As mentioned in this space previously, Ardenia Tennessee "Tinnie" Lincecum (1865-1940) was a daughter of Leander W. C. Lincecum and Tennessee Levy. At about age 17, this daughter married George P. Bigham, son of Elihu "Ail" Bigham and Martha M. Cook, on 3 August 1882 in Williamson County, Texas.
Ardenia and George had seven children, one being an infant who died about the age of 3. Here's a little more detail about the other six (my 4th cousins, 4x removed):
- Lee Hugh Bigham was born 8 May 1883 in Bell County, Texas. He spent most of his life laboring around the farm. A more specific occupation and place of employment can be found on Lee's 1918 World War I draft registration card: he was a Ginner at the Katy Electric Gin in Temple, Bell County. An advertisement for this service provider is found in a September 1919 edition of the Temple Daily Telegram:
On 2 September 1906 at Bell County, Lee married Catherine Elizabeth "Lizzie Kate" Hinders (b. 1885) of Ohio. The couple had at least five children. Four of them were Iola Marie "Ola May" Love (d. 1998); Andrew Ernist Bigham (1910-1980); Robert Lee Bigham (1912-1990); and William Ellis Bigham (1918-1978).
Based on an entry for the 1930 Hartley County, Texas Federal census, it appears Lee (before his death) and Lizzie were sharecroppers. The "monthly rental" for their home was noted as "1/2 Crop."
Lee Hugh Bigham died 1 April 1930, 25 days prior to the taking of the above census, at Dalhart, Dallam County, Texas. He was a victim of "Intestinal Ulcerations" and Meningitis. Burial was at the Memorial Park in Dalhart. Lizzie, who did not marry again, died 18 April 1973 at Dalhart, Hartley County, Texas. She was also buried at the Memorial Park in Dalhart.
- Robert Monroe Bigham was born 18 October 1885 at Temple, Bell County, Texas. He, like his brother, knew his way around a farm. He was once a stockman, as well as a laborer on a rice farm. Robert also tried his hand with the railroad as a track foreman for the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway, part of the second railroad west of the Mississippi River.
Robert and family were counted for the 1910 Federal census in Headrick, Jackson County, Oklahoma, but the rest of his life was spent in Texas.
Robert married Lula Ciamantha Calk (d. 1963) about 1905 or 1906. The couple had at least six children. Five of them were Clayton, Temple, Myrle Evelyn (m. Laurence Chandler), Noble, and Evans.
Robert Monroe Bigham died 24 February 1962 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. He was buried at Lancaster Cemetery in Temple, Bell County, Texas.
- James Luke "Jim" Bigham, a veteran of World War I, was born 10 October 1887 in Temple, Bell County, Texas. Farming was the way he made his living, and he was specifically working a poultry farm about 1930.
Jim married Olevia F. Butler of Kentucky about 1920, and the couple had at least six children.
Jim Bigham died 3 March 1961 at Temple, and was laid to rest at Lancaster Cemetery. A transcription of his tombstone:
Mech Btry C 21 Fld Arty
World War I
Oct 10, 1887 - March 3, 1961
- Sallie Ann Bigham was born 6 January 1889 at Temple, Bell County, Texas. On 12 April 1914 in Bell County, Sallie married George C. Chapman (1895-1945). The couple appears to have divorced before 1930, when Sallie was heading her household and working as a laborer in the laundry industry.
Before separating, Sallie and George had two daughters, Willie Mae Chapman Francis (1915-2001) and Irene N. Chapman Denton (1918-2010).
Sallie Anna Bigham Chapman died December 1969 at Temple, and was buried at Lancaster Cemetery.
- William Nix Bigham, another veteran of World War I, was born 23 February 1891 at Temple, Bell County, Texas. He spent all of his life in Bell County, occupied as a farmer and rancher. The exception being the time William served in the United States Army, of which one year was spent overseas.
About 1920, William married Lillie Butler. The couple had at least two children. One was a daughter named Jonibel, who passed away in 1958 at the young age of 23 due to complications from Pneumonia.
William Nix Bigham died on Christmas Day 1975 at Holland, Bell County, Texas. He was laid to rest at Lancaster Cemetery.
- Belle Bigham, whose first or middle name might have been Daisy, was born 19 October 1896 at Temple, Bell County, Texas. She married Edward P. "Ed" Kenney of New York about 1914 or 1915. He was an oil refinery inspector. A short time after their marriage, Belle and Ed moved to Baytown in Harris County, Texas. Belle spent most, if not all, of her remaining days there. The couple had at least two children.
Ed died in 1945. I believe Belle was married again – 26 years later – to Richard C. Gonzalez. Less than three years after that, on 23 January 1974 at Baytown, Belle passed away. She was buried next to her first husband at Hill of Rest Cemetery. There is no mention of the Gonzalez surname on the tombstone Belle shares with Edward P. Kenney.