I'm hot on the trail of something exiciting here! I know
that we have a lot of Nathan Gaines Boles and Nathaniel Bowles in our
Here's what I have so far:
My great-grandmother's sister, Julia Bowles, Married Martin
Franklin Whatley in 1875.
Martin Franklin Whatley was born in Alabama, the son of
Seaborn Jones Thornton Whatley (1803-1871). After S.J.T. Whatley
died, Martin Franklin and his brother, George Thornton Whatley, went
to Hempstead, in Waller Co., Texas. Hempstead was where my
great-grandmother, Frances Adalina Bowles married Samuel T.
Stoutsenberger, in July of 1878.
Now I've just been sent this, from the Benton Co., AL census of 1850:
1850 BOWLES NATHAN Benton County AL 388 The 29th Sub Division Federal
Population Schedule AL 1850 Federal Census Index ALS5a169597
Living next door is:
1850 WHATLEY S. J. T. Benton County AL 387 The 29th Sub Division Federal
Population Schedule AL 1850 Federal Census Index ALS5a1827817
Nathan and Seaborn were also in Calhoun Co., together. Nathan on the 1860
census and Seaborn on the 1870 .
Does anyone have anything on any Whatleys, or anything from
Benton Co., AL, or a Nathan or Nathaniel Bowles? Or any
Seaborn/Seabourne, Jones, or Thornton who would look like a likely
I'm just beginning to track this down.