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Notice of Death

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Major Thomas Bartholomew Bowen      Died, on Thursday evening last, at Hillsborough, the seat of Major Charles Lining, in the 63d year of his age, Major Thomas Bartholomew Bowen, a member of the society of the Cincinnati of this state, and a much respected officer of the Pennsylvania line, during the revolutionary war. At the peace of 1783, he returned and settled in this place, and for a number of years was the Editor of a valuable Newspaper and Museum. Although frequently himself in embarrassed circumstances, yet still he was to be found providing for the orphan, educating the indigent and unprotected, and brining them forward to society, prepared and qualified to be useful citizens. Of a warm and benevolent heart, he would forget his own distresses, when those of others were presented to his view; and the fear of sensibility often unwillingly proclaimed how much he felt that his powers of doing good to them were so circumscribed.      For some years past he had felt the hand of misfortune, and was pressed by infirmities; but he bore them with resignation, and without a murmur. In the hospitable and friendly retreat of a brother officer, who knew how to appreciate his worth, the evening of his days began to brighten, and he was looking forward to some years of calm and philosophic retirement, unconnected with, not disturbed by the busy scenes of life, when death, after a short sickness, closed with him this earthly scene, and took him beyond “that borne from whence no traveler returns.”      His remains were on Friday evening deposited in the family burying ground of Major Lining, at his seat at Hillsborough, attended by the Rev. Mr. Mills, several members of the Cincinnati, and a few intimate acquaints, who were desirous of paying to their departed friend, this last tribute of attention and respect. Reference: Charleston Courier Date: Tuesday July 16, 1805
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Scottish Rite California
Notice of Death
Major Thomas Bartholomew Bowen      Died, on Thursday evening last, at Hillsborough, the seat of Major Charles Lining, in the 63d year of his age, Major Thomas Bartholomew Bowen, a member of the society of the Cincinnati of this state, and a much respected officer of the Pennsylvania line, during the revolutionary war. At the peace of 1783, he returned and settled in this place, and for a number of years was the Editor of a valuable Newspaper and Museum. Although frequently himself in embarrassed circumstances, yet still he was to be found providing for the orphan, educating the indigent and unprotected, and brining them forward to society, prepared and qualified to be useful citizens. Of a warm and benevolent heart, he would forget his own distresses, when those of others were presented to his view; and the fear of sensibility often unwillingly proclaimed how much he felt that his powers of doing good to them were so circumscribed.      For some years past he had felt the hand of misfortune, and was pressed by infirmities; but he bore them with resignation, and without a murmur. In the hospitable and friendly retreat of a brother officer, who knew how to appreciate his worth, the evening of his days began to brighten, and he was looking forward to some years of calm and philosophic retirement, unconnected with, not disturbed by the busy scenes of life, when death, after a short sickness, closed with him this earthly scene, and took him beyond “that borne from whence no traveler returns.”      His remains were on Friday evening deposited in the family burying ground of Major Lining, at his seat at Hillsborough, attended by the Rev. Mr. Mills, several members of the Cincinnati, and a few intimate acquaints, who were desirous of paying to their departed friend, this last tribute of attention and respect. Reference: Charleston Courier Date: Tuesday July 16, 1805
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