Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Bigelow-Pattillo Marriage (1811)

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Roderick Bigalow (Bigelow) married Elizabeth Pattiloe (Pattillo) as her second husband: Warren County, North Carolina marriage bond dated 20 November 1811. Her maiden surname is unknown. Her son by her first marriage, Thomas Pattillo, assumed the surname of his stepfather, thus becoming Thomas Pattillo Bigelow. It appears reasonably certain that this Thomas Pattillo Bigelow is the head, titular or by blood, of the Bigelow families in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Thomas Pattillo Bigelow (1802-1873) was a prosperous white lawyer and businessman. He owned slaves and apparently had some thirteen children with one of them, Elizabeth (Betsy) Unknown. One legend tells that she was Indian, other stories have her as African American (or mulatto).

It also appears that many of the slaves owned by Thomas Pattillo Bigelow assumed the Bigelow surname, thus giving rise to two distinct Bigelow branches in Caswell County: (1) those descended from Thomas Pattillo Bigelow (the blood Bigelows); and (2) those descended from slaves owned by Thomas Pattillo Bigelow (the named Bigelows).

A Caswell County telephone book of a few years back (2005-2006) contained thirty-two Bigelow listings.

Marriage Record
Groom's Name: Roderick Bigelow
Bride's Name: Elizabeth Pattilloe
Marriage Date: 20 Nov 1811
Marriage Place: Warren, North Carolina
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M51600-3
System Origin: North Carolina-ODM
Source Film Number: 6330287
Collection: North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979


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