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Timothy Bigelow (1767 - 1821)

Hon. Timothy Bigelow
Born in Worcester,Worcester county, MAmap
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Husband of — married 30 Sep 1791 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Died in Medfordmap
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Timothy 5 BIGELOW, son of Col. Timothy 4 ( Daniel 3, Joshua2, John1) and Anna (ANDREWS) BIGELOW, was born 30 April 1767 at Worcester,Worcester county, MA. In his early childhood, Timothy's father was absent much of the time in the service during the Revolution. He was apprenticed to the printing business of Isaiah Thomas, but spent much of his time in reading and studying. In 1778 he was placed under the care of the Rev. Joseph Pope at Spencer, but in 1779 joined his father in the Continental Army in the Rhode Island campaign. Col. Timothy Bigelow's regiment was ordered south, and the boy returned to study under Benjamin Lincoln, next under Samuel Dexter, and on being prepared for Harvard, entered there in 1782, graduating with honors in 1786. He then began the study of law, was admitted to the bar in 1789, and commenced practice in Groton. He lived in Groton until 1806. He was chosen to represent Groton in the General Court 1792-1797, then state Senator 1797-1801. He was a member of the Council 1802, then elected to the legislature again in 1804, and remained in the legislature for 18 years, having mean time moved in 1806 to Medford. He was Speaker of the House 1805, 1808-1809, 1812-1819. In 1820 he was elected member of the Council, and while in that office, died 18 May 1821 at Medford. He was a Federalist, and represented Massachusetts at the Hartford Convention of 1811. He practiced in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and in his lifetime, is said to have pleaded 15,000 cases. He was an active Mason, served as Grand Master in Massachusetts. (see below) He married on 30 September 1791 at Groton, Lucy Prescott, (see below) daughter of Oliver and Lydia (Baldwin) Prescott. She was born about 1771 and died his widow, 15 December 1852 age 81.

He is buried at Salem Street Burying Ground, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA


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