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Benjamin Biggs, John Biggs, Samuel Biggs, Thomas Biggs,


Benjamin Biggs

Benjamin Biggs from Bucks wed 1868 #7 to Annie Batten/Batton and lived at Lucknow then at Bairnsdale and Bruthen.
12 children 1. William Biggs 1868 #20965 lived 6 months
2. Emily Biggs 1870 #6405
3. George Biggs 1871 #13613
4. Jane Biggs 1873 #7008
5. Francis Biggs 1874 #13442
6. Frederick Biggs 1875 #20718
7. Helena Biggs 1877 #19893
8. Ernest Biggs 1878 #13085
9. Benjamin Biggs 1880 #169
10. Daisy Biggs 1881 #20843
11. Albert Biggs 1883 #21789
12. Violet Biggs 1886 #16261
5. Jane Barton nee Biggs 1873 #7008 wed 1894 #19 to Thomas Benj Ambler 1867 #3863, and lived at Benalla, 3 children

John Biggs

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Colonial life was very hard for some people, with disastrous effects (they died young). In John Bigg's case his passing when aged 33 was reported in the Geelong Chronicle 15 Nov 1862 with a Coroner's Inquest, which concludes with the sentence 'Deceased had a half-sleeping share in the Cosmopolitan Gold-Ming Company at Ballarat, some land in the Barrabool Hills and house and land at Ballarat. Deceased has a wife in the Yarra Bend Asylum.'
The next paragraph in this newspaper column is headed 'Addresses of the Inspectors of Sheep', a reminder that at that time Australian conditions were also very difficult for sheep which suffered from diseases now controlled by various farming techniques including clipping their tails and giving regular sheep-dips to protect their feet and skin.
John Biggs 1829 - 1862 aged 33, wed 1854 #3485 to Elizabeth Potter and lived at Ballarat. John was a Scot from St Andrews who jumped ship in 1851 and joined the Ballarat gold rush
4 Children 1. John William Biggs 1855 #10609
2. Eliza Mary Biggs 1857 #2043 lived 6 years
3. Robert Biggs 1858 #16970
4. Eliza Biggs 1861 #2060
John William Biggs was born in 1855 #10609 in The Springs, Ballarat, Victoria son of Eliza Potter and John Biggs, wed 7 Feb 1875 #611 to Mary Ann Hughes 1853 daughter of Thomas Hughes and Ann Molloy born in Tyrone, Ireland, and lived at Sale
14 Children 1. Felix William Biggs 1876 #11805 lived 12 days
2. Thomas John Biggs 1877 #18210 - 1930
3. Catharine Margaret Biggs 1879 #11674 - 1966
4. Joseph Francis Biggs 1881 #12066
5. Bernard James Biggs 1883 #19330 - 1959
6. Ann Eliza Biggs 1886 #5932 - 1939
7. Robert Biggs 1888 #6339 - 1948
8. Leo Biggs was born on 25 Oct 1889, died in 1939
9. Mary Elizabeth Biggs was born on 25 Oct 1889
10. Wallace Gregory Biggs was born on 16 May 1892, died in 1973
11. Charles Ignatius Biggs was born in 1893, died in 1968
12. Lucy Magdalen Biggs was born in 1893, died in 1942
13. Clyde Vincent Biggs was born in 1895
14. John William Biggs was born in 1897
2. Thomas John Biggs 1877 #18210 - 1930 wed 1901 to Margaret Cummings and lived at Yarram, Victoria, Australia
4 Children 1. Marjorie Biggs 1903
2. Thomas Reginald Harold Biggs 1905
3. Leonard John Biggs 1907 infant death
4. Eileen Mary Biggs 1909
3. Catharine Margaret Biggs 1879 #11674 wed c1898 to Alfred Ernest Treadwell, 6 children
4. Joseph Francis Biggs 1881 #12066 wed c1902 to Annie Elizabet Cummings (is she 1872 #10248 daighter of Sarah Barton and John Cummimgs, or a sister to Margaret who wed elder brother Thomas) and lived at Yarram, moved to Carlton about 1912
5 Children 1. Veronica Jean Biggs 1903
2. Francis Gregory Biggs 1904
3. Analine Mary Biggs 1905
4. Myra Kathleen Biggs 1907
5. Ralph John Biggs 1913
5. Bernard James Biggs 1883 #19330 - 1959 wed 1912 to Annie Evelyn Kinder 1888 #21167 born at Hawthorn, lived between Carlton and Richmond
5 Children 1. Bernard James Biggs 1912
2. Evelyn Mary Biggs 1914
3. William Clyde Biggs 1917
4. Edward Charles Biggs 1919
5. Ivan Allan Biggs 1920
7. Robert Biggs 1888 #6339 - 1948 wed Ella May Morey
8. Leo Biggs 25 Oct 1889, died in 1939 in Port Pirie, South Australia, wed 1912 to Anne Agnes O'Toole 22 May 1892 daughter of Michael O'Toole and Mary Ward. They moved to SA after the first of their 5 children was born
1st Child 1. John William Biggs 29 Aug 1917 - 1988.
10. Wallace Gregory Biggs was born on 16 May 1892, died in 1973, wed c1915 to Lily Adeline Shiermann (Thiermann)
2 Children 1. John BIGGS was born in 1916 in Richmond
2. Jean BIGGS was born in 1917.
3. Robert Biggs 1858 #16970 wed 1882 #1756 to Elizabeth Barker and lived at Sale
3 Children 1. Robert William Biggs 1883 #12044
2. Emily Louisa Biggs 1885 #21097
3. Elizth May Biggs 1888 #6355
11. Charles Ignatius Biggs was born in 1893 #27878 - 1968 #22892 aged 75 wed Clarice Jane Treganowan 10 Apr 1899 #14128 - 1963 #3719 aged 63
1 Child 1. Clifford Charles Biggs 1826 - 1964 #1101 aged 38

