Timothy Clippinger BIGELOW

Greenlawn Cemetery
Franklin County,

Timothy was born Mar 1, 1819 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and died Jun 10, 1876 at Camp Chase, Franklin, Ohio. S/O Dr. Israel Bigelow (B:1774-CT), and Eunice Kathron (B:1774-VT). His father moved the family to Plain City of Madison County in 1828; where he was soon to became known as one of the very best physicians and surgeons in all of central Ohio. Israel and Eunice are buried at the Bigelow Cemetery, in Plain City, Madison, Ohio.

Timothy was the baby of the family. His older siblings included: Israel, Isaac, Lebbeus, Daniel, Eunice, Dolly, Eliphaz, Mary, Almie, and Jarus. Then there were four 1/2 siblings from his father's 2nd wife:, Chamberlain, Diane, Hosea, and Henry. So Timothy was one of 15 children.

As mentioned, he was raised in Plain City; then on Mar 22, 1838 he married Hannah Marshall in Clark County, Ohio, D/O Josiah Marshall. She was born there on Mar 17, 1819. They settled at Camp Chase, Franklin, Ohio. (known for the Confederate POW Camp there during the Civil War). They had 12 children, but sadly many died young. They were: Franklin, Israel J, Matlida, Melissa J, Sylvester J, Cynthia, William M, Medora-(aka DORA), Timothy Larson, Smith O, Hannah, and Mary.

Like his father, Timothy became very famous in his own right as a horse breeder. He formed a buisiness with Dr. Marcus Brown of Circleville called "BROWN, BIGELOW, & CO", to import from France a work horse called "Percheron". It was known as a well-muscled intelligent breed willing to work. The first arrived in 1851, and by the 1860's three Ohio firms were importing them. On Nov 5, 1866 Timothy obtained a passport and he and Brown went to Europe to buy the winner of the World's Fair held that year in France. Since the best were usually bought by the Emperor, Napoleon III; Timothy was able to get an audience with him and bought the horse for a very high price. He and Brown then bought two more horses and they formed the nucleus of their breeding stock. Their offspring became some of the most popular horses in all of the midwest. Timothy C Bigelow is remembered as one of the foremost horsemen of his time. Sadly it was one of those horses that attacked him and caused his fatal injuries in 1876.

Contributed on 1/26/13 by jchamler51
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Record #: 157244

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Submitted: 1/26/13 • Approved: 2/1/13 • Last Updated: 8/13/15 • R157244-G0-S3

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