Andrew M and Mary Biggs


Information comes from the family files at the Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society in Alexandria


Andrew M Biggs was born 1777 in Virginia (perhaps Amherst Co) and married Mary Keene in Kentucky. He was on the 1800 and 1810 census for Fayette Co Kentucky and is found on the 1806 Lexington, Fayette Co KY directory as a shoemaker. He shows up on the 1830 census in Campbell Co along with 8 slaves. He died 8 Jan 1851 in Flagg Springs and was buried in the Flagg Springs Cemetery. Mary died 17 Nov 1848 in Flagg Springs and was buried also in the Flagg Springs Cemetery. Andrew Biggs will was written 9 Nov 1849 in Will Book C and probated in the 1851 January Court.

Children of Andrew M Biggs and Mary Keene

1. Orra Anna Biggs b-1812 in Lexington, Kentucky; d-Mar 1860 of consumption; m-John Nelson 29 May 1831 in Alexandria
2. William Andrew Biggs b-1813 in Lexington, Kentucky; died 30 Oct 1835 in Flagg Springs and buried in the Flagg Springs Cemetery
3. Robert Hamilton Biggs b-1814 in Lexington, Kentucky; d-Shelbyville Illinois; m-Martha Ann Morin 3 Nov 1847
4. John Milton Biggs b-1816 in Lexington, Kentucky; d-Shelbyville Illinois; m (1) Harriett T Corbin (d/o John Corbin) 2 Jan 1836 in Flagg Springs; m (2) Maria Amanda Morin (b-10 Aug 1829, d/o Edward Morin and Martha Carmack; d-31 Jan 1865) 21 Dec 1848 in Alexandria
5. Washington Biggs b-1817 in Kentucky
6. Sanford M Biggs b-1817 in Kentucky; m-Elizabeth
7. Elizabeth Ann Biggs b-1825 in Kentucky
8. Perry D Biggs b-1826 in Kentucky; m-Angeline J --- in 1849 in Kenton Co
9. Augusta Biggs b-1829 in Flagg Springs
10. Amanda Biggs b-11 Feb 1833 in Flagg Springs; d-14 Dec 1911 in California KY; br-Grandview Cemetery

Children of Orra Ann Biggs and John Nelson

1. Richard A Nelson b-7 Jan 1832 in Flagg Springs; d-8 Jan 1913 in Mentor; br-Grandview Cemetery; never married
2. Mary Jane Nelson b-4 Dec 1833 in Flagg Springs; d-30 Nov 1918 in Mentor; br-Grandview Cemetery; never married
3. James P Nelson b-1838 in Flagg Springs;
4. Theodore E Nelson b-1841 in Flagg Springs; d-1901; br-Grandview
5. Sarah Elizabeth Nelson b-1843 in Flagg Springs; m-M Arnold Morris 17 Sep 1866
6. John Robert Nelson b-9 June 1850 in Flagg Springs; d-20 Jan 1937 in Mentor; br-Grandview; m-Mary Frances Kiser

Children of Robert Hamilton Biggs and Martha Ann Morin (1880 census in Oconee, Shelby, Illinois)

1. Mary Ann Biggs b-16 Aug 1848 in Flagg Springs; d-23 Mar 1930 in Gallatin Co Montana; m-Merritt William Penwell in Oconee, Shelby Illinois
 2. Robert Biggs b-1850 in Flagg Springs
3. Harvey Biggs b-1851 in Flagg Springs
4. Maria Biggs b-21 Aug 1852 in Flagg Springs; d-2 Dec 1914 in Stockton Kansas; m-Charles Edward Chamberlain 14 Sep 1874 in Oconee Illinois
5. William Henry Biggs b-19 Aug 1857 in Flagg Springs; d-7 Oct 1946 in Beaumont, Riverside, California

Children of John Milton Biggs and Harriet Corbin

Missouri Letitia Biggs b-15 Sep 1839 in Flagg Springs; d-13 Feb 1916 in Alexandria; br-Flagg Springs; m-Wm M Morin 9 Dec 1861

Children of John Milton Biggs and Maria Amanda Morin

1. Edward Morin Biggs b-9 Dec 1849; d-1910 in Shelbyville Illinois; br-Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville; m-Matilda Igo
2. Melcena Morin Biggs b-30 Nov 1851; d-1933 in Pana Illinois; m-James Davis Aug 1871 in Shelby Co Illinois
3. John Milton Biggs b-18 Oct 1853 in Flagg Springs; d-17 Aug 1930 in Jacksonville City, Illinois; br-Shelbyville Illinois
4. William Ernest Biggs b-6 Mar 1856 near Aspen Grove; d-11 Mar 1912 in Shelbyville Illinois; br-Glenwood Cemetery; m-Viola Shipman in 1887
5. Robert Andrew Biggs b-18 May 1859 near Aspen Grove; d-27 Dec 1896 in Shelbyville Illinois; br-Glenwood Cemetery; m-Nannie
6. Jefferson Davis Biggs b-16 Apr 1861 near Aspen Grove; d-23 Feb 1893 in Shelbyville Illinois; br-Glenwood Cemetery
7. Lucy H Biggs b-18 May 1863; d-5 Nov 1937 in Shelbyville Illinois; br-Glenwood Cemetery; m-John H Kensil

Records show that on 4 Sep 1877 in Campbell County four children of Maria and John Biggs became wards of James F Shaw; Jefferson Davis Biggs, Lucy H Biggs, Robert A Biggs and William Ernest Biggs. Since this family was already in Shelbyville Illinois by this time, it must have been done in absence.

An obituary published in the Shelbyville Democrat on March 14, 1912 for William Ernest Biggs, stated that he had died at his home on North Walnut (March 11, 1912). William Ernest Biggs, familiarly known as "Colonel" was born in Campbell County, Kentucky, March 6, 1856 and at the age of 10 years came to Shelby County with his parents.* His father was a maker of brick and during his early manhood days, Mr. Biggs worked in his father's brick yard. Of late he had been engaged in farming, having purchased a large farm near Shelbyville. He was united in marriage with Miss Viola Shipman in 1887 and to them were born two daughters who were Mrs. Joseph Dayton of Denver, Colo., and Miss Jessie Biggs of Shelbyville.

*His mother died in 1865 in Flagg Springs and is buried in the Flagg Spring Cemetery.  The 1870 and 1880 census show no other wife for John Milton Biggs.


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