Origin of the surname
Bowen is a Welsh name. The "B" prefix in Welsh surnames is similar in function to the Scottish "Mc" and "Mac" and the Irish "O'" - it is short for "son of". So, Bowen literally means "son of Owen".

Nevertheless, before they came to Australia, our Bowen ancestors were living in Ireland.

The story of the Bowen family migration to Australia is a sad one. It seems that, in early 1836 Mary Lahy was a twice-widowed mother struggling to raise four children alone in Kilkenny, Ireland. (After the deaths of her husbands she reverted to her maiden name.) Her children were Patrick Tobin (aged 20), Mary Tobin (18), Martin Bohen (16) and Ellen Bohan (11). The three older children were arrested and convicted of "feloniously killing a sheep" and all sentenced to be transported to Australia. Mary Lahy was herself arrested and convicted of "receiving stolen property into her house"; no doubt the mutton. She was also sentenced to transportation. She was permitted to bring he innocent 11 year old daughter (Ellen) with her to Australia.

Patrick Tobin and Martin Bohen arrived in Sydney on 5 January 1837 aboard the convict ship St Vincent. They were both assigned to work for the Australian Agricultural Company on its land in the Hunter District of NSW. Mary Lahy, their mother, arrived in Sydney about 6 months (along with Ellen) later aboard Margaret. (Her brother, Patrick Lahy, was already in the colony, having been transported 15 years earleir.) Finally, Mary Bohan arrived in Sydney a further two months later aboard Sir Charles Forbes.

All five struggled to come to terms with their new circumstances in New South Wales. There were further clashes with authority; but that is a story for another time!

At one time Mary Tobin was granted permission to marry another of my ancestors, Isaac Kemp; but the marriage did not proceed. (See Isaac Kemp elsewhere on this website).

Martin Bohen eventually married Elizabeth Seage and they raised a family of twelve children in the Bathurst area of NSW.

Bowen ancestors
Our Bowen ancestors include:

Bowen stories

The following Bowen family stories are published on this website.

