In 1805 a white man named Samuel Bigby came to the Spring Place mission as a courier for William Hicks, whose son George was a student. Since the mother of the Cherokee James Bigby is known to have been a sister (named Mary?) of William, Charles Renatus, Sarah Hicks, and perhaps Elizabeth Hicks, it seems reasonable to identify Mr. Samuel Bigby as the white father of James Bigby. There are no further details about his age or connection to the Hicks family.
There was a prominent family named Bigbee or Bigby in the Pendleton District, SC, next to the Cherokee Nation. One was a well-known Tory named Francis Bigbee, who was affiliated with the Loyalist Col. Thomas Waters. The latter lived among the Cherokees and married a mixed-blood named Sarah Hughes, half-sister of Worle Vann (mother of Chief James Vann). George Morgan Waters (son of Thomas Waters and Sarah Hughes) was a first cousin of James Vann.
Thus the mysterious Samuel Bigby might have also been a Loyalist and related to the Bigby's of South Carolina.
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