Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mark Bigler abt 1705 Catherine abt 1712

Mark Bigler
Born abt 1705 Rhine River, Palatine, Germany
Occupation: Farmer
Died 1787 Pipe Creek, Frederick, Maryland

History:
MARK BIGLER, THE IMMIGRANT 1705 - 1787 by Norman Burns, 1960 with editorial comment in italics by Franklin K. Brough, 1981

Mark Bigler, our earliest known ancestor in America, came from somewhere along the Rhine River, according to the family tradition. He had three sons: Mark, Jr., forefather of the Presbyterian Biglers of Virginia; Jacob, forefather of the Mormon Biglers of Utah; and Israel, ancestor of the Baptist Biglers of Western Pennsylvania and the Church of Brethren Biglers of Ohio and Indiana. It is interesting to contemplate Biglers scattered from coast to coast, paying homage to the immigrant Mark Bigler. The relationship of the Utah, Ohio and Virginia Biglers was not known until Norman Burns, a descendent of Israel Bigler, made these discoveries and published them in his book, The Bigler Family, 1960.


Mark Bigler arrived at Philadelphia, September 28, 1733 on the Brigantine Richard and Elizabeth. Master Christopher Clymer in command, that sailed from Rotterdam. On ship documents was a list of Palatines (Rhinelanders) on board including Marcus Beegler, age 28. Another list of "Palatines imported in the Brign Richard and Elizabeth" and reported as having taken the oath of allegiance to the Province of Pennsylvania included Marx Bigler. No other Biglers were reported on this ship.

Family tradition has it that three Bigler brothers came together to Pennsylvania from the old country. Many Biglers arrived in Pennsylvania in the decades 1733-53 none reported as arriving before 1733, but of these I have been able to trace relationships only between the brothers Mark and Michael Bigler. This relationship was discovered only through the accidental finding of Michael's will of September 21, 1763 at Frederick, Maryland: where he mentions his brother Mark.

Michael Bigler arrived in Philadelphia, May 30, 1741 on the Snow Francis and Ann from Rotterdam. He and Mark appear to have been close associates all all their lives, and his name has been carried on by some of Mark's children.

Mark Bigler made his last will on March 19, 1787, when he was near his journey's end. Soon thereafter, on April 25, 1787, his son, Israel appeared in the Frederick County court testifying that this document was the true will of his deceased father.

Mark Bigler voiced his devout spirit in the words of his will. "I, most Humbly bequeath my Soul to God my Maker Beseeching his most Gracious Acceptance of it." He showed a tender solicitude for the welfare, of his "dearly beloved wife Catherine in the requests to his son to "keep two Cows for his Mother winter and summer as his own are kept" and to his tenant to harvest her share of the grain and to "Carry it up Stairs for her".

His cherished "plantation ...containing two hundred and thirty five Acres (in) Pipe Crick hundred and Frederick County" was bequeathed, in accord with European tradition, to one son Mark. Named in the will were his other nine children, each of whom received specified sums of money namely, Israel, Jacob, Catharine, Elizabeth, Salme , Phebe, Julianna, Hester and Barbary, and two granddaughters.

Sources
http://www.thebiglerfamily.com/ (This has even more information)
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Mary Catherine (surname unknown)
Born abt 1712 Maryland
Source
Ancestral File

CHILDREN

Mark Bigler
Born Abt 1734 Bucks, Pennsylvania
Married Catherine Lease Abt 1755
Source
Ancestral File
Elizabeth Bigler
Born 1735 Frederick, Maryland
Married Henry Eller abt 1750
Source
Ancestral File
Miss (name unknown) Bigler
Born abt 1737 Lancaster, Maryland
Married Mr Randabush
Source
Ancestral File
Salme Bigler
Born abt 1739
Married Samuel Tomme
Source
Ancestral File
Phebe Bigler
Born abt 1741
Married Lazarus Fonderbarge
Source
Ancestral File
Catherine Bigler
Born abt 1743
Married Henry Miller abt 1804
Source
Ancestral File
Hester Bigler
Born abt 1745
Source
Ancestral File
Isreal Bigler
Born abt 1747
Married Catherine Garber
Died 15 Dec 1838 Franklin, Washington, Pennsylvania
Buried Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Washington, Pennsylvania
Sources
Headstone:  www.findagrave.com
Ancestral File



Julianna Bigler
Born abt 1750
Source
Ancestral File
Jacob Bigler
Born abt 1752
Married Hannah Booher 19 Mar 1779 West Virginia
Source
Ancestral File
Barbary Bigler
Born abt 1754
Married Nathan Pyles 2 Jul 1801 West Virginia
Died 29 Sep 1829
Source
Ancestral File

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