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Jacob William Bower

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Descendants of Jacob William Bower

Generation No. 1

1. JACOB WILLIAM BOWER was born October 11, 1839 in New Harmond , Ind., and died February 18, 1920 in Welsh, La. He married (1) SARAH CATHRINE HOSS April 14, 1864 in Indianapolis Ind., daughter of JACOB HOSS and MARY JONES. She was born March 11, 1843 in Marion County, Ind., and died March 20, 1924. He married (2) SARAH CATHRINE HOSS November 14, 1864. She was born March 11, 1843 in Marion County Ind., and died March 20, 1924 in Welsh, La.

Notes for JACOB WILLIAM BOWER:
  Married during the Civil War and lived in Indiana until 1886 engaged in farming and sawmilling. In 1886 they moved to Kansas and the following year 1887 moved south to Lakeside about 25 miles south of Welsh La. In 1900 they moved to Welsh

GOLDEN WEDDING
  An event of rare occurance was celebrated in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Bower in the northern part of Welsh. The event was the celebration of the fifyth wedding anniversary of this couple. The affair was one of the happiest in the lives of this family and to all that were present. There were present seven of the nine children as follows. Mr. and Mrs. George Bower and son and Ed Bower, all of Santa Anna, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bower and daughter of near Lake Arthur, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. F. Bower and two children, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Powell and three children, Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Kelly and son, and Mr. Tom Bower. Besides these were present Mr. and Mrs. Howard Willard and Mrs. E.C. Willard and two children. Two daughters, one living in Guthrie, Logan County, Okla., and one living in Bakersfield, Cal. and ten grandchildren were present.
  In all there were twenty eight guests that sat down to the anniversary dinner. The large number of nice presents and many cards from a distance as tokens of love expressed in a high degree the love and esteem in which this couple is held. One of the richest expressions of esteem was the nice purse of solid gold pieces under each plate at dinner.
   Mr. and Mrs. Bower were married in Indianapolis on April 14, 1854 during the hottest part of the Civil War while Mr. Bower was home on furlough from the front. Mrs. Bower before her marriage was Miss Sara C. Hoss of Indianapolis. The two were reared in the same neighborhood and were sweethearts from childhood. After marriage they continued to live in Indiana until 1886, during which time Mr. Bower was engaged in farming, sawmilling and shingle manufacturing. In 1886 they moved to the state of Kansas where they resided until 1887. By this time some of the children had grown up and come to the south and Mr. Bower at this time was suffering from rheumatism and they decided to move to the south both to be near the children and also in the interest of Mr. Bower's health. They lived first at Lakeside about 25 miles south of this place and in 1900 moved to Welsh where they have resided since. Mr. Bower has regained his perfect health and the two have prospects of many years yet of health and happiness in this life.

  SARAH CATHERINE HOSS (7H) was born March 3, 1843 in Marion County Indiana. She spent her childhood with her parents on their farm in Lawrence Township. On April 14, 1864 she married Jacob W. Bower. Ten children were born to this couple.

Jacob W. Bower was born in Posey County Indiana, October 11, 1839. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. The following is from his service record in the National Archives in Washington D.C. He enlisted as a volunteer in Company D, 26th Regiment, Indiana Infantry on July 28, 1861, at Indianapolis. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal, February 1862, and to Sgt, October 17, 1862. He was wounded December 7, 1862 in a battle at Prarie Grove, Arkansas. He spent some time in a hospital at Fayetteville, Arkansas. He rejoined his unit in January 1863, and was assigned special duty as a Train guard at Rolla, Missouri during March and April, 1863, after which he again returned to Company D. During September 1863, he spent some time in a convalescent camp near Carrolton Louisiana. From November 1863 through 1864 he was on daily duty as a Company clerk. Because he had completed his enlistment, he was given a discharge at Brownsville, Texas on January 31, 1864 and re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer on the following day. He retained his rank as Sgt. He was promoted to 1st Sgt of Company D on April 1, 1865. On April 4, 1864 he was given a furlough, returning to the army a month later. (During this month he returned to Indiana for his wedding.) He mustered out of the Army on January 11, 1866 at Vicksburgh, Mississippi. His original enlistment papers describe him as 22 years of age, 6 feet 0 inches tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and a farmer by occupation.

  Jacob and Catherine Bower were residents of Bartholomew County Indiana in 1882. They moved to Butler County Kansas sometime later, and still later to Louisiana. Jacob died February 16, 1920, and was buried February 20, 1920, Welsh, La. Sarah Catherine, March 20, 1924 and was buried March 22, 1924, Welsh, La.

