ARMS: OR, THREE BARS GULES
CREST: A ROSE GULES, SEEDED AND BARBED PROPER
(Gold, Three Bars Red. A Rose, Red, Seeded and Barbed Natural Colors.)
The name Stower (later Stowers) is rarely heard except in West Dorsetshire. It is from Stour Parish (now East and West Stour) on the river of the same name, in Dorsetshire, England. In the Visitation of Dorsetshire in 1623 is found the record - "Jon Bowdich married Julian, daughter of Nicholas de Stowre."
Walter Stowers, of Dorsetshire is known to have had the following children. His wife's name is unknown.
• Nicholas, with Simon Hoyt (Haight) and the Spragues, from Upway Parish Dorsetshire, came to the New England in the ship "Abigail" with Governor John
Endicott, arriving at Salem Massachusetts September 6, 1628. He was a member of the Boston Church in 1630 and was made a Freeman of Boston, May 18 of that year. On November 2, 1632, he and his wife Amy and children "entered the covenant" at the first church of Charlestown, Massachusetts. He died there May 17, 1646, leaving widow Amy and children; Richard, born England married Hannah daughter of Henry Frost of Ipswich, Suffolk - Joanna, Joseph born Boston
February 12, 1632 - Abigail born 1636 Sarah a daughter who married a Mr Farr and John who died prior to August 15, 1638.
Deborah - born Dorchester, England May 1, 1593, died probably Dorchester, Massachusetts about 1634. She married at Epway in the Parish church, in 1612, Simon Son of John and Ruth Hoyt of Upway.
posted by Trevor Lowing