Alexander Bow, #7 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” List

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Published: 04 Dec 2014
Updated: 12 Feb 2018

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Surname Variation:

DNA Studies:
Scottish POW
Bowes, Bowe, Bow, Related and Similar Surnames
Scottish yDNA Project
Middletown Settlers
R1b-U-106* DYS464X CG cluster

We are actively seeking Bow, Bowe, or similar surname males in Scotland to do a DNA test.  A single yDNA match to the descendants of Alexander Bow has been identified.  This man, whose family immigrated to America in the 1800s, can trace his lineage to James Bow born circa 1725 in Sterlingshire, Scotland.  Although this does not get us back to Alexander’s immediate family, it does provide a possible location to focus our research efforts.

Additional Information:
Descendants of Alexander Bow on Facebook
Bowes, Bowe, Bow, Related and Similar One Name Study
Society of Middletown First Settlers (Use this link until RootsWeb comes back online)

Alexander Bow’s parents, birth date, and birth location are currently unknown.  Between November 11, 1650 and the spring of 1651 he was transported as a prisoner of war (following the Battle of Dunbar and the subsequent Death March to Durham) from Scotland via England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony aboard the ship Unity.1  On March 01, 1657/8 Alexander was granted 4 acres of woods and 1 acre of commons in Charlestown, MA.2  Other Unity men were also granted land in Charlestown on this date:  Hercules Corser, James Grant, John Hamblton [sic], and Edward Wyer.3  According to land ownership laws of the time a man must be free in order to own land and as such Alexander must have completed his servitude by this time.  “Alex Bow” is enumerated in Charlestown tax records as owning land next to Scottish compatriot Hercules Corser on November 16, 1658.4  Alexander was admitted as an inhabitant of Middletown (now in Middlesex County, Connecticut) on October 24, 1660.5  On February 18th of the following year “the towne gave to Alaxander bow two acors of swamp before the indian fort hill next to thomas hopewells land for on acer of medow [sic].”6  Alexander is recorded as an inhabitant of Middletown in 1670 and 1673.7,8

In 1671 Middletown redistributed land grants, including the lands of Alexander Bow.

On October 30, 1673 a prenuptial agreement was signed between Alexander and Rebeckah Hughes in consideration of his “age and her youth” upon which Alexander made his mark (the letter A).9

30 Oct 1673 Prenuptial Contract between Widower Alexander Bow and Rebeckah Hughes.

Alexander died at an unknown age in Middletown on November 06, 1678 with an imperfect will.10

Alexander Bow’s imperfect will dated 09 May 1675.

Probate actions began November 12, 1678  with an inventory of £144-19-09 taken by Thomas Whetmore, William Harris, & Robert Warner and concluded almost 15 years later on February 23, 1693.11

Page 1 of Alexander Bow’s inventory.

Page 2 of Alexander Bow’s inventory.


Here are Alexander’s children with sources:

by first wife Sarah UNKNOWN:
a. Samuel b. 28 Jan 1659/6012; d. 15 Jan 1751/213; m. Mary TURNER14
b. Sarah b. 20 Jun 166215; d. 24 Dec 175416; m1. Jonathan DEMING17; m2. possibly Abram WATROUS18
c. Mary b. 18 Jan 1663/419; d 16 Mar 166520

by second wife Rebeckah HUGHES:
a. Anna b. 10 Sep 167421; d. unknown; m. James EVARTS22
b. Mary b. 05 Dec 167623; d. 21 Mar 1737/824; m1. John EVARTS25; m2. Shubael SHELLEY26
c. Rebeckah b. 19 Apr 167927; d. 29 Jan 171528; m. Thomas STOW29

1George Sawin Stewart to Elizabeth (French) Bartlett, January 31, 1913. Letter. From New England Historic Genealogical Society, The Bartlett Collection.
2Henry H. Edes, ed., A Report of the Record Commissioners Containing Charlestown Land Records, 1638 – 1802, (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1883), 81.
4Roger Thompson, From Deference to Defiance, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 50.
5Henry Whittemore, History of Middlesex County, Connecticut, with Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men, (New York: J. B. Beers & Co., 1884), 67.
7John W. Barber, Connecticut historical collections containing a general collection of interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, &c. relating to the history and antiquities of every town in Connecticut, with geographical descriptions, (New Haven: Durrie & Peck and J. W. Barber, 1836), 507.
8Whittemore, Middlesex, 68.
9Middletown Town Clerk Land Records, 1654-1742, (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, 1948), Microfilm. Number 4792.
10Lorraine C. White, ed., The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol 26, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000), 70.
11Charles W. Manwaring, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford District, (Hartford: R. S. Peck & Co., 1904), 277.
12White, Barbour, 72.
16Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, Vol 124, (Provo:, 2013), 41.
18Ibid., 117.
19White, Barbour, 72.
21White, Barbour, 70.
22Clarence A. Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004), 254.
23White, Barbour, 72.
24Early Families of New England. (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.).
25Torrey, Marriages, 254.
26Alvan Talcott, comp., Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut, Vol. II, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984), 1090.
27White, Barbour, 72.
28Ibid., 239.
29Ibid., 72.

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