Esther ?Bowen

F, #73652, (1651 - 27 February 1726)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Robert/1 Ayars
Last Edited:19 Apr 2018

Children with Robert/1 Ayars:

  • Caleb/2 Ayars6 b. circa 1692, d. 14 Jan 1760
  • Joshua/2 Ayars+6 b. circa 1695, d. 3 May 1759
Esther ?Bowen1 married, as his 2nd wife, circa 1686, probably at Newport, Rhode Island, Robert/1 Ayars2, who died 14/24 Jan 1719 in Cohansey, New Jersey.3 She died there 27 Feb 1726, and is buried with him in Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery, Shiloh.4
     See the extended commentary about her identity posted to her FAG memorial, which is copied from the Ayars Family Historical Organization.5

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. The surname Bowen comes solely from family tradition.
  2. [S2326] Frank D. Andrews, Robert Ayars and His Descendants, 7-8, 30.
  3. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 30.
  4. [S148], memorials #99822938, #99824635.
  5. [S148], memorial #99824635.
  6. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 11.

Robert/1 Ayars

M, #73653, (before March 1640 - 14 January 1719 or 24 January 1719)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Robert/1 Ayars
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Last Edited:18 Apr 2018

Child with Katharine Taylor:

Children with Esther ?Bowen:

  • Caleb/2 Ayars14 b. circa 1692, d. 14 Jan 1760
  • Joshua/2 Ayars+14 b. circa 1695, d. 3 May 1759
Robert/1 Ayars, probably born shortly before Mar 1640 at Gotherington, Gloucestershire1, "is said to have emigrated to New England in 1664, settling in that part of Westerly, Rhode Island, now known as Hopkinton."2 He married (1), by 1673, Katharine Taylor34, with whom he had 6 children5, and who died 22 Feb 1684/85 at Newport, Rhode Island5, where she is buried. He married (2), circa 1686, probably at Newport, Esther ?Bowen.64, and while there developed extensive Seventh Day Baptist convictions and connections.7
     He removed to Shrewsbury (Upper Back) Neck, Cumberland County, West Jersey, probably after 29 Nov 1687, when he concluded a mortgage in Newport, which his wife Esther signed as a witness. (Both were literate.) In Jersey he "located on the south side of the Cohansey River on eight hundred acres … opposite the present [1918] town of Cohansey, New Jersey." He seems to have been a man of some means, as he had two tracts there, one of 200 acres from the daughters of John Gilman, and one of 600 acres from Restore Lippincott.8,7
     "Robert Ayars purchased 2200 acres from an extensive tract of land covering part of the present site of Shiloh which on being surveyed was conveyed to 'Robert Ayars, late of Rhode Island, Gentleman,' November 21, 1705 … it is stated he removed thither and sold his land to those of his own [Seventh Day Baptist] faith …."9
     His will, dated 25 Feb 1716, left eldest son Isaac 100 acres of land around to ye house where he now liveth. To sons Judah, Caleb and Rob, daughter Ester (wife of John Garmen), and grandson Caleb, sone to Isaac Ayars, all of ye remaining pt of ye above said tract of land, being two thousand one hundred acres to be evenly divided in quality and quantity … To sons John, Stephen and Joshua Ayars, ye plantation I now live att, being about eight hundred acres of land & marsh to be generally divided between them … in quality and quantity. To beloved wife Ester, all my movable estate while living, and what she shall leave at her decease to be equally divided between my children above named. Wife Ester and beloved friend Henry Buck were named executors.10
     Robert Ayars died at Cohansey 14/24 Jan 17198, and his widow 27 Feb 1726. They are buried in Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery, Shiloh.11

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S2328] "The Ayars Family Historical Association,", "Origins in Gotherington, Gloucestershire, England."
  2. [S2326] Frank D. Andrews, Robert Ayars and His Descendants, 5.
  3. The Ayres Family Historical Association reports that "in the records of St Marylebone Church, Marylebone, London, England, there is a record of the marriage of Robert Eyrs to Catherine Taylor on 24 October 1672. This church is located on Marylebone Road, across from Regency Park, London."
  4. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 7-8, 30.
  5. [S2328] "Ayars Family Historical Association," "The sole known witness to this woman's existence to date is her tombstone in the Newport Common Burial Ground. Located next to the graves of Stephen and Ann Mumford, Katharin's epitaph states that she was the wife of Robert Ayars. The epitaph further states that she died on the 22 February 1684/5 at age 42, which would place her birth in the year 1642. The gravestone itself was carved by William Mumford (who also carved the gravestones of Stephen and Ann Mumford and the Mumford children). Given these dates, Katharin was the mother of all of Robert's children except Caleb and Joshua. [Perhaps Stephen, also, who calls Esther Bowen-Ayars his mother in his will, 1746.]"
  6. The surname Bowen comes solely from family tradition.
  7. [S2328] "Ayars Family Historical Association,"
  8. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 30.
  9. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 6.
  10. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 7-8.
  11. [S148], memorials #99822938, #99824635.
  12. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 9.
  13. [S2328] "Ayars Family Historical Association,"
  14. [S2326] Andrews, Robert Ayars, 11.