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Samuel Bigham
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Birth: Dec. 22, 1777
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 3, 1838
Burleson County
Texas, USA

While it is not known and never will be definitively, circumstances point with creditability that Samuel Bigham is likely buried in the Thomson Cemetery east of Chriesman where his retriever, A. Thomson is himself buried. I remain open to other conclusions but for now this is the best and most likely scenario that exists.


Samuel Bigham, possiblly a son of William Bigham, born on December 22, 1777 in North Carolina. He married Sally Alexander in Jefferson County, Tennessee on March 30, 1797 and later moved to Madison County, MS Territory, later Lawrence Cty, AL between 1810-1817 after all of their children were born.

In 1817 Samuel was recommended for Justice of the County Court, Lawrence County, AL. In 1818 he was appointed overseer of the poor for Captain Macklin White's Company, Lawrence County. From 1819-1821 Samuel served as one of two State Representatives in the Alabama legislature from Madison County, later to become Lawrence County. In 1820 he was listed in the state census of Lawrence County, AL and in that same year he and Jabez Isbell along with several others from Lawrence County helped to found the Prospect Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Samuel and Jabez served as two of the first Elders.

Samuel does not appear in the Alabama census of 1830 and it is likely that he had moved to Tennessee and/or Missouri as he had family in both. He appears to have moved to Texas in 1836 or 1837 and lived with or near his son-in-law, Judge John Gregg in the original Washington County in an area that later became Burleson County. John Gregg had earlier come to Texas from Lawrence County, AL during the Texas War for Independence to join the fight. Afterwards John returned to Alabama to bring his family to Texas but his wife, Sarah, Samuel's daughter, was killed in late 1840 or early 1841 by Indians before they reached their new home in Washington County.

Samuel had seven children: Martha Patsy, born January 8, 1798, Sarah October 10, 1799, Lucinda May 16, 1801, Barthemy August 20, 1807, William October 19, 1805 Betsy December 5, 1807 and James Madison February 2, 1810. Samuel died on May 3, 1838 in Texas, killed by Indians north of Yellow Prairie (later renamed Chriesman) near the current Milam county line not far from the Brazos River.

In ASTRIDE THE OLD SAN ANTONIO ROAD: A History of Burleson County, Texas In 1838, that part of Burleson County below the Old San Antonio Road was part of Washington County; that section of the county above the road was in Milam County. The setters in this area began talking about organizing their own political entity, and in 1838, a group of these men petitioned the Second Congress of the Republic of Texas to form a new county, to be called the ‘County of Texas'……Eighty-seven petitioners signed the document. Some of these men were……S. Bigham,……" An inspection of this document reveals it to have been signed by Samuel Bigham.

Also in ASTRIDE THE OLD SAN ANTONIO ROAD: A History of Burleson County, Texas states: "Another famous Indian fight, as far as Burleson County is concerned, was the one which took place at Battleground Prairie………Among these in addition to Green, were……. a Mr. Bigham. Addison stated that he believed Bigham was a brother-in-law (actually father-in-law) of Judge Gregg (John Gregg married Sarah Bigham). It is possible that this is S. Bigham who signed the 1838 petition to the Congress of the Republic…….. and Mr. Bigham were killed……..Addison did not say where they were buried, but Battle Ground Prairie is about twelve miles from Caldwell, just over the Milam County line." It is also a vey short distance from Chriesman and the location of the Thomson Cemetery where A. (Alexander) Thompson is buried with his family.

In REMINISCENSES – BURLESONCOUNTY, TEXAS by M. H. Addison, a reprint of "Articles Published Serially" in the Caldwell Register during the year 1886, Mr. Addison relates a story of an Indian incursion at his family home………The year was 1838……The course led across what was called Sandy Branch……The rifles of the Indians at short range were plied with fatal precision. Joseph Reed,…, and a Mr. Bigham ‘fell with their back to the field and their feet to the foe,'……The latter I believe was a brother (actually father-in-law)-in-law of Judge Gregg…..When next day Mr. A. Thompson (Alexander Thomson buried in Thomson Family Cemetery near Yellow Prairie/Chriesman), of Yellow Prairie (present day Chriesman) went out to the battle ground and brought in the bodies for burial….."

BATTLE GROUND PRAIRIE is about twelve miles from Caldwell and just over the Milam County line near Cedar Creek and not far from Yellow Prairie (now named Chriesman).

CEDAR CREEK (Milam County) rises four miles south of Milano in southeastern Milam County and runs southeast for twenty-three miles to its mouth on the Brazos River, at the Burleson-Brazos county line fifteen miles northeast of Caldwell. The area terrain is generally flat to rolling.

Judge John Gregg is buried in Brazos Bottom Church aka Old Tunis Cemetery near Tunis in Burleson County, Texas.
Family links: 
  Martha Long Bigham Isbell (1797 - 1864)*
  William Washington Bigham (1805 - 1881)*
  James Madison Bigham (1819 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Thomson Family Cemetery
Burleson County
Texas, USA
Created by: Mervin D. Peters
Record added: Oct 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60936915

This image placed on this site indicates this individual is documented with either the Sons or Daughters of the Republic of Texas as having lived in Texas in the years (1836-1846) of the Republic.
- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 29, 2012

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