Alonzo Michener 9 BIGELOW

Jenny Elizabeth (Spears) Bigelow (Mrs. Alonzo Bigelow)                                                   Alonzo Michemer 9 Bigelow
Owen Alexander, John Emerson, Dorothy Cecilia, Herbert Joseph (back four)
Carl Edwin, Mary Haven Beatrice , David James, Samuel Aaron  (front four)

Photo from Bigelow Society Library Files

1592C.1528      Alonzo Michener 9 BIGELOW, son of John Emerson 8 (Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1 and  Hannah (BLENKHORN) BIGELOW, was born 20 May 1879 at Canning, Kings co., NS.  He married Jenny Elizabeth Spears on 03 September 1903.  She was born 08 August 1878 at Highgate Springs,, VT, the daughter of Alexander and Mary Curley) Spears. They had eight children. They moved to Wimborne Alberta, Canada 10 April 1910.  His brother Emerson arrived in Wimborne in 1919 and they farmed together for 23 years, living a half mile apart.  Their descendants started the Western Bigelow Society. Alonzo Michener Bigelow was a locomotive mechanical engineer and farmer. Jenny, a Homemaker. They both are shown as dying 27 February 1955 at Trochu, Alberta, Canada. Perhaps an accident.

Children of Alonzo Michener and Jenny (Spears) Bigelow:

1592C.15281     Mary Haven Beatrice, b 02 July 1904 St. Albans,, VT; d 27 Dec 1992 Edmonton, Alberta, CA; She was a Registered nurse, a sister (nun) of the order of the Charity d'Evron.

1592C.15282t     Owen Alexander, b 03 Sept 1906 Montreal, Que; d 15 Oct 1993 Innisfail, Alberta, CA; m Vera Bates (b 07 Sept 1910 Pinelake, Albera, CA; d ____); 4 children. (see below)

1592C.15283     John Emerson, b 16 Dec 1908 Sidney, Oakland co, ME; d 13 Aug 1993 Wimborne, Alberta, CA; m 08 Mar 1952 at Medice Hat, Alberta, Elizabeth Donna Axtel (b 18 Apr 1914 Oakland co, ME; d 27 Nov 1993 Calgary, Alberta; no children; He was a farmer, boiler engineer, leathercraftsman and race horse fancier.  Elizabeth Donna was a Registered nurse, homemaker and horse fancier.

1592C.15284t     Dorothy Cecilia, b 30 Dec 1910 Trochu, Alberta, CA; d 01 Jan 2000 Rimbey Care Center,; m 22 June 1937 Ivan Arthur Carpenter (b 27 June 1917 Consul, Sask, CA; d ____ ); 6 children.(see below)

1592C.15285t     Herbert Joseph, b 05 Nov 1912 Wimborne, Alberta, CA; d 17 June 1999 Wimborne, Alberta, CA; m 01 Feb 1943 Freda May Beer (b 24 Feb 1916 Munson, Alberta, CA; d ____ ); 4 children;(see below)

1592C.15286t     Carl Edwin, b 07 Nov 1914 Trochu, Alberta, CA; d 19 Oct 1986 Coeurd' Alene, ID; m 19 Nov 1940 Rosewitha C. Wagner (b 06 Aug 1921 Trochu, Alberta, CA; d ____ ); 5 children:(see below)

1592C.15287t     Samuel Arnon, b 01 Oct 1917 Wimborne, Alberta, CA; d living 2003; m 11 Nov 1944 Betty Ann Scheck; 5 children:(see below)

1592C.15288t     David James, b 16 Oct 1919 Wimborne, Alberta, CA; d 13 Aug 2003 ; m (1) 01 June 1944 Grace Young (b 07 Sept 1913 Pollockville, Alberta, CA; d 11 Jan 1990 Cranbrook, BC, CA (divorced) 2 children); m (2) 28 Dec 1989 Grace Kerr; (see below)

Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol II, pg 425, 1996 Addendum;
Howe, "Bigelow Family of America;"
in depth research by descendant and correspondence with Bigelow Society;
family records;
Bigelow Society genealogist/historian [prior to 1995];
Lois Mattson's Book "John Emerson Bigelow 1842-1931"; page 367, with picture p. 366.
FORGE, Jan 2000, Vol.29, #1, article about Western Bigelow Society Reunions and Bigelow Society Reunion 2000.
Forge, vol.27, no.1, January 1998, p. 18"
Forge, vol.13, no.2, April 1984, p. 29"

1592C.15282     Owen Alexander 10 Bigelow, son of Alonzo Michener 9 (John Emerson 8 , Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1) and Jenny (Spears) Bigelow, was born 03 September 1906 Montreal, Quebec.  His father moved his family back to Oakland, Maine where he farmed until 1910.  There were three children in the family at that time: Beatrice, Owen, and Emerson who was born 1908.  Alonzo decided to follow his brother Scott to Alberta and went to Wimborne to try his luck out west.  Owen started school at Collingwood, a distance of 3 miles.
On 12 October 1933, Owen married Vera Bates in Didsbury, Alberta. She was born 07 September 1910 at Pinelake, Alberta,Canada, daughter of William Edward and Catherine (Lynn) Bates.  They were parents of 4 children. and they lived at Lac La Biche on the Lac La Biche river from 1933-1953.  They moved back to Wimborne in 1953 and lived west of there on a rented place, then to the Huxley area where Owen worked for a farmer until he moved back to the home place where Alonzo and wife, (his parents) came in 1910.  They moved to Red Deer in 1972 and lived there about 17 years.  Owen died 15 October 1993 at Innisfail, Alberta, Canada at age 87 and was buried in the Wimborne cemetery, Alberta, where his brother Emerson was buried in August of 1991.  Owen and Vera celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary 12 October 1993 and he died 3 days later. Vera died at the Red Deer Hospital 10 January 2002 at the age of 91. (see below)

Children of Owen and Vera (Bates) Bigelow:

1592C.15282.1t     Mary Elizabeth Cecilia, b 21 May 1934 Bonnyville, Alberta, CA; d ____ ; m 11 June 1953 William Leron Myers; 4 children.

1592C.15282.2t     Myrtle Jennie, b 24 Jan 1936 Lac La Biche, Alberta; d ____ ; m(1) 06 Nov 1954 Melvin George Sitala 3 children (divorced); m(2) 09 June 1981 Jack Werbicki;

1592C.15282.3t     Phyllis, b 12 Oct 1938 Plamordon, Alberta, CA; d ____ ; m(1) 15 Nov 1958 Gordon Leroy Scrivens; 4 children (divorced); m(2) Gary McKay;

1592C.15282.4t     Marvin Dennis, b 10 May 1941 Vegreville, Alberta, CA; d ____ ; m 26 June 1965 Diane Marie Nelson; 3 children: Thomas Harry, Dean Marvin, and Kelly Alexander Bigelow (see note)

Sources:  Dorothy Carpenter, Owen's sister, who gave it to Lois Mattson who submitted the article in "Forge" Bigelow Society Quarterly, May 1994 Vol. 23, No. 2, p. 30.
Note 05/25/2006:
From: Kelly Bigelow
Comments: come to see what was all on the page, and if I could see were I was in the list.
I am son of Marvin Bigelow, who was the son of Owen Alexander Bigelow from Alberta 

In the "Forge" October 2001, Vol. 30, No.4, a picture of five Bigelow generations:  Vera, widow of Owen, daughter, Myrtle (Bigelow) Siltala Werbecki, son Reid Sitala, his daugher , Corie Siltala holding baby Nicole Lynn (14th gen) Benoit.  Also, same "Forge" was another 5 generation picture of Vera with 1st daughter "Cecelia (Bigelow) Myers, her daughter Laurie (Myers) Scott, her daughter Corrina (Scott) Turney holding her baby, Darien Robert Scott Turney (14th generation).

