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Alice Bigge b: 1548 
Thomas Tilden b: abt 1544 - d: 1617 & (1) Alice Bigge b: 1548 m: abt 1575 (see below)
daughter of:
Robert Bigge b: abt 1505 d: 1547 & Elizabeth Unknown b: 1508
  son of:                                                                                                                  other records indicate son of:
son of: Robert Bigge (Bygge) b abt 1505   
son of: Edward Bigge (Bygge) b: 1480 & Alice Unknown b: 1484   
son of: Robert Bigge b: 1449-d: 1500 & Agnes Unknown b: 1451   
son of: Richard Bigge (Bygge)  b: 1424-d: 1474 in Benenden, Kent  & Agnes Henley - b: abt 1425 in Kent - d: aft 1480 in Benenden, Kent at age 54 - m: 1415 
son of: Roger Bigge b: abt 1395 Benenden, Kent    
Edward Bigge (Bygge)  -  b: abt 1480  & Alice (Unknown) b: abt  1484 
Wills of the Bigge Family
 
The Will of Richard Bygge of the parish of Benynden, 12 May 1474. To be buried in the parish church of St. George of Benynden. To the fabric of said church, namely to the nave of it, 6 shillings 8d. To the high altar there 12d. I make my wife Agnes and Thomas Henley my executors to dispose of my goods for the health of my soul. Witnesses: John Bygge Senior, Richard Day, John Willarde Senior, and many others. [Translated from the Latin.] This is my last will regarding my lands. My feofees to make an estate to Robert my son his heirs and assigns in my tenement called Bowmannys containing seven acres, my lands and woods called Strodes containing five acres, lying betwext Euvyndens Crosse and Hellynden on the north side of the street, a piece of land called Pettefeld containing five acres, two pieces of land called Southlands containing eight acres, and one acre lying in Maythammys marsh, he paying to my wife every year during her life four loads of wood and 26 shillings, 8d., and to Thomas Bygge my son 20 marks. My feofees to make an estate to my son John in all my lands and tenements not before assigned, he to pay to my wife Agnes one hog, certain “pullyn,” and 26 shillings, 8d yearly during her life, and to my son Thomas 20 pounds. My wife to have the west end of the hall of my principal tenement and her easement in hall, kitchen, bakehouse, garden and lands, half the fruit in the garden during her life, pasturage for a cow and a “fire and fleet” by the custom of the country, to be found by the said John. My foefees to sell a piece of land lying next to Thomas Frennche, and of the money to pay to Agnes, daughter of Robert Bygge, 26 shillings , 8 d., to Johane his daughter 6 shillings, 8d., and the residue to amending the church way from the church to Walkhurst gate. Proved 14 June 1474 by the executrix named in the will, the other executor, Thomas Henley, renouncing. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 2, fo. 13)
The Will of John Bygg Jun’ of Benynden, 21 October 1479. To be buried in the parish church of Benynden. To the high altar there 3 shillings 4d. To the high altar of Tneterden 20d. To Agnes Bygg my mother, who I make my executrix, all the residue of my goods. Regarding my lands in Benynden wiled to be by Richard Bygg my father, lately deceased, I give all my lands and tenements to my mother for life, and after he death to be divided among all my sons at the age of eighteen years. If they all die before such age without lawful issue, reversion to my brothers Robert bygg and Thomas Bygg, who on entering into the land shall pay 20 pounds as follows: 10 pounds to a priest to pray for a year in the church of Benynden for my soul, the souls of my father, my mother, and Alice my wife, and of the other 10 pounds, 5 markds to my sister Katherine and the residue in various gifts to the church. Proved 17 May 1480 by the executris named in the will. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, Vol. 3, fo. 17.)

The Will of Robert Bigge of the parish of benynden, 1 July 1500. To be buried I the churchyard of the church of St. George in Benynden. To the high altars of the churches of Benynden and Bydinden 20d. each. To Agnes Watt and Johan lellysden my daughters. Willia’ Dey, Harry bigge, harry Asten, and John Watt, my “feffers,” to deliver to Elizabeth my daughter two pieces of land lying at benynden in the parish of Rollynden, to her and her assigns for ever. The residue of all my goods I give to Thomas Bigge and Edward my sons, whom I make my executors. Witnesses: Robert Marden, Richard Astyn, Willia’ Watt, Thomas lellysden, and others. Proved at Tenterden 15 September 1500 by the executors named in the will. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 8, fo. 2)

