Rutherford B. Hayes Collections

Collection ID: 274
Location: HAYES 18

(Description ID: 595766)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Hayes Bigelow




Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content



This collection was donated by members of the Hayes/Bigelow family.

Biographical Sketch

Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow was born October, 3, 1838 in West Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont. She was the daughter of Russell Hayes, uncle of President Rutherford B. Hayes. She married William Howard Bigelow, who was born December 21, 1829 in Easton, Washington County, New York. The Bigelows lived for several years in Sioux City, Iowa and then in Chicago, Illinois, where he was in the lumber business. In 1874, they moved to the old Hayes homestead in West Brattleboro, Vermont. They were the parents of three children: Russell Anson Bigelow, William Howard Bigelow, Jr. and Hayes Bigelow. William died at West Brattleboro August 22 1882. Mary Ann passed away March 25, 1925 at Tarpon Springs, Pinellas County, Florida.  

Scope and Content

Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow collected and preserved the bulk of the material which is largely that of the Hayes and Bigelow families. They include documents; correspondence; journals; ledgers; business, military, and legal records; receipts; published articles; genealogies; scrapbooks; and photographs spanning the years from 1755 to 1919.

The collection is organized by family group. Hayes family members included are Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow and her husband William H. Bigelow, Sr.; Jennie M. Hayes Field, younger sister of Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow; Russell Hayes; Rutherford Hayes Sr.; William Rutherford Hayes; and President Rutherford B. Hayes. Papers relating to Russell Hayes, (1784 - 1856), include journals, ledgers, receipts, and legal records from 1815 to 1845.  Materials relating to Rutherford Hayes, Sr., (1756 - 1836) include legal and business records and correspondence, dating from 1806 to 1836. Papers concerning William Rutherford Hayes (1804 - 1852) include a scrapbook, college receipts, and documents relating to military and government service.  Papers in the Rutherford B. Hayes folders are inscribed copies of documents and newspapers he sent to Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow.  Jennie M. Hayes Field (1841 - 1864) was an artist. Several of her pencil sketches are included in the collection. 

The Bigelow family members included in the collection are Seth Pomeroy, Russell Anson Bigelow, and William Howard Bigelow.  Mary Ann’s husband, William Howard Bigelow (1829 - 1882), was a civil engineer and lumber merchant. Included in the collection are debates, orations and compositions written during his years at Williams College  

Russell Anson Bigelow (1859 - 1890) was Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow’s son. He graduated from Yale and Columbia Law. He was an attorney. Journals of his European travels, school records, and other mementos spanning the years 1872 to 1890 are included in the collection. There is also a volume of family history collected and/or written by Russell Anson Bigelow. 

Seth Pomeroy (1706 - 1777) was the great-great-grandfather of Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow. He was a general in George Washington’s Continental Army He died at Peekskill, New York, from war related injuries. The collection includes letters from Pomeroy spanning the years 1755 to 1763 and many published articles about him and his military career.


7 ˝ linear ft.

Box 1

Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow  

Folder 1       List of Items

Folder 2       Legal papers (guardian and trusteeship of Hayes Bigelow)

Folder 3       Miscellaneous programs

Folder 4       Miscellaneous clippings

Folder 5       Handwritten biographical sketch of Seth Pomeroy

Folder 6       Small account books 1873; loose manuscript page

Eight books - diaries, records, etc. (1880 - 1910)

Box 1A

Mary Ann Hayes Bigelow Correspondence

Folder 1       1848-1870

Folder 2       1871-1885

Folder 3       1886-1925

Folder 4       Miscellaneous A-F

Folder 5       Miscellaneous G-H

Folder 6       Miscellaneous J-W

William H. Bigelow, Sr., Correspondence

Folder 7       Correspondence

Folder 8       Foreign Bills

Folder 9       Foreign Bills: England

Folder 10     Foreign Bills: France

Folder 11     Foreign Bills: Germany

Folder 12     Foregin Bills: Italy

Folder 13     Receipts

Box 2

Pomeroy Family

Folder 1       Seth Pomeroy Letters                         1755 - 1763

Folder 2       Letters and inventory                         1808 - 1836

          Folder 3       Miscellaneous printed materials relating to family

Russell Hayes                                    

Folder 4       Deeds and property records

Folder 5       Wills, Executive documents, guardianship and indentures

Folder 6       Receipts

Folder 7       Journal entries

Pomeroy family scrapbook

Five Books - ledgers, journal, etc..

