The Stow (Stowe) Family

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places, for example in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, and Suffolk, so called from Old English stow, a word akin to stoc (see Stoke), with the specialized meaning ‘meeting place’, frequently referring to a holy place or church. Places in Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Staffordshire having this origin use the spelling Stowe, but the spelling difference cannot be relied on as an indication of locality of origin. The final -e in part represents a trace of the Old English dative inflection.Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

My connection to the Stow/e family is through Hope Stow Hawley, wife of Jehial Hawley.

Photo: Me with Ichabod Stow (9th great grandfather) gravesite in Riverside Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut, October 2013

Photos of Riverside Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut

My relationship with the Stowe family is as follows:
-Samuel Stow, founder of Middletown, Connecticut and first of this family from England, and Hope Fletcher Stowe are my 10th great grandparents
-Ichabod Stowe (son of Samuel) and Mary Atwater Stowe are my 9th great grandparents
-Hope Stow Hawley (daughter of Ichabad Stowe) and Jehial Hawley are my 8th great-grandparents

Ichabod Stow (Hope Hawley's father)

Ichabod Stow, Hope Stow Hawley's father, was born February 20, 1652/53 in Middeltown, Connecticut and died January 25, 1695 in Middletown, Connecticut. He is buried at Riverside Cemetery. He married Mary Atwater October 22, 1688 in Middeltown.

Samuel Stow (father of Ichabad and Hope Hawley's grandfather)

Born February 8, 1623 in Kent, England and died May 8, 1704 in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Middletown, Connecticut.

Below text from History of Middlesex county, Connecticut, with biographical sketches of its prominent men J. B. BEERS & CO.,

Rev. Samuel Stow came to Mattabesett in 1651. He was the youngest of the four sons of John and Elizabeth Stow, who " arrived at New England the 17th of the 3d month ano 1634," and was then twelve years of age. He graduated in the first class of Harvard College, 1645, studied for the ministry, was employed in Massachusetts for a time, and on his removal here became the founder and pastor of the "First Ecclesiastical Society" in this city, and was recognized by the General Court as "their engaged minister," as recorded in volumes of the Colonial Records,

In March 1669 he made an appeal to the General Court (still extant) to settle differences that had arisen between him and his people, which resulted thus:

"That the people of Middletown are free from Mr. Stow as their engaged minister. 2dly . That the people of Middletown shall give to Mr. Stow L'rs Testimonial as drawn up by the worshipfull Governor in ye Courte. And Mr. Stow is not infringed of his liberty to preach in Middletown to such as will attend him, until there be a settled minister there. It is ordered by this Court, that ye people Middletown shall pay unto Mr . Stow for his labour in ye ministry the year past £40, which is to be paid unto by the 10th of April next." *

*Trumbull's Colonial Records, Vol. 1, pp. 3B1, 363.

He continued his work in various places, and founded churches. In 1680, twenty persons from Simsbury petitioned the Legislature thus: the petitioners" having knowledge and try all of Mr. Samuell Stow in ye labours of ye Word, & doctrine of ye Gospell, manifest their desire, for his continuance, to be a Pastor and Watchman over our Souls and ye Souls of ours, and ask ye countenance of the General Court to their settlement and order; "which petition was granted and the order given.*

He married Hope Fletcher, the daughter of William Fletcher, of Chelmsford, Mass. With the exception of John, his oldest son, born at Charlestown, Mass., June 16th 1650, his children were all born here. After his retirement from the work of the ministry, he wrote several books for the press, one of which was probably the earliest history of New England, and is not now known to be extant, another on the conversion of the Jews, all of which appear in the inventory of his estate. He held during his life, 1374 acres of land, some of which he deeded to his children, of some he gave instructions in his will that it be sold, and the proceeds be used to present a Bible to each of the numerous young men among his kindred bearing his name. He also bequeathed a large tract in Newfield and Westfield to the town , and thus laid the foundation of the first free schools here, an example which was followed by Nathaniel White and Jasper Clements. These bequests combined are the source of the present town school fund.

As his two sons died without male heirs, the name of Stow is extinct in his line, but the standing of his descendants at this day shows the fulfillment of the promise of "the jealous God" who " sheweth mercy unto thou sands of them that love him and keep his commandments."

He died at Middletown, May 8th 1704, aged 82. The table monument in the Riverside Burying Ground, supposed to be his, is devoid of any inscription, time and the elements combined having left the surface smooth.

Stow/e Family Sources See Riverside Cemetery
See Old North Burying Ground

Photos/Video In Books
Genealogical Research in England by Elizabeth French published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1916
Stowe family excerpt

Genealogies of the Lymans of Middlefield, of the Dickinsons of Montreal, and of the Partridges of Hatfield By James Taylor Dickinson, Samuel Dwight Partridge

A Compilation by the Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants. In Depth First Settler Profile: Samuel Stow (1651) and Hope (Fletcher) Stow

Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University Google Books