FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
JOHN BOWERMAN AND
John Bowerman was born in about 1570, of Banbury. He married the
widow, Katheren Keelynge 23 June 1607 in Banbury.
Katheren was born Katheren Pratt, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Pratt of Shotteswell, and christened 24 January 1566 in Shotteswell. (Alice Pratt left a will naming daughter Katherin, son-in-law John, and her Keelinge and Bowerman grandchildren.)
Katheren had been married to Edward Keelynge, a husbandman of of Banbury, in about 1593. Edward and Katheren had five children. Their house was mentioned when the boundaries of the parish were surveyed on 15 September 1606, about one month before Edward died: "And from the said Stone called the White Crosse over to the run'yng streme of Water by the North end of the Leyes called the Barridge Leyes and soe throwe a little shorte land by the howse of Edward Keelinge meeting there wth another run'ynge streme of Water and soe by the said Water vnto the Barr called the North Barr". (The History of Banbury) Edward died and was buried 18 October 1606 in Banbury, leaving a will, naming his wife Katheren as the executor:
Edward Keelinge, of Neithrop,
husbandman, will dated 25 August 1606, buried 18 October 1606,
inventory taken 28 October 1606, proven and exhibited 5 June 1607.
The church of Banbury, 6s.8d.
The poor of Banbury, 5s.
Grace Keelinge, daughter, £20 and one cow, at 18.
Suzanna Keelinge, daughter, £20 and one cow, at 18.
Marie Keelinge, daughter, £20 and one cow, at 18.
Katherine Keelinge, £20 and one cow, at 18.
William Kelie, brother, 2s.
Brother John Keeling's children, 12 d. each.
Brother Valentine Keeling's children, 2 s. each.
Brother Tobye Keeling, 3 quarters of barley; one but of barley and one but of pease; all my apparell; and to his children, 4d. each.
Margarette Embrie, sister, 5s.; and to each of her children, 12s.
Residue to Katherinie Keeling my wife.
Overseers: Thomas Pratte, Tobye Keelinge, Simon Bunge.
Proved by Katherine, relict and exex.
(Banbury Wills and Inventories,
Edward and Katheren had the following children:
1. Thomas, christened 28 July 1594 in Banbury; buried 3
October 1603 in Banbury.
2. Grace, christened 5 October 1596 in Banbury; married
William Dodson 16 October 1620 in Banbury.
3. Susanna, christened 21 January 1599 in Banbury;
married Thomas Hawkes 29 October 1627 in Banbury.
4. Marie, christened 19 April 1601 in Banbury; buried 19
December 1606 in Banbury.
5. Katherine, christened 18 July 1604 in Banbury; married
Mathew Barnes 3 November 1623 in Banbury.
John and Katheren married 23 June 1607, and then had four children. John was also a husbandman of Neithrop in Banbury parish. John appears as an overseer in the will of John Kymbell, a husbandman of Neithrop in 1611. He is shown as John Boreman of Neithrop, husbandman. John also received a bequest in the will of John West of Banbury, minister in 1632: "I restore to John Bowerman of Netherup the older the some of fowre pounds one shilling of like lawfull money" (Will of John West, 1632).
Katheren then married John Bowerman, and they had the following
1. James, christened 7 August 1608 in Banbury.
2. Anne, christened 9 December 1610 in Banbury.
*3. Mary, christened 13 September 1613 in Banbury;
married John West 27 April 1636 in Banbury (name shown as Boreman
in marriage record).
Baptism record for Mary Bowerman in Banbury: "Mary
Bowerman daughter to John Bowerman was bapt ye 13 day"
4. John, christened 21 April 1616 in Banbury.
Katheren died and was buried 28 May 1627 in Banbury. An
administration for John Bowerman, widower, was granted to his son
John 27 August 1647, and proven in the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury in 1649.
SOURCES: Banbury parish register; will of Edward Keelynge,
dated 25 August 1606, in Banbury Wills and Inventories; IGI;
will of John Kymbell, dated 9 December, 1611, in Banbury Wills
and Inventories; Wills of Inhabitants of Banbury proved in the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury, in Banbury Wills and
Inventories; The History of Banbury, Alfred Beesley.
family history posted on FamilySearch discusses Thomas and
his will: "Thomas Boreman of Claydon, near
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, appears in the Lay Subsidy
tax list of 1546, his tax being three pounds and three
pence. The Lay Subsidy was aid furnished to the King by a
tax on the lands and goods of the people, in distinction
from the clergy. At this time Thomas Boreman had probably
been married for maybe five to ten years. Since the parish
registers of Claydon begin in 1569 the baptisms of his
children cannot be found there, but we get their names
from his will. Of special interest is the fact that he had
two sons named Thomas; he calls them "the elder Thomas my
sonne" and "Thomas the younger my sonne." This practice of
naming more than one child the same name was relatively
common at that time. In addition to the two children named
Thomas, the will mentions William, Christopher, John,
Joane, Cicely, and Elizabeth. Also, there is a burial
entry for Ann Boreman in January of 1576; she was probably
also a daughter and died before her father wrote his will.
The will of Thomas Boreman is dated April 3, 1576, and was
proved May 2, 1580. His burial at Claydon is recorded as
December 9, 1580, but the year is evidently a mistake, as
shown by the probate records. This entry in the parish
register follows others of later date, showing that it was
not made until several years after his death, which is
undoubtedly the reason for the error. The inventory of his
property, taken Jan. 4, 1579/80, together with his will,
show him to have been the cultivator of a farm with
considerable live-stock, including a horse, two cows,
three heifers, and sixty pigs. He had good store of hay
and grain in his barn, and a good supply of farming
implements, household furniture, bedding, etc., the whole
not greatly differing from the average inventory of the
New England settlers some three generations later, and
making mention of the same rooms in the dwellinghouse,
viz.: the Hall, or living room, Kitchen, and Chambers. His
various tools -- augers, saws, adze -- and "the bedstede I
made myself," imply that he may have also resembled the
Puritan emigrants of a later day, in having, in addition
to his occupation as a farmer, skill in a trade, evidently
in his case that of some worker in wood, possibly, like a
number of his descendants, that of a cooper, whose
distinguishing implement was the adze. Thomas Boreman's
wife, still living when he wrote his will, was Isabel."
(www.familysearch.org, Neal H. Jorgensen)
The Boreman or Burman family seem to be centered in Claydon and Cropredy in the 1500s. Claydon and Cropredy are adjacent parishes, and are very near Banbury. The Boremans/Burmans found in parish registers and other records includes:
Thomas and Alice Boreman, had daughter
Marie, christened 8 October 1571, daughter
Elizabeth, christened 24 December 1573, son Rychard,
christened 1 March 1577/8, daughter Margaret, christened
21 January 1581/2. This is the elder Thomas, named in
the will of his father in 1576. Thomas was buried 29 May
1593 in Claydon, leaving a will naming sons Robert and
Richard, daughters Annis, Frances, Mary, Elizabeth and
The Boremans of
Claydon did not own their lands in fee, but held
them as leasehold estates of Lord Saye and Sele. (Hall
Ancestry; Charles Samuel Hall)
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