John Bowen junior

???? - 1835

Claimant or beneficiary


Bowen Hall had been owned by 3 generations of Bowens, the last one of whom John - who died 12/3/1835 on Bowen Hall - had been resident in Philadelphia with wife Martha Powel[l] Bowen and brother-in-law Austin Montgomery. The fate of the compensation money paid to him was subject to extended litigation in the US enduring at least until 1875: the issue was whether the compensation process converted real estate (the enslaved people under Jamaica law, according to the suit) to personalty.


Joan Vacianna, 'Bowen Hall estate in Vere', Jamaican Historical Society Bulletin Vol 11 no. 5 April 2000; Pennsylvania State Reports Comprizing Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (1876) Volume XXVII pp. 356-369.

We are grateful to David Martial Alexander for his help with this entry.

Further Information

Martha Powell

Associated Claims (1)

£2,751 3s 1d
Deceased claimant unsuccessful

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1815 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - → Previous owner

Relationships (4)

Husband → Wife
Grandson → Grandfather
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - United States of America