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Bowen family


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.

  • The Clan keeper – My most-admired ancestor is Ma Bowen.
  • An unfortunate family – Mary Lahy struggled to raise four children after being widowed twice. And then things got worse...

Bowen Clan

The Boweh clan descends from Mary Lahy and her first husband John Bohan.

  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse
Mary Lahy
(b. 1793)
Thomas Tobin
(b. Abt 1791, d. Abt 1818)
Patrick Tobin
(b. 1815, d. 1887)
Bridget Ryan
(b. Abt 1831)
William Tobin
(b. Abt 1851, d. Aft 1887)
Patrick Tobin
(b. 1854, d. 1916)
Mary Tobin
(b. 1817)
Thomas Howard
(b. Abt 1820)
Martin Howard
(b. 1841, d. 1906)
John T. Howard
(b. 1845, d. 1922)
Mary Howard
(b. 1847)
Sarah J. Howard
(b. 1849, d. 1922)
Cornelius Bowe
(b. Abt 1795, d. Abt 1828)
Martin Bohen
(b. 1819, d. 1891)
Elizabeth Seage
(b. 1834, d. 1910)
John H. Bowen
(b. 1853, d. 1902)
Alice C. Poulton
(b. 1860, d. 1927)
Thomas M. Bowen
(b. 1879, d. Abt 1880)
Albert J. Bowen
(b. 1880, d. Bef 1927)
Ellen R. Bowen
(b. 1882, d. 1912)
George C. Murphy
(b. 1880, d. 1949)
John H. Murphy
(b. Abt 1906, d. Aft 1912)
(b. Abt 1906)
Roscoe Turner
(b. Abt 1934)
Debbie Turner
(b. Abt 1953)
(b. 1981)
(b. 1982)
Donna Turner
(b. Abt 1956)
Lee A. Turner
(b. Abt 1960)
Dorothy Murphy
(b. 1930, d. 2011)
(b. Abt 1950)
(b. Abt 1952)
(b. Abt 1954)
(b. Abt 1951)
(b. Abt 1953)
(b. Abt 1955)
(b. Abt 1954)
(b. Abt 1956)
(b. Abt 1958)
(b. Abt 1960)
(b. Abt 1955)
(b. Abt 1957)
(b. Abt 1958)
(b. Abt 1960)
(b. Abt 1962)
Shannon Murphy
(b. Abt 1959)
John Murphy
(b. Abt 1961)
Brendan Murphy
(b. Abt 1963)
(b. Abt 1961)
(b. Abt 1963)
(b. Abt 1965, d. Bef 1990)
Scott Murphy
(b. Abt 1961)
Fiona Murphy
(b. Abt 1963)
Troy Murphy
(b. Abt 1965)
Petra Murphy
(b. Abt 1967)
Kathleen I. Murphy
(b. 1942, d. 1979)
Joseph Dekker
(b. Abt 1940)
(b. Abt 1969)
(b. Abt 1971)
(b. Abt 1973)
(b. Abt 1975)
(b. Abt 1977)
(b. Abt 1940)
Darren Nicholls
(b. Abt 1966)
Carmel Nicholls
(b. Abt 1968)
(b. Abt 1946)
Brett Murphy
(b. Abt 1969)
Erin Murphy
(b. Abt 1971)
Gerrod Murphy
(b. Abt 1973)
Anthony W.
(b. Abt 1966)
David N.
(b. Abt 1968)
Bradley J.
(b. Abt 1970)
Jason Murphy
(b. Abt 1968)
Shane A. Murphy
(b. Abt 1969)
Nathan J. Murphy
(b. Abt 1971, d. 1973)
Ena R. Murphy
(b. 1908, d. 1995)
Halvar R. Kessey
(b. 1905, d. 1981)
Jane Langridge
(b. 1945, d. 2013)
Nita C. Bye
(b. 1932, d. 1974)
Dimity Unknown
(b. Abt 1960)
Halvene T. Kessey
(b. 1934, d. 2005)
Reginald B. Fleming
(b. 1929, d. 2016)
Carmel R. Kessey
(b. 1939, d. 2019)
John H. Hull
(b. 1936)
Luke J. Hull
(b. 1987, d. 1989)
Alice Hull
(b. 2012)
Mark Hull
(b. 1962)
(b. ca. 1962)
Jennie Hull
(b. 1970)
Emma J. Hull
(b. 1993)
Mia McMillan
(b. 2014)
David Roberts
(b. 1975)
April Roberts
(b. 2001)
Kate Roberts
(b. 2003)
Leila Murphy
(b. 1911, d. Aft 1912)
Jack Barton
(b. 1908)
Claire Barton
(b. 1933)
Judith A. Barton
(b. Abt 1935, d. 2014)
John Dixon
(b. Abt 1934, d. Abt 1995)
Peter J. Dixon
(b. Abt 1958)
Anne M. Dixon
(b. 1962)
Michael Kane
(b. Abt 1960)
Christopher Kane
(b. Abt 1984)
Sharon L. Dixon
(b. Abt 1963)
John Blease
(b. Abt 1952)
Jessica Blease
(b. Abt 1994)
Samantha Blease
(b. Abt 1994)
Jane Dixon
(b. Abt 1965)
Maxwell Bannister
(b. Abt 1940)
(b. Abt 1964)
Shae Bannister
(b. Abt 1984)
Claire Bannister
(b. Abt 1986)
Hugh Bannister
(b. Abt 1988)
Lei Barton
(b. Abt 1954)
Kenneth Helm
(b. Abt 1952)
Emily R. Helm
(b. 1978)
James D. Bowen
(b. 1884, d. Aft 1927)
John H. Bowen
(b. Abt 1911)
Douglas A. Bowen
(b. 1933, d. 2008)
Douglas Bowen
(b. Abt 1955)
Allan Bowen
(b. Abt 1957)
Diane Bowen
(b. Abt 1960)
Amy I. Stracey
(b. Abt 1909)
Dorothy Simmons
(b. Abt 1944)
Debbie Bowen
(b. 1961)
Peter Connor
(b. Abt 1961)
Jade Connor
(b. 1982)
Justin Connor
(b. 1985)
Gary Bowen
(b. 1962)
(b. Abt 1962)
Patrick Bowen
(b. 1997)
Kim Bowen
(b. 1964)
Ian Cruikshank
(b. Abt 1964)
Darlene Bowen
(b. 1967)
Rebecca Bowen
(b. 1985)
Jayden Bowen
(b. 2004)
Nathan Hall
(b. 1989)
Patricia M. Bowen
(b. Aft 1939)
Lionel Andrewartha
(b. Abt 1962)
Norm H.
(b. Abt 1940)
Elizabeth A. Bowen
(b. 1887, d. Abt 1967)
Roland A. Thorne
(b. Abt 1885)
Arthur R. ("Mick") Thorne
(b. 1910, d. 1970)
Craig Gibson
(d. aged 8)
Leo Thorne
(b. Abt 1921)
Una M. Thorne
(b. Bef 1929, d. 1929)
Ivy M. Bowen
(b. 1889, d. 1940)
James H. Williams
(b. Abt 1888)
John B. Williams
(b. Abt 1916)
Peter Williams
(b. Abt 1952)
Robert Williams
(b. Abt 1956)
Ellen R. Williams
(b. Abt 1917, d. 1938)
Patrick B. Williams
(b. Abt 1918)
Myn B. Williams
(b. Abt 1922)
Jack H. Tully
(b. Abt 1928)
Shauna Tully
(b. Abt 1957)
Dave Bailey
(b. Abt 1955)
Fiona Tully
(b. Abt 1959)
Norman A. Gordon
(b. Abt 1957)
Shane Tully
(b. Abt 1962)
Noel B. Williams
(b. Abt 1924)
Alice M. Williams
(b. Abt 1927)
Halvar L. Dugan
(b. Abt 1930)
Kevin Dugan
(b. Abt 1951)
Tony Dugan
(b. Abt 1953)
Joseph M. Williams
(b. Abt 1934)
(b. Abt 1940)
Linda Williams
(b. Abt 1961)
Glen Williams
(b. Abt 1965)
John M. Bowen
(b. 1891, d. Aft 1927)
Eric Bowen
(b. Abt 1915)
Veronica Bowen
(b. 1917, d. 1978)
Jack Bowen
(b. 1923)
Jack Bowen
(b. 1927, d. 1927)
Ivy L. Bowen
(b. 1931)
Cecil T. Bowen
(b. 1936, d. 1970)
Lillian M. Bowen
(b. 1893, d. Bef 1927)
Thomas W. Bowen
(b. 1895, d. Bef 1897)
Alice M. Bowen
(b. 1897, d. Aft 1927)
Cornelius P. Bowen
(b. 1899, d. Aft 1927)
May G. Guthrie
(b. Abt 1900, d. Abt 1985)
Patricia A. Bowen
(b. Abt 1935, d. Abt 1988)
Cornelius G. Bowen
(b. Abt 1939)
Cornelius Bowen
(b. Abt 1957)
William B. Bowen
(b. 1900, d. Aft 1927)
Daniel Bowen
(b. Abt 1855, d. Bef 1891)
Thomas Bowen
(b. Abt 1857, d. Aft 1891)
Mary A. Bowen
(b. Abt 1859, d. Aft 1891)
Daniel Bowen
(b. Abt 1861, d. Aft 1891)
Elizabeth Bowen
(b. Abt 1861, d. Aft 1891)
Ellen Bowen
(b. Abt 1863, d. Aft 1891)
(b. Abt 1868)
James Bowen
(b. Abt 1865, d. Aft 1891)
Hannah Bowen
(b. Abt 1867, d. Aft 1891)
Cornelius Bowen
(b. Abt 1872, d. Aft 1891)
Catherine Bowen
(b. Abt 1875, d. 1875)
Second s. Bohan
(b. Abt 1822)
Ellen E. Bowe
(b. 1823, d. 1881)
John Jackson
(b. Abt 1820)
Thomas Jackson
(b. Abt 1845, d. Bef 1881)
Margaret Jackson
(b. Abt 1846, d. Aft 1881)
(b. Abt 1845)
John Jackson
(b. Abt 1847, d. 1906)
Rebecca Jackson
(b. Abt 1850, d. Aft 1881)
Elizabeth Jackson
(b. Abt 1852, d. Aft 1881)
Mary A. Jackson
(b. Abt 1854, d. Aft 1881)
Ellen Jackson
(b. Abt 1857, d. Aft 1881)
Martin Jackson
(b. Abt 1860, d. 1928)
Rachael Jackson
(b. Abt 1862, d. Aft 1881)
George M. Jackson
(b. Abt 1865, d. 1906)
Emma Jackson
(b. Abt 1867, d. Aft 1881)
John Bowe
(b. 1827, d. Aft 1837)
  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse