MARK AND ASENATH PATTON BIGLER FAMILY by Eugene Bigler
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MARK AND ASENATH PATTON BIGLER FAMILY
by Eugene Bigler
The Biglers were among the first settlers in what was later to become known as Collinston. Some of the Biglers moved from Farmington and took up permanent residence in 1862 and spent the winter of 1862-3 in a hillside dugout by the spring just south of where the Ruth Jensen home is presently located. Apparently the Biglers had been coming up from Farmington for several years to farm and graze cattle during the summer months. Stories have it that some of the soldiers returning from Connor's battle with the Indians near Preston, Idaho, in the winter of 1863 stopped at the Bigler home for help.
Mark Bigler was born July 27, 1832, in Virginia and died in Collinston 10 October 1889. He was the third child of Jacob Bigler and Sarah Cunningham. Mark was about 16 years old when he arrived in Utah, where the family settled in Farmington.
Asenath Patton was born in Summerset Shire, England, 19 July 1839. She accepted the Mormon religion in Bristol, England, in 1861. Three years later she came to America and crossed the plains to Utah in the Company of Thomas Ricks, and walked a great part of the distance. In 1864 she came to Hampton's Ford to cook and serve meals to travelers through the area.
Mark married Asenath Patton on March 5, 1864, in Salt Lake City, and they raised their family in Collinston. They had nine children born as follows: Mark Samuel Bigler, June 4, 1865; Jacob Adam Bigler, February 17, 1867; Julia Elizabeth Bigler, February 16, 1869; Charles L. Bigler, February 24, 1871 (died as a child); Edward Bigler, October 2, 1872; William Bigler, April 1, 1876; Sarah Ann Bigler, April 16, 1878; George Amasee Bigler, October 12, 1881; and Vance Bigler, September 19, 1886. All the children except Mark Samuel and Jacob Adam were born in Collinston. Asenath died in Collinston on 30 January 1920.
Mark Samuel Bigler spent his early life on the farm in Collinston. He married Mary Alice Davis on 24 November 1897 in Montpelier, Idaho. Mark spent his married life in Idaho and died in St. Anthony, Idaho, in 1931.
Jacob (Jake) Adam Bigler married Agnes (Aggie) Standing in Collinston on 29 November 1894, and took up ranching and farming land acquired from the Standing estate at Hampton's Ford on the Bear River. Jake and Aggie spent their entire married life at the old Hampton Ford. They had four children born in Collinston as follows: Ralph Jacob Bigler, 25 February 1899 (died at age 16); Gertrude Murile Bigler, 5 August 1900; Lawrence Odell Bigler, 20 April 1902; and Clarence Vance Bigler, 30 October 1907. Jake died in 1952, and Agnes died in 1938.
Sarah Ann Bigler spent her early life on the farm in Collinston. She married Hyrum Jensen on 27 June 1901 and continued to live in Collinston where Hyrum ran a general merchandise store. They had four children: Karma, Elmer, Mark Peter, and LeGrand (Dick). Sarah and Hyrum later moved to Garland where Sarah died in 1965.
Julia Bigler spent her early life in Collinston. She married Timothy Covert on October 13, 1897, and spent most of her married life in Malad, Idaho, where she died in 1960.
Edward Bigler lived his entire life in Collinston. He married Lenora Beeton on 9 April, 1901, and farmed land in Collinston west of the railroad tracks by the irrigation ditch from the Pack/Barnard spring. They had two daughters: Mable and Marie. Ed died in 1948.
George Bigler lived in Collinston his entire life. He was a farmer by occupation and never married. He drowned in the Bear River in August, 1929, apparently after his horse stepped into a deep hole. He went down to the Bear River to sein for fish. After he located a big pool extending out from the river, he started to ride his horse across the pool to determine the depth of the water. Some distance out the horse came to a jumpoff in the pool. As the horse slipped off the embankment, the rider pulled up on the reins, throwing the horse over backwards. George was thrown into the water. During the struggle that followed, the rider was forced under the water twice, failing to come up the second time. His body was recovered about two hours later by relatives and citizens of the community. An examination of the body disclosed a bruise on his chest, which was thought to have been caused by the saddle horn which likely struck him as the animal was struggling in the water. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.
William Bigler never married. He was injured in an accident in his early years and spent his life at the old Bigler house in Collinston. Will died in 1943.
Vance Bigler married Leah Rebekah Smith on 26 December 1904. He spent most of his married life in Idaho where he died in 1964.