1592C.15284      Dorothy Cecilia 10 Bigelow, daughter of Alonzo Michener 9 (John Emerson 8 , Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1) and Jenny (Spears) Bigelow,, was born 30 December 1910 in Trochu, Alberta, Canada.  She was raised in the Trochu district and graduated from the St. Joseph General Hospital with her Registered Nursing Diploma.  She moved to Westlock for a short time until her mother became ill and she returned home.
     She married Ivan "Art" Arthur Carpenter on 22 June 1937 at Emonton, Alberta, Canada, and 20 Sep 1997 at the Elks Lodge in Red Deer, Alberta, she and husband, Art Carpenter celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary.  All of their children and spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren attended.  Also attending were Art's sister, Ellen Lenz and family, Dorothy's 3 brothers and wives, cousins, and friends.  A lovely time was enjoyed by those present. After her marriage to Art, in the summer of 1938, dorothy, along with infant son Myran took a freighter from Waterways to Fort Fitzgerald on the Athabascan River to join her husband at fort smith, AB.  They resided there two years before returning to Wimbourne, AB. In 1946 they bought a farm at James River AB where they farmed until 1959 when they purchased a larger farm near rimbey AB.  Dorothy  always had a young attitude and a love for life.  At a very young 80 years old, Dorothy, Art and grandson Myran Beelby rode by horseback from Rimbey to her brother Dave's farm at Innisfail.  they camped the first night at the Medicine River campground, and rode the next day to the Daines Ranch north of Innisfail before completing their ride to Dave's farm.

Dorothy is survived by husband, Art; three sons, Ivan (Donna) of Terrace BC, Wayne (Sharon) of Rocky Mountain House AB, Ormond (Sharon) of Drayton Valley AB; two daughters, Sandy (Fred) Ringey; 11 grch; 11 gr.grch; and two brothers, Sam Bigelow of Surrey BC and Dave (Grace) Bigelow of Innisfail AB.  She was predeceased by her son Myran in 1965; four brothers, Carl, Owen, Emerson and Herb; one sister, Sr.Beatrice Bigelow and one sister-in-law, Ellen Lenz.  Funeral services were held at the Rimbey Church of the Nazarene on 6 Jan 2000.  Interment followed in the West Haven Cemetery.

Children of Ivan and Dorothy (Bigelow) Carpenter:

1592C.15284.1     Myron Walter Carpenter, b 04 May 1938;

1592C.15284.2t     Ivan Edwin Carpenter, b 07 Nov 1940;

1592C.15284.3t     Wayne Arthur Carpenter, b 22 Feb 1946;

1592C.15284.4t     Ormond Carpenter, b 17 Oct 1947;

1592C.15284.5t     Sandra Beatrice Ellen Carpenter, b 03 Sept 1949;

1592C.15284.6t     Stella Carpenter, b 20 June 1951;

1592C.15285      Herbert Joseph 10 Bigelow, son of Alonzo Michener 9 (John Emerson 8 , Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1) and Jenny (Spears) Bigelow,, was born 5 November 1912 near Wimborne, Alberta, Canada and attended nearby Collingwood school and later technical school in Calgary.  The lived on a farm for 3 years before moving to the Beer family farm, where he remained until his passing.  He died suddenly 17 June 1999.  Survived by his wife, Freda Mary (Beer) Bigelow who he married 1 Feb 1943 at Wimborne, Alberta, Canada.. Freda was a Homemaker.  They had four children.

Children of Herbert and Freda (Beer) Bigelow:

1592C.15285.1t     Mary Ann, b 24 Mar 1944;

1592C.15285.2t     Elizabeth "Betty" Helen, b 09 May 1946;

1592C.15285.3t     Joseph Albert, b 11 Mar 1950;

1592C.15285.4      Robert, b 29 May 1955;

1592C.15286       Carl Edwin 10 Bigelow, son of Alonzo Michener 9 (John Emerson 8 , Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1) and Jenny (Spears) Bigelow,, was born 07 Nov 1914 at Trochu, Alberta,Canada.  On 19 November 1940 at Innisfail, Alberta, Canada, he married Rosewitha C. Wagner. Carl Edwin died 09 October 1986 at Coeurd'Alene, Idaho, USA.  Carl was a trucker, businessman, motel owner and operator.  Rosewitha was a homemaker, motel owner and operator and waitress. She was daughter of Fredrick William and Marie Elizabeth (Schulte) Wagner. On 15 April 1989 at coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Rosewitha married (2) Albert Manley.

