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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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EUGENE U. BIGELOW, known throughout this section as the proprietor of the Tobahanna Stock Farm, is a breeder of thoroughbred Jersey cattle. His estate, which is peculiarly adapted to stock-raising, is located in the town of Tyrone, Schuyler County and comprises some two hundred acres.

Our subject is the son of James and Flora (Clark) Bigelow, residents of Dundee, where they are well known and highly regarded, being among its best residents. They became the parents of a family of six sons and daughters, of whom we make the following mention: Alzada is the wife of H. C. Cook, of Dundee; Charlie C. was accidentally killed when about twelve years of age by the explosion of a small cannon; Eugene U., of this sketch, was the next-born; Jennie F. is now the widow of J. C. Morrow, and is residing in Weston; Clayton J. married Jennie Gray, and is a citizen of Dundee; and Lottie is Mrs. Frank Shepherd, of Altay.

The subject of this sketch was born June 8, 1855, in Altay, where he was reared. After completing his education in the common schools, he entered Starkey Academy, and after carrying on his studies there for a time, he returned to the home farm and assisted his father in carrying on farm work until his marriage, which was celebrated January 12, 1881, Miss Emma L. LaFever becoming his wife. She was born in Cattaraugus County, N. Y., in 1855, and was the daughter of Russell K. and Emily A. (Wilber) LaFever.

For three years after his union Mr. Bigelow lived within one mile of Altay, but as it became advisable to make a change at the end of that time, he took up his abode on his present estate, which is the old home farm. As before stated, it is two hundred acres in extent, and is devoted mainly to breeding Jersey cattle. It is known far and wide as the Tobahanna Stock Farm, and on it Mr. Bigelow has about twenty head of fine cattle. He manufactures a very fine quality of butter, which is sold almost exclusively in Rochester and the larger cities. It is known throughout this entire section, and every pound bears Mr. Bigelow’s initials. In addition to this branch of farming, he also raises a large amount of grain, which he uses mainly in feeding his stock.

To our subject and his excellent wife there have been born two children, Bertha L. and Maude E. Mr. Bigelow takes an active part in all affairs of local interest, and is especially prominent in school matters, and is now serving as Trustee of his district. In politics he never fails to support candidates of the Republican party.

Socially he belongs to Lamoka Lodge No. 463, F. & A. M., and is Junior Warden of his lodge. Mr. Bigelow is both modest and unassuming, making friends of all with whom he comes in contact, and he is counted one of the progressive citizens of Schuyler County.

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