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Re: Susan Mainard Bigler
Posted by: Viola Spencer (ID *****8237) Date: November 03, 2008 at 14:08:20
In Reply to: Re: Susan Mainard Bigler by Alberta Sue Drummond of 384

Sue, your info is amazing! I can't believe I've finally found something of this wealth.

My late mother-in-law was born Orrabelle Bigler, daughter of Samuel H. Bigler. But I heard practically nothing about her family from either her or her children. Her son Lee D. Spencer was my late-husband. They may not have known much or were not into reminiscing.

Our big puzzle is Margaret Fields Bigler. All we have for her is from the censuses plus copy of death certificate for her oldest son, Phillip Franklin Bigler, which showed her maiden name. She was apparently born March 1826, but nothing about where or who were parents were. Nor do we have date and place of death/burial. She was last enumerated in 1900 Census for Buffalo Twp., Washington Co., PA in household of Maggie C. and George D. Jackson with their children: John P. 14, Georgie 10, Ethel L. 5 and Bessie 2. Also stepson/half-brother John T. Bigler, whose mother was Eliza Smith --first wife of Phillip F. Bigler. In same area was Ulysseus S. Bigler with wife Cyntha E. and daughters Lena B. 12 and Nellie 10. He had no sons, apparently. By 1910, Ulysseus was in Illinois; then in McKean Co., PA in 1920 and 1930 censuses. I don't know when he died. One intriguing thing about Margaret Fields Bigler is that I found her first enumerated in the 1860 census for Irwin Twp., Venango Co., PA with her husband indexed by Ancestry as Philip Biglan. He is 48 and she is 33. Household includes 6 children of the first wife plus first two sons of second family and a 5-yr. old female identified as R. J. Fields. This child does not appear in 1870 census. Who is she? Who is her father? Is Fields Margaret's maiden name or, if she was previously maried, her first husband's name? Does the copy of death certificate for Susan Mainard Bigler give her parents' names?

Phillip's first wife died 10 June 1856, in Irwin Twp. Phillip and Margaret's first son Phillip Franklin (known as Frank) was born 27 Nov. 1858, in Irwin Twp. I have been in touch with the Amity Church in Irwin Twp.; they do not have their early records, hence, no marriage or christening records, or burials in the churchyard except for what the gravestones still standing tell them.

I have Phillip F. Bigler's family to his grandfather, Simon Bigler, Sr. (the immigrant ancestor from Switzerland), from material I found with the LDS Salt Lake City holdings plus from another descendant of his father, who gleaned her material in York Co., PA. Of course I'll share this with you, by making copies and mailing to you. And I would very much like to have copies of your material.

Looking forward to your further communication.

Viola Spencer

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