Children of Carl and Rosewitha (Wagner) Bigelow:

1592C.15286.1t     Eileen Elizabeth, b 29 Apr 1942;

1592C.15286.2t     Amon Fredrick, b 09 Sept 1943;

1592C.15286.3t     Anita Beatrice, b 02 July 1945;

1592C.15286.4      Teresa Lynn, b 29 Aug 1948;

1592C.15286.5t     Richard Carl, b 02 Jan 1956;

1592C.15287       Samuel Arnon 10 Bigelow, son of Alonzo Michener 9 (John Emerson 8 , Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1) and Jenny (Spears) Bigelow,, was born 01 Oct 1917 at Wimborne, Alberta, Canada. On 11 November 1944 at Yellowknife, NW Territories, Canada, he married Betty Ann Scheck, daughter of Peter Robert and Annie Christine (Behrens) Scheck, born 12 December 1923 at Camrose, Alberta,Canada and died 11 January 1994.  She was buried 17 January 1994 at Surrey, Vancouver, BC, Canada,  where she died. They were parents of 5 children.  Samuel Arnon Bigelow was a barber and hair stylist and Betty Ann was a homemaker, business manager, cashier and cook. Sam has attended many reunions including 2002 at Canning, Nova Scotia.

Children of Samuel and Betty Ann (Scheck) Bigelow:

1592C.15287.1t     Patrick, b 21 Aug 1946;

1592C.15287.2t     Robert William, b 07 Feb 1951;

1592C.15287.3      Lawrence James, 20 Mar 1954;

1592C.15287.4t     Kevin Mitchener, b 31 Jan 1957;

1592C.15287.5t     Janice Maureen, b 13 Apr 1961;

Lois Mattson's Book "John Emerson Bigelow 1842 - 1931", Picture of Samuel's family page 416-7.

1592C.15288      David James 10 Bigelow, son of Alonzo Michener 9 (John Emerson 8 , Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1) and Jenny (Spears) Bigelow, was born 16 October 1919.  On 01 June 1944 at Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he married Grace Young. In 1999 he and wife, Grace hosted the Western Bigelow Society and Bigelow Society Reunion, in 2000, 7 miles east of Innisfail, Alberta, Canada.  David was a farmer and bus driver.  Grace (Young) was a homemaker and hairdresser.  His first wife died before 1989 and on 28 December 1989 he married (2) Grace Kerr, born 02 Aug 1921 at Wimborne,Alberta,Canada.  She was daughter of Baron James Joseph and Sara (Chambers) Kerr.  She died 14 Mar 2003 (aged 81) Innisfail, Red Deer Census Division, Alberta. She was previously married to John Dickenson who was deceased. David hosted many Western Bigelow reunions at his farm in Innisfail. He also attended th 2002 reunion in Canning, Nova Scotia. David died 13 August 2003 at Cochrane, AB. (see obit)

Children of David and Grace (Young) Bigelow:

1592C.15288.1t     Douglas Norman, b 04 Aug 1945 Cluny, AB;

1592C.15288.2t     Allan David, b 07 June 1950 Cluny, AB; m Meg;

Obituary from Forge Oct 2003:
David James 10 Bigelow, son of Alonzo Michener 9 (John Emerson 8 , Ebenezer 7 , Ebenezer 6Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1) died 13 August 2003 at Cochrane, AB. He was born 16 October 19 l 9 at Trochu, AB, the youngest of eight children. He served in the Canadian Army during WWlI. joining in 1940. In 1944, he married Grace YOUNG and they farmed in the Cluny, AB area for 40 years. They had two sons, Doug and Allen, both born at Cluny. After the death of his first wife, Dave married Grace DICKENSON in 1989. Dave loved horses and looked forward to his yearly trail rides. He served actively in the community, as a hockey coach, 4-H leader and volunteer fire fighter. David and Grace hosted the Western Bigelow Society annual reunion for many years on their acreage near Innisfail, AB and also hosted the International Bigelow Society Reunion in 2000. Dave was renowned for his special hotcakes recipe at these reunions.

