|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1617|
|Death: ||Jul. 14, 1703|
John Bigolo became a Freeman
Selectmen 1665, '70, '71
Surveyor of Highways
"The first mention we find of John Biglo appears on the Watertown Town Records, where his marriage is the first marriage recorded in that town, viz.: "1642-30-8. John Bigulah and Mary Warin joyned in mariag before Mr. Nowell." She was the daughter of John and Margaret Warren and is said to have been born in England; she bore him thirteen (13) children and died Oct. 19, 1691. From the list of those who took the oath of fidelity at Watertown, 1652, we find that John Biggalough was one of the number and he became a freeman April 18, 1690, which we find from the roll of freemen written as John Biglo, under the same date we find Samuel Begaloo was made a freeman, and by another list, dated May 16, 1690, we find Samuiel Biggilo and John Warren, Jr., were made freemen. On the returns of soldiers who were in the service from Nov. 25, to Dec. 3, 1675, we find the names John Bigulah, Sr., Michaell Flegg and Isaac Leonard, the last named being wounded. Thus we find the name variously spelled by different officials, but when we find the name written by any member of the family in those early days it is written Biglo, Biglow, Bigelo or Bigelow. His trade appears to have been that of a blacksmith, as appears by the following taken from the town records: "Agreed Wth John Biglo yt for ten trees the towne allowed him for the setting up a shop for a Smithes forge, y't he shall either goe on with yt his promise of setting up his trade, W'h is the trade of a Smith Wth in one twelfmonth after the date hearof or else to pay unto the towne ten shillings for these ten trees he acknowledged to have off the townes." Dated March 4, 1651. He was chosen a Surveyor of Highways 1652 and 1660, a Constable 1663, and one of "the seven men" (i.e., Selectman) in 1665, '70, '71. His homestead consisted of six acres and was bounded north by Richard Ambler and William Parker, east by Thomas Straight, south by the highway, and on the west by Miles Ives. After the death of his wife Mary he married second, Oct. 2, 1694, Sarah Bemis, daughter of Joseph Bemis of Watertown. He died July 14, 1703, at the ripe old age of 86 years. His will, dated Jan. 4, 1703, was proved July 23, 1703, and is as follows:
WILL OF JOHN BIGELOW:
In the name of God amen. I John Biglo of Watertown in the county of Midd'x within her Majesties Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, being weeke of body, but in sound disposing Memory prais be given to god for the same. Do make this my last will & testament, in manner & form following, that is to say first & principally I resign my soul into the mercy full hands of allmighty god my Creator assuredly hoping through the mercy of my blessed Saviour to obtain pardon commission of all my sins and my body I comit to the earth whence it was taken, to be decently buried by the discreshion of my executors hereinafter named and as for the worldly goods & estate, the lord hath lone me I dispose thereof as follows.
Imp', I give & bequeath unto Sarah my well beloved wife, and to her heirs & assigns forever, all the lands and movable estate, that was hers before our marriage, and forty pounds in money, twenty pounds of s'd money to be p'd her within one month after my decease and twenty pounds within one year after my dece's' I give unto her forty pounds waight of good pork, three bushels of barley, and one bushel of indian corn, five pounds waight in butter & five pounds waight in Chees, and also two Sheep, and half the flax that shall be in the house at my Deces - and that to be in full satisfaction of her thirds.
2ndly I give & bequeath to my eldest son John Biglo, & to his heirs & assigns forever, twenty pounds in money to be p'd within one year after my Deces, and in case my s'd son have an heir lawfully begotten of his own body, I give & bequeath his s'd heir twenty pounds in money to be p'd to him or her, when it shall be of twenty one years of age, or day of marriage which shall first happen, but if it hapon my s'd son deces without an heir as above s'd , then my will is y't ye aboves'd twenty pounds be equally devided between my children then surviving.
3dly I give & bequeath unto my son Jonathan Biglo, and to is heirs & assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd him wth in one year after my deces.
4thly I give & bequeath to my son Daniell Biglo and to his heirs & assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd him within one year after my deces.
5thly I give & bequeath to my son Samuel Biglo, and to his heirs & assigns forever ten pounds in money besides what he hath already had, to be p'd him within one year after my deces.
6thly I give & bequeath unto my son Joshua Biglo, and to his heirs & assigns forever two parcels of lands lying on the westerly side of bow brook in s'd town. Purchased of Leiut Cha' Hammond as may more fully appear by the deed of the same, and twenty five pounds in money, to be p'd him within one year after my deces.
