Bowie Family Photos
Courtesy of Katherine Hill
of Laura Frances Bowie White
First printed in Matagorda County Genealogical Society Periodical, Oak Leaves, Vol. 7 #4, August 1988
Children of George J. and Frances S. Bowie
Harris Walker Bowie born Oct. 7, 1845
Sarah Rebecca Bowie born May 1844
Laura Frances Bowie born Nov. 15, 1848
Mary Jane Bowie born Feb. 7, 1857
Anna Milhouse Bowie born May 28, 1853
Freeman King Bowie born Oct. 25, 1855
Philip Milhouse Bowie born April 19, 1859
Father of Mrs. Frances S. Bowie, Philip Milhouse, son of Daniel and Frances Milhouse was born April 23, 1804
Frances Sophia Milhouse, daughter of Philip and Frances Rebecca Milhouse was born the 15th of Sept. 1826
Daniel Edward Milhouse was born Oct. 6, 1831
James K. White and Laura Frances Bowie were married November 15, 1875
George J. Bowie died Sept. 6, 1861 (age 42 years)
Sarah Rebecca Bowie died June 11, 1847
Freeman King Bowie died Feb. 18, 1859 (age 15 months)
Anna Milhouse Bowie died an. 2, 1860 (age 6 years)
George Milhouse Bowie died Jan. 1864 (age 20 years in Matagorda Bay Disaster)
Laura Frances White died Sept. 11, 1891
Frances Sophia Bowie died June 26, 1899
James K. White died Nov. 28, 1915
Infant daughter, Sophie, of Jas. K. and Laura F. White died Sept. 6, 1876
Mary Alma, daughter of Jas. K. and Laura F. White died Dec. 17, 1879, 18 months less one day
These names were added later:
Norris Gault Pier died June 5, 1940
Vasser White Pier died Feb. 5, 1957
Emmy Lou Pier Jenkins died Jan. 18, 1960
Laura Frances Pier died Aug. 17, 1968
Norris Gault Pier, Jr. died April 19, 1985
Adolphe Bowie Pier died Feb. 21, 1988 (buried Veteran's Cemetery, Portland Oregon)
George J. Bowie and Frances Sophie Bowie
George J. Bowie was either drowned or froze to death along with 21 other young men in Matagorda Bay during the War Between the States. They were attempting to defend the peninsula from the enemy. He is buried with his companions in a common grave in Matagorda Cemetery.
Harris Walker Bowie married Mary Louisiana Thompson. He was Matagorda County Commissioner in 1895. He and his wife are buried in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.
Laura Frances married James K. White. They had two children, Vasser and James Bowie White.
Mary Jane "Mamie" married Green Cameron Duncan. They lived at Egypt in Wharton County. They were the parents of five children, one girl and four boys.
Philip Milhouse Bowie married Hubert
Weisiger, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Weisiger of Brazoria. She died in
childbirth June 2, 1890. Their son, Hubert W. Bowie was raised by
his Grandmother Bowie
Contributed by Nantie Lee and
printed in Matagorda County Genealogical Society publication, Oak
Leaves Aug 1988 - Vol. 7 #4
Laura Frances Bowie was born November 15, 1848 and was nine years old in 1857 when she kept this "journal." She was the daughter of George J. Bowie and Frances Sophia Milhouse. Her father came to Texas and Matagorda County in 1848 and located on Caney Creek in the Tone and Jamison League which later became known as Bowieville, then Cedar Lane. Some of the land is still in possession of the Bowie heirs. Laura Frances married John Knox White in 1875 and became the mother of two children. She died September 11, 1891 and is buried in the Bowie Family Cemetery at Cedar Lane.
The Aunt Ann that she talks about in the diary was Mrs. Robert Chinn. Her husband was a doctor. Lou, Martha and Bertha were children of Mrs. Chinn by a former marriage to Elbert Thompson. Mr. Gracie was the school teacher. There was a school house on the Bowie place and children from surrounding plantations came there to school. Her grandfather was Philip Milhouse and Uncle Ed was his son. They both drowned when the ship they were on caught fire and burned off the coast of Louisiana. They were on their way home to Alabama from Texas.
The following are excerpts from Laura's diary: "Aunt Ann sent me this nice book, and I am going to copy my journal into it.
Feb 1. A beautiful day. I have not wrote in my journal for several nights. Pa and my two brothers are gone down Caney with a load of cotton. I expect they had a fine time of it.
Feb 16. Quite cloudy and wishing for rain. My little brother is very sick, I hope he will be better by morning.
Feb 17. My little brother is worse. We sent for Dr. Hanna.
Feb 18. My little brother died early this morning. I did not know how much I loved him until I saw him die.
Feb 19. He was buried today in the garden.
Feb 28. Dr. Chinn gave me two bits for asking questions. I think I will buy a book with it.
Mar 24. Went to Mrs. Hawkins today. I had a pleasant visit, saw the lake and gathered some pretty flowers. Spent two nights and days.
Mar 28. Mother went to the store today. She carried all the children but me and I spent the day with Lou and Martha.
Mar 29. Mother went to Aunt Ann's and spent the morning. Lydia and Bell Vandorne came to go to school.
Mar 30. Sister Mary and Pa went to town today. Ellen, my hen, is setting on 11 eggs and I hope she will soon hatch.
Mar 31. Mr. Adams came home with Pa and Sister Mary. He lives in Alabama not far from Grandpa.