The Will of Elisabeth Bigge of benynden, 17 July 1500. To be buried in the churchyard of the church of St. George of benynden. To the high altar there 4d. To an honest priest to sing in the said church for my soul, my father’s and mother’s souls and all Christian souls for half a year, 3 pounds, 6 shillings, 8d. To Elisabeth lellesden, my goddaughter, 10 shillings. To Johane Watt, my goddaughter, a heifer. To Anne Benneman, Johane Bigge daughter of Stepyn bigge, Anne Mannyng, John Watte, James Watte, and Alice Watte, Robert bigge son of Edward bigge, and to the sons of Richard Astyn and Thomas lellysden, 12d. apiece. To Elisabeth Willard 4d. To Richard Hamond and Alson his wife 3 shillings 4d. To sister pnell Astyn, Alice wife of Edward bigge, Johane lellysden, Johane A Noke, Johane Marden, Johane Raynold, the two unmarried daughters of William Hart, and the wife of Richard Motard, gifts of clothing and pewter. Thomas Bigge and Edward bigge, my brethren, executors. Proved 14 September 1500 at Tenterden by the executors named. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 8, fo. 2)

The Will of Robert Bigge of Benenden, 13 January 1547-8. To be buried in the churchyard of the parish church of St. George the Martyr of Benenden. alms to be distributed at the day of my burial. To wife Elizabeth, if she continue unmarried, all my stuff and household implements; if she marry again, half my stuff and household implements to my daughters, to be equally divided at age of eighteen or day of marriage. To my wife all my corn and sundry livestock. To my son Walter two steers. To my sons Richarde and Thomas a heifer each at eighteen and to my son John two steers at that age. All my cattle, wheat growing, and other moveables unbequeathed to be sold by my executrix and the money employed to pay my debts. I give to my wife Elizabeth my lease of churchfield, and make her executrix and William Fowle of Benenden overseer. My wife to redeem two pieces of land at alkhurst, mortgaged to John Moyse of Byddenden for 10 pounds, and also to pay to Elizabeth Vsborne 10 pounds for which I stand bound.
My last will regarding the disposition of all my lands and tenements. I will to Elizabeth my wife for life my messuage and garden at Benenden forstall and four pieces of land at Walkhurst, she releasing all her right of dowry in all my lands. The messuage an garden at Benenden forstall to go to my son John and his heirs at my wife’s decease. To my son Richard and his heirs at my wife’s decease four pieces of land at Walkhurst. My executrix to take the profits of all my other lands and tenements until they amount to 40 pounds, to be paid to Elizabeth, Dorothe, Elionor, and Alyce, my daughters, to each 10 pounds at day of marriage or age of twenty years. If any die before such day or age, reversion to the survivors, to be equally divided. After the said 40 pounds be levied I give to my son Thomas and his heirs forever my messuage and lands at the land of Rolvenden and my half of a meadow called dukes mede in Tentwarden (Tenterden), of which Lawrence Day holds the other half, and a piece of marsh land at Frencham containing ten acres, my executrix to have the said lands until son Thomas come to the age of twenty-two. After the said 40 pounds be levied, to son Walter and his heirs forever seven pieces of land called the sixe acres, Wadyfeld, gardeyn of begtylte, the porteke, the upper shurfeld, the Longfeld, and the nether surfield, lying upon the den of Begtilte in Benenden, he to pay to my son Richard 20 shillings a year during the life of my wife and after he enter into the said land. After the said 40 pounds be levied, I give to son John and his heirs a piece of land called the field about the house and another called Euerynden’s felde, both upon the den of Bigtilte. Witnesses: Willm Fowle his mark, John Asten, Lawrence Davy, and Henry Asten. Proved 2 June 1548 by the executrix named in the will. (Archdeaconry of canterbury, vol. 26, fo. 2)
 


First Generation
1. Richard1 Bigge(1) was born in probably, Benenden, Kent, England. Richard died May 1474 in Benenden, Kent, England, at age unknown.

He married Agnes (Bigge) date unknown. Agnes was born date unknown. Agnes died after 1413/4 in probably, Benenden, Kent, England, at age unknown.

Richard's estate was probated June 14, 1474 in Archdeacon Court, Canterbury, Kent, England.(2) As he had two granddaughters born before 1474, it may be supposed that his eldest son was born around 1445, and perhaps Richard was born around 1420. That would have been just before the beginning of the forty year period when the last Lancastrian, Henry VI, was called King of England. He survived the royal uproars of that time, which most likely would have had little noticeable effect on a Kentish farmer. It's possible that he might have participated in the 1450 populist insurrection of Jack Cade, which arose in Kent, and ended with the participants, except the leader, returning unpunished to their homes. He died in the middle of the reign of the Yorkist King Edward IV. Elizabeth French (NEHGR, Jan. 1912) extracted his will: "The Will of Richard Bigge of the parish of Benynden, 12 May 1474. To be buried in the parish church of St. George of Benynden. To the fabric of said church, namely to the nave of it, 6s. 8d. To the high altar there 12d. I make my wife Agnes and Thomas Henley my executors to dispose of my goods for the health of my soul. Witnesses: John Bygge Senior, Richard Day, John Willarde Senior, and many others. [Translated from the Latin.]"

