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George Bowers (Bowyer)

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Manby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: between November 8, 1656 and December 30, 1656 (61)
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bowers; Thomas Bowers; Iwerner Bowers and Iwerner Bowers
Husband of Elizabeth Bowers; Barbara Bowers and Elizabeth Bowers (Worthington)
Father of Captain Jerathmeel Bowers; Ruth Knowles (Bowers); Benanuel Bowers; Matthew Bowers; Rev. John Bowers and 2 others

Occupation: Minister and schoolmaster in Plymouth colony and New Haven, & Branford CT.
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About George Bowers

  • George Bowers
  • Birth: 1590 Manby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Death: Dec. 30, 1656 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • George Bowers probably immigrated around 1635, settling first in Scituate in Plymouth Colony where he was a freeman on March 7, 1636/7 and a town officer.
  • The family removed to Plymouth where he was elected constable. In Plymouth, he purchased land from Governor Winslow at Eele River. A complaint was brought against him for not allowing cattle to pass over his land and a committee was appointed to find ways through his land for cattle to be herded through.
  • He was appointed one of three men to a committee to find timber to use in building the new colony jail. In Jan., 1641/2, he along with two others (including Gov. William Bradford) were contracted to build a ship having 1/16th interest each. However, he soon removed to Cambridge -- probably so that his son, JOHN, could be educated there, which he did graduating in 1649.
  • George's first wife, (1) BARBARA (SMYTHE) BOWERS died at Cambridge on March 25, 1644, and son Matthew Bowers died there on Jan. 30, 1644/5.
  • He married on April 15, 1649 at Cambridge (2) Elizabeth Worthington (she married second, Henry Bowtell at Cambridge on June 25, 1657).
  • In his will dated Nov. 8, 1656 and proved Dec. 30, 1656, he does not mention daughter, Ruth Knowles, but bequeaths to his wife, sons: Benanuel, John and Jarathemel, and to his youing daughters, Patience and Silence.
  • Family links:
  • Spouses:
  • Elizabeth Worthington Bowtell*
  • Barbara Smyth Bowers (1596 - 1644)*
  • Children:
    • John Bowers (1630 - 1687)*
    • Jerathmell Bowers (1650 - 1724)*
  • Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 65385347
  • From:


  • BOWERS, George
  • b. ABT 1590 Manby, Lincolnshire, England
  • d. 30 DEC 1656 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 9 FEB 1614/5 Braithwell, Yorkshire, England
  • Spouse: SMYTH, Barbara
  • b. ABT 1597 England
  • d. 25 MAR 1644 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • BOWERS, Ruth
    • BOWERS, Matthew b. ABT 1620 England d. 1645 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
    • BOWERS, Benanuel
    • BOWERS, John
    • BOWERS, Patience
    • BOWERS, Silence
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 15 APR 1649 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Spouse: WORTHINGTON, Elizabeth
  • Children:
    • BOWERS, Jerathmeel
  • From:


  • George Bowers
  • M, #74583, b. circa 1590, d. 30 December 1656
  • Father Thomas Bowers b. c 1564
  • George Bowers was born circa 1590 at of Manley, Lincolnshire, England. He married Barbara Smyth on 9 February 1614 at Braithwell, Yorkshire, England. George Bowers died on 30 December 1656 at Cambridge, Middlesex, MA.
  • Family Barbara Smyth b. c 1596, d. 25 Mar 1644
  • Children
    • Ruth Bowers+1 b. c 1616, d. c 1687
    • Rev. John Bowers+ b. 1630, d. 14 Jun 1687
  • Citations
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From:


  • Genealogy of Dunwoody and Hood families: and collateral branches : their ... By Gilbert Cope
  • Pg. 146
  • George Bowers was of Scituate, Mass., in 1637, of Plymouth in 1639, and soon afterwards in Cambridge. His wife Barbarie, died 25th March, 1644, and he married Elizabeth Worthington, 15th April, 1649. Their son, Jerathmeel, was born 2d May, 1650. George, the father died 1656, and his wife, Elizabeth, married Henry Bowtell, 25 June, 1657. In his will are named wife and children, Benanuel (who had already received his portion), John, Patience, wife of Humphrey Bradstreet, Silence, and Jerathmeel: the wife and Jerathmeel to inherit the homestead. Matthew Bowers, who died 30 Jan., 1644-5, was probably a son of George. Mr. Bowers resided on the easterly side of North Avenue, not far from the railroad bridge. In 1656 he conveyed to his son, Benanuel, 20 acres in Charlestown, adjoining Cambridge line. Previously, however, an unhappy difficulty occurred between the father and son; for Thomas Danforth complained to the General Court, May, 1652, against George Bowers, "for rending a deed committed to his trust, with several articles between the said George Bowers and Benanuel Bowers, his son;" for which offence a fine was imposed. At the same Court, "George Bowers, of Cambridge, being complained on for putting in a vote on the election day for the Governor, acknowledged that fact, not only this year but every year since he came into these parts, (and) pleaded ignorance. It is ordered that the said George Bowers, for his offence therein, shall pay the sum of L10." he was not a sworn freeman, and therefore not a legal voter.


