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Re: Bowers, Sullivan 1850 census
Posted by: Steve Garber (ID *****2713) Date: September 08, 2002 at 18:32:47
In Reply to: Bowers, Sullivan 1850 census by Steve Garber of 549

Sir Names: Bowers, Sullivan, Myers, Grimes
Location: Davidson and Rowan Counties, NC

I am specifically interested in finding the parents of Lorenzo W. (Williams) Bowers born June 4, 1843 in Lexington, NC. My current information, from the Greenwood Church in Allegheny, County VA, is that Lorenzo’s father was Samuel L. Bowers b. in Salisbury, NC, d. (killed) in St. Joseph Missouri, 1849 and Sarah Jones Bowers b. in Greensboro, NC, d. Dec 23, 1873. To date, no other substantiating records of Samuel and Sarah Jones Bowers have been found.

Following are the data and assumptions based on my research in the Davidson County, NC records to date (9/2002).

The 1850 Davidson Cty (north), NC (image 185, 186) census lists a Lorenzo W. Bowers, age 7, in the Household of Lavina Bowers, age 60 with a Sarah Bowers age 35. Also listed are Eli W, m. age 4, Mary A. f. age 19, Marinda A. f. age 1. and John Sullivan, m. age 7.

I believe this family is Luvina Sullivan Bowers b. Jan 31, 1790, d. Feb. 20, 1865, widow of George Peter Bowers (1782-1844). Lorenzo, Eli and Marinda are possible siblings or cousins? living in the household of their Grandmother or Greataunt?, Luvina S. Bowers. This Sarah might be Lorenzo’s mother (Samuel died 1849) but most likely is Luvina’s daughter Sarah b. June 12, 1814 who did not marry until 1857. Mary A. (Ann) b. Oct 13, 1830 is the youngest daughter of George and Luvina Bowers. John Sullivan is unknown but probably a relative of Luvina. Next door were listed the family of Luvina’s son George, Jr. (1823-1889) and Margaret Ann Sullivan Bowers with 4 children.

World Family Tree Data on these Bowers and Sullivan Families can be found at the following:

The 1860 Davidson Cty Thomasville census finds on page 880 (image 223) a Veny (Luvina Sullivan) Bowers, f. age 70 household with Lorenzo, m. age 17 and Eli W. m. age 14. Living a few dwellings from Luvina, is son George Jr. and Margaret Ann Sullivan Bowers and 8 children. Marinda Bowers, f. age 11 is found in the Cottongrove Township (page 917 (image 260) living with her aunt and uncle Healy and Mary Ann Bowers Myers b. Oct 13, 1830, Luvina’s youngest daughter.

I believe additional data on Marinda A. Bowers can be found, tragically, in row 6 of the Emmanuel Church Cemetery, Davidson County NC as follows:
“ROW 6
1. Mary Ann dau. of R.G. and M. A. Grimes Oct. 26, 1867-July 4, 1879
2. Marinda A., wife of R.G. Grimes March 23, 1849 -Oct. 31, 1867”

Marinda A. Bowers Grimes died Oct 31, 1887 at the age of 18 a few days after the birth of Mary Ann Grimes b. Oct 26, 1887. Mary Ann Grimes live only to age 11.

Lorenzo W. Bowers (1843-1897) enlisted in Jessie Hargrove’s Co (Lexington Wildcats) May 14, 1861, served with 14th NC Infantry until captured by the Union Army July 23, 1863, sent to Point Lookout, MD Prison until paroled March 14,1865. I have detailed information on Lorenzo W. Bowers after 1861 until his death in 1897.

Luvina had died Feb 20, 1865 and is buried in Emmanuel Church Cemetery. Our only information on Eli Bowers is that “He went west”.
If someone knows more about the parents of Lorenzo, Eli and Marinda Bowers please contact me at

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