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Saturday, January 2, 2010
Jacob G Bigler 1813-1907 Nancy Ann Keller 1836-1900
Jacob G. Bigler
Born 4 Apr 1813 Enterprise, Harrison, West Virginia
Parents: Mark Bigler and Susannah Ogden
Polygamist, he married 5 times
1) Mary Ann Boggess (Burgess) 19 Apr 1841(she died in Nauvoo)
No children listed
2) Amy Lorette Chase 18 Jun 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Children with Amy: Jacob, David, Abner, Mary Ann, Mark, Amy, Charles, Susannah, James, Alice
3) Amelia (Armelia) Caroline Mangum 12 Feb 1852
Children with Amelia: Don, Amelia, Eliza
4) Nancy Ann Keller 25 Nov 1855 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
5) Eliza Cannon 10 Oct 1867
No children listed
Emigrated: to Utah with Lorenzo Johnson Company in 1852
This is a photo of Jacob G. Bigler's house in Nephi, Utah taken in 1981 shortly before it was torn down. On the left you can barely see the corner of the small house where one of his other plural wives lived. The "Bigler rose" is on the right side of this picture. Jacob G. Bigler brought the cutting for it with him across the Great Plains and it was the first rose bush in Nepi, Utah.
Below article (which didn't have the picture) is from the Deseret Evening News, Wednesday February 27, 1907:
NEPHI FUNERAL OF JACOB G. BIGLER
Honored Patriarch Closes Eventful Career at Ninety-four
Special Correspondence Nephi, Juab Co. Feb 26. --
The funeral of Patriarch Jacob G. Bigler was held today in the Nephi tabernacle and was attended by a very large number of relatives and friends who came from far and near to pay respect to one of the oldest and most highly esteemed members of the Church, the deceased being in his 94th year. President Joseph F. Smith was the principal speaker, other prominent speakers were Elders George Albert Smith and Angus M Cannon.
All of them paid high tributes to the memory of Patriarch Bigler and in discoursing on the principles of the resurrection, spoke in a comforting manner to those who survive the venerable man. Mrs. Bathsheba W. Smith, president of the Relief societies of the Church, and a sister of the deceased patriarch, was also present.
Father Bigler leaves a large number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, being related to about half the population of Nephi.
Jacob G. Bigler was born in Virginia in 1813. He moved to Missouri in the pioneer days of that state. He joined the Mormon Church in 1838 and was a zealous advocate of the new faith. He shared in the vicissitudes of the Church in Missouri and Illinois, and assisted in building the temple in Nauvoo in the latter state. At the expulsion of the saints from Illinois he shared in the exodus and was bishop of Kanesville, Iowa, one of the recruiting settlements founded by the pioneers on the way to Utah. He came to Utah in 1850, remaining in Salt Lake City until 1852, when he came to Nephi and established his permanent home. He participated in the Walker and Black Hawk Indian wars, was bishop of Juab, was six times a member of the territorial assimbly and was mayor of Nephi in 1861. From 1854 to 1876 he was probate judge in Juab county and in 1869 was a member of the territorial council. When the settlements of Juab county were organized into the Juab stake, he was chosen as its first president. He was ordained patriarch in 1878 and retained that position in the Church until his death.
Elder Bigler performed a mission to Ireland, where he was in charge of the branch of the Church and was in charge of the European mission in 1862 Sources