James Bowne

Dates of Birth and Death

1636 - 1695

James Bowne, eldest son of William and Ann (-) Bowne, was baptized at Salem, Massachusetts on 25 August 1636 and died at Middletown, New Jersey, February 1695. He married on 26 December 1665 Mary Stout, daughter of Richard and Penelope (Van Princis) Stout at Gravesend, Long Island, New York. There were five known sons.

On 14 December 1667 James Bowne was residing at Portland Point, New Jersey. Elected a Deputy to represent Middletown in the General Assembly of New Jersey at Elizabethtown, in 1668 he was made County Clerk; chosen one of the Overseers of Middletown 1669 and 1671, he was also appointed a Deputy to the General Court held at Portland Point in May 1669 and July 1670. In 1671 Bowne was an Indian interpreter at the purchase of Navasink land; in 1675 was elected Magistrate of a monthly Court of Small Causes. He was elected a Deputy to the Council at Woodbridge in 1676 and in 1677 to the Council at Elizabethtown. While he was Town Clerk, 1677 to 1680, he was chosen Deputy to the General Assembly in 1679.

Bowne was one of the Founders of the Baptist Church of Middletown, the first church of that denomination in the colony. When he died his estate consisted of 500 acres granted to him as one of the original Monmouth Patentees, his total holdings being 1520 acres. The inventory of the estate consisted largely of cattle, horses and pigs.

Biography Author

Esther Burdge Capestro #C26


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