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John Bowen

Birthplace: Gwynedd Township, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Rockbridge, Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: Alleghany County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Moses John Bowen; Rebecca Bowen and Rebecca Reese
Husband of Elizabeth Bowen and Stella Lillinan Bowen
Father of Benjamin Bowen; Nancy Buchanan (Bowen); Agnes McFerren; John Bowen, Jr.; Elizabeth Jane Looney and 11 others
Brother of Moses Bowen; Henry Bowen; Gwentholyn Hoge; Catherine Bowen; David Bowen and 2 others

Occupation: m. c. 1729 in Chester Co., PA
Managed by: Seth Wheatley, III
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About John Bowen

JOHN BOWEN, son of Moses Bowen and Rebecca Rees, was born about 1680 in Wales and died 1769 in Virginia. He married 1720 in Chester County, Virginia to LILY MCILHANEY, born about 1705 in Ireland and died 1780 in Virginia.

John Bowen and Lily Mcilhaney spent most of their lives in Augusta Co., VA.

John and Lily moved to Augusta County, Virginia where the first record of land to him was dated April 15, 1748. His will was proven in Augusta County on May 19, 1761

They had thirteen children; 8 sons and 5 daughers. The sons were all Revolutionary soldiers.

John Bowen is well written about, being described as "..the Quaker who was remarkable for his personal prowess, and an active, energetic farmer of considerable wealth for that day". Late in life he fell in love with a very beautiful young Scotch-Irish girl, whose family had just landed in the colonies from Ireland. She was about 17 years old and he was over 40. But he won the heart and hand of Lily McIlhaney and she became his loving and helpful wife. She proved to be a very remarkable woman. She had a strong descriminating mind, decision, and energy of character. They purchased slaves as soon as they were introduced into the colonies, to work on their large landed estate, but the Quakers, as a class, were opposed to slavery. Lily persuaded John to move to Augusta County, Virginia about 1730, at that time a frontier settlement. The land was rich, and the prospect for a good class of people moving to that portion of the state was good. There is much to be found about this family in the county and court records published in Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia - Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County 1745-1800.


Nancy (1729-59, married Archibald Buchanan)

John (1735-69, married Rachel Matthews

Agnes (1735-1803, married James Mcferran)

Reese (1737-1780, married Louisa Margaret Smith)

Henry (1738-1808, married Ann Cunningham)

Jane (1739-1780, married Joseph Lewellyn Looney)

Rebecca (b. 1740, married George Smith)

Robert (1740-1817, married Mary Gillespie)

William R (1742-1804, married Mary Henley Russell)

Arthur (1744-1816, married Mary Mcmurray)

Mary (1748-1820, married William Porter II)

Chalres (1749-1833, married Nancy Gillespie)

Benjamin (1756-1836, married Mary Finley)

Moses (b. 1758)

2. John BOWEN (A QUAKER) was born in 1705 in Gwynnedd Twp, Chester Co. Pa.. He died on 9 May 1761 in Augusta Co., Va.. He has reference number 3. John, son of Moses Bowen and Rebecca Reese Bowen was referred to as "wealthy planter of Lancaster Co., Pa. Some writers say "late in life" he fell in love with a very beautiful Scotch-Irish girl, whose family had just landed in the colonies from Ireland. She was only 17 years of age,the daughter of Henry and Jane McIlhaney;her father had died when she was and infant, leaving two children Lily and Henry. Her mother remarried a Mr. Hunter, and they had a large family of children. Mrs.

Hunter and her daughters brought the first small flax wheel to Pennsylvania. John and Lily moved from Pennsylvania to Augusta Co., Va. perhaps as early as 1730 in a part of the County that now embraces Rockbridge.The were parents of fourteen c

hildren. Their sons (9) were all revolutionary soldiers and some of their daughters married men who were Revolutionary soldiers. John Bowen will probated May 19, 1760

He was married to Lilly MCILHENY in 1730 in Rockbridge, Va.. Lilly MCILHENY was born in 1705 in Ireland. She died on 4 Apr 1780 in Washington, Co., Va.. She was buried UNKNOWN. She has reference number 4. Lillys will probated June 20, 1780 Washington Co., Va. John BOWEN (A QUAKER) and Lilly MCILHENY had the following children:

child+7 i. Nancy BOWEN.

child+8 ii. Agnes BOWEN.

child+9 iii. Jane BOWEN.

child+10 iv. Henry BOWEN.

child+11 v. John BOWEN JR..

child+12 vi. Robert BOWEN.

child+13 vii. Hugh Rees BOWEN.

child+14 viii. William BOWEN.

child+15 ix. Arthur BOWEN.

child+16 x. Rebecca BOWEN.

child+17 xi. Charles BOWEN.

child18 xii. Moses BOWEN was born in 1754 in Flintcastle, Va.. He died in 1774 in Point Pleasant, Va. (Died Smallpox). He was buried UNKNOWN. Moved from Augusta County, Va. to Clinch Valley. When the Dunsmore War came both he and brothers Rees and William with Captain William Russell's company on the Lewis expediation against the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk and others in the fall at the mouth of the Kanawha River and were prominent figures in the eventful battle at Point Plesant. He caught smallpox enroute and died in the wilderness.

child+19 xiii. Mary BOWEN.

child+20 xiv. James BOWEN.

On 28 Nov 1751 James Patton deeded to him 70 acres on a branch of James River. Augusta, Co, Va DB 4-76.

Also 300 acres on James River at Buckeye Bottom. DB 4-127 (Ch III 300)

On 8 Oct 1754 John Sprout (Spratt) deeded to him 320 acres which he had from Col. James Patton, by deed of 28 Nov 1751; on Broad Springs, a branch of James River. DB 6-480 (ChIII 381) On 15 Nov 1757 he and Lilly deeded to John Bowen Jr. 10 acres by patent, dated 3 Nov 1750 on a branch of James River. Delivered to him on Oct 1761. DB 7-499 (Ch III 349)

On 17 Feb 1758 he was listed as a debtor of Col. James Patton in the appraisal of his estate, with debt dated 15 April, 1740 WB 3-205 (Ch III 75)

On 13 Mar 1760 he decised to his wife, Lillie, as sole executrix and guardian to his daughter Mary, 1 mulato slave; to his son Charles. Teste John Smith, Margaret Smith, Peter Luney (Looney), Walter Crockett, Jonathan Smith and John Buchanan. Proven 19 May 1761. WB 3-24 (Ch III 62)

On 8 Aug 1761 an appraisal for his estate was filed by John Daily, John McClure, and Neal McCluster. WB 3-47 (Ch III 64) On 18 Nov 1761 there was an additional appraisal of his estate made and filed by John Dayley, John McClure and Neal McNEal. WB 3-101 (Ch III 67)

On 2 Aug 1762 Robert Orr of Johnson Co, NC deeded to John Thompson 179 acres on Glade Creek of Roan Oak by patent10 Mar 1756, corner John Bowen's land. DB 11-331 (Ch III 401)

On 15 Nov 1762 Lily Bowen, executrix of John Bowen, 230 acres on Glade Creek of Roanoke River, DB 11-42 (Ch III 390)

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John Bowen's Timeline

Gwynedd Township, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 33
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
May 21, 1735
Age 39
Augusta, VA, USA
Age 39
Orange, VA, USA
Age 40
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Age 41
Augusta County, Virginia
Age 42
Augusta County, Virginia