George Bowers (b. 1590, d. Bef. December 30, 1656)
George Bowers281 was born 1590 in Manby, England282, and died Bef. December 30, 1656 in Cambridge, MA283. He married Barbara Smythe on February 09, 1613/14 in Braithwell, England284.
Notes for George Bowers: GEORGE BOWERS was early at Scituate in the Plymouth Colony, where he was a freeman 7 March 1636/7 and town officer. By the spring of 1639 he had removed to Plymouth, and on 5 March 1638/9 was elected constable for the whole of that town, although he did not sell his lands at Scituate or buy at Plymouth until 1640. He purchased lands at Eele River of Governor Winslow, who reserved the right of repurchase in part in case he should himself decide to settle there. He was soon complaned of for not allowing the passage of cattle, and a committee was appointed to lay out ways through his land where they would be least prejudicial to him. In 1640 "John Barnes and George Bower," Richard Knowle's nearest neighbor and his father-in-law, were given charge of procuring timber for the new Colony jail. In Jan. 1641/2 a dozen or morePlymouth men contracted for building a barque on shares, a sixteenth part each to Mr. William Bradford, John Atwood, George Bower, Edward Bangs, and others. But George Bower soon removed to Cambridge, apparently for the education of his sons. His wife Barbarie died at Cambridge 25 March 1644, his son Matthew died there 30 jan 1644/5, and his son John was graduated at the college in 1649. On 15 April 1649 George Bower married at Cambridge Elizabeth Worthington, who after his death married again at Cambridge, 25 June 1657, Henry Bowtell. On 31 May 1652 he was called before the Court for voting when not a freeman of this (the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In his will, dated 8 November and proved 30 December 1656, he did not mention his daughter Ruth Knowles, but bequeathed to his wife, his sons Benanuel, John, and Jerathmeel, and his young dauthers, Patience and Silence. His son Benanuel married at Campbridge, 9 December 1653, Elizabeth Dunster. His son Jerathmeel, a child by his second wife, was born at Cambridge 2 May 1650.
Rev. John Bowers was schoolmaster at Plymouth and later (1653-1660) at New Haven, whither he went on invitation of Governor Eaton. He afterwards taught in other towns in Connecticut, and preached at Branford, 1667-1672/3, where one of his daughters married and remained and where Nathaniel Knowles (7) settled, the first of the Knowles family of Cape Cod to remove to Connecticut.
Source: FTM CD#171, The Knowles Family of Eastham, MA by Charles Thornton Libby, Esq., of Portland, Me.
More About George Bowers and Barbara Smythe: Marriage: February 09, 1613/14, Braithwell, England.284
Children of George Bowers and Barbara Smythe are:
+Ruth Bowers, b. 1616, Dorset, England285, d. 1687, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts286.