I'm wondering if anyone has found a specific marriage record for John Bigg(s)/Bigge, who is in the records of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia, by 15 Feb. 1648/9.Lower Norfolk Co. records speak of his voyaging to England several times, so I think it's a good possibility he was born in England.
John was married to a Joan/Johanna by 17 Jan. 1652/3, when he imported his wife from England to Virginia.She is named in his 4 Sept. 1694 will in Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia.
The probable birthdates of John's children suggest that, if Joan/Johanna was the mother of all of the children, John Biggs married Joan/Johanna between 1630 and 1640.
To my knowledge, no one has found a clear record linking John to a specific Bigg(s)/Bigge family in England, though some researchers have suggested his mother may be a Katherine Biggs who died testate in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, London with a will dated 6 Aug. 1675.
I have seen suggestions that John's wife Joan/Johanna was a daughter of John's neighbor Tristram Norsworthy, or a Sayer, since Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia, records suggest he was a cousin to Francis and Thomas Sayer.I have seen no proof of either maiden name for Joan/Johanna.
It occurs to me that if we could locate a marriage record for a John Bigg(s)/Bigge in England in the correct time frame, to a woman named Joan or Johanna, we may be able to pinpoint his place of origin in Virginia.I am wondering if anyone has done any research on this particular problem.
In the LDS IGI, I find the following possibilities:
A John Bygge m. Joan Jarvis, 20 Jan. 1630, Benenden, Co. Kent; John Bigg m. Joan Beeton, 1 May 1632, St. Margaret, Westminster, London; John Biggs m. Joan Wall, 24 June 1636, St. Michael's, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire; John Bigg m. Joane Grubb, 5 Nov. 1645, in Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire.
Has anyone researching this Bigg(s)/Bigge family done any research on any of these marriages, to see if one of them could perhaps be a match to the John Bigg with wife Johanna who came to Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia?
I welcome thoughts of other Bigg researchers about this idea of tracking marriage records in England.