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Bowen family papers, 1811-1874.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 218  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Bowen family papers, 1811-1874.
Physical Description : .25 linear ft. (1 box).
Summary :

The collection includes transcripts of letters to and about Dinah Field Bowen (1746-1835) written during the years 1811 to 1835 and transcripts of letters between Lieutenant Charles Bowen (b. 1787) and his wife Esther Houghton Bowen (b. 1794) and other family members during the years 1811 to 1835. These letters include several from Lucy Bowen ( b. 1814) regarding revivals, a broken engagement and a description of her new fiance, James R. Langdon of Montpelier. The collection also includes a short autobiographical sketch of Charles Bowen, a diary of Esther Houghton Bowen from 1812 to 1818 with a partial transcript, diaries of Sarah Bowen Springer (b. 1818), daughter of Charles and Esther Bowen, from 1842 to 1843 and 1848 to 1850, letters written by Sarah Bowen Springer to her parents describing her experiences as assistant principal at York Female Seminary, York, Pennsylvania during the years 1838 to 1843; and a small group of letters from Sarah Bowen to John Springer dated 1845.

Biographical or historical data :

Dinah Field Bowen was born in Northfield, Massachusetts on January 26, 1746. She married Charles Bowen (d. 1809) of Charleston, New Hampshire on December 19, 1775. They had four children, Lucy (b. 1784), Fanny, James , and Charles (b. 1787).

Charles Bowen (b. 1787) was a Lieutenant in an artillery company during the Boston campaign of September, 1814. Later he became a merchant in Woodstock, Vermont, Northfield, Massachusetts, Middlebury, Vermont and Montpelier, Vermont. He married Esther S. Houghton (b. 1784) in 1813. Before her marriage, Esther Houghton had been sent to boarding school and while there had converted from Unitarianism to Calvinism. Her marriage to Charles Bowen was arranged. They had four children, Lucy (b. September 29, 1814), Charles E. (b. January 27, 1816), James (b. September 28, 1817, died October 2, 1817) and Sarah Houghton (b. November 5, 1818).

Sarah Houghton Bowen was a teacher and assistant principal at York Female Seminary in York, Pennsylvania. She married John Springer on September 3, 1845.

Personal Subject : Bowen, Dinah Field, 1746-1835.
Bowen, Charles, d. 1809.
Bowen family.
Burchard, Jedediah.
Slade, William, 1786-1859.
Langdon, James R., 1813-.
Corporate Subject : York Female Seminary York, Penn.
Subject Term : Women Education History 19th century.
Revivals Vermont.
Courtship Vermont Montpelier.
Travelers Vermont Middlebury.
Women Travel.
Geographic Term : Vermont Social life and customs.
Massachusetts History War of 1812.
Northfield (Mass.) Archival resources.
Middlebury (Vt.) Archival resources.
Montpelier (Vt.) Archival resources.
Charleston (N.H.) Archival resources.
Occupation : Teachers.
Added Author : Bowen, Esther Houghton, b. 1794.
Bowen, Sarah.
Springer, Sarah Bowen.