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Obadiah Bowen

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Birthplace: Glamorganshire, Wales
Death: Died in Swansea, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Bowen Cemetery, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Bowen of Rehoboth, Immigrant and Ann Bowen, of Wales
Husband of Mary Bowen
Father of John Bowen; Obediah Bowen, Jr.; Mary Bowen; Rebecca Bowen; Daughter Bowen and 11 others
Brother of George Bowen; Alice Eleanor Wheaton; Sarah Fuller; Ruth Kendrick; Richard Bowen, Jr. and 3 others

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About Obadiah Bowen

Bowen, Obadiah (1627 - 1710) - male b. 3 JAN 1626/27 in Wales d. 10 SEP 1710 in Swansea, Massachusetts father: Bowen, Richard Dwn(~1580 - 1674) mother: (Bourn), Ann Born(*1593 - ~1648)

   Obadiah Bowen took the oath of Fidelitie in the Town of Rehoboth in 1657 and then went to Swanzey, where he was Representative in 1681.

Source: Genealogies of the Brooks Families of New England Person Page - 1095

From Plymouth Colony Records: October 28, 1681 term. The verdict of a jury impaneled August 21, 1981 for the viewing of the corpses of Mr. George May and Timothy Venor included Obadiah Bowen - foreman, Thomas Estabrooke, Samuel Luther, Sr., Zacheriah Eddy, Sr., John Wheaton, Joshua Lumbert, Job Winslow, Jarett Bourne, Jr. Their verdict read as follows: "We found these two men below high water marke, and, according to our best understanding, theire death was by drowning".

   Obadiah and his wife were members of the First Baptist Church in Swansea, MA, which broke off from Rehoboth in 1667. Although members of the congregation, church records indicate that they were warned continuously for lack of attendance. As they lived about two miles away from the church when the church was at North Swansea, and much further away when it was in the center of present day Barrington, it is easy to understand the absence, as they probably would have to walk the distance. The original church location was off George Street in South Seekonk, Massachusetts, about five miles from Obadiah's home. (In the inventory of Obadiah's estate there are no horses, oxen or mules listed, only cows.)
   How Richard adjusted to his son becoming a Baptist is unknown, but the Baptists were persecuted by the early Puritans, although less strenuously than the Quakers, four of whom were hanged in the Bay Colony. The last to be hanged was William Leddra.
   Obadiah's will* was recorded in Book II Page 290 and Book III Page 1 found in Bristol County, Massachusetts, Registry of Probate, at Taunton. Obadiah's will dated 11 December 1708; grown ancient; probated October 14, 1710; beq to sons Samuel and Joseph and dau Hannah Brooks; gr. ch. Aaron, Daniel and Nathan, sons of dec. son Obadiah; four pewter platters, given to him when he was baptized, he beq to four gr. daus. Katherine, Sarah, Alice and Elizabeth B.; some land recorded in Rehoboth he gave to James and Hezekiah B.; also beq to Lydia Mason.
   * See attatched: Will of Obadiah Bowen
   The town of Swansea was named by Obadiah Bowen after the town in Wales from which he came. 

spouse: Clifton, Mary (~1628 - 1697) - m. in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts ----------child: Bowen, John (1646 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Obadiah (1651 - 1699) ----------child: Bowen, Mary (1652 - 1678) ----------child: Bowen, Sarah (1654 - 1703) ----------child: Bowen, Jacob (1656 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Rebecca (1657 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Daughter (1658 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Samuel (1659 - 1728) ----------child: Bowen, Sarah (*1661 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Joseph (1662 - 1727) ----------child: Bowen, Thomas (1664 - 1743) ----------child: Bowen, Hannah (1665 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Lydia (1666 - 1758) ----------child: Bowen, Sarah (1668 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Mercy (Marcy) (1672 - ) ----------child: Bowen, Isaac (1674 - <1706) ----------child: Bowen, James (1676 - )

source: WebGED: Richard Bowen Data Page

4. OBADIAH BOWEN (Richard1). Born ca 1627/1628. Obadiah died in Swansea, Bristol Co., MA, on 10 Sep 1710; he was 83. Occupation: Yeoman. Ca 1650 when Obadiah was 23, he married Mary ?. Born in 1628. Mary died in Swansea, Bristol Co., MA, on 18 Feb 1697/1698; she was 69.

