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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BOW BIOGRAPHIES

chant in Georgetown, D.C., who married in 1799
Margaret Crable (?-1840), widow of Thomas
Johns Chew; Allen (1778-1782); and Richard.
DAUGHTERS Elizabeth (1772-?), who married
Thomas Davis; Mary (1774-1800); and Hannah
(1780-1782). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: liter-
ate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Prince
George's Parish, Montgomery County. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter; a merchant, in partner-
ship with his stepbrother Thomas Cramphin, Jr.
(ca. 1740-ca. 1831) and Richard Wooten under
the name "Allen Bowie and Company." The firm
had substantial financial resources that the part-
ners utilized principally in loaning money and
dealing in real estate during the Revolution. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Convention,

Frederick County, 1st, 1774. LOCAL OFFICES: jus-
tice, Montgomery County, commissioned 1777,
1785, 1788, and 1794-at least 1800; commissioner
of tax, Montgomery County, 1785-1786, 1798;
Levy Court, Montgomery County, 1799-1800.
MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1776; colonel, 1780.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-

ERTY 30 slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
1,489 acres in Frederick County (603 acres inher-
ited from his father; 350 acres belonged to his
brother James, but were under his control in 1769;
537 acres by personal acquisition). ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: his father, John Bowie, Jr., purchased
2,000 acres in Frederick County in 1747, naming
the plantation the "Hermitage" after an old land
grant. He built a brick dwelling on the tract for
his son Allen, who was then a minor. His father
continued living at "Thorpeland" until his death.
Part of the tract on which the "Hermitage" was
built was devised to Allen, who moved there when
he came of age. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-

chased 2,035 acres and sold 167 acres in Mont-
gomery County, 1778-1794. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED in May 1803; buried in Prince George's Par-
ish, Montgomery County. LAND: owned 1,869
acres in Montgomery County in 1794; no other
land transactions found after that date.

BOWIE, FIELDER (ca. 1745-1794). BORN ca.
1745 at "Brookridge," near Nottingham, Prince
George's County; elder son. NATIVE: third genera-
tion. RESIDED: in the town of Nottingham, Prince
George's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER
Allen Bowie, Sr., Gent. (1719-1783), justice of the
peace in Prince George's County from 1752 to
1754; inspector of tobacco, Marlborough ware-
house in 1757; son of John Bowie, Sr. (ca. 1688-
1759). MOTHER Priscilla (?-1747), widow of Capt.

William Finch, a mariner and London shipowner.
STEPMOTHER: Ann (1718-1779), daughter of Rev.
John Eraser (?-1742), rector of King George's
Parish, Prince George's County, and wife Ann
Blyzard. UNCLE. William Bowie (1721-1791).
STEPUNCLE: George Fraser (?-1764). STEPAUNT:
Susannah Fraser, who married John Hawkins, Jr.

(1713-1757). HALF BROTHER, PATERNAL: John

Fraser Bowie. HALF SISTERS, PATERNAL: Susan-
nah Fraser Bowie (1749-?), who married Matthew
Eversfield (1742-1798), son of Rev. John Evers-
field (ca. 1701-1780); Priscilla Bowie (1750-1786),
who married Thomas Duckett (1744-1806); and
Anne Bowie (1751-1782), who married Lt. John
Smith Brookes. HALF SISTER, MATERNAL: Phoebe
Finch, who married Mordecai Smith (1737-?), of
Calvert County, son of Nathan Smith and wife
Cassandra. FIRST COUSINS: Allen Bowie, Jr.(1737-
1803); Walter Bowie (1748-1810); and Robert
Bowie (ca. 1750-1818). MARRIED ca. 1765
Elizabeth Clagett (1745-1794), who was buried at
"Brookridge," Prince George's County; daughter
of Rev. John Eversfield (ca. 1701-1780), who im-
migrated from England in 1728, was the rector of
St. Paul's Parish, Prince George's County from
1728 to 1780, and an outspoken Tory whose prop-
erty was confiscated during the Revolution, but
was ultimately returned to him and his wife Elea-
nor Clagett; granddaughter of Richard Clagett, Sr.
(ca. 1681-1752) and wife Deborah Dorsey. Her
brothers were John (1731-?), who was educated
for the ministry at Oxford University, England,
but died on his return voyage to America, leaving
a widow and one daughter; Matthew (1742-1798),
who married Susanna Fraser (1749-?), daughter of
Allen Bowie, Sr. (1719-1783); Charles (1750-ca.
1815), a physician, who married in 1785 Elizabeth,
daughter of Thomas Gantt, of Calvert County;
and William (1753-?), who died young. Her sisters
were Eleanor (1733-?), who married William Ev-
ersfield, of England; Mary (ca. 1739-?), who mar-
ried Benjamin Brooke, Jr.; and Deborah (1748-?),
who married Benjamin Berry. CHILDREN. SONS:
Allen (ca. 1768-1795), who married Sarah Chew;
Thomas Contee (1771-1813), who married Mary
Mackall (1776-1825), daughter of Robert Bowie
(ca. 1750-1818); Eversfield (1773-1815), who mar-
ried Elizabeth Lane; and John Fraser, Jr. (1781-
1823), who married Mary Calvert. DAUGHTERS:
Priscilla (1776-1810), never married; Elizabeth
Susannah (1785-1824), who married Joseph How-
ard, Jr. (1786-1839). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: educated at Rev. John Eversfield's school
near Nottingham, Prince George's County. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Paul's Parish,

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