Name origin: The name first appears in the Hundred Roll of the 13th century. John Dow was the English ancestor in 1584.

John Dowe

b.Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, parents ukn
d.aft.1561 Tylner, Norfolk, England
m.Johan Coop

CHILDREN included:

  1. Thomas Dowe

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Thomas Dowe

r.Runham, England; s/o John Dowe and Johan Coop
chr.1528 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
bur.May 10, 1591
m.Yarmouth, England Oct. 5 (LDS records 10/16/1549?), 1548; Margaret England
b.Tilney, Norfolk, England 1529
bur.Sept. 5, 1616 Runham Parish, Norfolk, England

CHILDREN of Thomas and Margaret:

  1. William Dowe, d.1567
  2. Henry Dowe,
  3. Christopher Dowe, bapt.March 25, 1570
  4. John Dowe, bapt.Sept. 7, 1572 d.Feb. 13, 1573
  5. Catherine Dowe m.May 7, 1576 John Sowter
  6. Thomas Dow m.May 2, 1596 Lucy (______) Church, widow of Edmund Church

NOTE: Thomas was an innkeeper and farmer in Runham.

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Henry Dow; s/o Thomas and Margaret (England) Dowe
d.April 21, 1613 Runham, Norfolk, England
m.May 12, 1594 Runham, England, Elizabeth March(e)

CHILDREN of Henry and Elizabeth:

  1. Marie Dowe, bapt.March 16, 1594/5
  2. Lucy Dowe, bapt.Oct. 28, 1596 d.Jan. 1 (or 11), 1600/01
  3. Thomas Dowe, chr.April 1, 1599 bur.April 6, 1599
  4. Francys Dowe, bapt.April 6 (or 16), 1600
  5. Thomas Dowe, bapt.Jan. 16, 1601/02 d.May 31, 1654 Haverhill, MA m.abt.1635 haverhill, MA Phebe Fenn (c1617-1672)
  6. Henry Dowe, bapt.1605 d.Apr. 21, 1659
  7. Edward Dowe, bapt.Feb. 21, 1607 m.______ Rollins
  8. William Dowe, bapt.Jan. 2 (or 20), 1610 d.y.

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Henry Dow

bapt.Oct. 6, 1605 Runham Parish, Norfolkshire, England; s/o Henry and Elizabeth (March) Dow
d.April 21, 1659 Hampton, NH
m.(1)Feb. 11, 1631 England; Joan (Manning) Nudd, widow of Roger Nudd
d.Jan. 20, 1640 Watertown, MA
m.(2)Margaret Cole

CHILDREN of Henry and Joan included:

  1. Thomas Dowe b.Dec. 27, 1631 Ormsby, Norfolkshire, England d.July 10, 1642 Watertown, MA
  2. Henry Dowe b.1634 Ormsby, Norfolkshire, England d.May 6, 1707 Hampton, NH
  3. James Dowe
  4. Joseph Dowe, 1st Dowe child born in America March 20, 1638, Watertown, MA
CHILDREN of Henry and Margaret:
  1. Daniel Dowe, b.Sept. 2 or 22, 1641
  2. Mary Dowe, b.Sept. 14, 1643
  3. Hannah Dowe, b.Hampton, NH d.Aug. 6, 1704

NOTE: Family migrated to America in 1639. Traveling with the Dowes was Joan Ann Manning and her infant son Thomas Nudd.

From Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire 1623-1660 by POPE, page 58: DOW, Henry...the widow m.Oct. 23, 1661 Richard Kimball, of Ipswich.

From Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: HENRY, husbandman, son of Henry and of the fourth generation from John Dow of Tylner, Norfolk, Eng., where he died in 1651, b.Runham, Eng., 1608, settled at Watertown, Mass., 1637, removed to Hampden, N.H., 1644. [NOTE: dates of b. and d. differ.--haw]

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Joseph Dow

b.March 20, 1638/39 Watertown, MA; s/o Henry Dow and Joan Nudd
d.April 4, 1703 Hampton, NH
m.Dec. 17, 1662; Mary Sanborn; d/o William and Mary (Carlton?)(Moulton?) Sanborn
d.Jan. 21, 1732/33

CHILDREN included(all born Hampton, NH):

