About PetersPioneersBragging Rights

By Peter Biggins

Index      Gallery      Trees      About PetersPioneers      Contacts      Home Page

One might call this page a Sumarry or Highlights, but I am going to be honest and call it Bragging Rights.

  1. My grandfather Leslie Biggins met with Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini when waterproofing the basement of Columbus Hospital circa 1906.      . . . more

  2. The house where we lived in Wilmette from 1968 to 1972 was part of the Stran-Steel exhibit in the 1933/34 Chicago World's Fair.      . . . more

  3. My brothers and I caddied at the same course as Bill Murray later caddied at--Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Illinois.      . . . more

  4. George Washington rode by the site of our current house in Darien in 1756, 1775-76, and 1789, as Colonel, General, and President.      . . . more

  5. My great great grandfather John Schmitt of Tiffin, Ohio, was a 49er in the California Gold Rush from 1849 to 1851.      . . . more

  6. Frances Foy, a second cousin of my grandmother, Emily Foy Biggins, has a mural in the Chicago Loop Post Office.      . . . more

  7. Based on my Y-chromosome DNA, I am descended from Colla Uais, one of the Three Collas who lived in Ulster in the 4th century.      . . . more

  8. Based on her cousin Michael Patrick Carroll's Y-chromosome DNA, Marilyn is descended from Breassal Breac, King of Leinster around 200 BC.      . . . more

  9. Herbert Kohler Sr., chief executive of the Kohler Company, attended the funeral of Marilyn's father Edward Carroll in 1955.      . . . more

  10. The comedic actor Eddie Foy adopted my great grandfather's brother James Foy's name because it would fit nicely on marquees.      . . . more

  11. My great grandfather John Foy was present at the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869.      . . . more

  12. The Sheffield Square Apartments, built by my grandparents Leslie and Emily Foy Biggins in 1925, became part of DePaul University in 1994.      . . . more

  13. My third cousin Rev. John P. Minogue was President of DePaul University in Chicago from 1993 to 2004.      . . . more

  14. My great great great grandparents John Adam and Maria Eva Schickell lived in Tiffin, Ohio, when Charles Dickens visited in 1842.      . . . more

  15. My grandfather William Drueke hosted simultaneous chess matches between child prodigy Sammy Reshevsky and 15 men in New York in 1922.      . . . more

  16. An historical society in Finnentrop, Germany, wrote an article about my great great great grandfather Johann Drücke in 2013.      . . . more

  17. My uncle Philip Coverdale's ancestors came from Coverdale, England, where Myles Coverdale translated the Bible into English in 1535.      . . . more

Index      Gallery      Trees      About PetersPioneers      Contacts      Home Page