Francis Marion 8 BIGELOW

15349.433      Francis Marion 8 BIGELOW, son of Lawson T. 7 ( Thomas 6 , Thomas 5( Jedediah 4, Samuel 3, Samuel 2, John 1 and Mary (HALL) BIGELOW, was born at Portland, Chautauqua, NY on 25 September 1843. He married there on 04 July 1863 Mary Diantha Hopson the daughter of Schuyler and Angeline (__) Hopson. She was born 0l March 1844 at Portland. About the same year as their marriage, they moved to Wabasha county, MN and took up land and some years later moved to Elgin, Wabasha county. A few years before his death, they moved to Rochester, Olmsted co, MN and a family reunion was held there with many of his father's descendants present. He died at Rochester 18 May 1925 and his wife on 30 June 1931. (see below)

Children of Francis and Mary (Hopson) Bigelow, the six youngest born at Elgin, MN:

15349.4331t    Albert William,(twin) b 14 April 1864 Beaver, Winona, MN; d 11 Jan 1917 Claremont, Dodge co, MN; m 13 March 1886 Amelia Vosa; 8 children. 

15349.4332t    Frank Elmer,(twin) b 14 April 1864 Beaver; d 06 Dec 1915 Andover, Day co, SD; m 08 March 1896 Margaret Hangell; 2 children;

15349.4333t    Arthur Ethelbert, b 20 Jan 1868 Whitewater Falls, MN d  ca 14 Dec 1936 (obit) Rochester, MN; m (1) 18 July 1893 Mabel Stuart and (2) 09 May 1929 Luella Isabel Essen (Abrams?); 2 children: Mabel Bigelow (1894-  ), and Arthur James Bigelow (b 16 July 1931-  ).

15349.4334t    Schuyler Thomas, b 27 Nov 1869 Elgin, Winona co, MN; d 11 Oct 1948 Rochester; m 19 July 1891 Tina Roberts; 7 children.(see below)

15349.4335t    Maude Angeline, b 29 Dec 1871 Elgin, Winona co, MN; d 26 Apr 1969 Chisholm, St. Louis County, MN; m 03 April 1890 Everett J. Parker; 2 children.

15349.4336t    Hattie Leota, b 21 April 1874 Elgin, Winona co, MN; d 31 March 1954 Rochester; m 21 April 1892 John Harvey; 9 children.

15349.4337t    Estella Etta, b 10 Feb 1876 Elgin, Winona co, MN; d 19 March 1948 Washington, DC; m 25 Dec 1896 Frank Titrington; 4 children.

15349.4338t    Alfred Walter, b 19 Jan 1878 Elgin, Winona co, MN; d 14 May 1978 (?) Rochester; m 25 Sept 1907 Ethel Rannetsberger at Viroqua, WI; res. Byron, MN; 8 children.

15349.4339t    Howard Hopson, b 04 May 1880 Elgin, Winona co, MN; d 21 April 1959 Elgin; m 07 Oct 1908 Mathilda Margaret (Tillie) Schaad; 9 children.

Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol II, pg 389;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
1922 reunion booklet of Lawson T. Bigelow descendants;
correspondence between descendants and Bigelow Society genealogists;
various MN records.

Bigelow, Francis M. (page 482), an early settler in Wabasha County, and a joint owner with his son of considerable land in Elgin Township, though now residing in Rochester, Minn., was born in the village of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, September 25, 1843, son of Lawson T. and Mary (Hill) Bigelow. The founders of the Bigelow family in this county were John and Mary (Warren) Bigelow, who were among the early settlers of the Massachusetts colony in the early part of the seventeenth century. The parents of Francis M. were farmers, and he was early trained to agricultural pursuits, acquiring his education in the common schools. In 1864 he joined the stream of emigration to Minnesota, taking a farm of 160 acres in Elgin Township, Wabasha County. Later he bought 320 acres in section 29, Elgin Township, and after that 160 acres in Haverhill Township, Olmsted County, where he resided and was engaged successfully in general farming, stock raising, and the raising of small fruits and apples, his orchard at one time being the largest in the state. He resided on the farm till 1902, when he moved to Rochester. In 1904 he bought 210 acres in Rochester Township, all of which is now platted for city property, except three acres, on which tract he is living retired, and very well to do. During his career on the farm he became well known as a breeder and importer of high grade cattle. Politically he is staunch Republican. Mr. Bigelow was married July 4, 1863, to May D. Hopson, by whom he has had nine children, namely:
Albert W., born April 14, 1864, who died in 1916;
Frank E., born April 4, 1866, who died in 1914;
Arthur A., born January 20, 1868, now a resident of Claremont, Minn.;
Schuyler, born November 27, 1869, who is on the farm at Haverhill, Minn.;
Maude A., born December 29, 1871, now Mrs. E. Parker, of Shovel Lake, Minn.;
Hattie L., born April 21, 1874, who is the wife of John Harvey of Rochester;
Stella E., born February 19, 1876, now Mrs. Frank Titterington, of Marion Township, Olmsted County;
Alfred W., born January 19, 1878, who lives in section 3, Rochester Township, Olmsted County; and
Howard H., born May 4, 1880, who is residing on the old home farm in Elgin Township, where in association with his father he owns 600 acres of land.

Mr. Bigelow is a member of the Masonic order and of the Methodist Episcopal church. He also belongs to the Old Settlers' Association of Elgin. He was one of the builders of this county, where he still has many friends, and his record as a Minnesota pioneer, successful farmer, and exemplary citizen is one in which his family can take pride.

Posted by Bonnie Distad
June 09, 1999 at 15:36:25:
I HAVE information for the decendants of Lawson T. & Mary (Hall) Bigelow. They were from Vermont/New York but came
to Minnesota. They had a son Francis Marion Bigelow who married May D. Hopson. They also had a son named Schuyler
Thomas Bigelow who married Tena Roberts. Schuyler & Tena had a son named Chester Schuyler Bigelow who married my
great Aunt Lottie Benedict on Oct. 14, 1914 in Rochester, Minnesota. If you are interested in learning more please e-mail me.

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