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1. Katherine BOWERS

2. Catherine Frances WILLHITE


  • Born: 8 May 1824, Grainger County, Tennessee 3
  • Marriage (1): Katherine BOWERS on 28 Feb 1847 in Grainger County, Tennessee 1
  • Marriage (2): Catherine Frances WILLHITE on 17 Jan 1878 in Iron County, Missouri 2
  • Died: 5 Apr 1900, Crawford County, Missouri 3
  • Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery, Dillard, Crawford County, Missouri 3


James married Katherine BOWERS, daughter of Andrew BOWERS (Jr.) and Katherine HOWETH, on 28 Feb 1847 in Grainger County, Tennessee.1 (Katherine BOWERS was born on 6 Apr 1827 in Grainger County, Tennessee,4 died before 1878 in Dent County, Missouri 3 and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dillard, Crawford County, Missouri 3.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

The FHL film source shows James Sellard to Katherine Bowers. Marriage license issued 26 Feb 1847. Marriage performed by Joseph Clark, J. P., on 28 Feb 1847.


James next married Catherine Frances WILLHITE on 17 Jan 1878 in Iron County, Missouri.3 (Catherine Frances WILLHITE was born on 29 Jan 1850,3 died on 29 Nov 1917 3 and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dillard, Crawford County, Missouri 3.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

There were seven children by this marriage: Namon, Luiza, David, Henry, Lee, James and Denny. Additional information on these children can be obtained from Ken Fiebelman. 3



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 136 of Record, Page 34 of Film.

2 Family Records of Ken Fiebelman. Ken Fiebelman is a descendant of Andrew and Katherine (Howeth) Bowers as follows: Lawrence Fiebelman, Letie Sellers, William Sellers, Catherine Bowers, Andrew and Katherine (Howeth) Bowers. His home address is 1202 Gertrude St., Salem, MO 65560. He can also be reached at Ken Fiebelman's Antiques, Ozark Museum & Information Center on State Highway 19 South in Salem, MO (tel: 573-729-5707). Ken is a recognized authority on the history of the Central Missouri Ozarks, a vocation he began when he was about 10 years old when he became the caretaker for the Rocky Ford Cemetery located on the Fiebelman farm. As a teenager, he assisted a local Salem historian in gathering cemetery data, which further sparked his interest in local history. He was elected as the first president of the Dent County Historical Society in 1966. In 1991, he was awarded the Award of Merit by the Missouri State Genealogy Society. As President of the Dent County Historical Society, he directed and produced the three volume Ozark Heritage series of Dent County Histories, published by the Dent County Historical Society (Vol. 1, 1978; Vol 2., 1980 and Vol. 3, 1994). He also assisted in the preparation of the history of Crawford County, Missouri, published by the Crawford County History Book Committee in 1987. Considerable information on our Bowers, including but not limited to the information for which this source is cited, is included in these books. I've included source citations for the books, if the volume and page number were known to me. Contact Ken for the current availability of these books. One of the sources of Bowers family information for Ken's work has been the Wiley and Mary (Bowers) Dyer Family Bible, which is in his possession. It had previously been in the possession of Nick Dyer, a son of Wiley and Mary. Ken obtained the bible from Nick's last wife's family. Besides the information it contains on Wiley and Mary's family, it is also the source for the death dates of Andrew and Katherine (Howeth) Bowers. Ken has provided the author with xerographic copies of the family pages from this bible.

3 Family Records of Ken Fiebelman.

4 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.

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