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Elizabeth Bigg Stow
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Birth: Oct., 1590
Fordwich, England
Death: Aug., 1638
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

John Stow married in Biddenden, Kent, 13 September 1608 Elizabeth Bigg, baptized at Cranbrook, Kent, 1 November 1590, daughter of John and Rachel (Martin) Bigg. "Elizabeth the wife of John Stowe" was buried at Roxbury on 21 August 1638.
They had nine children: 2 unbaptized daughters, Elizabeth, Thomas, Elizabeth Archer, John, Nathaniel, Samuel, & Thankful Pierpont.
RACHEL (Martin) BIGG, widow of John Bigg and mother of Elizabeth (Bigg) Stow, sailed for New England in 1635. On the same ship was PATIENCE (Bigg) FOSTER, daughter of Rachel and sister of Elizabeth.
In 1852 Luther Metcalf Harris, in his genealogy of the family of MICHAEL METCALFE {1637, Dedham}, stated that the immigrant's daughter married three times, to "Wm. Brignall," then to "Christopher Smith" (with apparent date of marriage of 2 August 1654), and finally to "[blank] Stow." This same claim has appeared in some form in many subsequent secondary sources, including the two leading treatments of the family of John Stow. In his will of 15 November 1664, Michael Metcalfe included bequests to "my daughter Stow" and "my daughter Stowe's eldest son which she had by her first husband, W[illia]m Brignall."
When Nathaniel Stow married his second wife at Concord on 20 August 1662, her name was given as "Martha Bignell." If she had been married to Christopher Smith between her marriages to Bignall and Stow, her name at marriage to the latter should have been Martha Smith. William Bignall (or Bicknall) died at Charlestown about June of 1659.
"Christopher Smith & Mary [or Martha] Metcalfe was married the 2 of the 6 month" 1654 at Dedham (the uncertainty as to the bride's given name is in the published vital records volume). Martha Metcalfe, daughter of the immigrant, was still married to William Bignall at this time. Michael Metcalfe, son of the immigrant, had died at Dedham on 25 March 1654, leaving his widow, Mary (Fairbanks) Metcalfe, available to marry Christopher Smith later in 1654. Martha Metcalfe, daughter of the immigrant, had only two husbands, William Bignall and Nathaniel Stow.
Family links: 
  John Bigg (1561 - 1605)
  Rachel Martin Bigg (1565 - 1647)
  John Stow (1581 - ____)*
  Daughter Stow (1609 - 1609)*
  Daughter Stow (1612 - 1612)*
  Elizabeth Stow (1612 - 1612)*
  John Stow (1619 - 1643)*
  Nathaniel Stow (1621 - ____)*
  Patience Bigg Foster (1588 - 1638)*
  Elizabeth Bigg Stow (1590 - 1638)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: May 17, 2009
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 Added: Jun. 4, 2016
To My 10th Great Grandmother, May You Forever Rest in Peace
- Elton Ellis
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