They had the following 16 children:

i. John. Born on 2 Jun 1646 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. ii. Obadiah (1651-1699) iii. Mary. Born on 18 Jan 1653/1654 in Bristol Co., MA. Mary died on 20 Aug 1678; she was 25. On 30 May 1673 when Mary was 20, she married Isaac ALLEN, in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. iv. Sarah. Born on 6 Nov 1654 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. Sarah died on 14 May 1703; she was 48. On 16 May 1672 when Sarah was 17, she married John SAVAGE, in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. v. Jacob. Born in 1656 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. vi. Rebecca. Born ca 1657 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. Rebecca married Thomas POST. vii. Samuel. Born on 16 Jul 1659 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. Samuel died in Cohansey, Salem, NJ, bef 4 Mar 1728/1729; he was 68. On 26 May 1684 when Samuel was 24, he married Elizabeth WOOD, in Swansea, Bristol, MA. viii. Joseph (1662-1727) ix. THOMAS (1664-<1743) x. Hannah. Born on 3 May 1665 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. On 10 Nov 1685 when Hannah was 20, she married Rev. Timothy BROOKS Jr., son of Capt. Timothy BROOKS & Mary RUSSELL, in Swansea, Bristol, MA. Born on 9 Oct 1661 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA. Timothy died in Cumberland Co., NJ, in 1716; he was 54. xi. Lydia. Born on 23 Apr 1666 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. Lydia died on 25 May 1758; she was 92. On 4 Sep 1686 when Lydia was 20, she married Joseph MASON, son of Sampson MASON & Mary BUTTERWORTH, in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. Born on 6 Mar 1662/1663 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. Joseph died in Swansea, Bristol Co., MA, on 19 May 1748; he was 86. xii. Sarah. Born ca 1668 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. On 27 Dec 1686 when Sarah was 18, she married James ABELL. xiii. Mercy. Born on 18 Mar 1672/1673 in Bristol Co., MA. xiv. Isaac. Born on 30 Sep 1674 in Bristol Co., MA. xv. James. Born in 1676. xvi. Hezekiah. Born in 1678.

-------------------- He left a will on 11 November 1708 at Swansea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts; Obadiah Bowen, of Swanzay, co. of Bristol, in New England, ancient and weak of body, yeoman. Bequests to son Samuel Bowen of Cohansey, daughter Hannah Brooks, Lidia Mason, grandsons Aron Bowen and Daniel lBowen, sons of my son Obadiah deceased lands in Attleborough Twp, Bristol Co. Nathan Bowen, son of my son Obadiah two divisions of land in Rehoboth. Son Joseph lands in Rehoboth and Swanzey. James Bowen and Hezebiah Bowen (no relation stated). Granddaughters Katherine Bowen, Sarah Bowen, Aliza(?) Bowen, and Elizabeth Bowen. Thomas Bowen, son.4

