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Re: Joseph Bowen, Rutherford NC, b.1789
Posted by: Lee Hatch (ID *****0771) Date: August 08, 2012 at 15:26:43
In Reply to: Joseph Bowen, Rutherford NC, b.1789 by Chris of 2348

I see there has not been much response to your post inquiring about Joseph Bowen & Mildred Caldwell Twitty, that was written several years ago.

I am researching both the Bowen and Twitty families, because they are found intertwined in the life of my own ancester, Matilda Coulter, born 1805, Rutherfordton, Rutherford, NC.

Here is some of what I have. It is quite wordy, but I think it will help you better understand their complicated relationships:

Last Will of William Twitty
Pronounced 27 March 1775.
Proved July 1775
William Twitty's nuncupartive Will made in presence and proved by the Oath of Thomas Johnson to have been made and pronounced a few Hours before his Death on the River Kentucke in the Indian Lands on the twenty seventh Day of March Anno Dom. 1775. To wit, That it was his Will that his Wife Susannah Twitty should keep the Children and what there was together to give them Good Education, and do well by them.
Thomas Johnson (his mark)

pp132 C. R. 060.5408:
"An inventory of the Effects of William Twitty Decest & Appraised by John Walker & Andrew Hampton" returned Octr Ct. 1775, signed Susannah Twitty
Effects appraised by Andrew Hampton Jas Mcfaddin 1776
Jany 5(?)
One rone horse
one black bald mare
April 18 One negro fellow Tobey
Samuel Walker bond
John Steen bond
Joseph McDaniel note hand

From the Bulletin of The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County V IX:
"Susannah Graham was twice married; first to William Twitty who was killed by Indians .... Following his death, Mrs. Twitty married Col. William Graham." ...

From the Bulletin of The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County V IX:
"Friday morning, October 23rd, 1778, ordered that Wm. Graham and Susannah, his wife, admrs of the estate of Wm Twitty, deceased, bring to next April Court William Twitty, Susaanah, Allen, Russell, Polly, Arabella, Bellariah and Charlotte Twitty, orphans of the sd William Twitty, that guardians may be appointed them according to law. "

From "Tyron County Wills & Estates 1769-1786":
William Graham has been chosen by William Twitty, Susanna and Allen Twitty as their Guardian and has also been appointed Guardian to Mary Twitty, Russell, Arabella, Bellariah and Charlotte, orphans and minors of Wm. Twitty decd. W. Graham (LS), Frederick Hambright (LS), George Winters (LS), George Lamkin (LS), James Patterson (LS), Miles Abernathy (LS), Robt Abernathy (LS) David Abernathy (LS). Wit: A Osborn, Andw Neel.

Captain William Twitty's son, William Twitty (the orphan above who was assigned as his guardian, his new step-father) and his wife, Frances Rhodes Lewis, had 4 known children:
1. John Rhodes Twitty born 1791,
2. Mildred Twitty born 1799; married Joseph Bowen, 15 Nov 1821;
3. Robert Graves Twitty born 1799 and married Mary W. Logan 12 Jun 1832;
4. Russell Twitty born 1801; His will was recorded Rutherford Co., NC Fall Court of 1841.

Here is where my interest lies in the TWITTY & BOWEN families:

In 1808, John Moore and Jonathan Hampton were named in the Will as Executors of Andrew Coulter's Estate. Andrew Coulter's 3 yrar old daughter, Matilda Coulter, was now an orphan. Matilda had several court appointed guardians beginning in 1808 with Jonathan Hampton her father's executor; then in 1819 Garland Dickeinson was appointed. In January 1820 Garland Dickerson still remains as guardian to Matilda, and it was while under his care that the 15 year old girl becomes pregnant by Edmund Bryan.

Alfred Buford Coulter was born before Oct 16, 1820.

No marriage record has ever surfaced for Matilda and it is assumed all five of her children were born out of wedlock.

Her two oldest children are found in NC Bastardy records with their father's being named and paying bond to the court. From the Oct. 16, 1820 Court Record we find this entry:
vz |- Bastardy
"On motion of William Roane, Attorney for the state, the court allowed the said Matilda the sum of twenty dollars for her first years allowance and ordered Judgment to be entered for the same. Edmond Bryan came into open court and entered into bond to indemnify the county for the maintenance of a base born child born of the body of Matilda Coulter in the sum of 250 pounds with which motion was discharged."

January 1821 Court Records show that Garland Dickerson, guardian of Matilda Coulter, came into open court and relinquished his guardianship, which was accepted by the court. At the same Court Session, Matilda Coulter, being of proper age came into Open Court and made choice of JOSEPH BOWEN as her guardian who entered into bond of $750 pounds with Charles Lewis and John Whitesides.

