Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Bowleses in:
 • Chief Bowles Monument
 • Van Zandt County
 • Texas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Chief Diwali Bowles
Birth: 1756
Death: Jul. 16, 1839

Chief Bowles was born in North Carolina about 1756. Settlers from a North Carolina settlement killed Bowles father when Bowles was a young boy and that the vengeful fourteen year old killed his fathers murderers. Chief Bowles and his people lived in the valley of the St. Francis in southeast Missouri until 1811. During that year there was a violent earthquake. The ground shook and sank in many places. The Bowles and many of his people thought that the Great Spirit was warning them to move. Many then moved to Arkansas. Other Cherokees began to move to Arkansas and by 1813 about one third of the Eastern tribe was living west of the Mississippi. In Texas Chief Bowl became the primary "civil" chief or "peace chief" of a council that united several Cherokee villages. In 1822 he sent diplomatic chief Richard Fields to Mexico to negotiate with the Spanish government for a land grant or title to land occupied by Cherokees in East Texas. In 1827 he cooperated with the Mexican government in putting down the Fredonian Rebellion. In 1833 he made another attempt to secure from the Mexican government land on the Angelina, Neches, and Trinity rivers, but negotiations were interrupted by political unrest in Texas. In February of 1836 Sam Houston negotiated a treaty with Bowl's council, guaranteeing the tribe possession of lands occupied in East Texas. After the Texas Revolution, however, the treaty was invalidated by the Senate of the Republic of Texas. In desperation, Bowl briefly allied with agents soliciting allies for a Mexican reinvasion of Texas. Shortly thereafter, President Mirabeau B. Lamar ordered him and his people to leave Texas. After negotiations failed, Bowl mobilized his warriors to resist expulsion. On July 16, 1839, Chief Bowl was killed in the battle of the Neches. His body was left where it lay. No burial ever took place. On this site, the scene of the last engagement between the Cherokees and whites in Texas, the state of Texas erected a marker in 1936. (bio by: GuyB) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Jennie Due Rogers (1766 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chief Bowles Monument
Van Zandt County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: GuyB
Record added: Feb 11, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8378875
Chief Diwali Bowles
Added by: Alice Huitt Preston
 
Chief Diwali Bowles
Added by: Lanny Medlin
 
Chief Diwali Bowles
Added by: GuyB
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Cathy
 Added: Jul. 16, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
Honoring our 7th Great Grandfather, Chief John Duwali Bowles. The flower is a Texas Indian Paintbrush
- Wood Family, Texas
 Added: Jun. 26, 2014
There are 135 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 66 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service