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 Thomas Allen Bigelow

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Thomas Allen Bigelow

Birth
New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York, USA
Death 8 Jun 1879 (aged 76)
Gridley, Butte County, California, USA
Burial Gridley, Butte County, California, USA
Memorial ID 32823763 View Source

A lot of information on Thomas Allen and the entire Bigelow line is found at www.bigelowsociety.com/rod/bigsoc1.htm, which is maintained by Rod Bigelow. Another valuable reference is: Howe, G.B.. (1890). Genealogy of the Bigelow Family of America from the 1642 Marriage of John Biglo and Mary Warren to the Year 1890. Charles Hamilton Printers, Worcester, MA. 517pp.

Thomas Allen Bigelow was born 1802 December 18, the second child of 11 of Gale and Sarah (Pratt) Bigelow in New London, Columbia, New York. His mother, Sarah Pratt Bigelow, is the aunt of famous brothers Parley P. and Orson Pratt. Allen's wife, Jane Emily Wallace was born 1802 April 27 in Massachusetts. He preferred to be called only "Allen Bigelow." He is the rare pioneer who left the security of his family roots in New York to go west to Illinois, and then to the opposite side of the continent to California. He is one-fourth of the reason many of us were raised in California.

Age Date Event
00 1802 Future wife, Jane Emily Wallace is born in Massachusetts. Parents now unknown.
00 1802 Born, son of Gale and Sarah (Pratt) Bigelow in New Lebanon, Columbia, NY, near border with Mass.
20 1822 Mother, Sarah Pratt dies at age 41 in New Lebanon, father is a widower for 21 more years.
24 1826 He marries Jane Emily Wallace in New Lebanon.
24 1826 Son Douglas A. is born in New Lebanon.
27 1829 Dau. Jane Eliza is born in New Lebanon.
29 1831 Son Ralph Pierce is born in New Lebanon.
34 1836 Dau. Louisa M. is born in New Lebanon.
38 1840 Son Marcus James is born in New Lebanon.
39 1841 Dau. Louisa M. dies in New Lebanon.
41 1843 Death of father Gale Bigelow in New Lebanon (will, inheritance?)
42 1844 Son Lucas Gale is born in New Lebanon.
44 1846 He purchases two joining parcels, 80 acres, 4 mi. ESE of Genoa, DeKalb, Illinois, moves his family to it.
Today, the north boundary of this land is on Derby Line Rd. while Lincoln Rd. runs N/S between the two parcels. The west side now seems to be a private airplane landing strip and pond. See MapQuest.com, search in aerial view for "Derby Line Rd. & Lincoln Rd., Genoa, Illinois"
47 1849 Oldest son Douglas, age 23, marries Harriet, age 22 in Genoa, DeKalb, Illinois.
47 1849 News of Gold is discovered in California; gold fever excites the nation.
48 1850 Census Genoa, IL: "Alvin"48, Jane49, Douglass23, Jane E.21, Ralph18, Mark9, Lukoos 6, Harriet 22.
48 1850 About this time, son Ralph P age 19 goes to the CA gold fields, settles in Siskiyou co. & writes home.
51 1853 Ralph writes from CA on what to bring, how to cross the continent to join him, Allen leaves with his family.
55 1857 Another source says they crossed plains in 1857; asked Mike Bigelow for copy of Ralph's letter. Age 55 was considered "old" for the ordeal of crossing the continent; they would have done it for their childrens' future.
55 1857 Family arrives in CA, settles in Weed, Siskiyou, CA. Engages in gold mining and lumber business.
58 1860 Census North Butte twp. Sutter, CA family moved south, little funds. Ralph & family still in Siskiyou co.
58 1860 Dau. Jane Eliza and Joseph Hogeboom are next door having a lot of real estate and personal property.
58 1860 First grandchild, Caroline, born to son Douglas A. in Texas.
59 1861 Civil War begins. Son Douglas joins from Illinois; is promoted to high positions, settles in Texas, but ends up near his brother Ralph in Siskiyou Co., CA.
68 1870 Census: He and Jane are living alone in North Butte, Sutter, CA.
76 1878 Grandson, Nelson Hogeboom marries
77 1879 He dies in Gridley, Butte, CA. His wife, Jane was born the same year and dies the same year with him.
They are buried together in peaceful, Gridley-Biggs Cemetery.


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