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Bowen Surname

The Bowen surname is apparently Welsh in origin. More than likely, our line descends from Henry Bowen, a Welshman, who settled in Pennsylvania.


1st Generation:

John Bowen was born circa 1745 in Virginia. He died in August 1826 at Craigs Creek, Montgomery Co., Virginia.

John may have been the son of Henry Bowen and Anna Moon. He lived with his family in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
John married Elizabeth circa 1771 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. She was born circa 1750 in Virginia. She died between 1834-1835 at Craigs Creek, Montgomery Co., Virginia.

They had the following children:

1 Bethia Bowen
2 William Bowen was born circa 1774 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. He died in May 1823 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. He married Margaret.
3 Mary Bowen was born circa 1776 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. She died in June 1849. She married John LaFon on July 8, 1797 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
4 John Bowen was born circa 1778 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. He married Rachel Mills on August 3, 1803 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
5 Hugha Bowen was born on October 29, 1784 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. He died on July 1, 1867 in Wayne Co., West Virginia. He married Elizabeth Owen on June 19, 1805 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
6 Magdaline Bowen was born on April 23, 1787 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. She died on October 24, 1850 in Wayne Co., West Virginia. She married William Joseph Adkins on July 25, 1806 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
7 James Bowen was born circa 1790 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
8 Sally Bowen was born circa 1791 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.

2nd Generation:

Bethia Bowen was born circa 1772 in Virginia. She died sometime between 1812 and 1816 in Giles Co., Virginia.

Father: John Bowen
Mother: Elizabeth

Bethia was apparently close to her family. Between about 1797 and 1811, she lived on land adjoining her father on Clover Hollow in what is now Giles County, Virginia. Many of her children's names apparently came from her family.

Most family histories suggest that her real name was Elizabeth and that she used the name Bethia as a nickname for Elizabeth. I'm not sure where this theory came from, but it is unlikely. Bethia was a biblical name that was unrelated to Elizabeth. Multiple individual families (including Bethia herself) had daughters named Elizabeth and Bethia; which is incredibly unlikely if Bethia was a nickname for Elizabeth.

Bethia herself only appears on two known contemporary records. Her marriage bond (where it was spelled "Bathia") and an 1811 deed (when it was spelled "Bethiah"). The name (or more likely she, herself) were popular in her family. She had one daughter and at least 7 granddaughters with that name. The name was admittedly unusual. Other spellings besides Bathia and Bethiah include: Bertha, Bethire, Bethier, and Bethel.

Bethia married Anthony Plymale on January 11, 1789 in Botetourt Co., Virginia.
For information on their children, see his page.