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Josiah Biggs, Frank Biggs, Logan.

In 1870 McLean County, Illinois, William Biggs is 33, a butcher, Mary 23, Franklin 6, Lemuel 4, and John 2.

In 1880 McLean County, Illinois, Frank E. Biggs is 15, working in a slaughter house, with father Wm. Green 43 a butcher, Mary 32, L.A. 14, John M. 12, Nancy I. 8, Albert 6, Martha 4, William 2, and Oliver P. two months.

McLean County Illinois History : Josiah Biggs, a prosperous farmer of Money Creek Township, is pleasantly located on section 24. He was born in this township on the 26th of February, 1834, being the son of Lemuel Biggs, who was a native of Delaware; the mother's maiden name was Mullen, and she was a native of Ohio. They removed in early youth with their respective parents to Illinois, and were married in McLean County, first settling in Funk's Grove Township, and in about 1831 removed to Money Creek Township, where the father died in May, 1860. The mother still survives, and lives on the old homestead. Their ten children were named as follows: Andrew E., Josiah, William G., Sarah, Nancy J., E.A., Louisa, Martha, Lemuel A. and Frank..

The subject of this history was the second child of the family. He was reared to farming, received a common-school education, and has been a resident of Money Creek Township all his life. He is now the owner of a fine farm of 160 acres, under a good state of cultivation, with a shapely and substantial set of farm buildings..

Mr. Biggs remained under the home roof until he had attained to years of manhood, and Aug. 30, 1860, was married to Miss Lucy, the daughter of Daniel and Rosanna (Hotmaker) Empie, natives of New York, where they settled after their marriage; later they removed to Shelby County, Ohio, and thence, in 1851, to Iroquois County, this State, where they remained six years, then came to McLean County and located in Money Creek Township, where Mr. Empire died Aug. 30, 1878. Mrs. E. lives with her daughter, the wife of our subject. Mr. and Mrs. Empire had a family of seven children - Benjamin, Alex, Sylvester, John, Mary, Lovina and Lucy..

Mrs. Biggs was born in Livingston County, N.Y., Aug. 30, 1842, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of three children: Javan married Miss Emma Claggett, and lives in Blue Mound Township; Minnie is the wife of R.T. Claggett, and resides in Lexington Township; Nellie married S.A.D. Henline, and lives in Kearney, Neb..

Mr. Biggs has held the office of Supervisor in Money Creek Township five years, and has served as Assessor and Collector. He was elected Township Treasurer in 1865, which office he has held continuously since that time. Both he and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church, and politically our subject is identified with the Republican party..

Lemuel's wife was a Mullen, and their ten children were Andrew E., Josiah, William G. Sarah, Nancy J., E.A., Louisa, Martha, Lemuel A. and Frank.

Josiah Biggs, as guardian for Ada Biggs and Josiah Biggs, children of Frank Biggs, deceased, of Lexington Illinois, proved up a quarter in 23, 18N 49W in 1890.

So Josiah is probably Frank's brother.
Frank Biggs -- 1854-1888 is buried in McLean County, # 137073563, with Emma C. 1853-1885 # 137065267.

In 1880 Bates County Missouri, George Biggs is 25, farming, with Emma 26. Ada is 6, Josiah 2.

In 1885 Miami County, Kansas, G.F. is 32, Emma 32, Ada A. 10, and Josiah 7.

Josiah Biggs 1834-1900 is buried in McLean County # 155975282.

August 1, 1922 " Mrs. Lucy Empie Biggs, youngest daughter of Daniel and Rosanna Empire, of Lexington, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Brown In Seattle, Wash., according to the message received by Lexington relatives and friends. Her deuth was due to complications incident to age. She had gone to Washington to visit her daughter about a year ago.

Mrs. Biggs was born near Albany, N. Y Aug. 30, 1S42. When she was one year old she came with her parents to Indiana, later moving to Illinois in 1SD8 and since lived in this state. She was married Aug. 30, l860 to Josiah Biggs and lived on a farm in Money Creek township. They were the parents of four children two of whom survive, Mrs. Brown, of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. R. T. Claggett (Minnie) of Lexington with whom she made her home before coing on her visit to Washington. Her husband died in 1900 and a son .lavin Biggs and a daughter, Nellie Henline also have preceded her in death.

Beside the two daughters she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lavina Masters, of Omaha, Neb., and the following grandchildren: Leonard and Walter Brown, in Canada: Dr. Rnv . , ,. GJ!i-isisiErl2r Ulienline and Charles I. Biggs, of New York; Ralph Henline, of Detroit, Mich.; Walter Brown, and Grace JSrown, Seattle, Wash, and a great granddaughter, Mary Luc le Brown. Seattle, Wash, in 1868 Mrs. Biggs and her husband joined the Money Creek U. B. church.

The body is expected to arrive from Seattle, Wednesday evening, and will be taken to the home of Mrs. R, T. Claggett in Lexington, from which place the funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. Rev. Mr. Elliott, pastor of the Baptist church, will have charge of the service and interment will be made in Dawson cemetery."

(Nellie BIGGS Henline, 1864-1916 is buried in Kearney, Nebraska, # 123104518, with Stephen A. Henline 186001833. Stephen was a druggist, and they wee in Kearney in 1900 with Ralph 1891, and Ray 1894.

Hattie BIGGS Brown 1868-1945 is buried in McLean COunty # 34628965 with Francis 1866-1919.

" On Jan. 24, 1884, Mr. Claggett married Miss Minnie Biggs, a native of Money Creek township. They lived on their farm south of Lexington until 1897 when they removed to town where they have since resided. "

In 1900 McLean County, Josiah and Lucy are living with daughter Hattie, Brown, born July 1868, and her husbnad Frank June 1865. ThRobert is 10, Leonard 9, and Walter 4.

In 1900 McLean County, Ada Weaver, born Sept 1873 in Illinois, is married seven years to Charles B. 36, a farm laborer. She has Laurance 5, Glenn 4, and Catherine 2.

In 1910 Fort Morgan, Ada is widowed, 36, with Lawrence 15, Glen 14, Catherina E. 12, Gladys 8, Paul E. 6 born in Colorado, and L. Marie 1 born in COlorado.

In 1920 Independence, Missouri, Ada is 46, Lawrence 25, Glenn 23, Gladys 18, Paul 16, Marie 11, and

Ada died Sept 27, 1942 in San Bernardino County, mother Davis, father Biggs.
Ada A. Weaver 1873-1942 and Charles 1866-1908 are buried in Fort Morgan # 71683627.

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