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Joseph and Elizabeth (Cowen) Bowker were
his father and mother is a fair one in the ab-
sence of any fact to indicate to the contrary.
but still there appears no present means by
which to determine the fact beyond question of
doubt. But however this may have been the
truth remains that Major Bowker was born in
Scituate about three years after the marriage
of Joseph Bowker and Elizabeth Cowen, and
that both Joseph and Major Levi took up their
residence in Maine, the latter in 1789. The
records show too that he was a soldier of the
revolution, in service from March, 1781, until
December 18, 1783, in Captain King's com-
pany of Colonel Tupper's regiment. He en-
listed as a private, but being expert in wood-
working was employed as an artificer and had
charge of keeping artillery carriages in repair.
After removing to Machias he engaged some-
what extensively in building operations and
erected many of the noted public and private
buildings in that vicinity. And he always re-
tained his old interest in military affairs and

for many years was major of the state militia.
He applied for a pension in May, 1818, and
his claim was allowed, the pension surviving
to his widow after his death.

Major Bowker married in Machias, Octo-
ber 25, 1789, Betsey Watts (see Watts), born
1704, died February 3, 1854, great-grand-
daughter of Hannah Dustan, who was cap-
tured by Indians in Haverhill, Massachusetts,
in the winter of 1697. Children: 1. Watts,
see forward. 2. Lydia, married Otis P. Hans-
corn. 3. Levi, married Martha G. Crocker,
and had Simeon, Wellington, Warren, Ferdi-
nand. George, Martha Ann and Hannah Bow-
ker. 4. Betsey, married Levi Getchell, and
had Levi B., Willard, Warren. Sarah, Ran-
dolph, Andrew, Agnes and Lucinda Bowker.
5. Hannah, married Stephen Boynton. 6.
Sarah, married Ellis Hanscom. 7. Deborah,
married (first) James McKellar, (second)
William Bugbee, and had Mary, Eben and
William. 8. Frederic, married Anna Dutton,
and had Mary G., Emily B., Levi W. and
George B. Bowker.

(V) Watts, eldest child of Major Levi and
Betsey (Watts) Bowker, was born in Machias,
Maine, and spent the greater part of his life
there, being for many years extensively en-
gaged in business as a manufacturer of and
dealer in lumber. The later years of his life
were spent in Nova Scotia, and he died there
at the age of seventy-five years. He married
Lydia Stickney, born and reared in St. Johns,
New Brunswick. She survived him and lived
to attain the age of ninety-four years, always
retaining in a remarkable degree her mental
and physical vigor. Of their six children, all
of whom lived to be more than sixty years old,
only one survives. Children: 1. Sarah A.,
married James Getchell. 2. Margaret, mar-
ried Jacob Foster. 3. Elizabeth, married
James Ferris. 4. Winslow, married Hannah
Boynton. 5. William C, married Ruth H.
Watts. Watts Henry, see forward.

(YD Watts Henry, youngest son and child
of Watts and Lydia (Stickney) Bowker, was
born in Machias, Maine, December 20. 1836.
After leaving school he worked at the carpen-
ter's trade with his brother from the time he
was fourteen until twenty-one years old and
then for about a year worked as a journey-
man. From 1858 to 1861 he carried on busi-
ness on his own account in Machias, but in the
latter year abandoned his tools and bench and
enlisted as private in Company C of the Sixth
Maine Volunteer Infantry. Soon afterward,