   Obadiah Bowen took the oath of Fidelitie in the Town of Rehoboth in 1657 and then went to Swanzey, where he was Representative in 1681.
   From Plymouth Colony Records: October 28, 1681 term. The verdict of a jury impaneled August 21, 1981 for the viewing of the corpses of Mr. George May and Timothy Venor included Obadiah Bowen - foreman, Thomas Estabrooke, Samuel Luther, Sr., Zacheriah Eddy, Sr., John Wheaton, Joshua Lumbert, Job Winslow, Jarett Bourne, Jr. Their verdict read as follows: "We found these two men below high water marke, and, according to our best understanding, theire death was by drowning".
   Obadiah and his wife were members of the First Baptist Church in Swansea, MA, which broke off from Rehoboth in 1667. Although members of the congregation, church records indicate that they were warned continuously for lack of attendance. As they lived about two miles away from the church when the church was at North Swansea, and much further away when it was in the center of present day Barrington, it is easy to understand the absence, as they probably would have to walk the distance. The original church location was off George Street in South Seekonk, Massachusetts, about five miles from Obadiah's home. (In the inventory of Obadiah's estate there are no horses, oxen or mules listed, only cows.)
   How Richard adjusted to his son becoming a Baptist is unknown, but the Baptists were persecuted by the early Puritans, although less strenuously than the Quakers, four of whom were hanged in the Bay Colony. The last to be hanged was William Leddra.
   Obadiah's will* was recorded in Book II Page 290 and Book III Page 1 found in Bristol County, Massachusetts, Registry of Probate, at Taunton. Obadiah's will dated 11 December 1708; grown ancient; probated October 14, 1710; beq to sons Samuel and Joseph and dau Hannah Brooks; gr. ch. Aaron, Daniel and Nathan, sons of dec. son Obadiah; four pewter platters, given to him when he was baptized, he beq to four gr. daus. Katherine, Sarah, Alice and Elizabeth B.; some land recorded in Rehoboth he gave to James and Hezekiah B.; also beq to Lydia Mason.
   * See attatched: Will of Obadiah Bowen
   The town of Swansea was named by Obadiah Bowen after the town in Wales from which he came. 
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  • 'New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter
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  • Richard Bowen, the immigrant ancestor, came from Kittle Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales, to this county about 1638 and settled at Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He was a son of James and Eleanor Bowen, of Ilewyndwar, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and grandson of Mathias Bowen or Bowin. He was a proprietor and town officer in Rehoboth, and was admitted a freeman, June 4, 1645. He married (first) Ann ___, and (second) Elizabeth ___. He was buried February 4, 1674, and in his will, dated June 4, 1673, he bequeathed to his wife and children. His widow was buried in 1685. Children: William; 'Obadiah, mentioned below'; Richard; Thomas; Alice, married ___ Wheaton; Sarah, married ___ Fuller; Ruth, married ___ Leverich.
    • ' (II) Obadiah Bowen, son of Richard Bowen, was born in Wales about 1627, died 1727. He married Mary Clifton. Children, born in Rehoboth: Obadiah, September 18, 1650; Mary, January 18, 1652; Sarah, November
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    • '6, 1654; Samuel, July 16, 1659; Joseph, mentioned below; Thomas, August 3, 1664; Hannah, May 3, 1665; Lydia, April 25, 1666; Marcy, March 18, 1672; Isaac, September 20, 1674.
      • (III) Joseph Bowen, son of 'Obadiah Bowen', was born June 17, 1662. He married Elizabeth ___. Children: John, born September 26, 1689; Ruth, October 15, 1691; Elisha, mentioned below; Obadiah, June 26, 1695; Naomi, September 9, 1697; Joseph, November 9, 1699; Jabish, November 23, 1701; Elizabeth, June 6, 1704; Mary, July 1, 1706.
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  • Richard Bowen came from Kittle Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales, to this country, about 1638, lived for a time at Weymouth and settled at Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He was a proprietor and town officer in Rehoboth, and was admitted a freeman, June 4, 1645. His first wife bore the name of Ann and the second Elizabeth. He was buried February 4, 1674, and in his will dated June 4, 1673, he bequeathed his property to his wife and children. His widow was buried in 1685. Children: William; 'Obadiah', mentioned below; Richard ; Thomas ; Alice, who married a Wheaton ; Sarah, married Robert Fuller; Ruth, married George Kendrick.
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  • 'New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 3 By William Richard Cutter
  • New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 3 By William Richard Cutter
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  • (VI). Rev. George Kelton, son of John (2) Kelton, was born at Rehoboth, February 10, 1787, and died November 21, 1862. He married, April 5, 1810, Hannah Bosworth, who was born June 24, 1791, and died December 7, 1864. Hannah Bosworth was daughter of David and Elizabeth (Luther) Bosworth; David, born 1767, died 1834, son of Ichabod (2) and Hannah (Horton) Bosworth; Ichabod (2), born 1739, was son of Ichabod (1) and Mary (Bowen) Bosworth; Ichabod (1) born 1706, died 1775, was son of Jonathan (2) and Sarah (Round) Bosworth; . . . . . Mary Bowen, wife of Ichabod (1) Bosworth, was daughter of Joseph, son of 'Obadiah and Mary (Clifton) Bowen'.
Notes for Obediah Bowen:

Custom Field:<_FA#> 13 Sep 2000 REFERENCES: "HISTORY OF REHOBOTH', BY LEONARD BLISS, JR. "A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF TH E FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND", BY JAMES SAVAGE. "THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER", VOLUME VI. "AMERICANS OF ROYAL DESCENT", BY CHARLES H. BROWNING. THE WILL OF OBADIAH BOWEN IN BRISTOL, MASSACHUSETTS. "ALSEY BOWEN AND HER CHILDREN", BY ROSLYN COLLINS DUMFIELD. "RICHARD BOWEN'S DESCENDANTS TO THE FIFTH GENERATION", BY CHARLES SHEPPARD. "THE COMPENDIUM OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY", VOLUME VII, "COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE UNITED STATES O F AMERICA", VOLUME III. "EARLY REHOBOTH", BY RICHARD L. BOWEN. INFORMATION GATHERED BY ROBER T S. TRIM OF REHOBOTH MASSACHUSETTS. OBADIAH BOWEN WAS THE SON OF RICHARD AND ANN BOWEN OF WALES. OBADIAH WAS BORN IN SWANSEA WALES ON 1 SEPTEMBER, 1627. HE CAME TO AMERICA IN THE 1630'S ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY. THEY ARRIVED NEAR BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS BUT BY 1643 THEY WERE LIVING IN REHOBOTH, MASSACHUSETTS. AROUND 1650 OBADIAH MARRIED MARY CLIFTON. MARY MAY HAVE BEEN THE DAUGHTER OF THOMAS CLIFTON. MARY WAS BORN ABOUT 1628. OBADIAH AND MARY BOWEN HAD 10 CHILDREN. OBADIAH WAS A REPRESENTATIVE OF SWANSEA MASSACHUSETTS IN 1681. HE WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE BAPTIST COMMUNION. OBADIAH DIED IN 1710 AND MARY DIED IN 1697. BOTH DIED IN SWANSEA, MASSACHUSETTS. THE CEMETERY WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED IS KNOWN AS THE BOWEN CEMETERY AND IT'S LOCATED IN WARREN, RHODE ISLAND WHICH WAS IN THE ORIGINAL TOWN OF SWANSEA. THIS CEMETERY CONTAINS SIX GENERATIONS OF BOWEN'S AND WAS LAID OUT BY OBADIAH BOWEN. PER NOTES FROM JOHN WINSKIE, OBADIAH BOWEN'S WIFE MARY CLIFTON WAS THE DAUGHTER OF THOMAS CLIFTON AND HIS FIRST WIFE. OBADIAH EVIDENTLY MOVED FROM REHOBOTH AFTER 1676 (WHEN HE IS RECORDED IN REHOBOTH AS HAVING ADVANCED L2 17s 8d FOR THE PROSECUTION OF KING PHILIP'S WAR) AND BEFORE 1681, TO SWANSEA (WHEN HE WAS ELECTED AS A DEPUTY TO THE PLYMOUTH COLONY GENERAL COURT) HIS WILL WAS DATED 11 DECEMBER 1708, AND PROBATED 14 OCTOBER 1710. REFERENCE: NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES GENEALOGICAL AND MEMORIAL BY WILIAM RICHARD CUTTER, A.M., THIRD SERIES, VOLUME IV: OBADIAH BOWEN, SON OF RICHARD BOWEN, WAS BORN IN WALES ABOUT 1627, DIED 1727. (ACTUALLY DIED 11 OCT 1710) HE MARRIED MARY CLIFTON. CHILDREN BORN IN REHOBOTH: OBADIAH, SEPTEMBER 18, 1650; MARY, JANUARY 18, 1652; SARA, NOVEMBER 6, 1654; SAMUEL, JULY 16, 1659; JOSEPH, JUNE 17, 1662; THOMAS, AUGUST 3, 1664; HANNAH, MAY 3, 1665; LYDIA, APRIL 25, 1666; MARCH, MARCH 18, 1672; ISAAC, SEPTEMBER 20, 1674. ------------------------------------------------ Vital Record of Rehoboth, 1642-1896. Marriages, Intentions, Births, Deaths, with Supplement containing the Record of 1896, Colonial Returns, Lists of the Early Settlers, Purchasers, Freemen, Inhabitants, the Soldiers serving in Philip's War and the Revolution. June 22, 1658, lots were drawn for the meadows that lie on the north side of the town, in order as followeth, according to person and estate: 23. Obadiah Bowen. ------------------------------------------- May 26, 1668, lots were drawn for the meadow lands in the North Purchase, by the following persons: Name: Obadiah Bowen ----------------------------------------- A list of the Proprietors and Inhabitants of Rehoboth, Feb. 7, 1689. Proprietors not Inhabitants Name: Obadiah Bowen, Sr. --------------------------------------------- The following are the names of those who made advances of money and the sum so advanced. It shows that many of those who served as private soldiers in the war also advanced money to sustain it. Obadiah Bowen, £2 s.17 d.8 ----------------------------------------------- From the list of the six months men raised to reinforce the Continental Army, in the year 1780, we have the following list of names from Rehoboth. They marched to West Point and served under Continental Officers. In The 32D Divis

More About Obediah Bowen: Date born 2: January 03, 1626/27, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA.96 Date born 3: 1630

More About Obediah Bowen and Mary Clifton: Marriage 1: 1648, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA. Marriage 2: 1648, Rehoboth, Plymounth, New World.96

Children of Obediah Bowen and Mary Clifton are: +Samuel Bowen, b. July 16, 1659, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA96, 96, 96, d. January 1728/29, Cohansey, Salem, New Jersey, USA96, 96.

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Obadiah Bowen's Timeline

1627
September 18, 1627
Glamorganshire, Wales
1646
June 2, 1646
Age 18
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
1649
1649
Age 21
Swansea, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1651
September 18, 1651
Age 24
Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony
September 28, 1651
Age 24
1652
January 18, 1652
Age 24
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
1656
1656
Age 28
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
1657
1657
Age 29
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
1658
1658
Age 30
Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA
1659
July 16, 1659
Age 31
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts