According to the Guion Miller application of Malinda Redman, youngest daughter of James Bigby, her father had a 1/2 brother Thomas Wilson & a 1/2 sister Betsey Brown. The latter was probably Betsey Douglas, wife of Cherokee Capt. John Brown ; Betsey was a relative of Polly Anne Bigby, daughter of James (according to her husband David Taylor in a 1838 claim). In 1801 The secretary of War wrote R. J. Meigs (U.S. Agent to the Cherokees) that a young Cherokee Thomas Wilson is returning home, after attending a Quaker school near Philadelphia.Wilson was a nephew of Charles Renatus Hicks, then interpreter ( & later Principal Chief).The Moravian missionaries at Spring Place, GA recorded in their journals that Mrs. James Vann (Peggy Anne Scott) was the daughter of Walter Scott (former British Agent to the Cherokees during the Revolutionary War) and Sarah Hicks, as was a niece of Charles R. Hicks.Peggy received visits (at different times) at Spring Place from her cousins Thomas Wilson & James Bigby.Bigby's wife was a daughter of "old Mr. Foreman" (obviously Catherine Foreman, daughter of Anthony Foreman).Thus we know that James Bigby's mother was a sister of Charles R. Hicks, but her name is yet unknown.
Dr. Emmet Starr lists Elizabeth Hicks as the wife of a number of other Cherokees, so it is unlikely that she also married a Mr. Wilson, Mr. Bigby, & Mr. Brown (or Douglas). Sarah Hicks not only had children by Walter Scott, but also by Robert Brown, so she cannot be the mother of James (this would make James & Peggy Scott 1/2 siblings & not cousins).In 1805 a white man named Samuel Bigby came to the Spring Place school & demanded that the son of William Hicks (brother of Charles Renatus Hicks) be taken back to his father.It is highly likely that Samuel Bigby was the hitherto unknown father of the Cherokee James Bigby.