Children of JACOB BOWER and SARAH HOSS are:
i. (2.) ELMER LINCOLN BOWER, b. February 01, 1865, Indianopolis, Ind; d. December 08, 1952, Raymond, La.
ii. JOHN J. BOWER, b. February 18, 1867, Marion County Ind.; d. July 26, 1868. iii. (3.) JAMES FRANKLIN BOWER, b. December 14, 1868, Marion County, Ind; d. November 04, 1958, Lake Charles, La. iv. (4.) ANNA JANE BOWER, b. January 22, 1871, Marion County, Ind.; d. Guthrie Okla.
v. (5.) ALICE BELL BOWER, b. October 21, 1873, Marion County, Ind; d. 1934, Welsh, La. vi. (6.) THOMAS ELSBERY BOWER, b. April 04, 1876, Bartholomew County ,Ind.; d. October 14, 1966, Haynesville, La. vii. (7.) GEORGE L. BOWER, b. February 16, 1878, Marion County, Ind; d. May 15, 1914.
viii. (8.) HATTIE MELVINA BOWER, b. March 21, 1880, Marion County, Ind. ix. WILLIAM EDWARD BOWER, b. March 09, 1883, Marion County, Ind.; d. December 09, 1968, Welsh, La.; Buried: Welsh, La. m. NELLIE SCOGGINS. Notes for WILLIAM EDWARD BOWER: They had no children Nellie had two daughters, one named Olive from a previous marriage. x. (9.) CARRIE EMMA BOWER, b. September 14, 1885, Marion County, Ind; d. March 25, 1965, Beaumont, Texas.

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2nd Generation

2. ELMER LINCOLN BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born February 01, 1865 in Indianopolis, Ind, and died December 08, 1952 in Raymond, La. He married MARY ELIZABETH HANSTINE September 12, 1890 in Whitewater, Kansas. Burial: Welsh, La. Occupation: Warehouseman Children of ELMER BOWER and MARY HANSTINE are:
   i.   EARL HANSTINE BOWER, 
          b. February 06, 1891; 
          d. August 1891.
   ii.  (10.) OLA ALICE BOWER, 
          b. August 04, 1896, Whitewater, Kansas; 
          d. February 09, 1988, Raymond, La.

3. JAMES FRANKLIN BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born December 14, 1868 in Marion County, Ind, and died November 04, 1958 in Lake Charles, La. He married EVELYN ROSE WILLARD January 11, 1905. She was born October 21, 1874, and died June 19, 1958 in Welsh, La Buried: June 21, 1958, Welsh, La.

Children of JAMES BOWER and EVELYN WILLARD are:
   i.   KATHRYN PRUDENCE BOWER, 
          b. February 02, 1906; 
          d. January 15, 1982, Lake Charles, La.
          Buried: Welsh, La.
   ii.  HOWARD WILLARD BOWER, 
          b. May 03, 1907; 
          d. December 13, 1907.

Buried: Welsh, La.

iii. FLORENCE BOWER, b. June 06, 1908; d. December 16, 1989, New Mexico; m. GEORGE CONGDON; b. July 28, 1904; d. August 01, 1983, New Mexico. iv. (11.) ERNEST EDWARD BOWER, b. November 16, 1914; d. June 12, 1988, Shreveport, La

4. ANNA JANE BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born January 22, 1871 in Marion County, Ind., and died in Guthrie Okla. She married JONES.

Child of ANNA BOWER and JONES is:
   i.	PAUL JONES

5. ALICE BELL2 BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born October 21, 1873 in Marion County, Ind, and died 1934 in Welsh, La.. She married DAVID HEZEKIAH KELLY. Had two sons one died in infancy

Child of ALICE BOWER and DAVID KELLY is:
   i.   ELWIN KELLY
         Occupation: Career in US Navy, lived in Alaska

6. THOMAS ELSBERY BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born April 04, 1876 in Bartholomew County ,Ind., and died October 14, 1966 in Haynesville, La. Burial: October 15, 1966, Welsh, La. Occupation: Carpenter - Plant steam engineer He married (1) EVA MILLER May 15, 1914. She was born January 06, 1892, and died January 22, 1918. Buried: Welsh, La. He married (2) MARIE PHARRIS June 06, 1925. She was born July 26, 1904 in Gillis, La., and died June 09, 1953 in Beaumont, Texas. Burial: June 10, 1953, Welsh, La.

Child of THOMAS BOWER and MARIE PHARRIS is:
   i.   (12.) THOMAS ELSBERY JR. BOWER, 
          b. November 17, 1928, Chloe, La.

