Bowen, Benjamin (1819-1898)
Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger
BROTHER BENJAMIN BOWEN was the brother of the late Rev. Robert Bowen, and was a member of the much respected family of Bowens living in the Bishops Castle circuit. For over 50 years he was a member of our Church at Asterton and Prolly Moor, where he resided, and for many years rendered faithful service as a local preacher. His principal work was done in the earlier period of the circuit’s history, but it was loyally and cheerfully given, and even up to within a few years of his death, he occasionally preached in the neighbourhood of his home. He was earnest and energetic in his manner, a man of prayer, and a great Bible reader. During the last years of his life he was a great sufferer, but bore his trial in patience, and endured hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. His call is a loss to the circuit, and more especially to his home and family, but his work was done.
‘His toils are past, his work is done,
And he is fully blest,
He fought the light, the victory won;
And now he’s gone to rest.’
He passed away on September 4th. 1898, at the age of 79, and was interred at Wentnor.
We trust we may meet him in our Father’s House.
Family and other information
Benjamin was baptised on 17 February 1819 at Church Stretton, Shropshire. His parents were Benjamin Bowen and Jane Roberts.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Benjamin.
- 1841 farm servant
- 1851 agricultural labourer
- 1861 agricultural labourer
- 1871 farmer of 6 acres
- 1881 thatcher
- 1891 farmer
Benjamin married Margaret Matthews (abt1820-1860) on 11 April 1842 at St Mary’s, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Census returns identify four children.
- William (b1844)
- Beatrice (abt1848-1869) – married William Reynolds in 1869
- Benjamin (abt1851-1914) – a corn and coal merchant (1891)
- Lewis (1854-1911) – a farm servant
Benjamin married Maria Vicarage, nee Carter, (1825-1901) in late 1860 in the Shrewsbury Registration District. Census returns identify five children.
- Edwin (abt1862-1935) – a farm labourer
- John (1863-1887) – a farm servant
- Emma (b1864)
- Thomas (b1866) – farm servant at blacksmith’s shop (1881)
- Robert (1868-1940) – a farmer (1911)
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