|Birth: ||Oct. 29, 1848|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1939|
WILLIAM WAS ACTUALLY BORN ON THE THORNHILL PLANTATION, THE ANCESTRAL BOWYER HOME IN VIRGINIA. WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO TEXAS IN THE 1880S HE LIVED IN CALLAHAN CO. ON THE ADVICE OF HIS BROTHER, JOHN BOWYER, HE MOVED TO A SMALL COMMUNITY 30 MILES NORTH OF ABILENE, WHICH WOULD BECOME ANSON, COUNTY SEAT OF JONES CO. HE MARRIED JULIA KNOX/CARR(A WIDOW) IN JONES CO. ON JULY 26, 1882. THEIR TWO SONS WERE OTIS MCDONALD BOWYER, M.D.-1883 AND JOHN ST.CLAIR BOWYER, DDS- 1885.
HIS WIFE PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH IN 1919. HIS FATHER WAS JAMES HUBARD BOWYER AND MOTHER WAS AURELIA MCDONALD BOWYER, BOTH OF ROCKBRIDGE CO., VA. HIS BROTHER, OTIS BOWYER, WAS THE WELL KNOWN LAWYER AND JUDGE OF BAIRD, CALLAHAN CO., TX
WILLIAM WAS KNOWN AS THE "FATHER OF ANSON", AS HE HAD COME PRIOR TO THE FORMATION OF JONES COUNTY, OPENED THE FIRST STORE AND LATER BECAME POSTMASTER. HIS FIRST SON, DR. OTIS MC DONALD BOWYER WAS THE FIRST MALE CHILD BORN IN ANSON AND WAS A PRACTICING PHYSICIAN IN THAT CITY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1963.
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The Jones County Observer
Anson, Jones County, Texas
Friday, October 13, 1939
Town Founder Dies
William McDonald Bowyer
Father of Anson is Buried Sunday
Funeral services for William McDonald Bowyer were held Sunday from the Anson
First Baptist church. Mr. Bowyer died Saturday, October 7th, 1939. He was 90
years at the time of his death.
Rev. T.S. Knox, pastor of Abilene First Presbyterian church, conducted the
service, assisted by Rev. L.A. Doyle, pastor of Anson First Baptist church and
the Rev. G.C. Armstrong, pastor of Anson First Methodist church. Burial was in
Mount Hope cemetery under the direction of Lawrence F.H.
Mr. Bowyer was born in Lexington, VA, October 29, 1848. As a young university
man he attended Washington and Lee University in 1868. He was a member of the
Episcopal church. Indicative of his long span of his life, his son, Dr. Otis
Bowyer of Anson, relates an experience his father communicated to him of his
father being in the congregation of the first Episcopal Church of Richmond, VA,
when in the midst of formal Episcopal services a man in the uniform boots and
spurs of a Confederate cavalryman entered the church, approached the pew of
President Jefferson Davis, and in a voice that was audible to the congregation
announced to the President of the Confederacy that General Lee had decided that
Richmond, the Confederate capitol, would have to be evacuated. Mr. Bowyer stated
to his son that President Davis turned pale and marched slowly out of the
After working in the railroad contracting business for several years in Virginia
and adjacent states, Mr. Bowyer came to Texas and settled in Burnet county in
1876, later moving to Lampasas county.
A brother, John Bowyer, then living in Callahan county, advised Mr. Bowyer to
move to Jones county. He came to Jones county before it was organized, erecting
the first store building in Anson and operating a mercantile business for four
or five years in Anson. Quitting the mercantile business, Mr. Bowyer served as
AnsonÕs first postmaster, a position he held for 10 years. From his having built
the first business house in Anson and from his having served as the townÕs first
postmaster, coupled with his work as a pioneer to build up the town and county,
Mr. Bowyer has long been known as the Father of Anson.
He was married to Mrs. J.A. Carr in 1881 in Anson. Mrs. Bowyer preceded him in
death by 20 years. Survived by: 2 sons: Dr. Otis Bowyer and Dr. John McDonald
Bowyer of Anson; 3 step-children: J.J. Carr of Anson; Wylie Carr of Dallas; Mrs.
W.A. Polk of Fort Worth; 3 grandchildren: Mac Fisher Bowyer of Dallas; Julia
Mariah Nelson of Anson; Elizabeth Ann Bowyer of Anson.
Relatives and friends from out-of-town: Mrs. Otis Bowyer and Mrs. Mariah Leich
of Baird; Mrs. Walter Polk of Fort Worth; Dr. Mac Fisher Bowyer of Dallas; Dr.
and Mrs. Fred Hudson of Stamford; Claud Carr of Aspermont; Waddy Carr and his
three daughters, Mrs. Vester Alvis, Mrs. A.B. Hicks, Mrs. B.C. Hicks of
Rochester; Mrs. Lucian Keen of Hamlin; from Abilene: Mrs. John Bowyer and
daughter, Elizabeth; Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Bob Bowyer, M/M Earnest Reynolds; Miss
Annie Taylor, Mrs. Clarlie Flynt, Senator John Bryan, John Humphreys, Miss Ruby
Humphreys, Mrs. Gooch, M/M Vic Behrens, Mrs. Albert Johnson, Judge and Mrs.
James P. Stinson, Judge and Mrs. W.R. Chapman, Judge and Mrs. Walter Pope, Judge
Otis Bowyer of Barid.
Pallbearers: Dr. E.M. Wood, Dr. W.J. McCreight, Dr. A. McK Jones, Dr. Fred
Hudson, Dr. F.C. Prichard, Vernon Spraberry.
Mr. Bowyer was a descendant of General John Bowyer of Rockbridge county, VA,
whose family figured prominently in state affairs in Virginia from Revolutionary
war days. He had the spirit of the pioneer and in his life and character lived
up to the traditions of his worthy forbears.
James Hubard Bowyer (1816 - 1884)
Aurelia McDonald Bowyer (1827 - 1877)
Julia Anette Knox Bowyer (1851 - 1919)
Otis Mcdonald Bowyer (1883 - 1963)*
John St.Clair Bowyer (1885 - 1970)*
William McDonald Bowyer (1848 - 1939)
Otis Bowyer (1852 - 1943)*
Mount Hope Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Kendall Thomas
Record added: Oct 23, 2007
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