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William BOWNE

Male Abt 1600 - Bef 1677  (~ 77 years)

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  • Name William BOWNE 
    Born Abt 1600  Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 21 Jan 1677  Portland Point, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) New York Historic Homes and Family History, Volumes I-IV [database online], Provo, UT:, 2002, Vol. 2, pp. 141-143:

      The branch of this famous family whose history is here recorded is descended from William Bowne, who came from Yorkshire, England, where it was said "He can trace his long line of ancestry far up the ages." He came to America with his wife Ann and son John, and settled at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1631. He was one of that class of men who helped lay the foundation of American freedom, and establish the principle which is the foundation of all true government?Liberty under Law. It seems, however, that he differed from his associates to some extent in religious matters, and leaving Salem, he, with a few others, founded a settlement called Rehoboth. This was within the limits of the Plymouth Colony, and they could not secure the religious freedom they so earnestly desired. Probably on this account, they removed to Gravesend, on Long Island, where he purchased a plantation November 12, 1646. His son John also purchased land there on September 20, 1647. William Bowne was one of the patentees of Gravesend, and was magistrate under the Dutch rule for six years between 1651 and 1662. He became the proprietor of a large tract of land in New Jersey in 1665, and he and his son John were among the patentees, and he appeared as a member of the General Assembly of Patentees and Deputies, held at Portland Point, December 28, 1669. He settled at Middletown, and it has been said with truth that no history of New Jersey could be complete without a full account of the Bownes, for no name is more frequently seen upon the records of those early times. The ancient Indian deeds bear their signature, and they were foremost among the families of the early pioneers, and the honored name has been transmitted to an honorable posterity.

      Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, was the great-grandson of John Lincoln, who migrated from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, and thence to West Virginia, about 1758; and great-great-grandson of Mordecai and Hannah Bowne (States) Lincoln; Mordecai Lincoln having removed from Scituate, Massachusetts, in 1714, to Monmouth county, New Jersey, and here the families of the Lincolns and Bownes became united by intermarriage.

      William Bowne married (first) Ann ?, and their children were: 1. John, born in England. 2. James, baptized in Salem, Massachusetts, August 25, 1636. 3. Andrew, August 12, 1638. 4. Philip, December 7, 1640. He married (second) Mary Haverlads, in 1664. He is said to have had daughters, but their names do not appear. He died in 1677. He was doubtless advanced in years, and left a large landed estate. Letters of administration were granted to John as the eldest son, and he is described as "heretofore of Gravesend and late of Middletown." The partners who joined with him in the purchase of land in New Jersey were all from Gravesend, and their patent was granted by Governor Richard Nicolls, April 8, 1665, that is, the year after the conquest of the New Netherlands by the English. This grant included all of Monmouth county and part of Ocean and Middlesex counties. The new settlement was immediately begun, and the Bowne family were already there, having come the preceding year. in the division of the patent, William Bowne had lot No. 8, at Portland Point. At a meeting of the patentees, July 8, 1670, he was chosen as one of the first associates, or joint owners in the lands.

      (2) Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: New York and New Jersey, Vol. I-V [database online], Provo, UT:, 2002, Vol. 3, pp. 1097-1098:

      WILLIAM BOWNE, the progenitor of the New Jersey family, immigrated to these shores at an early date and settled at Salem, Mass., where he was first granted land, and afterward was admitted a Freeman, May 17, 1637. (Mrs. Alethea Hunt Weatherby says "he was later a founder of Reheboth, Mass.") (At a General Court holden at Boston, May 14, 1634, it was agreed that the Freemen must take a new oath, etc. The following is one of those registered among "The names of such as desire to be free-men": Willi Bounde, under date of May 17, 1637.) Subsequently he removed to Gravesend, Long Island, N. Y., where he bore a conspicuous part in the affairs of the town. Though apparently not among the first settlers of 1645, he must have soon followed, for, on Nov. 12, (Mch. 12 ?), 1646, he was granted a planter's lot in that town. The 13th of Mch., 1650, John Ruckman, of Gravesend, by his will, made him one of the trustees of his minor son, who came of age, in 1655, when his guardians were dismissed.

      In 1651, he was chosen Assistant Justice.

      In 1655, as a Magistrate, he, with the others, petitioned the Director to postpone the election of new magistrates, and July 5, declared that he disapproved of what the former magistrates had done contrary to patent.

      1655, Oct. 12. He, and Wilkins, representing Gravesend, attended upon the Council, at New Amsterdam, to discuss the prospects of war and the means of preventing the same.

      He was a Magistrate in 1655, 1656, 1657, 1658, 1659, 1660, 1661 and 1662.

      A farm was granted him Nov. 18, 1656, and, in 1657, he had twelve acres of it under cultivation.

