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Stephen Samuel "Steve" Bowen
Birth: Oct. 1, 1802
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1897
Tuscaloosa County
Alabama, USA

SAMUEL HARRISON BOWEN & SARAH LEE were Stephen Samuel Bowens' parents. Steve was born in York County, SC, October 1, 1802. When he was nine years old, his father moved the family to Wilkes County, Georgia.

"He ran away from home when he was about 18 years old because his father whipped himfor fighting one of his school masters." He settled near Macon, GA, where he bought a piece of land and built a one room log house. He met Pamelia Killingsworth, who lived in Macon and married her. Pamelia left her home of plenty, where she did not want for anything and had servants to wait upon her and went to make her home in the log cabin. The first meal Pamelia cooked for Steve consisted of bacon, corn pones and black coffee. It was the first meal she had ever prepared, but Steve thought it was the best food he had ever tasted. In 1846, Steve sold the home in Georgia nd moved the family to Cottondale, Tuscaloosa County, AL, where he bought a farm of several hundred acres and built a cotton gin, operatated by horse power.

Just imagine being 59 years old with 12 children, 11 of them sons, at the beginning of the War Between the States. You are a Southerner, but not a slave holder and never have been. Suddenly in the fall of 1861, your sons are signing up for duty, leaving their families behind to fight for States Rights. What must have gone thru the minds of Pamelia and Steve Bowen?

They were married in Henry County, Georgia, on November 11, 1828 and are listed in the Tuscaloosa County, AL State Census for 1850 with a total of 10 in the household, including two females and 8 males.
A total of six of Stephen Bowen's sons served during the conflict, only two of these sons survived the war, JT and Doc.
Stephen Bowen was a founding member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and was the Justice of the Peace in 1858, 1859, and 1860 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN from the Tuscaloosa Gazette
Tuscaloosa Alabama, Thursday, July 29,1897, Vol XXV No 11

"News was brought to town yesterday of the death near Mt Zion, twelve miles from Tuscaloosa, of Mr Stephen Bowen, an old and revered citizen. Mr Bowen was perhaps one of the oldest, if not the very oldest, citizen in the county, he being near to ninety five years of age. His long life was well spent; and there is much sympathy felt by many for the rereaved relatives.

His death certificate Reference ID 102, shows cause of death was heart disease and senile decay.

On the 1860 Tuscaloosa County, AL census it lists him having heart diease and age 45.

Family links: 
  Samuel Harrison Bowen (1756 - 1842)
  Sarah Elizabeth Lee Bowen (1760 - 1825)
  Mary Permelia Clementine Killingsworth Bowen (1815 - 1885)*
  Seth Green Bowen (1829 - 1864)*
  Sarah Frances Bowen Jennings (1833 - 1915)*
  Stephen Samuel Bowen (1837 - 1863)*
  John Henry Bowen (1839 - 1864)*
  James Tensley Bowen (1841 - 1913)*
  Jasper Newton Bowen (1843 - 1915)*
  Charles Columbus Bowen (1844 - 1864)*
  William F Bowen (1846 - ____)*
  Joseph Franklin Bowen (1847 - 1891)*
  Allen Zachariah Bowen (1851 - 1918)*
  Felix Bowen (1853 - 1853)*
  Andrew Jackson Jones Bowen (1856 - 1900)*
  Seth Bowen (1780 - 1882)*
  Eunice Bowen West (1785 - 1870)*
  Stephen Samuel Bowen (1802 - 1897)
*Calculated relationship
Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
Tuscaloosa County
Alabama, USA
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Originally Created by: Frances Bowen Frost
Record added: May 07, 2009
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- marty evans
 Added: Dec. 10, 2013

- Ms. Marilyn K.
 Added: Apr. 14, 2013
Descendant of Capt Samuel Bowen of Elbert County: Revolutionary War Pension Record number not known, Georgia Genealogical Magazine No 5, Page 285-286. Samuel volunteered in August, 1779 as a private. He was living in Mongtomery County, North Carolina, enl...(Read more)
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