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Maria Lay Bowers
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1806, England
Death: Nov. 8, 1889
Juab County
Utah, USA

NOTE: Her modern headstone shows she was born in 1811. However, census records and her obituary seem to indicate she was born in 1806.

Maria Lay Bowers was the daughter of Thomas Lay and Sarah Turner Lay. She was born in Dudley, Staffordshire, England either on November 3, 1806 (according to the following obituary) or November 5, 1811 (according to her headstone).

She was married on April 1, 1832 (or 1833) to James Bowers in Lipton Church, Lantz, Staffordshire, England. Her husband, James, died while they were crossing the plains in the first handcart company while emigrating to Utah after joining the Mormon church. His death on the plains left her alone as a widow to raise the six children that came with her to America (The oldest three children stayed behind in England).

This obituary is from the "Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star" Vol. 51 (09-DEC-1889):

BOWERS,---November 8th, 1889, of Nephi, of old age, Maria Bowers. She attained her 83rd year on November 3rd. Deceased was the widow of James Bowers, who died on his way there at Garden Grove, Iowa. Mother Bowers went on with her five sons and one daughter in Edward (sic--should be Edmund) Ellsworth's handcart company in the year 1856. She lived and died a faithful Latter-day Saint. (Click on photo to enlarge and read the original)

Family links: 
  James Bowers (1811 - 1856)
  Sarah Bowers Littley (1838 - 1872)*
  Abraham James Bowers (1839 - 1911)*
  Isaac Bowers (1841 - 1912)*
  Jacob Bowers (1844 - 1934)*
  Isaiah Bowers (1846 - 1926)*
  Shadrach Bowers (1848 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
Nephi City Cemetery
Juab County
Utah, USA
Plot: Nc_A8_21_1
Created by: Beeswax
Record added: Aug 28, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5045637
Maria <i>Lay</i> Bowers
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Maria <i>Lay</i> Bowers
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Maria <i>Lay</i> Bowers
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Dearest GGGrandma Maria, We will meet you at Home...Bill and Lurell
 Added: Jun. 18, 2014
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