- There are two very helpful wills in the New Jersey State Archives.
- The first is the will of William Biggs of Hopewell Township, Cumberland
- County, dated Jan. 2, 1794, proven Jan. 6, 1794. In this will, William
- mentions the following relatives: Nephew William Biggs (son of his
- Daniel), nephew William Biggs (son of his brother John), and the children
- his brother Jeremiah - Lazar, Noah, Jeremiah, William, Aaron, and Ephraim.
- The second is the will of Rachel Randolph (late Rachel Reeves) from
- Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, Apr 1806, proven May 1806. In
- will, Rachel mentions relatives: sisters Easter Davis and Abigail Biggs,
- brothers Elisha Smith and Daniel Smith, and the children of her sister,
- Abigail Biggs - sons Lazar, Noah, Jeremiah, William, Aaron, and Ephraim,
- daughters Rachel Castow and Ami Castow.
- This information agrees pretty well with that found in "A Short
- History of the Harrod and Biggs Family", which says Jeremiah and
- Biggs of southern New Jersey had sons Eleazer, Noah, Jeremiah, William,
- Aaron, Ephraim, and John, and daughters Rachel Casto and Hannah Casto.
- you see, pretty close, with minor disagreements. You can get of copy
- this manuscript by writting to the Cornerstone Genealogical Society
- Greene County, PA.
- One more thing; I have found only one additional piece of
- information not in your enclosure. A 1741 survey map of Hopewell township
- list a David Biggs as a resident, but by 1752 his land was apparently
- occupied by Ephraim Seeley and Ephraim Gilman.
- Hope all this helps - Joe
- Richard W. Baker