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

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) fixed
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
Organization: Bureau of Land Management
Dear Rod,
Have really enjoyed your Bigelow pages.  This is the line I am researching.(Timothy III)
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
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 Knox
    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 suicide.
     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 Store.
     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

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