History of Lenawee County, Michigan - Book 2, Page 32



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MEMOIRS OF LENAWEE COUNTY BIOGRAPHICAL - CONTINUED
Daniel E. Bowen is a representative in both the paternal and maternal lines of honored pioneer families of Lenawee county, which has been his home from the time of his birth, and in which he now holds prestige as a successful farmer and stock-raiser. I-Ie was born in Clinton township, this county, April 16, 1844., a son of Nathaniel K. and Betsey Elizabeth (Spaulding) Bowen, both natives of Ontario county, New York, the former born on Feb. 15, i8io, and the latter on March 12, 1815. Their marriage was solemnized in the old Empire state, whence they came to the new state of Michigan in 1839. They located in Clinton township, Lenawee county, where the father developed a farm of seventy acres, the land having been virtually a forest wilderness at the time when it came into his possession. Here he passed the remainder of his long and useful life, whose termination came on Feb. 25, 1881, and here his loved and devoted wife and helpmeet died on Dec. 31, 1895. They are survived by three children. Nathaniel K. Bowen was a man of unbending integrity and a citizen who ever commanded public confidence and esteem. Though not active in political affairs he was known as a staunch supporter of the Republican party, with which he became identified at virtually the time of its organization. He was a son of George and Parmelia (Booth) Bowen, the former born on July 9, 1783, and the latter on Aug. 28, 1785. This worthy couple were married in the state of New York, Dec. 12, 1805, and came to Lenawee county in 1836, about one year prior to the admission of the state of Michigan into the Union. Of their twelve children only two are now living: Mrs. Cordelia Allen, born Jan. 5, 1827, and who now. resides in the city of Chicago, and Myron Bowen, born April 25, 1824, and now a resident of Manton, Wexford county, Michigan. George Bowen was a valiant soldier in the War of 1812, and representatives of the family were also found as soldiers in the Continental line during the war of the Revolution. Daniel E. Bowen, to whom this sketch is dedicated, was reared under the conditions obtaining in Lenawee county during the pioneer era, and he soon found his services in requisition in connection with the development of the home farm, while during the winter months he attended the common schools of Clinton township. He has never wavered in his 'allegiance to the great elemental industry of agriculture and is now the owner of a well improved farm of 140 acres, in Clinton township.. The place, has modern accessories and conveniences; the buildings are of substantial order, and there is ample evidence of the energy and progressive ideas which the owner -has brought to bear in carrying forward the work of the various departments of the farm enterprise. He has been duly prospered and is recognized as one of the substantial agriculturists and stock-farmers of his native county, as well as one of its sterling citizens. In politics he is aligned as a supporter of the Republican party. He now entrusts the general management of his farm to his only son, though he finds pleasure in personally maintaining a supervision of the work which engrossed his attention for so many years. On Dec. 24, 1873, Mr. Bowen was united in marriage to Miss Mary L. Gillett, who was born in Monroe county, Michigan, in i85o, and whose death occurred on Dec. 8, 1897. She was a daughter of John and Lucretia Gillett, early settlers of Monroe county, where they continued to reside until their death. Mr. and Mrs. Bowen became the parents of two children, both of whom survive the devoted mother. Zella I., born May 4, 1877, is now the wife of Frederick Frost, of Detroit, and they have one child, Elwood. Roy E., born in 1879, was educated in the public schools of Clinton township, and now has the active management of the home farm.

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