Children of Charles Deacatur & Florence A. (Irons) Bigelow:
15336.A1A1 Harry Bigelow, b. about 1879, d. 1973
15336.A1A2 Theresa Bigelow, b ___ ; d ______ ; m Harry Myers
15336.A1A3 Elmer Charles Bigelow, b 27 Feb. 27 1881 in Smethport, PA, m. Mabel Cora Deming, d 13 June 1965 in Chautauqua co., NY. ( I have pictures of Elmer and Mable) (see below)
Children of Charles and Jennie (Pool) Bigelow, born in Buffalo:
15336.A1A4 Bessie, b 23 April 1881 probably 1882 see above; d 23 April 1882.
15336.A1A5 Bayard, b 19 June 1887.(see below)
15336.A1A6 Charles Chase, b 20 Feb
1891. (see below)
Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol II, pg 376;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
Bigelow Society records.
1880 Census Gowanda, Erie co, NY
Source: FHL Film 1254832 Nat. Archive Film T9-0832 page 454B
Charles D. Bigelow Age 29 Birthplace NY; Fa: VT Mo: MA
Occ: Life & Fire Insurance Agent
Jennie V. Bigelow Age 20 Birthplace NY; Fa. OH Mo VT
1880 Census Keating, McKean co, PA
Source: FHL Film 1255154 Nat. Archive Film T9-1154 page 311D
Charles Bigelo Age 25 Birthplace NY; Fa: Can Mo: Can
Florence Bigelo Age 23 Birthplace PA; Fa. PA Mo PA
son Harry Bigelo Age 9M Birthp PA; Fa: PA?? Mo: PA
Subject: Charles Bigelow
From Cindi Bigelow
Since my last post, I have received a bit more information. I have Charles Decatur Bigelow, b. 1850 in East Ashford,
Cattaraugus Co., NY, married Florence A. Irons, b. 1856. The parents of Charles Decatur were Charles Chandler Bigelow,
m. to Roxanna Sampson.
I responded to below:
I am looking for information on Charles Bigelow, possibly in the Smethport, PA area, late 1800s (d. 1937) - he was married to Florence Irons. They had the following children: Elmer, Harry and Theresa.
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 23:36:56 -0700
From: "Robert Smith" < email@example.com >
oops,on Charles Decatur Bigelow and many more names.
Children of Charles Deacatur & Florence A. Irons:
1 Harry Bigelow, b. about 1879, d. 1973
2 Theresa Bigelow, b. Harry Myers
3 Elmer Charles Bigelow, b 27 Feb. 27 1881 in Smethport, PA, m Mabel Cora Deming, d 13 June 1965 in Chautauqua co., NY. ( I have pictures of Elmer and Mable)
(primary source from Elmer down, Betty Bigelow Houghwot - living daughter of Elmer and Mabel)
Children of Elmer and Mabel:
15336.A1A31 Florence B., b. May 9, 1908, m. Norman Mawhir, d. Jan. 1994
15336.A1A32 Benjamin Elmer, b. Feb. 19, 1910 in Kane, PA, m. July 30, 1944 to Vera Charlotta Fredrica Munch (living), d. Oct. 29, 1979 Warren, PA Benjamin Elmer was a leather tooler, and owned Bigelow Leather and Canvas in Warren, Warren co., PA.
15336.A1A33 Ruth, b. 1911
15336.A1A34 Irene Letty, b. July 29, 1912, m. Frank Raycraft, d. Oct. 19, 1998 Copake, NY (source, gr. daughter of Irene)
15336.A1A35 Charles Eugene, b. 1914
15336.A1A36 Margarite Elizabeth, b. 1917, m. Mr. O'Heron
15336.A1A37 Oliver George, b. 1919
15336.A1A38 Burton Ardon, b. April 24, 1921, m. June _____, d. May 1, 1992
15336.A1A39 Mary Catherine (living), b. 1923, m. Mr. Orlando
15336.A1A3A Betty Jane Louise (living), b. 1926, m. Merl Houghwot
15336.A1A3B John, b. Dec. 4, 1929, m. June ______, d. July 23, 1999 Brocton, Chautauqua co., NY
15336.A1A3C Francis Henry, b. 1929
According to Aunt Betty, many of the children, like their father
Charles Decatur Bigelow before them, were afflicted with wonderlust,
and the family is not sure what became of them. As one of those
"dreaded in-laws", I can tell you that there are some very "colorful"
people in the above listed generation.
Benjamin Elmer was a leather tooler, and owned Bigelow Leather and
in Warren, Warren co., PA.
I am still having problems with the Charles Bigelow line. Unless we are talking about a bigamist (and I am reasonably sure, from family stories, that this is not the case), the dates of the children don't work out - they are mixed between each other. I know that the father of Elmer Charles Bigelow, was named Charles - and I will admit that there does not appear to be another Charles Bigelow of the right time frame and location - however, there's the problem of the chilren's birth dates.
Getting information in New York State is difficult, especially if one does not have a church of record, or somewhere to search for more complete information. I have a trail for Elmer Charles Bigelow - the death information does not give me what I need to pursue his parents -I will see if I can rework the information and find some record of birth for Elmer Charles, that may have his father's middle name. I have tried searching through Florence Irons, and can only find Charles Bigelow.
I do know that the Elmer Charles Bigelow family traveled from PA to NY supposedly to relatives - for the birth of some children.
Cynthia (Cindi) Hewitt [Dunham] Bigelow
Subject: Charles Decatur Bigelow, Jennie Pool & Florence Irons & Cindi Bigelow
Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 16:00:03 -0700
From: Jeanne Bigelow Frederick firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Rod Bigelow,
I am Jeanne Bigelow Frederick, dau of Bayard Bigelow, Charles Decatur,
Job, Charles Chandler etc. By the merest chance I saw the information
about Florence Irons & Charles Decatur Bigelow posted by Cindi Bigelow by
putting in Charles Decatur Bigelow's name in Google and requesting a
search. I digested Cindi's information and then went to the 1880 census
and this is what I found:
Charles D. Bigelow, a Life and Fire Insurance agt. married to
Jennie V. (Pool) Bigelow. His father born in VT. &
mother Hannah Walker Bigelow born in MA which certainly fits. They are
located in Gowanda, NY. I have a small workbook of Charles
Decatur Bigelow and in the front it says, "Chas. D. Bigelow, Gowanda,
The 1880 census also lists Charles Bigelo, a laborer married to
Florence Bigelo with a son Harry Bigelo living in Keating, PA. This is
South east of the town of Smethport that Cindi
Bigelow talks about. Charles Bigelo's parents are listed as both
born in Canada.
I am happy to send these census printouts by surface mail to you for your
perusal. I tried to write Cindi Bigelow, but my e-mail came back as
I started out on the premise that it was entirely possible for both
families to belong to my grandfather Charles Decatur Bigelow, but after
finding that material in the census, I feel there were definitely two
Charles Bigelows (Bigelo), even though the one in Keating might also be
named Charles Decatur Bigelo.
Great Bigelow information and web pages!!!
I am the grand nephew of Charles Chase Bigelow
original tracings of family back to Baguley Hall, which I visited some
ago. Am trying to put together short version of family history for my
and ran into that attached beautiful picture of Baguley Hall. Though
might like a copy. Uncle Charlie was also an artist and did murals in
newspaper building which are not on National registry of
Landmarks. His Niece is now over 80 and living in Sierra Madre, CA --
interested in Bigelow stuff and a treasure trove of great family
By my count my children are 12 generations removed from the father of fathers of Watertown, MA.