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Bowen Ancestry in Wales            Fleming Ancestry in Wales

            Griffith Bowen and Margaret Fleming

Mary Bowen and Benjamin Child      Henry Bowen and Elizabeth Johnson

John Child and Elizabeth Wales     Abigail Bowen and Nathaniel Aspinwall

            John Child and Abigail Aspinwall

            Abijah Child and Abigail Johnson

            Sarah Child and Elijah Mason

            Sophronia Mason and Eli Morey

            Elijah Mason Morey and Elizabeth Merrill

            William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews

            Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

            Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

            Stephen Martin Lawson

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Ancestry of Griffith Bowen

The lineage from King Henry I to Griffith BOWEN, as prepared by Herman Nickerson, has been accepted by the Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain (Lineage No. 156), and appears in the Sep. 1979 National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Essentially the same line, except for the fifth generation listed, appears in the 7th edition of Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, by Frederick Weis (1993), and is presented here. An alternate line to Twdwr Mawr, King of South Wales had been in the 1964 third edition of Ancestral Roots.... Refer to the A Bunch of Begats ancestry for extension of the ancestry of King Henry I.

Henry I, King of England b Selby, York., 1070 d 1135 had illegitimate son
Robert, E. of Gloucester b c. 1090 d 1147 by Maud FitzHamon d 1157 was father of
William, E. of Gloucester d 23 Nov 1183 had illegitimate daughter
Mabel married c. 1158 Gruffudd ap Ifor Bach d 1211 and was mother of
Rhys ap Gruffudd by an unknown wife was father of
Joan f. Rhys ap Gruffudd married Sir Ralph Maelog and was the mother of
Ann Maelog married Sir Gwrgi Grant and was mother of
Jenkin ap Gwrgi was father of
Gwilym ap Jenkin was father of
Ann married Hywel ap Gruffudd Fab and was mother of
Hywel Fychan ap Hywel married Catrin f. Ieuan Llwyd and was father of
Gwilym Gam ap Hywel Fychan married Gwenllian f. Gwilym and was father of
Hywel Melyn of Ynys Derw ap Gwilym Gam was father of
Ieuan Gwym ap Hywel Melyn married Mabel f. Wilcock Cradock and was father of
Jenkin married Jonet and was father of
Owain (Owen ap Jenkyn) married Alice f. John of Swansea and was father of
Gruffudd Bowen of Slade married Ann f. Nicholas Berry of Berryharbor and was father of
Philip Bowen of Slade married Elsbeth f. Hopkin John Vaughan and was father of
Francis Bowen married Ellen Frankleyn and was father of
Griffith BOWEN married Margaret FLEMING

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Fleming Ancestry in Wales

The following extension of the Fleming line from Margaret Fleming, wife of Griffith Bowen, to William, Earl of Glouchester, is from an article in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 67, Number 3 (September 1979), by Herman Nickerson, Jr.

Henry I, King of England b Selby, York., 1070 d 1135 had illegitimate son
Robert, E. of Gloucester b c. 1090 d 1147 by Maud FitzHamon d 1157 was father of
William, E. of Gloucester d 23 Nov 1183 had illegitimate daughter
Mabel married c. 1158 Gruffudd ap Ifor Bach d 1211 and was mother of
Maud married Hywel ap Madog and was mother of
Hywel ap Madog married Maud. Maud was daughter of,
Cynwrig of Radur ap Hywel married Angharad, daughter of Lewys, and was father of
Hywel ap Cynwrig of Radur was father of
Maurig of Radur ap Hywel married Crisli, daughter of Adam Fychan, and was father of
Dafydd of Radur ap Meurig married Efa, daughter of Hopkin, and was father of
Gwladus married Ieuan ap Rhys and was mother of
Maud married Llywelyn ap Hywel Fychan and was mother of
Sir Dafydd Gan (d. 1415) married Gwenllian, daughter of Gwilym, and was father of
Gwladus Gan (d. 1454) married Sir William ap Thomas (d. 1446) and was mother of
William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, by Maude Turberville was father of
Richard Herbert of Ewyas married Margaret Cradock and was father of
Thomas Herbert of Abergavenny was father of
Alice Herbert married William Jenkin and was mother of
Elizabeth Jenkin married Jenkin Dawkins and was mother of
Alice Dawkins married Henry Fleming of Gellihir and was mother of
Margaret Fleming married Griffith Bowen