7ly I give & bequeath unto my son James Biglo fifteen pounds, which I lent him as may appear by a bond under his hand and seal, and I give & bequeath to my said son James' son James Biglo ten pounds in money to be p'd him if he shall live to the age of twenty one years, but if it so happen that he deces. before s'd age, then ye s'd ten pounds to be equally devided between my s'd son James' surviving children, when they shall be of the age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happon.
8thly I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Flagg & to her heirs & assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd her with two years after my Deces.
9thly I give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Sterns' children twenty five pounds in money, to be p'd them, when they are twenty one years of age, or day of marriage which shall first happon.
10thly I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Learned, and to her heirs and assigns forever, twenty five pounds in money, within three years after Deces.
11thly I give & bequeath to my daughter Martha Wood's children, lawfully begotten of her own body, twenty five pounds in money to be p'd them equally a like, when they shall arrive at the age of twenty one years or day of marriage, which shall first hapon.
12thly I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Abigail Herrington & to her heirs & assigns, twenty five pounds in money, to be p'd within fower years after my Deces. and I nominat, ordain & appoint, my above s'd son Joshua Biglo and my son in Law Isaac Larnerd my Sole executors, to se, this my last will & testament performed and all the rest and residue of my estate not herein bequeathed, after all my just debts and funerall charges are p'd my will is that it be devided between my s'd executors, that is to say, two parts of three, to my s'd son Joshua, and one third to my son in Law Isaac Leanerd, and do request my trusty & well beloved friend, Capt Benj Garfield to be my overseer of this my last will & testament, my s'd executors to allow him out of my estate for his cost & charges reasonable sattisfaction to his content, Revoking & making null and void all former or other wills by me heretofore made, In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this fourth day of January one thousand seven hundred two-three, and in the first year of the reign of our Lady Anna, by the Grace of God over England & Queen.
John (his mark) Biglo
Signed, sealed & published
Witnesses: Sam'l Livermore, Daniel Harrington, Munning Sawin
The inventory of his estate amounted to 627-12-00 pounds. Among the expenses charged for the funeral we find several pairs of black gloves, twenty gallons of wine, bottles for the same, allspice and sugar, and two men and horses to carry the wine and other articles to the funeral, also "a man and horse to notify John Stearns at Billerica to attend the funeral." "a man and horse to Sherburne to notify Isaac Larned and wife to attend the funeral."
SOURCE: Book " Genealogy of the Bigelow Family in America" by Gilman Bigelow Howe. Printed by Charles Hamilton, Worcester, Mass. (1890). Pages 19-21
"BIGELOW. (Biglow, Biglo, Bigulah, &c.)
JOHN BIGELOW, a blacksmith, of Wat., took the oath of fidelity, 1652, and was selectman 1665, '70, '71. He m., Oct. 30, 1642, MARY WARREN. [Warren, 3.] [This is the earliest marriage found in the town records.] She d. Oct. 19, 1691. and he m. (2d), Oct. 2, 1694, SARAH BEMIS. (Bemis, 2.] He d. July 14, 1703, aged 86. Inventory, (in pounds) 627, 12. His will was dated Jan. 4, 1702-3, and proved July 28, 1703."
SOURCE: Book Title Page: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston; to which is appended The Early History of the Town. With Illustrations, Maps and Notes. By Henry Bond, M. D. Second Edition. With a memoir of the author, by Horatio Gates Jones, A. M. Two Volumes in One. Boston: Published by the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society, For the benefit of the "Bond Fund." 1860. (Page #29).
Mary Warren Bigelow (1624 - 1691)*
John Bigelow (1643 - ____)*
Jonathan Bigelow (1646 - 1711)*
Mary Bigelow Flagg (1648 - 1704)*
Daniel Bigelow (1650 - ____)*
Samuel Bigelow (1653 - 1731)*
Joshua Bigelow (1655 - 1745)*
Elizabeth Bigelow Stearns (1657 - 1694)*
Sarah Bigelow Learned (1659 - ____)*
James Bigelow (1660 - 1728)*
Martha Bigelow Wood (1662 - ____)*
Abigail Bigelow Harrington (1664 - 1754)*
Hannah Bigelow (1666 - 1666)*
Son Bigelow (1667 - 1667)*
Grove Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: Pat Hooper/Frances Jones
Originally Created by: Hillary "Hill" Nelson
Record added: Mar 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50361796
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