The History of Chitterne

Samuel Biggs

Samuel Biggs' father was Henry Biggs, gentleman, who was one of the principal landowners in Chitterne in 1747. Samuel inherited his father's farm in Chitterne St Mary, then known as Piper's, later known as Bigg's Farm, which even later became part of Clump Farm. He was a churchwarden, a trustee of the Amesbury Turnpike and an assessor and collector of tithes. He also held the tenancy of Glebe Farm from the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral at the time of his death.

With his second wife, Ann Chandler, a farmer's daughter from North Newnton, Samuel had four children: Elizabeth, Samuel, Susannah and Bryant. Elizabeth married Charles Baker and lived at Piper's Farm. Samuel junior married Mary Hayward, of the Beechingstoke Hayward family, who were later owners the Chitterne House estate, but he pre-deceased his father and his younger brother, Bryant, inherited. Bryant sold Biggs' Farm to Paul Methuen in 1798 for 5750. Susannah married James Trowbridge from Codford St Peter.

It seems that either before or after his death Samuel Biggs Senior's assets did not cover his debts and he became insolvent. This insolvency is mentioned in the records in regard to the 40 of the Second Poor Charity, which was vested with Samuel Biggs:

"producing 1.1s.7d. reduced to 27; means not known. This 27 afterwards was lost for many years due to the insolvency of Samuel Biggs."
No date is mentioned, except to say that the money was not repaid until about 1815.

The deaths of Samuel Biggs and his wife are commemorated by a memorial tablet on the west wall of St Mary's Chancel, Chitterne. It says:

In Memory of Ann, the wife of Samuel Biggs, who departed this life December 10th, 1789, aged 53 years. Also in memory of Samuel Biggs who departed this Life May the 3rd 1791, aged 59 years.
Descendants of the Biggs' changed their surname by Royal Licence in 1878 to Yeatman-Biggs.

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