Joseph Alvin 9 BIGELOW
15923.6312 Joseph Alvin 9
Bigelow, son of Timothy III 8
( Timothy L. 7 , Timothy 6 , Isaac 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John 1 )
and Elizabeth (BACON) BIGEOW, was born at Spring Prairie, WI on
12 October 1845. He married on 31 August 1870 Almeda Roxanna Tryon. Almeda
was born 29 January 1852 at Westport, Essex co., NY and died _ April 1935
at Pueblo, CO. She was buried in April 1935 in Beulah, Pueblo co., CO. J.
Alvin had died on 20 April 1916 at Beulah,, CO. (see
below- for lots more)
Children of Joseph Alvin and Almeda (Tryon) Bigelow:
15923.63121t Arthur Alvin Bigelow, b 21 Feb 1872 in Camanche, Clinton
co., IA; d. 25 Sept. 1950, m 24 Jan 1897 Hattie Bolinger; 3 children: Jesse,
Verna and Arthur Glen Bigelow
15923.63122 Almeda B. Bigelow b. 19 Oct 1875 in Camanche,
IA. d 1880; ("Allie D. Bigelow, died 09 Jan 1880, ae 3y 1mo 10 das, dgtr
of J. & A. Bigelow") buried in Cordova, IL cemetery with family of Timothy L. 7 Bigelow.
15923.63123 . Lula Grace
Bigelow, (my great-grandmother) b 12 May 1880 in Camanche, IA; d 06
June 1958 in Astoria, OR; m. 12 May 1897 to David Thomas Bolinger.
15923.63124 Ray T. Bigelow (twin) b. 20 Aug 1884 in Camanche, IA;
m.26 Dec 1905 Mary Edith Cease
15923.63125 Roy Bigelow (twin) b. 20 Aug. 1884 in Camanche, IA;
d. March 1885
15923.63126. Nelson Glenn
Bigelow, b 07 Dec 1887 in Ayr, Adams co., NE; d. 17 Sept 1977 (in a
nursing home in Florence, CO which is the last place I saw him in 1970);
m 16 Sept 1914 to Eva Aurelia Harrison (we always called her Aunt Aurelia).
15923.63127 Herbert Holmes Bigelow b. 26 Jul 1890 in Beulah, Pueblo
co, CO; d 04 Aug 1963; m. 24 Dec 1911 Julia Jones.
The Bigelow Family Genealogy Vol. II Page 411 child;
Correspondence between family descendants and Bigelow Society historian/genealogist
and her records;
various records and censuses IA, WI and CO.
Subject: J. Alvin Bigelow
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 15:46:00 -0500
From: Dennis Beach email@example.com
We have been enjoying the Bigelow geneology--particularily the J. Alvin
line. He was my great great grandfather. However we cannot reach
the son, Glenn Nelson site ( /rod10/nel03126.htm)
Can you fix it for us? Do you have any other information about Herbert
H., youngest son of J. Alvin? NO.......ROD
Thank you, Dennis Beach
Note from descendant:
Subject: Timothy Bigelow III
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 08:56:42 -0800
From: Diane D Knox firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization: Bureau of Land Management
Have really enjoyed your Bigelow pages. This is the line I am researching.(Timothy
My aunt, Freda Slack, who died several years ago, did some research of the
line. Her grandmother was a Bigelow. Are you interested in the
information I have? Please reply to email@example.com
I will be calling my parents later to fill in the following generation if
I can. I know my great-grandmother had at least 3 children. Diane
They had 6-7 children. Joseph or John Alvin Bigelow
was a Blacksmith but delved in several other fields of occupation.
Took family to CO in 1889 by covered wagon along with relatives named Roscoe.
They went to Pueblo, then Red Creek Springs where there was a large health
resort and a large number of springs (13 springs, some hot and some cold
but all of mineral content--now all dried up never to return). Then to Babcock
Hole to Hardscrabble Cr. and established camp upstream from the village of
Greenwood where J. Alvin unloaded his balcksmith tools and shoed the horses,
set the wagon tires and make recessary repairs. This was near where
Kit Carson Rock now is--or early significance to State of CO. From here,the
family went to Greenwood, south to the "little village of Beulah). J.
