William Bowden Sr

10 June 1827–2 July 1907 (Age 80)
Bishops Nympton, Devon, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Bowden Sr was born on 10 June 1827, in Bishops Nympton, Devon, England, United Kingdom, his father, Benjamin Bowden, was 34 and his mother, Mary Steel, was 31. He married Ann Grinney on 10 August 1853, in South Molton, Devon, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Kings Nympton, Devon, England, United Kingdom in 1841. He died on 2 July 1907, in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Bowden Sr
Ann Grinney
Marriage: 10 August 1853
Emma Bowden
Mary Ann Bowden
Mariah Elizabeth Bowden
Elizabeth Ann Bowden
Sarah Jane Bowden
William Bowden Jr
Benjamin John Bowden
Joseph Bowden
George Henry Bowden
Priscilla Abigail Bowden
Thomas Robert Bowden
Rachel Ann Bowden

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 August 1853South Molton, Devon, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor
    Age 6
    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
    1851 · Brigham City is Settled
    Age 24
    In 1851, Brigham City is settled and named after Brigham Young.

    Name Meaning

    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 .English: topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill, from Middle English buve dun ‘above the hill’ (Old English būfan dūne, as in the placename Bowden, Wiltshire).Scottish: habitational name from Bowden in Roxburghshire, named from Old English bōthl ‘dwelling-house’ + Old English denu ‘valley’.

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    Life History of William

    William Bowden was born October 7, 1827 at Bishopnympton, Devonshire, England. He was the son of Benjamin Bowden and Mary Steel. He was one of six sons; their names were John, Richard, Thomas, George …

    Sources (39)

    • William Bowdon in household of John Bowdon, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • William Bowden in entry for Rachel Bowden Johnston, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • William Bowden, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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