however, he was detached from his company
and became a member of the regimental band,
with which he was connected about two years,
being honorably discharged at the expiration
of his term of enlistment. He then returned
to Machias and resumed work at his trade,
continuing until 1869, when he came to Mas-
sachusetts, spent a few months in Boston and
then settled permanently in Brookline, then a
village of about six thousand inhabitants.
During the forty years of his business life in
Brookline Mr. Bowker has been an extensive
contracting builder and has erected a large
number of fine residences in that city, also in
Newton, Jamaica Plain and the city of Bos-
ton, and many large public buildings, including
schoolhouses, a part of the Brookline public
library building. Harvard Veterinary College
building, Boston, Kieth's palatial residence,
the Charles Williams building in Brookline
and the large structure occupied by the Brook-
line Gas Company. In politics Mr. Bowker is
a Republican and always has taken an earnest
interest in public affairs in the city and county.
He was elected member of the board of select-
men in 1889, was re-elected three years in suc-
cession afterward, then became one of the
county commissioners and served three years
in that body. While he was commissioner the
beautiful county court house in Dedham, one
of the finest structures of its kind in New
England, was erected under his personal
supervision, at a cost of four hundred thou-
sand dollars. He is a member of Brookline
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, the Mas-
sachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association,
and of Post No. 143, Grand Army Republic.
In 1856 Mr. Bowker married Julia M., daugh-
ter of James and Susan (Longfellow) Lyon,
of Machias, Maine (see Lyon). Of the six
children born of this marriage two died in in-
fancy, and the youngest son, Philip, died when
twenty-one years old. The three surviving
children are: 1. Edwin P., in business with his
father ; married Caroline Howe and had one
child, who died in infancy. 2. Arthur, a drug-
gist of Brookline; married Edna Crane, of
Machias, Maine, and has two children. Eliz-
abeth and Julia. 3. Everett M., physician and
surgeon of Brookline; graduated from Har-
vard Medical School and has practiced for
seventeen years ; married Lucy Anna, daugh-
ter of William Griggs, of Brookline. Massa-
chusetts, and has four children: Phillip Griggs.
Winthrop Harold, Everett M. Jr., and Eleanor
Lucy Bowker.

(The Watts Line).

Samuel Watts came to this country from
either England or Wales about 1640, took the
oath of allegiance at Haverhill, Massachu-
setts, in 1667, and was still living in 1690. In
the history of Haverhill he is mentioned as
having received, August 24, 1676, the sum of
thirteen shillings on account of his services as
a soldier, and also as having been one of eight
young men of Haverhill under command of
Sergeant John Webster. There seems to be
much difficulty in distinguishing the services
of persons named Samuel Watts in the early
history of Haverhill, for it appears that the
christian name of Samuel was handed down
to the eldest son through seven successive
generations of the family.

ill) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1)
Watts, the immigrant, was a man of much
prominence in town affairs in Haverhill, and
is supposed to be the Samuel \\ r atts who is
mentioned as one of fifteen persons to whom
in 1707 liberty was granted "to build a seat to
sit in. in the hind seat of the meeting house,
in the west gallery", on condition that they
would "not build so high as to damnify the
light of them windows at the said west end of
the said west gallery". In 1704 and 1705 Sam-
uel Watts was member from Haverhill of the
great and general court. In 1715 he married
Abigail Dustan. who is mentioned in the his-
tory of Haverhill as being one of thirteen
"young ladies" to whom permission was
granted in 1707 "to build a pew in the hind
seat in the east end of the meeting house gal-
lery", provided, as in the case above men-
tioned, they would not "damnify or hinder the
light." Abigail Dustan, wife of Samuel Watts,
was daughter and ninth child of Thomas Dus-
tan who married, December 22, 1697, Han-
nah, daughter of Michael and Hannah (Web-
ster) Emerson. Hannah (Emerson) Dustan
was one of the famous characters in colonial
history during the period of Indian troubles
and she accomplished that which perhaps has
no parallel in our national historv. She was
born December 23, and married Thomas Dus-
tan December 3, 1677, by whom she had thir-
teen children. In an Indian attack on Ha-
verhill she was made prisoner and carried
away captive, with her nurse maid, having re-
cently given birth to her eighth child, which
was cruelly slain before her eyes by the mer-
ciless savages. Having remained captive for
some time, she planned to escape, and at the
proper moment arose from the bed in which
she was sleeping in an Indian wigwam, quiet-



ly took a tomahawk and with desperate cour-
age killed and scalped all of the sleeping In-
dians who were guarding the prisoners, ex-
cept one boy who escaped her avenging hand
by dashing off into the forest. She then took
the nurse and other prisoners, with the scalps
she had taken, and returned to Haverhill.
Such is the story of her heroism without any
of the multitude of accompanying details
which contributed to make Hannah Dustan a
famous character ; and even the general court
did not fail to reward her brave action. Sam-
uel and Abigail (Dustan) Watts had five chil-
dren: 1. Samuel, born August 29, 17 16, see
forward. 2. Hannah, January 23, 1718. 3.
Thomas. May 17, 1720. 4. Joseph, Novem-
ber 4, 1722. 5. Mary March 5, 1726.

