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2. Andrew BOWERS (Jr.)

Nancy DENNIS 1

  • Born: 1808, Tennessee 1 3
  • Marriage (1): John HILL on 23 Nov 1830 1
  • Marriage (2): Andrew BOWERS (Jr.) on 13 Sep 1842 in Grainger County, Tennessee 2

bullet   Another name for Nancy was Nancy HILL.


bullet  Birth Notes:

The birth information is derived from the 1850 Census. Sharon Neal's records indicate she was born 1804 in North Carolina.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

1. Estate Administration: 1840-1843, Grainger County, Tennessee. 1 4

Nancy Hill nee Dennis was previously married to John Hill. The Will of John Hill, Dec'd, dated 5 Feb 1840, identified his children as Abel, Pheba, Nancy, William Ramsey and Perina Pallestine. The first three were married and were by his first wife, Catherine (James) Hill. William Ramsey Hill and Perina Pallestine Hill were minors and by his second wife, Nancy (Dennis) Hill. William Ramsey Hill was named the principal heir. John's widow, Nancy, was to have William's rights until he came of age, so long as she continued to be a widow.

The source for this event is for the Will of John Hill, Dec'd. Other estate administration documents include (page numbers refer to the same source):
1. Widow's Allowance dated 3 Mar 1841 (Page 144);
2. Inventory of Estate dated 8 May 1841 (Page 147);
3. Inventory of Property Left in Hands of Nancy Hill as of 31 Mar 1841 (Page 147);
4. Inventory of Notes dated 8 May 1841 (Page 148);
5. Inventory of Book Accounts dated 8 May 1841 (Page 149);
6. Account of Sale dated 8 May 1841 (Page 149);
7. Minor Heirs Guardian Report dated 8 May 1841 (Page 149);
8. Executors' Settlement dated 27 Oct 1842 (Page 229);
9. 2nd Settlement (indexed at Page 254, but not found);
10. 3rd Settlement dated 25 Aug 1843 (Page 267);
11. Guardian Report for Minor Heirs dated 17 Oct 1843 (Page 267);
12. Executors' 4th Settlement dated 14 Oct 1845 (Page 400);
13. Guardian Report dated 9 Sep 1845 (Page 401); and
14. Guardian Report dated 10 Jul 1846 (Page 401?).

Item 11 is of interest because it is an accounting for the sale of property on 20 Jan 1843, which was probably occasioned by the marriage of Nancy Hill and Andrew Bowers, which terminated her rights to the Estate of John Hill, Dec'd. At this sale, Andrew Bowers purchased: 1 bed and furniture for $4.00; 1 washing machine for $0.375; 1 pot trammel for $0.915; and 1 large Bible for $0.633. It would appear that Andrew bought these items at the behest of his new wife.

Item 14 is of interest because by that time Andrew Bowers was serving as the guardian of the minor heirs of John Hill, Dec'd.

2. Census: 1850, Grainger County, Tennessee. 5

Nancy Bowers, 42, F, $200, TN, Illiterate
William R., 16, M, Farmer, TN, Attended School
Jacob, 12, M, TN, Attended School
Permina P. Hill, 11, F, TN, Attended School
Thos Bowers, 15, M, Farmer, TN, Attended School
John Bowers, 13, M, TN, Attended School

It is unclear why Thomas and John were enumerated as a separate family. Perhaps this was an effort to distinguish between the Bowers and Hill children. But then, why wouldn't William have been identified as a Hill and why wouldn't Jacob have been grouped with Thomas and John? Ruth Bowers Dommestrup thinks this enumeration indicates that Thomas and John were forced to live in a secondary structure on the property. But, what of the fact they are assigned the same dwelling number? I hesitate to read too much into any census entry, let alone this one.

3. Deed: 1851, Grainger County, Tennessee. 6

By Deed dated 17 Apr 1851, Nancy Bowers sold 125 acres to Wm. T. Tate & Co. for $200. This represented her dower interest in all the lands owned by Andrew Bowers at his death.

Refer to Events for Andrew Bowers for other estate matters involving Nancy.

4. Deed: 1851, Grainger County, Tennessee. 7

By Deed dated 14 Aug 1851, Nancy Bowers bought 40 acres in District 13 from William Sharp for $75.

5. Tax List: 1851-1856, Grainger County, Tennessee. 8

1851 12th District: Bower, Nancy, 125 acres, $200

1852 13th District: Bowers, Nancy, 65 acres, $150

1854 13th District: Bowers, Nancy, 65 acres, $250

1855 13th District: Bowers, Nancy, 265 (65?) acres, $250

1856 13th District: Bowers, Nancy, 65 acres, $250

6. Deed: 1859, Grainger County, Tennessee. 9

By Deed dated 14 Oct 1859, Nancy Bowers sold 50 acres in District 14 to Eneas Acuff for $500. Wm. Sharp was a witness to the deed and his land is referred to in the legal description. This may be the same property she bought from him in 1851, even though the acreage and district differ.

As no later records have been found for Nancy Hill, it appears she may have left Grainger Co. following this sale.


Nancy married John HILL on 23 Nov 1830.1 (John HILL died about 5 Feb 1840 in Grainger County, Tennessee 1.)


Nancy next married Andrew BOWERS (Jr.), son of Andrew BOWER (Sr.) and Catherine, on 13 Sep 1842 in Grainger County, Tennessee.2 (Andrew BOWERS (Jr.) was born on 6 Nov 1791 in probably Rockbridge County, Virginia 10 11 and died on 21 Nov 1849 in Grainger County, Tennessee 12 13.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

James Howeth, brother of Andrew's first wife, Katherine, was the bondsman. The date of the bond was 31 Aug 1842. The marriage was performed by William Sharp, J.P.

Nancy Dennis was previously married to John Hill. See the Research Note for Andrew Bowers (Sr.) for a discussion of the likelihood the Bowers and Hill families were friends in Rockbridge and Grayson Counities, Virginia, and that the Hill famlies' move to Grainger County may have played a role in Andrew's (Jr.) decision to move there. 14



1 Family Records of Sharen Neal. See Sharen's website, "Families of Sequoyah County, OK & Others," at

2 Billie Wyrick Kennerly, Tennessee Grainger County Marriage Bonds and Licenses, 1838-1866, Book No. 2 (Houston, Texas; Herb Fisher Company; 1968), Lookup by Bill Waller<> (e-mail dated 22 March 2002).

3 1850 Census, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 444,836.

4 Wills and Settlements, 1839-1847, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 464,102, Page 114.

5 1850 Census, Grainger County, Tennessee, FHL Film No. 444,836, Page 96.

6 Grainger County, Tennessee, Deeds, 1846-1852, FHL Film No. 968,601, Book L, Page 415.

7 Grainger County, Tennessee, Deeds, 1846-1852, FHL Film No. 968,601, Page 415.

8 Grainger County, Tennessee, Tax Lists, 1851-1859, FHL Film No. 968,613.

9 Grainger County, Tennessee, Deeds, 1852-1859, FHL Film No. 968,602, Book N, Page 889.

10 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.

11 Personal Property Tax List, 1781-1810, Rockbridge County, Virginia, FHL Film No. 1,905,708.

12 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.

13 Dent County Historical Society, Ozark Heritage - Dent County Families & Cemeteries, Vol III (1994), Page 104.

14 Billie Wyrick Kennerly, Tennessee Grainger County Marriage Bonds and Licenses, 1838-1866, Book No. 2 (Houston, Texas; Herb Fisher Company; 1968), Lookup by Bill Waller<>.

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