- Born: 1616-1617, Wrentham, Suffolk, England
- Marriage (1): Mary WARREN on 30 Oct 1642 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
- Marriage (2): SArah on 2 Oct 1694 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
- Died: 14 Jul 1703, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts at age 86
JOHN1 BIGELOW, 8th great-grandfather of Al Streit, was born in Wrentham, Suffolk, in 1617 and died July 14, 1703 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He married Mary Warren in Watertown, Massachusetts, August 30, 1642. Their marriage was the first ever recorded in Watertown. MARY5 WARREN (John4, John3, John2, Robert1) was born in Nayland, Suffolk and died October 19, 1691 in Watertown. John was a blacksmith by trade, and was elected selectman of Watertown in 1665, 1670, and 1671. He served as the town surveyor of highways twice. Mary emigrated to Massachusetts with her parents, John Warren III and Margaret (------). These families embraced the religious reform movement known as Puritanism, the movement which in the late 16th and 17th centuries sought to “purify” the Church of England from remnants of Roman Catholicism that the Puritans claimed had been retained after the religious settlement reached early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. They emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, arriving in the fleet with Sir Richard Saltonstall. The year of their arrival marked the beginning of the so-called Great Migration from East Anglia to New England. Through their son Samuel, John Bigelow and Mary Warren were ancestors of U.S. President James A. Garfield and Bigelow Carpet Company founder Erastus B. Bigelow. Through son Joshua, they were ancestors of Mary Jane and Lucy Bigelow, both of whom married Mormon leader Brigham Young, and David E. Bigelow, whose wife Ruth (Campbell) Bigelow founded the Bigelow Tea Company. Through daughter Sarah, they were ancestors of Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
Most of the information in our files was taken from Genealogy of the Bigelow Family of America, from the Marriage in 1642 of John Biglo and Mary Warren to the Year 1890, by Gilman Bigelow Howe (Hamilton, Worcester, Mass., 1890). A photo-copy version of this book is still in print and is available from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116. Copies are also available for loan to members of this organization. At present, we have almost 33,000 members of this family in our database!!!
John married Mary WARREN, daughter of John WARREN and Margaret BAYLY, on 30 Oct 1642 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. (Mary WARREN was christened on 12 Sep 1624 in Nayland, Suffolk, England and died on 19 Oct 1691 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.)
John next married SArah on 2 Oct 1694 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.