Alcorn, Bowers, and Furr connection to Brownsville

Alcorn, Bowers, and Furr connection to
Brownsville, Linn County, Oregon

by Clyde M. Senger
December 30, 2007
Last updated 28 April 20012

Recently, I had the opportunity to take some photographs in the Pioneer Cemetery in Brownsville, Linn Co., Oregon where some of my ancestors are interred. One tombstone, in the background, intrigued me. It was of an ALCORN and I used to have a friend with that surname. This lead to some interesting stories which in turn lead to this web page.

Photos of many of the monuments of the Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery are online at FindAGrave.. (fg) at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Several sources are not listed in the references. These include:
... (bi) birth record of the individual or of a child of the individual.
... (cem) records from the cemetery, either directly or from listings on the internet.
... (di) death index for the indicated state such as California and Oregon.
... (igi) International Genealogical Index of the LDS church at Family Search Internet.
... (mi) Marriage records for the indicated area.
... (ssdi) the Social Security Death Index available several sites on-line.


********** ALCORN **********

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.... Timothy Marshall ALCORN, son of John Marshall Alcorn and Eliza Adeline MARSHALL (heh), born 16 May 1876 (ww1,di) Wayne Co, KY (dc of Mary at fg), died 6 Dec 1961 Stanislaus Co., CA (di), married apparently first 28 June 1905 Linn Co., OR (mi)
.... Esther BOWERS, daughter of William Bower , born May 1878 (c1900) Lincoln, NE (dc of daughter Mary at fg), died 12 April 1917 Linn Co., OR (di), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery Lot 4 34'x11' (W.E. Bowers) (bpc). Timothy married second about 1925 probably CA
.... Marion B. (c1930) possibly Marion BOEHUE (bi Stanley) but apparently Marian BOEHNE (www), daughter of Edwin Boehne (c1900) and Lucy BARROWS (lks), born ca 1886 Nebraska (c1930) or March 1885 (c1900).

... Notes: Timothy was in Kentucky (c1880) but he and a younger brother, James M. Alcorn, had moved to Saline Co., KS by 1900 (c1900). It is unclear when he was in Linn Co as he is not in the 1905 census. Apparently the family was in Shelton WA in the fall of 1906 (owba). By 1910, the family must have traveled back to Oregon about 1908 where a son was born then moved to Bremerton WA where Timothy was teaching school (c1910). Timothy stated in his world war 1 registration in 1918 that he was a farmer living in Brownsville, Linn Co OR and listed J. M. Alcorn of Huntington Beach CA as his nearest relative (ww1). By 1920 he is listed as a widow in California where he is teaching at a high school (c1920). The 2 boys are living with his brother also in California (c1920). By 1930, Timothy had remarried and had another child and the 2 older ones were with the family (c1930). He is now an insurance agent (c1930). Stanley Alcorn who became well know for his research on plant diseases is the son of the second marriage. It is possible that other children were born to Esther between 1910 and 1916 but there is no evidence of that. There may also have been children after 1930.

... Children:
....i. Wayne ALCORN or Wayne B. ALCORN, born 1907 (c1910) or 1 Nov 1906 (di) Shelton WA (owba), died 2 May 2002 address Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA (ssdi). He attended Modesto High School, Modesto Junior College and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a ranger at Yellowstone National Park, then a ranger-naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Bryce Canyon and Glen Canyon (owba). Apparently he was a recognized photographer and some of his works are included in books and web sites. Search Google and Google images for some of these. He also authored at least one book. He married after 1930
.......... Gertrude BOEHNE, daughter of Ralph Boehne and Mabel STONE and grandaughter of Edwin (lks), born 27 July 1910 NE, died 10 Dec 1995 Stanislaus CA(di), address Modesto (ssdi). Mrs. Alcorn ... "lived in Modesto 24 years. She was a homemaker. She spent 36 years in the National Park Service with her husband, and served in Yellowstone, Sequoia, Bryce Canyon and Rocky Mountain national parks before retiring in 1971". (ogba).
....ii. Earl ALCORN (ssdi) or Earl Marshall ALCORN (di) or Earl M. ALCORN, born ca 1909 (c1910), apparently 2 Aug 1908, died 23 Sep 1956 San Joaquin Co., CA (di), married after 1930
.......... Dorthy MACKEDON or Dorthy Elizabeth MACKEDON, born 4 Oct 1911 NV, died 14 Jan 1996 San Joaquin Co., CA (di), apparently the daughter of John MacKedon and Hazel (c1920) or Hazel ANDERSON (dbs).
....iii. Mary ALCORN or Mary Esther ALCORN or Mary Esther Bowers ALCORN (fg), born 3 Apr 1917 (bpc), died 25 Apr 1918 Linn Co OR (di,dc at fg), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery (bpc).
....iv. Stanley ALCORN or Stanley M. ALCORN (c1930) or Stanley Marcus ALCORN (bi), born 18 June 1926 (bi,obit) Modesto (obit), Stanislaus Co., CA (bi), died 18 (obit) or 16 Apr 1999 (www,ssdi) address Tuscon, Pima Co AZ (ssdi), married in 1949 and 4 children (obit). Stanley was a professor at Arizona State University and worked on plant diseases (obit). Numerous references in American Men and Women of Science and Who's Who (cms).
... References:
..... (bpc) Cemetery records of the Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery, Brownsville OR kindly provided by Jane.
..... (c1880) Federal census 1880 Kentucky Wayne Co Monticello 496B (John M Alcorn).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Kansas Saline Co Salina ward 4 ED 123 sheet 9B res 197-281 (Timothy Alcorn).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Nebraska Hall Co South Platte ED 123 sheet 4B-5A page 294-295 res 76-78 (Marian with Edwin A Boehne).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Kansas Jewell Co Prairie ED 56 sheet 8A page 197 res 154-160 (William E Bowers).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 Washington Kitsap Co Bremerton ward 2 ED 226 sheet 6B res 122-124 (indexed as Tinothy M Alcorn).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 California Orange Co Fullerton ED 61 sheet 11B-11A page 47-48 res 227-259 (James M Alcorn).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 California Fresno Co Kingsburg ED 66 sheet 2B res 51-56 (Timothy M Alcorn with Charlotte Hanson).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 California Humboldt Co Rohnerville ED 66 sheet 5A page 20 res 114-114 (Ralph Boehne indexed at Ancestry as Bochne).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 Nevada Churchill Co New River ED 2 sheet 7B res 36-44 (John MacKedon).
..... (c1930) Federal census 1930 California Stanislaus Co Modesto ED 19 sheet 24B res 335-338 (Timothy M Alcorn).
..... (c1930) Federal census 1930 California Humboldt Co Rohnerville ED 40 sheet 10A page 23 res 258-265 (Ralph Boehne indexed at Ancestry as Buchna).
..... (dbs) World Connect Family Tree "Dixon Smith Family History" by Dixon B. Smith in 2007.
..... (heh) World Connect Family Tree "Genealogy of H. Edgar and Karen R. Hill" by H. Edgar Hill 2002.
..... (lks) World Connect Family Tree " The Journey" by Lori K. Sears in 2007.
..... (obit) Stanley Marcus Alcorn , miscellaneous Pima County, Arizona Obituaries at http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/obits/az/az-pima2.htm
..... (ogba) Obit for Gertrude B. Alcorn, online- Published on December 12, 1995 by Modesto Bee, The (CA)
..... (owba) Obit for Wayne B. Alcorn online -Published on May 6, 2002 by Modesto Bee, The (CA)
..... (ww1) World War I draft registration cards at Ancestry.com.
..... (www) Alcorn, Stanley in Who Was Who in America 1998-2000 Vol XIII p4.

.... James ALCORN or James Markham ALCORN (heh) or James Marcus ALCORN (di), son of John Alcorn and Eliza MARSHALL (heh), born 20 Feb 1878 (ww1), died 24 Dec 1957 Orange Co CA (di), married ca 1917 (c1930)
.... Bessie E. (c1930) or Bessie FRANKS or Bessie Elizabeth FRANKS (sfl), daughter of Jacob Franks and Sarah Jane COLDREN (sfl), born 31 Aug 1886 (di) Glasco, Cloud Co., (sfl) KS (c1930,di), died 21 Oct 1969 Orange Co CA (di), apparently no surviving children to 1930.
... Note: James is listed as the principal of a high school in Kansas in 1910. He had moved to Huntington Beach CA by 1918 and was married and a high school teacher (wwi). In 1920, he is again listed as a high school teacher and had his brotherís two children in the family. By 1930, he is a farmer in Fullerton CA (c1930).
... References:
..... (c1880) Federal census 1880 Kentucky Wayne Co Monticello 496B (John M Alcorn).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Kansas Saline Co Salina ward 4 ED 123 sheet 9B res 197-281 (Timothy Alcorn).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 Kansas Cloud Co Solomon ED 29 sheet 2B res 38-39 (James M Alcorn).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 California Orange Co Fullerton ED 61 sheet 11B-11A page 47-48 res 227-259 (James M Alcorn).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 Nevada Churchill Co New River ED 2 sheet 7B res 36-44 (John MacKedon).
..... (c1930) Federal census 1930 California Orange Co Fullerton ED 33 sheet 19A page 176 res 321-331 (James M Alcorn).
..... (c1930) Federal census 1930 Nevada Churchill Co Fallon ED 10 sheet 2A page 30 res 43-43 (John Macedon indexed Ancestry as Marsden).
..... (heh) World Connect Family Tree "Genealogy of H. Edgar and Karen R. Hill" by H. Edgar Hill 2002.
..... (sfl) World Connect Family Tree "Franks - Kaylor / Koehler - Leininger & Associated Families" by Susan Franks Leininger in 2006.
..... (ww1) World War I draft registration cards at Ancestry.com.

********** BOWERS **********

.... Joseph BOWERS or Joseph Tompkins BOWERS (ms) is apparently the father of three sons who came to Brownsville, Linn Co., Oregon some time between 1900 and 1909. The three are interred in the Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery. Their mother was Almeria STEVENS (ms) or Maria STEVENS (hsn). 'According to the "History of Wesley Chapel" (date and author unknown), "The four Bowers brothers, William, Ed, Dudley and Arthur were leaders in the church" in the 1890s.' (ms). Wesley Chapel is a Methodist church in Lancaster County, Nebraska. We will probably never know why they moved to the Brownsville area.
... References:
..... (hsn) Kansas Collection Books, Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, Lancaster County, Biographical Sketches, Herbert S. Bowers, Produced by Debra Parminter.
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~neresour/andreas/lancaster/lancaster-p11.html
..... (ms) "The Wesley Chapel Neighborhood" (Lancaster Co NE) by Matt Steinhausen
http://www.steinhausen.biz/Wesley%20Chapel%20History.htm

.... Edward BOWERS or Edward H. BOWERS or Edward Henry BOWERS (fg), son of Joseph Bowers and Maria STEVENS (hsn) or Almira STEVENS (dc at fg), born 23 (fg) Dec 1844 (c1900) MA (fg) or Smith?, Long Island, NY (dc at fg), died 14 May 1931 age 86y 4m 21d, Brownsville, Linn Co., OR (dc at fg), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery (bpc,fg), married ca 1878 (c1900)
.... Emma Theresa RAPP (fg) or Emiline RAPP (ms), dau of John Rapp and Margaret WILSON, born 5 July 1855 (fg) Rockford, (dc at fg) Jackson Co, IN (fg), died 29 Nov 1930 Linn Co., OR, interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery (bpc,fg).
... Children 2 to 1910 1 alive:
..... Margie BOWERS (c1930) or Margaret BOWERS (c1910) or Marguerite BOWERS (mi) or Marqueritte BOWERS, born Jan 1885 NE (c1900), married 23 Dec 1915 Linn Co OR (mi)
.......... Newel FURR (ww1) or Newell FURR, son of Albert Ross Furr (bw) or Ross Furr (c1900) or Ella GREENLY (mi) or Sarah Ella GREENLEY (bw), born 22 Dec 1880 (ww1) Veedersburg, Fountain Co., IN (igi), died 4 (igi) Nov 1967address Crawfordsville, MontgomeryCo., IN (ssdi), married later 22 June 1952 Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN
.......... Emma Green Alvey Linderman, died 12 Sept 1967 (igi).
... References:
..... (bpc) Cemetery records of the Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery, Brownsville OR kindly provided by Jane.
..... (bw) World Connect Family Tree by Blair Wright 2007.
..... (c1870) Federal census 1870 Indiana Jackson Co Redding sheet 1 page 412 res 6-6 (Edward and William with Joseph Bowers).
..... (c1880) Federal census 1880 Nebraska Lancaster Co Denton ED 241 sheet 19 page 313C res 159-163 (Joseph and Maria with Edward Bowers).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Kansas Jewell Co Buffalo ED 45 sheet 8A page 44 res 161-161 (Edward Bowers).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Indiana Fountain Co Mill Creek ED 45 sheet 11A page 242 res 234-235 (Newell with Ross Furr).
..... (c1905) State census 1905 Oregon Linn Co South Brownsville (Edward H Bowers).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 Oregon Linn Co South Brownsville ED 193 sheet 8B res 106-106 (Edward H Bowers).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 Kansas Harvey Co Newton Ward 4 ED 47 sheet 13A (Newell Furr).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 Oregon Linn Co South Brownsville ED 311 sheet 4B res 94-94 (Edward H Bowers).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 Oregon Linn Co South Brownsville ED 311 sheet 4B res 95-95 (Newell Furr indexec Ancestry as Furx).
..... (c1950) Federal census 1930 Oregon Linn Co South Brownsville ED 48 sheet 1A page 239 res 10-10 (Newell Furr with Edward H Bowers).
..... (hsn) Kansas Collection Books, Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, Lancaster County, Biographical Sketches, Herbert S. Bowers, Produced by Debra Parminter.
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~neresour/andreas/lancaster/lancaster-p11.html
..... (ms) "The Wesley Chapel Neighborhood" (Lancaster Co NE) by Matt Steinhausen
http://www.steinhausen.biz/Wesley%20Chapel%20History.htm

.... George E. BOWERS, son of Joseph Bowers and Maria STEVENS (hsn), born April 1851 NY (c1900), died 29 Aug 1909 Linn Co OR (di), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery Lot 4 34'x11' (W.E. Bowers) (bpc), married
.... Sarah C., born July 1852 MA (c1900) or 23 July 1857 Fitchburg MA (pass). ... Child 1, 1 alive to 1910:
..... Eda R. BOWERS (c1910) or Eda BOWERS, born Aug 1882 MA (c1900).
... Notes: Although he was not found in a census with his parents, a biography for a brother, Herbert S. Bowers, mentions George is "at Fitchburgh, Mass." in the 1880s. George is listed there as an apprentice mechanic (c1870), mechanic (c1880), mechanic and superintendent of a large factory. (hsn) and in 1887, he is listed as electrician and manufacturer of dynamos (cd). He is listed in the 1880 census as living with Jonas A. MARSHALL and Abbie B., apparently his brother-in-law and sister (c1880). Shortly later, Jonas and Abbie moved to Washington D. C. (hsb) but George is still in Fitchburg State: MA 1887-1890 (cd). In 1900, he is married and in Washington DC as an electrician (c1900). He must have been on a visit to his brothers in Linn Co Oregon when he died. Sarah is listed as a widow in the 1910 census which helps to confirm the connection.
... References:
.... (c1870) Federal census 1870, Massachusetts Worcester Co. Fitchburg sheet 103 page 729 res 678-898 (George E Bowers with Jonas A Marshall).
.... (c1880) Federal census 1880, Massachusetts Worcester Co. Fitchburg sheet 17 page 558A res 142-197 (Geo E Bowers with Jonas A Marshall).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 District of Columbia Washington, ED 104 sheet 7B res 126-140 (Geo E Bowers).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 District of Columbia Washington pre 1, ED 4 sheet 3B res 39-49 (Sarah A Bowers).
..... (cd) City directory for Fitchburg MA at Ancestry.
..... (hsn) Kansas Collection Books, Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, Lancaster County 1882, Biographical Sketches, Herbert S. Bowers, Produced by Debra Parminter. https://sites.rootsweb.com/~neresour/andreas/lancaster/lancaster-p11.html
..... (pass) Passport application 12 June 1906 by Mrs. George E.Bowers.

.... William E. BOWERS, son of Joseph Bowers and Maria STEVENS (hsn), born 7 Apr 1849, died 7Aug 1919 (bpc), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery Lot 4 34'x11' (W.E. Bowers) (bpc), married ca 1877 (1910)
.... Mary E., (c1900), apparently Mary RAPP (c1880), born Sept 1850 IN (c1900) or 15 Sept 1851 (bpc), died 7 Aug 1919 (bpc), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery Lot 4 34'x11' (W.E. Bowers) (bpc).
... Children 3 to 1900 1 alive:
..... Esther BOWERS, born May 1878 NE (c1900), died 12 April 1917 Linn Co., OR (di), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery Lot 4 34'x11' (W.E. Bowers) (bpc) married Timothy M. ALCORN. Esther was a music teacher (c1905).
... Foster children:
..... Harry PATERSON (c1900) or Harry P. BOWERS (c1905), parents born Sweden (c1900), born Jan 1893 NE (c1900) or 25 Dec 1893 Omaha NE (ww1) or 1896 (bpc), died 3 Jan 1922 (bpc), interred Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery Lot 4 34'x11' (W.E. Bowers) (bpc). He was a student at Willamette University in Salem 1917 (ww1) and teaching school 1920 (c1920). See note below the references.
..... William Thomas GRIFFIN (ww1) or William T. GRIFFIN, born 20 (ww1) Jan 1881 (ww1,c1900) NE (c1900), died Sept 1963 address KS (ssdi), married before 1910
.......... Emma E., born ca 1884 (c1910).
... Notes: Jennie RAPP, single, sister-in-law is with the family in 1880 (c1880) which strongly suggests the surname of Mary E..
... References:
..... (bpc) Cemetery records of the Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery, Brownsville OR kindly provided by Jane.
..... (c1870) Federal census 1870 Indiana Jackson Co Redding sheet 1 page 412 res 6-6 (Edward and William with Joseph Bowers).
..... (c1880) Federal census 1880 Nebraska Lancaster Co Yankee Hill ED 241 sheet 10 page 308B res 80-84 (Wm E Bowers).
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Kansas Jewell Co Prairie ED 56 sheet 8A page 197 res 154-160 (William E Bowers).
..... (c1905) State census 1905 Oregon Linn Co South Brownsville (Wm E Bowers).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 Oregon Linn Co South Brownsville ED 193 sheet 8B res 105-105 (Wm E Bowers).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 Kansas Jewell Co Prairie ED 68 sheet 9B (William T Griffin).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 Oregon Umatilla Co precinct 9 ED 149 sheet 3B res 72-77 (Harry P Bowers).
..... (hsn) Kansas Collection Books, Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, Lancaster County, Biographical Sketches, Herbert S. Bowers, Produced by Debra Parminter.
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~neresour/andreas/lancaster/lancaster-p11.html
..... (ms) "The Wesley Chapel Neighborhood" (Lancaster Co NE) by Matt Steinhausen
http://www.steinhausen.biz/Wesley%20Chapel%20History.htm

Note regarding Harry P. Bowers.
..... Although it seems unlikely the above Harry P. Bowers is involved, it is possible he is.
.....The Washington birth records for Washington at Ancestry have an entry that a Lillian Stewart had a child Harry Stowart Bowers, undoubtedly Harry Stewart Bowers, whose father was Harry P. Bowers. The birth was 21 April 1913, Seattle, King Co., WA (bi). A Harry P. could not be identified in the 1910 or 1920 census in Washington and Harry S. was not identified in the census 1920 or 1930 and neither Harry was found in the Washington death index 1909-1929. However, a William S. Bowers, born that date, died 13 April 2000 in Seattle WA (ssdi) and very possibly is the same individual. Further, a William Bowers was found in the 1930 Seattle census with a mother Lillian and as a stepson of James Warner. This William was listed as age 15, a bit off for a 1913 birth. This Lilliam was listed as born about 1897 and first married at age 17 (c1930). She could not be identified as a Lillian Stewart but there were several of about the right age in Pennsylvania. A Lillian E. Warner, born 12 Jun 1896 died 17 Jan 1989, address Seattle (ssdi) would likely be this person. It lists William's father as born England and Lilliam is listed as born PA (c1930). That would seem to indicate that the Harry of Brownsville was not connected.
..... There is no Lillian Stewart in the 1910 Seattle census, but there is a Lyllin Stewart, daughter of Jay H and Clara M. (c1910). She clearly might have been the mother of the Harry S. Bower of interest. By 1920, she is married to a Michael Loeb or Max Loeb (c1920) and has 2 children both of whose births are recorded in the Washington records. In one, the mother is Lyllian Stewart and the other she is listed as Lillian Stewart. None of the Loebs or Jay Stewart could be identified in the 1930 census. Since Lyllian Stewart Loeb was born in IL she would not seem to be the Lillian with William Bower in 1930. One child, Felix Stewart Loeb, born 2 Aug 1917, is almost certainly the Stewart F Loeb, born that date, died 8 Apr 2002 address Rohnert Park, Sonoma Co., CA (ssdi) and who married 4 Dec 1970 San Francisco City Mirra Scaparone (mi). This was probably not his first marriage. There is probably a connection to a Michael Stewart Loeb, born 12 Nov 1981 Los Angeles Co., CA, died 19 April 1982 Los Angeles Co., CA (di), mothers surname Ballou (bi) or Ballov (di).
... References:
..... (c1900) Federal census 1900 Illinois Peoria Co Chillicothe ED 71 sheet 1B (Lyllin with Justice Stewart).
..... (c1910) Federal census 1910 Washington King Co Seattle ward 10 ED 178 sheet 7B res -173-175 (Lyllan S with Jay H Stewart).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 Washington King Co Seattle ED 273 sheet 6B res -201 13th Ave (Max and Lillian Loeb (no children) with Justus Stewart).
..... (c1920) Federal census 1920 Washington King Co Seattle ED 273 sheet 6B res -201 13th Ave (Michael Loeb).
..... (c1930) Federal census 1930 Washington King Co Seattle ED 410 sheet 13A page 73 res 143-185 (William Bower with James E. Warner).

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