(My NOTE: I want to mention that at the time of his appointment as guardian to the now 16 year old Matilda, Joseph Bowen is still a bachelor. It was not until November of that same year that he married Mildred C. Twitty. I can only assume that Mrs. Bowen’s 20 year old brother, Russell Twitty, became a frequent visitor to the Bowen home and that is how he first became acquainted with the 16 year old Matilda, a friendship they kept until the day he died.)

1822 January, Joseph Bowen renewed his guardianship for Matilda. Court Records of January 1822: "Joseph Bowen, guardian to Matilda Coulter, Orphan of Andrew Coulter, deceased, renewed his bond of guardianship with Charles Saviz & Isaac Craton in the sum of 500 pounds and at the same time filed his acceptance on the (law? land? unreadable) filed with the bond." BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED: Court Records of April 6, 1822: Joseph Bowen, guardian of Matilda Coulter, came into open court and resigned his guardianship, which was accepted by the court. Matilda Coulter being of proper age came into open court and chose Jonathan Hampton for her guardian who entered into bond in 150 pounds with James Terrell.

(My NOTE: I am wondering why Joseph Bowen resigned his guardianship after only a few months into the year? Perhaps his wife, Mildred, and the young Matilda are not getting along? Perhaps Matilda is openly flirting with her brother, Russell Twitty, and also quite possibly with her husband.)

1822 April, Jonathan Hampton Matilda's original guardian, is once again appointed Guardian of the now 17 year old.

1822 July 30th, Edmond Bryan, the father of Matilda's 1st child, marries Urcilla Hampton in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

(My Note: I am wondering if Urcilla Hampton is related to Matilda’s current guardian, Jonathan Hampton.)

1823 Court records of January 1823: "On motion the court directs that Jonathan Hampton, guardian for Matilda Coulter, rent only the storerooms of her house and that he give the other apartments to her residence."

1824 Court records of February 1824: "On motion the Court ordered that Matilda Coulter has leave to live in one room of her house and that her guardian rent the other rooms for the term of one year."

1824 Aug 2, Joseph & Mildred C. Twitty Bowen have a son they named, Thomas Joseph Bowen, born Rutherfordton, 2 Aug. 1824. (He died at Blacks Station, South Carolina, 10 Sept. 1879.)

1825, Matilda Coulter, age 22, gives birth to Minnie Coulter. The Bastardy record of April 1825 Court, (page 342):
On motion Wm. Roane, Attorney, it is ordered by the Court that Lewis W. Metcalf pay into court the sum of $60.00 for the support of a bastard child born of the body of Matilda Coulter of which he stands convicted as the father as it appears to us of record to be paid $20.00 down instantly per, at January Court 1826; $20.00 at January Court 1827; $20.00 and tha .............. him to appear and show cause why this Judgment may not be made absolute.

(also found on Page 345):
The defendant, Lewis W. Metcalf against whom Judgment had been entered in favor of the Plaintiff on a previous day of this term for $60.00 to be paid in three amounts annually for the support of a bastard child born of the body of Matilda Coulter of which he is the reputative father, came into court and acknowledged Judgment absolute for the sums to wit $20.00 to be paid instantly, $20.00 April Court 1826 and $20.00 April Court 1827.

1825, JOSEPH BOWEN departed this life the 1st day of October 1825, aged 36 yrs. He is buried out side the iron fence at the Twitty-Miller Family Cemetery. Robert G. Twitty, his brother-in-law, was named executor of his estate.

THE TWITTY FAMILY OF AMERICA 1671-1796 by Lewis Joel Gregory, p.268, states that Mildred Caldwell Twitty married 1st Joseph BOWEN, and 2nd married John Hayden WILKINS (b. 1803) Their children were given as Sarah J. Wilkins b.1838 and William Terrell Wilkins b. 1840-d.1912.

As fate will have it, Robert Graves Twitty, who served as executor of his brother's will, was married to Mary W. Logan. The Logan family of Rutherford County, NC was previously known by Matilda Coulter's father, Andrew Coulter, in Ireland. In 1834, a couple of years after her last child was born, Matilda Coulter sold some of her land to John Logan (This John Logan may be related to Mary Logan Twitty.)

Russell Twitty died, and his will was recorded Rutherford Co., NC Fall Court of 1841. Robert G. Twitty was named executor and handled the estate of his brother. In his will Russell Twitty named Matilda's youngest three children, Jane, Sara Emily, and William Russell Coulter. The will does not specify them as being his own flesh and blood, but does take care of them financially. Within months after the death of Russell Twitty, Matilda sold the rest of her land to John McEntire in 1842, and soon afterward moved with her five children to Cherokee County, Georgia.

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