William E. Bowden

3 December 1868–12 January 1964 (Age 95)
Second Falls, Saint George, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada

The Life of William E.

When William E. Bowden was born on 3 December 1868, in Second Falls, Saint George, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada, his father, Edward Bowden, was 28 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Craig, was 23. He married Bessie Almire Young on 28 February 1906, in Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada in 1911. He died on 12 January 1964, at the age of 95, and was buried in Second Falls, Saint George, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Family Time Line

William E. Bowden
Bessie Almire Young
Marriage: 28 February 1906
Arnold Allison Bowden
Alfred William Bowden
Edith Ethelyn Young Bowden

Spouse and Children

28 February 1906
Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada


    Arnold Allison Bowden


    Alfred William Bowden


    Edith Ethelyn Young Bowden


Parents and Siblings

    Edward Bowden


    Mary Elizabeth Craig




World Events (5)


Age 3

British Columbia joins the confederation.
1880 · Legislature in Fredericton Destoryed by Fire

Age 12

On February 25, 1880, the legislature building in Frederiction was destroyed by fire. The builiding was completely made of wood meaning that there was nothing left of it. The chair that the speaker used and a marble top table were all that remained.
1901 · Hartland Covered Bridge

Age 33

July 4, 1901, the Hartland covered bridge was finished. It spans across the Saint John River, making it the longest covered bridge. Until it was built, the only way across the river was by ferry.

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)

  • William Bowden in entry for Arnold Allison Bowden, "Canada, New Brunswick County Registers of Births Index, ca. 1812-1919"
  • William E. in entry for Alfred W. Bowden and Katherine I. Shaw, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"
  • William Bowden in entry for Alfred William Bowden and Elsa Isabelle Douglas, "New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950"

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