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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - John Bawden
John Bawden, a member of the firm of Combs & Bawden, proprietors of the Freehold iron foundry and machine shops, died of kidney trouble last Wednesday, aged 73 years. He had been complaining about three months, but had been confined to his bed only a week.
Mr. Bawden was the son of Sarah and John Bawden and was born at Gwincar, England. He came to this country with his parents when quite young. In 1834 the family moved to New York. When fifteen years of age Mr. Bowden entered a brass foundry at New York and after working a few years in that business he entered an iron foundry in the same city. In 1856 he moved to Freehold and commenced business on a small scale at that place. Later he formed a partnership with Gilbert Combs under the firm name of Combs & Bawden.
Mr. Bawden was twice married. His first wife was Eleanor H. Baird of New York, whose mother was a native of Middletown township. She died in 1856. Mr. Bawden had four children by this marriage, two of whom are living. They are John H. Bawden, who is associated with the firm of Combs and Bawden; and Eleanor H., wife of E. B. H. Tower of Washington, D. C. Mr. Bawdens second wife, who survives him, was Charlotte L. Conover, daughter of Cornelius D. Conover of Howell township. He had no children by this union. Mr. Bawden had been an active member of the Freehold Methodist church for many years. He was chief of the fire department for nine years and had served as a town commissioner.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, July 25, 1900
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