Alvin erected a shop and engaged in blacksmithing.
From Beulah, CO, they moved to Second Mace (early
history, Beulah CO was known as Maces Hole named for notorious horse thief
and outlaw in general by the name of Juan Mace who holed up in a cave nearby.
He brought horses from NM and WY and pastured them in mountains west of Beulah
until he could dispose of them to his monetary advantage. This mountain
area later on became known as "Second Mace". Mace was eventually apprehended.
After a couple years in Beulah he homesteaded in
Second Mace 1891, to 160 acres immediately west of "Bigelow Divide". Children
at that time in order were Art, Grace, Ray, Glenn and Bert. They built a log
house and blacksmith shop. A town grew up there, and a school built.
A Mr.McConnel and J. Alvin built seats, desks,blackboards, etc. which served
for many years. A family named Fairchild were there but moved to San
Isabel City and he became interested in mining and prospecting then committed
John Alvin was blacksmith, ranch manager, Justice
of the Peace, community dance fiddler; also acquired a medical library and
treated neighbors which, at that time, was not unlawful to set broken bones
or officiate in childbirth, etc., but cases beyond his knowledge, me would
demand they bring a doctor from some place. Later every small village
had a doctor. J. Alvin and son Art made their first two wagons; a large
heavy one and a small one.
J. Alvin's wife, Almeda, knitted stockings, mittens,
wristlets, etc., and made everything the children wore except shoes or boots.
One winter she made 1600 pounds of butter which they took to the stores in
Florence, CO. She bought blue denim by the bolt and made their overalls.
Calico for dresses were 3 cents a yard. It took 5 yards for a dress,
so it cost 15 cents. The school was 2 miles from home, so Grace, Ray and Glenn
rode horseback or burro back. Horses were faster! Their teacher's name
was Miss Anna Burns who later married Francis Lee Hughlit, long time chief
engineer of CO State Hosp. Miss Hattie Bollinger became their teacher and
later married their brother Art Bigelow. A cousin lived with them one
winter and made snow skiis for each of the younger boys (first they had heard
of). They skiid in the exact spot where in 1973 there was a popular
ski course. They also used them to go to school.
A Mr. Wilcox moved a sawmill to their ranch and
made lumber from pine and spruce (Douglas fir). Their share of the lumber
was used to construct a sizeable barn and sheds for the protection of horses
and cattle. Some was freighted to Florence and sold to a lumber dealer for
which they received $10.00 per thousand feet at that time. They started
making railroad ties, which were narrow gauge and made from red spruce (Douglas
fir) and had to be hewn with a broad axe, now sawed. They, too, were
freighted to Florence and sold to a Mr. White who operated a feed store
at Main St., and Pike Avenue where First National Bank now is. Mr.
White was an agent for the Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad co. and
the ties were used in building the railroad from Florence to Cripple Creek.
Other people also made ties and sold them to Mr. White. This little
narrow gauge railroad operated many years bringing gold ore from the Cripple
Creek area to the reduction mills and smelter at Florence, CO and had the
distinction of paying off its indebtedness the quickest of any railroad in
the US. A Mr. Hadley had been associated with Mr. White in the Feed
Bigelows had purchased a larger and better ranch
down what is known as Bigelow Creek and where Glenn had completed seven grades
of Schooling. His father arranged for him to go to Beulah and take 8th
grade in a larger school. The next spring they returned to Second Mace.
See Glenn's notes for more information on him.
Bigelow Society and family descendants;
Records from descendant,
Dian Dee Taylor, (Mrs. Richard Knox), 2 Apr 1999 (R20605),
Account of trip west is taken from son Nelson Glenn's autobiography sent
to Society Genealogist, by Diane.
Society Genealogist: Jean Legereit
Modified - 06/30/2007
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