Bowyer Family

Bowyer Family (Summers County)

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THE   REAL  EXPERT  ON   THIS  FAMILY  IS   MRS.  PHYLLIS  CADY  OF  TOLEDO, OHIO

           [email protected]

 

Virginia

 A.

 Bowyer

  MOTHER OF:

PRUDA MAE DAVIS

ANDREW  LEWIS  AND  NANCY  JANE  KIRBY  BOWYER

 

 

 

 

  

BOWYERE one of the earliest spellings

THE FIRST KNOWN ANCESTOR

 PHILLIP BOWYER

 

Phillip Bowyer, Sr.

Born: abt l745

Spouse: Elizabeth

 

PHILLIP’S MILITARY RECORD

 

1777: Phillip, Sr. enlisted in Capt. Wallace’s Co. of the

Continential Virginia Line in Shendoah County,

Virginia.

He served 3 years.

 

At the time of his enlistment, he was married . He left his wife at

Catherine Shoulderman’s Father’s home at Massanutten Settlement.

 

 

Phillip, Sr. served at Fredericksburg under Capt. Parker. After serving in many areas of Virginia, Phillip and his fellow soldiers, were marched south to North and South Carolina .

(in the same battles as William Kirby and Samuel Allen)

 

He remained in the Carolinas until the end of the Revolutionary War (upwards to

3 years). He was discharged at MIDDLE RIVER near the N/S Carolina Line.

On December l8,l823 certificate # l9l37 placed

Phillip Bowyer, Sr. of Augusta Co., Va. On the pension rolls effective April 23,l823.

HE RECEIVED $8.00 (eight dollars) per MONTH

 

 

 

JONATHAN N. BOWYER

Son of Phillip Bowyer , Sr. and Elizabeth, his wife.

Born: Shenandoah Valley

Virginia abt l798

Died: Monroe Co., WV

Abt: l855

 

 

MARRIED 20 April l829

SPOUSE: ANNIE (BLYTHE) MURDOCK

Annie was the dtr/of JONATHAN AND MARY(Polly) BLYTHE

 

SHE WAS THE WIDOW OF Thomas MURDOCK who was killed in the

American Revolutionary War. He was born in SCOTLAND. Pension records

She was award ˝

 

The husband’s pay for 5 years. That is about $45.00 per

year (forty five dollars per year).

She and Thomas Murdock had 3 children, who were:

William

John

James

While there are some who believe Annie Blythe was a full blooded

Cherokee Indian, that link has not been proven. There are Blythes

listed in the early U.S. Census records starting in l790. There is

Jonathan Blythe list in the l835 Census and again, in the l839

Census of Indians in the West (these represent those who traveled

The TRAIL OF TEARS).

There are also passenger lists of early vessels from Scotland listing

Murdocks and Blythes on the same ships.

 

CHILDREN OF JONATHAN BOWER AND ANNIE BLYTHE BOWYER

ANDREW LEWIS BOWYER

l6 Aug l826   D. l910

Married 1836  Nancy Jane Kirby l3 Jan l857

        she died 5/11/1914

                                                      

Both are buried at Fairview Bapt. Church on Seminole Rd

At Forest Hill on Rt 12 from Hinton to Peterstown.

# 2. SILAS WASHINGTON BOWYER brother to Andrew

B. 4 May l832

Married 5 Jan l860

SPOUSE: SARAH ELIZABETH KIRBY (sister to Nancy Kirby)

l860

She is buried at Riverview Cemetery

Creamery, W V (summers co)

#3. MARY (polly) ANN BOWYER

B. Feb l834

 

Married Willam W. Kirby 29 Mar. l855

#4. UNITY ELIZABETH BOWYER b. 1836

Married James C. Kirby 9 April l855

(notice Kirby girls m. Bowyer boys and vice versa)

 

AFTER ANNIE BLYTHE’S DEATH, JONATHAN

MARRIED PRECILLA VANCE

l Nov. l855 LOGAN COUNTY

Their children were:

Martha Susan Bowyer b. l4 Sept. l856

John Clinton b. 4 Oct. l858

Mary Jane b. 22 Mar l860

Sarah (sally) b. 2 June l866

Jonathan Bowyer and Pricilla Vance Bowyer

Buried in lots 8 and 9 at New Hope Church at Marie,WV

In Summers Co.. Lot # 10 is shown on the church

Records as "UNKNOWN" . Many of us feel that

Is where ANNIE BLYTHE MURDOCK BOWYER

Is buried.

 

NANCY JANE KIRBY

Married ANDREW LEWIS BOWYER

She is the dtr/of MARTIN KIRBY AND  REBECCA COPELAND

 

MARTIN B. l8l0 REBECCA B. l813  D.  D. l880

            MARRIED   5 Aug l832

 

 Buried at the McCarthy Cemetery off Sarton Rd. in Monroe Co.

Along with William Kirby

 

REBECCA dtr/o John W. Copeland of an immigrant

family from England to Maryland and onto

Albermerle Co., Va. Where John W was born

before l796 (she is sister of Eliz. Raines,)

 

Rebecca’s father, John Copeland traveled to Greenbrier

County to the lands owned by MICHAEL BOWYER,

Where the Greenbrier Hotel is located today.

 

John was a shoemaker.

He married MARY (polly) RAINES 13 July l817

Monroe C. W.V.

REBECCA’S sister VIOLINA COPELAND

Married Martin’s brother MINOR KIRBY 20 Feb l837.

Minor b. 23 Jan l8l5 D. 31 Jan 1898

Buried: Upton Cemetery on FLAT MTN. located

to the southeast of Alderson, Monroe Co.

MARTIN AND MINOR ARE LISTED AS COOPERS

by trade. Minor was also listed as a shoemaker. Both  Martin and

Minor were Pvts. in Co. F 1 26th Virginia Regt. of the

Confederacy.

 

A sister of Martin’s is shown as SUSANNA JONES

AND A SON-IN-LAW, WILLIAM  T. SMITH

 Are   SHOWN ON WILLIAM KIRBY’S WAR RECORD

   

WILLIAM KIRBY (father of Martin and Minor)

B. l759 D. l7 Aug l848

MARRIED ELIZABETH MC DANIEL abt l769 in Hanover Co.,Va.

 

A young William Kirby aboard the same ship in l767

From IRELAND as EDWARD MC DANIEL

FATHER OF ELIZABETH MC DANIEL.

    

MILITARY RECORD OF WILLIAM KIRBY

(reported in the reference book WEST VIRGINIAN IN THE REVOLUTION P.158)

SERVICE - VIRGINIA Va. No. 7091 No. W 7998 B.L.WT. l77l7

Enlisted in Hanover Co., Virginia in l779 – served 18 months

as a Private under Capt. Richardson and Stribling in

Col. Blueford’s Regiment. Took part in the battles at

Guilford Courthouse (fought throughout the Fall l781) – Camden, The Seige of 96

                    (so named because it was 96 miles to Camden,SC)

EUTAW SPRINGS. (fought in the same battles

with Wm. Kirby/Samuel Allen)

William Kirby (father of Martin and Minor) applied for

his pension at aged 69, in Albemarle Co., Va.

pension issued l819. William died l7 Aug. l848

He married before l800 to Elizabeth McDaniel, who

was born near Alta Vista, Va. in l769. She

received a widow’s pension in l851.

 

CHILDREN OF WM. KIRBY AND ELIZ. McDANIEl

1.Nancy age 12 in l851

2. Martin " l0 " "Served in the Confederacy in Chapman's Battalion

3. Minor " 5 " " Served with  his brother in Confederacy

(it seems these men, Wm. Kirby/Samuel Allen/

Phillip Bowyer fought together in the American

Revolutionary War, and took residences near

each other in the Western Mtns. Each of them

received a LAND BOUNTY or Treasury

Warrant issued by the STATE of Va. for service

given in the Revolutionary War.

 

As we saw Kirbys and Bowyers marry each other, now, we

will notice Copelands and Kirbys married.

 

 

 CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND ELIZ. MC DANIEL KIRBY

1.William W. Kirby B. Dec. l833 D. l914 m.   Mary Ann Bowyer (dtr/o Jonathan Bowyer)

 

2.James C. Kirby (B) July l834 m    Unity Eliz. Bowyer (dtr/o Jonathan Bowyer)

 

3.Nancy Jane Kirby m. Andrew Lewis Bowyer  (son of Jonathan Bowyer)

4.Sarah Eliz. Kirby m. Silas Washington Bowyer

(son of Jonathan Bowyer)

5. John L. Kirby (b) l840 m Amanda Weikle  (l9 Aug l860)

John died l862. Amanda re-married

22 Oct l863 to William Stile

 

6. Edmund (Edward) Kirby (b) abt l842

SERVED IN THE CONFEDERACY

 

7. Louisa Kirby (b) abt l844

8. Margaret Kirby (b) l845 still living l946  99 years old

9. Rebecca Kirby (b) l849

l0. Malinda E. Kirby (b) l85l (d) l933 m. 23 Aug l888

to James W. Parker

Buried Mt. Harmon Church at Sarton

In Monroe Co. as are several members

of this family.

11. Virginia F. Kirby (b) 7 June l853 married to  Griffith Meadows.

Both buried at

Mt. Harmon Church, Sarton

 

12. Andrew Fletcher Kirby (b) 28 July l856 (d) 4 Mar l941

married Maggie W. (b) l869 (d) l960

 

13.Minerva (b) 27 May l859 m. William D. Miller on

ll Feb. l878

l946 record shows her living with her

sister Jenny at 87 years old.

 

ANDREW LEWIS AND NANCY JANE KIRBY

                            BOWYER

Andrew (Andy) Lewis Bowyer (b) Aug. l826 or l828

In Monroe Co., WV. He served in the CONFEDERACY in the Civil War.

MILITARY RECORD

Andrew belonged to Co.  A & B, l66  Reg’t   VIRGINIA MILITA.

He joined 4 Aug l861, at Centerville, now Greenville, and served

As a Private in the Home Guard (attached documents)

 

   

In l866, after the War, he sold his land on Wolf Creek to James M. Willis and moved to

Marie, in Summers Co., where he and Nancy Jane raised their family (home place

standing today but has been remodeded). Located on Penn Ellison Ridge Rd.

at Marie.

In l869, he received a land warrant for 94 acres of land on the Kessinger Run.

Value was $190. By l890, he owned 128 acres, valued at $ 305.

His Mother – In – Law, Allie (Pricilla) Bowyer, owned 14 acres on Kessinger

Run valued at $ 30. which was left from Jonathan Bowyer’s estate.

Andrew L. Bowyer is reported to have been a kind and soft

spoken man. He is buried at Fairview Baptist church where he

and his family were members.  The Church is located on

Seminole Rd. at Forest Hill in Summrs Co.

NANCY JANE KIRBY BOWYER (B) 21 May l836, m. Andrew

Bowyer . They were the parents 13.  Her parents were Martin Kirby

And Rebecca (Becky) Copeland. Nancy Jane died 5 Nov. l914. Her

funeral was preached by Rev. Henry Dillion, a traveling minister who made his

rounds to the little Baptist church were she was a member.

 

CHILDREN OF ANDY AND NANCY

Stars indicate the family members who came to Maple Fork These are the

ONLY FAMILY MEMBERS THAT I  AM  FAMILIAR WITH, OTHERS  ARE

KNOWN BEST BY MS. PHYLLIS  CADY OF TOLEDO, OHIO.

ELIZABETH (Lizzie) Jane Bowyer (b) 17 July l858 (d) l8 Dec l896

******** 2. CORNELIA Francis Bowyer (b) 13 Aug l859 (d) 5 Dec l944

******** 3. Mary Delona Bowyer (b) l7 Sept. l862 (d)l5 Oct l905

******** 4. GEORGE Burn Bowyer (b) 8 Sept. l862 (d) 6 Dec l929

 

THE FOLLOWING REMAINED IN SUMMERS COUNTY, KNOWN BEST BY MRS. PHYLLIS CADY

Letcher Andrew Bowyer (b) 21 May l865 (d) 26 Sept l889

Rebecca Susan Bowyer (b) 25 Aug l866 (d) 2 May l950

Margaret Ellen Bowyer (b) l867 (d)27 Nov l956

Martin Bibb Bowyer (b) 14 Feb l870 (d)28 Oct l955

 

********** 9. VIRGINIA A. BOWYER (b) 5 Oct l872 (d) l4 Feb l901

                                                                10, Mattie U. Bowyer (b) 26 Nov l874 (d)6 Jan 1916(Summers Co.)

************ 11 ELBERT BOWYER (b) 6 Sept. l876 (d) 26 Apr l962

                                        James Willie Bowyer (b) 6 Aug l878, (d) 2 Sept. l899(Summers Co.)

