THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
Frances Corbitt was
12th month, 19th day 1656. The Quaker method of dating at this
time would put the 12th month to be Feb. ( I think), but then the year
should be dual, ie 1656/57 or 1655/56. So this date needs
confirmation. The Cope Digest
of Friends Engish Meeting Records C10 gives the date and states
that she was the daughter of William
Corbitt of Warwick,
North Warwickshire Quareterly Meeting. Warwick is a small
city just east southeast of Birmingham. We do not know her
mother's name, but at least one person on line says her name was Alice.
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 or just south of Birmingham. That puts it near Bromsgrove, which was the Bowater home. 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.
Most of the information on John Bowater came from Quaker records found in the files at Swartmore PA in the Friends Historical Society library. dating mostly from the time when he had immigrated to Pennsylvania.
John Bowater was an
early and active follower of the Quaker movement in England. The
History of Delawaer county PA, by George Smith, written in 1862, page
448, states that John Bowater
visited New England, Virigina and Maryland on behalf of the Quaker
Society about 1677-78.
Within a year and a half ,
John and Frances Bowater emigrated to Pennsylvania. The Hinshaw records show that John was
recieved 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 recieved a certificate
from John Bowater and his
wife. They settled in Middletown of chester County.
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