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Michael Henry BOWYER
Charlotte Ann BILLS
Husband:  Michael Henry BOYER / BOWYER
Birth:  9 Sep 1811, NY
Death:  3 Jun 1880, presumably in NYC
Disposition:  buried 5 Jun 1880, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY
Occupation:  artist, furniture store (owner?)
Brother:  Robert Washington BOWYER
Parents:  born in Dublin, Leinster Prov., IRL
Wife:  Charlotte Ann / Anne BELLS / BILLS
Birth:  9 Sep 1822, NY or CT
Death:  20 Jul 1857, presumably in NYC
Disposition:  buried 21 Jul 1857, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY
Occupation:  homemaker
1.  Mary Theresa BOWYER, b. 2 Sep 1842, NYC; d. (unmarried) 17 Apr 1886; bur. 19 Apr 1886, Green-Wood Cem.
2.  Josephine Amelia BOWYER, b. 1843/4, NYC
3.  Robert Washington BOWYER, b. 4? Feb 1847, NYC; d. 4 Jul 1853 (æ 6y 5m); bur. 5 Jul 1853, Green-Wood Cem.
4.  Charlotte J. "Lottie" BOWYER, b. 1849, Hoboken, Hudson Co., NJ
5.  Cora L. / Coralyn BOWYER, b. Sep 1851/2, NYC
6.  Henry "Harry" M. BOWYER, b. 1853/4, NYC

Is the youngest son possibly Michael Henry BOWYER, Jr.?

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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  There are two BOYER families in Ward 2 of New York City, each with males the right age to be our subject.  This enumerator did not record given names for most families, just "Mr." or "Mrs.," if that.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 63; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 NY New York Co. New York City (Ward 2) Roll 299 pp. 53B-54A Ln. 17 Michael H Boyer 000 010 - 000 000 0010000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individual Inferred
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Michael (b. 1811/2)
1 person employed in commerce

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #182-183 of 288):  New York City (Dist. No. 2, Ward 9), New York Co., NY, pp. 263A-263B/525-526, 635/1369, enumerated 14 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Merrill H Boyer 38 M   Artist $250 NY
Charlotte A " 28 F       NY
Mary T      "  8 F       NY
Josephine   "  6 F       NY
Robert W    "  4 M       NY
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Charlotte J Boyer  1 F       New York
Charlotte A's children are consistent in giving her birthplace as CT; other records indicate daughter Charlotte J. was born in NJ.

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #26 of 372):  New York P.O., New York City (1st Div. of the 20th Ward), New York Co., NY, Roll M653_817, p. 464, PN 26, 81/186, enumerated 6 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Michael Boyer 48 M   Furniture Store   500 N York
Mary      " 18 F         Do
Josephine " 16 F         Do
Charlotte " 11 F         N Jersey
Cora      "  9 F         N York
Henry     "  6 M         Do

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #50 of 89):  202 49th St., between 7th and 8th Aves., New York City (13th Dist., 22nd Ward), New York Co., NY, Roll M593_1052, p. 413B, PN 50, enumerated 18 Jan 1871, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Young Harry 30 M W Artist     US
      Josephin 23 F W Keeping house     "
Bowyer Michal 47 M W       "
       Mary 25 F W       "
       Charlotte 20 F W       "
This enumerator did not use dwelling or family numbers; and, for the birthplace, he only gave the country, "US."  Then someone in another hand and another pen came back and wrote "NY" over the "US" on all the entries.  The correction was a bigger error than the original entry as the change did not apply in all cases.

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 29):  25 7th Avenue, New York City, New York Co., NY, Roll 874, p. 91C, PN 3, SD 1, ED 176, enumerated 2 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 15 22 23 24 25 26
* 25 9 25 Bowyer Michael W M 68         / No business ? Brights dis. Infn Bladder     New York Dublin Dublin
      ______ Mary T W F 33   Daughter /     Supt (D.G. Store)       New York New York Conn
      ______ Harry M W M 26   Son       Asst Supt D.G. Store       New York New York Conn
      ______ Robt W W M 74   Brother     / No business ???? Rheumatism     Penna Dublin Dublin
      Montanye George E W M 30   Son in Law   /   Coffee & Spices       N York N York N York
      ________ Charlotte J W F 29   Wife   /           Hoboken N York Conn
      ________ Clarence W W M  4   Son /             N York N York Hoboken
      ________ Cora A W F  2   Daughter /             N York N York Hoboken
      ________ Ethel W F 3/12 Mar Daughter /             N York N York Hoboken
      Waterbury Cornelius W M 27       /   Lawyer       N York N York N York
      _________ Coralyn W F 27   Wife   /           N York N York Conn
      _________ Gwendolin W F 4/12 Feb Daughter /             N York N York N York
      Miller Henry W M 43   Boarder /     Secy Bd Underwriters?       England England England
      Honan Ellen W F 30   Servant /         / / Ireland Ireland Ireland
      Davis Lena W F 17   Nurse /             N York Ireland Ireland
      Coleman Maggie W F 13   Nurse /             N York Ireland Ireland
*7th Avenue
The relationships should have been in relation to Michael, as head-of-household. Charlotte (BOWYER) MONTANYE and Coralyn (BOWYER) WATERBURY are Michael's daughters; their children are Michael's grandchildren.

8.  Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (online at www.green-wood.com):
Last Name First Name Burial Date Lot Section
BOWYER Michael H. 1880-06-05 6368 12
BOWYER Charlotte Ann 1857-07-21 6368 12
BOWYER Mary T. 1886-04-19 6368 12
BOWYER Robert W. 1853-07-05 6368 12
BOWYER Robert W. 1854-01-06 6368 12
BOWYER Adelaide F. 1857-09-08 6368 12
BOWYER Jane V. 1859-02-06 6368 12
BOWYER Robert W. 1886-04-21 6368 12
There are other BOWYERs in the cemetery, but these are all the ones in this lot and section.  The Robert who died in 1853 is definitely their son.  The Robert who died in 1886 is presumably Michael's brother, and Jane is his wife.  The Robert who died in 1854 and Adelaide could be Michael's children or Robert's or someone else's.

9.  James P. Maher, comp.  1987-2006.  Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald.  4 vols.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (online at Ancestry.com and GoogleBooks):
1987. Vol. 1, 1835-1855: Death Notices.
p. 299
Bowyer, Robert W. 11/01/54
Bowyer, Robert Wash. 07/06/53
1991.  Vol. 2, 1856-1863: Death Notices.
p. 281
Bowyer, Adelaide Flo. 09/08/57
Bowyer, Charlotte Ann 07/21/57
Bowyer, Jane Victoria 02/05/59

10.  Linda Clark.  2005.  "Greenwood Transcription."  Archive of the NYBROOKLYN Mailing List (online at RootsWeb.com):
Bowyer Michael H. Sept. 9, 1811 - June 3 1880.
Bowyer Charlotte Ann, Sept. 9, 1822 - July 21 1857.
Bowyer Mary Theresa, Sept. 2, 1842 - Apr. 17, 1886...

11.  Gertrude A. Barber, comp.  1933-47.  Deaths Taken from the New York Evening Post.  54 vols.  [unpubl. typescript] (online at Ancestry.com): 
Ancestry doesn't give the volume numbers; entries are grouped by month and year.
vol. ?, p. 77
Tuesday, July 5, 1853.
July 4, Robert Washington s Charlotte Anne and Michael H Bowyer 6y 5m Greenwood Cemetery
vol. ?, p. 37
Tuesday, July 21, 1857.

Monday, July 20, Charlotte Ann w Michael H Bowyer 34y

12.  Birthdate calculated using ProGenealogists' Birthdate Calculator.
Name Deathdate Age at Death Result
Robert Washington BOWYER 4 Jul 1853 0?d 5m 6y 4? Feb 1847

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