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James Bowen
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Birth: May 11, 1755
Bristol County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1823
Bristol County
Rhode Island, USA

James Bowen: (Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 21, John Billingham & NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 211 -218).

b. 11 May 1755, Warren, Bristol Co., RI. (Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 21, John Billingham & NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 211 & RI Births p. 49).
b. Abt 1754. (Headstone - Age 69).

m. 3 May 1778, Warren, Bristol Co., RI, Ruth Arnold - by Rev. Charles Thompson. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol 164, p. 211 & RI Vital Records - Marriages, p. 9).
m. Ruth Arnold. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, p. 124).

d. 7 Nov 1823, Warren, Bristol Co., RI. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 211).
d. 7 Nov 1823. (Headstone).

b. Obadiah Bowen Lot. aka Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Warren #14, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island. (Find A Grave). (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 211). (Buried with his wife).
Plot: Read Farm, School House Road .
b. The Obadiah Bowen Lot, where Nathaniel and Esther, his parents, several siblings, and many children and grandchildren are buried, is some two hundred feet south of School House Road, Warren, where it intersects with Market Street. Nathaniel Bowen was given the land that included the already old cemetery on 7 May 1729 by his father Thomas Bowen, who described the property as follows:[19]
All that mesuage farm or Tenement Lying on both sides the highway where I now Dwell in Swansey aforsed Excepting and Reserving the burying place that is and was bounded out by My honoured father obadiah Bowen deceased lying in the old orchard on the south side…bounded North and way west on ye Country Road.
In a later deed this property was described as "a farm or tract of land of forty acres, part arable, part meadow, part pasture," with a dwelling house, outbuilding, and a small salt meadow."[20] In exchange for the gift, Nathaniel made a deed in 1729 allowing his father "the improvement of the House and land whereon he now dwells for their living, During their natural lives."[21] Late in life Nathaniel Bowen transferred the land on which the cemetery is located to his son James, and James in turn left the land equally to his eleven children, who sold most of it to Thomas Handy in 1839.[22] The house of "T. Handy" across the road from the Obadiah Bowen cemetery is marked on the 1870 Beers map of Warren.[23] When Nathaniel was a boy, this land was in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, but in 1747 when the borders were redrawn, it became part of Warren, Rhode Island. Considerably northeast of the center of town, this area was much more rural than the center of Warren in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Their burial ground stands out from thousands of others in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for the six generations of a single family who rest within its walls.
[The New England Historical and Genealogy Register, April 2010, Volume 164, Whole Number 654, pages 121-134.]

11 children: (Note on granting land -- Obadiah Bowen Lot).

Rhode Island Vital Records - Births - Warren, p. 49:
"1-25 BOWEN James, May 11, 1755."

Vital Record of Rhode Island, Warren Births, p.49:
"1-2 BOWEN Anne, of Nathaniel and Esther, April 11, 1749
1-23 BOWEN John, May 14, 1751.
1-44 BOWEN Reuben, Nov. 24, 1753.
1-25 BOWEN James, May 11, 1755.
1-32 BOWEN Mary, Nov. 12, 1757.
1-4 BOWEN Avis, Dec. 12, 1758.
1-55 BOWEN William, Sept. 25, 1760.
1-4 BOWEN Anne, June 2, 1766."

(NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 212), excerpt:
"In a family that was widely scattered, James Bowen was notable as the son who stayed home. They Warren land records are full of transfers of land to him from his father Nathaniel and brothers William and John.[187]
James Bowen served in the Revolution for seventeen months. He died before general pension benefits were offered, but his widow Ruth Bowen applied for a widow's pension 29 October 1836.[188] The pension bureau determined that James Bowen had served in Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1775, marched to White Plains, New York, in 1777, and was often on duty guarding 'the home shores' from 1778....
James Bowen's will, dated 21 October 1823 and proved 5 January 1824, directed that after the death of his widow Ruth, his unnamed children should divide all his real estate.[191] The children, most of whom needed the money, sold the real estate promptly, and the information in the deeds about residence and occupations provide valuable additions to the story of this family."

Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Twenty One, John Billington, General Society of Mayflower Descendants 1620 Plymouth 1857,
p. 112-113:
"125 ESTHER CARPENTER 5 (Desire Martin 4, Mercy 3 Billington, Francis 2, John 1)
b. prob. Rehoboth ca. 1718; d. Warren RI 28 Oct. 1794 aged 76 yrs.
She m. (1) Swansea 4 Jan. 1735 NATHAN BARDEEN, b. ca. 1709; d. Swansea 17 Nov. 1736 in his 28th yr.
She m. (2) Swansea 4 Jan. 1737 NATHANIEL BOWEN, b. Swansea 1 Jan. 1703/4; d. Warren RI 24 Dec. 1794 ages 91 yrs.; son of Thomas and Thankful (Mason) Bowen.
Nathaniel Bowen lived in that part of Swansea that became Warren RI in 1746.
There are numerous land transfers in Warren RI records from Nathaniel Bowen, with wife Esther sometimes signing, to his stepson Nathan Barden; to sons Thomas, John, James and William Bowen; to daus. Avis McMillion and Anna Bowen; and to grandson Peleg Bowen, son of Peleg.
Nathaniel Bowen had 3 males over 16, one under 16, 2 females over 16 and 5 females under 16 in the 1774 census of Warren RI.
No probate record for Nathan Bardeen in Bristol Co. or Nathaniel Bowen in Warren RI.
Child (BARDEEN or BARDEN) b. Swansea:
i NATHAN 6 b. 23 Feb. 1736/7
Children (BOWEN) first 2 b. Swansea, rest b. Warren RI:
ii PELEG b. 26 Jan. 1738/9
iii THOMAS b. 21 Dec. 1743
iv ANNE b. 11 April 1749; d.y.
v JOHN b. 14 May 1751
vi REUBEN b. 24 Nov. 1753; prob. d.y.
vii JAMES b. 11 May 1755
viii MARY b. 12 Nov. 1757
ix AVIS b. 12 Dec. 1758
x WILLIAM b. 25 Sept. 1760
[p. 113:]
xi ANNE b. 2 June 1766"

The Providence Gazette, Vital Record of Rhode Island--Deaths, p. 197 (top):
"BOWEN James, at Warren; in 66th year. Gazette of Nov. 19, 1823"

Family links: 
  Nathaniel Bowen (1704 - 1794)
  Esther Carpenter Bardeen Bowen (1718 - 1794)
  Ruth Arnold Bowen (1756 - 1837)
  Peleg Bowen (1776 - 1850)*
  Avis Bowen Finney (1780 - 1863)*
  Reuben Bowen (1788 - 1832)*
  Peleg Bowen (1738 - ____)*
  Thomas Bowen (1743 - 1834)*
  Anne Bowen (1749 - ____)*
  John Bowen (1751 - 1804)*
  Reuben Bowen (1753 - ____)*
  James Bowen (1755 - 1823)
  Mary Bowen Cranston (1756 - 1848)*
  Avis Bowen McMillen (1758 - 1820)*
  William Bowen (1760 - 1854)*
  Anne Bowen (1766 - 1825)*
*Calculated relationship
"ERECTED / in Memory of / Mr. JAMES BOWEN /
Who died / Nov. 7, 1823 / E 69. /
Friends, nor Physicians...."
[Ending not in photo].

Obadiah Bowen Lot
Bristol County
Rhode Island, USA
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Record added: Oct 18, 2009
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James Bowen
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