Bowen clan

Our Bowen clan descends from Martin Bohan (c1820-1891).
Martin Bohen's descendants
Martin Bohen
(c __/__/1820 - 22/07/1891)
Elizabeth Seage
(__/__/1834 - 14/05/1851 - 05/06/1910)
John Henry Bowen
(23/06/1853 - 08/01/1902)
Alice Clarkson Poulton
(23/03/1860 - 20/10/1878 - 27/11/1927)
Thomas Martin Bowen
(25/07/1879 - c __/__/1880)
Albert John Bowen
(28/12/1880 - b 27/11/1927)
Ellen Ruby Bowen
(16/09/1882 - 14/04/1912)
George Charles Reed Murphy
(27/12/1880 - 18/10/1905 - 11/12/1949)
John Henry Murphy
(c __/__/1906 - )
Agnes (?)
(c __/__/1906 - )
Marie Ellen Murphy
(01/10/1928 - )
Roscoe Turner
(c __/__/1934 - c __/__/1952)
Dorothy Murphy
(26/07/1930 - 01/11/2011)
Clare Elizabeth Murphy
Leila May Murphy
Georgina Ethel Murphy
Len (?)
John Patrick Finley Murphy
Ann (?)
Veronica Margaret Murphy
James Thomas Murphy
Kathleen Isabel Murphy
(03/07/1942 - 17/03/1979)
Joseph Dekker
Beverley Ann Murphy
(?) Nicholls
Peter Anthony Murphy
Betty (?)
Pauline Barbara Murphy
Michael Charles Murphy
Edward Joseph Murphy
Ena Ruby Murphy
(06/09/1908 - 16/10/1995)
Halvar Roy Kessey
(01/04/1905 - 29/10/1928 - 11/12/1981)
James Anthony Kessey
(31/03/1930 - 28/08/2014)
Claire Bye
(c __/__/1932 - c __/__/1953 - c __/__/1971)
Jane Langridge
(09/08/1945 - c __/__/1970 - 15/06/2013)
Halvene Therese Kessey
(06/02/1934 - 06/10/2005)
Reginald Bruce Fleming
(07/09/1929 - 01/03/1955 - 15/08/2016)
Carmel Rae Kessey
John Henry Hull
Penny Patricia Kessey
Leila Murphy
(01/06/1911 - )
Jack Barton
(01/09/1908 - )
Claire Barton
Judith Anne Barton
John Dixon
(c __/__/1934 - c __/__/1995)
Jacquiline Marie Barton
Maxwell Bannister
Lei Barton
Kenneth Helm
James Daniel Bowen
(04/12/1884 - a 27/11/1927)
Douglas Allan Bowen
(__/12/1933 - 21/08/2008)
Joan Brown
Douglas Bowen
Allan Bowen
Diane Bowen
Hilda Lake
John Henry Bowen
(c __/__/1911 - )
Amy Isobel Stracey
(c __/__/1909 - b 17/03/1939)
Patricia Margaret Bowen
Lionel Andrewartha
Allan Andrewartha
Tanya Andrewartha
Norm Huntly (?)
Daniel Stanley James Bowen
Dorothy Simmons
Debbie Bowen
Peter Connor
Gary Bowen
Nina (?)
Kim Bowen
Ian Cruikshank
Darlene Bowen
Elizabeth Alice Bowen
(10/08/1887 - c __/__/1967)
Roland Arthur Kendall Thorne
(c __/__/1885 - __/__/1910)
Patricia Thorne
Ken Fletcher
Tony Fletcher
Betty Thorne
Vic Honeyman
Alma Honeyman
Ronnie Honeyman
Laurel Honeyman
Lionel Thorne
Percy Cornelius Thorne
( - __/__/1967)
Ethel Thorne
Thomas Furness
Jim Furness
Billy Furness
Leona Furness
Bert Thorne
Lola Willoughby
Unknown Thorne
Ron Thorne
Dot Farnham
Ken Thorne
Leslie Thorne
Margaret Thorne
Arthur Rowland Thorne
(__/__/1910 - __/__/1979)
Emily Howell
Nancy Thorne
Robbie Rumble
Joan Thorne
Royston Gibson
Dulcie Thorne
Bill Johnstone
Michael Thorne
Letisha Long
Leo Thorne
Una M Thorne
(b __/__/1929 - __/__/1929)
Ivy May Josephine Bowen
(14/11/1889 - 05/03/1940)
James Henry Williams
(c __/__/1888)
John Bowen Williams
Grace (?)
Jill Williams
Anne-Marie Williams
Peter Williams
Robert Williams
Ellen Ruby Bowen Williams
(c __/__/1917 - 13/05/1938)
Patrick Bowen Williams
Claire Williams
Sandra Williams
Myn Bowen Williams
(c __/__/1922 - )
George McCormick
Jack Howe Tully
Shauna Tully
Wayne (?)
Dave Bailey
Fiona Tully
Norman Alan William Gordon
Shane Tully
Lydie (?)
Unknown (?)
Cornelius Bowen Williams
Noel Bowen Williams
Jean (?)
Alice Mary Bowen Williams
Halvar Lawrence Dugan
Kevin Dugan
Tony Dugan
Joseph Michael Bowen Williams
Jan (?)
Linda Williams
Glen Williams
John Martin Bowen
(25/12/1891 - a 27/11/1927)
Elsa May Haines
Eric Bowen
(c __/__/1915 - )
Violet (?)
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
Veronica Bowen
(__/__/1917 - __/__/1978)
Tom Keay
boy1 Keay
Jack Bowen
Peggy Richardson
Violet Frances Schweitzer
Jack Bowen
(__/__/1927 - __/__/1927)
Patricia Alice Bowen
Malcolm Haynes
child3 Haynes
child4 Haynes
child1 Haynes
child2 Haynes
Ivy Leone Bowen
Brian Darcey
Belinda Joan Darcey
Joseph Cummins
Frank Martin Darcey
Susan Leone Darcey
Berndt Tronzik Cherubini
Judith Ann Darcey
John Hayes
Bertha McNamara Bowen
Trudy Frances (?)
Betty Loraine Bowen
Bill Bailey
David Bailey
Lisa Thomson
Lorna Bailey
Tony Garnsey
Cecil Thomas Bowen
(__/__/1936 - __/__/1970)
Lillian May Bowen
(22/05/1893 - b 27/11/1927)
Jack Sunderland
Sylvia Sunderland
Alma Sunderland
Arthur Sunderland
Thomas William Bowen
(29/11/1895 - b __/__/1897)
Alice Mary Bowen
(21/03/1897 - a 27/11/1927)
Graham Sidney Honeyman
Nancy Regan
Christopher Honeyman
Jackie (?)
Kay Honeyman
John (?)
Alan Francis Honeyman
Alma Dennis
Maria Honeyman
John Karandonis
John Honeyman
Judy Bye
Brian Sidney Honeyman
Patricia Mooring
Kerry Honeyman
Bob Thwaites
Tony Honeyman
June (?)
Cornelius Patrick Joseph Bede Bowen
(06/02/1899 - a 27/11/1927)
May Gertrude Irene Guthrie
(c __/__/1900 - c __/__/1985)
Patricia Alice Bowen
(c __/__/1935 - c __/__/1988)
Ronald Leonard
Gary Leonard
Rhonda Leonard
Wayne Leonard
Cornelius Guthrie Bowen
Unknown Unknown
Cornelius Bowen
William Bede Bowen
(04/11/1900 - a 27/11/1927)
Myrtle (?)
Daniel Bowen
(c __/__/1855 - b 22/07/1891)
Thomas Bowen
(c __/__/1857 - a 22/07/1891)
Mary Ann Bowen
(c __/__/1859 - a 22/07/1891)
Elizabeth Bowen
(c __/__/1861 - a 22/07/1891)
Daniel Bowen
(c __/__/1861 - a 22/07/1891)
Ellen Bowen
(c __/__/1863 - a 22/07/1891)
(?) Fitzgerald
(c __/__/1868 - b 22/07/1891)
James Bowen
(c __/__/1865 - a 22/07/1891)
Hannah Bowen
(c __/__/1867 - a 22/07/1891)
Jane Bohan
(__/__/1869 - )
Cornelius Bowen
(c __/__/1872 - a 22/07/1891)
Catherine Bowen
(c __/__/1875 - __/__/1875)
Unknown Gender