Box 3

Rutherford Hayes, Sr.

Folder 1       Deeds                   1807 - 1833

Folder 2       Deeds          1782 - 1806

      Folder 3        Correspondence; tavern license; certificates

Folder 4       Indentures; will; legacies

Folder 5       Miscellaneous

William Rutherford Hayes

Folder 6       Yale receipts 1822; Military and government papers,

Correspondence (1829 - 1852)

Scrapbook kept by Mrs. W. R. Hayes

Box 4

Rutherford B. Hayes

Folder 1       Obituaries

Folder 2       Pamphlets inscribed by R. B. H.

Folder 3       Newspapers inscribed by R. B. H.

Family Genealogy

Folder 4       Bigelow, Russell    Notes pg 1-144

Folder 5       Bigelow, Russell    Notes pg 145 - 300

Folder 6       Dudley; other New England families

Folder 7       Smith - Hayes

          Folder 8       Hayes - Bigelow

Folder 9       Billings

Folder 10     Bigelow

Folder 11     Memorials: Mead, Noyes, Bigelow, Taylor

Box 5

Russell A. Bigelow

Folder 1       Sketchbook: Weisbaden, Germany; Chicago, Illinois; Memorial Card

Folder 2       School Reports; dance programs; miscellaneous

Journal: Edinburgh, Scotland 1872-1873

Book of European postage stamps

Journal: Steamship Abyssinian 1872

Diaries: Europe (1872 -1874); Centennial 1876; Brattleboro 1872 - 1880

Scrapbook of family mementos

Bound autograph book 1873

Box 6

Jennie M. Hayes Field

          Autograph book    1861

Pearl Album (Autographs) 1857

      Folder 1        Pencil sketches and drawings

Folder 2       Published engravings

Folder 3       Miscellaneous

William H. Bigelow

          Letter book  1873 - 1974

Printed Armenian Roll - January 1717

Folder 4       College orations, debates, compositions

Folder 5       Receipts; In Memoriam

Folder 6       Williams College; Burr Seminary; Washington Academy

Box 6A

William H. and Russell A. Bigelow Correspondence

Folder 1    William H. Bigelow, Jr.

Folder 2       Russell A. Bigelow 1873-1882

Folder 3       1883-1889

Folder 4       1890-1924

Box 7

Brattleboro, Vermont; Miscellaneous

Folder 1       News clippings relating to Brattleboro history

Folder 2       Churches

Folder 3       Wills; deeds; leases

Folder 4       Maps

Folder 5       Advertising and promotional literature

Folder 6       Miscellaneous clippings, programs, etc.

Folder 7       Brattleboro Academy

Box 8

Daguerreotypes 3" X 3"

Box 9

Daguerreotypes 4" X 4"; 5" X 6"


Box 10

Miscellaneous Books, Publications, and Periodicals

Box 11

Scrapbooks, Photo Albums, Memorabilia

Box 12

Miscellaneous Photos; Hayes Homes; Brattleboro, VT, History

Folder 1       Hayes Home, Brattleboro, Vermont

Folder 2       Hayes Homestead Photos

Folder 3       Miscellaneous Photographs, inc. homes of A.W. Howes and Sally Hayes Bancroft


Cuff links (3 pair)

Oval Pendant


Box with rouge container

Coin/charm on narrow gross grain ribbon