Captain John Bigelow was born 24 June 1715 in Westford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Joshua Bigelow (1677-1728) and Hannah Fisk (1680-1733) and died 1787 Essex, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Grace Allen (1719-1785) 29 November 1739 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Research Notes

From The Genealogy of the Bigelow Family of America by Gilman Bigelow Howe, published 1890) JOHN BIGELOW of Westford, the third son of Joshua and Hannah (Fiske) Bigelow, was born in Weston, Mass., June 24, 1715, and married in Sudbury, Grace Allen, Nov. 29, 1789. He appears t.o have been of a roving disposition, as we find that he lived a few years in Weston where his first five children were recorded; tradition says he then lived in Stow a few years where he had one child born and perhaps others, but the records in Stow are silent. In 1752 he appears in Acton where he had four children recorded as born in that town between the years 1752 and 1760. In 1762 we find in Westford Records that John Bigelo and wife Grace Bigelo and children Lucy, Beulah, Sarah, Silas, Simeon, Molly, Grace and Eunice were warned out of town, and that they came last from Acton. He appears to have been a member of Capt. Samuel Davis's company, 1757. It is probable that he did not leave Westford upon warning. We find he and his son Silas moved from Westford to New Ipswich, N.H., in 1787, and tradition says that he died in New Ipswich. Their children were (so far as we can learn) as follows: LUCY, b. May 27, 1740; m. 1766, Joseph Dutton, Jr., of Westford, and had a family of six children. BEULAH, b. Sept. 20 1741; m. Jonas Hall of Ashby, Mass. JOHN, b. Nov. 8, 1748; m. Molly Melvin; lived in Conway. NATHAN, b. Nov. 8, 1748; m. Elizabeth Oakes. SARAH, b. Feb. 12, 1745; m. 1766, Thomas Dutton of Westford. They moved in Jan., 1771, to Ashburnham, Mass., they having a daughter SARAH; in August of that year they were ordered to depart from town, and tradition sayll they moved to Jaffrey, N.H. SILAS, b. in Stow, March 17, 1750; m. Rachel Pitts. SIMEON, b. In Acton, April 12, 1752; m. Sarah Foster. MOLLY, b. April 6, 1754. GRACE, b. April 22, 1757; m. Feb. 24, 1785, Stephen Hall of Ashby. EUNICE, b. Sept. 14, 1760.

1757 Muster Roll

Holden History Muster Roll of a Detachment of men from Capt. John Bigelow Company of Holdin of Colo. John Chandler Jr. Regiment that marched on the Late alarm for the Relief of fort William Henry under the command of John Bigelow as their Captain who marched from Holden to Sheffield being 113 mile out. All served 17 days closing Aug. 19, 1758.

The Siege of Fort William Henry was conducted in August 1757 by French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm against the British-held Fort William Henry. The fort, located at the southern end of Lake George, on the frontier between the British Province of New York and the French Province of Canada, was garrisoned by a poorly supported force of British regulars and provincial militia led by Lieutenant Colonel George Monro. After several days of bombardment, Monro surrendered to Montcalm, whose force included nearly 2,000 Indians from a large number of tribes.


Offspring of Captain John Bigelow and Grace Allen (1719-1785)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lucy Bigelow (1740-1807)
Beulah Bigelow (1741-)
Nathan Bigelow (1743-1816)
John Bigelow (1843-)
Martha Bigelow (1843-)
Sarah Bigelow (1745-1811)
Silas Bigelow (1750-1797)
Simeon Bigelow (1752-1837) 12 April 1752 Acton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 13 July 1837 Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont Sarah Foster (1760-1789)
Elizabeth Avery (1764-1804)
Sarah Bump (1764-1856)
Molly Bigelow (1754-1775)
Grace Bigelow (1757-1827)
Eunice Bigelow (170-1831)
Elizabeth Bigelow (1769-1844)


Offspring of Joshua Bigelow (1677-1728) and Hannah Fisk (1680-1733)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joshua Bigelow (1701-1790)
Hannah Bigelow (1704-1791)
Nathaniel Bigelow (1707-)
Lydia Bigelow (1709-1809)
Elizabeth Bigelow (1711-)
Mary Bigelow (1712-1760)
Nathaniel Bigelow (1712-)
John Bigelow (1715-1787) 24 June 1715 Westford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1787 Essex, Essex County, Massachusetts Grace Allen (1719-1785)
Abigail Bigelow (1719-1788)


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