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William Bowne
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Birth: 1605, England
Death: 1677
Shrewsbury (Long Branch)
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

The first settlement at Salem, MA was begun in 1628. The Colonists obtained a patent from the Council of Plymouth in March 1628; and Charles I issued a charter of incorporation to the proprietors under the name of "The Governor and Company of Massachusetts Bay in New England" in 1629. "In 1630 about 300 of the best Puritan families in the kingdom came to New England. Not adventurers, not vagabonds, were these brave people, but virtuous, well educated, courageous men and women who for conscious sake left comfortable homes with no expectation of returning." "Of these persons, all were respectable, and many were from illustrious and noble families." Among these came William Bowne and Ann his wife. They emigrated from Yorkshire, England and settled at Salem, Essex Co, Massachusetts in 1631. William and Ann Bowne left England on account of the cruel religious persecutions so prevalent in that country at the time. He was granted 40 acres of land at Jeffries Creek in 1636.

He remained at Salem for some years, and then removed to Gravesend, Long Island. This was probably in 1645, as Gravesend was settled by English emigrants from Massachusetts about that year. Among these early settlers at Gravesend, we find William Bowne and his son, John. William Bowne was granted a "plantar's lot" 12 Nov 1646; and John Bowne, his son, 20 Sep 1647. William Bowne was one of the Magistrates of Gravesend, Long Island in 1657. William and his sons: John, James, and Andrew emigrated to Middletown, Monmouth Co, New Jersey in 1664.

Brief mention of a few historical facts may be of considerable interest to the Bowne family at this time. They occurred nearly two hundred and fifty years ago!

In 1663, a company of Puritans, living on Long Island, obtained permission of Gov. Stuyvesant to settle on the banks of the Raritan. "A party of about 20 English, set out in a sloop from Gravesend, Long Island in Dec 1663 and sailed across the bay to what is now Monmouth County, for the purpose of purchasing land of the Indian sachems, with a view to settlement". The men in the party were John Bowne, William Golding, Richard Gibbons, James Holbert, Charles Morgan, Samuel Spicer, John Totman, Thomas Whitlock and others, 20 in all. They finally purchased from the Indian chief, Poppemora, the three "necks" of land known to the Indians as Newasink, Navarumsunk and Pootapeck. Having purchased the land, "John Bowne, Richard Stout and three others, with their families, five families in all, came and made their settlement in the spring or summer of 1664, nearly a year before the patent was issued".

Charles II, King of England, made a royal grant and patent of land, dated March 12, 1664, to his brother James, Duke of York which included all of the present State of New Jersey. King Charles sent out a fleet, with a military force under command of Sir Robert Carr and Colonel Richard Nicolls who had been commissioned Governor by the Duke of York. The fleet arrived at New Amsterdam in August, 1664 and that place and all of New Netherlands were surrendered by Gov. Stuyvesant, to the English, on the 27th day of the same month. This English company of Puritans, living on Long Island and in New England, having obtained permission of Gov. Stuyvesant to settle on the banks of the Raritan River, commenced their negotiations with the Indian sachems December 5, 1663; and concluded the first Indian purchase of land, which was made from Poppomora, chief of the Navesink Indians to John Bowne, James Hubbard, William Golding, Richard Stout, Samuel Spicer, and John Tilton, Jr, all of Gravesend, Long Island, by deed dated January 25, 1664—the original record of which is at Albany, New York, and copies are also recorded at Perth Amboy and Trenton, NJ. Having already complied with the first conditions of Gov. Nicolls' proclamation, the company made application to the Governor for a grant to cover the purchase already made and others which they intended to make. This grant embraced all of the present county of Monmouth, and a part of Ocean and Middlesex Counties. It is dated April 8, 1665. It is known as the famous "MONMOUTH PATENT".

(William Bowne of Yorkshire, England & His Descendants by Miller K Reading, M.D., 1903)
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  Ann Haverland Bowne (1610 - 1670)
  John Bowne (1632 - 1684)*
  James Bowne (1636 - 1684)*
  Andrew Bowne (1638 - 1707)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Sue McDuffe:)
Record added: Dec 04, 2009
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