Richard Bowen1,2,3

M, b. circa 1594, d. 4 February 1674
FatherJames Bowen
MotherEleanor (?)
     Richard was born circa 1594 in Llwyngwair, Pembtook, Wales. Richard married Ann (?) circa 1613 in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. Richard and his family immigrated from Kittle Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales in 1638. Their eldest son, George, stayed in Wales and took over the family home. Richard resided first in Weymouth, the in Salem before removing to Rehoboth. He was a proprietor & town officer in Rehoboth. Richard's wife, Ann, died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, leaving him a widower. Richard married 2nd Elizabeth (?) in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. Richard made his will on 4 June 1673 at Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

The last Will and Testament of Richard Bowin senir of Rehoboth in the Collonie of Plymouth in New England exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth aforsaid the fourth of June Anno: Dom 1675 on the oath of Mr John Pecke as followeth
Be it Knowne unto all men by these prsents that I Richard Bowin senir: of Rehoboth in the Collonie of New Plymouth in New England Doe the Day and Date above written ordaine and make this my last will and Testament being in my Good and p'fect Memory and understanding as followeth:
Item I Give to my beloved wife Elizabeth two Cowes and one heiffer a yeer old and a Mare 5 yeer old and a Mare Colt two yeer old and one Colt that followeth the Mare;
Item I Give unto my wife my best bed ; with all that belonges to it; and all my linnine two Pewter platters; with som other smale peeces of pewter; both the bras kettles 1 Iron pott 1 skillett one frying pan all my poultry and halfe my swine younge and old alsoe I Give to my wife one Coffer; and halfe my provisions after my buriall; halfe my Corne; halfe my hay that is Gathered in or may be Growing att my Decease; halfe my butter Cheese Bacon and porke; one hake with the eke belonging to it; one Cherne one brewing tubb one powdering tubb one beer barrell and my milk vessells ; Cushens one Candlesticke ; all these foremensioned prticulars ; I Give to my beloved wife to Dispose of att her Death unto whom shee will; moreover I Give unto my wife my bible my warming pan ; halfe my house that prte of the Leanto, nearest unto the Chimney; as alsoe halfe my orchyard ; and halfe my home lott; excepting that pte I sould unto Steven Paine senir: being an acree more or lesse ; all these I say I Give unto my beloved wife, the full tearme of her life; moreover my wife shall have libertie to mow two load of hay on my meddow att Palmers River and three load more on my meddow on the New meddow necke, every yeer soe longe as shee liveth;
Item I Give to my son Willam one hundred pounds Comon- age; my lott on the East syde of the plaine my lott in the second Devision; my prte of ffresh meddow lying and being neare the mile run; my ffresh meddow att Palmers River all my meddow that I have mowed att my meddow on the New meddow necke The other pte of this meddow, I have Given unto my son Obadiah ; and my son Richard, as will appeer by a Deed of Gift under my hand ; Morover I Give unto my son Willam ; halfe my house halfe my barne; halfe my orchyard halfe my home lott except that I sould to Steven Paine senir: and it is my Will that that after my wires Decease that my son Willam shall have all my housing and barnes orchyard homlott with all those lands and meddowes before mensioned unto him and his heires forever;
Item I Give unto my son Willam halfe my swine halfe my Corne halfe my hay ; Ingathered or may be Growing and halfe my provisions ; butter Cheese bacon Porke;
Item I Give to my son Willam halfe my Cart and wheeles my Cart Rope with my plow and plowirons belonging to it 2 Chaires two hogsheads, and all other Corne vessells my wife
Can spare; my hake with the Ringe; on it; my Great brasse pott an Iron pott and my Great brasse pan; and alsoe it is my will that hee shall have the land which is to be Devided according to the Devision of 20 acrees to the hundred pound estate ; and alsoe my lott lately layed out on the necke Called Wacha- maquat necke; and all such lands as shalbe Devided after the Date heerof; according to the proportion of an hundred pound estate ; I alsoe Give unto my son Willam; my Chest in the hall my Coffer in the seller loft my Chaine my hay knife Dung forke Pikes Rakes hand saw augers 2 beetle ringes and all my Iron wedges; as alsoe that oxe Called Duke; and my bible after my Wifes Decease;
Item I alsoe Give unto my son Willam the bed hee now lyeth on and the furniture belonging to it; and one bed sheet and my winnow sheet; and all my boards about my house, and all my wearing apparrell;
Item I Give unto my son Obadiah halfe a hundred pounds of Comonage; my Plow Irons of my breakeing plow and my thawrtcutt saw and halfe my logg Chaine; and the other halfe I Give to my son Willam;
Item I Give to my Daughter Alike Wheaton my Daughter Sarah ffuller and my Daughter Ruth Kenericke my old mare and a Colt that suckes on her ;
Item I Give to my Daughter Allice Wheaton my fflagon and two pewter platter
Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah ffuller my warming pan after my wifes Decease; and a pewter platter when the will is proved;
Item I Give to my Daughter Ruth Kenericke one pewter platter;
It is alsoe my will that if any of these fornamed beasts [p. 148]: viz: neat beasts or horses given Doe Die or come to any lose, the lose shalbe to the pticular prson or prsons unto whom they were Given; my executor shalbe free hee shall not make it Good to him or them;
Item all the Rest of my Goods lands Chattles or whatsoever I have not Given in this my Will and Testament; I Give to my son Richard whom I make and ordaine my sole executor to pay my Debts and to Discharge my legacyes and to see my body buried; witnes my hand the Day and yeer above written Witnes
The marke R of Richard Bowin senir

Stephen Paine Junr: John Pecke.4,5

Richard departed this life on Sunday, 4 February 1674 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

Family 1

Ann (?)

Family 2

Elizabeth (?) d. 1685


  1. [S872] Bowen Familu, Volume 76: page 277 - Richard Bowen born: 1594, died: 1674/5; m. 1st no name [not Ann][a Welch woman] Walles/Rehoboth; m. 2nd Elizabeth [-] Marsh died: 1675 [m. 1st George Marsh] Weymouth/Rehoboth;.
  2. [S135] Clarence Almond Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Richard Bowen m. 1st Ann [possibly Born], m. 2nd.
  3. [S46] William Richard Cutter, New England Families, genealogical memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths & the founding of a nation, page 1799.
  4. [S878] Richard Ernest Bowman, Will of Richard Bowin, Sr., 0The will and inventory of Richard Bowin, Sr., of Rehoboth, were recorded in the Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Volume III, Part I, pages 147-149. They are here printed in full, at the expense of Mr. Herbert Bowen.
    Especial attention should be called to the married name of Richard Bowin's daughter Ruth. Pope's "Pioneers of Massachusetts", page 6, calls her Ruth "Leverich"; but the original record plainly reads "Ruth Kenericke", in two places. The first letter of the surname is the same as in the word "Knowne", at the beginning of the will, and is entirely unlike the capital letter in " Leanto" and "Lands", in the same record.
    [richard Bowin's Will][3:1: 147]
  5. [S46] William Richard Cutter, New England Families, genealogical memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths & the founding of a nation, page 1799 - Will of Richard Bowen dated 4 June 1673.