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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Andrew Winter Bowne
Andrew Winter Bowne Dies At Atlantic Highlands
He was a Descendent of Monmouth’s Earliest Settlers
Andrew Winter Bowne of Leonardville died last Wednesday night of Bright’s disease, aged 64 years. He had
been complaining for several months, but he was able to be around until a few days before his death. The
funeral was held at the house on Saturday afternoon at half-past one o’clock. Rev. Samuel Sargent conducted
the service, assisted by Rev. W. B. Harris, Rev. J. W. Nickelson and Rev. H. S. Quillin. The body was
buried at Fair View cemetery. The pall bearers were Matthew Brown, Edward Leonard and George Frost of
Leonardville, Thomas H. Leonard of Atlantic Highlands, and W. Tabor Parker and Jacob Borden of Little
Mr. Bowne was a descendant on both his father’s and his mother’s side of the earliest settlers of Monmouth
county. He was the son of Catherine Winter and Samuel Bowne, his mother being a daughter of Capt. Andrew
Winter of Middletown township. He was born at Leonardville in the house now occupied by William Johnson.
The house in which he died is only a few yards from the house in which he was born and is on a part of the
In 1861 and 1862 Mr. Bowne drove a mail stage from what is now Hopping station to Leonardville, Navesink
and the Highlands. Hopping station was then known as Highland station and Navesink was known as Riceville.
Port Monmouth was at that time the only shore town in Monmouth county having railroad connection, and it was
the outlet for a large part of the county. Highland station was the nearest point from which most of the
people of Middletown township could reach New York.
When quite a young man Mr. Bowne went to New York to learn the blacksmith trade. His father at that time
conducted a blacksmith and wheelwright business in a shop which stood opposite Edward Leonard’s store at
Leonardville. This shop stood on the spot that is now the main entrance to Highland Park. After learning
his trade he returned to Leonardville and succeeded his father in business. In 1867 the shop was moved to
where the Bowne residence now stands. Mr. Bowne’s residence at that time was in the house adjoining, now
owned by James Burdge. The business was afterward sold to Tunis Moller and the shop was subsequently moved
to Atlantic Highlands, where Mr. Moller still conducts business.
In 1872 Mr. Bowne went to Brooklyn where he worked for a time as bookkeeper for his brothers, William and
Samuel Winter Bowne, who were engaged in the feed and guano business at that place. After remaining with
his brothers a few years he started in the feed business at Brooklyn for himself. In the spring of 1873
he gave up business at Brooklyn and since that time he had lived at Leonardville.
At an early age Mr. Bowne joined the Navesink Methodist church. He withdrew from this church by letter
when he moved to Brooklyn and upon his return to Leonardville he united with the Atlantic Highlands
Methodist church. He was of a reserved disposition and never active in public affairs. He was devoted
to his family and was possessed of many fine traits of character that endeared him to those who knew him
William and Samuel Winter Bowne were the only brothers of Mr. Bowne and they are both dead. Samuel died
only a few years ago. At the time of his death he was reputed to have acquired a larger fortune than any
man ever born in Middletown township, his estate being estimated at fully three millions of dollars.
Three sisters survive Mr. Bowne. They are Mrs. A. C. Watrous of Atlantic Highlands and Mrs. W. C.
Lippincott and Miss Hannah Bowne of Little Silver. Mr. Bowne married Anne Eliza Johnson, daughter of
Henry Johnson of Middletown township. She and one son, William Bowne of Brooklyn, survive him. At the
death of his brother Samuel, Mr. Bowne inherited $10,000. In addition to this he owned considerable
property and he carried a large insurance on his life.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, July 25, 1900
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