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Samuel Bigelow

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Waltham, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bigelow, of Watertown and Mary Bigelow
Husband of Elizabeth Bigelow (Bridges) and Mary Bigelow
Father of John Bigelow; Mary Read; Samuel Bigelow; Sarah Howe; Lieut. Thomas Bigelow and 7 others
Brother of John Bigelow, Jr.; Jonathan Bigelow; Mary Flagg; Daniel Bigelow; Joshua Bigelow and 7 others

Occupation: Licensed Inn holder 1702-1716
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About Samuel Bigelow


Howe's Bigelow Family in America states that Samuel Bigelow "was an important man in Watertown", an innholder from 1702 to 1716, and represented the General Court from 1708 to 1710. Bond's History adds that he was also a carpenter, and in 1686 received from his father a .gift in-deed for 16 acres and a house. Thumbing through the third volume of Watertown town records, which covers the period from 1680 to 1727, we find Samuel's name appearing frequently. Following are a few extracts, which show Samuel's role in,village politics, taken verbatim, including original spellings. 27 September 1687.

Samuel Begaloo chosen survayer. 

7 Novovember 1692.

Samuel Begalo chosen Cunstabel [tax collector]. 
21 December 1696 
Samuel Bigelow appointed to the committee to hire or procure housing for the Rev. Samuel Angier, and to take effectual care of the moving of Mr. Angier and family to Watertown. 

20 January 1697.

Samuel.Begelo issued his@accounts,.as he was constable, by his receipts and payments before the selectmen 

February 1697.

Samuel Begelo elected selectman(town council member]. 
March 1701. 
Samuel Bigelow given approval to keep a publick house. 
7 May 1708. 
Mr. Samuel Bigelow chosen representative for the year ensuing. [The title "Mr." implies that his rank is above that of an ordinary "goodman", perhaps a sign of respect for his new office, and was henceforth used in referring to him.] 

15 February 1709.

Mr. Sam'll Biglow on committee to carry on the work of building a schoolhouse. 
10 May 1709. 
Mr. Samuel Bigelow chosen representative. 
6 Mar h 1710. 
Mr. Samuel Biglo chosen representative; his nephew Joshua jr appointed
hayward.  5 January 1711. 
Samuel Biglo one of several signing an agreement that Nathaniel Green was to be a town charge [i.e.,receive welfare assistance]. 
2 March 1713. 
Samuel Biglow appointed tithing-man. 
1 March 1714. 
Samuel Biglow chosen selectman. 
8 April 1714. 
Sam'l Biglo appointed to a committee to take care that Nicholas Wyeth and wife be provided with work and kept at it according to their ability. 
18 July 1714. 
Town treasurer to pay Samuel Biglo nine shillings for corn provided Nicholas Wyeth and wife 
10 August 1714. 
Mr. Samuel Biglo to be paid 18 shillings from town treasury. 
15 February 1715. 
Mr. Samuel Biglo chosen selectman 
9 Sep tember 1715. 
Mr. Samuel Biglo and Samuell Stearns to prepare answers to the petition of the Eastern congregation, which wishes to form a separate town. 
20 March 1716. 
Samuell Biglo to bargain with John Cutting to entertain[i.e.,board] Wyeth & wife, and provide them house room, with four cords firewood at reasonable rate-for the ensuing year. 
20 February 1716. 
Mr. Samuell Biglo's account for Joseph Cutler's.funerals coffin, 6 shillings; for drink, 8 schillings; grave-digging, 6 shillings. ordered paid by Zachariah Cutting. 
27 November 1716. 
Mr. Samuell Biglo to be paid 4 shillings for timber to make over the bridge by the brook by Widow Flagg's. 
25 December 1716. 
Mr. Samuell Biglow to provide a shirt for James Holland in his needy condition, at the town's expense. [Note that our Puritan forefathers did not observe Christmas,and that the town council met as usual on December 25.].

There were no further entries in Watertown records, in which Samuel Bigelow's name appeared. His will was drawn up 30 Sept 1720,and mentions sons John, Samuel, Thomas, and Isaac; daughters Mercy Garfield, Abigail Cutler, and Deliverance Stearns, sons-in-law Thomas Read, Josiah Howe, and Daniel Warren; grandchildren David Bruce, Nathaniel Read, Isaac Read, Thomas Read, Catherine Read; Phinehas Howe, Abraham Howe, Rachel Howe, Samuel Warren, Daniel Warren, and Hannah Warren. The three daughters received L17 each. Sources: Bigelow Family Genealogy Volume. I ; first pages;

Howe, Bigelow Family in America; pg 26-27; 
Bond, Genealogies and History of Watertown 
Watertown town records, vol. 3 
Cutler Family genealogy 
Warren Genealogy;

Register of Ancestors of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Mass. 1975 edition page 15;

vital records of various Massachusetts towns 
Cemetery headstones in Waltham, Mass. September 1996.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This page about Samuel Bigelow provided by the Bigelow Society. Scanned July 1996 by Don Bigelow and edited by Rod Bigelow October 1996.

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Samuel Bigelow's Timeline

October 28, 1653
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
May 9, 1675
Age 21
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 12, 1677
Age 23
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
September 18, 1679
Age 25
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
October 1, 1681
Age 27
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
October 24, 1683
Age 29
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
April 14, 1685
Age 31
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 32
May 7, 1687
Age 33
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA