Alexander Thomas Bowser

From: “Isabel Hayes” <>
Subject: Alexander Thomas Bowser
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2005 21:44:52 -0400

Minister-First Unitarian Society (Hyde Park,Mass) Records 1916-1927
Correspondence re A.T. Bowser, potential members
Trustee Records 1921-1940
Treasurer’s Report, 1902-1937
Marriage & Death records 1927-1936

The Rev. A.T. Bowser, B.D. of the Jarvis Street Unitarian Church, is a native of New Brunswick, born in Scakville, 1848, the sixth child of a
family of twelve.

His father and mother were respectively of English and of Scotch descent. At the age of 15 he commenced life in a store at Moncton N.B., but soon afterwards went to Boston, being ambitious to obtain a more complete education. Here he attended the Latin High School, and in 1873 matriculated at Harvard University. At Harvard he took the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and three years later that of Bachelor of Divinity.

Mr Bowser originally belonged to the Methodist Church, but while pursuing his studies preparatory to entering Harvard, he became interested in and finally accepted Unitarianism.

In 1881 he was ordained, and St. St. Louis, MO was the place of his first ministerial labours. He than spent two years in Evansville, Indiana, as a representative of the American Unitarian Association.. In 1884, Mr Bowser was called to pastorate of the Third Congregational (Unitarian) Church of Higham, Mass. as important position he held for three years. From Hingham he was called to Toronto where he took charge of the First Unitarian Congregation, and in this pastorate he still successfully labours.

This man was a father was a twin with Thomas. His brothers are Robert, Richard of Stoneham Mass, Charles A, Eugene, Henrietta (Mrs George McCord), Susan (Mr Trueman). His grandmather was Richard Bowser his children -Mary, Sarah, Jane, Robert & Thomas (Twins), Richard, Wesley, Benson, Susan, Eliza.I also have a picture of this Minister from the Internet if a relative wants to e-mail me where to find it. His lineage is from Thomas Bowser b:1744 Acklam, Yorkshire and Mary Layton b:1754, Liverpool, England.

Hope someone can add this to their family tree. Possibly “Townsend” and “Dixie Fox”, “Harry Mercer”, “Jackie Lindsey”- sorry I don’t have your e-mail addresses.

I’m looking for Ancestors of Matthew Bowser of Georgina and King Twp. He lived in Markham and Vaughan Twp in 1865. Married in 1838 in Toronto to Catherine Shookerhill.

Thanks Isabel

Source: Email – Subject: Alexander Thomas Baker from Rootsweb an Community, August 9, 2005

Archivist Note: This email on Rootsweb “stops” at Rev. Bowser’s pastorate in Toronto.