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Birth: May 14, 1751
Warren
Bristol County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Mar. 24, 1804
Rehoboth
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA

John Bowen: Capt. (Headstone/Mayflower Families).

b. 14 May 1751, Warren, Bristol Co., RI. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207 & RI Births p. 49).
b. 14 May 1751. (Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 21, John Billington).

m. 22 Jun 1774, Warren, Bristol Co., RI, Dorcas Wheaton - by Rev. Charles Thompson. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207 & RI Vital Records - Marriages, p. 9).
m. Dorcas Wheaton. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, p. 124).

d. 24 Mar 1804, Rehoboth, Massachusetts. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207).
d. 24 Mar 1804. (Headstone).

b. Obadiah Bowen Lot. aka Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Warren #14, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island. (Find A Grave).
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 nad 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.]


Rhode Island Vital Records - Births, Warren, p. 49:
"1-23 BOWEN John, May 14, 1751."

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."


These are the children of John Bowen & Dorcas Wheaton:
Rhode Island Vital Records - Births, Warren, p. 49:
"1-30 BOWEN Olive, of John and Dorcas, July 13, 1773.
1-18 BOWEN George, May 9, 1775.
1-47 BOWEN Rebekah, March 11, 1777.
1-12 BOWEN Dorcas, Feb. 17, 1779."
Warren Births - Vital Record of Rhode Island, p. 50:
"2-51 BOWEN John, of John and Dorcas, Feb. 27, 1781.
1-57 BOWEN Wheaton, March 24, 1783.


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"


NEHGR, April 2010, Vol. 164(8) p. 121-134: Nathaniel Bowen:
124 New England Historical and Genealogical Register [APRIL
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 nad 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.
Although no probate has been found for Nathaniel Bowen, Warren deed books show that he had transferred large quantities of real estate to his children, daughters as well as sons, and to at least one grandchild in the decade before his death.[24]
Children of Nathaniel and Esther (Carpenter) (Bardeen) Bowen; first two recorded in Swansea, Mass., the rest recorded in Warrant, R.I.:[25]
2. i. PELEG5 BOWEN, b. 26 Jan. 1738/9; m. ELISABETH ESTABROOKS.
3. ii. THOMAS BOWEN, b. 21 Dec. 1743; m. PENELOPE ALDRICH.
iii. ANNE BOWEN, b. 11 April 1749, d. by June 1766 when her youngest sister, also named Anne, was born.
4. iv. JOHN BOWEN, b. 14 May 1751; m. DORCAS WHEATON.
v. REUBEN BOWEN, b. 24 Nov. 1753.
5. vi. JAMES BOWEN, b. 11 May 1755; m. RUTH ARNOLD.


NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164 p. 207-218: Nathaniel Bowen: John Bowen:
"NATHANIEL4 AND ESTHER (CARPENTER) (BARDEEN) BOWEN AND THEIR FAMILY
Cherry Fletcher Bamberg
(continued from Register 164 [2010]:134)
4. JOHN5 BOWEN (Nathaniel4, Thomas 3, Obadiah2, Richard1) was born in Warren, Rhode Island, 14 May 1751.[134] He died in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 24 March 1804, and is buried in Warren Historic Cemetery 14, the Obadiah Bowen lot.[135] He was married by Rev. Charles Thompson, in Warren 22 June 1774, to DORCAS WHEATON,[136] born in Swansea, Massachusetts, 3 August 1748, daughter of Capt. Samuel Wheaton, Jr., and his wife Prudence (Salisbury) Wheaton.[137] Dorcas died in Dighton, Massachusetts, 5 March 1835,[138] having married second in Dighton, with intentions dated 28 April 1812, Robert Fish of Dighton, as his second wife.[139]
John Bowen, a cooper of Warren, bought nine acres there from his father Nathaniel on 25 November 1783, and on the same day gave him a receipt for £15 ....."

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Wife: Unknown burial location: Notes:

Dorcas Wheaton:

b. 3 Aug 1748, Swansea, Bristol Co., MA. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207).

m. (1) 22 Jun 1774, Warren, Bristol Co., RI, Dorcas Wheaton - by Rev. Charles Thompson. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207 & RI Vital Records - Marriages, p. 9).

m. (2) Abt 1812, Robert Fish. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207).

d. 5 Mar 1835, Dighton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207).

Burial: ?

Daughter of Capt. Samuel Wheaton, Jr. & Prudence Salisbury. (NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164, p. 207).

NEHGR, July 2010, Vol. 164 p. 207-218: Nathaniel Bowen: John Bowen:
"NATHANIEL4 AND ESTHER (CARPENTER) (BARDEEN) BOWEN AND THEIR FAMILY
Cherry Fletcher Bamberg
(continued from Register 164 [2010]:134)
4. JOHN5 BOWEN (Nathaniel4, Thomas 3, Obadiah2, Richard1) was born in Warren, Rhode Island, 14 May 1751.[134] He died in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 24 March 1804, and is buried in Warren Historic Cemetery 14, the Obadiah Bowen lot.[135] He was married by Rev. Charles Thompson, in Warren 22 June 1774, to DORCAS WHEATON,[136] born in Swansea, Massachusetts, 3 August 1748, daughter of Capt. Samuel Wheaton, Jr., and his wife Prudence (Salisbury) Wheaton.[137] Dorcas died in Dighton, Massachusetts, 5 March 1835,[138] having married second in Dighton, with intentions dated 28 April 1812, Robert Fish of Dighton, as his second wife.[139]
John Bowen, a cooper of Warren, bought nine acres there from his father Nathaniel on 25 November 1783, and on the same day gave him a receipt for £15 ....."

These are the children of John Bowen & Dorcas Wheaton:
Rhode Island Vital Records - Births, Warren, p. 49:
"1-30 BOWEN Olive, of John and Dorcas, July 13, 1773.
1-18 BOWEN George, May 9, 1775.
1-47 BOWEN Rebekah, March 11, 1777.
1-12 BOWEN Dorcas, Feb. 17, 1779."
Warren Births - Vital Record of Rhode Island, p. 50:
"2-51 BOWEN John, of John and Dorcas, Feb. 27, 1781.
1-57 BOWEN Wheaton, March 24, 1783.

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Family links: 
 Parents:
  Nathaniel Bowen (1704 - 1794)
  Esther Carpenter Bardeen Bowen (1718 - 1794)
 
 Siblings:
  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
 
Inscription:
"S. A. C. R. E. D.
To the Memory of
Cap. JOHN BOWEN
who died
March 24 1804
Aged 53 Years."
 
Burial:
Obadiah Bowen Lot
Warren
Bristol County
Rhode Island, USA
 
Maintained by: Julie Evans
Originally Created by: Debi
Record added: Oct 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43273591
Capt John Bowen
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Rest In Peace, Cousin. A descendant of Pilgrim John Billington.
- James E. Welch
 Added: Apr. 22, 2010
 
 
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