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Nathan Bowen
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1698
Swansea
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 23, 1776
Marblehead
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Nathan Bowen was the son of Obadiah Bowen and Abigail Bullock of Bristol County, Mass. He was married first in Boston by Rev. Mr. John Webb (Presbyternian) on 16 April 1719 to Sarah Ashley, the daughter of Boston merchant Edward Ashley and his wife Mary Hallowell. Following Sarah's death in 1740, he married second in Marblehead 18 Nov 1741, as her third husband, Hannah (Haskell) Harris, the daughter of Mark Haskell and Charity Gale. Hannah had married first Samuel Goodwin and second Samuel Harris. Hannah had died by 1764 when Nathan married a third time in Marblehead on 27 May 1764 Mrs. Mary Boden.

As to Bowen's life pursuits, some are presented in his son's autobiography, "The Autobiography of Ashley Bowen (1728-1813)" edited by Daniel Vickers (2006), p. 15:

"Nathan had served an apprenticeship in a Boston counting house and then for reasons unknown had moved ten miles north along the coast in 1718 to settle in Marblehead. There he purchased a home several blocks back from the waterfront, to which in 1719 he brought his young wife, a Boston merchant's daughter named Sarah Ashley. In Marblehead Nathan built a career as a trader, gentleman, notary public, justice of the peace, teacher of navigation, and author of almanacs...In the opinion of one of his daughters, Nathan Bowen was 'too much taken up with the things of this world'...and the relationship between him and his son Ashley seems never to have been very warm."

Nathan had ten children with first wife Sarah, and one more with second wife Hannah, all born in Marblehead:

*Edward, b. 30 Dec 1720, d. 5 Oct 1796, had five wives. He m. (1) Marblehead 1 Feb 1750 Elizabeth Boden; ; m. (2) Marblehead 10 Aug 1762 Mary Burnham; m. (3) Marblehead 27 Mar 1768 Mrs. Lydia Main; m. (4) Marblehead 14 Jul 1774 Mrs. Deborah (Kimball) Hawks; and m. (5) 1795 Mercy Cross.

*Mary, b. 9 Oct 1722

*Sarah, b. 7 Dec 1724, died young

*Nathan, b. 17 Dec 1726, m. Marblehead 11 Oct 1753 Martha Trevett.

*Ashley, b. 1728, d. Marblehead 2 Feb 1813, m. (1) at Boxford 7 May 1758 Mrs. Dorothy Chadwick; m. (2) Marblehead 8 Dec 1771 Mary Shaw; and m. (3) Marblehead 6 Feb 1782 Mrs. Hannah Graves. Ashley wrote an autobiography covering mostly his life as a mariner; it was published in 2006.

*Sarah, b. 16 Jun 1730, d. 3 Jul 1790, m. (1) (Ebenezer?) Johnson; m. (2) Ezra Stiles.

*Abigail, b. 12 Feb 1732/3, d. Marblehead 19 Aug 1819, m. in Marblehead 6 Jan 1756 John Wight, the son of Rev. John Wight and Mary Pond of Dedham, Mass.; Abigail and John had eight children.

*Elizabeth, b. 27 Feb 1734, d. Marblehead 28 July 1809; m. Marblehead 27 Dec 1756 Knott Martin, Jr., b. 31 Dec 1734, d. 7 July 1822, the son of Knott Martin and Sarah Arnold.

*Anna, b. 3 May 1737; m. Marblehead 15 Nov 1758 John Prince

*Hannah, b. 6 Sep 1740, died young; her mother died 12 days after her birth

With second wife:

*Hannah, b. 8 Jul 1743; a Hannah Bowen m. Marblehead 1 July 1762 Richard Reed, Jr.
 (bio by: Stan Arnold) 
 
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 Parents:
  Obadiah Bowen (1651 - 1699)
  Abigail Bullock Bowen (1657 - 1704)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Ashley Bowen (1698 - 1740)
 
 Children:
  Edward Bowen (1720 - 1796)*
  Ashley Bowen (1728 - 1813)*
  Sarah Bowen Stiles (1730 - 1796)*
  Anna Bowen Prince (1737 - 1830)*
 
 Sibling:
  James Hezekiah Bowen (1680 - 1738)*
  Nathan Bowen (1698 - 1776)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

Nathan Bowen Esq. Died aged 79.
 
Burial:
Harris Street Cemetery
Marblehead
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Mike Hogan
Record added: Jul 28, 2011
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- Nancy Tommaselli
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