John BOWERS 3
Note the gap in the records for John Bowers from 1872 to 1880. Family sources say that part of this time was spent in Mammoth Springs, Fulton Co., AR. Certainly, the marriage of daughter, Susan Adeline Bowers, to Simpson Sloan in 1876 in Salem, Fulton Co., AR, means the family arrived there sometime before 1876. It appears the family may have moved to Choctaw Nation about 1878, for in 1902 Louisa M. McAlvain nee Bowers gave testimony -- in connection with her application for enrollment as an intermarried citizen of the Choctaw Nation -- that she had been a resident of the Choctaw Nation for about 24 years. 7 8
Ruthie King has raised a question regarding the date of death for John Bowers. She says she "was searching in the Western History Collection at OU through Dr. Wear's account books. There he [John] was [after the date of death recorded in Polk McAlvain's daybook] paying for medical services with corn I believe it was." Could Dr. Wear's records be referring to John DeWitt Bowers? 8
Noted events in his life were:
1. Census: 1840, Grainger County, Tennessee. 9
2. Census: 1850, Grainger County, Tennessee. 10
3. Guardianship: 1852-1858, Grainger County, Tennessee. 11 12
4. Census: 1860, Grainger County, Tennessee. 13
5. Military Discharge: 1863, Tennessee. 14
6. Census: 1870, Grainger County, Tennessee. 15
7. Military Pension Application: 1871-1872, Grainger County, Tennessee. 14 16
8. Work Permit: 1880, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. 8
John married Mary MAJORS, daughter of Thomas MAJORS and Phebe LEFFEW, on 3 Jan 1857 in Grainger County, Tennessee.1 2 (Mary MAJORS was born about 1839 in Grainger County, Tennessee 17 and died about 1872 7.)
1. The Film source shows John Bowers to Polly Majors, Jan. 2, 1857, By B. Branson, J. P., Jan 3, 1857.
1 Porter H. McCarty, Miss Lucille Renean and Mrs. Ellen H. Wilson, Compilers, Marriage Records 1838-1857, Grainger County, Tennessee, (The Historical Records Survey, 22 Feb 1939), FHL Film No. 024,657, Item 3, Page 297 of Records, Page 80 of Film.
2 Grainger County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, Marriage License, with Return, and Marriage Bond for John Bowers to Polly Majors. The author is in possession of xerographic copies of the official records, which were copied for the author in 2000 by Mickey Morris of M & D Genealogy.
3 Andrew Bowers Family Bible. The whereabouts or even continued existence of the Andrew Bowers Family Bible is unknown. However, there are two known transcriptions of the family information contained in the bible: first, a 1978 transcription by Ruth Bowers Dommestrup, at which time the bible was in the possession of Rector Bowers (William Rosecrans Bowers, Thomas Bowers, Andrew Bowers); and second, a transcription of unknown date and authorship that was obtained from collateral Howeth descendants and which contains the following note at the bottom of the transcription, "this is copied from the old record. the only one any of us knows of anywhere. this record is very fraile and looks to be written with pokeberry ink." The transcriptions are nearly identical, but do have differences: Ruth's has Grainger Co., TN as the place of marriage for Andrew and Katharine, while the Howeth version has nothing in that respect; Ruth's has daughter Katharine being born 6 Apr 1827, while the Howeth version spells her name Kathrine and has her date of birth as 16 Apr 1827; and Ruth's has son Andrew being born 9 Jun 1829, while the Howeth version adds his middle initial "J." and has the date of birth as 19 Jun 1829. Neither transcription provides places of birth nor dates of death. The dates for which this source is cited are from Ruth's transcription.
4 Andrew Bowers Family Bible.
5 "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.
6 "Daybook of Polk McAlvain."
7 Letter from Edna (Bowers) Bartlett to Area Director of Five Civilized Tribes, dated July 20, 1956. (Copy in possession of author).
8 Ruthie McLellan, Compiler, Miscellaneous Choctaw Nation Records, http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/2765.
9 1840 Census, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 024,546, Page 128.
10 1850 Census, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 444,836, Page 96.
11 Inventories of Estates and Wills, March 1852 - May 1860, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 580,849, Page 28 (source for note A).
12 Inventories of Estates and Wills, March 1852 - May 1860, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 580,849, Page 424 (source for note B).
13 1860 Census, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 805,250, Page 521 (Districts 13 & 14, Dwelling 1667, Family 1667).
14 The National Archives, Soldier No. 172,522, John Bowers, Private, Co. C, 3rd Tenn Inf.
15 1870 Census, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 553,029, Page 154 (12th District, Clear Spring P. O., Dwelling 13, Family 13).
16 Grainger County Heritage Book Committee, Grainger County, Tennessee and Its People, 1796-1998 (Walsworth Publishing, Third Printing, 2000), Page 8.
1850 Census, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 444,836, Page 100 (District 12, Dwelling 1429, Family 1492).
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