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Any search suggestions for finding BOWENs in passenger lists?

Any search suggestions for finding BOWENs in passenger lists?

Posted: 19 Apr 2012 1:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BOWEN
I am looking for a rather large family of BOWENs who came from Wales (Monmouthshire?) to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania between 1828-1832.

Parents: John (1780) & Martha (c.1777) BOWEN
Children: John (c.1803), Martha (c.1805), Margaret (c.1809), Benjamin (c.1813), Jehdiah (c.1817), Rebecca (c.1820), Mary A. (c.1825).

I think it might be a spelling or pronunciation issue as to why I can not find them in the index. For example: Bowens, Brown, Bown, Bowden, Bevan?, etc.

I have found some of their BOWEN relatives and some neighbors from Luzerne County who came over, but I can not find this particular family.

Any suggestions?

Re: Any search suggestions for finding BOWENs in passenger lists?

Posted: 31 May 2012 3:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
There are a lot of factors. You are dependent on the script writer of the manifest and the transcriber. (and hopefully there wasn't a hole, tear, rip, ink blot or folded crease over their names).

The "B" could be a "P" - the lower loop of the B wasn't closed or was smudged, faded, et al. The "n" could look like an "r" and then it may look like Power. Or Bower. The "o" may not have closed completely and the transcriber thinks it is a "u". The "e" could look like an "i". Those are some of the possibilities. Sometimes it is worth it to search by first name only, approx. birth year & country of origin. Jehdiah could be a good start. Use wild card search
too ... Bow* (use the asterick).

Re: Any search suggestions for finding BOWENs in passenger lists?

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 4:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
I tried your suggestions, but still no luck.

Thank you very much anyway for your help.

Re: Any search suggestions for finding BOWENs in passenger lists?

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 9:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 24 Jun 2012 9:39PM GMT
Boosephus,

Sorry that didn't work out for you.

Next step would be to look at books ... as an example:

Tepper, Michael, editor.
Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1820-1834: From Customs Passenger Lists. Elizabeth P. Bentley, trans. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982. xxiii, 768 p., ill.
Lists some 50,000 names.

There may also be another similar book for Philadelphia arrivals and NY area arrivals.

Your local public or university library should be able to
help you locate these type of books.
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