I do not know of a connection between William B. L. Biggs and my family, and have no other information concerning anyone mentioned in this abstract. If anyone knows how William may relate to the Biggs families of Stewart Co TN or those in Pope Co IL in the 1850's, please e-mail me.
The information below is abstracted from papers selected from his file. Additional details may possibly be learned by obtaining his complete pension record from the National Archives.
WILLIAM B. L. BIGGS was born in Stewart Co TN, evidently in 1831 or 1832. He died 24 Nov 1917, place not stated, but possibly Eddyville, Pope Co IL.
He was enrolled as a private in Company G, 6th Regiment of Illinois Cavalry, Volunteers, on 24 Sep 1861 at Golconda, Illinois. "Volunteer Enlistment" paper as a veteran volunteer was dated 10 Mar 1864 at Germantown, Tennessee. It was signed by "W.B.L. Biggs" before F. Charlesworth, Capt., 6th Ill. Cav. It states he was born in Stewart Co TN, was aged 32 years, and volunteered for three years "unless sooner discharged". He was described as having blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, and being 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was mustered out with the company at Selma, Alabama, on 5 Nov 1865.
Biggs' declaration for a pension was signed in Pope Co IL 1 Jun 1880 before William V. Eldredge, County Clerk. He gave his post office address as Eddyville, Pope County, Illinois, and described himself as 48 years of age, 5'10" tall, light complected, with light hair and hazel eyes. He stated that his residence since leaving the service was Pope Co IL, that he was a farmer and in good health at the time of his enlistment, and that "he is now disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor..." He appointed as his attorney James Finney of Oak P.O., Pope Co., Ill. Witnesses to Biggs' character and identity were G. H. Gossage Sr. and P. V. Trovillion.
In a questionnaire sent to him at Eddyville, which he signed 10 May 1898 and returned to the Pension Bureau, Biggs stated that A. P. Holaway, a minister of the gospel, performed his marriage to Sary J. Whiteside on 18 May 1892, and that he had previously been married to Nancy E. Skurlock, who died at Eddyville 11 Aug 1891. He listed two living children: Earl D. Biggs, born 27 Feb 1893 and Beulah L. Biggs, 7 Apr 1894.
In a questionnaire sent to him at Eddyville in 1915 and returned with date of 11 Mar 1915, Biggs stated he had been married to Nancy E. Skurlock in Pope Co by Matthew Jenkins and that he (Biggs) had a bible record in his possession. He stated "My wife died August 11, 1891, and I was remarried May the 18th, 1892, to Mrs. Sarah J. Kelley". "My present wife was married to John R. Kelley May 27, 1877. He disappeared about 8 years before she got a divorce. She got divorced at Golconda, Ill., May 1892. He never rendered any military or naval service." He answered "yes" to "Are you now living with your wife." Names of children, "living or dead":
"This is my first wife's children:
Bertha An Biggs was born Feb. 23, 1854
Milla E. Biggs was born March 25, 1856
James N. Biggs born Feb. 2, 1858
Malisa C. Biggs born May 20, 1861
Amanda A(rabella?) born May 23, 1864
William S. Biggs was born Apr 6th, 18671 (sic)
"Now comes the second:
Earl D. Biggs was born Feb. 27th, 1893
Beulah L. Biggs was born Apr. 7, 1894"