I can do for you,  let me know.
Beverly Barnhart
Beverly sent me many pictures and Genealogies of Family: Bigelow/Baguley, (this page)
.....................ROD 10/20/2005

New 07/13/04:
From: Eryn Bagley < >
Rod -
I am actually decended from Orlando Bagley and Sarah Colby, the Colby line has been quite easy to trace, actually we could trace that back a few signers of the Magna Carta. However, its Orlando's origins that have us, and its seems MANY other Bagley decendents stumped. You wouldn't happen to have any information on the origins of Orlando and where his line stemmed from in England would you?
Thank you in advance!
Eryn Bagley

More Baguleys 07/11/2006:
From: Anthony Eversole < >
I am wondering if you can help me. I am just starting to research my own family history ... for a church project ... and I found, I think, most intresting information about my family at ...
  1. First ... this all starts with my Dad's Dad, my grandfather, Robert Begley Eversole ... who died when I was only 4 months old and never talked about his parents. I just found our family through the family history of his late older brother, Lewis Eversole.
  2. Then it goes with his mother ... my great-grandmother ... Nancy Begley.
  3. Then her father ... Peter Bagley
  4. Then it goes on to John Stewart Begley
  5. John Begley
  6. Thomas Begley
  7. Henry Bagley
  8. Peter Bagley
  9. John Bagley
  10. Peter Bagley
  11. Peter Bagley
  12. Hugh Baguley
  13. Robert Baguley
  14. Nicholas Baguley
  15. Ralph De Baguley ... at this point it gets fuzzy because the date are off. So, I need help to confirm the rest. I know I am related to ...
  16. Richard De Baguley ... but how exactly is Richard related to the below listed?
  17. John Baguley
  18. William De Baguley
  19. At this point, Sir William De Baguley (1620-1635) was knighted by King Edward I as Sir W. De Baguley married the King's born-out-of-wedlock daughter Lady Lucy Corona. I found all the proof on the internet at and gooling the Sir and Lady themselves.
  20. Then there is John De Baguley
  21. Ralph De Baguley
  22. Ralph and not so finally ... Richard, lord of Baguley in 1243.   
Well that's it. I could e-mail you a little more about these people, but, along with proof the Eversole family comes Bern, Switzerland, but all of this and a $5.00 will get me service at Burger King. Still, but it was fun to find it out anyway ... for the sake of our Family History. I just want to somehow confirm it. I think I still have your slow mail address. Anyway ... Thanks
Signed ... 
Tony Eversole of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

New Note 01/10/07:
Michele Riley < >
Subject: Illegitimate Royal Connections


In regards to your announcement about descendants of illegitimate sons and
daughters of royalty, I am writing to you of King Edward I Plantagenet. My
cousin, Linda Sibley, has published the Begley Book. That book establishes
Alfred Begley (my grandfather) to Peter Bagley, born 1708 in Surrey,
Virginia. Genealogists that I have encountered on the web have traced us
from Peter to Sir William Baguley, born 1260, of Baguley, Bucklow, Cheshire,
England. He married Lucy Corona, who is supposed to be the daughter of
Edward Plantagenet, through a lady-in-waiting. I have always wondered if
this was, in fact, true. I realize this is quite a ways back to research,
but I have decided to write anyway. I have mixed feelings on the whole idea
of royal blood, as I am an American living in England.

Sources regarding Lucy Corona:

Michele Riley

Hi Michele,

Thank you very much for replying to our advertisement on Genes
Reunited. I am the researcher on the project, based at Granada TV
in Manchester. I was very interested to read the details of your
family history and, if you don't mind, would like to know as much
as possible about the genealogy work that went into making this
discovery - Do you have a tree or any documentation that you could
e-mail or send to me?

I am particularly interested in finding out more about the link
between Lucy Corona and Edward I.

At the moment we are in the very early stages of programme research
and as such we do not know exactly what shape the programme will
take but we are keen to feature in the programme people who are
descended from the illegitimate offspring of British monarchs. We
will be commissioning professional genealogists to research some of
the most interesting families we find and hopefully we will be able
to film some historical reconstructions of the key moments in the
lives of these ancestors - to bring their stories to life.

If you have any questions about the project please let me know. I
look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,

Kevin Forde
Granada TV
T: + 44 (0)161 827 2841

Hello Begley Researchers,
I'm writing to you about the Begley family. My grandparents were Alfred Begley and Daisy Roberts. My mother, Tami Galloway, owns a copy of the Begley Family Book of which you may be familiar. In that book, it was established that my grandfather was connected to Peter Bagley, born 1708 in Surrey, VA. I've seen on message boards that even more information has been discovered. In fact, your websites have connected Peter Bagley to Sir William Baguley, born 1260. He was apparently married to Lucy Corona. It's rumored that she is the illegitimate child of Edward I Plantagenet. I wanted to get your opinions on that matter, and also ask a couple of questions, if I may. The reason why is sort of exciting. I moved to England from Indiana last fall, and subsequently to fill my time I have been doing a bit of amateur genealogy. A major tv station here, called ITV, has been seeking people who are descended from people just like our Lucy Corona - illegitimate royal children. I wrote to them and explained that my immediate family has a copy of the Begley book, and also that other researchers claim the lineage can be traced back to Sir William Baguley and Lucy Corona. Of course, I stressed to them that we don't have proof about Lucy Corona, but that I personally always wondered if the rumor was true. Kevin Forde, a program director from ITV, has written back to me and explained a few details. I will forward his email onto the two of you shortly. He asked what sort of work went into the Begley book and the earlier research done. Kevin also said that the program would have a professional genealogist in England look into the claim. I'm not sure what will happen next, but was hoping for your help in the matter. I imagine he'll get into contact with you next, if he's still interested.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide,
Michele Riley

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