Jesse Bowen was born around 1798 in Caswell County, North Carolina.
He was the son of Reuben Bowen and Sarah R. Hicks. On 31 July
1815, Jesse Bowen married Elizabeth Ann Stanley in Scott County,
Virginia. They had seven children.
- Sarah A. Bowen was born around 1818 in Scott County, Virginia.
She married William Johnson in Scott County. He was born in
1813, the son of George W. Johnson and Sarah Barnett. William
and Sarah Johnson had eleven children: James Monroe (1836-), General
R. (1837-1890), Louisa (1840-1895), Jesse M. (1841-), Margaret
(1842-1932), George Washington (1844-1932), Mary (1845-), John P.
(1847-1927), David (1849-1868), Lewis (1850-1910), and Amanda
(1852-). William Johnson died 30 May 1864. Sarah
died 22 March 1892 in Scott County.
- Agnes Bowen was born 6 December 1820 in Scott County. She
married Claiborn W. Neely on 16 May 1839. He was born 15 March
1816, the son of Telitha Neely. Aggie and Claiborn Neely lived
Clinch River in, Scott County. They had ten children:
William Elijah (1840-), Jane (1842-1930), Letty Margaret (1844-1914),
Lafayette H. (1846-1865), Sarah Elizabeth (1850-), Cerenia (1851-),
Wilburn H. (1855-1866), Mary H. (1858-1837), John Campbell (1859-1938),
and Carmack (1861-1941). Claiborn Neely died 15 October 1888 in
Scott County. Agnes "Aggie" died 6 March 1900 in Scott County.
Both are buried in the Neely family cemetery.
- Lucy Bowen was born around 1822 in Scott County. She
married a Mr. Buckles. This may have been James Buckles from
Hawkins County, TN.
- Lewis Bowen was born around 1923 in Scott County. Lewis
Bowen lived on top of Powell's Mountain overlooking Turkey Cove to the
north and Duffield to the south. On 11 November 1851, Lewis
married Nancy Jane Snider. She was born around 1830 in Indiana.
Lewis and Nancy had twelve children: Daniel H. (1848-), Arminda
(1851-1855), Floyd H. (1853-1940), Louisa A. (1855-), Cynthia A.
(1857-), James Monroe (1860-), Thompson Martin (1861-), Sarah E.
(1864-), Gale Roger (1868-), Melissa (1870-), Emily (1872-), and
Shadrack (1873-). Nancy Snider Bowen died 5 August 1904.
Lewis died on 4 October 1912. They are buried in the old Bowen
Cemetery on top of Powell's Mountain.
- George W. Bowen was born around 1829 in Virginia. George
lived near Pattonsville, VA. On 2 August 1849, George married
Louisa Bishop in Scott County. Louisa was born in 1832, the
daughter of Samuel Bishop and Mary Neely. George W. and Louisa
Bowen had eleven children: Sarah (1848-), Samuel Patton
(1852-1919), Reece (1854-1919), James W. (1858-), Margaret (1860-),
Josephine (1860-), Enoch (1862-1945), Mary Matilda (1865-), William
Jesse (1867-1915), Icey V. (1870-), and Tabetha (1872-). George
and Louisa Bowen
moved to Greenville, Texas. George died there in 1895.
- Reece Bowen was born around 1830 in Virginia. He married Alzira Head before 1852. Alzira was born around 1833, the daughter
of James and Ann Head. Reece and Alzira Bowen had eleven children:
Ann Elizabeth (1852-), Lucy (1854-), Susan (1855-), George (1857-),
Nancy (1859-), Amanda (1862-), Almira (1865-), Jennie (1868-), James
(1870-), Ibbie (1873-), and Jesse (1874-). Reece and Alzira Bowen
lived on top of Copper Ridge in Hancock Co., Tenn. overlooking the
Clinch River to the north and Clinch Mountain to the south. They
later moved to Greenville, Texas and died there.
- Jennie Bowen was born around 1825 in Scott County. She
married a Mr. Bishop. Jennie Bishop lived and died on top of the
"Natural Tunnel" in Scott Co. VA.
Jesse Bowen wrote his Last Will and Testament in 1842. In the
Will he named "Flavilla, Jason Yeoman, Henry Kane, Enoch Smyth and
William Harmon, being children and heirs of Sally Durham, who is an
unmarried woman." He further states he considers the children to
be his own though not legal heirs. Jesse Bowen had ten children by
Sarah H. Durham, but he did not marry her until after the children were
born. Descendants have reported that Jesse
Bowen's first wife, Elizabeth Ann Stanley would not consent to a divorce.
Thus he was unable to marry Sally Durham until his first wife agreed to
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1850 Census in Scott County shows Jesse Bowen living in the household next to
the household of Sally
Durham and her 8 children. In the Census the last name of the
children was listed as Durham.
Jesse Bowen married Sarah H. Durham on 23 September 1854 in Scott
County. In the marriage record, Jesse Bowen gave his age, his
birthplace, and his parent's names. Sarah H. Durham was born
around 1808 in Rye Cove, Virginia, the daughter of Isaac B. Durham and
Elizabeth Baldwin. Shortly after their marriage Jesse and Sarah
Bowen moved to Hancock County, Tennessee.
Jesse Bowen and Sarah H. Durham had ten children:
- Flavilla Durham was born around 1833 in Scott County. She
never took her father's last name. On 11
July 1849, she married Winfield Carter in Scott County. He was
born around 1828, the son of Williamson Carter and Martha England.
Winfield and Flavilla Carter moved from Scott County, Virginia to
Hancock County, Tennessee around 1856. They had seven
children: John (1851-), Henry (1852-), Cynthia A. (1854-), Rosa
(1856-), George Washington (1857-1925), Elbert (1860-1924), and Lucy
J. (1863-). Flavilla must have divorced Winfield Carter
as she remarried to Zachariah Minor on 26 January 1868.
Zachariah Minor was born in 1824 in Virginia. Zachariah and
Flavilla had five children: Elizabeth (1865-), Joseph (1869-),
Mary J. (1871-), Sally (1873-), and Jesse (1876-) Winfield
Carter died 22 November 1882 in Sneedsville, TN.
Zachariah Minor died 13 June 1897. Flavilla died 22 June 1906
in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Jason Yeoman Bowen was born
12 February 1835 in Scott County. (Click on his name for more
- Henry Kane Bowen was born around 1837 in Virginia.
He does not appear in the 1860, 1870, or 1880 Census.
- Enoch Smyth Bowen was born 9 June 1838 in Scott County. On
18 February 1856, he married Martha Jane Walling (Wallen) in Scott
County. Martha was born 11 December 1837 in Scott County, the
daughter of Jesse Walling and Elizabeth Bishop. Enoch and
Martha Bowen had four children: Sarah E. (1857-1881), James
(1859-1908), Amanda F. (1861-), and Louisa Ann (1864-). After
Jesse Bowen died in the 1880s, Enoch S. Bowen moved into his house
in Hancock County. Enoch
died 9 November 1910 in Hancock County, Tennessee. Martha
Bowen died 4 November 1930 in Hancock County. They are buried
in the Hurd family cemetery on the A.J. Stout farm. This is
one mile up the river from where they lived.
- William Harmon Bowen was born 3 May 1841 in Scott County.
He moved with his parents to Hancock County, Tennessee during the
1850s. William married Nancy Ferriby Moneyhun between 1880 and
1890. They had one daughter, Sarah E. (1891-1965). Nancy
died between 1891 and 1900. William died 23 March 1915.
- Johanna Caroline Bowen was born around 1843 in Scott County. She
married Samuel Perry Catron before 1858. Samuel was born 14
June 1836, the son of William Elijah Catron and Catherine Smith.
Johanna and Samuel Catron had seven children: Jesse (1858-),
Elijah Henderson (1859-1905), Ellis Patton (1861-1925), Brownlow
(1864-), John Henry (1865-1926), Tillman (1868-1898), and Rosa
(1872-1908). Johanna died from exposure in 1872. Samuel Catron remarried
to Elizabeth Maness Brotherton around 1875. Samuel Catron died on
17 May 1892. John Henry Catron was a Virginia State Senator from 1910 to
- Sylvania C. Bowen was born 31 January 1845 in Virginia.
She married Peter M. Anderson in 1860 in Hancock County. Peter
was born in June 1833. Sylvania and Peter Anderson had Sixteen
children. Ten were still living in 1900. Some of their
names are: Amanda (1862-), Aranda (1867-), Irena (1868-),
Jacob (1870-), Triphena (1871-), Vienna (1873-), Theodoria (1875-),
Sarah Ann (1877-), Lidia F. (1878-), Manerva (1881-), Margaret
(1884-), Enoch D. (1887-). Sylvania died after 1920.
Peter Anderson died on 31 March 1921.
- Elizabeth Bowen was born around 1847. She married to
Tillman Peters before 1870. Tillman Peters was born around
1833 in Virginia, likely the son of George Peters and Elizabeth
Pearson. In 1863 Tilman fought for the Confederacy during the
Civil War. They lived in Hancock County during the 1880 Census
and did not have children at the time. Elizabeth may have
married Tom Anderson before her marriage to Tillman Peters.
- John Patton Bowen was born around 1849 in Virginia. He
married Jane Lea. She was born around 1851 in Virginia.
John and Jane had three children: Caladona (1873-), Jesse
(1875-), and Daniel (1877-). John died in 1926 in Dallas,
- Ebyline Bowen was born around 1850 in Virginia. She
possibly married Isaac Gilliom. He was born around 1845 in
Scott County. In 1870 Isaac was living with his mother,
siblings, and his two children William Hiram (1867-1944) and Thomas
Jackson (1868-1854). She possibly married Peter Gilliom with
children: Martha, Enoch, George, Betty, Hiram, and Luc M..
It appears she is listed in the 1880 Census as Ibby with the first
five children above. The same Ibby appears in the 1900 Census
with Peter and children Luc M. and granddaughter Ella M. She
lived next door to Enoch S. Bowen. This Ibby was born May 1850
which matches the 1860 birth date. The 1900 Census indicates
she had 7 children and 6 were living.
Jesse Bowen died in the 1880s. He is buried in a cemetery a few
miles downriver from where he lived, in an area called Wallen's Bend
(the Bend or Berrd Cemetery). When his son, Jason Y. Bowen died a
hand hewn marker was placed at his grave. Later his family
purchased a marker and the old stone was then put to Jesse Bowen's grave. [Jean K. Horton,
Kingsport, Tenn.] Sarah died around 1899, according to her
granddaughter, Sarah Horton.
U.S. Federal Census Records for Jesse Bowen
1840 U.S. Federal Census (image 60, sheet 310)
Scott County, Virginia, Western district
Jesse Bowen - 3 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20,
1 male 20-30, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20,
1 female 30-40, 1 female 40-50
1850 U.S. Federal Census (image 186)
Scott County, Virginia, western district
age born occupation
Sally H. Durham 42 VA
Jason Y. 15 VA
Henry K. 13 VA
Enoch S. 11 VA
William H. 9 VA
Johana C. 7 VA
Sylvania C. 5 VA
Elizabeth 3 VA
John P. 1 VA
Jesse Bowen 52 NC farmer
1860 U.S. Federal Census (image 5, sheet 116)
Hancock County, Tennessee, Wallen District, War Gap P.O.
age born occupation
Jesse Bowen 62 NC farming
Sally 52 VA household
William 19 VA farming
Elisabeth 13 VA
John 11 VA
Ebyline 9 VA
1870 U.S. Federal Census (image 6, sheet 6)
Hancock County, Tennessee, District 4, War Gap P.O.
age born occupation
Jesse Bowen 72 NC farmer
Sally 62 VA midwifery
William 29 VA work on farm
John P. 21 VA work on farm
Rosa Carter 15 VA domestic servant
John Carter 19 VA work on farm
Tillman Peters 37 VA farming
Elizabeth Peters 23 VA keeping house
1880 U.S. Federal Census (image 9, page 11)
Hancock County, Tennessee, District 4
age born parents occupation
Jessee Bowen 83 NC VA farmer
Sarah wife 72 VA NC keeping house
William H. son 39 VA NC/VA blacksmith
14 Oct 1818 - Scott Co., Va. Court of Pleas and Quarter
Session, Minute Book 1The Claim of Jesse Bowen for guarding Joseph Jones
charged with felony was produced in court, examined, allowed and ordered
to be certified to the auditor of publick accounts.
Scott County, Va. Land Entry Book.
Richard Stanley enters fifty
acres of land in Scott county by virtue of part of a Land office
Treasury warrant No. 6516 dated 3rd February 1819 for 1000 acres on the
north waters of Clinch River. Beginning on the south side of a
place where Jesse Bowen now lives and on the south side of Powell's
Mountain to include the place where said Bowen lives on.
Will of Jesse Bowen - 10 November 1842 -
Scott County, Virginia - Deed
Book 7 (p 109-110)
Know all men by these present that I Jesse Bowen of Scott County,
Virginia; for and in consideration of the natural love and affection
which I bear to Flavilla, Jason Yeoman, Henry Kane, Enoch Smyth and
William Harmon; being children and heirs of Sally Durham who is an
unmarried woman, as well for the further sum of one dollar to me in hand
paid by the said children above mentioned being the heirs of Sally
Durham at and before the sealing and delivery of these present the
receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have given and granted, and by
these present do give, grant hereto the said Flavilla, Jason Yeoman,
Henry Kane, Enoch Smyth and William Harmon being children of Sally
Durham which children I consider to be my own though not legal heirs of
my property and estate their ancestors and administrators and assigns
forever, the following property to wit namely to be divided between and
among the above mentioned children of Sally Durham who are not of age
equally; sixty four acres of land and appurtenances in Scott County,
Virginia being the land which I now occupy one hundred acres of land on
the waters of Stock Creek and on the fork of the Flat Branch in Scott
County, VA; one hundred acres of land which I have interest adjoining
the land which I now occupy in Scott County, VA. Fifty acres of
land which I have interest adjoining the land of Elisha Walling and
William Mitchell in Scott County, VA. My interest in an
improvement of land which I bought off ____ Shepherd in Scott county,
VA; five head of horses, to wit namely one clay bank horse, one sorrel
mare, one brown mare, one roan mare, and one roan colt, and seven head
of cattle to with four milk cows and three calves and seventy five head
of stock hogs, twenty seven head of sheep and thirty seven head geese.
All my household and kitchen furniture consisting of six beds and
bedding, five bedsteads, one chest, two tables, one sofa, seven chairs,
2 pair fire irons, one big Kettle, four pots, two kettles, one oven, one
baker, one skillet, knives, forks, plates and my corn crop standing in
the field, all my oats which is in stacks, all my flax, all of my crop
of Irish potatoes and all my crop of turnips and also my farming
utensils and one man's saddle, 2 spinning wheels, twenty five pound of
wool, to have and to hold the written mentioned property both real and
personal to the only use of the above mentioned children and their heirs
forever, against the claim or claims of the said Jesse Bowen and his
heirs and all other persons whomsoever, to have and to hold forever in
witness whereof the said Jesse Bowen has hereto subscribed his name and
affixed his seal this 10th day of November 1842. Jesse Bowen