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Priscilla BOWERS

Female 1781 - 1847  (66 years)


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  • Name Priscilla BOWERS 
    Born 19 Apr 1781  Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 Jul 1847  Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2  Cartwright
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2010 

    Father D.W. BOWERS, Jr. 
    Mother Priscilla ?,   d. 21 Mar 1834, Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

    Family Thomas MURPHY,   b. 1776, Co. Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1849, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1806  Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Priscilla was a shopkeeper in Boston in 1806 (Edward Cotton Directory - 1806) and that is likely how she met Thomas. They were married by Father Francis A. Matignon, one of the first Catholic priests in Boston.
    Census 06 Aug 1810  Concord, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Listed as a head of household including 1 male 16-25, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 0-9, 1 femaile 10-15, 1 female 26-44. This includes Thomas (34), wife Priscilla (29), and daughter Mary (1). Others likely were servants.
    Census 07 Aug 1820  10 Federal Street, Boston Ward 10, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Listed as a head of household including 1 male 10-15, 8 males 26-45, 1 female 0-10, 1 femaile 10-15, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-45, 3 foreigners not naturalized, and 8 engaged in commerce. This includes Thomas (44), wife Priscilla (39), daughter Mary (11) & Daughter Sarah (10) as well as employees.
    Census 01 Jun 1830  23 Federal Street, Boston (Ward 8), Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • Listed as head of a household including 2 males 30-39, 1 male 50-59, 1 female 15-20, 4 females 20-30, and 1 female 60-70. This (however) includes Thomas (54), wife Priscilla (49), daughter Sarah (20) & son-in-law David Claypoole Johnston (32).
    Children 
     1. Thomas Nicholas MURPHY,   b. 10 Sep 1807, 31 Union Street, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1808, Taunton, Bristol Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. Mary Priscilla MURPHY,   b. 22 Nov 1809, Concord, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1880, St. Joseph's Central House, Emmittsburg, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Sarah Elizabeth MURPHY,   b. 26 Dec 1810, Concord, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880  (Age 69 years)
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Columbian Centinel Marriage Notice - Murphy/Bowers
    Columbian Centinel Marriage Notice - Murphy/Bowers
    Citation: NEHGS: Early American Newspapers 1690-1876; Columbian Centinel (Boston MA), 26 Nov 1806, iss 2366, pg 2; Thomas Murphy data accessed 23 Jan 2006. Online: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/. Boston MA, New England Historical & Genealogical Society. 2001-2006. Historical newspaper collection database.

    Webmaster Comment: Thomas Murphy and Priscilla Bowers were married three days earlier on Sunday, 23 Nov 1806. Note the frequent use of the letter "f" as a substitute for "s" duplicating the style of handwriting common to this period.

  • Sources 
    1. [S326] Billerica Town Birth Records, Compiler: New England Historic Genealogical Society, (The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, 1999), Priscilla Bowers data accessed 16 Jan 2008.

    2. [S325] Boston Marriages 1700-1809, Compiler: Ancestry.com, (The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, 2000), Thomas Murphy data accessed 16 Jan 2008.

    3. [S379] 1810 U.S. Census, Compiler: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., (2010), MA, Middlesex Cty, Concord, roll 20, pg 102, img 00102.

    4. [S1] Freeman Family Records.
      Thomas likely moved to Concord when Priscilla as pregnant with Mary so she would be nearer her mother. Her first born (Thomas Nicholas) was a sickly baby dying within the year. Both daughters were born in Concord

    5. [S47] 1820 U.S. Census, Compiler: MyFamily.com Inc., (2005), MA, Boston, Suffolk Cty, Wd 8, roll 53, pg 250, img 127.

    6. [S1] Freeman Family Records.

    7. [S1] Freeman Family Records.
      Thomas opened his home to his son-in-law DC Johnston following marriage to his daughter Sarah Elizabeth Murphy.

    8. [S46] 1830 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Boston, Suffolk Cty, Wd 8, roll 65, pg 291. Data accessed Oct 2010.
      Thomas opened his home to his son-in-law DC Johnston following marriage to his daughter Sarah Elizabeth Murphy.



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