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Griffith and Margaret (Fleming) Bowen

Griffith BOWEN - b. about 1600, Langewith, Gower, Wales; d. 1676, probably at London, England. Son of Francis BOWEN and Ellen FRANKLIN (reportedly related to Benjamin FRANKLIN), brother of George and Elizabeth, and grandson of Philip BOWEN and Elizabeth HOPKIN. Many Royal descent lines are available for Griffith BOWEN, including a lineage showing him a descendant of Tudor Mawr, King of South Wales. Arrived in Boston in 1638 with family; joined church at Boston with wife Dec. 6, 1638; freeman 1639; built home at corner of current Essex and Washington Streets. He returned to Wales about 1650 and resided in Swansea, Glamorganshire, So. Wales. He removed to St. Saviour, Southwark, London by 1669, living there until his death. Married about 1627, England.

Margaret FLEMING - Arrived in Boston 1638 with husband. Many Royal descent lines are available for Margaret FLEMING. Daughter of Henry FLEMING and Alice DAWKINS.

Children of Griffith and Margaret Bowen

See Notable Cousins for line to: Franklin PIERCE. Notable cousins in the Royal line include: James BUCHANAN, Barbara (PIERCE) BUSH, George Walker BUSH, Julia Boggs (DENT) GRANT, William Henry HARRISON, Thomas JEFFERSON, Jane Means (APPLETON) PIERCE, Helen (HERRON) TAFT, Zachary TAYLOR, George WASHINGTON, and Edith (BOLLING) GALT WILSON

  1. Margaret - b. about 1628, Wales; d. Sep. 13, 1692, Roxbury, MA. Married in Roxbury, MA on Dec. 24, 1647, John WELD (b. Oct. 28, 1623, England; d. Sep. 20, 1691, Roxbury, MA). Children: John; Joseph died in infancy; Joseph; Margaret; Elizabeth; Abigail; Esther; and Hannah.
  2. Francis - b. about 1630, Wales; d. probably after 1698 in Wales. Perhaps did not marry. Evidence suggests he was a wholesale merchant in Pembroke, Wales.
  3. William - b. about 1632, Wales; d. about 1686 as "A Christian Captive to the Turks," his ransom collected in Roxbury arriving too late. He was a mariner of Bristol, England and Roxbury, MA, and had a son: William, a tailor of Boston, MA.
  4. Henry - b. 1633-4, Wales; d. Mar. 13, 1724, Woodstock, CT.
  5. Mary - b. about 1635, Wales; d. Oct. 31, 1707, Roxbury, MA. Married Benjamin CHILD.
  6. Elizabeth - b. about 1637; d. Mar. 2, 1713, Boston, MA. She married in 1669 Dr. Isaac ADDINGTON (b. Jan. 22, 1645; d. Mar. 19, 1715), and they received two parcels of land in Boston from her father as a marriage gift.
  7. Esther - bap. Feb. 17, 1639, Boston, MA.
  8. Abigail - bap. April 25, 1641, Boston, MA.
  9. Penuel - b. Mar. 10, 1644, Boston, MA; bap. May 5, 1644, Roxbury, MA. Harvard graduate and minister at Boston, MA. (Another source indicates he returned to England with his parents at age 5, and was apprenticed at London at age 18.)
  10. Deriah - bap. Apr. 11, 1647, Boston, MA. Baptized at age 6 days.

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Lt. Henry and Elizabeth (Johnson) Bowen

Henry BOWEN - b. 1633/4, Wales; d. Mar. 13, 1723/4, Woodstock, CT; bur. Woodstock Hill graveyard. Son of Griffith BOWEN and Margaret FLEMING. Arrived in Boston at about age 5 with parents. Removed to Roxbury, MA were he was Lt. in the militia in Capt. Isaac JOHNSON's company, and commanded the company upon the death of Capt. JOHNSON in the Great Swamp Fight of Dec. 19, 1675. Removed to Woodstock, CT 1686, returned to Roxbury briefly (appraiser 1693), but finally settled at Woodstock in 1707. Married Dec. 20, 1658, Roxbury, MA.

