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William Sebastian Bowden Family, Pioneers

William Sebastian Bowden and Didama Elizabeth Nowlin on porch in rockers.       
Front row, left to right:  Winston Charles Bowden, Ida Madora Bowden Green, Allen Florentine Bowden and Anna Lee Bowden Gibson.
Middle row,  left to right: William James Bowden, Andrew Alonzo Bowden (seated) and Marvin Tilden Bowden. 


Brownwood Bulletin, May 23, 1925
Winston C. Bowden Funeral Friday Morning At Broaddus Home

Rev. C. Q. Smith, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will be in charge of the services of Winston C. Bowden, 63 years of age, who died Wednesday morning at his residence on Greenleaf Street, following an automobile accident. The services will be at the home of I. L. Broaddus, 401 Congress Street, while the Masonic Lodge will be in charge at the grave in Greenleaf Cemetery.
The services will be held at 10:00 oíclock Friday morning, it was announced this afternoon.

Active pallbearers are as follows: W. J. OíDell, J. R. Kendall, E. J. Miller, V. E. Wood, George Kidd, and D. S. Camp.

Honorary pallbearers are Chas. M. Ratliff, O. L. Plyer, John Flowers, Will Talbot, James Ming, W. A. Bell, Brooke Smith, Sr., Burt Norwood, John Yantis, Ben Shropshire, Sid Oxford, Lee Roberts, Henry Wilson, Joe Gilliam, L. L. Mallow, P. A. Glanville, Fred Abney, Fred McCulley, Dr. A. L. Taylor, Dr. Joe Dildy, C. M. Carpenter, Roy Sims, Jim McCulley, R. B. Rogers, M. Romines, and Ralph Kingston.


William J. Bowden

Word has been received here of the death of W.J. Bowden, 71 year-old retired furniture dealer who died in Abilene June 1941 and was buried there Friday.
He was born Jan. 4, 1870 in Tennessee, moved to Brown county at the age of 21, lived from 1918 to 1923 in Eastland and in Abilene since.
Survivors are his wife and four children; a brother Marvin Tilden Bowden of Brownwood, and two sisters.

William S. Bowden Gone to His Reward
April 2, 1914 there passed from the earthly works of life, at Rising Star, Texas. A true and tried citizen, whose integrity and Christian life was never questioned. He was born in Lawrence County Tenn., in 1837, lived there to manhood, when he came to Pope Co. Ark., before the Civil War. He entered the army at Fort Smith, Ark. July, 1862. Belonged to Company H. under Captain Peeler, Kings Regiment Fgaanís Brigade division. Served first under General Windmon, next under General Holmes, and when the war closed was under General Price. Soon after the war he moved back to Tenn. and remained until 1870, when he moved back to Pope Co., Ark. Located near Bowden Chapel where he served as S.S. Supt. 18 years in succession. He was a subscriber to the first paper published in Russellville, Ark. He moved to Brown Co., Texas in 1890 and remained most of the time since, till death claimed him for his victim, at Rising Star, where he has lived near two years.

W.S. Bowden was a man of strong convictions, resolute in his purposes, and his aim was to seek correct information on all subjects of vital interest to humanity. Tenderness and sympathy were shown in every day life, and he was solicitous in regard to the welfare of others. He was an active member of the Methodist Church most of his life, and was often heard to pray for his children, grand children, neighbors, and our rulers in state and church.

He always acknowledged his faults, and confessed when necessary. Many loved ones look through their tears, and beyond the silent tomb to the happy day when we shall meet again, never to say good-by. He leaves his aged companion, seven children, and several grand children to mourn their loss. Let us be faithful and true to God, and in just a little while all can meet again in the sweet beyond.

He was laid to rest Friday evening in the Rising Star cemetery, under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity, of which he was a member. One who knew him over half a century.

Brownwood Bulletin February 27, 1919
Elizabeth Bowden.

Mrs. Elizabeth Bowden died Wednesday (February 26, 1919) at 12 oíclock following a prolonged illness.
The remains were shipped to Rising Star where interment took place at one oíclock today.

Mrs.(Didama) Elizabeth Nowlin Bowden was born July 6, 1838 in Bedford county, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Nowlin, who made their home in Tennessee until 1870 when they moved to Moreland, Arkansas. On June 17, 1858, she was married to W. S. (William Sebastian) Bowden of Arkansas. About twenty years ago they moved to Texas, locating in Brown county. About three years ago Mr. Bowden died in Rising Star and Mrs. Bowden moved to Brownwood to make her home with her son, A. F. Bowden and family, where she died yesterday. She was a devout member of the Methodist church and when her health would permit was a regular church attendant. She was a sweet Christian character and one who was ready to face her Master. She leaves two daughters, and four sons and a large number of grandchildren to mourn her loss. The children are Mrs. J. N. Green of Amarillo, Mrs. P. V. Gibson of Amarillo, W. J. Bowden of Eastland, M. T. Bowden, W. C. Bowden and A. F. Bowden of Brownwood.


Allen F. Bowden

Rev. Allen F. Bowden, 78, died in his home, 1815 Vine street this morning (March 24, 1938) at 10:30 o'clock. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in Central Methodist church by Rev. D.A. Chisholm, pastor. Burial will be in Greenleaf cemetery with Austin-Morris Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Mr. Bowden was born in November 17, 1859, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and came to Brown county in 1889. He was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church South at an early age and was pastor of a number of churches in this section. He taught school in several rural communities of Brown county. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: M.W. Bowden, Brownwood; E.H. Bowden, San Angelo; Mrs. D.C. Claitor, Temple; Mrs. J.H. Ferris, Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. B.F. Alford, Ingleside; Mrs. E.W. Jackson, Houston; Glenn Bowden, Brownwood; Burl Bowden, Refugio; and Carroll Bowden, Ingleside. Two Brothers, Marvin Tilden Bowden, Brownwood, and W.J. Bowden, Abilene; and two sisters, Mrs. P.V. Gibson (Anna), Amarillo, and Mrs. Ida Green, Wheeler, also survive.

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