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Silence Rockwood (Bowers)

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: November 9, 1677 (41)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Bowers and Barbara Bowers
Wife of Elnathan Duncklee and Nicholas Rockwood
Mother of Elnathan Duntley; Silence Dunklee; Ruth Parker; Hannah Dunklee; Elnathan Duncklee and 4 others
Sister of Ruth Knowles (Bowers); Benanuel Bowers; Matthew Bowers; Rev. John Bowers and Patience Bradshaw
Half sister of Captain Jerathmeel Bowers

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About Silence Rockwood (Bowers)

  • 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.
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  • Genealogical and family history of the state of New Hampshire: a ..., Volume 2 By Lewis publishing company, Chicago
  • Pg. 642
  • This name is seldom found in the Colonial records and the number of persons bearing it is limited. Other forms are: Duncally, Dunckley, Dunclee, Dunkerly, Dunkin, Dunklin and Duntlen. Isaac dunckley and Hezekiah Dunckley, the latter of Danvers, and Ezekiel Dunckley, were Revoluntionary soldiers from Massachusetts.
  • (I) 'Elnathan Duncklee was a resident of Dedham, Massachusetts, where he died, February 17, 1669. He was married, November 14, 1656, to Silence Bowers, daughter of George Bowers of Cambridge. She was admitted to the church in Dedham, October 1, 1665, and there their children were baptized and the birth of two was recorded. They were: Ruth, Elnathan, David, Hannah and Nathaniel.
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  • Full text of "The history of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and their ancestors and descendants, with the best wishes of the author"
  • Children of Samuel Parker (16) and Sarah Holman (17).
  • I. Sarah, b. 23 Jan. 16.57 Dedham*, Mass., as Sarah dau. of Samuell & Sarah Parker; d. 11 Feb. 1659 Dedham*, as Sara Parker.
  • II. Samuel, b. 5 May 1659 Dedham*, as Samuel son of Samuell & Sarah Parker; d. 11 Aug. 1724 Needham*, Mass., as Samuel Parker Sen.; prob. m. 1st Ruth Dunckley before 1694; Marj' the dau. of Samuel and Ruth Parker was b. 12 Nov. 1695 Newton*; b. 11 Mar. 1661-2 Dedham*, as 'Ruth dau. of Elnathan and Silence Dunckley; Silence Dunckley was the daughter of George Bowers; d. 20 Oct. 1698 Newton*, as Ruth wife of Sam(ue)l Parker. (Duncklee Genealogy, by Ada Melinda Lakin Duncklee)'. Samuel Parker prob. m. 2nd Mercy Kingsbury about 1700-1; dau. of Joseph and Mary ( ) Kingsbury; b. 10 Nov. 1677 Dedhara*, as Mercy (twin of Mary), daus. of Joseph and Mary Kingsbury; d. 22 July 1741 Needham*, as Marcy relict wido. of Samuel Parker.
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  • A sketch of the Duncklee family: and a history of the descendants of David ... By Ada Melinda Lakin Duncklee
  • Pg. 7
  • 'Elnathan Dunkley and Silence Bowers.
  • Married 14 Dec. 1656.
  • He lived in Dedham, Mass. as early as 1651 and died 17 Feb. 1669, in Dedham, Mass.
  • No account of her family given or of her death.
  • First account of him given in Dedham town records: -- he was bound out for a year for a few pounds and shillings. After that his taxes every year were only a few shillings and a pence, and after his death his children had to be bound out, and his widow helped. One account of her, she and a neighbor woman were paid so much a year for sweeping the meeting-house and ringing the bell.
  • They had five children:
  • Ruth, Baptized 11 Jan. 1661 or '2, in Dedham, Mass.
  • Elnathan, " "
  • Hannah, " "
  • David, Baptized 2 Feb. 1666, " "
  • Nathaniel, Baptized 11 Feb. 1669, " "
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  • Full text of "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 13, 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 Benannuel in 1656.
  • He d. 1656; in his will he beq. to wife; sons Benauuel, John and Jerathmeel, and daus. Patience and 'Silence'. The widow m. Henry Bowtell.
  • Matthew, d. 30 (11) 1644, at Cambridge.
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Silence Rockwood (Bowers)'s Timeline

October 10, 1636
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 21
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Age 22
Dedham, Hancock County, Maine
January 11, 1661
Age 24
Age 26
October 29, 1665
Age 29
Age 28
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
February 2, 1666
Age 29
February 11, 1669
Age 32
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)