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Brighton, Elizabeth

Female 1825 - 1909  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Brighton, Elizabeth 
    Born May 1825  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Name Betsy 
    Reference Number 30219 
    Died 31 May 1909  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29611  Caswell County
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 

    Family Bigelow, Thomas Pattillo,   b. 1802,   d. 25 Sep 1873, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Reference Number 421964 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Bigelow, George,   b. Abt 1840, Anderson Township, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1928  (Age ~ 88 years)  [natural]
    +3. Bigelow, William,   b. Abt 1844, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1919, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)  [natural]
    +4. Bigelow, Cora Virginia,   b. Abt 1848, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +5. Bigelow, Albert,   b. Aug 1848, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1922, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [natural]
    +6. Bigelow, John Henry,   b. Oct 1849, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1921  (Age ~ 72 years)  [natural]
    +7. Bigelow, Lewis,   b. Apr 1850, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1927  (Age ~ 77 years)  [natural]
    +8. Bigelow, Zachariah,   b. 1858, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Bigelow, Sicily,   b. Abt 1860, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +10. Bigelow, Laura,   b. Abt 1862, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1950, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)  [natural]
    +11. Bigelow, Mary Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1862, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +12. Bigelow, Saluda,   b. Jun 1862, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1950, Ringgold, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)  [natural]
     13. Bigelow, Nancy,   b. Abt 1866, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +14. Bigelow, James Thomas,   b. 22 Mar 1868, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1947, Flandreau, Moody County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     15. Bigelow, Fannie,   b. Abt 1869, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F6064  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - May 1825 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 May 1909 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Betsy had been a slave (purportedly a Cherokee/Saponi Indian) owned by Thomas Patillo Bigelow. One family researcher speculates that Elizabeth (Betsy) had been owned by Roderick Bigelow and was inherited by Thomas Pattillo Bigelow upon the death of Roderick Bigelow, the stepfather of Thomas Pattillo Bigelow. Betsy lived possibly until 1882 or so and became destitue and was taken in by her son, John Henry. She apparently was defrauded of her inheritance by Anderson Henry Willis Pattillo.

      In the 1900 US Federal Census (Yanceyville Township, Caswell County, North Carolina) the record shows her single, living alone (head of household), black, female, born May 1825 (75 years old) in Virginia (where both parents were born), and the mother of twelve children (ten of whom were alive). She could not read or write, but did speak English. She was enumerated near her sons John Henry Bigelow, Albert Bigelow and Lewis Bigelow.

      According to a Bigelow family member, James Weldon Bigelow related that the executor of the estate of Thomas Pattillo Bigelow (which one is unknown because the first executor, Brice Harralson, died as did the second executor, A. H. W. Pattillo but for some reason Weldon thought it was A.H.W. Pattillo) went squirrel hunting with another man and normally paper was used to clean the barrel of shotguns at that time. When the executor used paper money to clean the barrel, his hunting partner inquired as to why he was doing so, he replied, "It isn't my money and I want to see Betsy as poor as the rest of the niggers in this town..." The executor took all her money and her son John Henry Bigelow took her in after she became destitute until she died. This is consistent with the story told by Reginald Bigelow that he heard that Betsy was defrauded of her money.
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      The marriage record of Cora Virginia Bigelow refers to her mother as Elizabeth Brighton:

      North Carolina Marriage Records
      Name: Cora F Bigelow
      Gender: Female
      Race: Col
      Age: 27
      Birth Year: abt 1847
      Marriage Date: 10 May 1874
      Marriage Place: Caswell, North Carolina, USA
      Father: Thos Bigelow
      Mother: Elizabeth Brighton
      Spouse: Albert M F Kernodle
      Spouse Gender: Male
      Spouse Race: Col
      Spouse Age: 23
      Spouse Mother: Mary Kernodle
      Event Type: Marriage
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      Whether the following is with respect to the Elizabeth (Betsy) Bigelow of this entry has not been confirmed and is placed here for research purposes:

      Bigelow, Betsy
      A worthy colored woman
      Aged about 90 years
      Died Monday in Caswell County
      Burial in the old family burying ground
      State Dispatch June 2, 1909
      Copied from the Yanceyville Sentinel

      1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: Elizabeth Bigalow [Elizabeth Bigelow]
      Birth Year: abt 1826
      Age in 1870: 44
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1870: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: Mulatto
      Gender: Female
      Household Members: Name Age
      Elizabeth Bigalow 44
      Cora Bigalow 22
      John Bigalow 17
      Jacarish Bigalow 16
      Licily Bigalow 10
      Laura Bigalow 8
      James Bigalow 6
      Nancy Bigalow 4

      Note: At the time of the 1870 United States Federal Census the household of Elizabeth Bigalow/Bigelow was immediately adjacent to the household of Thomas Bigelow.

      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: Elizebeth Bigelow
      Home in 1880: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 60
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1820
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
      Father's birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: House Keeper
      Marital Status: Single
      Race: Mu
      Gender: Female
      Household Members: Name Age
      Elizebeth Bigelow 60
      Saluda Bigelow 20
      Mary Bigelow 18
      Laura Bigelow 16
      Annie Bigelow 11
      Robert Willis 16

  • Sources 
    1. Details: North Carolina Death Certificate of John Henry Bigelow.

    2. Details: 1900 US Federal Census (Yanceyville Township, Caswell County, North Carolina).