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Posted by: Ellen Coulter (ID *****8588) Date: March 15, 2013 at 20:15:23
In Reply to: WASHINGTON WESLEY BOWEN; Illinois by Carol H. of 52205

Hi Carol,
This family is worth checking into:

1940 Carrigan, Marion County, IL:
George Wach Bowen b.c. 1891 IL [should be Wash/Washington]
Leatha b.c. 1895 IL
Clifton b.c. 1919 IL
Freda b.c. 1922 IL
Mildred b.c. 1924 IL
Denneth [should be Kenneth] Roy b.c. 1926 IL
Edith Ray b.c. 1928 IL
Leona May b.c. 1930 IL

and on another page, with others marked "Enumerated out of order" but with a household number matching George W's family

George W Bowen b.c. 1933 IL
Katherine b.c. 1937 IL

You could send a request to the Marion County Courthouse for a copy of George W's birth certificate to see if the birthdate matches.

If this is the right family, you can find both parents on findagrave. They are buried in the Patoka Cem., Marion Co. Leatha Bowen died May 16, 1948, and George Washington Bowen died June 20, 1972. George Washington Bowen's draft card for WW I lists his date of birth as Sept 14, 1891 and says he is supporting a wife and 3 children. It also states that he has red hair and blue eyes.

George Washington Bowen is apparently the son of John Charles and Mary Belcher Bowen, according to the 1900 census for Marion County. They are also on findagrave, and can be found in many census listings, the IL Death Index, etc. Before gathering their data though I would want to verify that this is the right family by obtaining George Wesley's birth certificate. You should also be able to find George Washington Bowen's obituary, which should mention a son George.

Hope this helps!

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