My 10th great-grandfather is Reverend John Bowers, Pilgrim, Puritan or Quaker, I can’t tell yet.

My 10th great-grandfather is Reverend John Bowers, Pilgrim, Puritan or Quaker, I can’t tell yet.

Born 1629 in Dorset, England
Immigrated with parents to Plymouth before 1636.
Died 06/14/1687
Derby, New Haven County, Dominion of New England (Present Connecticut), (Present USA)

He was sent to Derby, CT and the small community of about 12 families built a Meeting-house in 1681, which was very plain (an account by a 79 yr old man in the describes from his childhood).

In 1721, they’d grown as a community and built their second church, which continues to be a working church, now a member of the UCC (United Church of Christ). http://uccderbyct.org/

His father, my 11th great-grandfather, George Bowers, was a constable in Plymouth and a freeman.

His brother’s daughter, Bathsheba Bowers, was the only female author in 1709. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathsheba_Bowers

She “lived as a recluse. She cultivated her garden and adopted the principles of vegetarian Thomas Tryon. She professed Quakerism but had a deep argumentative and independent streak. According to Bolton, Bowers was “so Wild in her Notions it was hard to find out what religion she really was of”.

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