|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1698|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 1776|
Nathan Bowen was the son of Obadiah Bowen (1651-1699) and Abigail Bullock (1657-1712+) 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 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's children, first ten with first wife Sarah; last child with second wife Hannah, all born in Marblehead:
*Edward, b. 30 Dec 1720, d. 5 Oct 1796; an Edward Bowen m. Marblehead 1 Feb 1750 Elizabeth Boden; an Edward Bowen m. Marblehead 10 Aug 1762 Mary Burnham; an Edward Bowen m. Marblehead 27 Mar 1768 Mrs. Lydia Main; a Capt. Edward Bowen m. Marblehead 14 Jul 1774 Mrs. Deborah Hawks
*Mary, b. 9 Oct 1722
*Sarah, b. 1724, died young
*Nathan, b. 17 Dec 1726; a Nathan Bowen m. Marblehead 11 Oct 1753 Martha Trevett.
*Ashley, b. 1728, d. Marblehead 2 Feb 1813. Capt Ashley Bowen m. at Boxford 7 May 1758 Mrs. Dorothy Chadwick; Ashley Bowen m. Marblehead 8 Dec 1771 Mary Shaw; Ashley Bowen m. 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) ______ Johnson; m. (2) Ezra Stiles
*Abigail, b. 12 Feb 1732/3, d. 1774, m. in Marblehead 6 Jan 1756 John Wight; 8 children
*Elizabeth, m. b. 27 Feb 1734; an Elizabeth Bowen m. Marblehead 27 Dec 1756 Knott Martin, Jr.
*Anna, b. 3 May 1737; an Anna Bowen m. Marblehead 15 Nov 1758 John Prince
*Hannah, b. 6 Sep 1740, died young; her mother died 12 days after her birth
*Hannah, b. 8 Jul 1743; a Hannah Bowen m. Marblehead 1 July 1762 Richard Reed, Jr.
Obadiah Bowen (1651 - 1699)
Abigail Bullock Bowen (1657 - 1704)
Sarah Ashley Bowen (1698 - 1740)
Sarah Bowen Stiles (1730 - 1796)*
Anna Bowen Prince (1737 - 1830)*
James Bowen (1680 - 1738)*
Nathan Bowen (1698 - 1776)
Nathan Bowen Esq. Died aged 79.
Maintained by: Stan Arnold
Originally Created by: RememberMe
Record added: May 08, 2010
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