Notes for Osborne Sprigg Bowie
!The Bowie & Their Kindred by Walter Worthington Bowie: Is thought to have served in the Colonial Navy during the war of the revolution. In l794 he is referred to by his brother in an advertisement of two horses, as Capt Osborne S. Bowie. A letter, two years later in the Annapolis post office, unclaimed was addressed to Capt. Osborn S. Bowie. His mother, in her will dated in l802 refers to him as having been long absent from his country. Family tradition asserts that he was an officer in the United States Navy and was lost at sea. In l807 his brother Robert applied for letters of administration on the estate of "the late Osborne S. Bowie" That he at one time served on board the U.S. Ship Constellation, which was built in Baltimore by Act of Congress Mar 27, l794 the following letter, which was found among old papers will show: "on Board the Constellation Commander Alexander Murray at New York Harbor.
Honored Mother: This comes with my love and duty, hoping you are well as I am at present. When last I left you, was in hopes to return again in four moths, but cruel fortune, which appears to attend me where ever I go. has prevented me since my entering on board this ship. Have heard that a peace has been made with France, therefore expect to be paid off soon, and the ship of course will be laid up, mean time,
should it be in your power to send me a little money,shall take it as a great favor, and shall be membered by your ever dutiful son.
Osborne Sprigg Bowie
P./S. Give my love to my brothers and sisters, likewise to all of my relations.
To Mrs. Margaret Bowie near Nottingham Prince George County Maryland
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