Welcome to the Bowden genealogy. Family units are arranged alphabetically by the first name of the father (or single-parent mother). Links are provided to enable you to move up and down each lineage. To follow a line back in time (ancestors), click on the underlined portion of "(son of ...)" or "(dau. of ...)" beneath the name of the person you want to trace back. To follow a line forward in time (descendants), click on the name of the person whose offspring you want to see. A plus sign (+) following a name means that that person had one or more children, but that family group has not been added to this web page. A link to documentation and notes, when available, is given below each family.
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The earliest census record for Mount Desert Island that listed Bowden as a "head of family" was the 1790 census of the town of Mount Desert, which reported a Samuel Bowden household with 1 "free white male" 16 and upwards, 1 "free white male" under 16, and 1 "free white female". (Note that these 3 did not all have to be Bowdens.) Subsequent censuses, prior to 1850, reported the following households, all in the town of Mount Desert:
1800: Samuel (8 persons)
1810: Samuel (8)
1820: Samuel (8), Twisden (4)
1830: Samuel (6)
1837: Twisden (4)
1840: Tristram (= Twisden?) (5)
Until the 1850 census, individuals members of a household were reported only by a number in a category (e.g., "3 females under 10").
Frank O. Bowden (son of [...]) b. March 1851 Maine m. Caroline Susan Hopkins (dau. of Isaac Hopkins and Delia F. [...]) b. March 1853 Maine d. 1927 bur. Leland Cemetery Bar Harbor, Maine d. 1918 bur. Leland Cemetery Bar Harbor, Maine children: Addie M. Bowden b. age 1 y. as of 1880 census Maine Paul S. Bowden b. June 1885 Maine Lewis Frank Bowden b. 24 September 1888 Maine - m. Jennie L. [...] - d. 28 October 1847 - bur. Leland Cemetery Bar Harbor, Maine documentation and notes - - - - - James G. Bowden (son of [...]) b. age 49 y. as of 1850 census Maine children: George W. Bowden b. age 9 y. as of 1850 census Maine Emily F. Bowden b. age 6 y. as of 1850 census Maine Hannah E. Bowden b. age 5 y. as of 1850 census Maine documentation and notes - - - - - Twisden Bowden (son of [...]) b. age 45 y. as of 1850 census Maine m. Patience [...] b. age 40 y. as of 1850 census Maine children: John Bowden b. age 15 y. as of 1850 census Maine Cynthia M. Bowden b. age 15 y., 8 m. at death Maine - d. 8 December 1852 - bur. Union Cemetery Southwest Harbor, Maine Flora Ann Bowden b. age 10 y. as of 1850 census Maine Cyrus T. Bowden b. age 8 y. as of 1850 census Maine Julia E. Bowden b. age 3 y. as of 1850 census Maine [Emma or Amy?] R. Bowden b. age 1 y. as of 1850 census Maine Mary E. Bowden b. age 2 y. as of 1860 census documentation and notes - - - - -