      1658, July 3. He, with Thomas Spicer, William Wilkins and Charles Morgan, appeared before the council and agreed to pay 160 schepels, half wheat, half peas at the seaside, near Gravesend, as the tenths for the whole village for the year.

      1658, Nov. 16. He, Lady Moody and Mark Luther, of Rhode Island, were named by Edward Browse, in his will, as contingent legatees.

      In 1665, he was one of the party who applied for and received the large tract of land in New Jersey, known as the Monmouth Patent.

      In a list of "the purchasers of Nervasink, Narumsum, and Pootapeck," William Bowne and his sons, John and James, each, held one share and also John Bowne, of Fl., [Flushing], a share.

      In 1667, he had removed to Portland Point, a spot for future settlement on this new tract, where his son; James, had likewise taken up lands and fixed his residence.

      1670, Jan. 5. The inhabitants of Gravesend concluded to lay out some lands in severalty and the consent or agreement was signed by "William Bowne by John Dassett," confirming the statement of his removal from Gravesend .

      In 1675, there was likewise assigned him, in Gravesend, a fifteen acre lot in the Neck.
      In the Monmouth Patent most of his interests apparently lay in the lands about Portland Point, for I find only one home lot in Middletown belonging to him, and that not in the original division, but simply mentioned, in October, 1675, as in, or having been in his possession. After his settlement there, being ripe in years, he withdrew from public life and the burdens he so long had honorably and competently borne were transferred to his sons. Loved and respected amid children and grandchildren, he came to a peaceful end in the year 1677. His son John was appointed administrator upon his estate, as appears by the following:

      "Whereas William Bowne, heretofore of Gravesend, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, upon Long Island, and late of Middletown, in New Jersey, died intestate, and John Bowne, of Middletown, aforesaid, his eldest son, having made his application that he may have letters of administration on the estate of his father, deceased, within this province, it being likewise with the consent and good liking of the rest of his brother?. These presents may certify," etc. Dated, in New York, this 21 day of January, in the 29 year of His Majesty's reign, A.D. 1677.

      William Bowne married Ann ?, by whom he had issue[:] . . .

      John Bowne; probably born in England. . . .

      James Bowne, baptized, at Salem, Mass., Aug. 25, 1636. . . .

      Andrew Bowne, baptized, at Salem, Mass., Aug. 12, 1638. . . .

      Philip Bowne, baptized, at Salem, Mass., Dec. 7, 1640. . . .

      Gershom Bowne. . . .

      A daughter

      It has been stated that the William Bound who married, July 12, 1669, at Lynn, Mass., Mary Haverland, was the Gravesend and Middletown William Bowne, but no proof has been produced.

      The name Willia Bound appears in a "Petition against Imposts," in 1668. Massachusetts Archives.

      The surname of his wife, Ann, and the date of her demise are unknown, but from the demand of John Bowne, who, as the eldest son of his parents, laid claim to their rights from the Proprietors, in which he distinctly sets forth a claim for one hundred and twenty acres, each, in right of his father and mother, it leaves no room for doubt that William Bowne's wife was living when he took up a residence in Monmouth County. In this same demand upon the Proprietors, John Bowne, makes a claim of two hundred and forty acres, in right of William Compton and his wife, which suggests that Compton 's wife may have been a daughter of William Bowne, but it is equally probable that John Bowne may have secured Compton's rights by purchase or that he was one of the so called "servants."

      (3) New York City Wills, Vol. 1, Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1998:

      Page 193.?Whereas WM. BROWNE, heretofore of Gravesend, upon Long Island, and late of Middleton in New Jersey, died intestate, and John Brown of Middleton his eldest son having made application for Letters of Administration, they were granted January 21, 1677.
    Person ID I12378  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Family 1 Ann (BOWNE) 
    Married Bef 1630  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Peter BOWNE,   b. Bef 7 Jun 1640, Salem, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. John BOWNE,   b. Bef 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 May 1684  (Age < 54 years)  [natural]
     3. James BOWNE,   b. Bef 25 Dec 1636, Salem, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1695  (Age > 58 years)  [natural]
     4. Andrew BOWNE,   b. Bef 12 Aug 1638, Salem, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Gershom BOWNE  [natural]
     6. --- BOWNE  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 23:03:19 
    Family ID F5636  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary HAVERLAND? 
    Married 12 Jul 1669  Lynn, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1906, Vol. 2?Marriages, p. 51:

      BOUND, William, and Mary Haverlad, July 12, 1669. CT. R.

      (2) Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: New York and New Jersey, Vol. I-V [database online], Provo, UT:, 2002, Vol. 3, p. 1097:

      It has been stated that the William Bound who married, July 12, 1669, at Lynn, Mass., Mary Haverland, was the Gravesend and Middletown William Bowne, but no proof has been produced.
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 23:03:19 
    Family ID F5640  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart