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----------------------------------------- Parents -----------------------------------------
25 Oct 1834 - Maury County, Tennessee
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| Betsy Bowden|
| Elly Bowden|
| Charles Bowden|
| William Bowden|
| Jesse Bowden|
Born 1770 - Surry County, North Carolina
Died 1835 - Henry County, Georgia
| John Bowden|
Born 1777 - North Carolina
Died 1860 - Lawrence County, Tennessee
| James Bowden|
Born 1785 - North Carolina
|Research Notes -- David G Brewer |
1742 History of Pope County, Ark. 976.732 H2h
William Bowden born 1742, fought in Revolutionary war,
moved from North Carolina to Georgia 1784, moved to Tennessee
in 1818, and died in Maury County, Tenn. in 1834.
John Bowden born 1777 in North Carolina died with his wife in
Lawrence County, Tenn.
1753 - Rowan County, NC created from Anson County
1770 - Surry County, NC created from Rowan County
1776 - William Bowden's Pension Request
William volunteered into the "Southern Army" before Sept. 1776 for 13 weeks. Mustered out from the
Gilford County Courthouse, North Carolina.
1781 - William Bowden's Pension Request
William volunteered into the army under the command of General "Pickins" in early January 1781 for 8
weeks. Resided in in Surry County at this time. In the fall of that year volunteered in the South
Carolina Line under Capt. Nelson for 5 months and 11 days.
1782 - North Carolina Taxpayer Roles
Wm Bowdin Surry Co., N.C. 1782
1782 - 0019957 Journal of Surry Co., NC
Vol. 2 #2 p. 23
1782 List of Taxable Property
Return of Capt. Blackburn's District, July 29th, 1782
John McAnally 2 horses 8 cattle 436 acres in Duck Shole
William Bowden 2 horses 2 cattle 100 acres on Telfy Island
Ambrose Blackburn 6 horses 8 cattle 850 acres - waters of Neatman Cr.
Younger Blackburn 840? acres Neatman Creek
Capt. Bostick's District
Noble Ladd Sen. 450 acres on Dan River, many slaves
Constant Ladd, no land mentioned
Noble Ladd, Jun., 100 acres on Dan River
Amos Ladd, 182 Acres on Dan River
1784 - William Bowden's Pension Request
William states that he moved to Georgia in 1784 and resided there until 1818, when he moved to
1784 - McAnally History states that William Bowden lived in Surry Co., NC then immigrated to what is
now Oglethorpe Co., GA in 1784 and died in Maury Co., Tenn. in 1834.
1790 Census from Tax Returns in Georgia
p. 91 District L - Captain Young's District
William Boren, Wilkes Co.
1793 - Oglethorpe County, GA created from Wilkes, Clarke Counties
1797 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Waters District
31 William Bowden (no land)
29 William McCord
1798 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Waters District
14 Thomas Black
20 William Bowden (no land)
21 John Bowden (no land)
1799 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Joseph Waters District
P. 2 #52 Clabourn Barnett
P. 3 #74 William Bowden (no land)
#75 John Bowden (no land)
1799 - January 20, Inferior Court, Oglethorpe Co., GA
Debt suit brought against William Bowden by Thomas Findley on a note signed August 23, 1792. Found
for the plaintiff June term 1799.
1799 - January 23, Inferior Court, Oglethorpe Co., GA
Debt suit brought against William Bowden by Thomas Findley on a promissary note for 2,660 weight of
merchantable tobacco made 4 Feb 1793. Found for the plaintiff sum of $73 + $13.50 for his cost in
June term 1800.
1800 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Radford Ellises District p.20
#8 Clabourn Barnett
#11 Wm Bauden
#12 do for Jn Bauden
#16 Wm McCord
1800 Census Index, North Carolina
Bowden, John Franklin 464 52001 10110
5 Males 0-9
2 Males 10-15
1 Male 45-
1 Female 0-9
1 Female 16-25
1 Female 26-44
Bowden, William Franklin 485 10010 20010
1 Male 0-9
1 Male 26-44
2 Females 0-9
1 Female 26-44
1800 Census Index, Georgia
Bowden, Williams Oglethrope Co., GA 11210-11101-01
1 Male 0-9
1 Male 10-15
2 Males 16-25
1 Male 26-44
1 Female 0-9
1 Female 10-15
1 Female 16-25
1 Female 45-
1801 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Ellis District p.31
#29 Clabourn Barnett O.C.
#40 William McCord O.C.
#41 John Bowden O.C.
#42 William Bowden O.C.
1802 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Ellis District
#21 John Bowden O.C.
#31 Clabourn Barnett O.C.
#37 William Bowden O.C.
#86 William McCord O.C.
#100 Isaac Miligan O.C.
Capt. Lee�s District
#69 Mathew Finley O.C. 250 acres
#76 Joseph Waters O.C. 87.5 acres
#61 Charles Finch O.C. 143 acres & 107 acres in Washington Co.
#36 Benjamin Blanton O.C. 35 acres
#1 Bradford Waters O.C. 100 acres
Capt. Mathew�s District
#52 Charles, William, George Mathews
#55 Do for Sam�l Blackburn E(C?).C. 150 150 340
1802 "40,000 Early Georgia Marriages"
Bowden, John Blackburn, Anna 8-7-1802 Oglethorpe 398 *MISTYPED*
1802 #0158729 Marriages of Oglethorpe Co., GA 1794-1812
p. 194 of transcription
1802 September 7th John Bowden and Anna Blackburn no. 460
1803 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Captain Charles Moores District
#8 John Bowden O.C.
#22 William Bowden O.C.
#23 Isaac Miligan O.C.
#90 William McCord O.C.
1805 - Film #0177698 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Hudson�s District
#2 William Bowden J.C.
#10 Isaac Miligan O.C
#19 John Bowden O.C.
#38 Jesse Bowden O.C.
#43 William McCord O.C.
#53 Clabourn Barnett O.C.
1805 40,000 Early Georgia Marriages 975.8 V2me
Bowden, James McCord, Betsy 4-22-1805 Oglethorpe 594
1806 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Captain Hudsons District
#50 John Bowden O.C.
#94 James Bowden O.C. 50 Acres
#106 William Bowden O.C.
#108 Isaac Miligan
#122 William Miligan
#125 John Barnett O.C.
1806 40,000 Early Georgia Marriages 975.8 V2me
Miligan, William Bowdon, Betsy 2-17-1806 Oglethorpe 646
Dale, William Bowden, Rachel 3-15-1806 Jackson Co.
1807 - Maury County, Tennessee created from Williamson County
1807 - Oglethorpe County Elegible Drawers of Land Lottery
Blackborn, Marah (Widow) - Capt Rowland Hudson's District
Bowden, James - Capt Rowland Hudson's District
Bowden, John - Capt Rowland Hudson's District
Bowden, William - Capt Rowland Hudson's District
1808 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Hudson�s District
#42 John Bowden O.C.
#49 William Milligan O.C.
#65 John Yarbrough O.C.
#75 John Barnett
1808 40,000 Early Georgia Marriages 975.8 V2me
Bowden, Jesse - Sally Yarborough Oct 30 1808
1808 #0158729 Marriages of Oglethorpe Co., GA 1794-1812
"October 30th 1808 the within named Jesse Bowden and Saley Yarbough were this day duly joined in
matrimony by me." - Nat. Mclurg (?) J.P.
recorded 17th November 1808
1809 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Hudson�s District
#39 Bradford Waters O.C.
#91 John Yarborough O.C.
#95 William Miligan O.C.
#96 do for William Bowden O.C.
#97 Charles Bowden O.C.
1809 Maury County, Tennessee Court Minutes 976.859 P2ga
1809 James Bowden on Work Crew p.79
1810 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. John Townsen�s District
#31 Charles Bowden O.C. No land
#43 William Bowden Sr. O.C. No land
#44 do for William Miligan O.C. No land
#48 John Yarborough O.C. No Land
#110 William Brewer O.C. No Land
1810 Census, found Johns and James Bowdens in Duplin,Rowan,Mecklenburg,
Franklin and Craven Counties NC.
James - Duplin (NC), Isle of Wight (VA)
Jesse - Rowan (NC)
John - Rowan (NC), Meckenburg (NC), Franklin (NC), Isle of Wight (VA)
1810 - Maury Genealogist 976.859 D2wa v.1
James Bowden 1810, 1811, 1812 - He lived on Silver Creek and was assigned to work on the road that
led to Fountain Creek and McCutcheon's Trace.
1811 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Townsen�s District
#25 John Yarborough O.C. No Land
#46 Charles Bowden O.C. No Land
#87 William Miligan O.C. No Land
#88 do for William Bowden O.C. No Land
#111 William Brewer O.C. No Land
Samuel Blackburn shows up in a separate district, owning land in
Elberton and Washington
1812 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. Owens District
#82 Charles Bowden O.C. No Land
#83 do for William Bowden O.C. No Land
#25 John Yarborough O.C. No Land
1812 40,000 Early Georgia Marriages 975.8 V2me
Bowden, Charles - Mary Ann Waters Dec 3 1812
1813 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt Blakes District
#102 Benjamin Blanton O.C. Tons of land
Capt. William Owens District
#22 John Bowden O.C. 147 Acres bordering Matt Finley
#32 William Miligan O.C. No Land
#56 John Yarborough O.C. No Land
#77 Charles Bowden O.C. No Land
Capt. Bailey�s District
#46 George Mathews Sr. Dec�d O.C. Lots of land
#47 do for Samuel Blackburn E(C?).C. Town lots in Elberton
#48 John Mathews Dec�d G.C. & W.C.
1813 40,000 Early Georgia Marriages 975.8 V2me
Bowden, William - Amy Finch June 4, 1813
1814 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests
Capt. William Bailey�s District
#61 Samuel Blackburn C.C. 4 town lotts in Elberton
Capt Henry Blakes District
#43 John Bowden O.C. 147 acres B.C. Next to Mathew Finley
#105 Bradford Waters O.C. No Land
#107 Burdel Finch O.C. No Land
#108 do for Charles Finch O.C. No Land
#109 Wm Bowden O.C. No Land
#133 Benjamin Blanton O.C. Tons of land
Capt. William Owens District
#2 John Yarborough O.C. No Land
#65 Charles Bowden O.C. No Land
#72 Wm Milligan O.C. No Land
1815 - Film #0177699 - Oglethorpe Co., GA Tax Digests *Need to check this further*
John Halls District
#46 Charles Bawdin O.C.
Capt. William Smiths District
#36 Charley, Elizabeth, George, John, and Mary Matthews; No Blackburn
Capt. Henry Blakes District
#42 John Bowdin O.C. 147 acres B.C. Next to Findley
#114 William Bowden O.C. No Land
#132 Benjamin Blanton O.C. Tons of land
1815 Maury County, Tennessee Wills, Settlements, and Census 976.859 P2gj
1815 James Bowden Buying from Estate Sale p.26
1817 Lawrence County, Tennessee formed from Hickman, Maury Counties
1818 - William Bowden�s Pension Request
William states that he moved to Tennessee in 1818. LeGrand Bowden claims that he lived in Bledsoe
1819 Marriages & Deaths 1763-1820 in Georgia 975.8 V2w
Charles Bowden d. Oglethorpe Co. 10/3/1819 GJ 10/12/1819
1820 - 17 July 1820 Film #0024765 Maury Co. Court minutes & wills
p. 282 of transcription:
Ordered that James Bowden be appointed overseer in place of Daniel S. Bridges, and that the same
hands that worked under sd bridge work thereon under his direction.
1820 Census, Oglethorpe Co., GA
(Index for 1820 doesn't list him!)
p. 8 Lexington, Oglethorpe Co.
William Bowden 100010 - 200100
Mary Bowden 300100 - 100100 (Charles� wife?)
1820 Maury County, Tennessee Wills, Settlements, and Census 976.859 P2gj
James Bowden 32--1- 11-1-
John Bowden 52--1- 1211-
1820 Census AIS Microfiche
William Bowden Greene Co. GA 205 Woodham District 1820
1823 - Lawrence County Archives - letter to Garry Brewer
William Bowden appears on a list of insolvent tax papers in 1823
1824 - AIS Microfiche
Bowden, Mary Oglethrope Co., GA 1824 (Charles� Wife?)
Bowden, William Greene Co., GA Woodham District 1824
1827 - Wills and Probates of Oglethorpe County, GA
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of William Bowden, deceased.
About 8 lbs of corn at $2.75 $22.00
1 yearling 3.00
We do certify upon oath that as far as was produced to us by the administrator,
the above foregoing contains a true appraisement of the goods and chattels
and contents of the estate of William Bowden, deceased, to the best of
our judgement and understanding.
Jno. D. Moss?
I do certify that the above appraisers were sworn to perform their duty
as appraisers, accountable to law, this 30 day of March 1827.
1829 - Unidentified information from LeGrand Bowden
William Bowden moved from Bledsoe County to Maury County, Tennessee.
1829 - Maury Co., Tenn - 1807-1837 Marriages of Maury Co., Tenn. 976.859
p. 66 under p. 115 William Bowden md. Mary A. Smith Jul 22, 1829
p. 40 under page 70 Peter Graham to Martha Bowden 6 Aug 1823
p. 46 under page 80 Leanard W. Beauland to Matilda Bowden 27 Oct 1824
p. 10 Darril D. Holt to Elizabeth Bowden 27 Nov 1835
1830 Census Maury County, Tenn. p.331
Bowden, James 001020100001 - 0010001 (40-50 & 90-100)
Bowden, William 00001-0001
Cunningham, Samuel 00000000001-00001 (80-90)
Bowden, Travis 00010001 - 12000001 (50-60)
1833 State of Tennessee Court of Pleas June term 1833 Maury County, Tenn.
Transcribed from the original by David G. Brewer May 22, 1987
Be it remembered that on this 17th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
thirty three, William Bowden a citizen of the county and state aforesaid, aged ninety one years,
personally appeared in said court (which is now in session), who being first duly sworn according to
law, and(?) on his oath make the following statement or declaration in order to obtain the benefits
of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed the 7th day of June 1832 - That he volunteered
as a soldier in the army of the United States in the year 1776, and went in to the service, serving a
tour under the following named officers(to wit) Capt. John Nelson, Sargent Robert Martin, Col James
Martin, + General [space] Rutherford whom he served under during this tour. Applicant at this time
lived in Gilford County North Carolina. The company rendevoused within one mile of Gilford court
house and from there marched to the Pleasant Garden, where they united with, or joined the
Mecklingburgh and Roann Company and were all placed under the command of General [space] Rutherford.
from there they marched on the 7th day of September 1776 through the mountains crossing little and
big Sivannann[?] rivers, also French Beard river. they proceeded on into the Indian Nation + in
passing through the same, they destroyed the following named towns (to wit)Serve, Watagah, and
Allagoy, all of which were situated on the little Tennessee river, they also destroyed many other
Indian towns during their march, the names of which is not recollected. they also destroyed a grate
deal of corn, + in fact almost every thing they met with belonging to the Indians. during this march
through the nation they fought no battles, but applicant believes they would have met with an
engagement had not Col William[?]Williamson who commanded the Southern Army, got a head of them and
routed the Indians who were lying in wait for them. after doing all the damage they could in the
Indian Nation, they set out for home, and marched on immediately to Cathery[?] fork on the Catawba
river in North Carolina, where they were dismised from service. this tour lasted for thirteen weeks,
and he got no regular discharge from service. Applicant further states that he again entered the
service of the United States Army, as a soldier,in the year 1781, but he can not recollect whether he
was drafted or not, though he distinctly recollects that the companys were all classed, and the
company he was attached to, was called out into service. Applicant went out and served this tour
under the following named officers (to wit), Capt John Bostick, Maj Joseph Vincent, Agitant James
Armstrong, + General [space] Pikins. Applicant lived at this time in Surry County North Carolina.They
commenced the march about the last of January down to haw[?] river where they joined the regular
army, that was commanded by General [space] Pikins. They kept ranging about through the County with
a view of keeping the British from furnishing their regular army with provision, (who were then
stationed in Hillsborough). they acted during this tour as mounted horsemen, and had a very warm
engagement with the British at Whitsells[?] mills on haw river at which battle Maj Lewis was killed,
together with several other men whose names are not recollected. the army kept ranging about for
some short time after this battle, and then marched on to Gilford Court House, where they arrived
about the time that General Green retreated from the enemy where they kept ranging from place to
place until dismised, (applicant procured no dismission). This tour lasted eight weeks or two months.
Applicant further states that he again entered the service of the United States army, as a soldier,
in the fall of the year 1781, but do not recollect whether he was drafted, or how he was called into
service. He went out and served under the following named officers (to wit) Capt Edward Lovell,
agitant Patrick Mac----- and Col Isaacks[?], they marched in November from Surry County North
Carolina where he still lived, on to the Murravian Town, which is now called Salem, where the general
assembly was in session. and Govner Martin[?] returned their company to guard and protect the
general Assembly from the enemy. for some three or four weeks, and after the adjournment of the
Legislator they marched on to da-- river, where they joined the army that was commanded by Col.
Isaacks, and then ranged about the county for a short time,and was dismissed without being engaged in
any battle. This tour lasted for ten weeks. Applicant got a discharge from Col Isaacks, which he
some years after the war was over, and after he left Carolina, sent it back there by one John
Morgan[?] to draw his pay, and was afterwards informed by said Morgan, that he had lost or misplaced
the same, + applicant has neither seen or heard of it since. Applicant left the state of North
Carolina in the year 1784, and removed to the state of Georgia, where he lived until the year 1818,
when he removed to the state of Tennessee, where he has lived ever since. Applicant has no ---
signatory evidence showing that he has discharged the duty of a soldier as above stated. And he
knows of no man living by whom he can prove his actual service. Applicant further states that there
is no clergyman living in his neighborhood to join in the certificate of his reputed service. but
Saml Cunningham[?] and James Holland two of his near neighbors who are men of respectability and will
certify to his reputed service as a soldier of the revolution in his neighborhood and his age.
Applicant hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present(?), +
he declares that his name is not on a pension of the agency of any state.. Sworn to and Subscribed
before me in open court this 17th day of June 1833. Thos P.Porter clk [includes William Bowden's
Signature, written as Wm Bowden in legible hand and florish, followed by a sworn declaration by Saml
Cunningham and James Holland]
1833 - Letter from W. E. Gillespie
Columbia 18th June A.D. 1839
Dear Sir - I avail myself of an opportunity through the medium of this letter, to return the
declaration of William Bowden, after making the necessary amendment to the same - I have no doubt but
what you will consider it amply sufficient to protest the department and grant him a pension, but if
there should be any thing unfounded in the same, I wish you would return it to me for amendment again
- as I have no doubt but what Bowden is as much entitled to a pension as any man who has made
application - you will please forward his certificate to me, and oblige your humble servant -
Respectfully, W. E. Gillespie
1834 Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution (976.8 Vsb)
buried in Tennessee
Bowden, William (b. 1740/age 92 in 1832 Pen List; 1834 R.L.W.,
Maury Co.) Service in SC and NC line REF Armstrong: 2400 Tennessean Pensioners 976.8 M3a
1834 From Ancestry.com U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872
March 1833: 2
Sept 1833: 2
March 1834: 2
Sept 1834: 3
Decd 25 Oct 1834 & paid in 3d quarter 1835
1834 DAR Patriot Index
Elias c. c 1763 d 2-25-1843 m Celia Lawrence Sol VA PNSR
John b c 1725 d 12-4-1788 m Peggy -- PS VA
Nicholas b 3-25-1741 d p 1799 m X Capt NC
William b 1742 d 10-25-1834 m X PVT NC PNSR
1835 Pension Roll of 1835 Vol. III
Maury Co., Tenn.
William Bowden Private of Inf. & Cav.
$26.21 annual allowance
$78.63 sum received
S. Carolina Line
placed on pension roll Aug. 14, 1833
Commencement of pension Mar. 4, 1831
1840 Census Maury Co., Tenn P. 292
Bowdon, James 00000001 - 00000001 (54 in 1840?)
1840 Census Lawrence Co. Tenn p. 140
Bowden, John 001000001 - 10000001
1848 - Maury Co., Tenn Chancery Records 1810-1860 976.859 P2g
James Bowden was 44 in 1848
1850 Census - Morgan County Missouri - Moreau TWP #443616
James Bowden 64 M Farmer 1000 Georgia
Newton Bowden (60)
Charles w. (Nephew, 33) living with him
Matilda Bowden (68 Tenn) living with Allen B. Bowden (32 Ark)
Elizabeth Bowden (64 Tenn Tenn Tenn) as farmer
James N. Bowden M 32 Tenn Ga NC
Dora F 32 Tenn Tenn Miss
Eska F 2 Ark Tenn Tenn
Mary E. 2/12 Ark Tenn Tenn
McAnally, Winston O. M 19 Tenn Tenn Tenn
Jackson J. Bowden M 66 Ga Ga Ga
Narcissa E. F 46 Ark Va Ala
Sarah F. F 18 Ark Ga Ark
Athaner C. 17 Ark Ga Ark
Miles E. M 13 Ark Ga Ark
Records of Reva Housley, 1306 Ave. 1 NE, Atkins, AR 72823
William married Martha
A Research of the Bowdoin Family in the United States - U. Bowdoin Marsh
p. 15 In 1788 the will of John Bowden of the Isle of Wight Co., Vaa. Was probated. One f his sons,
John Bowden, Jr., of the Isle of �White� County, Va. Purchased land in Bute County (now Warren
and Franklin Counties), North Carolina. His will is probated in 1825 in Franklin County, NC.
According to Mrs. L.R. Freeman, a descendant of John Bowden of the Isle of Wight Co., Va. Who left
the will in 1788, and his two brothers, Robert and Richard Bowden �were the original three
brothers� (Bowden) �whom tradition tells us came from England� Records of these three are found
in the Isle of Wight County, Va beginning with John Bowden in 1759, followeed by Robert Bowden in
1761, and Richard Bowden (from King and Queen County, Va.) in 1763.
Completely cover Surry (1781) and Guilford (1776) Counties, NC for William Bowden