"This is my last will regarding my lands. My feofees to make an estate to Robert my son his heirs and assigns in my tenement called Bowmannys containing seven acres, my lands and woods called Strodes containing five acres, lying betwext Euvyndens Crosse and Hellynden on the north side of the street, a piece of land called Pettefeld containing five acres, two pieces of land called Southlands containing eight acres, and one acre lying in Maythammys marsh, he paying to my wife every year during her life four loads of wood and 26s. 8d., and to Thomas Bygge my son 20 marks.

"My feofees to make an estate to my son John in all my lands an tenements not before assigned, he to pay to my wife Agnes one hog, certain `pulleyn,' and 26s. 8d. yearly during her life, and to my son Thomas 20 pounds.

"My wife to have the west end of the hall of my principal tenement and her easement in the hall, kitchen, bakehouse, garden and lands, half the fruit in the garden during her life, pasturage for a cow and `fire and fleet' by the custom of the country, to be found by the said John.

"My feofees to sell a piece of land lying next to Thomas Frennche, and of the money to pay to Agnes, daughter of Robert Bygge, 26s. 8d., to Johane his daughter 6s. 8d., and the residue to amending the church way from the church to Walkhurst gate.

"Proved 14 June 1474 by the executrix named in the will, the other executor, Thomas Henley, renouncing. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 2, fo. 13.)"

Richard Bigge and Agnes (Bigge) had the following children:

+ 2 i. Robert2 Bigge.

3 ii. Thomas Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England. Thomas died after 1478/9 at age unknown.

4 iii. John Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England. John died circa 1479 at age unknown. He married Alice (Bigge) date unknown. Alice was born date unknown. Alice died before 1479 in Benenden, Kent, England, at age unknown.
John's estate was probated May 17, 1480 in Archdeacon Court, Canterbury, Kent, England.(3) Elizabeth French (NEHGR, Jan. 1912) extracted his will: "The Will of John Bygg Jun' of Benynden, 21 October 1479. To be buried in the parish church of Benynden. To the high altar there 3s. 4d. To the high altar of Tenterden 20d. To Agnes Bygg my mother, whom I make my executrix, all my residue of my goods. Regarding my lands in Benynden willed to me by Richard Bygg my father, lately deceased, I give all of my lands and tenements to my mother for life, and after her death to be divided among all my sons at the age of eighteen years. If they all die before such age without lawful issue, reversion to my brothers Robert Bygg and Thomas Bygg, who on entering into the land shall pay 20 pounds as follows: 10 pounds to a priest to pray for a year in the church of Benynden for my soul, the souls of my father, my mother, and Alice my wife, and of the other 10 pounds, 5 marks to my sister Katherine and the residue in various gifts to the church. Proved 17 May 1480 by the executrix named in the will. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 3, fo. 17.)"

5 iv. Katherine Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, after 1473/4.(4) Katherine died date unknown at age unknown.
Second Generation
2. Robert2 Bigge (Richard1) was born in Benenden, Kent, England. Robert died 1500 in Benenden, Kent, England, at age unknown.

Robert's estate was probated September 15, 1500 in Archdeacon Court, Canterbury, Kent, England.(5) Born during the forty year reign of the Lancastrian King Henry VI, he lived through the Yorkist years of Edward IV and Richard III, and died under the Tudor King Henry VII. Elizabeth French (NEHGR, Jan. 1912) extracted his will: "The Will of Robert Bigge of the parish of benynden, 1 July 1500. To be buried in the churchyard of the church of St. George in Benynden. To the high altars of the churches of Benynden and Bydinden 20d. each. To Agnes Watt and Johan lellysden my daughters. Willia' Dey, Harry bigge, harry Asten, and John Watt, my `feffers,' to deliver to Elizabeth my daughter two pieces of land lying at benynden in the parish of Rollynden, to her and her assigns for ever. The residue of all my goods I give to Thomas Bigge and Edward my sons, whom I make my executors. Witnesses: Robert Marden, Richard Astyn, Willia' Watt, Thomas lellysden, and others. Proved at Tenterden 15 September 1500 by the executors named in the will. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 8 fo. 2.)"

