|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1833|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1912|
It is believed that when the Sproul family first came to Overton County, Mary Katherine Sproul (Miss Molly), her parents and younger brother lived somewhere in the Hartsaw Cove or Copeland Cove area of Overton County. Miss Molly taught school at Bethlehem prior to the war in a little log building that was used as both school and church. Being an outspoken Union sympathizer in a county that favored the Confederates, life was difficult during the war years. Most families eventually withdrew their children from her school and she was forced to close it for lack of funds. In 1867, Bailey Owen Bowden married Mary Katherine Sproul, a graduate of The Female Institute of Maryville, Tennessee. Mary Katherine was a teacher there for seven years. Bailey Owen Bowden taught two years in Columbus, Kansas, and during the years 1888 to 1894, he taught at Alpine Institute in Overton County, Tennessee.
By 1900, Mary Katherine Sproul Bowden and her husband, Bailey Owen Bowden, built the house now owned by Mrs. Jean Bowman on the corner of East Main and Roberts streets. The house was originally built to face East Main Street, but since has been turned around to face Roberts Street. For a few years, the Bowden daughter, Nora Deane and her husband, Albert Houston Roberts, lived in the home with her parents. At that time, Albert Houston Roberts was a practicing attorney in Livingston.
After the war, she married Bailey Owen Bowden. He also favored the Union and fought with the Federal Army, oddly enough against six brothers who were in the Confederate Army. He too completed a college education. Having so much in common contributed to a very happy marriage between Mary Katherine and Bailey Owen Bowden. She was 35 when she married, and at 36, gave birth to a little girl. Nora Deane Bowden, was to grow up and marry Albert Houston Roberts, who became a teacher, lawyer, judge, and later Governor of the State of Tennessee in 1919. Nora Deane was a brilliant child of brilliant parents and was also a talented pianist. Mary Katherine "Molly" Sproul Bowden was a very fine artist. Her house contained paintings in every available space. She destroyed these when she became old and her mind had failed. She was a very colorful and impressive character up through her last days
Bailey Owen Bowden (1833 - 1926)*
Nora Deane Bowden Roberts (1868 - 1932)*
Note: Born in Virginia, she was a writer.
Good Hope Cemetery
Created by: imagal49
Record added: Jan 14, 2012
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