  • The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents
  • Mr. George, planter, Scituate, frm. 7 March, 1636-7; town officer. Sold land in Sci. April 2, 1640. Rem. to Cambridge. A wife Barbarie d. March 25, 1644. He m. April 15, 1649, Elizabeth Worthington. Ch. Jerathmeel b. 1649. He was before the Court 31 May, 1652, for voting when not a freeman of this Colony. Deeded land to son Benanuel in 1656.
  • He d. 1656; in his will he beq. to wife; sons Benanuel, John and Jerathmeel, and daus. Patience and Silence. The widow m. Henry Bowtell.
  • Matthew, d. 30 (11) 1644, at Cambridge.


  • History of Cambridge Massachusetts: Supplement and Index By Mary Isabella Gozzaldi
  • Pg.61
  • Bowers, Anne (Benanuel, Geo.) b. 14 Oct. 1668, 194
  • Barbara or Barbary (Benanuel, Geo.) b. Charlestown, 4 Jan. 1655, 494; shared father's sufferings for the faith, 347
  • Bathsheba (Benanuel, Geo.) b. 4 June 1671, 494
  • Benanuel (Geo.) b. Eng., m. Elizabeth Dunster, 9 Dec. 1653, rec. deed of land in Charlestown nor Somervill 1656, will dated 5 Oct. 1693, proved 1698, w. Elizabeth living 26 Dec. 1693, 493-4; land at Shawshine, 59; heretical opinions of, admonished, convicted by court, 6 Oct. 1663, fined for absence from public worship, refuses to pay, sent to prison, 345, 346, 347, 347 n.; imprisoned and fined for aiding Elizabeth Horton, 346; suffered as a Baptist, then as a Quaker, 347; fined for absence from public ordinances, 348; Petitions to County and General Courts, 348-9; text of poetry sent to Thomas Danforth, 1677, 350; punished, denounces Mr. Danforth in meeting-house, 351-2; openly whipped and fined; four Harvard graduates witness will, 352, M. W.
  • Pg.62
  • Elizabeth (Dunster) called cousin by Pres. Dunster, 494; wife of Benanuel Bowers; Quaker, shared husband's faith and sufferings, 347, 352; carried husband's poetry to Mr. Danforth, 350
  • Elizabeth (Benanuel, Geo.) b. 8 Dec. 1656, Quaker, shares sufferings of father, 347,494
  • George, of Scituate, 1637, Plymouth 1639, m. (1) Barbara [Smyth] who d. 25 Mar. 1644; m. (2) Elizabeth Worthington, 15 Apr. 1649, lived E. side North [Massachusetts] Avenue near railroad, voted when not a sworn freeman, fined, d. 1656, conveyed land, 20 acres in Charlestown to son Benanuel, difficulty with son, complaint of, Thos. Danforth of, 493; His widow m. Henry Bowtell, 25 June 1657, 496 M. W.
  • [George (Benanuel, Geo.) b. 3 Feb. 1656 [m. Priscilla —— W. Chs.] 494]
  • Henry (Benanuel, Geo.) b. 2 June 1665, d. 16 Oct. 1690, 494
  • Jerathmeel (Geo.) b. 2 May 1650, sold homestead, 2 Jan. 1684, res. Chelmsford, Rep. that town in General Court, wife Elizabeth, [d. Groton, 4 Mar. 1721, a. 75 yrs.], 494 M. W.
  • John, Rev. (Geo.) H. C. 1649, preached at Guilford, new Haven, Branford, Derby, and Rye, Conn. d. ab. 1697, (Quart. Reb. 1836) Savage says d. 14 June 1687, 494
  • John, Rev. (Rev. John, Geo.) minister at Rye, d. at Derby, Conn., 23 Sept. 1708, 494
  • John, engaged to erect Market House, 1812, 230 M. Adm., 1820
  • Jonathan (Benanuel, Geo.) b. 11 Aug. 1673, [m. Ann Sylvester pub. 11 Feb. 1696, W. Chs.], 494
  • Matthew, (George) b. in England. d. 30 Fan. 1645, 493
  • Patience (Geo.) wife of Humphrey Bradshaw bef. 1653, d. bef. 1666, 493, 498
  • Silence (Geo.) named in father's will [m. Elnathan Dunckley of Dedham, 14 Dec. 1656, d. 17 Feb. 1669] 493
  • Bowes, .... etc.


