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Louis Begin & son, Francis Bigen of Joliet, IL
Posted by: Carolyn Castor (ID *****1881) Date: April 30, 2005 at 13:12:48
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Trying to find the parents of Francis Edmund Bigen. I believe they were *Louis Begin* and Eva Annis who divorced. Francis was born in Chicago, 14 April 1896, but grew up in the home of his grandparents, Herbert & Barbara (Wagner) Annis in Joliet, IL. In the census records Francis's father is given as "French Canadian." In other records Francis states that his father died around 1908 and his mother around 1918. His father had been a lake boat captain. I have a death certificate for a Louis Begin who died in Chicago, 1907, age 40, buried Cleveland, OH. However, there is no information which links him to Francis Bigen.

Francis served time in both the Pontiac Reformatory and the Joliet Penitentiary.

I find many variations in the spelling of the last name.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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