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Susan A. Drake, daughter of Jotham Drake
Portrait and Biographical Album Ingham & Livingston Counties Michigan
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H. M. BIGELOW, a miller of Williamstown Township, Ingham County, is a son of J. R. Bigelow and grandfather of Abel Bigelow, a native of Massachusetts. The grandfather married Maria Hunt by whom he had three sons and five daughters, and in 1825 he came to Michigan and settled on a farm in West Bloomfield, Oakland County, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying about the year 1848. He put up the first brick-kiln in Oakland County and erected the first brick house in the township.
J. R. Bigelow came to Michigan in 1825 at the age of eighteen and after several years in the employ of a fur dealer in Detroit, for whom he bought furs from the Indians, he helped to build the first railway from Detroit to Pontiac and constructed the first turntable at Royal Oaks. He then returned to New York, where he was married to Susan Montague who became the mother of the following children: Mary, J. A., Augusta, H. M., J. O. and Amanda. In 1874 Mr. Bigelow brought his family to Williamston, this county, and died in February, 1876, while his wife survived until December 4, 1882.

Our subject was born in West Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Mich., October 7, 1844. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in Company A, Fifth Michigan Cavalry, and served until July 3, 1865, taking part in the following battles, Gettysburg, Boonesboro, Hagerstown, Williamsport, Falling Water and South Mountain. At the close of the war he learned the carpenter's trade and worked at it until 1875, after which he bought a farm in Williamston Township, Ingham County.

Susan A. Drake, daughter of Jotham Drake, a sailor and farmer, became Mrs. H. M. Bigelow, February 13, 1866, and to her has been born one son, Carl H., who is now in the milling business with his father. Mr. Bigelow sold his farm in 1887 and came to Williamston and engaged in milling, in addition to which he does quite an extensive sawmill business, in both of which he has been very successful. He is prominently identified with the Royal Arch Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Grand Army. His politics, are of the Republican stamp, and he was President of the village in 1890.

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