  • Rev. John Bower, first minister at Derby, Conn., and his descendants (1879)
  • The first clergyman of Derby was Rev. John Bower, who was settled there in 1672 and died in 1688. He was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1649. He was a son of George Bower, or Bowers, found in Scituate, Mass. in 1637, in Plymouth in 1639, and who removed to Cambridge. George lived in Cambridge on the east side of North Avenue, not far from the railroad bridge. There his wife Barbara died, 25th March, 1611. He m. 2nd Elizabeth Worthington, and had Jerathmeel, b. 1650. George Bowers had some trouble with his son Benamuel, for in May, 1652, he was complained of for rending a deed with several articles between them. Yet in 1656 he conveyed twenty acres in Charleston next Cambridge line to Benamuel. He voted several years but at the same court in 1652 w^as fined for it, not being" a sworn freeman. Both offences were complained of by Thomas Danforth, who apparently made it warm for him. He died late in 1656, his will of 8th Nov. being proved 30th Dec. of that year, and his widow married 25th June, 1657, Henry Boutell or Boutwell. He had two daughters — Patience, m. Humphrey Bradstreet, and Silence ; and by his first wife two sons, undoubtedly born in England. Benamuel of Cambridge, who suffered imprisonment, whipping and fines as a quaker, and Rev. John, graduated at Harvard College in 1649. John was a school master in Plymouth, perhaps (says Savage) the earliest in the business.


  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey
  • Pg.87
  • BOWERS, Benanuel (-1658) & Elizabeth DUNSTER (1632, 1637-); 9 Dec. 1653, 1654; Cambridge
  • BOWERS, George (-1656) & 1/wf Barbara SMITH (-1644); Braithwell, Eng, 9 Feb. 1614/15; Scituate/Plymouth/Cambridge
  • BOWERS, George (-1656) & 2/wf Elizabeth WORTHINGTON, m/2 Henry BOUTWELL 1657; 15 Apr 1649; Cambridge
  • BOWERS, George (1654-1689) & Priscilla KITCHEN [HUNN] (1647-), m/3 John CURTIS 1689, m/4 John GILBERT; b. 1686; Charlestown/Kent Co., RI/Groton
  • BOWERS, Jerathmeel (1650-1721) & Elizabeth ___ ; b. 1674; Billerica/Chelmsford/Groton
  • BOWERS, John & Mary ___ ; ca 1650, b. 1654; Medfield
  • BOWERS, Rev. John (-1687) & ?1/wf Rebecca [GRIGSON]; b. 1657; New Haven/Derby, CT
  • BOWERS, John & Sarah [DOWD], dau Henry; ? ; ?Guildord, CT
  • BOWERS, Rev. John (-1687) & ?2/wf Bridget [THOMPSON] (1636-1720), ?m/2 William HOADLEY; ca 1660/2?, b 1667; New Haven/Guildord, CT/Derby, CT
  • BOWERS, John & Judith (FESKE) (PALMER) FERRES, w William, w Jeffery; aft 31 May 1666, bef 9 Mar 1666/7; ?Greenwich, CT
  • BOWERS, John (-1676) & Sarah CLARKE (1651-), m/2 Samuel SMITH 1677; 7 Jan 1673/4; Medfield
  • BOWERS, John & Susanna ___ ; b. 1676, had Robert; Boston
  • BOWERS, John (-1695?, 1690) & Hannah (CLOSE) KNAPP (ca 1632-1696, 1694?), w. Joshua; aft 27 Oct 1684; Stamford, CT/Greenwich, CT
  • BOWERS, Jonas (-1671) & 2/wf Hannah [HILDRETH], w Thomas; aft 1657; Southampton, LI
  • BOWERS, Jonah & Ruth HOWELL; 12 Apr 1686; Southampton, LI
  • BOWERS, Jonathan (1673-) & Anne/Anna? SILVESTER; m int 11 FEb 1695/6; Boston/Charleston/Taunton
  • BOWERS, Jonathan & Hannah BARETT/BARRETT (1686-1763); 17 May 1699; Chelmsford
  • BOWER, Nathaniel (-1712) & Deborah ___ (-1712, Derby, CT); ca 1696/1700?; Rye, NY/Greenwich, CT/Derby, CT/Newark, NJ
  • BOWERS, Samuel (1665-1744) & 1/wf Ruth WOOSTER (1668-); [1687]; Derby, CT
  • BOWER, Samuel & 2/wf Lydia FRENCH (1670-); 4 Nov 1691; Derby, CT
  • BOWES, .... etc.


