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Bowen Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Bowen ab_Owen ap_Owen
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname BOWEN and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

How to Participate

Post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

Task List

  • Determine different BOWEN paternal lineages in the United States.
  • Research the BOWEN lineages' European origins.
  • Include sources.
  • Create new profiles for all BOWEN family members.
  • Capture orphaned BOWEN profiles and bring them into the study.

BOWEN Paternal Lineages

Y chromosome Haplogroup Research

This is active research being conducted by Stephen Drinkwater and Nathan Bowen. Methods and sources to follow.


  1. William B, Saxbe, Jr., Richard Bowen (1594?-1675) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and His Descendants, Hope, RI: Rhode Island Genealogical Society (2011); ISBN 978-0-615-49315-2. Volume 1 - Generations 1- 3.

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Hello, my name is Jason Bowen. I am interested in finding more out about my father's side of ancestors. Family members on his side have withheld our family tree that dates back to the 1500s-1600s in Wales. I'm curious if I can find out any more information on here. Or everything that they've withheld. Thank you! I can give as much information as I possibly know.
posted by Jason Bowen
Y-dna results on FTDNA are I-M170. Prediction is I-L38 and 23 and me is I-S2488. I have not found any one with the surname Bowen besides already known cousins that have the same haplogroup. I really wanted to pinpoint where my Bowen line came from. My true Ancestry matches my line to R1b1 like a very long time ago with many branch offs. I am just wondering if there has ever been anyone that tested through Moses Bowen's line and if so what their haplogroup is? Also, where do I need to go from here to find the oldest Bowen in my line to see if they will do the big Y test? Any info or advice would greatly be appreciated.
posted by Paul Bowen
Some data indicate Moses John was the son of Evan listed above and that they are haplogroup R-DF27.

What is your FTDNA kit number? I can look into this more for you. Also, Drinkwater-1864 is likely able to offer insight into your Bowen lineage, as well. Take care, -Nathan

posted by Nathan Bowen
edited by Nathan Bowen

Thank you I appreciate all you do

posted by Paul Bowen
Searching for the parents of Elizabeth Bowen (Bowen-8817) and Eleanor Bowen (Bowen-9295). Elizabeth was born circa 1816 and Eleanor in 1819 most likely in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth and her first husband Edward Stevenson were members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Lebanon Co., PA when their first child was christened. Eleanor's obituary indicates she was orphaned in about 1826 and sent to live in Ohio. Some speculate that their parents were William Bowen and Elizabeth Merryman, but evidence to support this relationship is absent.
posted by Sheila Moore
edited by Sheila Moore
My Bowen line includes my great grandfather William Rich Bowen (1859 - 1931). He was born at Huntland, TN. His son Rawls Coston Bowen was my grandfather. Everything I have prior to William Rich is somewhat speculative. There is some reason to suspect that our Bowen family may have been Boren earlier. Would enjoy sharing with others who have information on this Bowen line.
posted by Henrik Rasmussen II
edited by Henrik Rasmussen II
Reach me on [email address removed] involving Josephine bowleyn/Bowen of Kansas City Missouri
posted by Gloria Harrison
Trying to locate info on Josephine bowleyn/Bowen in Kansas City Missouri
posted by Gloria Harrison
I would like to join the Bowen project. I am a direct descendant of John Bowen of Long Acre, NC born around 1750. Died around 1831. His father was also named John Bowen.
posted by Paul Bowen
Thanks for joining. Please post all comments and info and questions here in the Comments section. Now that you’ve posted, interested folks can compare to your lineage on wiki tree. Thanks!
posted by Nathan Bowen
Nathan, I would like to join the Bowen One Name Study. I am an almost-definite descendent of Griffith Bowen. For what that means see the profile of my ancestor Samuel Bowen-2383 (and his brother Joshua Bowen-9354). I have a couple of questions. This page mentions "add your questions to the bulletin board". Does that mean the comments here, or is it something else and if so where? Is there any more information about the study other than what is described here? A member list?

Thanks, Jim

posted by Jim Bowen
Yes, just leave all Comments and info and questions here in the comments. Now that you’ve commented, interested folks can compare to your lineage on wiki tree. Thanks!
posted by Nathan Bowen
I see you’ve tested on AncestryDNA. It is possible to extract your Y chromosome haplotype from that data if you don’t already have it. One outstanding question is whether Griffith and Richard were related paternally. If you are indeed descended from Griffith, your Y chromosome haplotype would shed some light on that area. All of Richard’s descendants are haplogroup G2a-

posted by Nathan Bowen
Nathan, I am not at all familiar with this level of DNA analysis. However, I did download my Ancestry data and followed steps I found on the web for determining haplogroup at The apparent best result looks like:

R1b1a2a1a L11/PF6539/S127, L151/PF6542, YSC0000082, YSC0000191, L52/PF6541, PF6546/P310/S129

posted by Jim Bowen
Interesting, so if your results are accurate and your suspicions about your relationship to Griffith are correct , then this would indicate that Griffith and Richard (both in New England in 1630-1640) were not descended from the same male ancestor.
posted by Nathan Bowen
Of course there is always the possibility the father of one of my forebears was not the "official" Bowen father of record!  ;-)
posted by Jim Bowen
You can add R1b1a2a1a or R-L151 as your Y chromosome haplotype in your DNA results section if you like. For the test I would just say MorleyDNA using AncestryDNA Data or something like that. There are several groups of men with the Bowen surname that claim Welsh ancestry and have tested at FTDNA that share the R1b Y chromosome haplotype with you. I'm starting to look at the relatedness between these men and will try to assign common ancestors to group these men as well. Eventually, it will be possible to see which claim descent from Griffith and group you all together if you have the same Y chromosome haplotypes.
posted by Nathan Bowen
Looking for info on mother and father of Margaret Bowen b 1829 d 1866. Mother was Nancy she born 1802. I take it father last name was Bowen. Not 100 percent sure.
posted by Craig Fortune
So far, there are three Bowen male lineages on wikitree that have tested for Y DNA markers. G-F3484, I-M253 and A-M32.
posted by Nathan Bowen
I (Nathan J. Bowen) am personally interested in connecting with relatives of Bowen men now living in the UK for Y chromosome testing. We are trying to identify the origin of our likely shared common ancestor, Richard Bowen. He emigrated to Massachusetts in ~1638-1640. There is a group of us who have all tested positive for Y chromosome Haplogroup G. By ISOGG:G2a2b2a1a1b1a1a2a2a1 Z17787, Z17792; by Yfull:G-4600; and by FTDNA: as G-L497:Group 764> CTS4803+ Z30771+ F3484+ Z17787+.
posted by Nathan Bowen
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posted by Nathan Bowen
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