Martha Marelda <I>Coop</I> Bigham

Martha Marelda Coop Bigham

Bedford County, Tennessee, USA
Death 12 Dec 1909 (aged 86)
Temple, Bell County, Texas, USA
Burial Temple, Bell County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 19351873 · View Source
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Family trandition is she was the daughter of John Coop and Nancy (Bates) Coop. She married Elihu Hall "Ail" Bigham in Bedford County, Tennessee about 1839 and they came with other family members to Bell County, Texas from Bedford County, Tennessee in the fall of 1851.
Martha and "Ail" purchased and sold land in several areas of Bell County. They had eleven children and were frugal hard working people. "Ail" was a stockman. Martha wove the cloth for their clothing.
In 1865 they purchased large tracts of land on Cottonwood Creek where they lived until they died.

Her obituary published in the Temple Daily Telegram had in part the following:

"They first located in Tennessee Valley and later moved out beyond Oenaville. She and her husband experienced many hardships incident to the pioneer times in the county; but like all of those intrepid settlers in the then new and wild country, they were immune to fear from the attacks of wild Indians and other marauders who infested the county in the early days.
Since her early girlhood, Mrs Bigham had been a consistant member of God's church, and her life was lived as an ever-shining example and gentle encouragement to others to follow in the footsteps of her Redeemer who she so greatly and unswervingly loved."

She was a member of the Christian Church.

I only wish I could have known my great-grandparents "Ail" and Martha Bigham.
Frances (Mays) McFarland


"Gone but not forgotten"

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Marelda Coop Bigham (18 Apr 1823–12 Dec 1909), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19351873, citing Lancaster Cemetery, Temple, Bell County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Frances Mays McFarland (contributor 46831433) .