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Elizabeth "Betty" Mary Bowman Biography
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

Cape Girardeau Co Mo
Elizabeth "Betty" Mary Bowman
  • GENEALOGY OF A BOWMAN FAMILY, Byron Whitener Bowman, 1956

    The second child born into this family (Benjamin and Sophia Hill Ferguson Bowman) was Elizabeth "Betty" Mary, but always called Betty Mary. She made her appearance in the home on June 17, 1829; grew up to womanhood in Franklin County, Virginia, where she was born. She married Thomas Henley, a blacksmith, December 23, 1849.

    They moved over into Ohio and thence to Missouri in 1857. She died August 7, 1859, of childbed fever, leaving her husband and four children, the baby dying a week after her death. The children were Benjamin, Augusta, Ida, Samuel, and the baby.

    Mr. Henley and the children made their home with her parents until all the children were grown, when he married again. Ben studied medicine, became a doctor, married, and died in early life. Sam became a teacher, I think, and went west in early life and married. He died in Florida. Augusta was married to a Mr. McCullough and had a nice family. One son had a position as private secretary to Congressman Walter L. Hensley at Washington, D.C. The family lived at Marble Hill, Missouri. Ida married John Wiggins, but did not live long afterward. She was never very rugged, but always was afflicted. Her life was sweet, pure, short and good, and it is a joy to know that it has been said that she will have a place with her Master up there.

    She urged all those about here, especially her husband, who was not then a Christian, to meet her in heaven. Her remains were laid away in the beautiful cemetery at Jackson, Missouri.

    Once when her brother Lee and his father had a spirited discussion on religion, Lee professing to be an infidel, father expressed the fear that Lee would be lost. She said: "No he won't, there are too many of us praying for him." She did not live to see it, as she died soon afterward, but her faith was rewarded years later when Lee was converted.

    Written by Rev. Thomas Anderson Bowman

    MINUTE BOOK OF OLD BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH, SEPTEMBER 1859 - Sister Elizabeth Mary Henley died August 9, 1859, age 30 years, 1 month, 21 days.

Contributed by Carol Bowman

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