Apr 13. Mr. Adams left this morning. Pa went as far as Matagorda and Mr. Adams said he would send me a pretty work box; I wish I could have gone with him.
Apr 16. Mother and Pa has gone to Col. Hawkins' party.
Apr 18. Today is Saturday. Sister Mary has got the measles and went to Aunt Ann and Lou had them too.
Apr 22. Went to town and called by Mrs. Sheppard. She gave us some cake and wine and went on to town and got there to dinner. We went shopping in the evening and I bought a little bucket. Spent the night at Mrs. Comptons.
Apr 23. Called to see Mrs. Nancy Thompson, then went to see Miss Ellen and Mr. Harrison married - had a nice little wedding.
Apr 25. Mrs. Warren and Wilkinson spent the day, and it rained some.
May 6. Delia and Mary Jones and Edith Gibson came to see me this evening.
May 8. Miss Eliza and Miss Narcissa came here today spent time with Lou.
May 9. Grandpa and Uncle Edward came today from Alabama. Mother had some company today to dinner, and we all went to Mrs. Gibson to see her granddaughters. We fished and caught 15 and brought them home for supper.
May 11. Grandpa and Uncle Edward's trunks came today and grandpa brought me a head dress and ink stand and Cousin Virginia sent me some little dolls.
May 27. Mr. Gracie told me that I may do the sums of multiplication in the book. We expect Grandpa and Uncle Edward to go away tomorrow.
Jun 3. Mother went to the store, Pa, Sister Mary and Anna went also. Cora died today very suddenly.
Jun 4. Walked over to Aunt Ann. They buried Cora today.
Jun 5. We heard Grandpa got drowned. The boat burnt up and Uncle Edward is lost and when we heard they had not found him. Mother and Aunt Ann is sick with the headache.
Jun 6. Aunt Ann spent the night with Mother. Did not go to school today. Friday we were all very sorry to hear the death of Grandpa. Pa went to Galveston. Alfred got saved.
Jun 10. Mrs. Vandorne spent the day with Mother. Pa returned from Galveston this morning. Have not found Uncle Edward's body. I am very sorry everything looks all lonesome and sad since we heard of their death.
Jun 20. The Negroes had a holyday today cleaning and brushing their houses and yards. I never saw the like and Mrs. Sheppard and Mr. Abe came here today and she brought me some pretty pieces for my doll and quilt.
Jul 14. Pa returned from town today. Capt. Jones came with him - had a nice feast of watermelons. Walked over to see Lou's lamb.
Jul 18. We had a real Negro wedding tonight. They were all dressed up started playing the violin and had the table under the trees.
Jul 25. Mother is going to spend the night with Aunt Ann and Martha is going to spent the night with us.
Jul 28. Aunt Ann has a fine boy. I went to see it today. Lou and Martha are very proud of it.
Jul 30. Col. and Mrs. Hawkins and Miss Sally and Virginia, Col. and Mrs. Hardeman came here today. Sister Mary is very sick.
Aug 25. Mother, Mrs. Hawkins and Miss Sally and Miss Virginia spent the evening with Mrs. Jordan.
Aug 27. Miss Narciss and Miss Anna Jones came from town today. Mother is still sick.
Sep 4. Went to Mrs. Hawkins today. I enjoyed myself very much. I saw Bert Williams and Ninna Cheesman.
Sep 17. Mr. and Mrs. Skennon came today and stayed all night; had prayers.
Oct 9. We have five gentlemen here tonight and Mrs. Thompson.
Oct 12. Went to school today. Miss Eliza Pledger came over.
Nov 1. We went to preaching today over to Aunt Ann. Dr. Chinn came from Galveston. He gave me a book.
Nov 8. Four Alabama gentlemen are here, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Price, Dr. Smith and Mr. Tody. Johnny Compton came home with Pa.
Nov 30. Mother is still sick. The Dr. called on her. It was a foggy morning and a sunny day. Aunt came over today and brought Lou and Martha. I made Mother some custard to eat.
Dec 3. Mother is still very sick.
Dec 25. Today is Christmas. Santa Claus came and brought some candy and raisins and apples. I think he gets poorer every year.
Dec 27. Mother is better but very weak.
Dec 28. Pa left for Alabama this morning. It is a rainy and muddy day.
Jan 8. James and John Hawkins came today to see the boys. I wrote a letter to Cousin Ella.
Feb 1. Pa came home last night when we all was in bed fixing ourselves for a good nights rest. Today is the last day of holyday.
Feb 2. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison came by and took dinner with us today a very cold morning. We started to school today, Sister Mary went too. I can say as Nancy Bay, my bird, is dead. My bird is dead for poor Julia died last night and nobody will pity me.
Feb 4. A cold day and fires are comfortable. Pa brought me a little saddle and I expect I will enjoy some nice rides on it. He brought me a nice little work box too.
Feb 27. Mr. Compton and Mr. Theold came here last night soon after supper.
Mar 8. A cool and warm day. Mr. Gracie did not teach school this morning. Pa, Mr. Gracie and Brother George and Harris went to school surveying.
Mar 11. A very warm day. I knew my lessons very
well this morning; it makes me feel so happy when I know them. Now
journal, let me tell you what Pa brought for me when he came home,
he brought me a nice little bridle. My flower seeds are coming up,
everything is putting forth its greenness."
Marker photos courtesy
of Betty Crosby
Copyright 2006 -
Present by Bowie Family
Jan. 24, 2006
Dec. 23, 2015