                                       Charles (Charley) Omer Bowyer (b) 2 Jan l882 (d) 8 Mar. l898(Summers Co.)

   

 

# 2. CORNELIA FRANCIS BOWYER (b. l3 April l859 (d) 5 Dec l944.

Married Henry Davis of Maple Fork, brother to

John W. Davis. Both Henry and Neally died within

24 hours of each other in l944. Buried at John W Davis

Cemetery at Maple Fork.

 

Children

    l. JAMES DAVIS career military man. After WWI, he

    served in Texas where he married, raised a family,

    died and is buried there.

    2. Rusell m. Pearl __________at her death, He married Mattie

 

    3.NANCY m. Lawson Williams lived at Maple Fork

4, Cleao and Cudy twin girls B 8 Aug. l893

Cleao died 3 July l894

5. Cudy died 6 Mar l896

 

 

Uncle Henry and Aunt Nealy owned a store with a post office in it to serve

Maple Fork until l926 when the mail began coming from Mt.Hope. The post

Office was called NESCO.

Ben Feazelle carried the mail from Nesco to Cirtsville on horseback.

 

#3 MARY DELONA BOWYER. (b) l7 Sept l862, (d) l5 Oct l905.

Married Louden Tyree (b) l857 (d) l6 Feb. l925 LOUDEN WAS THE SON  or grandsons OF  SATTERWHITE TYREE .

NEWTON  AND  LOUDEN WERE BROTHERS  or  NEPHEWS  OF LUCINDA TYREE DAVIS, WIFE OF SAMUEL DAVIS.

Louden was hired to build the first church at Maple Fork and was paid $200. for that job.

Both Louden and Delonia

are buried at the Louden Tyree Homeplace cemetery at Maple Fork.

 Louden lived in sight of the John W. Davis home as well as in sight

of his Borther, Newton Tyree (b) l6 Apr. l861 (d) 4 June l948.

Newt’s wife, Letha (b) l3 Jan l859 (d) 20 Sept. l922

CHILDREN OF LOUDEN AND DELONA "Lonie"

 

Nanie Tyree (b) 3 Mar. l883 (d) l6 Sept. l954 m. Henry W.

Treadway. Henry (b) l8 Dec l867 (d) 7 May l941

DELLA M. TYREE (b) l884 (d) l931 m. Lawson Davis

Son of William Davis of Pax.

She and Lawson lived at Weirwood in the home of

what was their child’s home when I was a girl, Harold Davis.

Lawson was shot and killed by John W Davis’ son William "Bill"

On Election Day in Nov. l912 (see Davis history for details)

Lawson’s brothers 

 were Symoure, Buren, Garfield, and

Lewis . He had  sisters, Mary Francis, m. Geo. Givens lived

At Maple Fork( see complete family list under Davis ).

 

C.  Andy Tyree  m.  Allie Davis, dtr. of  William and Molly Kincaid Davis

          Their children:

          Barbara  m.  Bill  Jewel

         Tennis     m.   Margie  Lafferty from  Weirwood

 

D. Henry Tyree m. Tivvie lived at Mt. Hope, had no children

Of their own but raised Bessie the only dtr. Of Henry’s

brother, Clark Tyree who lived up Stover Br. Rd. at Cirtsville.

 

E, Clarkson (Clark) Tyree (b) l2 Dec. l893 m. Bernice

Bessie Tyree (b) 8 Mar l895

 

F. Ray Tyree (b) ll Feb l899 m. Lillian Maynor (she is living

in their home place up Stover Br. Rd. At Cirtsville.

On Dec l9,l999, she will be 96 or 97 years old.

Her Grandftr. Was Ben  Feazell.

Lillian Tyree deceased  abt. 2000

 

G. Clete Tyree m. Edith lived at Glen Rogers.

 

# 4 GEORGE BURN BOWYER (b) 8 Sept. l864 (d) 6 Dec l929.

He m. Sarah Davis Sister to John W. Davis (b) l864 Both are

Buried at the John W Davis Cem. At Maple Fork.

Property on which they lived was a gift from Sarah’s father,

Samuel L. Davis and her mother, Lucinda O Tyree.

