James C. Bowen married Sarah
H. E. Gilkey December 25, 1843 in Warren County, Missouri.
The 1850 Warren County,
Missouri census shows the James C. Bowen family enumerated as follows:
James C. Bowen, 26 yr old
male, farmer, $400 value of real estate owned, born Missouri.
Mary, 26 yr old female, born KY.
Reece, 6 yr old male, b. MO.
John, 4 yr old male, b. MO.
Armilda, 2 yr old female, b. MO.
James C. Bowen had three land
patents in Vernon County, Missouri:
20302 dated 5/15/1857
28357 dated 5/10/1859
26282 dated 11/1/1859
The third land patent is for
the land on which the pictured home was built: Township 34 North, Range
31 West, Section 6; Northeast 1/4, Lot 10, consisting of sixty-one and
twenty-seven hundredths acres.
The 1860 census
shows James Bowen and family now living in Drywood Township, Vernon
County, Missouri. He is a 36-year-old head of household farmer. It is
presumed that his wife, Mary, is deceased. James now has a 24 yr old
wife, Jane, who was born in
Virginia. Jane may be the mother of 1-year-old
William. The following children are in the household:
Reece, 15 yr old male
J. C., 13 yr old male [John]
Amanda, 12 yr old female [Armilda]
M. J., 9 yr old female [Minerva]
T. A., 7 yr old male [Thomas]
William L., 1 yr old male
The James Bowen family is
listed in the 1870 Vernon County, Missouri census in Center Township.
James is a 46-year-old farmer who owns real estate valued at $3,600 and
personal property of $775. His wife, listed
as H. A., is 36 years old and was born in Virginia. The following
children are in the household, and all were born in Missouri:
Armilda, 21 years old
Thomas A., 18
Ithamer, 4 (son)
James, 9/12 yr old
James Bowen is 55 years old and is still farming. His father was born in
Kentucky and his mother in Missouri. His wife is listed as Ester J., 46
years old who was born in Virginia. Her parents were also born in
children living in the household are:
J. D., 15
next door are married sons Reece and Thomas. Reece married his young wife Sarah Arrena Brasuer October 16, 1879
in Vernon County. Next door to them are Thomas and his wife, Mary Brasuer, and son Luther who was born in
January. Thomas and Mary were married February 22, 1877 in Vernon County.