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.