I know of this thread about a Bow family from Scotland to the US http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.bow/188.8.131.52.1.2/mb.ashx...
and another family to US very early, Virginia and Kentucky I think it is without checking, but who don't know what country they're from.
It's not too common a spelling. I've done some mapping of the surname. Are you on facebook? If so, friend the Bowes (and variants) One-Name Study at https://www.facebook.com/bowesonenamestudy
The Virginia/Kentucky line is in the Bowes (and variants) DNA Project, another tool for finding relatives.
Cheers, Martha Bowes
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