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The Bowen family web presents: An e-History narrative.
The Bowens of America:
By Benjamin L. Bowen


Complied references to Bowen,Bowin,Bowan & Boen by date before 1700 through ca.1900

Pre 1700

About 1638 Griffith Bowen, son of Owen, descendant of Evan ap Owen or Bowen of Wales is said to have emigrated to America with his second wife Margaret Fleming and his children, Henry, William, Margaret, Mary, and Elizabeth. He settled first at Boston, whence he later removed to Roxbury, Mass., and is believed to have had further issue in New England of Esther, Abigail, Peniel, and Doriah.  This emigrant, who is claimed by some authorities to have been the son of Francis, son of Philip, son of Griffith ap Owen, instead of the lineage before given, is believed to have returned to Wales in the latter part of his life and to have left his son Henry at Roxbury, whence he removed to Woodstock, Conn., at a slightly later date.[ ref.1 ]

Rev. Samuel Newman who was the "real founder of Rehoboth" came to America in 1635 and resided for four years in Dorchester, then went to Weymouth, Mass. as Pastor. He remained there until the spring of 1644 when the majority of his church with others of Hingham Mass. migrated to the place that the Indians called Seekonk and to which Newman gave the name of Rehoboth, whose scriptural name means enlargement (Tilton, A History of Rehoboth, MA).

 [ begin ref 26 ] About the year 1643, a joint agreement was made by the inhabitants of Sea conk alias Rehoboth ( Mass), ffor the bringing in of their estates; that soe men's lotments might be taken up according to person and estate, as alsoe for the carrieing on of all publick chardges both for present and future; furthermore the means and interest of what is heare expressed is that by which lands, now granted by the Court of Plymouth to the towne, is to be divided according to person and estate, as is expressed in the following list:

 35. Ed. BENNET
now Richard BOWEN's Jr. 
134£ - 00s - 00d 
 58 Richard BOWEN  270£ - 00s - 00d 

A town meeting was held in Rehoboth (Mass.) on the 31st of June, 1644, at which lots were drawn for a division of the woodland between the plain and the town. Fifty-eight shares were drawn share 15 was drawn by Richard Bowin.

Up to July, 1644, there had been three separate allotments of land made in Seekonk, and on the 5th of that month it was ordered that all who had allotments in either of the three divisions "presently to be laid out by Mr. OLIVER and his partner, Joseph FISHER," and who did not pay of the surveys either at Boston or Dedham by the 28th of the following October, should forfeit their lands so laid out. The nine men chosen on the 9th of December, 1644, to direct public affairs were the following: A'exander WINCHESTER, Richard WRIGHT, Henry SMITH, Edward SMITH, Walter PALMER, William SMITH, Stephen PAYNE, Richard BOWEN, and Robert MARTIN. On the 10th of the succeeding January, at a meeting of the townsmen, it was agreed that eighteen men should forfeit their lands for not fencing them, "or not removing thier families according to a former order." These men were the following: Ralph SHEPHERD, James BROWNE, Mr. LEONARD, The Governor's lot, Matthew PRATT, Thomas DUNN, John MEGGS, Thomas COOPER, John SUTTON, Mr. PECK, Obadiah HOLMES, James WALKER, Edward GILMAN, Thomas HOLBROOKE, John HOLBROOKE, Mr. BROWNE, Edward PATTESON and Ephraim HUNT. Probably these men conformed to the requirements and retained their lands. At the same meeting all those men having lots on the neck ofland were required to fence so much as the number of his acres cometh to." by the 15th day of the second month, or pay two shillings for every rod not fenced.

      Thus far the inhabitants of this large tract of territory considered themselves residents of Seekonk, and the meetings all bear that date. Though they purchased their land of the Plymouth Colony, yet their compact made when they became inhabitants of Seekonk indicates that they felt a large measure of independence. They were subsequently claimed by both the Plymouth and the Massachusetts Colonies. In 1645 they submitted to the jurisdiction of the Plymouth Court and were incorporated with the name of Rehoboth, which was given by Mr. NEWMAN, the pastor.

      Following this important action, the records contained Richard Bowen on a list of names with the register of thier lands.

[ end ref26]

 In 1648 one Thomas Bowen was living at Salem, Mass., whence he removed to New London, Conn., and thence to Rehoboth.  By his wife Elizabeth he is though to have had Thomas and Richard and possibly others as well.[ ref.1 ]

David Bowen arrived in Maryland in 1650 with Roger Brooke, his family , 28 men servants and 20 maid servants. This is recorded in the Maryland archives. There is also a deed recorded in the archives granting him 300 acres on the Patuxent River. David was one of the men servants.

  Obadiah Bowen, probably brother of the emigrant Thomas, was living at Rehoboth prior to the year 1657 and later made his home at Swanzey.  His children are believed to have been Obadiah and Isaac.[ ref.1 ]

[ begin ref 25]

The Inventory Of Richard Bowin, Sr.
June 4, 1675 Plymouth Colony Wills 3:148-149 #P241

A true inventory of the estate :viz: Lands Goods and Chattles of Richard Bowin senir of Rehoboth late deceased exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the 4th of Iune 1675 on the oath of Richard Bowin Iunir as followeth;

Impr: his wearing apparrell 004 00 00

Item a bed beding bedsteed & furniture belonging to it 007 [.. ..]

Item 6 great pewter platters att 5s apeece 001 10 [..]

Item 3 smale pewter platters 000 10 00

Item 2 old pewter platters 000 003 04

Item 2 smale pewter basons 000 05 00

Item seuerall smale peece of pewter 000 07 00

Item an old Flagon 000 03 00

Item an old Chamber pott 000 01 06

Item an old warming pan 000 03 00

Item 2 brasse pans 001 10 00

Item 2 brasse kettles one brasse skillett 1 Candle sticke and some other old brasse 001 00 00

Item an Iron pott 001 00 00

Item 2 old shirts 4 Capps 1 bolster Case 1 pillow Case 000 07 06

Item 1 sheet and a Remnant of Canvas 001 10 00

Item more in sheets and a smale Table Cloth 2 towells 00 17 06

Item a smale Remnant of Cloth 000 02 06

Item a Flocke bed & bolster and vper Couering 1 blankett and a Canvas sheet and bedsteed 003 00 00

Item 20 bushells of Indian Corne 003 00 00

Item a Cart Rope 000 07 00

Item a paire of tonggs 000 02 06

Item 2 pothangers 000 06 00

Item a hand saw 000 02 00

Item 3 wedges 2 beetle Ringes 000 06 00

Item a bilhook and pease hooke 000 04 00

Item an axe and an old hatchett 000 04 06

Item a frying pan 000 02 00

Item an old hoe 000 02 00

Item a hammer pincers and borier 3 Chissells & a paire of prongges 000 07 00

Item some peeces of old Iron 000 02 00

Item a Great bible 000 10 00

Item 4 Chistes 000 14 00

Item 2 tubbs 1 butter tubb and a Couer 000 10 00

Item 3 old barrells 000 03 00

Item tryed sewett 00 02 00

Item 2 old Chaires 3 Cushens 000 02 00

Item 2 old smale tryaes a straining dish a pudding pan 000 01 06

Item an old bagg 000 07 00

Item a Cherne a Couer a tray and old hatchett 000 06 00

Item an hayknife and an old hatchett 000 02 00

Item a spitt and pronges 000 04 00

Item scales and waights and a pestell 000 16 00

Item a smale barell 000 01 00

Item 5 nibbs & a Ringe 000 02 00

Item Rye and pease [...] 01 03

Item a Great brasse pott 002 000 00

Item a logg Chaine 000 12 00


Item in horse kind [1.] 00 [..]

Item 2 oxen 16 00 [..]

Item 2 cowes 06 00 0

Item in hay 02 05 8

Item: a plow: Chaine yoakes & Cart 01 04 00

Item in debts 00 18 09

Item more in lumber 00 03 00

Item in porke 00 05 00

Item in houses lands and Comonoge 100 00 00

sum totall 175 15 08

Iohn Read senir:

Willan Carpentor

Iohn Pecke

Plymouth Colony Wills, vol. III, pp. 148-149

[ end for ref 25]

Both Obadiah Bowen and Obadiah Bowen Jr. appear on the Survey of 1675 Swansea (Mass.) Familes in the book "In a Place Called Swansea" by John Raymond Hall. The Survey lists Obadiah Bowen as living in the Kickemuit-Touisset section of Swansea it shows his wife, three sons and two daughters in the household. No additional information is listed for Obadiah Bowen Jr. [ref 31]

Among the Names "of the inhabitants and proprietors of the Towne of Rehoboth having Rights and Titles to the Measuages, Tenements and Lands contained in the quit-claim deed of William BRADFORD to the town of Rehoboth, which hath been reade and allowed in a full Towne Meeting, February the 7th, 1689:" were :
Richard Bowen,Thomas Bowen Sr.,Richard Bowen Jr., John Bowen, listed as Orpahan was Thomas Bowen.[ref 26]

During the summer of 1690, a band of Welsh Baptists (mostly Seventh-Day worshippers) from Swansea, Mass. came to the Cohansey
Settlement. Among these were Timothy Brooks, Sr. Timothy Brooks, Jr., the Bowens, Barretts and Swinneys. The Bowens and the Brooks moved farther inland to the section of Roadstown. Here, on the road leading to the Bridge, (Bridgeton) they bought farms
and named their settlement, "Bowentown." [ ref 9 ]

 One Moses Bowen, a Quaker, is said to have emigrated from Wales to Guinnedd Township, Penn., about 1698 with his wife Rebecca Reece.  He had, probably among others, a son named John, who married a Scotch-Irish girl named Lily McIlhaney and removed to Augusta County, Va.[ ref.1 ] [ ref 24 ]

We are quite sure that there were more children by Moses and Rebecca and many have claimed their lineage, however, only one other, a Henry Bowen/Jane Carter have been given serious consideration, due to many contacts and the all important naming pattern, that has existed through out the years. Henry and family settled in Fredricks CO., VA., about the same time that John settled in Augusta Co, Va. [ ref 24 ]

Moses Bowen and his wife, Rebecca Reece Bowen, emigrated from Wales to the American colonies in 1698 and settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania. John Bowen, their son, married Lily McIlhaney and in 1730 moved to Virginia. They had twelve children, one of whom, Captain John Bowen, was the father of Captain William Bowen, who was the first to emigrate to Tennessee. [ ref 19 ]

Moses Bowen was born in 1664 in Wales. He and his family emigrated from Wales about 1698, settled in Massachusetts, and later removed to Montgomery County Pennsylvania. [ ref 23] [ contradiction to ref 22]

Moses Bowen born 1674 in Carmarthin, Wales, died 1760/1781 in Montgomery, GA, married Rebecca Reece. [ ref 22 ]

Moses Bowen was the son of Evan ab Owen, b. 1674 in Caemarthen, Wales, d. at age 86, in 1760, Montgomery Co., PA. When they first arrived in Pa., they settled in Chester CO., PA. [ From "Makers of America", Washington, DC, 1916, pp 491 ]
John Bowen was the the only documented son of Moses Bowen/Rebecca Rees (Rhys), who came with a large contingent of Welsh Quakers between 1684-1696. (The later date is thought to be more accurate.) [ ref 24 ]

Others of the Bowen name who emigrated to America at early dates but left few records of themselves and their families were Morris Bowen of Charles City County, Va., in 1638, Samuel and Phillip Bowen of James City County, Va., in 1643, John Bowen of Plymouth Mass., in 1651, and Henry Bowen of Boston, Mass., prior to the year 1657. The descendants of these and possibly of other branches of the family in America have spread to practically every State of the Union and have aided as much in the growth of the country as their ancestors aided in the founding of the nation.  They have been noted for their energy, ambition, industry, piety, integrity, moral and physical strength, perseverance, fortitude, resourcefulness, initiative, courage, and leadership.[ ref.1 ]

Timothy Brooks, (son of Timothy, grandson of Henry), b. Oct. 9, 1661, in Woburn, Mass.; m. Hannah Bowen, in Swansea, 1685; d. 1715, in Bowentown, N.J.(Will was proved Jan. 26, 1715-16.) [ ref 9 ]

Moses BOWEN married Rebecca REECE (b: 1668 d: Botetort,, VA) in Chester,, PA probably before 1686, the year of their first child's birth. From this marriage there were born three sons (Henry "Bowen:Henry", William "Bowen:William", and John "Bowen:John"). [ ref23]

John Bowen born 1696, Gwynedd Twp, Chester, Ga, married Lilly McIhaney daughter of Henry McIhaney & Jane Hunter, Lilly born in Ireland, april 1, 1709, died Botetort, Va, Feb 1780, John Bowen died May 9, 1761, buried Augusta, Va. [ref 22 ]


Henry Bowen born 1738, Augusta, VA,, died 1808 in Grainger, Tennesse,married Anne Cunningham, born 1742, Tennesse and died Botetort,Va,1808. [ref 22]

June 14,1750 Southampton Co., Va; John Bowin sells Residence to William Bulls for 8 pounds, 113 acres. bounded by Long Branch, Marneby Mcquinney's line.

