Rev. Asahel 7 BIGELOW
15133.26 Rev. Asahel 7 BIGELOW,
of Andrew 6 ( Charles 5 , Joseph
4, John 3, Samuel 2, John
and Sarah (FAWCETT) BIGELOW, was born 14 May 1797 Boylston,
MA. In the Fall of 1817, and after working for a time for his brother
in the blacksmith trade, he had earned $30. He walked 45 miles to
to begin a course of education and to prepare himself for college. He
from Harvard, 1823, and Andover Theological Seminary. He was ordained
Walpole, MA 12 March 1828 and stayed there 21 years and for 2 years
that town in the State Legislature. Next he was installed over the
at Hancock, NH, (May 1850), where he held this position until his death
August 1877. He had married, in Boston, 15 September 1830 Dorcas
Homes, daughter of Henry Homes. She was born 26 August 1810 in Boston.
late life, 1888, she was living in Hancock.
Children of Rev. Asahel and Dorcas (Homes) Bigelow, all born
15133.261 Isabella Homes, b 13 July 1831; m
Aug 1856 C. W. Kitteridge; in late 1880's res San Francisco, CA.
15133.262 Henry Augustus, b 05 April 1833;
early entered Williams College, but left due to illness; went to
Pacific Coast engaged
in mining in OR and AZ; chosen to first Territorial Legislature and
offices of trust; res Prescott, AZ in late 1880's; d 16 Dec 1892
15133.263 Lucy Maria, b 17 March 1835; m 14
1856 Adolphus Darwin Tuttle a merchant in Hancock, NH. (see below)
15133.264 Miranda, b 25 April 1838; d 16
15133.265 Benjamin Franklin,b 31 July 1841;
June 1879 Claypool, IN; m 28 Aug 1866 Mary Parker of Natick, MA; served
two years in the
navy during Civil War as Asst. Surgeon; practiced medicine in Claypool,
where he died.
15133.266 Charles Freeman, b 07 Sept 1845; m
1883 Lucy Stickney; in late 1880's res. Cochituate, MA.
Bigelow Family Genealogy Vol I , p 210-211;
Bigelow Family Genealogy Vol II ; pg 20;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America; pg 167;
Massachusetts vital records;
e-mail from Fran Pitman, fpittman@techwarrior,net
642 Bonneau Lane, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina 29464, giving
of Andrew's descendants;
"A Prelude to Hancock's Second Hundred Years, by A.
An article about Asahel was printed in the Bigelow
Quarterly, "Forge," Jan 1977, Vol 6, No 1, pg 10 and another
in Jan 1988, Vol 27, No 1, pg 11;
Article sent Jan. 1977 FORGE, Vol. 6, No 1, p.10 by Adolphus Darwin
about Asahel from "A Prelude to Hancock's Second Hundred Years",
by reader Barbara Horne of Dover, New Hampshire. Asahel was "of
Massachusetts" and received a call to become pastor in Hancock, New
19 Mar 1850. In Sep.1817, age 20, he took his bundle and walked 45
to Andover to attend Phillips Academy and once told that he had 25
in his pocket when he started to get his education. He preached 6
in Portland, Maine, then in Walpole, Massachusetts 25 years.
sent to the legislature. "He visited us often....once he came to
my brother who lived at the time at the homestead on Norway Hill and
talk turned to honey bees (my brother having quite a few hives.)
fixed up an incline leading to one of the hives, covered it with a
and poured out the other swarm. Mr. Bigelow poked them over
for the queen to destroy it. I stood back at a safe distance. The
crawled all over him. He was barehanded and without a bee
He said 1 or 2 'pinched him a little.' Once when he couldn't move
stone, working on the foundation of his barn, he straightened up and
'I believe that stone is water-soaked.'
Ministers of Hancock; by Albert
Hancock's first pastor was Reverend Reed
Paige, fourth generation from Nathaniel Paige who came to this country
about the year 1685. Reverend Paige was born in Hardwick,
Massachusetts, in 1764. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1786,
married in 1794, and had eight children.
Mr. Paige's first visit to Hancock was
probably in the autumn of 1789. Early in 1790 he was hired as a supply
minister. At a meeting on October 5, 1790, a call was extended to him
to settle in town as gospel minster. His letter accepting this call,
writtenMay 7, 1791, followed , and on September 21, 1791, he was
ordained. Mr. Paige boarded for a time and later built the village farm
which still stands on the corner of Norway Hill and Bennington Road.
His pastorate lasted twenty-five years. He died at the age of 52 on
July 22, 1816.
Six years after Mr. Paige's death, a call was
extended to Reverend Archibald Burgess who was born in 1790. He was
graduated from Yale University in 1814, married in 1825 and had eleven
children. I do not remember Mr. Burgess, but I have heard my mother
speak of him often. He was a large man and took his religion seriously,
was thoroughly in earnest, very sympathetic and kind. He served the
Church twenty-seven years. Under his ministry several seasons of
refreshing were enjoyed by the Church in which three hundred and
fourteen persons were added to its membership. On account of ill
health, he submitted his resignation which was accepted to take effect
December 25, 1849. He died February 7, 1850.
On March 19,
1850, a call was extended to Reverend Asahel Bigelow of Walpole,
Massachusetts, to become pastor. This was accepted April 10,
1850. He was a grandson of Joseph Bigelow, a captain in the
Revolutionary War. Reverend Bigelow was born in Boylston, Massachusetts
in 1797, married in 1830, and had six children. In September 1817, at
the age of 20, he took his bundle and walked forty-five miles to
Andover to attend Phillips Academy. He once told me that he had
twenty-five cents in his pocket when he started out to get his
education. He graduated from the Academy, Harvard College and Andover
Theological Seminary. After his graduation, he preached six months for
Dr. Payson in Portland, Maine. He received a call from Norton,
Massachusetts, and about the same time one from Walpole, Massachusetts.
He accepted the latter and remained in Walpole for twenty-one years. He
was loved and respected by all and was twice sent to the Legislature.
As a pastor in our town he was one of the finest men I ever knew.
He visited us often, and when he did so he
always took an interest in our work, talking and advising. I recall one
time when he came to see my brother, who lived at that time at the old
homestead on Norway Hill.
Modified - 10/04/2011
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