|About Bigelow (Baguley) Family Tree - Canada
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Historical beginnings of the Bigelows (www.bigelowsociety.com) It appears that when the Normans came in William the Conqueror’s time (1066-1087) the area known as Baggiley in Cheshire was held by Hamon Massy, Baron of Durham Massy, who was given it as a reward for his Knights service. It was to be handed down to his heirs and successors. Around the time of King John, (1129-1216), the heir of Hamon Massy, another Hamon Massy, gave Mathew Massy of Bromhale: Bromhale, Duckenfield, and two parts of Biggiley. At this time the “Hamon Massy” heirs adopted the name Biggiley, as well. Later it became known as Baguley. It is certain that this town gave the name to the family Biggiley (Baguley.) There were certain biggileys known to be resident as early as the reign of Henry III, (1216-1272). Baguley is about twelve miles from Manchester. The International Genealogical Index indicates births as early as 1170 in the area. If that is true then, the original name is therefore Massy. As to whether Hamon Massy, Baron of Durham was a direct ancestor of Sire William de Baggiley (aka: de Baguley) still has to be established. Sire William de Baggiley (aka: de Baguley), born around 1260 was knighted by King Edward I, and later married one of the King’s daughters. Her name was Lucy Corona. She was born out of wedlock. This was quite common in those days for the king to have children form someone other than the Queen. Lucy’s mother (a lady in waiting) worked in the King’s court. Sire William and Lucy had five children. The children married into well-to-do families. During this time the Baguley family were quite well up in the aristocracy of England. They owned the salt mines in Cheshire and a mill for processing. This is where they made their money. In the reign of Edward II, Sir William de Baguley was made Lord of Baguley. Sire William built Baguley Hall around 1320 and was Lord of the Manor until his death. At the time of his death, he also owned a manor at Hyde and another at Levenshulme in Lancashire, plus an inn called The Ryle Thorn in Baguley. His son John Biggiley, born around 1290 and died around 1356, as well as his daughter Isabel succeeded him as joint heirs of his property. Isabel married Sir John Leigh of Booths, a widower. Their eldest son William inherited Baguley. The manor remained in the Leigh family until the late seventeenth century, when the line terminated in Edward Leigh. He had married Elinour Tatton of Wythenshawe Hall and although they had three daughters, there was no son to succeed him. An effigy of Sire William is housed in Sr. Mary’s Church, Bowden Parish, Cheshrie. Not far from the old Baguley Hall. Originally there was a Baguley coat of arms with an orange background, however, it is understood that this coat of arms was demolished when the property of John Baguley was made over to Sir John Leigh of Booths near Knutsford around 1353. The third manor, that of Baguley, which formed part of the parish of Bowdon, came into the hands of the Baguley family from the Masseys certainly by the early thirteen century. They took their name from the place. They retained it till the year 1355 when John, the son of Sir William de Baguley, granted his manors there and at Hyde and Levenshulme to John Legh of Booths near Knutsford, who married Isabel, daughter of Sir William and sister of John. The Baguley’s became a family of importance in the late twelfth and early centuries, being witnesses of many important charters, e.g. in Northendon and Stockport. A charter of 1316 confirms the ownership by William de Baguley of land in Wythenshawe lying in Middle Eye near the land of William Mascy (probably near the Mersey-eye, meaning an island or land liable to flooding.) As we have seen in 1318, Nicholas de Eton, Lord of Stockport, granted Ruyul (perhaps near Ryle Thorn or Royal Thorn) and Alveley Hay (now Haveley Hey) to Sire William de Baguley and his heirs. The Baggeleghs were among the wealthy lay families owning the Cheshire salt mines. A Thomas de Baguley fought for King Edward at the battle of Pointiers and later from Knutsford pleaded for more recognition of his services. It is probable that Sir William built the great Baguley Hall, the most important building in our area, at the period of the greatest eminence of the family in the early fourteenth century in the style of the times. (Smithhills Hall at Bolton is a close parallel) Using timber, so tradition says, from Lyme Park, with the owners of which, the Leghs, he was connected by marriage. This hall is the earliest and most massive of the three medieval manor houses in the area. Ormerod gives a list of the members of the Legh family who held the manor until the seventeenth century. It finally passed into the hands of the Tattons in 1825 when all three manors for the first time came into common ownership. *1. Sir William de Baguley of Baguley, born around 1260, married Lucy Corona, daughter of Edward II, and had five children: ** 1. Isabel de Baguley married Sire John Legh of Booths *** 1. William de Baguley-Legh ** 2. John de Baguley, born 1290, married unknown ** 3. Ellen de Baguley married John de Venables-Legh and had three sons: *** 1. Robert de Legh of Adlington *** 2. John de Legh of Books *** 3. Sire William de Legh ** 4. Geffery de Baguley married unknown ** 5. Sir William de Baguley, born 1310, married Clementia de Cheadle, daughter of Rodger de Cheadle, had four children and died 1350. *** 1. Hamon de Baguley *** 2. Isabel de Baguley *** 3. Richard de Baguley *** 4. Sire John de Baguley married Ellen de Baguley, had one son, and died 1353. **** 1. Richard de Baguley acquired Ollerton Hall through marriage in the 1400’s. He married Alice de Verdun of Ollerton Hall and daughter of Ralph de Verdun They had one child. ***** 1. Ralph de Baguley of Ollerton, born 1500, married unknown, and died 1540. He was succeeded by his three sons. ****** 1. Hamon de Baguley, heir to Ollerton Hall ****** 2. Nicholas de Baguley of Newton, married unknown had two sons, and died 1558. ******* 1. John de Baguley ******* 2. Robert de Baguley ****** 3. Randall de Baguley, born 1526, married Eleanor, had two sons, and died 1556 ******* 1. Robert de Baguley, married unknown and had two sons and died on November 4, 1582. ******** 1. Randell de Baguley married Jane had seven children and died in 1626 ********* 1. Francis 2. Elizabeth, born in 1606 and died in 1691 3. Persis, born 1604 4. Susan, born 1606 5. William born 1608, died March 23, 1621 6. Margaret, born 1611 7. John , born 1617, married Mary Warren, and died 1703 ******** 2. John de Baguley died in 1597 ******* 2. Phillip de Baguley, married unknown and had two sons: ******** 1. Randall de Baguley died in 1617 2. Phillip de Baguley married a Margery in 1593