IN presenting this work to our readers it might be well to inform them concerning the origin of the book. Through the kindness and liberality of Horace H. Bigelow, Esq., of Worcester, Mass. (early in the season of the members of different branches of the Bigelow Family were invited to meet at Lincoln Park, Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, June 2, 1886. The invitation was accepted by about two hundred of the family, and the day was spent in a social and informal manner. The question of gathering material and data for the compiling of a family history was discussed and the following committee was chosen to take the matter in charge: Horace H. Bigelow, of Worcester, Mass., Chairman; Rev. Jonathan Edwards, of Wellesley, Mass.; William P. Bigelow, of Natick, Mass. John K. Seaver, of Malone, N. Y. Gilman Bige low Howe, of Northborough, Mass., Secretary; Leslie Hastings, of Cambridge, Mass.; and Horace P. Bigelow, of Waterville, N. Y. The committee to report at a family reunion to be held at the same place June 2, 1887. 'at the meeting held on that date in Worcester, the Secretary presented a report of the progress made and it was voted to.