Matthew Bowden

Potterne, Wiltshire, England

The Life of Matthew

When Matthew Bowden was born in 1754, in Potterne, Wiltshire, England, his father, George Bowden, was 40 and his mother, Hannah Sainsbury, was 41. He married Jane Coleman on 26 December 1778, in Potterne, Wiltshire, England. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 9 daughters.

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Matthew Bowden
Jane Coleman
Marriage: 26 December 1778
Lucy Bowden
John Bowden Sr
Ann Bowden
Hannah Bowden
Jane Bowden
Benjamine Bowden
Elizabeth Bowden
Mary Bowden
George Bowden
Mary Ann Bowden
Lucy Bowden
Jemima Bowden
Samuel Bowden

Spouse and Children

26 December 1778
Potterne, Wiltshire, England


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World Events (4)

1754 · Seven Years' War

Age 0

The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.
1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 16

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 33

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon. Bowden in Devon and Derbyshire and Bowdon in Cheshire are named with Old English boga ‘bow’ + dūn ‘hill’, i.e. ‘hill shaped like a bow’; one in Leicestershire (Bugedone in Domesday Book) comes, according to Ekwall, from the Old English personal name Būga (masculine) or Bucge (feminine) + dūn. There are also Scottish places of this name, but there are comparatively few bearers of the surname Bowden north of the border. In England the surname is found most frequently in Lancashire and in the West Country. In Devon and Cornwall there has been some confusion with the Norman personal name Baldwin .2 English: habitational name from Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, so named with the Old English phrase būfan dūne ‘on, upon the hill’. The surname may also have arisen as a topographic name from the same phrase used independently, for someone who lived at the top of a hill.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadáin ‘descendant of Buadán’, an Old Irish personal name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Matthew Bowden in entry for Lucy Bowden, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Matthew Bowden in entry for Lucy Bowden, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Matthew Bowden in entry for Samuel, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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