Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Thomas J. Bigley  



Thomas J. BIGLEY was the third generation to live on the family farm. He was born April 1, 1851 and married Sarah Jane BENEDICT October 13, 1875. She was born February 4, 1851, the daughter of Aaron BENEDICT and Rose (WELKER) BENEDICT. Her father, Aaron BENEDICT, lived in Maxinkuckee and operated a saw mill around 1863. He also owned considerable acreage north of the lake along Aubbeenaubee Bay, 83 acres along the lake front and 200 acres thence north. He built a home approximately a half mile from the lake and planted pine trees around it. He never lived there, but rented it to his daughter, Augusta, and husband William WARNER and family. Later the house burned but the pine trees stand to this day; the site is historically known as the Pine Tree House. His land holdings were later acquired by Henry H. Culver for the Culver Military Academy.

Thomas and Sarah had three children: Guy T., born July 31, 1876; Chester, born June 21, 1880; and Mary (BIGLEY) MARTIN born November 28, 1889.

Guy and his wife, Mabel VANSCHOIACK, born December 27, 1884, were the parents of John F. BIGLEY. They lived in Chicago in the winter months and at Lake Maxinkuckee in the summer. Although John was born in Chicago, he disliked living there and spent most of his youth on the farm with his grandparents. His grandfather was a farmer and stock buyer. He always had high spirited horses. He liked to race and when a neighbor came along and asked if he’d like to race, he was happy to comply. When they were ready, Grandfather would loosen the reins and that was the signal for the horses to "go". The other racer would invariably resort to the whip. Grandfather always won. He loved his horses and was kind to them. I, John, used to ride one to take the cows out to pasture and to bring them in. Aunt Mary also used it on the buggy. When Grandfather Tom sold his horses and bought a car, he said it was the saddest day of his life. He never drove the car. Finally their son, Chester, drove for them.

Guy married Mabel VANSCHOIACK October 1, 1904. She was born on the Louden T. VANSCHOIACK farm on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Her father was William VANSCHOIACK. Louden VANSCHOIACK owned half a mile of lake front and over 200 acres adjoining to the east. My father, Guy, was unable to do farm work due to a leg injury suffered in a bobsled accident when he was eight years old. After grade school he attended Valparaiso Business Institute and graduated as a public accountant. He did accounting in Chicago and in the summer months operated a store at Maxinkuckee Landing. With their father’s help Guy and brother, Chester, built a two story brick building in 1907 on the northwest corner of the Landing and East Shore Road. Their father owned the one acre plot which extended to the lakeshore. They sold groceries, meats, gasoline, and kerosene, also had an ice cream parlor. A large water wheel powered by an artesian well supplied water for the store and the upstairs living quarters. A few years later Guy bought out Chester’s interest and his wife operated it. The telephone company occupied two of the upstairs rooms and two other rooms were rented out . The front part was their living quarters. The store was a pop ular place for lake side residents and visitors coming by public launches to the Landing. They could partake of refreshments at the store and if staying overnight the Spangler Allegheny House was but a short distance up the road in Maxinkuckee, or Sarah Jane RECTOR’S house for meals and lodging. My parents kept me busy soliciting orders and delivering groceries.

My grandfather, Thomas BIGLEY, died December 20, 1925 - by John F. BIGLEY -
History of Marshall County, Indiana 1836 - 1986 pg. 92-3 Copyright 1986 by Marshall County Historical Society, Inc. and other Bigley biographies concerning this family precede on pages 90-1 Guy T. Bigley, age 79, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on the east side Of Lake Maxinkuckee shortly afternoon Thursday. SEPTEMBER 7, 1955






Monday, December 16, 1935 - Rochester Sentinel
Mrs. Sarah Jane BIGLEY, aged 84 years, a pioneer resident of Maxinkuckee, passed away Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Martin, who resides a mile south of Lake Maxinkuckee. Death res ulted from complications inherent with advanced years, following an illness of six months duration. Mrs. Bigley had been a resident of the Maxinkuckee community for practically all of her life and had made a host of friends in that locality.

The deceased was born on a farm near Perrysburg, Indiana, on February 4th, 1851. When still a young girl she removed to Maxinkuckee with her parents. On October 13th, 1875 she was united in marriage to Thomas J. BIGLEY. Her husband preceded in death December 20th, 1925. Mrs. Bigley was a member of the Methodist Protestant church at Maxinkuckee. She is survived by two sons Gus [BIGLEY] and Chester BIGLEY, of Maxinkuckee, a daughter, Mrs. Elmer MARTIN, and two sisters Mrs. Augusta WERNER, of Culver , and Mrs. Vernie HOLMES, of Cames, Washington.

Funeral services in charge of Rev. William HITZ, of Winona Lake, will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Maxinkuckee M. P. church. Interment will be made in the Washington cemetery, southeast of Lake Maxinkuckee.






Washington Cemetery Union Twp., Marshall county , Indiana
Bigley, Thomas J., Apr. 1, 1851 - Dec 20, 1925
Bigley, Sarah J., Feb. 4, 1851 - Dec. 15, 1935(also Grossman Funeral temp marker in concrete). Sarah, Jane Bigley,1851 - 1935(Plaque on base)








John F. Bigley
Sept. 8, 1907 - Jan. 16, 1994
John F. BIGLEY, 85, 16852 18 B Road, Culver , died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Marshall County where he had been a patient for one week.

He was born in Chicago to Guy T. and Mabel Van SCHOIACK BIGLEY. On Sept. 4, 1929 in South Bend he married Beatrice RASSNER, who survives. He owned and operated Bigley Orchards in Culver for 40 years. In 1970 he retired, turning the orchards over to his son David. He attended Grace United Church of Christ in Culver .

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Bryce and David BIGLEY, both of Culver ; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at a later date with the Rev. Denise HAMILTON officiating. There is no visitation. Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Grace United Church of Christ in Culver .

Guy Taylor Bigley born July 31, 1876 died SEPTEMBER 7, 1955 Union twp., Marshall, Indiana the son of Thomas Jefferson Bigley and Sarah Jane BENEDICT. He married October 1, 1904 married Mabel VANSCHOIACK October 1, 1904. She was born on the Louden T. VANSCHOIACK farm on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Her father was William VANSCHOIACK.

    John Fisher Bigley


Year: 1910; Census Place: Chicago Ward 6, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T624_246; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0342;

Guy T Bigley 33
Mabel A Bigley 26
John F Bigley 2

Year: 1920; Census Place: Chicago Ward 6, Cook (Chicago), Illinois; Roll: T625_310; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 335;

Guy Bigley 43
Mabel A Bigley 41
Mary E Farnan 48 Lodger
Lillian Burrett 33 Lodger
Herbert Burrett 34 Lodger
Floyd F Peckham 24 Lodger

Year: 1930; Census Place: Union, Marshall, Indiana; Roll: 617; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 17;
Grey T Bigley 53
Mable A Bigley 44
John F Bigley 22
Beatrice Bigley __ daughter-in-law
Year: 1940; Census Place: Union, Marshall, Indiana; Roll: T627_1077; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 50-18.
G T Bigley 63
Mable A Bigley 54






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