Their children were:

Andrew "Andy"

Harrison m. Lula lived Cirtsville

Tillden

John

Mae (m) Jim Vick

Macie (m) Emmert Bowyer

Lonie (Delona)

Lizzie (m) Hamilton

Ruth Susan (m) ____ Martin

For details see History

of

Samuel Davis Family

 

 

 

# 5 LETCHER ANDREW BOWYER (b) 21 May l865 (d) 26 Sept l889

Buried at Fairview Cem at Forest Hill He died of TB, unmarried and

No children

 

  

6. REBECCA S BOWYER (b) 25 Aug l866 (d) 30 Apr l950. Her first

husband was Henry Grant Tyree, (b) Jun l866. He owned a saloon

in Hinton on 3rd. Av. The story is told that the devil raised

up behind the bar of the saloon with chains on. It scared him so,

he sold the saloon. He was however, shot at the saloon, which

finally caused his death. He died l905 at age 38. He was from the

Mt. Hope area. He also dealt in diamonds. He is buried at the

Blue Ridge Memorial . Rebecca is buried at Hilltop Cem. At

Hinton, W V

She and Henry had 1 dtr

Sadie Jean Tyree (b) 24 April l892

Her first husband: Edward Weeks

Second husband: Arthur Sowers

 

Rebecca re-married after Henry Tyree’s death to EVERETT (Evie)

Lee Craddock (b) 8 Oct l887 (d) l7 May l965. He was a railroader.

Rebecca's   HOUSE STILL STANDS in  Hinton ON THE CORNER BEHIND THE

POST OFFICE BESIDE THE METH. CHURCH It is a large

house  with cut glass windows. She also owned a grocery store.

She and Evie had no children. After Becky died, Evie stayed in Hinton

and later remarried. He was from the CRADDOCK family who lived

At Maple Fork. Evie is buried at the Restwood Cem. on Madams

Creek at Hinton.

 

#7.MAARGARET (MAGGIE) ELLEN BOWYER (b) 5 Oct l867 (d) 27 Nov l956.

Married William (Bill) B. Shanks from Floyd Cty., Va. He was a carpenter.

Shanks (b) 25 Oct l851 (d) 15 June l901. Married by Rev. Isaac G. Michael,

His second marriage.

 One of the few of Mom’s relatives that I remember, I recall she came to see her sister, Aunt Neally who was then

living at the home across from Phillips Gro. Store at Maple Fork. She

had with her the twin sons of  her   Grandson, Harry Mann.

Twins Eddie and Edgel were about 3 or 4 yrs old, with flaming

red hair. Mom had sent me there with a home canned

 peaches for Aunt Nealy and Uncle Henry.

I remember, Aunt Mag was a slight woman wearing a black

dress sitting on the back porch watching the boys 

who were playing in the yard. She reached out and hugged

me. I left the peaches with her and soon returned home.

Cornelia (Aunt Nealy) Henry (Uncle Henry) Davis

died within 24 hours of each other in l944 (See  Photo in  Davis Family).  I was born

in l937 so I was indeed a young child.

Children of Maggie Bowyer and Wm. Shanks

l. James (Jim) Paries Shanks (b) l3 Aug l890 (d) l4 Feb l969.

James (Bud) Shanks (b) l929 m. Marie Pettrey

They live on Observation Rd. in Hinton.

Bud is retired from the RR. But still has a

Shop at Avis where is has parked some of his

Heavy equipment.

 

2. Myrtle Shanks (b) 13 Fed l931 (d) 5 Apr. l971 (m) Paul Brabb

lived in Toledo, Ohio. It was with her encouragement

that Harry Mann took his family there to find work in

l950s.

Myrtle died at age 40 and is b. at Fairview with her 2 inft. Sons

(2) Second child of Maggie and Wm. Shanks GRANT LEWIS SHANKS

(b) 2 Aug l893 (d) 8 Dec l969. Married Thelma Willey (b) 24 Aug l912

 

Grant had a store on War Ridge Rd. near his mother’s log

cabin home where he lived. He farmed the homeplace lands too.

 

(3) Russell Shank (b) 2 Apr. l895 (d) at birth

(4) Ada Mae Shanks (b) 22 Apr. l896 (d) 5 Aug l987 married Wm (Billie)

Mann. They lived on the homeplace property.

