JOHN A. BOWEN
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
JOHN A. BOWEN, Chief of Police in Norwich, was born May 25, 1843, at Voluntown, in what was then Windham County, now New London County, Connecticut. His parents were Philip A. and Charlotte C. (Gardner) Bowen. The history of the family has been traced back to Cadivor, who, about the twelfth century (1133), was of the fourth generation in Wales. He had two sons, we are told, Myrick and Griffith, from the former of whom this particular branch of the family is descended. Griffith Bowen came to America in 1638; and Richard Bowen, the progenitor of this branch, said to have been a brother of Griffith, came about 1640, settling in Rehoboth, Mass., where in 1643 his estate was valued at two hundred and seventy pounds. From him the lineal representatives are, named  in their order: Obadiah, first; Obadiah, second; Aaron; Asaph; Philip; Aaron; Philip A.; and John A., of Norwich.
     
Asaph  Bowen was a mariner,  and  died  at sea in 1748. Philip, his only son, had eight sons and two daughters that reached adult life. The eldest was Asaph, second; and the second was Aaron, who resided in Washington, here he owned nearly all of Bowen Hill, so named for his grandfather, Asaph. Aaron Bowen married Hannah Merrill, of Rhode Island. They had eight children, three sons and five daughters, of whom the sons and four daughters grew to manhood and womanhood. One daughter, Sally A., the widow of Albert Randall, an octogenarian, recently of Greenwich, R.I., is now deceased. Philip A., the youngest child, was born in Rhode Island about the year 1819. He was a stationary engineer, and during the latter years of his life he owned and kept a hotel in Franklin. He died there in 1873, survived by his wife, Mrs. Charlotte C. Gardner Bowen, who died in 1880, aged fifty-seven years. Two of their five children are now living in Norwich, namely: Lucy, the widow of Henry A. Bowen, who died in 1891; and John A., Chief of Police. James T., his twin brother, died when sixteen months old; a brother Charles died at three years; and Henry, at four years of age. The family burial lot is in Yantic cemetery.
     
John A. Bowen was kept in school until his eighteenth year, when he volunteered in the Fifth Connecticut Infantry, Company G, and, going to the front as a private, served four years, coming out as a Sergeant. At Resaca, Ga., he was wounded in his right hand; and at Cedar Mountain, Va., August 9, 1862, he was taken prisoner, but in November following was exchanged and returned to his regiment. Mr. Bowen became a member of the police force when it numbered but eleven, and from the lowest rank rose step by step through all the positions in the department, until in 1886 he became the Chief. This responsible position he continues to fill in a very creditable manner.
     
In 1865 Mr. Bowen was married in Woodstock, Conn., to Eleanor Arnold, a daughter of Samuel and Esther Arnold, of Westerly, R.I.  Her father died several years ago; and her mother was left with six children, all now living, with the exception of Joseph and Rouse, who were killed on the railroad. Mr. and Mrs. Bowen have one child, Philip E., a merchant in  Webster, Mass. He is married, but has no children.
     
Politically, Mr. Bowen is a Republican. Fraternally, he is a member of Somerset Lodge, No 34, F. & A. M., of which he is Marshal: Columbian Commandery, No. 4, K. T.; and Sedgwick Post, No. I, G. A. R., in which he has served as Quartermaster, also as Assistant Inspector of the Department of Connecticut.

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Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of 
New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 104 -107

S. Leroy BLAKE D.D.
Henry W. BLANCHE
John A. BOWEN
Francis Nelson BRAMAN
Capt. Dudley A. BRAND
Charles Erskine BRAYTON
Edward P. BREWER M.D.
Frederick H. BREWER
Louisa J. BREWER
Hon. John BREWSTER
Joshua E. BROCKWAY
George G. BROMLEY
William F. BROUGHTON
Alfred Fanning BROWN
Henry Augustus BROWN
Israel F. BROWN
James A. BROWN
Lucius Dwight BROWN
Theophilus BROWN
William J. BROWN
James F. BUGBEE
James BULKLEY
Capt. Billings BURCH
Horace O. BURCH
William Henry BURDICK
Austin J. BUSH
William Herbert BUSH


 
 

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