Biggs Documentation - Part 1

1624-1659

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Thomas Putman, aboard the Increase, bound for Virginia. Will 29 Dec 1647; proved 20 May 1659.... Witnesses: Arthur Bromwell, John Bigge ... Probate Act Book. Ruthen, 197 (The Virginina Magazine of History and Biography, Jan., 1907, Vol. XIV: 305-306, Virginia Gleaning in England.)

John Bigge witnessed the will of Thomas Putnam aboard the “Increase” bound for Virginia. Will dated Dec. 29, 1647. (Genealogies of Virginia Families, Refs: Court Orders, Norfolk Co., VA, 19 Nov., 1695; Court Orders, Norfolk Co., VA May 13, 1703; Norfolk Co. Order Bk. Nov. 1739)

William Bachelor/Batchelor, Richard Berry and John Biggs were arrested and punished in Buckinghamshire, England in 1648 for being Quakers. All appeared in MD and VA colonies late that year. It's assumed that they either were deported or fled for religious reasons.William named his son Richard (for his friend Richard Berry) and Richard named his son William. Richard married daughter of John Biggs - Ann Biggs.William arrived in VA on 12-21-1648 on the north side of the Yorke River.Richard sailed from Bristol England on 8-27-1661 at approximately 16 yrs of age. He had signed a contract as an indentured servant to a William Dunning of VA. (a Batchelor researcher)

1 Feb. 1648-9 - These are to certifye that John Biggs according to Act of Assembly, hath sett up his name at the court doore to give notice of his intended voyage for England this present shipping. (Norfolk Co., VA Book B: 107)

Indenture: Made in VA 15 July 1649 between Thomas Sayer of Elizabeth River Lowr Norfolk Co. & Thomas Meares, Gent ... for 300 acres of land bought by Sayer of Meares... Wit: Richard Daue, Tho: Ringold, John Biggs s/Tho: Sayer & Seale. (Walter, Book B., Lower Norfolk County, VA 2 Nov 1646-15 Jan 1651/2 p.141 Folio 149A-150)

15 Aug 1650- Certificate: To Thomas White for 100 acres for trans. of two srvants John Biggs and George Goodman. (WALTER, Book B., Lower Norfolk Co., VA 1646-15 p.144 folio 153)

Rec. 18 Apr 1651 - A list of what bills Mr. Pigott left with Mr Robte: Eyre... Bills taken by Mr. Eyre... John Biggs bill 200. (WALTER, Book B., Lower Norfolk Co., VA 1646-15 p.168 folio 176)

22 Dec 1651 John Biggs was a witness in Elizabeth River, County of Lower Norfolke in VA, to the receipt from Henery Barlowe ‘of items to Robte Brice, marriner, and his wife Judith Hix als Brice in full satisfaction of an Estate of Stephen Hix deceased in BA in the yere 1648’ (LDS microfilm 0908181 Lower Norfolk abstracts)

1652/53 court records, Certif for 100 acres to John Bigge for transporting Johan Bigge and Joseph Hutt into this Colony (LDS microfilm 0908181 Lower Norfolk abstracts)

Norfolk, Co., VA Book “C” p.34: dated Jan. 17 1652/53. Certificate for 100 acres granted John Bigge for importation of Johan Bigge (his wife) and Joseph Hutt. (Genealogies of Virginia Families, Refs: Court Orders, Norfolk Co., VA, 19 Nov., 1695; Court Orders, Norfolk Co., VA May 13, 1703; Norfolk Co. Order Bk. Nov. 1739)

Last of March 1653 - p. 186. Thomas Sawyer, 400 acs. In Pussell Poynt Cr., S. Branch of Eliz. Riv., Trans of 8 pers: Johan Bigg, Joseph Hutt, Marg. Yellow, Wm. Heath, Marg. Carter, John Beringe, Anne Sayer, Fra. Ellyott. . (NUGENT, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol.1, 1623-1666 p.275)

20 Aug 1655 p.358. John Biggs, 260 acs. Low. Norf. Co., on Ewd. Side & near the head of the S. branch of Eliz. Riv., Trans, of 6 person: William Stillard, William Rends, ___ Piggott, Rich. Day, Thomas Brittaine, Tho. Buckmaster. 40 acs. of the last right due to Mr. Emperor, who assigned these rights to him. (NUGENT, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol.1, 1623-1666 p.311)

15 Jun 1658 - Whereas Christopher Bustion hath given out language tending to disgrace & disparadgent of Jno. Briggs, undersheriff, It is therefore ordered that ye said Bustion shall acknowledge his error in open court & pay ye court Charges also execution. (Norfolk Co., VA Book D (1656-1666) p.150)

15 Jun 1658 - to the worshipful Commissioners of Lower Norfolk: The peticon of severall of the inhabitants of Lower Norfolk sheweth that Jno. Bigg, undersheriff, hath acted severall things and oppressions against the subscribers contrary to law & Justice of his place which he is no way able to make sattisfacton, severall things will be proved against him, which will noe way shut with justice, nor ye honor of this court to imploy such an officer. Your petitioners crave that ye abovesaid Bigg may be dismissed of his place according to act of assembly, that those that have just accounts against him may have the proceedinge at common law. (Norfolk Co., VA Book D (1656-1666) p.156)

20 Oct 1658 - An order is granted unto Mr. Tho: Willoughty against Jno. Briggs undersheriff for ye non-appearance of Simon Peters at ye court with the reservacon that if he do not appear at ye next court then judgement to passe against him. (Norfolk Co., VA Book D (1656-1666) p.171)

An order is granted unto Jno. Biggs, undersheriff, against Jno. Godfrey for five hunred forty-five pounds of tobacco, proved by bills, together with court charges also execution. (Norfolk Co., VA Book D (1656-1666) p.179)

It is ordered that Christopher Rivers shall pay unto Jno. Biggs, late undersheriff, one hundred and seventy pounds of tobacco. Proved due by his oath for such, together with court charges also execution. (Norfolk Co., VA Book D (1656-1666) p.228)

An order unto Jno. Biggs, late undersheriff against Rich: Yates for twenty five pounds of tobacco, rendered due by his oath for such, together with court charges also execution. (Norfolk Co., VA Book D (1656-1666) p.228)

An order unto Jno. Biggs, late undersheriff, against Jn. Smith for forty five pounds of tobacco, proved due by his oath for such, together with court charges also execution. (Norfolk Co., VA Book D (1656-1666) p.228)

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