Children of Ada Mae Shanks:

HARRY LEWIS MANN 12 Aug l9l8 (d) Nov. l999  married

Rachel Birchfield

Their children:

    Twins Edward and Edgel (b) 1938

   Shirley (b) l6 June l942 lives in Toledo, Ohio

PHYLLIS JEAN MANN (b) 22 Oct.   1940

Lives in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, Tony Cady

 

It is to this cousin, Phyllis, that I am most

grateful for finding  my roots.

Phyllis is as close to a professional genealogist as there is,

and has spent years researching this family.

 

b. William (Bud) Mann (b) 21 June l92l (d) 24 Feb l976

 

5. Charles Shank (b) July l898 d 29 Sept l898 (at 2 mo)

6. Rebecca  (b) 1 Aug.1899, (d) Dec. 1971 m. Claude Crawford           

 dtrs of Rebecca Shanks Crawford center:  Mrs. Vivian Rice right:  Mrs. Violet Reed   left: Mary Bowyer (their cousin)

 

Mae and Becky were close friends of Mom and Jenny Bell              

when they little girls growing up on Maple Fork in their          

father's (John W. Davis) home. They came to visit their            

Aunt Nealy and often stayed with Mom and Jenny Bell.              

One of the earliest photos we have taken on the porch of         

The original home of Aunt Nealy and Uncle Henry, shows

Mom, Madge, Jenny Bell, and Becky Shanks Crawford.

After the death of Wm. B. Shanks, Maggie m. George W. Walters

Wed 8 Dec. l904 , l (One) son was born to them:

George Clyde Walters (b) 3 Feb l906

Maggie - Wm. B. Shanks and Clyde Walters buried Fairview at Forest Hill.

 

#8. MARTIN BIBB BOWYER (b) l4 Feb. l879 (d) 28 Oct l955. M. Eliz. Beasley

27 Oct l892 she died 26 Dec l874

He was a blacksmith who lived in the Andrew and Nancy (Kirby) Bowyer

Homeplace high on the knoll on Penn Ellison Rd. at Marie in Summers Co.

Their children were:

Mayme (Mamie) Francis Bowyer (b) 2 Sept. l893 (d) 21 Dec l983

Married Walter Chittin their childre are Evert Lee (Tru)

Lives at Talcott beside his homeplace.

Sadie Mae Bowyer (b) 24 Jan l895 (d) 25 Mar l899

 James A. Bowyer (b) l0 Dec l896 (d) l8 Apr. l957

 After the death of Eliz. Beasley, Bibb Bowyer married Martha(Mary)

Ellen Hudson Woodrum (b) l865 (d) l951

Their children were:

Paul Clifton Bowyer (b) l0 Sept. l90l (d) ll Sept l984

Ailen Bowyer (b) 9 May l903 (d) l998 lived in Huntington.

Owal Fred Bowyer (b) 30 Oct l904 (d) 20 Sept. l976

Owal  built a home just above the homeplace

that stands today overlooking miles of surrounding

Countryside.

Hazel Bowyer (b) 28 June l906 (d) l0 Nov l970. Married

Shields Landon Jones. Their son, RALPH Jones

lives at Pine Hills near Hinton

Mary Ellen Hudson Woodrum Bowyer had children by

her first marriage and many of the Woodrum family is buried

At Fairview Cem. At Forest Hil

 

 

 

#9. VIRGINIA (Jenny) A. BOWYER (b) 5 Oct l872 (d) 14 Feb. l901

MARRIED JOHN W. DAVIS (b) l859 (d) l926

THEY LIVED AT MAPLE FORK WHERE THEIR 4 children  were  born.

#1Elizabeth (Lizzie) m. John Catlett

        Russell Catlett

        Irma Jean

        John Thomas

        An invalid son who lived abt. 2 years

        Verna June

        Norma Jewell

        Richard Adair

#2    Sparrell Davis m. Gertrude (Gertie) Bowyer

        Howard (Tine)

        Troy

        Jeff

        Harold

        John Walter

        David Darrell

        Jane

        Dorothy Mae

#3. Pruda Mae Davis m. Omer Bowyer

    H.A. Bowyer (Herbert Allen)

    James Lawrence Bowyer

    Omar Bowyer

    Betty Vanyla

    Bill Joe (invalid son lived abt 2 yrs)

    Mary Ruth

#4.Virginia (Jenny) Bell m. Carl Pittman

    Herman

    Lucille

    Louise

    Herbert Lewis (invalid son lived abt 2 yrs)

    Lodema

    Carl Jr

    Lula Bell (Patsy)

    Benny

 

VIRGINIA DIED A FEW WEEKS AFTER JENNY BELL WAS BORN.

She was out on a wet – cold Nov. morning picking up chestnuts.

Her Sister, Cornelia "Neally" told her that she would catch her death of

cold. She did, it turned into pneumonia from which she died

In Jan .

Jenny Bell was a few weeks old

Mom (Pruda) was l3 months old

 

None of her four children knew anything about her people.

 One can’t help but wonder how different the lives of these 4 children

would have been, if they had felt as if they were apart of a

family group. Each one of them as they aged, remained close to each other

and spoke often of their mother. Mom would always say, "Sparrell

remembered her and said she was a pretty woman."

What little they did know seemed to come from Sparrel’s memory.

John W. Davis had previously been married to Nancy Ann Powers

(b. l5 Jan l857 (d) 22 Feb l892.

The children of John W. and Nancy Powers Davis were:

Luther, Harve, Lucy, Rebecca, Mary Payne, George, William "Bill"

 

Rebecca (Becky)DAVIS remained in the home to take care of the homeplace

and provided care for the 4 children of Virginia Bowyer Davis.

Apparently, each one of John W. Davis’ children were very kind to

Virginia's 4 children. They were extremly close to "Bill" , still holding onto

bits of colored glass he had brought them to decorate their playhouses.

Most of the family of Virginia Bowyer Davis is buried at the John W.

Davis Cemetery at Maple Fork in Raleigh County.

 

#11. ELBERT BOWYER (b) 6 Sep l876 (d) 26 Apr l962 Married

ELIZA E. TYREE (b)Aug l876 (d) l950 Buried at Tyree/Bream

Cemetery at Maple Fork. Eliza was the dtr/o. Garland and

Ruth Susan Craddock TYREE

Elbert farmed the lands known as the Jane Morris Farm behind

The property owned by Lizzie Catlett. Jane, no doubt, was the

Wife of Morris Kincaid. There is a family cem. on that property.

They lived their lives on Maple Fork in sight of his sister(Delona)

And Cornelia (Aunt Nealy) and a short distance from his brother,

George Burn Bowyer.

    Children of Elbert and Eliza Tyree Bowyer

            Hazel m. _______Elkins (d) l994

`     Myrtle (b) abt.

                ARBIE (b) abt l906 m. Ed Hurd

 

                ALICE (b) ll Dec l912 (d) 2 Oct l954 m. _____"Buck"

        Crafton. Alice and Buck made their home with

Elbert to care for him in his old age.

In the old world, someone was required to stay with

A new mother for at least 9 days .

Alice stayed with Mom when I was born. Alice

Was a highly thought of person in our family.

She was active in the home church at Maple Fork.

Her’s and Buck’s children are:

        Jane Ellen lives in Cleveland

        Pat m. lives in Alabama

        Stewart m. lives in Ky.

        Sandy m. lives in S.C.

        Judy m. lives in Alabama

 

Judy was a very young child when her mother

died of lung cancer, a woman who never smoked

a cigarette in her life.

 

    Luther Bowyer m. Eula Phillips lived at Maple Fork.

Luther was killed when the New River Mines - Siltex Division

exploded near Mt. Hope in l965. Luther was very active in the

home church at Maple Fork. His death brought great sadness

to all of us who had worshipped with him over the years.

 

    Hubert Bowyer (b) l900 (d) abt l990 m. ___

Lived at Helen. Their son, Bill, taught in the Raleigh

County Public Schools until his retirement.

Other children but I donot know their names.

Hubert was well - thought  of in his community.   I clearly remember

when an article in the Beckley newspapers featured him in the

GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS section, which my Mother,

cut it  out and immediately put in her scrape book.

 

 

 

2 children of Andy and Nancy Jane Kirby Bowyer who died in childhood are:

#12. James Willie Bowyer (b) 6 Aug l878 (d) 2 Sept. l899

#l3. Charley Omer Bowyer (b) 2 Jan l882 (d) 8 Mar. l898

 

 

                          THE REAL EXPERT ON THIS FAMILY IS

 

    MRS. PHYLLIS CADY e mail [email protected]

 

PHYLLIS IS THE GRT/GRANDDTR. OF MARGARET "Maggie" BOWYER SHANKS

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