Robert Bigge had the following children:

6 i. Elizabeth3 Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England. Elizabeth died 1500 in Benenden, Kent, England, at age unknown. Elizabeth's estate was probated September 15, 1500 in Archdeacon Court, Canterbury, Kent, England.(6) Elizabeth French (NEHGR, Jan. 1912) extracted her will: "The Will of Elisabeth Bigge of benynden, 17 July 1500. To be buried in the churchyard of the church of St. George of benynden. To the high altar there 4d. To an honest priest to sing in the said church for my soul, my father's and mother's souls, and all Christian souls for half a year, 3 pounds 6s. 8d. To Elisabeth lellesden, my goddaughter, 10s. To Johane Watt, my goddaughter, a heifer. To Anne Benneman, Johane Bigge daughter of Stepyn bigge, Anne Mannyng, John Watte, James Watte, and Alice Watte, Robert bigge son of Edward bigge, and to the sons of Richard Astyn and Thomas lellysden, 12d. apiece. To Elisabeth Willard 4d. To Richard Hamond and Alson his wife 3s. 4d. To sister P'nell Astyn, Alice wife of Edward bigge, Johane lellysden, Johane A. Noke, Johane Marden, Johane Raynold, the two unmarried daughters of William Hart, and the wife of Richard Motard, gifts of clothing and pewter. Thomas Bigge and Edward bigge, my brethren, executors. Proved 15 September 1500 at Tenterden by the executors named. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 8, fo. 2.)"

+ 7 ii. Agnes Bigge was born before 1474.
+ 8 iii. Johan Bigge was born before 1474.
9 iv. Thomas Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, before 1478.(7) Thomas died date unknown at age unknown.
+ 10 v. Edward Bigge was born before 1479.(8)
11 vi. Parnell Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, before 1482. Parnell died date unknown at age unknown. She married Richard Astyn date unknown. Richard was born date unknown in Kent, England. Richard died date unknown at age unknown.
Third Generation
7. Agnes3 Bigge (Robert2, Richard1)(9) was born in Benenden, Kent, England, before 1474. Agnes died date unknown at age unknown.

She married Mr. (John?) Watt date unknown. (John?) was born before 1474 in maybe, Benenden, Kent, England. (John?) died date unknown at age unknown. Her children are postulated by Elizabeth French (NEHGR, Jan. 1912) apparently based on the list of names in her sister Elizabeth's will of 17 July 1500.

Agnes Bigge and Mr. (John?) Watt had the following children:
 
12 i. Johane4 Watt was born in Kent, England, before 1497. Johane died date unknown at age unknown.
13 ii. John Watt was born in Kent, England, before 1498. John died date unknown at age unknown.
14 iii. James Watt was born in Kent, England, before 1499. James died date unknown at age unknown.
15 iv. Alice Watt was born in Kent, England, before 1500. Alice died date unknown at age unknown.
8. Johan3 Bigge (Robert2, Richard1)(10) was born in Benenden, Kent, England, before 1474. Johan died date unknown at age unknown.

She married Thomas Lellysden date unknown. Thomas was born before 1474 in Kent, England. Thomas died date unknown at age unknown.

Johan Bigge and Thomas Lellysden had the following children:
 
16 i. Elizabeth4 Lellysden was born in Kent, England, before 1500. Elizabeth died date unknown at age unknown.
17 ii. Alice Lellysden(11) was born in Kent, England, before 1500. Alice died date unknown at age unknown.
10. Edward3 Bigge (Robert2, Richard1) was born in Benenden, Kent, England, before 1479.(12) Edward died at age unknown.

He married Alice (Bigge) date unknown. Alice was born date unknown in probably, Benenden, Kent, England. Alice died date unknown at age unknown.

The 1500 will of his sister Elizabeth mentioned his son Robert. No other document has been discovered to firmly connect him to the American line. A 1568 will of Edward Bigg of Benenden (Archdeaconry Of Canterbury, Vol.40 fo.179) has not yet been examined by the author.

Edward Bigge and Alice (Bigge) had the following child:
 
+ 18 i. Robert4 Bigge was born before 1500.(13)
Fourth Generation
18. Robert4 Bigge (Edward3, Robert2, Richard1) was born in Benenden, Kent, England, before 1500.(14) Robert died 1548 in Benenden, Kent, England, at age 48.

He married Elizabeth (Bigge) date unknown in probably, Benenden, Kent, England. Elizabeth was born circa 1510 in probably, Benenden, Kent, England. Elizabeth died in probably, Benenden, Kent, England, at age unknown.

