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John Bowles

Birthplace: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: March 30, 1691
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of "Elder" John Bowles and Elizabeth Anne Bowles
Husband of Sarah Bowles
Father of John Bowles; Sarah Bowles and Maj. John Bowles
Brother of Isaac Bowles; Elizabeth White and Mary Gardner

Occupation: Speaker of the House (Mass legislature)
Managed by: Erica Howton
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Immediate Family

About John Bowles

iii. John Bowles; baptized 27 Jun 1653 at Roxbury, MA; m. Sarah Eliot, daughter of Rev. John Eliot, 16 Nov 1681; d. 1691. He was graduated in 1671 at Harvard College, Cambridge, MA. He was Speaker of the House in 1690.

John, freeman 1680, was representative 1689 and 1690, and speaker of the Massachusetts General Court. In 1688 when he was chosen ruling elder, it was hoped he would preach, and be adjunct with apostle Eliot, if his health improved


On 16 Nov 1681 John married Sarah Eliot, daughter of Rev. John Eliot (31 Aug 1636-). Sarah died on 23 May 1687.

Their children include:

  1. John Bowles (Died soon) (ca 1682-)
  2. Maj. John Bowles (15 Mar 1684/5-28 Mar 1737)
  3. Sarah Bowles (15 Nov 1686-1687)


  1. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Name: John Bowles Event Type: Birth Birth Date: 27 Jun 1653 Birth Place: Roxbury, Massachusetts Father Name: John Source Information: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
  2. Richardson, Douglas, The Heath Connection: English Origins of Isaac and William Heath of Roxbury, Massachusetts, John Johnson, Edward Morris and Elizabeth Morris Cartwright (In NEHGR v. 146 (July 1992), pp. 260-278) Page: p. 267
  3. Torrey, Clarence A - New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Torrey, Clarence Almon with a revised introduction by Gary Boyd Roberts, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1985) Page: p. 88
  4. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Name: Reverend John Bowles SAR Membership: 6498 Father: Mother: Elizabeth Heath Bowles Spouse: Sarah Elliott Bowles  Children: John Bowles Source Citation: Volume: 33; SAR Membership Number: 6498. Patriot: U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970Name: Ralph Hart Bowles SAR Membership: 6498 Father: Mother: Mysa Hart Bowles Spouse: Hannah Crocker Bowles Children: William Ralph Hart Bowles Source Citation: Volume: 33; SAR Membership Number: 6498.
  5. A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut: With the Time of Their Arrival in the Country and Colony, Their Standing in Society, Place of Residence, Condition in Life, where From, Business, Etc. as Far as is Found on Record (Google eBook) Royal Ralph Hinman Higginson Book Company, 1852 - Connecticut - 884 pages.  Page 282


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  • The New England historical and genealogical register (1848) Vol. II.
  • The following Obituary is copied from the Boston News Letter of April 14th, 1737.
    • Roxbury, April 8th , 1737.
  • On Monday 28th March last died, and on Saturday following was interred with great Respect, and many Tears, John Bowles, Esq. An inveterate Jaundice, with other Cronical Distempers brought him to the grave, just as he had attained the Age of Fifty-two years. [He was descended of worthy and pious Ancestors by the Father, and his Mother was Grand-daughter to the famous Mr. Eliot. His Father died when he was very Young, but happily committed him to the care of .... etc.
  • Major Bowles was twice married : First to the Daughter of Col. Checkley of Boston, by whom he hath left Five Children. His second Wife, who is his sorrowful Widow, was sister to Mr. White, Treasurer to the College at Cambridge, and Clerk of the House of Representatives ; and by her he has left issue, one son. His only Daughter is Married to Benj. Lynde, Jr., Esq., of Salem.
  • Mr. John Bowles, his grandfather, was an inhabitant of Roxbury before 1640.(*) The Apostle Eliot says that in "1649, Nov. 3, our sister, ["Mrs. Dorothy"] Bowles, the wife of John Bowles dyed."(f) .... etc.
  • .... And on the 7th of the same month he records the burial of "Elizabeth Bowles, daughter to Elder Heath." John Bowles, son of the preceding, was baptized by the Apostle Eliot, June 27, 1653, graduated at Harvard College in 1671, a classmate of Chief-Justice Samuel Sewall, and proceeded to the degree of Master of Arts. Nov. 16, 1681, he was married by the venerable Eliot to his grandchild, Sarah Eliot. His son, the Rev. John Eliot, Jr., married Sarah ___ . Their daughter Sarah was baptized "7 Moneth 21 Day 1662." Her mother "was admitted to full communion" 6th 5th mo. 1662. "24 July, 1664, a church was gathered in ye bounds of Cambridge & Mr. John Eliot, Jun. was ordained Pastor, and Mr. Thos . Wiswall Ruling Elder,"(*) and May 23, 1666, he married his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the Honorable Daniel Gookin .... etc.
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John Bowles's Timeline

June 27, 1653
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
June 27, 1653
Roxbury, Suffolk , Massachusetts
November 5, 1682
Age 29
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
March 15, 1685
Age 31
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
November 15, 1686
Age 33
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
March 30, 1691
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts