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John Bowne

Male 1627 - 1695  (68 years)


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  • Name John Bowne  [1
    Born 9 May 1627  Matlock, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 9 Jul 1627  Matlock, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 20 Dec 1695  Flushing, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Person ID I5997  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2016 

    Father Thomas Bowne,   b. Bef 25 May 1595, Matlock, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1677, Flushing, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 82 years) 
    Mother Mary,   d. 8 Aug 1647, Matlock, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Feake,   b. Jun 1637, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1678, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 7 May 1656  Flushing, New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Children 
    +1. Mary Bowne,   b. 6 Jan 1661, Flushing, New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Jun 1728, Woodbridge, Somerset, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 67 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2017 04:58:56 
    Family ID F1430  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From the Bowne House Historical Society:

      "...[W]e do not know what caused John Bowne with his father, Thomas, and sister, Dorothy, to leave Lime Tree Farm in Matlock, Derbyshire, England to travel to Boston in 1649. After a few years, John left Boston for New York, and by 1661 had built his home in Flushing on land purchased from the Matincock Indians for eight strings of wampum (about $14). He married Hannah Feake, the niece of Governor John Winthrop of Massachusetts and cousin of Governor Robert Winthrop of Connecticut. John and Hannah had 8 children. After Hannah's death in 1677, he married again and had 8 more children.

      "John Bowne is best known for his courageous defense of religious freedom. Flushing was then part of the colony of New Netherland, and its town charter, granted by the Dutch West India Comapny in 1645 guaranteed 'liberty of conscience.' When Governor Peter Stuyvesant prohibited the practice of religions other than the Dutch Refored Church, town leaders delivered the Flushing Remonstrance to Stuyvesant, challenging his edict, which was aimed chiefly at Quakers. In 1662, John Bowne openly defied the ban and allowed Quakers to hold services in his home. Bowne was arrested and imprisoned, and when he refused to pay a fine or plead guilty, Stuyvesant banished him to Holland, where he argued his case successfully before the Dutch West India Company. Stuyvesant was ordered to permit dissenting faiths to worship freely. John Bowne returned home victorious in 1664, and the principle of religious freedom was established in the New York Colony. His actions and those of his fellow residents of Flushing established principles that evolved into the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution."

      [POSTSCRIPT: I like how the hero of the tale is John Bowne, who "openly defied the ban and allowed Quakers to hold services in his home," rather than his wife Hannah Feake, who ACTUALLY HELD THE DAMN SERVICES. Hannah was a Quaker preacher and had converted her husband. As ever, thoughtless writing leads to a version of the story in which the woman's efforts are inconsequential. --pnh]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1387] Eardeley Genealogy Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

    2. [S199] Genealogies of Long Island Families, From the New York Genealogical and Bibliographical Record, ed. Henry B. Hoff. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1987.

    3. [S756] The Early Families of New England Study Project, by Alicia Crane Williams. Online database, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    4. [S1272] George E. McCracken, "The Feake Family of Norfolk, London, and Colonial America." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 86:132, 86:209 (1955), 87:28, 87:104 (1956), 92:229 (1961), 94:243 (1963), 136:303 (2005).

    5. [S1131] Bowne Family of Flushing, Long Island by Edith King Wilson and Jacob Titus Bowne. New York, 1948.

    6. [S1272] George E. McCracken, "The Feake Family of Norfolk, London, and Colonial America." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 86:132, 86:209 (1955), 87:28, 87:104 (1956), 92:229 (1961), 94:243 (1963), 136:303 (2005)., date only.