Robert's estate was probated June 2, 1548 in Archdeacon Court, Canterbury, Kent, England.(15) Born during the reign of the first Tudor, King Henry VII, he lived through all of the reign of Henry VIII, and died under the boy king, Edward VI.

The identification of this Robert with the son of Edward Bigge is not proven, except by coincidence of place and age. His will was extracted by Elizabeth French (NEHGR, Jan. 1912): "The Will of Robert Bigge of Benenden, 13 January 1547/8. To be buried in the churchyard of the parish church of St. George the Martyr of Benenden. Alms to be distributed at the day of my burial. To wife Elizabeth, if she continue unmarried, all my stuff and household implements; if she marry again, half my stuff and household implements to my daughters, to be equally divided at age eighteen or day of marriage. To my wife all my corn and sundry livestock. To my son Walter two steers. To my sons Richarde and Thomas a heifer each at eighteen, and to my son John two steers at that age. All my cattle, wheat growing, and other moveables unbequeathed to be sold by my executrix and the money employed to pay my debts. I give to my wife Elizabeth my lease of churchfield, and make her executrix and William Fowle of Benenden overseer. My wife to redeem two pieces of land at Walkhurst, mortgaged to John Moyse of Byddenden for 10 pounds, and also to pay to Elizabeth Vsborne 40 pounds for which I stand bound.

"My last will regarding the disposition of all my lands and tenements. I will to Elizabeth my wife for life my messuage and garden at Benenden forstall and four pieces of land at Walkhurst, she releasing all her right of dowry in all my lands. The messuage and garden at Benenden forstall to go to my son John and his heirs at my wife's decease. To my son Richard and his heirs at my wife's decease four pieces of land at Walkhurst. My executrix to take the profits of all my other lands and tenements until they amount to 40 pounds, to be paid to Elizabeth, Dorothe, Elionor, and Alyce, my daughters, to each 10 pounds at day of marriage or age of twenty years. If any die before such day or age, reversion to the survivors, to be equally divided. After the said 40 pounds be levied I give to my son Thomas and his heirs forever my messuage and lands at the lane of Rolvenden and my half of a meadow called dukes mede in Tentwarden [Tenterden], of which Lawrence Day holds the other half, and a piece of marsh land at Frencham containing ten acres, my executrix to have the said lands until son Thomas come to the age of twenty-two. After the said 40 pounds be levied, to son Walter and his heirs forever seven pieces of land called the sixe acres, Wadyfeld, gardeyn of begtylte, the porteke, the upper shurfeld, the Longfelde, and the nether shurfeld, lying upon the den of Begtilte in Benenden, he to pay to my son Richard 20s. a year during the life of my wife and after he enter into the said land. After the said 40 pounds be levied, I give to son John and his heirs a piece of land called the field about the house and another called Euerynden's felde, both upon the den of Bigtilte. Witnesses: Willm Fowle his mark, John Asten, Lawrence Davy, and Henry Asten. Proved 2 June 1548 by the executrix named in the will. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 8, fo. 2.)"

Robert Bigge and Elizabeth (Bigge) had the following children:
 
19 i. Alice5 Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England. Her body was interred May 13, 1593 in Tenterden, Kent, England. She married Thomas Tilden March 10, 1575/6 in Tenterden, Kent, England. Thomas was born after 1541/2 in probably, Benenden, Kent, England.(16) Thomas was the son of Richard Tilden and Elizabeth (Tilden). Thomas died June 1617 in Kent, England, at age 74. His body was interred June 6, 1617 in Wye, Kent, England.(17) Thomas's estate was probated June 20, 1617 in Consistory Court, Canterbury, Kent, England.(18)

20 ii. Walter Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, before 1529. Walter died date unknown at age unknown.
Elizabeth French (NEHGR, Jan. 1912) wonders if he might be "`Walter Bigge tailor,' the executor of Richard Tilden's will in 1565, and did he marry Marian Asten in 1554? There were several of this name."

21 iii. Richard Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, after 1529/0. Richard died date unknown at age unknown.
22 iv. Thomas Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, after 1529/0. Thomas died date unknown at age unknown.
23 v. John Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, after 1529/0. John died date unknown at age unknown.
24 vi. Elizabeth Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, after 1529/0. Elizabeth died date unknown at age unknown.
25 vii. Dorothe Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, after 1529/0. Dorothe died date unknown at age unknown.
26 viii. Elionor Bigge was born in Benenden, Kent, England, after 1529/0. Elionor died date unknown at age unknown.