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Correction made on 12-29-2003
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Exploits of Willis' Battalion Texas Cavalry
of Waul's Texas Legion C.S.A.
William M. Bowen rode with this
active Battalion of Texas Legionaires, serving with and riding shoulder
to shoulder with William Bedford Forrest and McCulloch of the 2nd
Missouri among others, they faced Grant and Sherman and
served until the end of the bitter end of the war of Northern
William M. Bowen's son James Lawrence Bowen, married his cousin Dora Alice Bowen, daughter of William's brother Abraham and wife Adeline
( Prudence Courtney )Rice.
James and Dora had nine children, the first of whom was Seymour
Courtney Bowen who married Bessie Myrtle Phillips who had three
children one of which was Wayne Lanier Bowen who married Ruth
Romanos-Chapa who are the father and mother of your humble author and
maintainer of this site.
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& Rebecca Reese Bowen ]
Bowen Clan of Tazewell, Virginia
battle of Kings Mountain ]
Rees T. Bowen ]
Henry Bowen ]
Perry Bowen Papers
( re : John Perry Bowen, Reece Bowen & Wylde Lyde Latham
Digging into the past of enslaved blacks
at the old
William Bowen plantation
( The Bowen - Campbell house)
have discovered what is believed to be
the kitchen of a slave cabin.
of Tazewell Virginia ]
[ Family Group Sheet index ]
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The Duke family
William M.Bowen (1836-1915) married
Mahala Duke (1850-1928) in
Guadalupe County Texas on
October 12, 1868.
Mahala is the daughter of
David Dukes & Matilda Killingworth.
[ William & Mahala group sheet ]
[ Bowen's with Cherokee
& Rice clans of Texas]
of Oliver Rice (1726-1812)
Familia de Romanos ]
[ Goliad County
[ Dewitt County
This location which was once and is now once again occupied by the Bowen Family web site authored by Benjamin L. Bowen
I have not done much new work on the Bowen Family Web in some years, I
think that perhaps some of the information contained herin has no
expiry date so despite the techcnical issues such as page
displays, bad links or ancient banner ads maybe there are those that
can get some use out of the stuff I have placed here.
Poke around and if you get lost head on over to the to the table of contents. [ Table of Contents
Please be advised that I am not a genealogical researcher or
investigator, that I do not do research into the lines of others. I can not track down your long lost Bowen friend from
college or the war, or your Aunt or adopted sister. If you are related
to me, in some way have information concerning or corrections to
information ( which is over 10 years old now) of our clan please drop me a
line and let me know.
R.I.P Uncle Bubba AKA Clarence Neal Bowen
Neal Bowen, age 90, passed away on August 5, 2012. Clarence was
born on June 2, 1922 in Cuero, Texas to Seymour and Bessie Phillips
Bowen. He and Damaris Terrell Bowen were married almost 70 years
before her death in March of 2011. Our beloved Papoo is also
survived by three of his four children; Ginger Bowen, Marlene Fruth,
Bill Bowen and his wife Laura. They all live in the Houston area.
His daughter Sylvia Bowen Barker pre-deceased him in 1999. He is
also survived by his sister, Shirley Bowen Thornhill, who lives in
Buena Vista, Colorado with her husband, Jerry Thornhill. His brother,
Wayne Bowen, pre-deceased him in 1997. Papoo had six grandsons
and one granddaughter; Wes Richey, Toby Richey, Greg Barker, Matthew
Barker, Danny Bowen, Joey Bowen and Sarah Fruth. He is also survived by
eleven great-grandchildren. Clarence worked for years for several
South Texas newspapers. He worked at the San Antonio Light and the
Express. He last worked at the Houston Post. Friends and family
are invited to join us for a memorial service at St. Luke's United
Methodist Church , 6856 Bellaire on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 4:00
pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CCSC Gethsemane
Campus food pantry.
Written by Ginger Bowen
The information placed
on this site is primarily concerning the Bowen family genealogy of my Tennessee > North Carolina > Illinois >
Texas Bowen clan.
My Bowen clan has been traced back to Cannon County
Tennessee,Bertie County North Carolina,White and Jefferson Counties in
Illinois and then on to Dewitt, Lavaca, Bexar, Goliad, Caldwell (and beyond)
Counties In Texas.If you are trying to trace down ancestors with the names
of Joshua Bowen,Margaret Cobb, Green Bowen,Anna Gann, Green Bowen Jr,a
few other cousin Greens' and Joshuas' as well as well as Eliza Bowen,Elizabeth
Bowen,Mary Ann Bowen,Abraham Bowen, Andy Bowen,David Bowen,Ganum Bowen,Anna
Bowen, Betsy Bowen,Ruth A. Bowen, James Lawrence "Lonnie" &
Dora Bowen, Seymour & Bessie Bowen, you just may be one of the amazing...
descendants of Joshua Bowen and
: Collateral Lines :
Cobb / Fobar / Duke / Rice
/ McBride / Phillips / Romanos-Chapa
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Ben, good to hear from you again....
....Pawpaw ( Seymour Courtney Bowen) was 65
years old in 1962 and he retired on social security at that time but he
kept working part-time for a while. Abraham ( Bowen)
married widowed Adeline ( Prudence Courtney )Rice
after her husband Oliver Rice died. Abe
was eleven years younger than she was. She had four children by Oliver
and then she had three Bowen children by Abe and they raised them all as
one big happy family.
Our claim to fame is through Adeline. Her grandfather was Seymour
Garey who came to Texas in 1839 and received a land grant in Gonzales
county which was split in two to make Dewitt county and Gonzales county
and his land was then in Dewitt county. And you will remember that his
son, Elijah Garey was killed at San Antonio
at the battle of Salado creek in 1842 when Santa Anna sent General ( Adrian
Woll ) back into Texas to try to recapture San Antonio.
He in buried in a common grave with the others in La Grange (Texas). Sam
Houston is reported to have attended the interment ceremony. There is a
large standing Tombstone with his and the others names inscribed.You may
make a rubbing of his name if you like. I did.
Quote of the hour:
Lord has made room for us."
Richard ( Bowen), the emmigrant, settled in Roxbury, MA. near Boston,
1640. In 1643 some 40 families including his, under the leadership of their
pastor, Rev. Samuel Newman, left Roxbury and penetrated the unbroken wilderness
and formed a new settlement some 50 miles to the south and named it Rehoboth
signifying "the Lord has made room for us." This town is about
8 miles east of Providence and in the "Newman cemetery" lie the
remains of Richard Bowen and some of his descendants.
(Genealogical Exchange, Mar 1911, p 81.) & [ strutton.org
from the probate records of Albina S. Blue Bowen
for the estate of Green Bowen (b.1837-d.1869)
To the Hon. Wm.Thomas Judge of the County Court
of White County, in the State of Illinois.
The Petition of the undersigned Albina S Bowen
respectfully represents that Green Bowen late of the
County of White aforesaid, departed this life at ("at"
is struck through)in said County, on or about the 28th
day of OctoberA.D. 1869,leaving no last will and testament
as far as your petitioner knows or believes.
And this Petition futhur shows that the said Green
Bowen died, siezed and possessed Real and ("Real and"
is struck through) Personal Estate, consisting
2 horses- 1 cow - 13 sheep - 4 hogs - about 12 acres of corn in the
field & household & kitchen furniture & a few farming implements
Estate of of Green Bowen (1837-1869)
/ Adminisrator's Bond
Request for Letters of Administration
in the matter of Green Bowen's estate
filed by Albina S.Bowen October 28th,1869
Letters of Administration in the
matter of Green Bowen's estate
granted to Albina S.Bowen November 4th,1869
Sale Bill for the estate of
Green Bowen 1869
The History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
"Tradition has it that these Indians when
at Boscawen in 1753 at a place
known as Indian Bridge, they stopped with Peter Bowen and got very drunk
on rum; while in that condition boasted they had killed three persons,
men and a woman in Nottingham. They said the woman was 'big' and
when they were killing her she 'blatted like a calf.' They spent the night
with one Peter Bowen; while they were asleep Bowen drew the bullets from
their guns, fearing they might attempt to shoot him. In the morning they
wanted him to carry their packs on his horse and not daring to refuse he
complied with their request. The names of these Indians were Sabatis and
Plausawa. Sabatis proposed that he and Bowen have race and Bowen
consented, but allowed Sabatis to outrun the horse. As they went along
came near the river, Sabatis proposed another race with the horse; this
Bowen got a little ahead of Sabatis, when he heard a gun snap behind him
and turning saw the smoke of Sabatis' gun aimed at his head.- Leaping from
his horse he plunged his tomahawk into Sabatis' head and killed him. Plau-
sowa aimed and fired at Bowen, but did no damage as the bullet had been
removed by Bowen the night before. Bowen then attacked Plausowa and
killed him. This was down in the road near the Merrimack River.
"Bowen was afterwards indicted by the grand jury at Portsmouth for
having killed the Indians without proper cause to justify him, but a crowd
assembled about the jail the night before the trial and broke it open and
released Bowen. It is said that Nottingham men had a hand in the work
of breaking open the jail; everybody seemed to be satisfied that justice
been done in releasing him, as the people believed the Indians had been
ished as they deserved.
Read more : [ John
Bowen of Boscawan New Hampshire, Peter Bowen & the murder in 1753 of
the two indians,Sabatis and Plausawa., Nottingham New Hampshire in Indian
times and a related story : Captivity of Mrs.McCoy ]
- Bowen History -
" These wonderful mountain men of Virginia, fresh
from their battles with Indians, dressed in buckskin, hair long, feather's
on the ends of their rifles, came whooping and hollering with a combination
of Indian War whoops and Highland battle cries that scared the daylights
out of the British troops, waiting on King's mountain. They ( *The British
under Ferguson) were routed so badly that they never did recoup.
Lt. Rees Bowen was killed, William Bowen when hearing
his brother was downed, went crazy, running to find his brother hoping
that it was not to late. As he ran to where his brother had fallen, a sentry
yelled, demanding the password of the day. William so distraught, couldn't
make sense of what the man was yelling and actually forgot the password.
When they were about to shoot it out, an officer, recognizing William grabbed
him, bringing him back to his senses. They hugged, grateful for not having
to shoot each other, but distraught about finding his brother.......
about the Bowen clan of Tazewell,Virginia ]
* According to an interview of Jimmy Carter, discussing his new book
The Hornet's Nest : A Novel of theRevolutionary
War, the majority , if not all of the "British" under
Ferguson, with the exception of the officers were Americans' Loyal to the