Many have indicated that William's line was from a different branch of the Fowler family that had settled at Flushing, NY. These were from Derbyshire. The Henry Fowler line is said to have come from Buckinghamshire, England. It has been suggested by some that Rebecca's maiden name was Foote, and by others, Newell. There was an Abraham Newell in Roxbury, MA married to a Frances Foote. Could Rebecca have been their daughter?
Some have William Fowler's parents as Joseph Fowler and Sarah Betts. (see below)
JOSEPH FOWLER, was b. in Dalbury Lees, in Derbyshire, before 1610; under the will of his father he inherited the lands which the latter bought of his (John's) brother, Henry Fowler of Barthomley, Co. Chester. Mr. Fowler was in London in 1645, as he proved his father's will there in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. He and his brother Richard came to New England about 1650, and are said to have first located in Rhode Island. There may be some probability in this statement as most of the early settlers of Newton, Flushing, Hempstead and Oyster Bay were from that Colony. He was in Maspeth Kill, now Newtown (Riker's Newtown, p.38), in 1655; taxed £1 in 1656 for 20 acres at Middlebury; Dec, 12, 1657, he signed the remonstrance to the Governor of New York, protesting against the injustice to the Quakers. In the Town Records of Newtown, Book I, p.452, is a deed from Joseph Fowler of Maspeth Kills to Robert Jackson of Hempstead for 40 acres at Middlebury, which the said Fowler purchased from his brother-in-law Richard Betts; said deed is dated April 10, 1660. Aug. 10, 1654, ordered on petition of Thomas Wandell to stay execution until Joseph Fowler appear to defend himself (Dutch His. Mss., Albany, Vol. 5, p. 322); Nov. 25, 1654, authorizing the inhabitants of Maspeth to notify Joseph Fowler to quit that place, he being a public disturber, and in case he refuse to have him arrested (Dutch His. Mss., Albany, Vol.5, p.444); June 4, 1655, attachment issued against the person and property of Joseph Fowler of Maspeth, at the suit of Thomas Wan-dell (Dutch His. Mss., Vol. VI, p. 51); Oct. 8, 1655 affidavit of Joseph Safford and Thomas Read of Maspeth Kill
that they have been informed by Joseph Fowler, Goodman Betts and his son William, that people from Graves-end had been to Westchester where they learned the unfriendly feeling of the Indians towards the Dutch (Dutch His. Mss., Vol. VI, p.91); Jan. 2, 1657, testimony of Joseph Fowler and Hannah Bradish in the petition of John George Baldwin for a divorce from his wife on the grounds of adultery (Dutch His. Mss., Vol.8, p.417).
Joseph Fowler, m. Sarah, daughter of Richard Betts, Sr., of Hempstead, Co. Middlesex, Eng., and sister of Richard Betts, one of the original patentees of Newtown, and a Magistrate, 1656-57. Had issue:
1 WILLIAM (see No. XIV.)
2 SARAH, m. Henry Taylor of Flushing.
XIV.WILLIAM FOWLER, settled in Flushing about 1680. On March 15, 1687, Nicholas Parcel, his wife's grandfather, conveyed to him 1/2 of Duck Creek meadow, lying between Flushing and Newtown (Book A, p. 43); Oct.11, 1688, his brother-in-law, Henry Taylor, conveyed to him 50 acres at Great Cove (Book B, No. I, p. 151); and Jan. 5, 1689, 10 acres more at Great Cove (Book B, No.1, p. 153). In the tax list of Flushing, 1698, we find William Fowler and wife Mary, sons William, John, Joseph, Benjamin, daughters Mary and Rebecca, negro boy Jack. Mr. Fowler m. Jan. 24, 1680, Mary, daughter of John and Mary (Parcel) Thorne; she and daughter Mary, bap. by Rev. Thomas Poyer, 29 Feb., 1711. He d. in May, 1714; buried May ii (N. Y. Rec., 19-58); will dated 24 Jan., 1711, proved 28 May, 1714 (Book 8, p.323, N.Y. County); to son William, the home lot in Flushing; son John, 240 acres of the Harrison Patent at Rye; son Joseph, 240 acres of the Harrison Patent at Rye, bought in 1702 (Book B, p. 180); daughter Sarah, £35; daughter Hannah, £55, and 240 acres at Rye; gives the 900 acres at Rye bought from Samuel Haight, 1706 (Book C, p. 46), to sons Jeremiah, Thomas and Henry; son Benjamin, the shop and tools at Flushing when he is 20 years of age; daughter Mary Dusenbury, £25; daughter Rebecca, £55; wife Mary to have house and lot at Flushing for life; wife Mary, son Jeremiah and brother-in-law William Thorne, executors, which shows that his elder sons, William, John and Joseph had already removed to Rye
Joseph FOWLER was born about 1601 in Dalbury Lees, , , England. He married Sarah BETTS.
Came to America about 1650 and settled on Long Island.
Sarah BETTS was born about 1605. She married Joseph FOWLER.
Sarah was the dtr. of Richard Betts, one of the original
patentees of Newtown, L.I.. Richard settled in Rhode Island
where Sarah's sons were born. Sarah's mother was probably the sister of Christopher Foster of Providence, who settled in Southampton, L.I.. Sarah probably named her son after him, and her son Christopher Fowler later settled in Southampton also.
They had the following children:
M i Jonathan FOWLER was born about 1625 in Rhode Island.
Later settled in White Plains, N.Y.
M ii Christopher FOWLER was born about 1627 in Rhode Island.
Later settled in Southampton, L.I., where his probable namesake,Uncle Christopher Foster (mother's brother) settled