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Alexander Bowe

Also Known As: "Alexander Bow"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: November 6, 1678 (41-49)
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Bow
Husband of Sarah Bowe and Rebecca Foreman
Father of Samuel Bow; Sarah Deming; Mary Bowe; Anna Evarts; Rebecca Stowe and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Bow

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About Alexander Bowe

Alexander Bow was captured at the Battle of Dunbar on 03 Sep 1650. He survived the Durham Death March and was subsequently sent to London where he sat for at least 30 days on a prison ship on the Thames. On 11 Nov 1650 Captain Walker of the ship Unity was given orders to sail for the Colonies and so Alexander was off to his new life courtesy of Cromwell’s government. Alexander arrived in Charlestown, MA sometime between Dec 1650 and Feb 1651 where he was sold into slavery for a period of 5 to 7 years. On 01 Mar 1657/8 Alexander was granted land in Charlestown which proves he had completed his penance to the government and was once again a free man. On 23 Oct 1660 Alexander was admitted as an inhabitant of Middletown, CT where he lived until his death on 06 Nov 1678.

Alexander Bow was born on an unknown date in an unknown location to unknown parents. Between November 11, 1650 and the spring of 1651 he was transported as a prisoner of war following the Battle of Dunbar (which took place on September 03, 1650) from Scotland via England to Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony aboard the ship Unity.1 On March 01, 1657/8 Alexander was granted 4 acres of woods and 1 acre of commons in Charlestown.2 Other Unity men were also granted land in Charlestown on this date: Hercules Corser, James Grant, John Hamblton, and Edward Wyer.3 According to land ownership laws of the time a man must be free in order to own land and as such Alexander must have completed his penal sentence by this date.4 Along with a Mr. Martin, Alexander was admitted as inhabitant of Middletown (now in Middlesex County, CT) on October 24, 1660.5 On February 18 of the following year “the towne gave to Alaxander bow two acors of swamp before the indian fort hill next to thomas hopewells land for on acer of medow [sic].”6 Alexander is recorded as an inhabitant of Middletown in 1670 and 1673.7, 8 On October 30, 1673 a pre-martial agreement was drafted between Alexander and his second wife, Rebeckah Hughes, due to his “age and her youth” upon which Alexander made his mark (the letter A).9 Alexander died in Middletown on November 06, 1678.10 Probate actions began November 12, 1678 and concluded February 23, 1693.11

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1George Sawin Stewart to Joseph Gardner Bartlett, January 31, 1913. Letter. From New England Historic Genealogical Society, The Bartlett Collection. 2Henry H. Edes, ed., A Report of the Record Commissioners Containing Charlestown Land Records, 1638 – 1802, (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1883), 81. 3Ibid. 4TO DO: Locate solid source of land ownership laws for the Massachusetts Bay Colony 5Henry Whittemore, History of Middlesex County, Connecticut, with Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men, (New York: J. B. Beers & Co., 1884), 67. 6Ibid. 7John W. Barber, Connecticut historical collections containing a general collection of interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, &c. relating to the history and antiquities of every town in Connecticut, with geographical descriptions, (New Haven: Durrie & Peck and J. W. Barber, 1836), 507. 8Whittemore, Middlesex, 68. 9Middletown Town Clerk Land Records, 1654-1742, (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, 1948), Microfilm. Number 4792. 10Lorraine C. White, ed., The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol 26, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000), 70. 11Charles W. Manwaring, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford District, (Hartford: R. S. Peck & Co., 1904), 277.

Captured at the Battle of Dunbar on 03 Sep 1650 (either a Covenantor or a Royalist). Sent to Charlestown aboard the ship "Unity" on 11 Nov 1650. Completed indentured servitude in 1656. Lived in Charlestown, MA before settling in Middletown, CT on 24 Oct 1660.

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Alexander Bowe's Timeline

Scotland, United Kingdom
September 3, 1650
- 1656
Age 17
United Kingdom
November 11, 1650
- 1651
Age 17
- 1656
Age 18
Charlestown (now Boston), MA, United States
Age 23
Charlestown (now Boston), MA, United States
January 28, 1659
Age 26
Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
June 20, 1662
Age 29
Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
Age 30