Wit: Joseph Jones, William Bulls Junour

John Bowin ; Joseph Moore [ ref : refmiscnotes ]

Southampton County, Virginia Deed Book 1 1749 to 1753 Pages 81-83: THOMAS WILLIAMS and wife Sarah, JOHN BOWIN and wife MARY, HARDY HART and wife JANE, and ARTHUR HART and wife MARTHA, all of North Carolina, to JOHN HOLDING dated 12 Apr 1750

180 acres on the south side of Lightwood Swamp (patent to BARTHOLOMEW ANDROS for 325 acres on 14 Jun 1714 who sold to ROBERT WARREN JR, THOMAS WARREN, and JOHN WARREN on 25/26 Oct 1719 who sold to THOMAS WARREN and wife SARAH and the land should have gone to son THOMAS but went to his four sisters) S: THOMAS (signed) WILLIAMS, HARDY (H) HART, JOHN (signed) BOWIN, and ARTHUR (signed) HART, W: no witnesses

Southampton County, Virginia Deed Book 1 1749 to 1753 Pages 91-93: JOHN BOWIN JR and wife MARY of Southampton, HARDY HART and wife JANE, and ARTHUR HART and wife MARTHA of North Carolina to GEORGE WOOD dated 12 Apr 1750

139 acres (patent to JANE WARREN, MARY WARREN, MARTHA WARREN, and PATIENCE WARREN for 185 acres on 12 Jul 1745), S: JOHN (signed) BROWN, MARY (signed) BROWN, HARDY (signed) HART, JANE (signed) HART, ARTHUR (signed) HART, and MARTHA (signed) HART, W: no witnesses

Southampton County, Virginia Deed Book 1 1749 to 1753 Pages 480-481:


230 acres (patent to sd. THOMAS on 15 Dec 1749), S: THOMAS (+) WHITLEY, W: JOHN (signed) JR, JONES (signed) GRIFFIN, ANDREW (signed) GRIFFIN, WILLIAM (W) HARRIS, and JOHN (signed) BOWEN

March 7,1760 Bertie County North Carolina -
Land deeded from William Hardy to John Bowen, Jr. Witness: William Hardy son of Lamb, Sarah Hardy, John Hardy.

Captain William Bowen was born in Fincastle County, Virginia, then Augusta County, in 1742. He was a very active, enterprising man, and by the time he was 35 years of age he had accumulated quite a handsome estate for that day by adding to the portion given to him by his mother. He took part in the several campaigns against the French and Indians as a member of the Colonial Army of Virginia before the Revolution of 1776. He was a First Lieutenant in Captain William Russell's company in the campaign against the Shawnee and other Indian tribes in 1774, the confederation being commanded by "Cornstalk" a noted chief of the Shawnees. He was in the hotly contested battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774. He was also with Captain Russell while that officer was in command of Fort Randolph, when that garrison was ordered to be disbanded by Lord Dunmore on July 1775, fearing the fort might be held by rebel authorities. Prior to this date he was with Russell's Rangers when they assisted in relieving the besieged fort at Watauga. [ ref 19 ]

Captain Russell's company belonged to Colonel William Christian's Fincastle Regiment, the greater part of which did not participate in the battle of Point Pleasant, being in the rear in charge of the pack horses carrying provisions for the army; but Shelby's and Russell's companies went forward with the main body and took an active part in the conflict.  Moses Bowen, a relative of Reece Bowen, was with Russell's company, but died on the journey, from smallpox. [ ref 24 ]

William Bowen, b. 1742; was a Capt. in the VA militia and was to have lead the Campbell riflemen on that faitful trip to King's Mountain in N.C., in Aug of 1780. But due to illness, he was delayed and his older brother, famed Indian fighter, Lt. Rees Bowen took over for him. Historically, I'm sure you know the outcome of the Battle of King's Mountain, that faitful day, Oct. 7th, 1780. It was the decisive battle, that finally turned the tide for the fledgling nation of ours.
The description can be found in "King's Mountain, and it's Heros" by Draper. [ ref24]

At Maiden Spring Virginia on State Highway 81, a remarkable flow of water gushes from the base of a cliff. Above the spring, at 8.9 m. on State 81, is a junction with County rd 6oo; in the field (R) at this junction is the site of maiden spring fort, built by Reese Bowen, who moved his family here about 1772. [ ref21 ]

1761 May 20 Lilley Bowen qualifies admx. of Moses Bowen. [ ref 35 ]

1765 October 17 Henry Bowen and 323 acres added to tithilbles in Augusta County Virginia. [ ref 35 ]

1767 November 18 John Bowen appointed overseer of the road from the ferry on James River to the Warm Springs, opposite to John McClure's in Augusta County Virginia [ ref 35 ]

1769 October 19, George and William Mathews and John Maury appointed guardians of John Bowen , Moses Bowen(2) , William Bowen , Ann Bowen and Elizabeth Bowen , orphans of John Bowen. In Augusta County Virginia [ ref 35 ]

From 1774 to 1781, when Reece Bowen marched away to the battle of King's Mountain, the border on and along the Clinch was harassed by bands of marauding Indians, and in many of the skirmishes and troubles Reece Bowen took a hand.  During the period from the date of Bowen's settlement at Maiden Spring until his death, to procure salt, iron, and other necessary materials he had to travel across the mountains to Salisbury, North Carolina, carrying them on a packhorse, and would be absent for weeks, leaving his wife and children alone.  His trips, however, were always made in winter, when there was no danger from the Indians.  He left rifle guns and bear dogs at home, and with these his wife felt safe from danger, for she was a good shot with a rifle, often exceeding the men in ordinary rifle practice.  Mr. Bowen had selected a lovely country for his home, and around and adjacent thereto, prior to the fall of 1780, had surveyed and secured several thousand acres of that valuable land, of which his descendants today (1906)hold about twelve square miles. [ ref24 ]

James Bowen, Nathan Bowen, John Bowen, John Bowen 2nd, Stephen Bowen Jr. are listed on the Roll of Capt Ezra Ormsbee's Company of Milita in Warren, Rhode Island 1776:Keep in mind that until 1747 what is now Warren,Rhode Island was once part of Swansea now in Mass.

[ contradiction to ref 22] Moses Bowen b dies 1755 in VA. [ ref 23]

In 1776, when the Indians of the Ohio River Valley came east along the Big Sandy River and terrorized the settlements west of Maiden Spring, Bowen and the other men of the neighborhood went to meet them, leaving their families here. Late one afternoon, Mrs.Bowen, rounding up the cows for the night milking, at the foot of Short Mountain came on imprints of mocassins. Believing that she was being watched, Mrs.Bowen walked calmly home and told the women to dress in men's clothing and take turns at sentry duty outside. Only she, however, and a Negro slave woman dared to carry out the proposal. One carrying a musket and the other a stick shaped like a gun, they guarded the fort all night and apparently succeeded in giving the impression that the fort was well manned; at least there was no attack.The present Bowen House( ca 2000) was built in 1838 on the hill above the old site. It incorporates two rooms of Reese Bowen's cabins.

Captain (William) Bowen was principally engaged in the partisan warfare on the border of Virginia and Tennessee during the Revolution. He was in the cavalry service, employed in scouting and protecting the frontiers from the inroads of the British, Indians and Tories. At the termination of the long struggle for independence, he with fifteen other soldiers of the Continental army, traveled all through Kentucky and the Cumberland county, as Middle Tennessee was then called, prospecting warrants, which had been received for services in the war of independence. Captain Bowen was so pleased with the country that he located some of his land in what in now Smith County, Tennessee, but the larger portion in Sumner County, Tennessee, about twelve miles from Nashville. He moved his family from Virginia in the early autumn of 1784 to Sumner County, where he built a double log house in which he lived for two years: then built a two-story brick, which is still standing near Goodlettsville and in good preservation. Though it was built in 1787, when what is now Tennessee was part of North Carolina. It is said to have been the first brick house built in Tennessee. General Daniel Smith, his friend and fellow soldier built a stone house, known as "Rock Castle," in the same vicinity. The two sent to Lexington, KY., for stone and brick masons to erect the two houses. [ ref 19 ]

Captain William Bowen, in 1777 married Mary Henley Russell, daughter of General William Russell and his wife, Tabitha Adams, in Augusta County, Virginia, now Washington County, near where Abingdon now stands. He died in Sumner County on December 15, 1804. He left eight children. Tabitha married Colonel Armstead Moore of Virginia. They moved to Smith County, Tennessee, where they died, leaving eleven children. [ ref 19 ]

Colonel John Bowen, son of Captain William Bowen, was born in Virginia in 1780; came with his parents to Sumner County in 1784. At the age of 16 years he was sent to Lexington, Ky., to school. About the year 1800 he commenced the study of law in the office of John Breckinridge in Lexington. After two years he returned home and began practice of law in Gallatin and soon rose to prominence. [ ref 19 ]

[ begin ref 18 ]

Duplin Court Records from 1763 Duplin County, NC - Court Records Source:  Secretary of State, General Assembly, Committee of Claims,
Coroner's Inquest, S.S. 316.

Coroners Inquest to Death of John REGISTER - 1763

Inquisition indented taken at the House of Thomas HAWS in the County aforesaid the 13th day of Nov'r in the Year of our Lord 1763 before me Edward BIRD Gen't one of the Coroners of the County upon View of the body of John REGISTER Late of the County Planter then and there Lying dead, and upon the Oaths of David WILLIAMS, Absolam MERRIT, Bird LANIER, John GANEY, Valentine HOLLINGSWORTH, Benjamin LANIER, Clifton BOWEN Sen'r, Thos MILLS, Charles MERRIT, William STEVENS, Samuell SELLERS, John GOFF, Thomas HALL, Clifton BOWEN Jun'r Good and Lawfull Men of the Parish of St. Gabriel in the Said County who being charged and Sworn to Enquire how and in what manner the Said John REGISTER by his Death came upon their Oaths do say That on the 12th day of the Month being agoing a Bear hunting and having a Loaded Gun in his hand the said Gun discharged of itself and Shot him so he Languished and Dyed and do find it to be an Accident and no intended thing In Testimony whereof as well I the said Coroner as the Jurors aforesaid to this Inquisition have Severally put our Seals the day, Year, and Place first above mentioned.

Edw'd BIRD, Coroner
David (his "x" mark) WILLIAMS
Clifton BOWEN, Sen'r.
Robert (his "R" mark) MERRET
Absolam (his "A" mark) MERRIT
John (his "x" mark) GANY
Clifton BOWEN, Jun'r
Charles (his "M" mark) MERRIT
Samuell (his "x" mark) SELLER

[ end ref 18 ]

[ start ref. 35 ]

1767 : Chalkey's reference Augusta County Virginia Court Cabell V. Bowen

This day Malcom Allen came before me,John Dickison, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County aforesaid, and on his oath sayeth that he went with Moses Bowen to Dr.William Cabell, and that he, the said Allen, informed Dr. Cabell that his instructions from said Moses Bowen's father was to make a certain agreement with said Doctor, viz: How much his charge must be if he performed a cure upon said Moses Bowen, and how much his charge will be if he missed making a cure, and said Dr. William Cabell answered and said that as said Moses received his wound in defense of his country and in his Majesty's service, the country would pay him, the said Doctor, and that his, the said Moses's father, nor mother, nor uncle, nor aunt, had nothing to do with it; and I said: Then I had nothing more to do with it, and some time afterwards said Moses came to my house, and I went with him down to the Doctor, and the Doctor then informed me that his charge was £15, some shillings and pence.

(Signed) John Dickison. 18th March, 1767.

Same witness continues,

19th March, 1767:

Moses Bowen informed me in his lifetime that Dr. Cabell yoused him very kindly during his continuance with him, and also that he in that time, by the Doctor's direction, went to the river to wash his wound, but instead thereof he swimmed over, and upon his coming back the waters went into his body, and was in danger, but he was preserved by the help of a canoe. Said Moses was of age when he went first to Dr. Cabell; to the best of knowledge he was of age the April before he went to said Doctor.

(Signed) John Bowyer.

[ end ref. 35 ]

Jan 30,1768- 140 acres of land deeded from John Bowen to David Gaskins Wit: Wm. Hardy son of Lamb & Michael Capehart. [ ref ]

  Among those of the Bowens who fought as officers in the War of the Revolution were Quartermaster-General Ephraim of Rhode Island, Captain Oliver Bowen of Georgia, Captain Prentice Bowen of New York, Captain Seth Bowen of New Jersey, Captain Thomas Bartholomew Bowen of Pennsylvania, and Lieutenants John Bowen and Reece Bowen of Virginia. [ ref.1 ]

Revolutionary war soldiers of Duplin County North Carolina.

BOWEN, Clifton, Ensign, NC Militia

BOWEN, Elijah, Private, South Carolina Militia

BOWEN, Stephen, Sergeant, 10th NC Continental Line [ ref 18 ]

The Bowens, of Tazewell Va. are of of Welsh extraction,  and the immediate ancestors of those that came hither were, long prior to the American Revolution, located and settled about Fredericktown, in western Maryland.  Restive in disposition and fond of adventure, like all of their blood, they sought, fairly early after the first white settlements were made in the Valley of Virginia, to look for homes in that direction.    How early, or the exact date, that Reece Bowen, the progenitor of the Tazewell family of that name, came in to the Virginia Valley from his western Maryland home, cannot be named with certainty;  doubtless he came as early as 1765, for it is known that for a few years prior to 1772, when he located at Maiden Spring, he was living on the Roanoke River, close by where the city of Roanoke is now situated, then in Augusta County, he married Miss Louisa Smith, who proved to him not only a loving and faithful wife, but a great helpmeet in his border life.  She was evidently a woman of more than ordinary intelligence and cultivation for one of her day and opportunity.  She was a small, neat and trim woman, weighing only about one hundred pounds, while her husband was a giant in size and strength.  It is told as a fact that she could step into her husband's hand and that he could stand and extend his arm, holding her at right angle to his body. [ ref 24 ]

Just when Reece Bowen first saw the territory of what is now Tazewell County cannot be definitely stated.  Whether he was one of the large hunting party organized of men from the Virginia Valley, North Carolina and New River, which rendezvoused at Ingles' Ferry in June, 1769, and hunted on the waters of the Holstein, Powell's River, Clinch, and in Kentucky, is not known;  his name does not appear among the number, but the writer, "Haywood's Civil and Political History of Tennessee,"  does not profess to give all the names of the party.    Nevertheless it is highly probable that Bowen was along, or he may have gone out with the party the next year, or he may have met with the Witten's, and others, on their way out in 1771, and joined them.  He seems not to have made his settlement at Maiden Spring until the year of 1772.  He went with Captain William Russell's company to the battle of Point Pleasant, in 1774, leaving home in August of that year, and leaving Daniel Boone in command of that part of the frontier.  As already stated in this volume, Boone had been forced to give up his journey to Kentucky in September, 1773, on account of the breaking out of the Indian War, and had spent the winter of 1773-4 in the neighborhood of Captain William Russell, near Castleswoods. [ ref 24 ]

When it was known that Lord Cornwallis' Army was marching northward through the Carolinas, and that Colonel Ferguson, who commanded the left wing of his Army, had sent a threat to the "Over Mountain Men" that if they did not cross the mountains and take the oath of allegiance to the King, that he would cross over and destroy with fire and sword, Evan Shelby, John Sevier, and William Campbell determined to checkmate Colonel Ferguson by crossing the mountains and destroying him and his army.    Colonel Campbell commanded the Washington County Military Force, and William Bowen a company that belonged to Campbell's Command, though a part of his company lived on the Montgomery County side of the line.  In this company Reece Bowen was a First Lieutenant, his son John a Private, and James Moore a Junior Lieutenant.  When the order came for Bowen's company to join the  regiment it found its Captain, William Bowen, sick of a fever, and this situation devolved the command of the company upon Lieutenant Reece Bowen, who led it into the battle of  King's Mountain, and there, together with several of his men, was killed and buried on the field.  His remains were never removed, for the reason that when opportunity was offered for their removal the spot in which he was buried could not be identified.  Campbell's Regiment lost in this battle 35 killed and wounded;  among the killed, other than Lieutenant Reece Bowen, were Captain William Edmondson, Robert Edmondson, Andrew Edmondson, and Henry Henninger, and among the wounded, Charles Kilgore and John Peery, the two latter and Henninger from the Upper Clinch Waters.

Reece Bowen has in Tazewell County many highly respected, prominent and influential descendants, among them Mr. Reece Bowen, Colonel Thomas P. Bowen and Captain Henry Bowen, all brave and distinguished Confederate Soldiers;  the latter, Captain Henry, being frequently honored by his people as a  member of the Legislature of Virginia, and a Representative in Congress. [ ref 24 ]


John Henry Bowen,1780-1822 a Representative from Tennessee; born in Washington County, Va., in September 1780; attended the schools of Lexington, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Gallatin, Tenn.; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); engaged in the practice of law in Gallatin, Cherokee County, Tenn., until his death there September 25, 1822. [ ref 20]

The Battle of King's Mountain, that faitful day, Oct. 7th, 1780. It was the decisive battle, that finally turned the tide for the fledgling nation of ours. The description can be found in "King's Mountain, and it's Heros" by Draper.

These wonderful Bowen mountain men of VA., fresh from their battles with Indians, dressed in buckskin, hair long, feather's on the ends of their rifles, came whooping and hollering with a combination of Indian War whoops and Highland battle cries that scared the daylights out of the British troops, waiting on King's mountain. They were routed so badly that they never did recoup.

Lt. Rees Bowen was killed, William Bowen when hearing his brother was downed, went crazy, running to find his brother hoping that it was not to late. As he ran to where his brother had fallen, a sentry yelled, demanding the password of the day. William so distraught, couldn't make sense of what the man was yelling and actually forgot the password. When they were about to shoot it out, an officer, recognizing William grabbed him, bringing him back to his senses. They hugged, grateful for not having to shoot each other, but distraught about finding his brother. When Rees was found, it was to late, he had died, the only son of 13 children to be lost in an actual battle, fought in the Rev. War. Years before, while on patrol, his baby brother Moses Bowen, died of a simple flesh wound, recieved in the field. It seems while washing the wound, it was done with river water that had not been boiled and he developed a fever, from which he died in 1776. [ ref 24]

Catherine Bowen, third daughter of Captain William Bowen,(1742-1804) was born in Sumner County in March 1785. She was married in 1807 to David Campbell, who was born in Washington County, Virginia, on March 4, 1781 and died near Leeville, Wilson County, Tennessee on June 18, 1841. She died at "Campbell" the home of her eldest son, Governor William B. Campbell, March 7, 1868. They lived in Sumner County for some years after their marriage, then moved to Carthage, Smith County. They had six children- William B. Campbell, who married Frances Owen and left seven children; John H. died unmarried; Mary R. H. married E.P. Scales; Margaret died unmarried; Virginia T. I. married Rev. William Shelton; David H. R. married Lucy Goodall. [ref19]

[North Carolina Historical Commission, English Records, Treasury Papers, Miscellanea, North and South Carolina Refugees, 1782. P.R.O. Treasury 50, Bundle 3, Book 11.] Hannah Bowen is listed as ( Loyalist or Torrie) Refugees of the Second Class in Charles Town.

1790 : The first census is taken for the Unitd States of America

The first settlers ( of the Town of Skaneateles Onondaga County, New York ) apparently preferred that portion of the town west of the lake and outlet. The pioneer east of this water division was Col. Elijah Bowen, who arrived with his family in 1794, settling in a log house which he had previously built on lot 39. He was born in Cheshire, Mass., in 1756, and died here in 1807. His children were Valentine, Sophronia. Elijah, jr., Hannah, Delina (who married Dr. David Kingsbury, of Clintonville, in 1802), and Lucina, all born in Cheshire, the latter in 1791. Benajah Bowen, a brother of Elijah, settled on the farm next east in 1795, bringing with him his wife, five sons, and three daughters. In 1817 he removed to Lysander and died there. Elijah Bowen, jr., born in 1787, died in Wisconsin January 5, 1861. Colonel Bowen was a prominent man in early years, and his house was for a time the first stopping place for incoming settlers, the highway passing it being called the "Bowen road." He was a soldier in the war of 1812. [ ref.15 ]

Elijah Bowen came the same year,(1794) settling on Lot 39, and purchasing part of this May 22, 1800.  Mr. Leslie says that Elijah Bowen came in the spring of 1793, with a yoke of oxen, selected his land and did some clearing, made a temporary shelter, building a cabin the next year and bringing his family in the summer of 1794.  Why he does not make him the first settler, instead of Cuddeback, does not clearly appear.  Benajah Bowen settled near his brother, at a distance from neighbors, and the road leading there was known as the Bowen road.  The Bowen log house became headquarters for all new comers. [ ref 16 ]

The Bowens were Quakers and farmers, and Richard Bowen was born in Vermont in 1796. [ ref 14 ]

George W. Bowen, was born in Vermont in 1796. He was the son of Asa Bowen, who took part in the great American Revolution,and was with Washington at Valley Forge .....He also served in the war of 1812. [ ref. 7 ]

Apr 29 1797- Land deeded from Elizabeth Cobb, Daniel Hopkins, Frances Hopkins, Thomas Cullifer & Joanna Cullifir. heirs? of Wm. Cobb to Hardy Bowen. Wit: Wm. P. Hardy & Henery Welk.

William Willy Bowen born 1797 in Grainger, Tennesse, died in Bowen Township, Madison County, Arkansas, married Levica McELhaney, born in Madison County, Arkansas. [ref 22]

Eliza Brown Bowen Jumel Burr, a woman of parts and a past. A prostitute in Providence, Rhode Island in her youth, Eliza Brown or Betsy Bowen, as a young woman in the early Republican city of New York, was a stage actress and courtesan. She was described in her day as "a beautiful blonde with a superb figure and graceful carriage." She frolicked with the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and Alexander Hamilton. One of the many rumors circulated to be the cause of the later duel between Hamilton and Burr was a lingering competition over the favors of Eliza Jumel. She was also said to have covertly carried political intelligence from the Federalist Hamilton to the Republican Burr.
[ ref 13]

50. THOMAS BOWEN died Sept. 3, 1842, aged 79 years,& 6 mos. [ref 11]

51. ELIZABETH BOWEN died July 18, 1851, aged 86 years,& 7 mos. [ref 11]

52. SMITH BOWEN DIED Nov. 21, 1820; Aged 17 y'rs. 7 mo's [ref 11]

53. ANN MARIA BOWEN DIED Aug. 29, 1829 Aged 2 yrs. 15 ds. [ref 11]

76. SAMUEL FOWLER 1730 - 1819 HANNAH BOWEN HIS WIFE 1733 - 1809 [ref 11]


These records were copied from Salisbury New Hampshire Town Records. They are the NH equivalent of Birth records.
The father, usually, would go to the Town Office and report the Birthdates of his children.

ca 1799

John Bowen & Catharine, his wife


Elinor, born August 8, 1779

Anthony, born February 11, 1781

John, born March 3, 1783

Benjamin, born July 19, 1785

Charlotte, born December 27, 1787, died March 17, 1788

Peter, born February 4, 1789

Frederick?, born May 28, 1791

Catharine, born February 13, 1794

Frederick, died April 20, 1794

Joseph, born September 27, 1796

The following is from "The History of Merrimack and Belknap Counties, New Hampshire".
Edited by D. Hamilton Hurd and Published in 1885.The time referenced to would have been ca 1760



As there has been so much written about the killing of Sabatis and Plausawa,by the Bowens, and the trouble which arose from it, we will not burden thisvolume with a repetition of it, but refer the interested reader to the New Hampshire State Papers, or Dearborn's "History of
Salisbury," pp. 225-239, inclusive.



