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George Bowers

Male about 1590 - 1656  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name George Bowers 
    Born about 1590  Manby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation planter 
    Died 30 December 1656  Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • George was of Plymouth by 1639. He removed to Cambridge. His will, dated 8 Nov 1656, was probated 30 Dec 1656.

      From Libby’s Knowles genealogy:
      “Mr. George^1 Bower (or Bowers), planter, was early at Scituate in the Plymouth Colony, where he was freeman 7 mar. 1636/7 and a town officer. By the spring of 1639 he had removed to Plymouth, and on 5 Mar. 1638/9 was elected constable for the whole of that town, although he did not sell his lands at Scituate or buy at Plymouth until 1640. he purchased lands at Eele River of Governor Winslow, who reserved the right of repurchase in part in case he should himself to settle there. He was soon complained of for not allowing the passage of cattle, and a committee was appointed to lay out ways through his land where they would be least prejudicial to him. In 1640 ‘John Barnes and George4 Bower,’ Richard Knowles’s nearest neighbor and his father-in-law, were given charge of procuring timber for the new Colony jail. In Jan. 1641/2 a dozen or more Plymouth men contracted for building a barque on shares, a sixteenth part each to Mr. William Bradford, John Atwood, George Bower, Edward Bangs, and others. But George Bower soon removed to Cambridge, apparently for the education of his sons. ... On 31 May 1652 he was called before the Court for voting when not a freeman of this [the Massachusetts Bay] Colony. In his will, dated 8 Nov. and proved 30 Dec. 1656, he did not mention his daughter Ruth Knowles, but bequeathed to his wife, his sons Benanuel, John, and Jerathmeel, and his young daughters, Patience and Silence.”

      Check out the following sources for information on George Bower and his family:
      (1) History of Cambridge Massachusetts, Paige.
      (2) Pioneers of Massachusetts, Pope.
      (3) Plymouth Colony, Biographical Sketches, Eugene Stratton, Ancestry Publications, Salt Lake, 1986.

      Was George the son of Thomas and Iwerner (Minster) Bowers of Manby, who apparently married in 1590 at First Child, Lincolnshire? [1, 2]
    Person ID I10835  Schirado
    Last Modified 14 April 2002 

    Father Thomas Bowers,   b. about 1564, First Child, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Iwerner Minster 
    Family ID F22352  Family Group Sheet

    Father Bowers family 
    Family ID F8814  Family Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 1 Barbara Smythe,   d. 25 March 1644, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 February 1614/5  Braithwell, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Ruth Bowers,   b. 1616, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1687, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Matthew Bowers,   b. about 1620,   d. 30 January 1644/5, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
    +3. Benanuel Bowers,   b. about 1627, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1698, Charlestown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
    +4. Rev. John Bowers,   b. about 1629, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 June 1687, Derby, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +5. Patience Bowers,   b. about 1631, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1665, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
    +6. Silence Bowers,   b. about 1635, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 November 1677, Medfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    Family ID F7721  Family Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 2 Elizabeth Worthington,   d. 19 February 1681/2, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 15 April 1649  Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Capt. Jerathmeel Bowers,   b. 2 May 1650, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 April 1724, Groton, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Family ID F7792  Family Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Joseph Savage, (Little Brown, Boston, 1860).

    2. [S95] The Knowles family of Eastham, Charles Thornton Libby.

    3. [S311] (Boston, 1914).


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