7. GEORGE L. BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born February 16, 1878 in Marion County, Ind, and died May 15, 1914. Died in Spanish-American War of appendicitis He married CORA ROGERS. She lived in Santa Ana, California and worked many years for the post office.

Child of GEORGE BOWER and CORA ROGERS is:
   i.   CARL BOWER, 
         Occupation: Cmdr. in the Navy
         m. ROSE.
         had six children

8. HATTIE MELVINA2 BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born March 21, 1880 in Marion County, Ind. She married TOBE SLAUGHTER. She moved to San Fransisco - had several Children.

Child of HATTIE BOWER and TOBE SLAUGHTER is:
   i.    GARNET SLAUGHTER

9. CARRIE EMMA2 BOWER (JACOB WILLIAM1) was born September 14, 1885 in Marion County, Ind, and died March 25, 1965 in Beaumont, Texas. She married EDWARD CARTWRIGHT POWELL March 10, 1903. He was born September 19, 1873, and died May 13, 1928.

Children of CARRIE BOWER and EDWARD POWELL are:
   i.   MARJORIE LOUISE POWELL, 
          b. 1905; 
          d. 1910.
   ii.  PHOBE PELL POWELL, 
          b. March 18, 1908; 
          d. August 27, 1983.
   iii. MAURICE WILLIAM POWELL, 
          b. March 03, 1910; 
          d. October 1981; 
          m. LEOLA RACHEL.
   iv.  JAMES WILLARD POWELL, 
          b. October 23, 1912; 
          d. October 17, 1993, Atlanta, Cass Co. TX; 
          m. MILDRED DANIEL.
   v.   ROBERT RALPH POWELL, 
          b. December 30, 1914; 
          d. 1937.
   vi.  DOROTHY MAY POWELL, 
          b. November 09, 1916; 
          d. August 25, 1975; 
          m. EMMETT W ROBERTSON.
   vii. SARAH KATHRINE POWELL, 
          b. December 29, 1919; 
          m. PETER WILLIAMS.

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3rd Generation

10. OLA ALICE BOWER (ELMER LINCOLN, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born August 04, 1896 in Whitewater, Kansas, and died February 09, 1988 in Raymond, La. She married (1) HARRY CECIL BROWN May 22, 1918 in Welsh, La. She met (2) EARL MORTON BROWN December 25, 1931.

Children of OLA BOWER and HARRY BROWN are:
   i.    (13.) MARY ADELE BROWN, 
            b. April 12, 1919, Iowa, La.
   ii.   (14.) THELMA LOUISE BROWN, 
            b. June 11, 1921.
   iii.  (15.) DOROTHY ROSE BROWN,  
            b. August 01, 1924, Iowa, La.; 
            d. December 19, 1989, Lake Charles, La.
   iv.   (16.) HAROLD EUGENE BROWN, 
            b. July 27, 1926, Iowa, La.
Children of OLA BOWER and EARL BROWN are:
   v.    (17.) CLARIBEL JOAN BROWN, 
            b. October 03, 1932.
   vi.   (18.) BETTY EARLINE BROWN, 
            b. August 25, 1934.
   vii.  (19.) BARBARA JEAN BROWN, 
            b. August 24, 1937.

11. ERNEST EDWARD BOWER (JAMES FRANKLIN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born November 16, 1914, and died June 12, 1988 in Shreveport, La. Burial: June 14, 1988, Welsh, La. He married ESTALINE.

Children of ERNEST BOWER and ESTALINE are:
   i.    KATHRINE BOWER.
   ii.   ROBERT BOWER.
   iii.  WAYNE BOWER.

12. THOMAS ELSBERY JR. BOWER (THOMAS ELSBERY2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born November 17, 1928 in Chloe, La. Occupation: Carpenter - Electrician He married SARAH CLAUDINE WINGFIELD January 08, 1949 in Moss Bluff, La. She was born August 17, 1930 in Haynesville, La. Occupation: Registered Nurse

Children of THOMAS BOWER and SARAH WINGFIELD are:
   i.   (20.) MITZI CLAUDETTE BOWER, 
           b. September 21, 1951, Haynesville, La.
   ii.  (21.) THOMAS RALPH BOWER, 
           b. January 26, 1955, Haynesville, La.
   iii. (22.) JAMES DEE BOWER, 
           b. September 15, 1956, Haynesville, La.

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4th Generation

13. MARY ADELE BROWN (OLA ALICE3 BOWER, ELMER LINCOLN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born April 12, 1919 in Iowa, La. She married (1) ROBERT HENRY COMPTON December 12, 1936 in Raymond, La. She married (2) DONALD R. PETTICREW January 10, 1987.

Children of MARY BROWN and ROBERT COMPTON are:
   i.    ROBERT LYNN COMPTON, 
           b. April 11, 1938, Raymond, La.; 
           m. (1) JODEE HAYES, Lake Charles, La.; 
           m. (2) SHEILA SAYBOLT, Chicago, Ilinois; 
           m. (3) BETH LEARY, Chicago, Illinois.
   ii.   GENEVIEVE MARIE COMPTON, 
           b. August 03, 1939, Raymond, La.; 
           m. NOEL WAYNE NASH, December 19, 1964, Raymond, La.
   iii.  CECIL GENE COMPTON, 
           b. March 07, 1945, Jennings, La.; 
           m. KATHLEEN GERTRUDE HABETZ, August 21, 1965, Pine Island, La.

14. THELMA LOUISE4 BROWN (OLA ALICE3 BOWER, ELMER LINCOLN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born June 11, 1921. She married CLIFFORD JEWETT JESTER.

Children of THELMA BROWN and CLIFFORD JESTER are:
   i.    NANCY LOUISE JESTER, 
           b. May 18, 1943; 
           m. LAWRENCE JR. PREJEAN..
   ii.   DICKIE DALE JESTER, 
           b. March 13, 1945; 
           m. SUSIE BROWN.
   iii.  RALPH WAYNE JESTER, 
           b. November 03, 1951; 
           d. September 03, 1968.
   iv.   KATHERINE SUE JESTER, 
           b. March 08, 1953; 
           m. RICHARD THOMAS MACK.
   v.    JANET MARIE JESTER, 
           b. September 22, 1955; 
           m. JIMMY B. WALKER.
   vi.   DARRELL WYNN JESTER, 
           b. July 12, 1958; 
           m. SUE DUPIS.

15. DOROTHY ROSE BROWN (OLA ALICE3 BOWER, ELMER LINCOLN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born August 01, 1924 in Iowa, La., and died December 19, 1989 in Lake Charles, La. She married JONATHAN WILBUR MCCOWN March 05, 1943 in Tyler, Texas.

Children of DOROTHY BROWN and JONATHAN MCCOWN are:
   i.    LARRY WAYNE MCCOWN, 
           b. July 02, 1944, Jennings, La.; 
           m. (1) JEAN ELIZABETH NOTESTINE;
           m. (2) CINDY TRUMUTA CLARK, May 14, 1977, Metarie, La.
   ii.   CHARLES RAY MCCOWN, 
           b. December 09, 1945, Jennings, La.; 
           m. SUSAN KIMBALL, April 22, 1967, Welsh, La.
   iii.  SANDRA GAYLE MCCOWN, 
           b. January 15, 1947, Jennings, La.; 
           m. JOHN ALLEN MEYER, April 11, 1969, Vinton, La.
   iv.   DONALD LEE MCCOWN, 
           b. March 20, 1950, Jennings, La.; 
           m. (1) STELLA RITA MECHE;
           m. (2) SHERRY HORNSBY HARDY, April 20, 1990, Welsh, La.
   v.    JUANITA FAYE MCCOWN, 
           b. October 01, 1953, Jennings, La.; 
           m. (1) EDMUND RANDALL BENOIT;
           m. (2) WAYNE LOPEZ, Jennings, La.; 
           m. (3) RON LELEUX.
   vi.   MARY JO MCCOWN, 
           b. February 05, 1955, Jennings, La.; 
           m. (1) JEFFREY IGUESS, Welsh, La.;
           m. (2) MICHEAL RICHARD, June 17, 1974, Welsh, La.
   vii.  BONNIE SUE MCCOWN, 
           b. July 21, 1956, Jennings, La.;
           m. (1) RANDY FRANKS, Welsh, La.;
           m. (2) FRANK VAUGHN, May 19, 1988, Lake Charles, La.
   viii. JAMES WILBUR MCCOWN, 
           b. April 17, 1958; 
           m. MAUREEN HARDY, July 14, 1978, Welsh, La.

16. HAROLD EUGENE BROWN (OLA ALICE3 BOWER, ELMER LINCOLN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born July 27, 1926 in Iowa, La. He married RUTH ELIZABETH ANDERSON.