Elijah Bowen, ( who's grandfather was one of the first settelers in old Kentucky) is a pioneer and leading farmer of this county,( Ray Township, Morgan County, Indiana) was born September 23, 1807, one mile east of Nicholasville, Ky. In 1830, Elijah moved to Owen County,Ind., and soon after to Morgan County, where he had purchased 120 acres, on which is his present (year 1884) home. August, 1830, he married Nancy, daughter of Abner and Polly (Hill) Alexander. This union gave being to ten children, Mrs. Bowen died, December 13, 1882, and Mr. Bowen married a second wife, Mrs. Margaret, widow of John Asher. [ ref10 ]

Rees Tate Bowen,1809-1879(father of Henry Bowen), a Representative from Virginia; born at Maiden Springs, near Tazewell, Tazewell County, Va., January 10, 1809; attended Abingdon Academy, Virginia; engaged in agricultural pursuits; appointed brigadier general of the State militia; member of the State house of delegates 1863-1865; magistrate of Tazewell County for several years prior to the war and presiding justice of the county court a portion of that time; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed agricultural pursuits; died at his home, Maiden Springs, in Tazewell County, Va., August 29, 1879; interment in the family burying ground on his estate, Maiden Springs. [ ref 20]

In 1813 (Colonel John Bowen, son of Captain William Bowen) was elected to Congress as a Democrat ( Library of Congress states he was Republican) [ Elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815) ] [ ref 20] and served one term, at the expiration of which he returned to the practice of his profession at Gallatin. [ Cherokee County, Tenn., until his death there September 25, 1822 ][ ref 20]. In 1815 he married Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Grant Allen and his wife, Tabitha Marshall, of Dixon Springs neighborhood. They had four children; two died in youth and two reared large families. The eldest, Mary, married Judge Jacob S. Yerger of Greenville, Miss. a member of the famous Yerger family formerly of Lebanon. They had three sons killed in the Confederate army. William G. Yerger, a prominent lawyer of Greenville, is the only living son. Henry Yerger, another son, died at his home near Greenville, leaving a family. Grant Allen Bowen, son of John H. married Amanda Yerger. They left two children John H. Jr., and Mary. [ ref 19 ]

Colonel John H. Bowen died on September 25, 1822. He was an accomplished scholar, a just and upright man, a great lawyer, a pure statesman and a true friend. The brick house which he erected for his home in Gallatin is still standing. It was bought after his death by Governor William Trousdale, and from him it passed to his son, the Hon. Julius A. Trousdale, and after his death was presented by his widow, Mrs. Anne Berry Trousdale, to the Daughters of the Confederacy. [ ref 19 ]

[ start ref 12] Mathew Mathewman and others creditors of the State of South Carolina vs the Comptroller General .Commissioners Office, Columbia District, June term 1818.

In obedience to the order of the Hon. Court of Equity for Columbia District ....

Asa Crandle, John Cushing, John Connor, James Tooly, John Boyd, John Calliham, Joseph Dellicourt, Simon Disold, James Connor, John Sheppard, Patrick Driver, John Weatherall, Francis Branham, John Craw, Wm. Brown, Reuben Tucker, Elias Ellicut, Elias Elvile, Jonathan Glover, Thomas Smith, John Burrell, Gales Rogers, William McCassit, Jacob Tucker, Mathew Mathewman, John Bowers, Daniel Manchester, John Raburry, William Ray, Samuel Perry, Daniel Carles, James Pike, Richard Lunt, Joshua Bowen, Daniel Lane, Samuel Perry, Henry Lorrance, Thomas Williams, John Moyett, Amos Anderson, John Bulkley, John Byrne, Samuel Boyland, George Champagne, Joseph Coaleue[?], Philip Rosser, John Chandler, John Dawson, Nicholas Fontaine, Edward Bowen, James Burckle[?], Robert Burrell, Joseph Brown, Francis Barry, Nicholas Boyett, Henry Deacon, John Evins, Francis Foussard, Richard Davis, John Bulger, Caleb Foot, Elias Emphemant, and Isac Duvall

were in the service and employment of the State of South Carolina on board the frigate South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.

Mary Dick and Sarah Fitzgerald are the widows of James Dick and William Fitzgerald who were also in said service. Ellis Bartlett is the daughter of Jonathan Bartlett who was likewise on the said ship, who with her mother Ellis Bartlett, the widow of said Jonathan Bartlett and Sally Bartlett another daughter are all the heirs of his Estate.

... an order drawn by Capt. John Joyner on John Rutledge, Governor of South Carolina powers of attorney by the above named persons.

James Dellet Comr. C. D. [ end ref 12]


About 1822, George W. Bowen was united in marriage with Phebe Carser and settled in western New York, where George operated grist mills at Lockport and Middleport. Four sons and two daughters were born, whose names appear in the following order : Henry, Mareo,George,Amelia,Andrew, and Phebe, In 1841 the wife and mother died the in 1842 father was again married to Gertrude Davis, who filled the mothers place acceptably and well. On January 5, 1843, Mary E. was born, and on December, 31, 1847, another daughter, Sarah R. was born. [ ref 7 ]

General( of the Va. Militia) Rees T. Bowen, grandson of Lieutenant Rees Bowen,
was born at Maiden Spring Va. January 10th., 1809, and died August 29th., 1879

1828 Bertie( County North Carolina) Apprectice Bonds Levi Lawrence, Son of David Lawrence & ( maybe a Bowen) (b ca 1813) as orphan about 16 years of age, bound to Hardy Bowen. *Cooper.
Signers Hardy (x) Bowen, Wm. Watford, Wit: Jona. S. Tayloe NCGSJ 13 -p14 [ ref28]

1828 Bertie Apprectice Bonds Robert Lawrence Son of David Lawrence & ( maybe a Bowen)(b ca 1816), orphan about 12 years of age, bound to Hardy Bowen. *Cooper. Signers Hardy (x) Bowen, Wm. Watford, Wit: Jona. S. Tayloe
NCGSJ 13 -p14 [ ref28]

*Coopers were makers of wagon wheels,wooden barrels and pails etc. [ Compiler Ben Bowen note]

Martha Bowen born 1829, in Bowen Township, Madison County, Arkansas, died Lawrence County, Arkansas, married John Wesley Upton, son of Joseph Upton. [ ref 22 ]

1830 Illinois Census Marion No Twp Listed Roll 22 Pg 199

Asa Boen

Daniel Boen

Joshua Boen

Joshua Boen, Jr.

Rebecca Boen




[ Begin ref 17 ]
Around 1831, A wagon train from White and Grainger Counties of Tennessee went to the area that would become Madison County (Arkansas). Among those on this trip were the following:
William B. and Levica (McElhaney) Bowen and family
Henry and Mary (Counts) Bowen and family
John & Hannah (Bowen) McElhaney and family
Nicolas Bowen and family
John W Bowen
Joseph C Bowen
Mary Adams 
Sarah Adams 
David & Anney (Bowen) Jackson and family
John Bowen & Jane (Bridgeman) Bowen and family
William & Nancy (Morgan) Boatright and family
Isaac Counts and family 

According to a letter written by James Upton, these people settled in the area south of Huntsville near the War Eagle River that would come to be known as Bowen township.

From the Upton Letter :
"From there we went on to War Eagle, eight miles south of the present site of Huntsville in Madison County and found that quite a little community had sprung up there also, including Tom and Will Jackson, Henry McElhaney, Bill Henderson and John Martin. They were farming without fences. They didn't need them much for there was only one cow, ox or horse to the family and they were at work most of the time. There were plenty of bear, deer, turkey, coon and possum. which we all feasted on plentifully." [ End ref 17 ]

Christopher Columbus Bowen,1832-1880 was a Representative from South Carolina; born in Providence, R.I., January 5, 1832; attended the public schools; moved to Georgia in 1850; engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1862 and commenced practice in Charleston, S.C.; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army and served throughout the war as a captain in the Coast Guard; resumed the practice of law in Charleston, S.C.; member of the Republican State convention at Charleston in May 1867; first chairman of the Republican State central committee; delegate to the State constitutional convention in November 1867; upon the readmission of South Carolina to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses and served from July 20, 1868, to March 3, 1871; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; member of South Carolina house of representatives, 1871-1872; elected sheriff of Charleston in November 1872; died in New York City, June 23, 1880; interment in St. Laurence Cemetery, Charleston, S.C. [ ref 20]

PENSION STARTED : JUNE 22, 1833 at age 72 $21.66 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE; $65.98 AMOUNT RECEIVED [ ref : ref misc notes ]

Thomas Mead Bowen, 1835-1906 a Senator from Colorado from 1883-1889 in the Republican Party was born near the present site of Burlington, Iowa, October 26, 1835; attended the public schools and the academy at Mount Pleasant, Iowa; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and practiced; moved to Wayne County, Iowa, in 1856; member, Iowa house of representatives 1856; moved to Kansas in 1858; during the Civil War served in the Union Army 1861-1865, as captain, then as a colonel; brevetted brigadier general; located in Arkansas after the war; member and president of the constitutional convention of Arkansas 1866; justice of the supreme court of Arkansas 1867-1871; appointed Governor of Idaho Territory by President Ulysses Grant in 1871; resigned and returned to Arkansas; moved to Colorado in 1875 and resumed the practice of law; upon the organization of the State government was elected judge of the fourth judicial district 1876-1880; member, State house of representatives 1882; resigned, having been elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, and served from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1889; chairman, Committee on Mining (Forty-eighth Congress), Committee on Enrolled Bills (Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses); engaged in mining in Colorado, with residence in Pueblo, Colo., where he died December 30, 1906; interment in Roselawn Cemetery. [ ref20 ]

4 Feb 1837- Hardy Cobb to Jesse Bowen. wit. Wm. G. Oxely & James Ward? : Bertie Co., NC Deeds Book DD 1832-38 pt. 3

Anthony Bowen was born in Greenbrier County, Virginia, in 1838. He was the son of Moses and Sarah Bowen. He moved with his parents to Daviess County, Mo., in 1855. Two years later, the family moved to Livingston County and settled on a farm in Blue Mound Township. He spent his youth and early manhood on the farm helping his father.

When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the Union Army. He held a captain's commission in a Missouri regiment and served throughout the war. After the war he returned to Livingston County where he spent the remainder of his life. He homesteaded 160 acres in Fairview Township in 1866 where the present owner, Lewis Bowen, and his wife now live.

He was from a family of 12 children, 6 boys and 6 girls. He never married, but when he bought his farm three of his sisters made their home with him until his death in 1908. After his death, his sisters remained on the farm and rented the crop land. [ref 8]

Captain Henry Bowen 1841-1915, (son of Rees Tate Bowen, nephew of John Warfield Johnston, and cousin of William Bowen Campbell), a Representative from Virginia; born at Maiden Springs, near Tazewell, Tazewell County, Va., December 26, 1841; attended the public schools and Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as a captain of Cavalry in Paynes brigade, Lees division, Army of Northern Virginia, and served until December 21, 1864, when he was captured by Sheridans cavalry at Lacy Springs, Va.; released June 19, 1865; returned to his native county and resumed farming; member of the State house of delegates 1869-1873; elected as a Readjuster to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; resumed agricultural interests and stock raising in Tazewell County, Va.; died at his home, Maiden Springs, in Tazewell County, April 29, 1915; interment in Jeffersonville Cemetery, Tazewell, Va.
[ ref 20]

1843 Cannon County Tennessee lists of members of the Rocky Point Methodist Church Sunday School
M probably means married S means single

Susan Bowen : M , W. C. Bowen  : M  [not sure of initials -jds] , Caroline Bowen  M , Julian Bowen  S,  Sophia Bowen  S, 
Emiliza Bowen   S, Marthy Bowen  S ,

24 Nov 1853- Martha Lawrence (dau. of David L.) to Jesse T? Bowen Wit: Wm. F. Francis & Wm. A. Williams.
DEED BOOK KK Bertie Co. NC Deeds V. KK 1853-55

James E. Hickok married in Erie County, New York, in 1857, Miss Olive L. Bowen, daughter of Richard Bowen. The Bowens were Quakers and farmers, and Richard Bowen was born in Vermont in 1796. Mrs. James E. Hickok (Olive L. Bowen) was the youngest of eleven children and is now living at Argonia, Kansas. Her children were: James E., who died as a young man in Anderson County, Kansas; William P. and Luella B., twins, the former a lawyer at Taloga, Oklahoma, and the latter the wife of William G. Rupp, of Trinidad, Colorado; Charles D.; Esther C. Colin, a widow living at Argonia; Mary A., who died at Oquawka, Illinois, in 1911, wife of James W. Gordon; and Galen R., of Satanta, Kansas. [ ref 14]


1871 : BOWEN, Mary E. Bastard Bond 172
Mary E. Bowen and Henry Baker and James D. Castellow, are held and firmly bound
unto the said State for sum of $500 3rd Day of 1871
Mary E. Bowen shall keep a certain bastard child (not yet born) of which she now refuses
to disclose the father and keep from becoming chargeable to said county.
Signed by Mary E. Bowen (x), Henry Baker (x) and Thomas D. Castellow. [Note james
is listed one may be in error]