THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
John Bowater was born about 1652 in Bromsgrove,
Worcestershire England. His father was John Bowater.
Mother may have been Ann
Carter. There is a Find a Grave memorial 82756580
from Chester Friends Cemetery in Chester PA.
that says Sarah Edge Bowater "married Thomas
Bowater on 4 Oct 1686 in Edgemont, Chester Co PA,
the son of John and Ann(Carter) Bowater of Bromsgrove,
Worschester Englnad and later of Middletown,
Chester Co (now Delaware Co) PA." A lot of
helpful information. They need firm documentation,
but holds lots of clues.
Both John Bowater and Thomas Bowater were
from Bromsgrove and came to Chester County PA. My
guess is they were brothers.
John Bowater was
an early and active follower of the Quaker movement in
England. The History of Delaware county PA, by
George Smith, written in 1862, page 448, states that
visited New England, Virgina and Maryland on behalf of the
Quaker Society about 1677-78.
The Friends House
Digest Register of Worcester England Weddings is on
microfilm at the Swartmore library. It
states that John Bowater,
a nailor, son of John
Bowater wed Frances Corbitt,
daughter of Wiliam
Corbitt on 2nd month, 12th day, 1683. they
were wed at Chadwich. I have not been able to locate
Chadwich but one website said it was 8 miles north of
Worcester. That puts it near Bromsgrove. They were
members of the Dudley Monthly Quaker meeting. Dudley
is just west of Birmingham, England. There is the
suggestion in the history that he had been persecuted on
account of his beliefs.
Within a year and a half , John and Frances Bowater emigrated to
Pennsylvania. The Hinshaw
records show that John was received from the
Dudley Mt. meeting 3rd month, 21st day 1684. From
the Bowater name file of
the Chester County Historical Society there is a
note slightly different. It states that the
Philadelphia Monthly meeting of Friends held 9th month,
4th day 1684 received a certificate from John Bowater and his
wife. They settled in Middletown of Chester County.
emigrated about the same time, also a Quaker from the same
area to the same place. I believe it is highly
possible that Thomas
and John were
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