  1. Joseph Dow b.Oct. 20, 1663 d.Feb. 6, 1735 m.Mary Challis
  2. John Dow, b.Dec. 12, 1665 d.Nov. 28, 1744
  3. Mary Dow, b.Jan. 15, 1668 d.aft.1703 m.Aug. 24, 1694 by Rev. Pike to William Richards
  4. James Dow, b.Sept. 17, 1670; d.y.
  5. Hannah Dow, b.Aug. 25, 1672
  6. Henry Dow, b.Nov. 7, 1674 d.Jan. 22, 1739
  7. Jeremiah Dow, b.May 24, 1677 d.1773
  8. Josiah Dow, b.July 22, 1679 d.April 18, 1718
  9. Thomas Dow, b.Apr. 22, 1682; living in 1721, d.unm.
  10. Charity Dow, b.Dec. 7, 1684 d.March 26, 1768 unm.
  11. Samuel Dow, b.April or June 4, 1687 d.May 15, 1812 Seabrook, NH m.Kingston NH Anne Wadleigh
  12. Aaron Dow b.April 4, 1692 d.bef.1703
  13. James Dow, b.Oct. 8, 1693
  14. Philip Dow, b.April 26, 1695
  15. Mary Dow, b.May 11, 1697, her mother d. in childbirth

NOTE: Joseph was given the nickname "Quaker Sargent Joseph Dow"

The following text is taken from The Book of Dow, pg 91-92:

Half of the men of Hampton had come from England to escape from persecution on account of their religious beliefs by those who adhered to the Established Church, many fleeing to Holland to save their own lives and limbs. Yet, in less than a full generation, these very men (all the ruling class of them) had become persecutors of those who differed in faith, much more relentless, much more barbarous than their own persecutors had been. It must be imagined that there were a few in Hampton who looked upon this infamous whipping with horror, who in an uncharitable age held some vague notion of the milk of human kindness. Nothing makes religious converts like persecution. No one dared open his mouth in remonstrance, much less express sympathy with a new, strange faith which carried humility and forgiveness to an incomprehensible extent. But :-many thought it over. It was 30 years before it was legally safe to become a Quaker, and even after that it was suicidal for any ambitious man. It precluded service in army or militia, it was a bar to all political life, depending on popular election or not. It was social ostracism. Town and church were a unit, the minister the central figure. He above all fought the man or woman who did not yield blind subservience to him. Against the Quaker, also, was discrimination in everyday business; the non-Quaker would not trade if he could find another market.

Yet, the very night of that whipping there were waverers; in a dozen years a dozen citizens had more or less secretly embraced the faith. The leading spirits were Joseph Dow, sturdy and ever unafraid, and Abraham Perkins, son of Abraham, styled the Father of Hampton. Tradition says that Joseph joined in 1675, when he was 34. His wife was equally an enthusiast. In 1683 came trouble. Joseph and other jury-men, all Quakers were passing the Governor's house (the notorious Cranfield), were invited in and friendly received, but on asking the question whether they might not when sworn (as before they had done) hold up their hands instead of kissing the Book, the Governor fell into a rage and asked them how they came there, to whom Dow replied "at your honor's invitation." Mr Cranfleld complained of this matter to the next court as a riot. Dow was forced to give 100 £ bonds for his appearance next session. When Dow appeared nothing was alleged against him, he was discharged and his arms restored; but at another session, after Dow was called again on the same bond, and the penalty was enforced against him, he was forced to flee out of the province with his wife and nine children, leaving his house and goods, with the corn in the ground, to the Governor.

This paragraph is in the words embodied in the complaint against the Governor. It is only one in a hundred. Capt Henry Dow framed it and many others, taking up cudgels for his brother with diplomatic caution. It may be remembered that the two pages torn out of his secret diary are just of the dates to cover these matters. The two Dows and Mr Weare held many conferences, and Mr Weare undertook the journey to London, where he was at least half successful. Cranfleld was at once transferred to a West Indian post, but the colony ran much risk of having as his successor the notorious Walter Barefoote.

Some amends for loss of crop were made to Joseph Dow, who returned in the fall of 1683, but this was not by Cranfleld. The Friends met and quickly evolved a plan to sell out in Hampton village and move southward. Another small circle had come into existence in Amesbury, and a move in their direction might be advantageous. The new site had been carefully surveyed by Joseph Dow.

As farm land it was as good as that in Hampton, barring the salt hay crop. It could be bought for a small fraction the cost of similar acreage near Hampton village. About this time Joseph was at the height of his material prosperity, so he bought as freely as his means afforded. He took 20 acres in Salisbury once owned by Francis Dow and about nine pieces in all, from 20 to 50 acres each. At a point just over the Seabrook border the first meeting house was put up, following plans made, no doubt, years previously. Here the community began as wholly Quaker. It made once and for all an impassable gulf between Hampton and Seabrook. Capt Henry Dow, astute political leader, tactful diplomat, could not be expected to show sympathy with the outcast faith; his son Dea Samuel Dow was orthodox of the orthodox. Between Henry and Joseph Dow, however, there was a lifelong brotherly love. No appeal from one to the other was ever disregarded. Thereafter, however, the two great genealogical lines never met. Quaker sought Quaker in marriage and dismissed such as married outside the Society. On the other hand, church people were seldom inclined to risk the social consequences of marrying into a Quaker family.

Joseph Dow

b.Oct. 20, 1663 Hampden, MA; s/o Joseph and Mary (Sanborn) Dow
d.Feb. 6, 1735 Salisbury, MA
m.May 25, 1687 Amesbury, MA; Mary Challis
b.Aug. 27, 1668 Amesbury, MA; d/o Philip Challis and Mary Sargent d.May 14, 1697 Salisbury, MA

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John Dow

b.Dec. 16, 1689 Hampton, NH; s/o Joseph Dow and Mary Challis
m.June 6, 1714 Salisbury, MA; Dinah Severance
b.Sept. 3, 1692 Salisbury, MA; d/o Ephrim and Lydia (Morrill) Severence

CHILDREN (all born Salisbury, MA) included:

  1. Jemima Dow b.Apr. 16, 1714 d.Oct. 6, 1725 Salisbury, MA
  2. Nathan Dow b.Aug. 6, 1716
  3. Abigail Dow b.Apr. 17, 1718
  4. Challis Dow b.Dec. 22, 1721
  5. Lydia Dow b.Apr. 24, 1724 d.May 8, 1731 Salisbury, MA
  6. Jemima Dow b.March 30, 1727 d.July 13, 1730 Salisbury, MA
  7. Mercy Dow b.Apr. 5, 1730 d.July 20, 1730 Salisbry, MA
  8. Mary Dow b.Apr. 5, 1735 d.Aug. 3, 1736 Salisbury, MA of throat distemper.
  9. Jonathan Dow b.Oct. 25, 1737

NOTE: Conflict with birth dates of children and Dinah's death date. Maybe John had a second wife or Dinah's is wrong?

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Nathan Dow

b.Aug. 6, 1716 Salisbury, MA; s/o John Dow and Dinah Severence
d.May 13, 1767 Deer Isle, ME
m.Oct. 25, 1739 Salisbury, MA, Mary Sarah Flanders dau. of John Flanders and Sarah Prince
b.Feb. 21, 1720/21 Salisbury, MA
d.Nov. 5, 1802

CHILDREN (all born Salisbury, MA) included:

  1. Jemina Dow b.Sept. 22, 1740
  2. Nathan Dow b.bef.1746, executor of father's estate in 1767
  3. Sarah Dow b.Aug. 5, 1744
  4. Dinah Dow b.June 14, 1747
  5. Mary Dow b.1750
  6. Judith Dow b.Oct. 15, 1752
  7. John Dow b.1754

NOTES: For 20 years after his marriage Nathan r. around Salisbury or Haverhill. Salisbury records show births of all his children. Ca.1760 Nathan moved to Maine, but prob. not with with the original settlers of DI with Major William Eaton in 1762. In 1764, Nathan was living not far from Bath. He went to DI in 1767, and died there.

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John Dow

bapt.Nov. 10, 1754 Salisbury, MA; s/o Nathan and Sarah (Flanders) Dow
d.Nov. 1835 Deer Isle, ME
m.Deer Isle, ME Elizabeth "Betsy" "Betty" Saunders
b.c1752 d/o Thomas Saunders
bapt. as adult in Apr. 16, 1786 Deer Isle
d.Feb. 6, 1835 Deer Isle, ME

CHILDREN included:

  1. Mary "Molly" Dow b.Oct. 20, 1789 Deer Isle, ME chr.May 23, 1790 Deer Isle, ME m.Joseph Colby Stinson who was b.1782
  2. Susannah Dow b.May 9, 1778 Deer Isle, ME d.1858 Clifton, ME m.Dec. 7, 1796 Deer Isle William Staples son of John Staples and Hannah Smith (and brother of John Staples who married sister Anna)
  3. Thomas Saunders Dow b.April 2, 1779 d.Dec. 16, 1866
  4. Ephraim Dow b.Feb. 2 or 12, 1781/2 r.Mt. Desert, d.May 25, 1875 bur.Tremont
  5. Stephen Dow b.Aug. 14, 1784 d.Nov. 1833 Drowned
  6. Samuel Dow
  7. Anna Dow b.Apr. 13, 1792 m.Oct. 21, 1810 John Staples as his 3rd wife
  8. Hannah Dow b.Aug. 11, 1795 r.Isle au Haut, ME
  9. Elizabeth Dow b.Nov. 23, 1798 r.D.I. and Winterport, ME
  10. William Thurston Dow b.May 31, 1801 d.Apr. 26, 1863 bur.No. Brooklin, ME

NOTE: Revolutionary War, Cpl. in Capt. Fales Co., MA. Settled on Shamm Island in Penobscot Bay and some years later induced six other families to join him.

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Joseph Dow

b.parent ukn
m.Judith Butman

CHILDREN included:

  1. Sarah Dow chr.March 25, 1753 Amesbury, MA m.July 15, 1782 at Haverhill, MA Ichabod Grindle

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