Samuel Biggs

Samuel Biggs 18 Jan 1840 - 16 Jan 1912 aged 71, son of Sarah Miles (1817-1871, dau of Susannah Solomon Cir 1795- and Samuel Miles Cir 1790-) and James Biggs (1814-1864 son of Elizabeth Buzzard 1790-1869 and William Biggs 1790-1854), born at Sanvey Gate Leicestershire, England and wed 11 Apr 1871 #1205 at Christchurch, Castlemaine,Vic to Catherine Aston 22 Oct 1850 - 2 Nov 1942 aged 92, born at St. Saviour's,Sydney and died in Melbourne, Vic
She may be a daughter of Thomas Aston wed 1843 to Priscilla Nash, NSW ref V184347 27c/1843 and registered daughters Mary A P Aston 1842 and Eliza Aston 1846
Catherine was looked after by her daughter Olive in Fitzroy, St Kilda. In 1916 Catherine went to live with the Galbraiths in Parramatta, in N.S.W. On 02-02-1928 She uthorised her daughter Elise Galbraith to collect her war pension for her. A notice appeared in the "Castlemaine Mail" 09-11-1942 of her death. She shares a plot in Coburg Cemetary Melbourne with her husband Samuel. Children born at The Loddon, Castlemaine, Vic
3 Children 1. Frances Elizabeth Biggs 1872 #1294 - 1939 #8773 aged 68 wed 1896 #1879 to Patrick Kelly
2. Samuel Sylvanos
Biggs 1873 #15204 - 1944 #12901 aged 71, wed 1900 #2438 to Emma Cooper
3. Olive Caroline Biggs 1876 #1353 - 1944 #11108 aged 68
4. Ellen May Biggs 1878 #14417
5. Thos Albert Biggs 1880 #21293
6. Catherine Sarah
Biggs 1883 #22329
7. Elise Agnes Biggs 1887 #9627 wed Galbraith
8. Aston James
Biggs 1892 #2365
1. Frances Elizabeth Biggs 1872 #1294 - 1939 #8773 aged 68 wed 1896 #1879 to Patrick Kelly born at Harcourt
2. Samuel Sylvanos Biggs 1873 #15204 - 1944 #12901 aged 71, wed 1900 #2438 to Emma Cooper
6. Catherine Sarah Biggs 27 Oct 1883 - 26 Aug 1979 aged 91, born in Castlemaine, Victoria, and died at Bay, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Catherine wed on 17 Apr 1907 to William Page, son of Frederick James PAGE and Eliza BALL, in St. Matthew's,Stafford St,Dunedin.Otago,New Zealand. (William PAGE was born on 5 Nov 1874 in Caversham,Dunedin,Otago,New Zealand, died on 18 Dec 1960 in Caversham,Dunedin,Otago,New Zealand and was buried on 20 Dec 1960 in Cremated,Andersons Bay,Dunedin,Otago,New Zealand.)
8. Aston James Biggs 1892 #2365, NZASC DivTrain?. I wrote to you to an address at 283 Collins St Melbourne but since writing that letter, I received a letter from Captain Anderson giving me your address in New Zealand, I will write therefore again for fear least the other letter should be lost. Your son was admitted to this hospital suffering from influenza. In spite of treatment he gradually sank and passed away on Nov 3rd 1918. Frances Elizabeth Biggs Samuel Sylvanius Biggs Olive Caroline Biggs Thomas Albert Biggs Catherine Sarah Biggs+ Elise Agnes Biggs

