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Louie Bowen Mead
Birth: Apr. 7, 1894
Oklahoma, USA
Death: May 2, 1971
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Louie Bowen Mead was born in Indian Territory on April 7th of 1894.

His biological parents are unknown at this time.

Louie himself stated that he was kidnapped as a child by the Mead family.

He appears in the 1900 Census with the Mead family as 'Boyin Luey' and is noted as 'adopted son'.

I've spoken with other descendants of his family and there is another theory that his biological father is Ira Mead, but there is no evidence of this.

If a formal adoption did take place, adoption records are sealed in Oklahoma. If it was true that he was adopted, even informally, it would make sense for what would be his biological grandparents to take him in, but there is no explanation as to why Ira would leave Louie and Lena with his parents, as Ira went on to marry a few months after Louie was born.

The theory of Ira being his father also includes the suggestion that Lena Leota Mead and Louie are half siblings, both having Ira Mead as their father, but there is no explanation as to why Lena is noted in that same 1900 Census as a granddaughter, while Louie was noted as being an 'adopted son'.

Lena Leota's father and mother are both noted as being born in Michigan, while Louie's father is noted to have been born in Michigan, but that his mother was born in Arkansas.

It also does not explain Louie's assertion that he was kidnapped.

There just is not enough evidence to fully support either theory.

Regardless, Louie went on to marry Fannie Margaret Cheser before 1915 in Texas and the couple had three children. Cheser Bowen Mead, Claiborne Mead and Ethel Mae Mead.

Claiborne Mead's birth certificate mentions Louie at 23 years of age and lists his occupation as 'Transfer Man'. Under location of birth it says 'don't know' and it lists his current residence as of May 8th, 1916 as being Amarillo, Texas. The certificate also lists a 406 Jackson Street, although I am unsure if this was their residence, if this was a home birth, or the location of a hospital.

The 1930 Amarillo, Potter County, Texas Census lists Louie at the age of 35 with Fannie and their three children, together with the Thrasher family, whom I have no knowledge of. This Census lists Oklahoma as the birthplace of Louie Mead.

Louie was a good man, hard working and strong. He was very close with Katherine Elizabeth Doss Mead, the wife of one of his sons, Cheser Bowen Mead during his lifetime. He was also close with his granddaughter, Marion Nancy Mead.

Fannie Margaret Cheser tried to murder him one night by poisoning his dinner. He was wise enough to switch dinner plates without her knowledge and Fannie went to sleep that night and never woke up.

Needless to say, unusual circumstances followed him his entire life.

Unfortunately, Louie suffered a stroke, which caused him to become aggressive towards those he loved the most towards the end of his lifetime and had to be placed in the Arlington Convalescent Center.

He continued to receive frequent visits from Katherine, Marion and Cheser in his final years.

In death as in birth and in life, mystery continued to follow Louie, his exact cause of death being unknown.

His death certificate lists his cause of death as Probable Myocardial Intarction V.S. Possible Cerebovascular Accident. 
Family links: 
  Amos J. Mead (1846 - 1916)
  Nancy Sylvia Rowe Mead (1843 - 1936)
  Fannie Margaret Cheser Mead (1883 - 1968)*
  Cheser Bowen Mead (1915 - 1994)*
  Claiborne Mead (1916 - 1964)*
  Ethel Mae Mead Lockhart (1919 - 1960)*
  Dennie Almerteen Mead (1873 - 1940)*
  Freddie Mead (1876 - ____)*
  George Eureka Mead (1878 - 1961)*
  Artie Burr Mead (1882 - 1943)*
  Archie Mead (1883 - 1900)*
  Louie Bowen Mead (1894 - 1971)
*Calculated relationship
Llano Cemetery
Randall County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section E Lot 27 Space 6
Maintained by: Ancestor Hunter
Originally Created by: Walter Dunn
Record added: Jun 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19920890
Louie Bowen Mead
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Louie Bowen Mead
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Louie Bowen Mead
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