To everyone in the Bowles/Boles group:
This, I think, is a time for celebration!
I'm hoping that others will see their ancestors in the following
note, and that we can build from here.
This is the first time when I see that this Big Binder and its
indexed pages of all our postings, plus many e-mails from other folks, plus
many postings of marriages and cemeteries, etc.---is all coming together.
After I wrote to Jane, I went to the index and looked for a name
that is very distinctive: Drucilla or Drusilla Bowles.
About the 18th of March, I sent out a posting to Roots-L, listing
all the Bowles and Bowen families that I found in the 1850 Milam County,
Texas census. Since my gggrandfather, Henry Bowles had a brother, Jesse
P., who also lived in Milam County, it was hard for me believe that these
families weren't related. Also, Benjamin Bowles' eldest daughter, Almira,
married a Bowen.
I got one reply, but what a reply!
Marcy A. Porter marcyp(a)ghgcorp.com wrote back:
I can help you some with Jennet and Gideon BOWEN. Jennet is my
4gr-grandmother. Her daughter, Mary M (Polly) BOWEN m Granger McDANIEL
on 13 Jan 1828 in Shelby Co TN (Memphis). They came to Texas in 1835, my
notes say from Tennessee, but that part could be wrong. However, all their
children were born either in Tennessee or Texas. Granger and Polly are my
In 1850, Polly BOWEN McDANIEL's age was given as 36. She was born 1814, in
Gideon is her brother, Jennet's son. Jennet and Gideon both received land
grants in their own names when they came to Texas along with the
McDANIEL's. G. Bowen, a female, age 77, p PA, is a "guest" in the home of
Mary Mc DANIEL (now widowed) in 1860. Gideon married after arriving in
Texas. I am interested in the William BOWEN on your list. I've never been
able to find any more of Jennet's children, and he is of a good age. I'll
have to check him out.
Now about the Bowles - on the other side of my family, I have a Drusilla
Wells (sister of another 3gr-g'ma) who married Augustine BOWLES 20 Sept
1826 in St. Louis MO. They came to Texas, Travis Co (Austin) as well and
Drucilla, after she was widowed, supported her family as a milliner.
I have visited the family cemetery in St. Louis, and there are BOWLES there
as well. I think I photographed those graves, and I will be happy to send
you info about them, if you are interested. The WELLS had lived in KY for
several years (Madison Co) before moving on to MO. They came with a
migration group led by John Sappington. That group all stayed together, in
fact the cemetery is called the Sappington Cemetery.
You know, I thought I saw more than one BOWLES in that cemetery in
St. Louis, but I came up with only one picture. I remember running out of
film, and I was with my sister-in-law...
The Cemetery is the Sappington Cemetery, and it is actually located
in the present City of Crestwood, MO. I first learned of this cemetery,
and Augustin and Drucilla Bowles from Mr. Ross Wagner, Historian,
Sappington-Concord Historical Society, 9148 Sappington Rd, Sappington MO
63126. Sappington and Concord are two small suburbs of St. Louis, near
Webster Groves and Crestwood, mostly on the original grants of John
Sappington, and my ancestor Joseph Wells, and Ulysses Grant's
father-in-law, Frederick Dent. In fact, it is rather close to the U. S.
Grant Historical Site, where I got some information as well. Mr. Wagner
was most helpful, and would be more than happy to give you any information
the society has on BOWLES that might have lived in MO. He is the one who
told me about Drucilla.
The gravestone has the following info: Jessee L Bowles, born Mar 7
1856, died Mar 18, 1873. I know this is probably too late in the century
for you, but it might be good to squirrel that away somewhere.
I have a family group sheet on my Joseph Wells that was shared with
me by another Wells researcher. On the back she made a few notes, and one
of these says that Drucilla and Augustin Bowles were among the first
settlers of Austin, Texas, and Travis County. The site for Austin was
selected about 1839. Travis County is near Milam County, and it is
feasible that some could have initially settled in Milam and moved on over
to Travis. The first US Census for Texas is 1850. You also may have
discovered by now that the Milam County Court House burned in 1876.
One day I was searching line by line in Travis County, 1870, for another
line that the census taker didn't spell right, and I just ran into Drucilla
Bowles and her family. I went ahead and copied it down, and I will give
you that, too:
Town/Township: City of Austin
Post Office: Austin
Page: 303; dwelling 626, family 690
Bowles, Drucilla age 60 female white; occupation milliner b Missouri
Burdet, Augusta 38 female white milliner b Missouri
Burdet, James 14 male white at school b Texas
Bowles, Louisa 31 female white milliner b Texas
Bowles, John S 25 male white saddler b Texas
Bowles, Mariella 23 female white at home b Texas
Bowles, John Q 7/12 male white at home b Texas
That is all I have. Hope it helps...Marcy
Well, there you have it. I may be getting down on the floor with a
huge piece of butcher paper, tracing all the lines and where they go, much
sooner than I thought...
Best wishes to all,