File 004 - George Frederick Bowen

St. Francis District Court, Sherbrooke George F. Bowen George F. Bowen George F. Bowen George F. Bowen, Volunteer Artillery, Sherbrooke George F. Bowen Eliza (a.k.a. Jessie) Wyatt

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George Frederick Bowen

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CA E001 P006-006-004

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  • 1855-1927 (Creation)
  • 1811-[1898?] (Creation)
    Bowen, George Frederick

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7 textual records, 9 photographs (1 tintype): b&w, 3 maps.

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Born in Quebec City on 19 March 1811, George Frederick Bowen was the son of Edward Bowen, politician and Chief Justice, and Eliza Davidson. In 1843, he married Eliza Wyatt (a.k.a. Jessie, d. 1862) on 5 July 1843 in Sherbrooke and together they had seven children: Edward Charles (1844-1903), Francis Arthur (b. 1845), Eliza Jessie Catherine (1847-1900), Frederick William Wyatt (1849-1896), Ernest Henry (1854-1854), Florence Mary (1855-1866), and Alfred Cecil Hale (b. 1860). Bowen studied law in Quebec and was admitted to the Bar in 1832. In 1835, he opened a law practice in Sherbrooke. From 1844 to 1887, he was Sheriff of the District of St. Francis. From 1887 to 1898, he was Prothonotary of the District, jointly with Hubert C. Cabana. Other positions he held include Justice of the Peace, Chairman of Quarter Sessions and Commissioner in Bankruptcy. As well, Bowen was Mayor of Sherbrooke from 1852 to 1854, worked with a number of Sherbrooke-area associations, and pursued a military career. George Frederick Bowen died in Sherbrooke on 26 April 1898.

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The file contains primary source information on George F. Bowen's life from 1855 to 1927. It consists of a list of George Frederick Bowen's military appointments in 1867 and 1868; George Frederick Bowen's degree from the University of Bishop's College dated 1855 and related letter from 1856; and a deed of sale and three maps regarding G.F. Bowen's land in the Township of South Ham, Wolfe County. It also includes photocopies of a theatre programme for a performance at "Poor Pillicoddy" and "Irish Tiger" in 1857 and newspaper clippings consisting of a tribute to George Frederick Bowen by George E. Brown in 1898 and an article on the colours of the 53rd Sherbrooke Regiment from 1927, photographs, as well as biographical notes on G.F. Bowen's life. Among the photographs are two featuring Eliza (Jessie) Wyatt and one featuring members of the St. Francis District court from the 1850s, featuring G.F. Bowen as well as Eleazar Clark and John Hallowell.

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  • English
  • Latin

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Most of the documents are in English, one is in Latin.

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