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Capt John Bowne
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Birth: 1630, England
Death: Jan. 3, 1684
Shrewsbury (Long Branch)
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

"Capt John Bowne (William1) was a leader in purchasing the land from the Indians: was one of the first five families who made a permanent settlement in 1664; and was one of the patentees of the Monmouth grant. "Until Captain Bowne's death in the early part of 1684, he seems to have been the most prominent citizen of the county, esteemed for his integrity and his ability. He had been compelled to leave the Massachusetts colony on account of his sympathy with the Baptists and he was one of the founders of the Baptist Church at Middletown.

He appeared as a deputy to the first Assembly in Governor Carteret's time, which met May 26, 1668, the members of the Lower House being then called "Burgesses." He was deputy again in 1675, after Carteret's return from England; and in the first Legislature under the 24 proprietors, in 1683, he was a member and the Speaker, and acted until the December following. He held other positions of trust. March 12, 1677, a commission was issued to him as president of the Court to hold a term at Middletown.

In December, 1683, shortly before his last illness, he was appointed Major of the Militia of Monmouth County. As stated, Captain John Bowne was one of the founders of the Baptist Church at Middletown, New Jersey, which was constituted in 1668 - being the first Baptist organization in the State of New Jersey.

The first who preached at Middletown was Mr. John Bowne. It was he who gave the lot on which the first meeting house was built. Captain John Bowne died January 3, 1684, and his universally recognized character was that of an upright, conscientious Christian man."

(William Bowne of Yorkshire, England & His Descendants by Miller K Reading, M.D., 1903)

Most major faiths are represented in Middletown. One, the Baptist, was founded in New Jersey by their Middletown church. The congregation of the First Baptist Church, now know as Old First Church, still meets at their landmark location at 69 Kings Highway.
Family links: 
  William Bowne (1605 - 1677)
  Ann Haverland Bowne (1610 - 1670)
  Lydia Holmes Bowne (1638 - 1693)
  John Bowne (1664 - 1715)*
  Obadiah Bowne (1666 - 1726)*
  Sarah Bowne Saltar (1669 - 1717)*
  John Bowne (1630 - 1684)
  James Bowne (1636 - 1695)*
  Andrew Bowne (1638 - 1707)*
*Calculated relationship
Presbyterian Burial Ground
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Sue McDuffe:)
Record added: Dec 04, 2009
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Capt John Bowne
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