Thomas Biggs

From Donna Ross on Tue, 25 Jul 2006, email bounced 19 May 2009
Hi Elizabeth, my name is Sandra Fishwick nee Biggs, Thomas Biggs and Fanny Corke are my GG Grandparents. There are actually more children to this family, Mary Ann, who married George Grey, Frances married James Pearce, Thomas married Eliza Jane McKee the sister of Agness.
Do you have any information on Frances Corke, we think her father was Benjamin but not sure, can you help.
Kind regards Sandra

Marriages Sep 1851 - Thomas Biggs and Fanny Cork at Kingston Vol 4 page 261. The district Kingston spans the boundaries of the counties of Middlesex and Surrey
Thomas Biggs c1826, aged 28 came Sep 1854 on the Joshua with Fanny Corke 23, c1831 and Hannah 2 and lived at Tarnagulla
12 Children 1. Hannah Biggs 1852
2. Wm Biggs 1855 #1775 born at Newtown (near Geelong)
3. John Biggs 1859 #14622 - 1860 #3296 lived 21 months
4. Mary Ann Biggs 1860 #4697 - 1860 #3306 lived 11 weeks
5. Richard Thomas Biggs 1861 #4369
6. Thomas Biggs c1863 wed 1889 #4612 to Eliza Jane McKee born 1868 the sister of Agnes 7. Abraham Biggs 1865 #4248
8. Edward Biggs 1867 #18087 - 1884 #12073 aged 17 years
9. Charles Biggs 1869 #11498
10. Caroline Biggs 1871 #12098
11. Francis Biggs c1875
12. Mary Ann Biggs 1878 #5639 wed George Grey
1. Hannah Biggs 1855 #1775 born at Sussex wed 1869 #139 to Henry Horton
1 Child 1. Mary Horton 1870 #4454
2. William Biggs 1855 #1775 born at Geelong wed 1887 #3427 to Jessie Rae, no known chn
5. Richard Biggs 1861 #4369 born in Victoria, wed 1883 #2608 to Agnes McKee 1860 - 1944 #23308 aged 84, settled at Bungaree, and lived at Bungaree then Tarnagulla
8 Children 1. Frances Margaret Biggs 1885 #975
2. Hannah Biggs 1886 #16312 lived 6 months
3. Charles Biggs 1887 #17468
4. Jane Biggs 1889 #1240
5. Wm Biggs 1890 #30358
6. Richd Biggs 1892 #11179
7. Edwd Jas Biggs 1894 #1457
8. Hy Biggs 1897 #23181
1. Frances Margaret Biggs 1885 #975 , wed 1905 to Harry Raven, 8 Children
10. Caroline Biggs 1871 #12098 wed 1889 #3507 to John Pearce 29 Nov 1863 registered 1864 #2052 - Dec 1939, born at Jones Creek and died in Sea Lake, lived at Tarnagulla, 11 chn
11. Francis Biggs c1875 - 1968 #9758 aged 91 wed 1899 #5373 to James Thomas Pearce 1871 son of Ann Rock and Charles Edmund Pearce, (is brother of John Pearce) lived at Tarnagulla
3 Children 1. Gerte Ann Pearce 1899 #22621 - 1947 #10134 aged 48, wed Smith
2. Daisy Hilda Pearce 1901 #14801
3. Alan Edward Pearce 1909 - 1977 #18130 aged 68



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