Martha P. Bowen

???? - 1849

Claimant or beneficiary


Martha Powell Bowen, widow and executor of John Bowen jun. (q.v.), dying in 1849. The compensation paid to her and Austin Montgomery was invested in the Bank of the United States, chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which suspended payments in specie in 1837 and failed in 1841, losing the investment.

  1. Martha Bowen's relationship to her property in Jamaica is the subject of an essay by Sasha Turner, which shows her moving between Philadelphia and Jamaica between 1820 and 1834.


Pennsylvania State Reports Comprizing Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (1876) Volume XXVII pp. 356-369.

  1. Sasha Turner, 'A moral and benevolent mistress? Gender, race and abolitionism in Jamaica', in Amar Wahab and Cecily Jones (eds.) Free at Last? Reflections on Freedom and the Abolition of the British Atlantic Slave-Trade (Newcastle. 2011), pp. 85-95.

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

Further Information

John Bowen jun.

Associated Claims (1)

£2,751 3s 1d

Relationships (2)

Wife → Husband
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Notes →
Montgomery was married to the sister of Martha Bowen's husband John Bowen...

Addresses (1)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - United States of America