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Sarah Underwood (Bowater)

Also Known As: "Beals", "Boweter"
Birthplace: Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Wellsville, York County, Province of Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Warrington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Bowater and Sarah Bowater
Wife of John II Beals and Alexander Underwood
Mother of Phebe Beals; Sarah Bowater Mills; John Beals, III; Thomas H. Beals; Mary Ann Baldwin and 5 others
Sister of Thomas Bowater; John Bowater; Mary Bowater; William Bowater; Elizabeth Bowater and 3 others

Managed by: Verner Jackson Canatsey
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About Sarah Underwood

  • Sarah C Bowater Underwood
  • Birth: Jun. 17, 1688 Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death: Dec. 27, 1765 Wellsville, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Sarah was the first of two children born to Thomas Sr and Sarah (Edge) Bowater of England and late of Chester Co PA. As a British Quaker looking for religious freedom, her father had immigrated to America aboard the ship "Bristol Comfort", arriving in Pennsylvania on 28 Jul 1683. Her mother had most likely arrived about the same time, also from England, the daughter of John and Mary (Smedley) Edge. Thomas and Sarah met in America and were married in Edgemont, Chester Co PA. Her mother died at age 28 yrs, when Sarah was 4 yrs old. Her middle name may have been Carter, for her paternal grandmother Ann (Carter) Bowater.
  • Sarah's father Thomas Bowater became friends and business associates with her future father-in-law, John Beals Sr. As early as 1685, three years before Sarah's birth, the two were involved in mutual land purchases in Chester Co PA. Sarah's marriage to John Beals Jr most likely was a collaboration between the longtime friends.
  • Sarah married:
  • 1) John Beals Jr, on 14 Aug 1711 at New Garden Friends MH in Chester Co PA; he died 12 Dec 1745. They had eight children, three sons and five daughters.
  • 2) Alexander Underwood, in Feb 1748 at Warrington Friends MH in York Co PA; a late in life marriage, they had no children.
  • After the death of husband John, Sarah transferred to Warrington Friends MH. She was accompanied by her son Bowater Beals, who had married Sarah Cook, a daughter of Thomas Sr and Mary (Underwood) Cook. Sarah Beals met her future husband through her daughter-in-law Sarah (Cook) Beals, to whom he was maternal grandfather.
  • "Sarah (Beals), wd with ch, rpd m 2mo-1748 to Alexander UNDERWOOD; she was gct Warrington MM, Pa., 25-4-1748 (Note: The mtg appoint to Henry Ballinger & Daniel Matthews to settle the affairs betweem her & her ch in accordance of the will of her dec h, which was satisfactorily done, as rpd 30-1-1748."
  • Sarah is again recorded on 12 Sep 1761, when she was succeeded as "overseer". She died a few years later, aged 77. Alexander died two years later, in 1767, aged 79.
  • Quaker Abbreviations:
  • ch = child, children
  • dec = deceased
  • gct = granted certificate to
  • h = husband
  • ltm = liberated to marry, left at liberty to marry
  • m = marry, married, marrying, marriage
  • prc = produced a certificate
  • rpd = reported
  • wd = widow
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Thomas Bowater (1655 - 1705)
  • Sarah Edge Bowater (1657 - 1692)
  • Spouses:
  • John Beals (1685 - 1745)
  • Alexander Underwood (1688 - 1767)
  • Children:
    • Sarah Bowater Beals Mills (1713 - 1800)*
    • John Beals (1717 - 1796)*
    • Thomas Beals (1719 - 1801)*
    • Phebe Bowater Beals Sumner (1720 - 1805)*
    • Prudence Beals Williams (1723 - 1815)*
  • Burial: Warrington Friends Meeting House Cemetery, Wellsville, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 82845144
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Sarah Underwood's Timeline

June 17, 1688
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 17
Guilford County, Province of North Carolina
May 29, 1713
Age 24
Calvert or Rising Sun, Cecil County, Province of Maryland
February 17, 1717
Age 28
Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania
January 14, 1719
Age 30
Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 33
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
October 3, 1725
Age 37
Chester County, PA
October 12, 1725
Age 37
Chester, Delaware, PA, USA