Roseland Cottage

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Henry Chandler Bowen was born in rural Woodstock, Connecticut in 1813. He moved to New York City when he was twenty to work for Lewis and Arthur Tappan. Bowen married Lucy Maria Tappan in 1844 after he achieved success as a silk merchant. Their first child was born in 1845, the same year they built Roseland Cottage in Woodstock. Lucy and Henry had ten children before Lucy’s death in 1863. He married Ellen Holt in 1865 and they had one son. Bowen, a founder of The Independent and an abolitionist, died in 1896.

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Lucy Maria Tappan married Henry Chandler Bowen in 1844 when she was nineteen years old. She was the daughter of Lewis and Susanna Tappan of Brooklyn, New York. Henry and Lucy established their household in Brooklyn Heights, where their first child was born in 1845. Lucy gave birth to nine more children, seven boys and three girls, over the next eighteen years. She died in 1863, just two weeks after the birth of their tenth child, of childbirth complications.

Ellen Holt Bowen

Ellen Holt married Henry Bowen at Christmas, 1865. At thirty-one, Ellen became the mother of the nine surviving Bowen children aged twenty to five. She and Henry had one son, Paul, born in 1868. Ellen remained the matriarch of the family after Henry’s death. She lived at their home in Brooklyn Heights and summered at Roseland Cottage until her death in 1903.

10 children

Lucy and Henry Bowen had ten children over the nineteen years of their marriage. These photographs were taken before Lucy’s death in 1963 and are part of a family album. The children’s images are arranged in order of their birth.

Paul Holt Bowen

Paul Holt Bowen was Ellen and Henry Bowen’s only child. He contracted tuberculosis and died in 1894 when he was twenty-nine.

Constance Holt

Constance Holt, Lucy and Henry Bowen’s granddaughter, was the last family member to live in Roseland Cottage. She and her sister, Sylvia, returned to live year round in Woodstock in the 1930s. After Sylvia’s death in 1945, Constance stayed on with a small staff until her death in 1968. She was affectionately known in Woodstock as Miss Constance.

Edna Dean Proctor

Edna Dean Proctor, of Henniker, New Hampshire, was governess to Lucy and Henry Bowen’s three daughters. She was a teacher, author, and editor of The Independent. Miss Proctor is best known for her poetry, especially her patriotic poems published during the Civil War.

Jane Stuart

Jane Stuart, from Ireland, was one of the female servants working for the Bowen family. She is listed as 22 years old in the 1850 census for Brooklyn, New York. Jane remained with the family until her death. She is pictured here, at the end of her life, in the doorway at Roseland Cottage.

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