  • A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England By John Farmer
  • Pg. 37
  • BOWERS, GEORGE, Cambridge 1644. George, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Bowers was b. Cambridge, 3, Feb. 1654. JOHN, Derby, Conn. was son of George Bowers of Cambridge; grad. at H. C. 1649; settles in the ministry at Derby. W. Winthrop, MS Catalogue. MATTHEW, Cambridge, d. 30 Jan. 1645.


Appears on charts:

    Pedigree for Harold Dean Krafft
    George Bowers was born say 1590 at perhaps, Manby, Lincolnshire, England.3 He married Barbara Smith on 9 February 1614/15 at Braithwell, Yorkshire, England.4,5 George Bowers married Elizabeth Worthington on 15 April 1649 at Cambridge, Massachusetts.5 George Bowers died between 8 November 1656 and 30 December 1656 at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.5
    Children of George Bowers and Barbara Smith:
   Matthew Bowers   b. 1620, d. 30 Jan 1645
   Benanuel Bowers   b. c 1627
   Rev. John Bowers+   b. c 1629, d. 14 Jun 1687 


  1. [S76] Unknown subject unknown repository, 3585.
  2. [S8] Unknown author, "unknown short article title", Vol 79, pp. 288-289, footnote, July 1925 and Vol. 80 , pp. 278, July 1926.
  3. [S295] Charles Thornton Libby, "Knowles Family", Vol 79, pp. 288-289, footnote, Vol. 80 , pp. 278, George Bowers was described as "of Manby".
  4. [S292] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, p. 236, Bowers, gives no place or date.
  5. [S295] Charles Thornton Libby, "Knowles Family", Vol 79, pp. 288-289, footnote, Vol. 80 , pp. 278. 


Married 9 February 1614, Braithwell, Yorkshire, England Barbara Smythe.








source: Paul Herbig.



BIRTH George was probably born circa 1595, based upon his marriage[1]. According to a tidbit in the New England Historic Genealogical Register, volume 8, page 278, searches of the Manby, Lincolnshire and Brathwell, Yorkshire, England Parish Registers turned up no baptism records for George, his wife or children. Pity, that...

DEATH He died in 1656[1].

MIGRATION & RESIDENCE While the Bowers' migration information is currently lost to the ages, they were at Scituate, Plymouth co., MA by 1636/7[2]. They removed to Plymouth, Plymouth co., MA by 1639[2]. Yet, George only sold lands at Scituate and bought land at Plymouth in 1640 -- after the initial move[2]. Then, he bought lands at the Eele River from Governor Winslow, who reserved the right to repurchase them in case he himself decided to settle there[2]. His neighbors soon complained after his settlement in Plymouth that he was not allowing others' cattle to pass through his land. So a committee was appointed to lay out a cattle path through his land which "would be least prejudicial to him[2]." Finally, the family moved to Cambridge, Middlesex co., MA in 1641/2 in order to be near his sons whilst they went to Harvard[2].

OCCUPATION George was a Planter, as opposed to a Husbandman and was referred to as "Mister"[2].

FREEMANSHIP He made Freeman on 7 March 1636/7 at Scituate, Plymouth co., MA[2]. Yet, on 31 May 1652, he was called before the Court for voting without being a Freeman[2]. This fact originally made me go "Huh...?!" Then, Doug Schneider shared the following insights on George & this case: "George Bowers was in trouble for voting without being a freeman in Chelmsford [Essex co., MA] because he was not a freeman there. Yes, he was a freeman in Scituate, [Essex co., MA,] and I guess he thought that was good enough - as he told the court. I think they let him off easy. He was apparently a man of some means, but often at odds with his son Benanual and with local authorities."[34]

TOWN SERVICE & INVESTMENTS Bowers was elected constable for Plymouth, Plymouth co., MA on 5 March 1638/9[2]. In 1640, George Bower and John Barnes were put in charge of getting timber for the new Colony jail[2]. In January of 1641/2, George joined a consortium of 16 Plymouth men contracted to build a barque, with each owning 1/16th share[2].

