Lt. Ivory Bigelow was born 7 October 1741 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Gershom Bigelow (1714-1812) and Mary Howe (1718-1802) and died 14 February 1804 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Sophia Bannister (1747-1830) 13 August 1763 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.


Ivory Bigelow, second child and second son of Gershom 4 (John 3,Samuel 2, John1) and Mary (HOW) BIGELOW , was born in Marlborough, Middlesex county, MA, 07 October 1741. He was married there on 13 August 1763 to Sophia BANNISTER, daughter of Lieut. John and Martha (HAYWARD) BANNISTER (another source says dau of John and Abigail (Barker) Banister). She was born in Marlborough 07 February 1747. They lived all their lives in Marlborough, on the farm belonging to Sophia's father, and it passed down through the Bigelow family until the 1880's. Ivory was a prominent man in Marlborough, and active in the militia, like his brother.He died 14 February 1804; Sophia died 13 August 1830, both in Marlborough.

Revolutionary War

During the Revolution he served as a Lieutenant.

Mass Sold & Sail or Rev War, Vol II:

  • Biglow, Ivory, Marlborough. Private, Capt. Daniel Barns's co., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 28 days. See Marlborough 1775 Minuteman Roster.
  • Biglow, Ivory. Lieutenant, Capt. Benjamin Munroe's co.; pay abstract for 3 mos. 10 days service from date of enlistment, Dec.24 year not given, probably 1778].
  • Bigelow, Ivory. Lieutenant, also, 2d Lieutenant, Capt. Moses Barnes's (5th) co., 4th Middlesex regt.; 4th Middlesex County Militia Regiment

Vital Records

1790 U.S. Census

1790 census: MA-Middlesex-Marlborough-Ivory Bigelow: 2-2-4-0-0.


This grave has a Revolutionary marker. Husband of Sophia Bannister.

[Urn & Willow Tree] "They die in Jesus and are blest How kind their slumbers are From suffering and from sin released And free'd from every care."

In Memory of | Lieut. Ivory Bigelow, | who died Febr. | 14. 1804. | in the 63 year | of his age.


Offspring of Lt. Ivory Bigelow and Sophia Bannister (1747-1830)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Bigelow (1764-1807) 8 January 1764 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 10 December 1807 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Catherine Brigham (1767-1831)
Christopher Bigelow (1765-1864)
Solomon Bigelow (1766-1766)
Martha Bigelow (1768-1775)
Gershom Bigelow (1768-1847) 22 March 1768 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 27 October 1847 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Howe (1769-1820) Mary Howe (1769-1820) Eunice Wilder (1790-1873)
Abigail Bigelow (1772-1775)
John Bigelow (1774-1775 Sophia Bigelow (1777-1821)
Phebe Bigelow (1778-1808)
Mary Bigelow (1781-1784)
Ivory Bigelow (1785-1847)
Benjamin Bigelow (1788-1829)




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