John Biggs

Grave Marker for John Biggs 

John Biggs 1802-1852

Born in Manchester England, he came to the United States at the age of 18 and worked in Philidelphia for ten years. He then moved to Oquawka Ill. and lived there until 1843, when he moved to this township and built a site on South Henderson Creek in 1844 and bought a flour mill. When the CB and Q Railroad was built in 1854, they named the town Biggsville in his honor.