(Ill) Samuel (3), eldest son of Samuel
(2) and Abigail (Dustan) Watts, was born
in Haverhill, Massachusetts, August 29, 1716,
and died in Maine. He married (first) in
Haverhill in 1740, but had no children by his
first wife. He married (second) in Haverhill
in 1765, Elsie Bean, and in 1769 removed with
his family to Maine. Of their seven children
the first five were born in Haverhill and the
last two in Jonesboro, Maine. Children: 1.
Samuel, born 1756. 2. Hannah, 1758, mar-
ried Josiah Weston, and was a famous char-
acter in early Maine history. Her services on
the occasion of the first naval engagement at
Machias are well known, and recently a beau-
tiful monument has been erected to her mem-
ory in Jonesboro by the Daughters of the
American Revolution. 3. Betsey, 1764, mar-
ried, October 25, 1789, Major Levi Bowker
(see Bowker). 4. Elsie, 1767. 5. Abigail.
6. Sally. 7. Thomas, 1786:

(The Lyon Line).

In the year 1648 three brothers, Henry,
Thomas and Richard Lyon, were Scotch sol-
diers in Cromwell's army on guard before the
banquetting house at Whitehall and were wit-
nesses of the execution of Charles I. Imme-
diately afterward these brothers fled the army
and came to America. They were of the fam-
ily of the Lyons of Glen Lyon in Perthshire.
Scotland ; and it is of Henry Lyon and some
of his descendants that this narrative is in-
tended to treat.

(I) Henry Lyon, one of the three brothers
mentioned in the preceding paragraph, came
to America in 1648, and first appears in Mil-
ford, Connecticut, February 24, 1649, when
he was admitted member of the church there.
In 1654 he took letters of dismission from

Milford to the church in Fairfield, Connecti-
cut, in which town he continued to live until
1666, when he left that province and removed
with his family to New Jersey. He was one
of the founders of the town of Newark, its
first treasurer and keeper of the first house of
entertainment (called an ordinary) there.
About 1674 he removed to EHzabethtown,
where he was a prosperous merchant ami ex-
tensive land owner. He also filled man}- im-
portant offices, and was a member of the house
of assembly in 1675 ; justice of the peace by
appointment in 168 1 and afterward became
judge for the trial of small causes; member of
the governor's council in 1681 ; commissioner
in 1682, and representative in the council of
the governor in 1684. He married (first) in
1652, Elizabeth, daughter of William Bate-
man, of Fairfield. Connecticut ; married (sec-
ond) about 1690, Mary . Of his ten

children six were born in Fairfield, two in
Newark and two in EHzabethtown : 1. Thomas,
l6 52-53- 2. Mary. 1654-55. 3. Samuel, 1655-
56, see forward. 4. Joseph, about 1659. 5.
Nathaniel, 1663-64. 6. John, 1665-66. 7.
Benjamin, 1668. 8. Ebenezer, 1670. 9. Mary,
1690-91. 10. Dorcas, 1692-93.

(II) Samuel, son of Henry and Elizabeth
(Bateman) Lyon, was born in Fairfield, Con-
necticut, about 1655-56, and died before Feb-
ruary 26, 1707. He was one of the signers of
the "fundamental agreement" entered into by
the Milford colonists of Newark, and in 1667,
although then only a boy, he had a lot granted
him in the distribution of the town lands of
Newark. He married (first) Sarah Beach,
born 1654, daughter of Zopher and Sarah
(Piatt) Beach, of New Haven. Connecticut.
He married (second) Hannah, daughter of
Thomas and Mary (Harrison) Pierson. He
had five children by his first and three by his
second wife: 1. Samuel. 2. Henry, born
1682. see forward. 3. Joseph, married Mary
Pierson. 4. Mary. 5. Sarah. 6. John, mar-
ried Elizabeth Riggs 7. James, October 5,
1700, died November 6, 1775. 8. Hannah.

(III) Captain Henry (2), son of Samuel
and Sarah (Beach) Lyon, was born in New-
ark, New Jersey, in 1682. died August 9, 1735.
He married Mary Roberts, sister of Samuel
Roberts, who was one of the overseers of his
will. Children: 1. David, died after 1742. 2.
Nathaniel. 3. Josiah. 4. Zopher, see for-
ward. 5. Jonathan, born 1719, died 1784. 6.

(IV) Zopher, son of Captain Henry and
Mary (Roberts) Lyon, was born probably in



Newark about 1715-16, and died in 1744. He

married Mary , who administered on

his estate. Children: 1. Phebe, born May,
1733, died August 3, 1734. 2. James, see for-

( V ) Rev. James, only son of Zopher and
Mary Lyon, was born in Newark, New Jer-
sey, July 1, 1735. and died in Machias, Maine,
June 12. 1794. Me graduated from Princeton
College, taking his B. A. degree in 1759 and
his M. A. degree in 1762. In 1762 he was
licensed to preach by the presbytery of New
Brunswick and in 17(4 was ordained. He
preached several years at Onslow, Novo
Scotia, and various other places, but found
his work there so very discouraging that he
determined to return to New Jersey. On his
return journey in 1771 he passed through the
province of Maine, just at a time when the
people of the new town of Machias were cast-
ing about for a minister to preach to them :
and they persuaded him to remain with them
and become their minister, at a salary of
eighty pounds per annum, and to preach on
alternate Sabbaths at West Falls and East
Falls. Although he was engaged to preach
at a fixed salary, he actually received a very
small sum of cash during the hard times
previous to and during the period of the revo-
lution, must of the subscriptions being paid in
lumber. He continued to preach in Machias
until the time of his death. During the revo-
lution Mr. Lyon served as a volunteer in the
ranks and afterward was appointed chaplin
in Colonel Allen's Indian regiment. In writ-
ing of his services during this period, Mr.
Smith, the historian of Machias, says of Mr.
Lyon : "No man was more devoted or active
in the cause than Mr. Lyon. He was repeat-
edly chosen by our citizens as one of the mem-
bers of the committee of correspondence and
safety and was emphatically one of the lead-
ing men of the times. Of his superior educa-
tion and talents he made no boast, but his
whole powers were always at the service of
his country and his fellow citizens. Nothing
daunted his resolution and energy, and his in-
fluence and power were largely extended.
And, at the close of this busy year of 1775,
we find a remarkable specimen of his devo-
tion to the cause of liberty and of his self-
reliance in a letter addressed by him to Gen-
eral Washington, in which he suggests the
plan of a military expedition against Novo
Scotia for the purpose of securing the beauti-
ful province to the colonial union." Mr. Lvon
also was an author and wrote several books

on various subjects, which were much read
at the time. He also was a skillful musician,
and many anecdotes are related of his pecu-
liarities. He was very near-sighted and also
was color-blind, and it is said that' his wife
Martha conceived a great dislike to Ichabod
Jones, he being said to have taken advantage
of the reverend gentleman's infirmity and sold
him a piece of red broadcloth instead of black,
which was as Martha said much more suitable
for a coat for one of his majesty's soldiers
and not at all to her liking. Mr. Lyon mar-
ried (first 1 February 18, 1768, Martha
1 [olden, born December 24, 1749, of Cape
May. West New Jersey. He married (sec-
ond ) November 24, 1793, only a few months
before his death, Sarah Skillen, born 1744,
died October 18, 1827. Children: 1. Lud-
lum, born Nova Scotia, January 1, 1769. 2.
Phoebe, September 26, 1770, died about 1792;
married John Kelley. 3. James. 4. Jeremiah,
January 26. 1775. died December 13, 1783.

5. -Martha, May 1, 1777. died June 12, 1783.

6. Hannah, November 15, 1779; married Wil-
liam Ellis Smith. 7. Henry, May 20, 1782;
married Betsey Crocker, and had Albert,
James (see forward) Rebecca (married Hen-
ry Gallison), Hannah, Ludlum, William,
Amelia (married Bryant Gates), Warren,
Cyrus and Sanford. 8. Sarah Shannon,
June 28 (or November 24), 1784. 9. Amelia
1 married E. II. Payson), Henry, George,
Frank. Ann Eliza and Maria.

(VI) James Lyon, son of Henry and Bet-
sey Crocker Lyon, was born in Machias,
Maine, October 21, 1812, and married, May,
1837, Susan Longfellow. Children: 1. Julia
Maria, born June 3, 1838; married Watta H.
Bowker (see Bowker). 2. James Henrv,
May, 1840, died young. 3. Henrietta B., Au-
gust 12. 1842. 4. James Henry, November
21, 1844. 5. Levi T., July 21, '1846.

The surname Holden, Holdin.
HOLDEN Holding or Houlding, is an an-
cient and distinguished pa-
tronymic in England. The derivation was
doubtless fn >m a. place name. Various
branches of the family bear titles and coats-

( I ) Richard Holden. immigrant ancestor of
the American family, was born in England in
1609 an d came to this country in the ship
"Francis," sailing from Ipswich, England.
April 30, 1634. and settling first at Ipswich.
Massachusetts, where he was for a time a land
owner. His brother Justinian, born in 161 1.



came over a year later and settled in Water-
town, whither Richard removed soon after-
ward. A manuscript family record, written
about 1800, states that the immigrants had
brothers Adam and William, and an uncle,
James Holden, "one of the Lords of Eng-
land", who secured their release by the sheriff
who had arrested them for attending a "dis-
senting meeting", on condition that they would
do so no more "in that country." Richard
Holden resided in Cambridge, adjoining
Watertown, for a time, and Justinian also set-
tled there. Richard was a proprietor of the
adjacent town of Woburn as early as 1658
He sold his place at Watertown in 1655 to J.
Sherman. He was admitted a freeman May
6, 1657. In the same year he removed to
Groton where he had nine hundred and seven-
ty-five acres of land in the northeasterly part
of the town, now in Shirley, part of which was
lately occupied by Porter Kittredge. His land
extended on the west bank of the Nashua river
from a point near Beaver pond to the north-
ward. He spent his last years with his son
Stephen, to whom he gave his real estate
March 23, 1691, calling himself at that time
"aged, infirm and a widower". He died at
Groton, March 1, 1796. He married, in 1640,
Martha, who died at Watertown, December
6, 1681, daughter of Stephen Fosdick, of
Charlestown. The latter bequeathed to Holden
a forty acre lot of land in Woburn. Children :

1. Justinian, born 1644; resided in Billerica.

2. Martha, January 15, 1645-46; married
Thomas Boyden. 3. Stephen, July 19, 1648;
killed by a fall from a tree at Groton in 1658.

4. Samuel, settled in Groton and Stoneham.

5. Mary, married Thomas Williams. 6.
Sarah, married, December 20, 1677, Gershom
Swan. 7. Elizabeth. 8. Thomas. 9. John,
died young. 10. Stephen, mentioned below.

(II) Stephen, son of Richard Holden, was
born in Watertown about 1658. He went to
• Groton with his father. During the interrup-
tion caused in the colony by King Philip's war,
he went to Charlestown or Woburn, and sev-
eral of his children settled in Charlestown.
He returned to Groton and died there Novem-
ber 18, 1715. He married Hannah, daughter
of Ensign Nathaniel Lawrence, who was dea-
con, and deputy to the general court in 1693.
Stephen Holden's estate was divided among
his heirs March 19, 1718-19, and the widow's
estate was divided among the same heirs Jan-
uary 30, 1 737. Children: 1. John, had chil-
dren born in Charlestown. 2. Stephen, mar-
ried Sarah Cresy. 3. Nathaniel. 4. William.


5. Simon, who was a blacksmith. 6. Jonathan.
7. Benjamin, mentioned below. 8. Rachel. 9.
Hannah. 10. Sarah. 11. Nehemiah.