ESTATE George's will was dated 8 November 1656 and proved on 30 December 1656. He did not mention his daughter Ruth Knowles. He did leave bequests to his wife; his sons Benanuel, John and Jerathmeel and his daughters Patience and Silence[2].

MARRIAGE #1 On 9 February 1614/15 George first married Barbara SMITH or SMYTH, in Braithwell, Yorkshire, England[1,3,4,5,6,2,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]. Their marriage license as given in "Paver's Marriage Licenses" reads: "George Bower, of Manby, [dioc. Lincoln], and Barbara Smith, of Braythwell -- at Braythwell.". Barbara died on 25d:1m(March):1644 in Cambridge, Middlesex co., MA[1,16].

CHILDREN 2. i. Ruth BOWERS Ruth was born circa 1619 as based on her marriage date. On 15 August 1639 when Ruth was 20, she married Richard KNOWLES, in Plymouth, Plymouth co., MA[21].

3. ii. Matthew BOWERS Matthew died in 30d:11m(January):1644/5 in Cambridge, Middlesex co., MA[22].

4. iii. Reverend John BOWERS The Reverend John died on 14 June 1687 in Derby, CT[23]. He graduated from Harvard in 1649[2]. Before 1657 John first married Rebecca GREGSON, daughter of Thomas GREGSON & Jane [surname not known], in New Haven or Derby, CT[1]. He second married Bridget THOMPSON,/b>, daughter of Anthony THOMPSON.

5. iv. Benanuel BOWERS Benanuel died in 1698[1]. According to "interesting letters written by his granddaughter", Benanuel was persecuted as a Quaker and sent his four eldest daughters to Philadelphia for their education. One of them became the noted author Bathsheba Bowers[15]. On 9 December 1653 Benanuel married Elizabeth DUNSTER, in Cambridge, Middlesex co., MA[2].

6. v. Patience BOWERS Patience married Humphrey BRADSHAW of Cambridge, Middlesex co., MA[15].

7. vi. Silence BOWERS Please see her own page.


George Bower was born Manley ,Yorkshire,England. Son of Thomas Bower and most agree Iwerner Minster ? Maybe just a on paper?

married Barbara Smythe Children 1. Benanuel Bower a Baptist who was fined 4 pounds for giving a glass of milk to a starving Elizabth Horton, who was an accused witch. 2. Rith bower who married Richard Knowles, a shipsmaster. 3.John Bower who graduated from Harvard Mathew Bower 4.Patience bower 5. Silence Bower

Married second Elizabeth Worthington Children 1. Elizabeth Bower 2. Jerathmal Bower

Ref. Bower family Page Pane- Joyce Gen



George Bowers and his wife, Barbara Smyth, are possibly the same couple who were married in the parish of Braithwell, Yorkshire, England on 9 FEB 1614/15. George Bower is called of Manby in the diocese of Lincoln and Barbara is of Braythwell. [1].

Plymouth Colony

No record has been found showing the arrival of George and Barbara Bowers in New England. The couple was living in the town of Scituate in the Plymouth Colony before 7 MAR 1636/37 where George Bowers is listed in the town records as a freeman and a town officer. [2]

Between 1636 and 1638, Bowers moved his family to Plymouth where records show he was elected constable on 5 MAR 1638/39. He purchased lands at Eele River of Governor Winslow, who reserved the right of repurchase in case he should himself decide to settle there. Court records show that his neighbors filed a complaint against him because he would not allow cattle passage through his land. The court appointed a committee to lay out a route that was acceptable to all parties. Town records show George worked with other men in the town to procure timber to build a new jail for the colony. And, in 1641/42 he went together with other townsmen to build a barque that was shared in sixteen parts. [3]


In March 1640, Bowers sold his property in Scituate and moved to Cambridge. Barbara died in Cambridge 25 MAR 1644. George raised his children without a spouse until his marriage to Elizabeth Worthington 15 APR 1649. He appears in the Cambridge court records several times, on 31 MAY 1652 he was called to court for voting when he was not recognized as a freeman of the Massachusetts Colony. [4]


George Bowers died in Cambridge sometime in 1656. He left a will naming his wife, Elizabeth, his three sons: Benanuel, John and Jerathmeel, and his two unmarried daughters: Patience and Silence.

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George Bowers's Timeline

Manley, Lincoln, Yorkshire, England
Manley, Lincoln, Yorkshire, England
Manby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 21
Yorkshire or Dorset, England, (Present UK)
Age 22
Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Age 25
Dorset, England
Age 34
Dorset, England, (Present UK)
- 1877
Age 35
Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA