16814.15 Benjamin Franklin 7 BIGELOW, son of Marshall 6 ( Roger 5 , Joseph 4, Joseph 3, Joshua 2,John 1) and Elizabeth (HILL) BIGELOW, was born (probably at Weybridge), VT on 12 April 1812. His parents moved the family to Licking county, OH before 1817. There on 03 June 1840 he married Rachel Farley who was born on 09 June 1816 at unknown place. Before 1850, Benjamin began to migrate westward - first to IN and then to Rock Island, IL. They were enumerated here in 1850. They next moved to Scott county, IA and finally to Jasper county, IA. Descendants state he died 12 October 1881 at Greenfield, Adair county, IA. Rachel died 31 October 1903 at Newton, Jasper, IA. Both are buried at Newton Union Cemetery, Newton, IA.
Children of Benjamin and Rachel (Farley) Bigelow:
16814.151t Lowell M., b 21 Nov 1841 Granville, Licking, OH; d 18 Aug 1918 Newton, Jasper, OH; m 17 Nov 1868 Scott co., IA Eliza Warren; 5 children.
Franklin, b Nov 1843 Granville; d ; m 28 Dec 1870
Martha Sharlow; 3 known children,
16814.153 Harriet Elizabeth, b 16 July 1846 Rock Island, IL (1850 census says IN); d 27 Sept 1911 Des Moines, IA; m 15 Oct 1874 William A. Nicodemus; 5 children.
16814.154 Marshall H., b 29 Nov 1849 Rock Island; d__ 1912 Mt. Etna, Adams, IA; m Mary J. ______; 4 children.
16814.155 Payson Beecher, b 31 May 1851 Rock Island; d _ Mar 1924 Harrison, NE; m _ Feb 1892 Emma Stewart, dgtr. of John and Minerva (-) Stewart; no children. (see below)
16814.156t Eugene Ashley, b 23 June 1854 Greenfield, Adair, IA; d 27 Oct 1938 Harrison, NE; m 25 Dec 1883 Elizabeth Campbell Cope; 6 children.
16814.157 Ida, b _ 1860 Scott co., IA; d 1923 Newton, Jasper, IA; m _ 1879 Richard C. Scholes; 3 children.
Bigelow Family Genealogy Volume. II page.257;
Bigelow Family Genealogy Volume. I ;
History of Clinton Co., IA;
Bigelow Society records from various sources.
PAYSON B. BIGELOW
Payson B. Bigelow, one of the best known residents of Harrison, Sioux county, Nebraska, is classed among the prominent old settlers of that region. Mr. Bigelow is an enterprising merchant of that town, carrying on a flourishing general merchandise business, and had built up an excellent trade throughout this locality.
Mr. Bigelow is a native of Rock Island, Illinois, born in 1851. His father, Benjamin F., was from Vermont, of good old "Yankee stock," and he married Rachel Fairly, both being of American blood. When our subject was a boy of one or two years of age, the family moved to Iowa, settling in Davenport, where our subject grew up and received a good education. When Payson was fourteen yeas old, he went to Jasper county, Iowa, with his parents, where they lived up to 1880, and from there to Adair county, most of this time being spent in following farm work. In 1888 Mr. Bigelow came to Sioux county and filed on a homestead, pre-emption and tree claim, all located about six miles from the town of Harrison. His first house there was a log cabin, and there he worked hard to improve his property and build up a home. He had experienced all kinds of hard times during the early days in this section, losing crop after crop by the drouths (sic) and meeting with disappointments in plenty. He became pretty well discouraged, and was at times tempted to give up the struggle, but determined to stick to his farm, and so kept on improving his place, slowly at first, but gradually getting ahead a little. In 1893 he had the misfortune to be burned out, losing almost everything, so that he was obliged to start all over again.
Mr. Bigelow was from the first quite heavily engaged in the cattle business, and in this way managed to make a living and lay by a little money after the poor years had passed. He lived on the ranch for about eleven years, then sold the place out and came to Harrison locating here in 1899. He established his present business, and has done well since starting here, in the nine years he has been operating, building up a good patronage and has gained an enviable reputation as a worthy citizen and good business manager.
In February, 1892, Mr. Bigelow was married to Miss Emma E. Stewart, of Greenfield, Iowa, daughter of John and Minerva Stewart, both of American stock. They have no children. Our subject and his family occupy a pleasant and comfortable home, and are highly esteemed in their locality and liked by all who know them. He is prominent in local affairs, and has held office at different times, serving as village trustee for a number of years. He was one of the original organizers of the Republican party in this section, acting as chairman of the Republican county committee for several years.