(III) Benjamin, son of Stephen Holden,
was born in Groton about 1690. He lived at
Needham at the time of his marriage and af-
terwards in Dedham. He married, May 8.
1728, Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Re-
becca (Mason) Ockington. He joined the
First Church, April 13, 1729, and his wife.
April 2, 1738. She married (second) June
5, 1746, Samuel Bullard, of Dedham, and died
in Princeton. January 4, 1776, from the ef-
fects of a fall, aged eighty years. Children,
bom in Dedham: 1. Benjamin. March 10,
1728-29. mentioned below. 2. John, Decem-
ber 31, 1731, died February 19, 1731-32. 3.
Mindwell/ February 16, 1732-33; married,
September 12, 1751, Samuel Farrington. 4.
Sarah, July 13, 1735. 5. Jerusha, baptized
April 2. 1738.

(IV) Colonel Benjamin (2), son of Ben-
jamin (1) Holden, was born in Dedham,
March 10. 1728-29, baptized in the Dedham
Church, April 13, 1729. He was prominent
in the town of Princeton, where he settled,
and in the army. He served as sergeant and
lieutenant in the French and Indian war. He
was a member of the provincial congress. He
was in the revolution and commissioned lieu-
tenant colonel in Colonel Ephraim Dolittle's
regiment, May 19, 1775, his commission
signed by General Joseph Warren. He com-
manded his regiment at the battle of Bunker
Hill. He was lieutenant colonel of the twenty-
seventh foot company under Colonel Israel
Hutchinson, his commission signed by Gen-
eral Hancock, January 1, 1776. He com-
manded the detachment furnished from Fort
Lee by General Washington's orders, Novem-
ber 14, 1776, to reinforce Fort Washington.
He was wounded and taken prisoner at that
battle and held from November, 1776, to May,
1778. He was a member of the Church of
England. He died at Princeton, November
24, 1820, aged ninety-two years. He mar-
ried Catherine Richards, who died July 28,
1817, aged eighty-four, daughter of Dr. and
Mary (Belcher) Richards. Children, born in
Princeton: I. Lucy, November 29, 1762;
married, December n, 1808, Captain Addison
Richardson, of Salem. 3. Joseph, Septem-
ber 28, 1764. 3. Catherine, April 23, 1767;
married, January 30, 1797, Ephraim Mirick
Tr. 4. Benjamin, November 19, 1769: mar-
ried, December 2, 1793, Hannah Gill. 5. Joel,
November 30, 1772, mentioned below. 6.



John Hancock, February 23, 1775, died
March 15, 1778.

(V) Joel, son of Colonel Benjamin (2)
Holden, was born in Princeton, November 30,
1772, died March 17, 1856, at Rutland. He
married, February 8, 1801, Fidelia (Mirick)
Holden, born May 25, 1770, daughter of Caleb
and Eunice Mirick, and widow of Joseph
Holden, who died September 2T,, 1798. She
had three children by her first husband. Chil-
dren of Joel and Fidelia: 1. Eliza, baptized
July 14. 1802; married, December 20. 1824,
Ru'fus Gleason. 2. Joel, baptized October 20,
1804, mentioned below. 3. Lucy Richardson,
baptized October 28, 1810, died September 25,
1814. 4. Lucy Richardson, baptized October
6, 1817.

(VI) Joel (2), son of Joel (1) Holden,
was born August 21, baptized October 20,
1804, and died in Dayton, Ohio, August 26,
1899. He married, December 10, 1829, Per-
sis Louisa Estabrook, born in Rutland, May
4, 1 8 10, died in Dayton, May 30, 1845. We
was selectman and captain of militia in Rut-
land. He left Rutland. Massachusetts, May
4, 1841. and located in Salem. Montgomery
county, Ohio. He removed August 10, 1843,
to Dayton, Ohio, where he died. Children :
1. Eleanor Dana, born September 15, 1830:
married Samuel X. Brown. 2. Mary Eliza-
beth, November 6, 1832; married, June 12,

1855, Charles M. Miles, died December 31,
1907. 3. Harriet Augusta. January 24, 1835:
married David A. Houk Esq. 4. Susan Maria,
March 2C1, 1838. 5. George Warren ; men-
tioned below.

(VII) George "Warren, son of Joel (2)
Holden. was born at Rutland. September 14,

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