Elizabeth JOHNSON - b. Dec. 24, 1637, Roxbury, MA; d. Apr. 20, 1701, Woodstock, CT. She owned the convenant at the Roxbury Church of Christ on Feb. 12, 1660. Daughter of Capt. Isaac JOHNSON and Elizabeth PORTER.

Children of Henry and Elizabeth Bowen

  1. Henry - b. Oct. 13, 1659, Roxbury, MA; bap. there Feb. 12, 1660. Married on Apr. 14, 1685 to Susanna HEATH, daughter of Peleg and Susanna (KING) HEATH, and granddaughter of William and Mary (PERRY) HEATH.
  2. Elizabeth - b. Jan. 26, 1661, Roxbury, MA; bap. there the following day; d. Nov. 20, 1743, Woodstock, CT. Married May 24, 1683, Roxbury, MA Dea. Edward MORRIS (b. Mar. 10, 1658/9, Roxbury, MA; d. Aug. 29, 1727, Woodstock, CT), son of Lt. Edward MORRIS and Grace BETT. Children: Elizabeth died in infancy; Elizabeth married John BARTHOLOMEW; Hannah married Samuel HEMMINGWAY; Edward married; Grace married Joseph PEAKE; Abigail married; Susanna; and Prudence.
  3. John - b. Sep. 1, 1662, Roxbury, MA; bap. there 6 days later; d. 1718, Roxbury, MA. Will proved Nov. 24, 1718, Roxbury, MA. Married by 1696 Hannah BREWER (b. Jul. 5, 1665, Roxbury, MA; d. after 1706), daughter of Rev. Daniel BREWER and Hannah MORRILL. Children: Hannah; Elizabeth; Abigail married Caleb KENDRICK (they became the grandparents of Benjamin PIERCE, Governor of New Hampshire and father of Pres. Franklin PIERCE); Sarah died in infancy; and John.
  4. A child - d. Jul. 4, 1664, Roxbury, MA.
  5. Margaret - bap. May 28, 1665, Roxbury, MA; d. Sep. 1665, Roxbury.
  6. Mary - b. Sep. 12, 1666, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA; bap. there 11 days later. Confirmed at about age 20 be Rev. John ELIOT of Roxbury. Married Joseph DEMING. (b. Jun. 1, 1661, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT; d. Jan. 7, 1742, North Woodstock, CT), son of John DEMING and Mary MYGATT. Children: Esther married John SABIN; Anne married David ALLYN; Penuel married Ann SUMNER; Mary married John PECK; Joseph; Sarah married Daniel SMITH; and Elizabeth.
  7. Margaret - b. Jan. 26, 1668, Roxbury, MA; bap. there the following Mar. 1; d. Feb. 19, 1727, Woodstock, CT. Married Nov. 6, 1688 Joseph BACON (b. Jan. 1, 1665, Roxbury, MA). Children include: Mehitabel married Samuel LILLIE.
  8. Abigail - bap. Aug. 1, 1669, Roxbury, MA. Died in infancy.
  9. Abigail - bap. Aug. 21, 1670, Roxbury, MA; d. Apr. 16, 1736, Woodstock, CT. Married Nathaniel ASPINWALL.
  10. Penuel - b. Mar. 8, 1672, Roxbury, MA; bap. there two days later. Admitted to full communion in the Church of Christ Apr. 13, 1690.
  11. Esther - b. Mar. 8, 1675, Roxbury, MA; bap. there 6 days later.
  12. Isaac - b. Apr. 20, 1676, Roxbury, MA. Married Jan. 22, 1717 Hannah WINCHESTER. Children: Henry married; Hannah; Mary; Isaac married; Sarah; Josiah; Penuel married; Sarah; Benjamin; and Elizabeth.

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