|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1840|
|Death: ||Sep. 23, 1926|
SERVED WITH CO B. 21ST. PA. CAVALRY DURING THE CIVIL WAR. WHEN PRESIDENT LINCOLN CAME TO GETTYSBURG TO DEDICATE THE NATIONAL CEMETERY, CHOSEN WITH HIS BROTHER PVT. RUSH BIGHAM TO STAND GUARD AT THE WILL'S HOUSE WHILE LINCOLN WAS THERE.
At the age of 23, on June 16, 1863, Hugh Paxton Bigham enlisted for the Union in an independent cavalry troop Company B of Home Guards composed entirely of young men from the vicinity of Gettysburg.... This full company was accepted by the Pennsylvania governor and sworn in for six months by Major Heller. H.P. Bigham served as Orderly Sergeant, or First Sergeant, of Company B, 21st Pennsylvania Regiment....Sgt. Bigham was mustered out of the Union's service at Chambersburg, on Febuary 20, 1864.... He did not re-enlist because he had developed a fever.... However, he did pay $300 to the United States government so he would not be drafted, a common practice during the Civil War.
The H. Paxton Bighams had seven children, three sons (James, William, and Hugh Paxton, Jr.) and four daughters (Agnes McGaughey, Margaret Eliza, Mary Arnold, and Jennie Belle). Four of them all three sons and their daughter Agnes died within 1 to 13 months after they were born. Of the three daughters, only Mary Arnold, wed to the Rev. W.J.D. Scherer, had children: Margaret Roseman, Mary Elizabeth, and Jennie Belle Scherer. Only one of these three daughters, Jennie Belle Scherer Detrich, had children.
James Bigham (____ - 1854)
Agnes McGaughey Bigham (1801 - 1873)
Elizabeth McCright Bigham (1837 - 1915)*
Agnes Bigham (____ - 1865)*
Hugh Paxton Bigham (____ - 1877)*
James Bigham (____ - 1867)*
William Douglas Bigham (____ - 1868)*
Jennie Belle Bigham Gordon (1873 - 1956)*
William McGaughey Bigham (1825 - 1911)*
Margaret McClure Bigham Carnahan (1827 - 1887)*
John Bigham (1829 - 1904)*
Hugh Paxton Bigham (1840 - 1926)
Rush McGaughey Bigham (1842 - 1874)*
Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Cemetery
Plot: 66, Section A, Row VII
Maintained by: Mike Hahn
Originally Created by: pat callahan
Record added: Jul 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14870042
Added: Oct. 16, 2012
May he & his brother rest in peace, and thank you for protecting Abe :)|
Added: Feb. 28, 2012
Rest in Peace.|
Added: Oct. 22, 2009
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