Person:John Bowne (1)

  1. John Bowne1627 - 1695
  2. Dorothy Bowne1631 - Abt 1678
m. 7 May 1656
  1. John Bowne1656/57 - 1673
  2. Elizabeth Bowne1658 - 1721/22
  3. Mary Bowne1660/61 - 1728
  4. Abigail Bowne1662/63 - 1688
  5. Hannah Bowne1665 - 1707
  6. Samuel Bowne1667 - 1745
  7. Dorothy Bowne1669 - 1690
  8. Son BowneAbt 1671 - Abt 1671
  9. Martha Johanna Bowne1673 - 1750
  10. Son BowneAbt 1675 - Abt 1675
m. 2 Feb 1679/80
  1. Sarah Bowne1680 - 1681
  2. Sarah Bowne1681/82 - 1699
  3. John Bowne1683 - 1683
  4. Thomas Bowne1684 - 1684
  5. John Bowne1686 - 1757
  6. Abigail Bowne1688 - 1688
  • HJohn Bowne1627 - 1695
  • WMary Cock1655/56 -
m. 26 Jun 1693
  1. Amy Bowne1694 - 1730
  2. Ruth Bowne1695/96 -
Facts and Events
Name John Bowne
Gender Male
Birth[2][3][6] 9 May 1627 Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Christening[2][3][5] 9 Mar 1627/28 Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Marriage 7 May 1656 Flushing, Queens, New York, United Statesto Hannah Feake
Marriage 2 Feb 1679/80 Flushing, Queens, New York, United Statesto Hannah Bickerstaff
Marriage 26 Jun 1693 Flushing, Queens, New York, United Statesto Mary Cock
Death[2][3][4] 20 Dec 1695 Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Burial[4] 23 Dec 1695 Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Reference Number? Q6222710?

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John Bowne (1627–1695) was an English immigrant residing in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, who is honored today as a pioneer in the American struggle for religious liberty.

Born in Matlock, Derbyshire, on 9 March 1627, Bowne emigrated with his father and sister to Boston, Mass. in 1648. Bowne became a merchant and married well, his wife Hannah Feake (ca.1637–1678), whom he married in 1656, being a great-niece of Governor John Winthrop of Massachusetts. Bowne and his bride, however, soon became adherents of the new doctrine of Quakerism, which was then being actively repressed in most of the English colonies of New England. Accordingly by 1661 they had relocated to Flushing, Long Island, where a small group of English-speaking Quakers were attempting to practice their faith in defiance of the Dutch governor of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant.

In 1662 Bowne was arrested on orders of Governor Stuyvesant for allowing a Quaker meeting in his house. Refusing to pay the assessed fine, or to depart from the province, he was sent to Holland for trial before the Dutch West India Company. There, he successfully exonerated himself by appealing to the guarantees of religious liberty contained in the Flushing patent of 1645 granted by Governor William Kieft; see Flushing Remonstrance. Winning the respect of his judges by his uncompromising stance, he was released, and returned triumphantly home in 1664, Governor Stuyvesant being ordered to extend tolerance to all religious sects.

Although the New Netherland was soon to become the English colony of New York, the ideal of religious freedom for which John Bowne had stood up was upheld by the province's new rulers, serving as an example for the other English colonies in North America, and ultimately to the framers of the American Constitution as well.

A 1672 letter from Bowne and other Quakers to the Governor of New York explaining their conscientious refusal to contribute funds for the repair of the fort of New York is one of the earliest examples of American Quaker war tax resistance.

John Bowne later served in the provincial assembly of New York, dying in Flushing on 20 December 1695.

John Bowne's first wife Hannah Feake (or Feke) was the daughter of the Elizabeth Fones who served as the title character in Anya Seton's historical novel "The Winthrop Woman". They had 8 children.

John Bowne's second wife was Hannah Bickerstaff (married 2 Feb 1679/80) and had 6 children (2 died soon after birth).

John Bowne's third wife was Mary Cock (married 26 June 1693) and had two children.

A park, high school and an elementary school in Flushing, Queens are named in his honor.

His house at Bowne Street and 37th Avenue in Flushing still stands, and is open to the public as Registered Historic Place.

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  1.   John Bowne, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wilson, Edith King. Bowne family of Flushing, Long Island. (New York: unknown, 1948), 3.

    John Bowne, s/o Thomas Borwne and wife Mary, born Matlock, England "9. 3. 1627" [9 May 1627. Note later on same page it say baptized 9 March 1627 which would be 9 Mar 1627/28 to be consistent with a birth in May], d. Flushing 20.10.1695 [20 Dec 1695], m. (1) "7 of 3m 1656" [7 May 1656] Hannah Feke, m. (2) "2.12.1679" [2 Feb 1679/80] Hannah Bickerstaff, m. (3) "26.4.1693" [26 Jun 1693] Mary Cock.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Coddington, John Insley. "A Bowne Problem", in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,, 19:166.

    "born at Matlock 9 of 3rd month (May) 1627 and died at Flushing 20 of 10 month (Dec.) 1695."

  4. 4.0 4.1 Frost, Josephine C. (Josephine C. Mayou Stillman). The Frost genealogy: descendants of William Frost of Oyster Bay, New York, showing connections never before published with the Winthrop, Underhill, Feke, Bowne and Wickes families. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981), 352-5.

    John, s/o Thomas Bowne, b. 9 May 1627 at Matlock, England, bp. in parish church there 29 May 1627. The Friends' Records of Flushing say, "John Bowne dyed 20 day of the 10th month, in the yeare 1695, and was bured ye 23 day of same being about sixty-eight yeares of age. He did Frely Expose himself his house and his estate to ye service of truth And had a constant meeting in his house near About forty yeares."

  5. Bowne, John, and Herbert F. Ricard. Journal of John Bowne, 1650-1694. (New York, New York: Friends of the Queensborough Community College Library, c1975), Fol 47 (p. 18).

    this the writer tooke out of the regester booke at Matlok in derbyshere in the year 1650
    John Bowne bap March the 9 1627

  6. Hinshaw, William Wade; Thomas Worth Marshall; and John Cox. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States: Edwards Brothers, 1936-1950), 3:41.

    'John, s Thos., b Matlock, Eng., 3 Mo (May)1627 d Flushing 10 Mo (Dec) 20, 1795'

  7.   The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. (New York, New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society), Oct. 1888, pg 156.

    "Joseph Thorne m at Flushing Mary Bowne b. 1660, daughter of John Bowne, the noted Quaker who for his religion was sent to Holland to be tried by the Company's College, and his first wife Hannah Feake. (The Bownes are now the oldest family represented in Flushing who have lived there continuously from the beginning. The oldest house in the town is the second Bowne house, built in 1661. The family are descended from Thomas Bowne bap. at Matlock, Derbyshire, 25 May, 1595, who came to America. His son John born at Matlock, 9 March, 1627, was the father of Mary and Martha Johanna.)"