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Richard ANDERSON
(Abt 1806-Bef 1858)
Martha
(1804-Abt 1890)
John Wesley BRANSCOMB
(Abt 1831-After 1875)
Eliza C. LAIR
(Abt 1833-After 1865)
Zacharia Taylor ANDERSON
(1848-1892)
Nancy Elizabeth BRANSCOMB
(1852-1929)
Tilitha Ann ANDERSON
(1875-1945)

 

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Spouses/Children:
John DeWitt BOWERS

  • Ola Pearl BOWERS+
  • Nora Edna BOWERS+
  • Ruby Ethel BOWERS
  • William Polk BOWERS
  • John DeWitt BOWERS Jr.+
  • Fred Edward BOWERS+
  • Jewel Elizabeth BOWERS
  • Stella Mildred BOWERS+

Tilitha Ann ANDERSON 3

  • Born: 20 Sep 1875, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (Poteau, Le Flore County, Oklahoma) 3 4
  • Marriage: John DeWitt BOWERS on 6 Dec 1891 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (Wister, Le Flore County, Oklahoma) 1 2
  • Died: 5 Feb 1945, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 3 4 5
  • Buried: Camelback Cemetery, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona 3

bullet   Another name for Tilitha was Litha or Letha.4

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bullet  Death Notes:

Cause of death per death certificate was cerebral hemorrhage.

Obituary, Phoenix Gazette, 7 Feb 1945:

"Funeral services for Mrs. Letha A. Bowers, 69, a resident of Arizona for 40 years, who died unexpectedly Monday at her home, 1154 East McKinley Street, will be held Thursday at 10 a.m., in the McLellan Mortuary Chapel.

Born in Oklahoma, Mrs. Bowers came to Arizona in 1905 with her husband, the late J. D. Bowers. The couple resided near Prescott, prior to moving to Phoenix several years ago. Her husband, who died here in 1935, had been associated with the Verde River Power District.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Edna Bartlett and Mrs. Ruby McAndrew of Phoenix; Mrs. Pearl Johnston, Scottsdale, and Mrs. Mildred Strong of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, J. D. Bowers, Prescott, and Fred Bowers, serving with the navy in the South Pacific, and ten grandchildren.

Interment will be in the Scottsdale Cemetery."

Funeral Notice, Arizona Republic, 7 Feb 1945:

"Bowers, Letha A., passed away Monday at her residence, 1145 East McKinley. Funeral services at 10 a. m. Thursday from the A. H. McLellan Chapel. Interment in Scottsdale."

Obituary, Arizona Republic, 8 Feb 1845:

"Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. today in the McLellan Mortuary chapel for Mrs. Letha A. Bowers, who died Monday at her home, 1154 East McKinley street.

Mrs. Bowers, 69 years old, has lived in Arizona for 40 years. She came to Arizona with her husband, the late J. D. Bowers, and the couple lived near Prescott until they moved to Phoenix several years ago.

She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Edna Bartlett and Mrs. Ruby McAndrew, Phoenix, Mrs. Pearl Johnston, Scottsdale, and Mrs. Mildred Strong, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, J. D. Bowers, Prescott, and Fred Bowers, serving with the navy in the South Pacific, and 10 grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Scottsdale cemetery."


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bullet  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: 1900, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. 6

Household of Nancy E. Anderson:
Bowers, Tilitha, Daughter, W, F, Sep 1875, 24, Widowed, AR, MO, TX, Farmer
Bowers, Pearl, Granddaughter, W, F, Aug 1892, 7, Single, I.T., TN, AR
Bowers, Edna, Granddaughter, W, F, Oct 1896, 3, Single, I.T., TN, AR

This census was taken while John DeWitt Bowers was in prison. The enumerator seems to have assumed Tilitha had been widowed. Also, note the state of birth given for Tilitha is incorrect.

2. Census: 1910, Maricopa County, Arizona. 7

Household of J. D. Bowers: Bowers, Alitha, Wife, F, W, 35, Married 19 yrs, 7 children born, 4 now living, OK, MO, TX, Read and Write English.

3. Census: 1920, Maricopa County, Arizona. 8

Household of John D. Bowers: Bowers, Litha, F, W, 43, Married, Can Read and Write, OK, MO, TX, Speaks English, No Occupation

4. Census: 1930, Maricopa County, Arizona. 9

Household of John D. Bowers: Bowers, Letha A.; wife; female; white; age 54; married at age 16; can read and write; born in Oklahoma; father born in Missouri; mother born in Texas; speaks English; none for occupation.


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Tilitha married John DeWitt BOWERS, son of John BOWERS and Mary MAJORS, on 6 Dec 1891 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (Wister, Le Flore County, Oklahoma).2 3 (John DeWitt BOWERS was born on 24 Jul 1867 in Rutledge, Grainger County, Tennessee,3 10 11 died on 23 Aug 1935 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 3 11 12 and was buried on 26 Aug 1935 in Camelback Cemetery, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona 3 11.)


bullet  Marriage Notes:

From Choctaw Nation Marriages, transcribed by Mary Turner Kinard:

"BOWERS, J D 24 ANDERSON, TELITHA 17 6 DEC 1891 WISTER JUNCTION MC292"

Reference is to Book 2, Page 92 of Marriage Records of McAlester, Pittsburg Co., OK. 13

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Sources


1 Family Records of George G. Johnston. George G. Johnston, son of George Goold Johnston and Ola Pearl Bowers, belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Motivated by love of family and the teachings of their church, George, who passed away in 2005, and his wife, Lela, who passed away in 2001, spent much of their life together researching their families. This included not only research at the Family History Libraries in Mesa, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT, but also genealogy trips to interview other Bowers and Anderson descendants and to find the burial places of our Bowers and Anderson ancestors, as well as extensive correspondence with other descendants. George and Lela not only researched the past, but also kept up with the marriages, births and deaths of the current descendants of John DeWitt Bowers and Tilitha Ann Anderson. Our family is indebted to them.

2 Mary Turner Kinard, Compiler, Choctaw Nation Marriages, Groom Index, 1895-1907, http://www.rootsweb.com/~okgarvin/kinard/kinard.htm.

3 Family Records of George G. Johnston.

4 Standard Certificate of Death for Lethia A. Bowers, Arizona State Board of Health, State file No. 130, Registrar's No. 200. Informant was Mrs. Bartlett, daughter, who also filed a subsequent affidavit to correct the deceased's name from Lethia to Letha.

5 Funeral Notice and Obituary for Letha A. Bowers, Arizona Republic, 7 and 8 Feb 1945 (copies provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records).

6 1900 Census, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, FHL Film No. 1,241,852, Vol. 13, E.D. 103, Sheet 9, Line 56 (Twp 2-N, Range 8-E, Dwelling 153, Family 153).

7 1910 Census, Maricopa County, Arizona, FHL Film No. 1,374,053, Page 214 (Tempe Precinct, E. D. 76, Sheet 6B, Line 56).

8 1920 Census, Maricopa County, Arizona, FHL Film No. 1,820,049, Vol. 8, E. D. 64, Sheet 23, Line 68 (Part of Precinct 4, Phoenix. Enumerated 22 Jan 1920).

9 1930 Census, Maricopa County, Arizona, Roll T626_57, E. D. 16, Page 7A and 7B, Family 175 beginning at Line 50 of Page 7A (Ancestry.com images 13-14 of 29).

10 "Daybook of Polk McAlvain." Polk McAlvain was Louisa Matilda Bowers' Choctaw husband. The original daybook passed from Florence Thomas nee McAlvain, daughter of Polk and Louisa, to her daughter, Lucille Blackard nee Thomas, in 1990. George G. Johnston has viewed the daybook and taken notes and photographs of it. The author has a copy of his notes.

11 Standard Certificate of Death for John DeWitt Bowers, Arizona State Board of Health, State File No. 185, Registered No. 979. Informant was Wm. H. Bartlett.

12 Funeral Notice for J. D. Bowers, Arizona Republic, 26 Aug 1935 (copy provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records).

13 Mary Turner Kinard, Compiler, Choctaw Nation Marriages, Groom Index, 1895-1907, http://www.rootsweb.com/~okgarvin/kinard/kinard.htm, B surnames.


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