David is survived by his sons Doug and Allan (Meg); grandchildren, Debbie (Brad), Rebecca, Sara, Alma (Steve), Laura and Travis; great-grandson, Josh; brother Sam and cousin Lois. He was predeceased by his first wife, Grace YOUNG and second wife, Grace DICKENSON; his brothers, Owen (Vera), Emerson (Beth), Herb, and Carl; and his sisters, Beatrice and Dorothy.


     Vera was born the fifth child of ten of Catherine and William Bates in Lousana, Alberta on September 7,1910. She passed away in the Red Deer Hospital January 10, 2002 at the age of 91.
Vera attended school in Lousana   She often mentioned many of her experiences traveling by horse drawn school bus to and from school. It seemed that all winter they left for school in the dark and it was dark when they returned home, leaving no time for play. She talked about the terrible snow storm.   It was snowing very hard and the wind was blowing causing big drifts. The students had to get out and walk in front of the horses to lead them through the snow drifts.   After she finished school, she worked as a mother's helper for various people. This is when she met Owen Bigelow.
     Vera and Owen were married October 12,1933 in Didsbury, Alberta. They moved to Lac La Biche River in January of the next year. They were many miles from the town of Lac La Biche where they had to go to get supplies. In the winter travel was done across the lake. On one of those trips the horse that was pulling the toboggan started jumping around, broke the ice and fell in almost pulling in the toboggan with Vera on it   Fortunately Owen was able to keep the toboggan out of the water. Vera had to roll out onto safer ice. She said she had a hard time rolling across the ice as she was very pregnant with their first child, Cecelia. They then had to walk some miles for help.   While Vera and Owen lived in the Lac La Biche River area Cecelia and Myrtle were born.   Later they moved to a place north east of Plamondon where they farmed and raised cattle. There Phyllis and Marvin were added to their family. The Plamondon area was a very friendly community where much fun was had through the hardships and many good and lasting friendships were made that are still on going today. Vera and Owen spent about 15 years in the Plamondon area after which they moved back to the Wimborne and Huxley districts, eventually moving to the original Bigelow homestead.  There they continued to farm and raise cattle until they retired to Red Deer in 1970.
     Vera and Owen were fortunate to be able to travel a fair amount. Their first major trip was in the spring of 1969. They, along with Ida and Albert Smith and Sister Beatrice, drove across Canada to Nova Scotia, where Owen's father was raised. They met with many "Bigelow cousins". They went to Hawaii and visited with Uncle Sam and Aunt Betty Bigelow, to Mexico then to the East Coast again. They enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends. While at home they enjoyed the activities of the Golden Circle in Red Deer, bowling, quilting, singing, playing cards, and dancing.
     Vera enjoyed her family, especially the young ones. She looked forward every year to the annual Bates and Bigelow family reunions. She also enjoyed all kinds of roses although she never seemed to have much luck growing them. She was an avid housekeeper and gardener. She would play a game of crib any time of the day and most likely she would win.
     Vera and Owen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 12, 1993, three days before Owen passed away. Vera then moved to Waskasoo Towers in Red Deer, where she lived for 6 years before moving to the Pines Lodge, where she lived until her passing.
     Vera is survived by three daughters and one son; Cecelia (Ron) Myers, Kelowna B.C., Myrtle (Jack) Werbicki, Sherwood Park A.B., Phyllis (Gary) McKay, Calgary, A.B. and Marvin (Diana) Bigelow, Elnora. A.B.; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters; Nellie Coram, Red Deer, A.B., Blanche Downs, Snohomish, Washington, Annie Clifford, Innisfail, A.B., and Grace Kee, Calgary, A.B., three brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews and friends. Vera was predeceased by her husband, Owen and two grandsons.

Modified - 09/11/2008
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