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BOWKER FAMILY PAPERS, 1830-1925





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Bowker family
Title:Bowker Family Papers
Dates:1830/1925
Quantity:3 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:The Bowker Family papers largely focuses on two generations of the Bowker family—Joel Bowker (1775-1858) and his three sons, Daniel Rogers (born 1820), George (1824-1903), and Charles (1826/7-1913) Bowker—their businesses, and their estates.
Collection Number:MSS 667

Series List


SERIES I. First Generation Papers
SERIES II. Second Generation Papers
SERIES III. Other

Scope and Content Note

The Bowker Family papers largely focuses on two generations of the Bowker family—Joel Bowker (1775-1858) and his three sons, Daniel Rogers (born 1820), George (1824-1903), and Charles (1826/7-1913) Bowker—their businesses, and their estates. The papers include shipping papers, land purchase certificates, papers relating to the Bowker Block, bills, invoices, and receipts. This collection has been divided into three series.


Series I. First Generation Papers contains the papers of Joel Bowker (1775-1858), the first generation covered in this collection. Included in this series are land deeds, including land purchase certificates for land bought in Michigan, the purchase of his burial plot, stock certificate, an account of Joel's actions on the ship Crescent, and a transcription of his will. The largest part of this series are papers relating to Joel's estate, including an estate inventory, bills, invoices, and receipts.


Series II. Second Generation Papers contains the papers of the second generation of Bowkers covered in this collection, Joel's children, specifically, Daniel Rogers (born 1820) and his wife Theresa M. Savoy (born circa 1825), George (1824-1903), and Charles (1826/7-1913) Bowker. This series contains personal papers, correspondence, shipping papers for the brig Water Witch, an act of incorporation for the Massapoag Hotel, legal papers, some Bowker Brothers papers, leases, and deeds. Also included in this series are papers relating to the administration of Charles' estate.


Series III. Other contains miscellaneous papers such as papers relating to the Bowker Block and Bowker Place, genealogy, railroad tickets, and an empty leather wallet. Also included in this series is a document giving Fred A. Norton power of attorney for six Bowker family members, and a number of personal bills and receipts belonging to Norton.


Biographical Sketch


Joel Bowker was born on July 4, 1775, in Scituate, Massachusetts, to Benjamin (born 1738) and Hannah Sparhawke (born circa 1740) (Warrington 173). He married Eunice Pearson (1780-1808) of Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1802. After Eunice died, Joel married Margaret Rogers (1780-1818) of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1808. They had a son, Joel (born 1806). After Margaret's death, he married Lucretia Rogers (1786-1862), and they had the following children: Daniel Rogers (born 1820); Lucretia (1822-1912), who married Bracket H. Clark (born 1821) a trader; George (1823-1903); Charles A. (1826/7-1913), and Susan Rogers Richardson (1829-1910).


Daniel Rogers Bowker was born 1820, in Salem, Massachusetts, to Joel (1775-1858) and Lucretia Rogers Bowker (1786-1862). He was a merchant, and partner in the firm Phillips, Goodhue and Bowker. Daniel was the executor of his father's estate. He married Theresa M. Savoy (born circa 1825). They had two children: Richard Rogers and Carolyn Theresa. Daniel was a founder of the Massapoag Spring Hotel Company in Groton, Massachusetts, with Benjamin Webb in 1852. He also owned the brig Water Witch, which traded on the South American trade route. He and Theresa eventually moved from Salem to Brooklyn, New York.


George Bowker was born September 4, 1824, in Salem, Massachusetts to Joel (1775-1858) and Lucretia Rogers Bowker (1786-1862). He was a merchant. George died May 31, 1903.


Charles A. Bowker was born around 1826/7 to Joel (1775-1858) and Lucretia Rogers Bowker (1786-1862). He died October 12, 1913 (Ancestry.com). The administrator of his estate was Fred A. Norton (1877-1940).


Members of the Bowker family were involved in a couple of firms, one of which introduced Anthracite coal to Salem (Salem Discovers Hard Coal…). The firm Bowker Brothers dealt in flour, grain, meal, and coarse and fine salt. The Bowker family also owned a number of properties, known as the Bowker Block, on Essex Street in Salem. In 1844, Joel bought property on Crombie Street in Salem, which became known as Bowker Place, and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Bowker family
Bowker, Charles, 1826-1813
Bowker, Daniel Rogers, b. 1820
Bowker, George, 1824-1903
Bowker, Joel, 1775-1858
Bowker, Theresa M. Savoy, b. circa 1825
Norton, Fred Ashton, 1877-1940
Bowker Block (Salem, Mass.)
Bowker Brothers
Crescent (Ship)
Water Witch (Brig)
Estates, administration of
Landlords
Merchants
Ships' papers
Bowker Place (Salem, Mass.)
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Bowker Family Papers, MSS 667, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The bulk of this material was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Norton on March 30, 1979 (Fam. Mss. 91). Materials relating to the Bowker family and the Bowker Block were donated by Irene Norton in 1995 (accession #1995.042), 1996 (accession #1996.014), and 1997 (accession #1997.002).

Processing Information

Collection processed by E. D. Mark, May 1979. Updated by Hilary Streifer, January 2018.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.


"National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. (2008-04-15).


Salem Discovers Hard Coal: the Introduction of Anthracite Coal to the People of Salem Came About as Follows-- Joel Bowker ...


Warrington, Charles Elzey. The Rosine Sarah Buker Genealogy and Other Bowker-Buker Genealogies Data. Lutz, FL: C.E. Warrington, 1993.


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Day book of the Bowker Brothers, 1846-1857. MSS 1038.16


Day book of the Bowker Brothers, 1846-1857. MSS 1038.15


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