Children of HAROLD BROWN and RUTH ANDERSON are:
   i.    ROBERT CRAIG BROWN, 
           b. September 20, 1951, Jennings, La.; 
           m. MARY DIANE BYRNE.
   ii.   RICHARD LYNN BROWN, 
           b. November 22, 1953, Jennings, La.; 
           m. REBECCA LYNN YOUNG.
   iii.  KENT EUGENE BROWN, 
           b. December 06, 1956, Jennings, La.; 
           m. JACQULINE RUTH DOUCET.
   iv.   STEVEN MORTON BROWN, 
           b. July 26, 1961, Jennings, La.;
           m. GINGER MAR FOREMAN.

17. CLARIBEL JOAN BROWN (OLA ALICE BOWER, ELMER LINCOLN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born October 03, 1932. She married ROBERT JAMES SEBESTA June 16, 1955 in Raymond, La.

Children of CLARIBEL BROWN and ROBERT SEBESTA are:
   i.    ROBERT JAMES JR. SEBESTA, 
           b. July 18, 1958; 
           m. MELINDA JANE TILLY, March 01, 1986, New Orleans, La.
   ii.   CHERYL ANN SEBESTA, 
           b. June 08, 1961; 
           m. WILLIAM JEFFREY BANKS, May 14, 1983, San Marcos, Texas.
   iii.  CLAIRE RUTH SEBESTA, 
           b. July 15, 1962.

18. BETTY EARLINEBROWN (OLA ALICE3 BOWER, ELMER LINCOLN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born August 25, 1934. She married WYNN GARRISON STANTON August 10, 1955 in Hathaway, La.

Children of BETTY BROWN and WYNN STANTON are:
   i.    DARRIN WYNN STANTON, 
           b. July 18, 1960;       
           m. JENNIFER ANN CURRY, June 11, 1983, Dallas, Texas.
   ii.   DEBRA ANN STANTON, 
           b. December 13, 1962; 
           m. CHARLES JOSEPH WILSON.

19. BARBARA JEAN BROWN (OLA ALICE3 BOWER, ELMER LINCOLN2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born August 24, 1937. She married CHARLES LITTERAL August 29, 1956 in Raymond, La.

Children of BARBARA BROWN and CHARLES LITTERAL are:
   i.    KAREN ANN LITTERAL, 
           b. August 01, 1957; 
           m. MARK LANDRY, August 30, 1980.
   ii.   GLENDA KAY LITTERAL, 
           b. March 03, 1963; 
           m. RANDALL GRANGER, June 15, 1985.
   iii.  CYNTHIA JEAN LITTERAL, 
           b. December 30, 1966; 
           m. LUKE DOISE, December 19, 1989.

20. MITZI CLAUDETTE BOWER (THOMAS ELSBERY JR.3, THOMAS ELSBERY2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born September 21, 1951 in Haynesville, La. Occupation: Housewife & Specialty sales She married JOHN MICHEAL STERRITT March 07, 1971 in Haynesville, La. He was born December 28, 1948. Occupation: Halliburton Services Sales manager

Child of MITZI BOWER and JOHN STERRITT is:
   i.    JOHN MICHEAL JR, STERRITT, 
           b. October 10, 1974, Shreveport, La.

21. THOMAS RALPH BOWER (THOMAS ELSBERY JR.3, THOMAS ELSBERY2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born January 26, 1955 in Haynesville, La. Occupation: Pipeliner - EOTT He married BONITA JO THOMAS July 12, 1973 in Shreveport, La. Occupation: Registered Nurse She was born September 23, 1953.

Children of THOMAS BOWER and BONITA THOMAS are:
   i.    AMANDA DAWN BOWER, 
           b. August 29, 1976, Haynesville, La.; 
           m. JACK ELOIT PLAISANCE, December 20, 1997,Thibodeaux, La.; 
              b. December 22, 1972.
   ii.   BENJAMIN EVERETT BOWER, 
           b. January 17, 1979.
   iii.  MAGGIE ANN BOWER, 
           b. February 17, 1986.

22. JAMES DEE BOWER (THOMAS ELSBERY JR.3, THOMAS ELSBERY2, JACOB WILLIAM1) was born September 15, 1956 in Haynesville, La. Occupation: Oilfield Sales He married SONDRA RENEE SPEER in Homer La. Occupation: Librarian

Children of JAMES BOWER and SONDRA SPEER are:
   i.    LINDSEY NICOLE5 BOWER, b. October 02, 1977, Homer, La.
   ii.   JAMES BEAU BOWER, 
           b. July 02, 1981, Minden, La.
           Occupation: US Air Force
   iii.  HUNTER THOMAS BOWER, b. October 17, 1990, Minden, La.



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