Obediah Bowen

Male 1627 - 1710


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  • Name  Obediah Bowen 
    Born  01 Jul 1627  Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Will  11 Dec 1708  Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • In the Name of God Amen the Eleventh day of Decembr one Thousand seven Hundred & Eight I Obadiah Bowen of Swanzey in ye County of Bristol in New England Yeoman being Grown Ancient & weake of body Yet of sound mind & memory blessed be God for the same And being willing & desirous to set my house in Order & settle my outward Estate which the Lord in mercey hath Lent me I do make this my Last will & Testamt In manner & form following Viz:

      Imprimis I Commit my soul into the hands of God who gave it hopeing through grace to Receive the Remission of all my sins And through the Mirrits of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to be made pertaker of the Inheiritance of y' saints in Light And my Body to be Decently buried according to the discresio of my Executors of this my Last will and Testament hereafter Named

      And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life I give Demise and Despose of the same in the following manner and form

      My will is that all my Just Debts which I owe to any person or persons whatsoever be duely payd by my Executr out of my Estate in time Conveinient after my Decease

      Impms I give to my well beloved son Samuel Bowen of Cohansey Ten pounds silver money at the fifteen peny weight and seventeen pounds of the like money I give to my said son Samuel Bowen and my Daughter hannah Brooks Equally to be divided betwixt them I do also give to my daughter hannah Brooks my bed and beding

      Item I give to Lidia Mason a Cow

      Itt: I give & bequeath unto my Grandsons Aron Bowen & Daniel Bowen sons of my son obadiah Bowen Deceased to them and Each of them for ever All yt my Right & Interest of and in the lands both divided and undivided scittuate Lyeing & being within the Township of Attleborrough in the County of Bristol aforesd Equally to be divided between them:

      Item I give unto my Grandson Nathan Bowen son of my sd son Obadiah Bowen to him the said Nathan Bowen for Ever All that my two Divissions of lands in Rehoboth the one being allready laid out & the other now due to be layd out by ye selectmen of Rehoboth aforesd that land wch is allready layd out being somewhat distant from Blisses saw mill and allso all my Right of fresh meadow' vizt two peices of fresh meadow the one lyeing at a place called the great meadow the other somewhat distant from sd meadow

      ltt I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Bowen his heires and Assignes for ever All that my Division or Divisions of land layd out adjacent to said Josephs lands within the Township of Rehoboth aforesd and allso the whole of all my undivided lands throughout the Commons of undivided lands both in the township of Rehoboth & Swanzey aforesaid

      Itt I give and bequeath unto James Bowen & Hezekiah Bowen forever Respectively all that my lot of land lyeing & being in Rehoboth aforesd Contayning Twenty acres it being Recorded to william Bowen in said Rehoboth Land Records And to all other of my Relations not herein mentioned that should under any Tollerable pretence Claime any portion of my Estate left I give one shilling allso in full sattisfaction to them all: And whereas there is Amongst my household stuff four pewter platters that were given to me in my infancy when I was Baptized I do now give one of sd platters to my Grand Daughter Katherine Bowen And one of them to my Grandaughter Sarah Bowen and one of them I give to my Granddaughter Allice Bowen and the fourth & last platter I give to my Grand daughter Elizabeth .Bowen. that is to say to each of them a Platter

      Item I Give to my Grand daughtert a smale iron Kettle

      Itt I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Bowen all the Rest of my Estate not yet disposed of And ffinally .I do hereby make Constitute Appoint & ordain my said son Thomas Bowen to be my sole Executor of this my last will and Testament & doe allso Charge him to see it Punctually and duely performed according to the purpose & true meaning thereof

      And I do allso hereby Revoke and utterly null & make void all former wills & Testaments by me at any time made Either by word or wrighting to be of no Effect or Use But this my last will & Testament to stand firm I & good In witness whereof. I the said obadiah Bowen have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seale with my own hand given and published and Declared the day &year first above written

      Signed sealed and Delivered Obadiah Bowen

      In the presence of us
      Caleb Eddy, John Paddock. John Devotion
    Died  10 Sep 1710  Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Probate  14 Oct 1710  Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Bristol Ss : october 14th 1710 then Caleb Eddy and John Paddock Junr two of ye wittnesses of the within written will of Obadiah Bowen above Named Came before me Nathanl Paine Esqr Judge of the Probate of wills & granting Administrations within the County aforesd & made Oath that they were present and did see the said Deceased signe seal publish & declare this Instrumt as his will and Testamt & that he was of a Disposeing mind when he so did and that they together with John Devotion the othe wimess set their hands as witnsses at the same time

      John Cary Regr Nathl Paine

      Entered Novr 29 1710 By John Cary Regr:

      "An Inventory of the Estate of Obadiah Bowen lat of Swanzey Deceased Apprized by us the subscribers hereof october the 4th day Anno Domini 1710:"

      149 18s 02d
    Notes 
    • 22th of 4th mo 1671 - Ob: Bowen propounded and is assented to.

      In 1674 there was some trouble between Obediah and the church and there are a series of records. Finally he was reconcilled. His son Obediah Jr. was even more at odds with the Baptist church and ended up withdrawing from the church. [2]
    Person ID  I50554  Bryant
    Last Modified  19 Jul 2004 

    Father  Richard Bowen,   b. Abt 1590, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1675/76, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anne Born,   b. Bef 1600, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1647, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1616  Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID  F1108  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Clifton,   b. Abt 1629,   d. 18 Feb 1696/97, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1650  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Obediah Bowen, Jr.,   b. 18 Sep 1651, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1699, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Bowen,   b. 18 Jan 1651/52, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1678, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sarah Bowen,   b. 06 Nov 1654, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1685
     4. Samuel Bowen,   b. 16 Jul 1659, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1728/29, Cohansy, Salem Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Joseph Bowen,   b. 26 Jun 1662, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1727, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Thomas Bowen,   b. 03 Aug 1664, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1743, Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Hannah Bowen,   b. 03 May 1665, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1715, Cohansy, Salem Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Lydia Bowen,   b. 23 Apr 1666, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1758, Warren, Bristol Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Marcy Bowen,   b. 18 Mar 1671/72, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Isaac Bowen,   b. 30 Sep 1674, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Hezekiah Bowen,   b. Abt 1676, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. James Bowen,   b. Abt 1678, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F3447  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 01 Jul 1627 - Glamorganshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1650 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 11 Dec 1708 - Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Sep 1710 - Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 14 Oct 1710 - Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S366] Hannah (Haile) Mower, Mower, Lyman & Karen Hoiriis Mower, (Compilers, Durham, New Hampshire, 1997), p. 57.

    2. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 139:33.

    3. [S366] Hannah (Haile) Mower, Mower, Lyman & Karen Hoiriis Mower, (Compilers, Durham, New Hampshire, 1997), p. 49.


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