Thursday, November 25, 2021

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1697 Marriage Record of Mychall Bowden and Sarah Davis in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1697 marriage entry for Mychall Bowden and Sarah Davis in the Lynn, Massachusetts town records book:

The birth entry is at the top of  the right-hand page in the list:

The transcription of this record is:

"an intention of Marrige betwixt Mychall Bowden of Maruell-head & Sarah Daves of Lyn: Novem'r 20'th 1697"

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with digital images, FamilySearch ( :  accessed 24 November 2021), Essex > Lynn> Marriages 1667-1744, page 8 (image 14 of 109), Mychall Bowden and Sarah Davis marriage intentions entry, 20 November 1697.

This is an entry in an original town record book for Lynn, Massachusetts.  It is probably an Original Record, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of this marriage intentions.  

I noted that this image (and probably this specific record book) were digitized on 19 April 2021 by FamilySearch.  Sarah last name was indexed as Dawes but it is probably Daves or Davis. does not have this record yet to my knowledge.  The Lynn vital records book has this record with Sarah's last name as "Dave" because the page has a flaw in the digital copy after the last legible letter of her name. 
Michael Bowden (1673-1741) was born in 1673 in Topsfield, Massachusetts Bay, the son of Michael and Sarah (Nurse) Bowden of Marblehead, Massachusetts Bay.  He married Sarah Davis after 20 November 1697 (intentions) in Lynn.  Sarah Davis (1676-1754) was the daughter of John and Sarah (Kirtland) of Lynn.  

Michael and Sarah (Davis) Bowden are my 7th great-grandparents through their daughter Mary Bowden (1705-1755) who married Joseph Richards  (1703-1748) in 1726 in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay.


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