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George Laidley Bowes
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1839
North Yorkshire, England
Death: Aug. 28, 1893
Elbert County
Colorado, USA

NAME: BOWES L. George (1839-1893) Son of Henry BOWES(1806-) and Jane LAIDLEY (1794-)+

BIRTH: 1 FEB 1839
PLACE: Richmond, North Yorkshire, England
CHRISTENED: 10 March 1839
PLACE: Bolton on Swale, Yorkshire, England
DIED: 28 Aug 1893
PLACE: Elbert, Elbert, Colorado, USA
SPOUSE # 1 Margaret HARRISON (1841-)
MARRIED: 20 Feb 1860
PLACE: All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
SPOUSE # 2 Cora Belle LOUNSBURY (1859-1937)
MARRIED: 6 Jan 1886
PLACE: Leadville, Lake, Colorado

On his gravestone: it reads-Prepared to meet thy God for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh

SIBLINGS: 1. Francis BOWES (1824-)
2. Jane BOWES (1830-)
3. John BOWES (1832-)
4. James BOWES (1835-)
6. Henry BOWES (1842-)
7. Mary Ann BOWES (1846-)

CHILDREN: 1. John Henry BOWES (1865-1937)+
2. George Roy BOWES (1886-1904)
3. Grace Mildred BOWES (1888-1980)
4. Herbert C BOWES (1891-1891)

He had three
other brothers. Names are John, James, and Henry.

George Bowes Found Dead on His Ranch Near Elizabeth.
Special to the News.
ELIZABETH. Colo, Aug. 29-George Bowes, a well known mining man was
found dead on his ranch near this place Monday evening. He had gone out
into the fields in the morning and it is supposed he dropped dead from
heart disease. Mr. Bowes was superintendent of a mine at Leadville up to
within a short time ago, when the property shut down. He was quite
well-to-do and a prominent Odd Fellow. He leaves a wife and one son,
who resides with his mother on the ranch.

Well Known Mine Superintendent Passes Away Suddenly at Elbert.
The sad news reached this city yesterday of the sudden death of Mr.
George Bowes, formerly of Leadville. Mr. Bowes was one of the oldest
and most respected mining men of the camp. having been for over ten
years superintendent of the Matchless mine. He was a native of England,
but came to America in the 60's and spent some years of his life in
Pennsylvania. He came to Leadville in early days, and being a man of
experience, Judgment and prudence, he was made superintendent of the
Matchless, which position he held continuously many years. gaining the
good will and affection of all the men who worked under him, by his
uniform kindness and courtesy with all who had dealings with him.
After July 4th Mr. Bowes went to his ranch down in Elbert county and
yesterday his friends here received a dispatch announcing that he had
been seized with a paralytic stroke, which resulted in his death.
Deceased was a Mason and an Odd Fellow and leaves a wife and two
children. He was 57 years of age. Messrs. P. H. O'Brien and P. Barker, two
of the lesses on the Matchless, and warm friends of the deceased, left
last night to attend the funeral.

County Treasurer Geo. A. Wood. was up from Kiowa to attend the
funeral service of Mr. George Bowes Wednesday.

DEATH of George Bowes.
Our people were startled by the announcement of the sudden death of
Mr. George Bowes on Monday.

He had started in his field in the morning to do some plowing. As he did
not come in at noon the family concluded he had gone over to Jack or
Sam Mellor's ranch to borrow some farm tool and eaten dinner with them.
As the day advanced and he did not appear a search was made and his
lifeless body found in an old road about a quarter of a mile from the
house. He seems to have had a stroke of Apoplexy or died from heat
disease, for it was evident death came very suddenly.
He lay on his back,his head inclined slightly down hill, His hands and fingers were in
position of one driving and death came so sudden the lines slipped
through his fingers without changing their position. ---------
was at once summoned, but after viewing the remains and noting the
surroundings decided that an inquest was not necessary, as he had
evidently died from natural causes.

Mr. Bowes bought the Borden ranch, five miles north-west of Elbert,
about two years ago, His age was 54 years, 6 months and 27 days. For
several years he was connected with mines and smelters in and around
Leadville, as superintendent or foreman and those who employed him
relied greatly on his excellent judgement about any matter in which they
were interested.
Before coming to Elbert county the last time a few weeks ago when the mines and smelters shut down in Leadville he was tendered a very lucrative position in a silver mine in Old Mexico as superintendent, but declined that he might be with his family here. He was in quite comfortable circumstances. He commanded the respect and
esteem of all in Elbert county with whom he came in contact and his
sudden death has cast a gloom over the whole community.
The family have the sympathy of all our people in their deep distress.

The funeral of Mr. Bowes took place yesterday afternoon in Elbert
under charge of the Odd Fellows.
Rev. Mr. Covert of Eastonville preached the funeral discourse and the choir sang beautifully three appropriate pieces. An opportunity was then given all to take a last look at the face of the dead. Many were startled by its life-like appearance and began to feel that possibly Mr. Bowes had not died at all but was in a trance.
The procession formed and marched to the cemetery, but this feeling of
horror increased and took possesion of nearly every one present. Arriving
at the open grave the burial was stopped and a buggy dispatched to town
at once for two physicians to make an examination.
Dr. Ellison and Marcy were speedily taken to the graveyard, the coffin placed on the ground, lid removed and a hasty examination was made.
They pronounced him dead, when the burial proceeded, but a large number failed to have their fears set at rest. The face of Mr. Bowes appeared very life-like; there was
only a slight discoloration of one ear, although he had been dead nearly
60 hours and for 8 hours the body lay in the hot sun in the field where
found. The eyes were not glassy and his hands were not very cold. There
were no other signs of decomposition of the body-no smell of a corpse. It
was about 3 0'clock when the burial took place. In the evening the dread
of having buried Mr. Bowes alive took possession of nearly everyone in
Elbert, both men and women, and many wanted to have the dirt removed
and the coffin opened but a few ridiculed the idea of his being alive and
so nothing was done. As the TRIBUNE goes to press, the feeling to open
the grave is strong again and it may be done to-day. It certainly should,

George Bowes, 19,
and Margaret Harrison, 19, Married on Feb. 20, 1860. It was recorded in
All Saints, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. Husband's
father: Henry Bowes; Wife's father: William Harrison. Source: FHL (film)#
1068970 1852-1865.
FHC film. Page 247. It has
George BOWES. Age 21. Bachelor. Rank or profession, Pitman. Residence
at the time of Marriage, keatos High pit. Fathers name, Henry BOWES,
Rank or profession of father Labourer.
and Margaret HARRISON age 19 Spinster. Residence at the time of
Marriage Keatos High Pit. Father's name and surname William HARRISON .
Rank or Profession of father, Pitman. Married in the Parish Church.

On the 1861 Census in England, George Bowes wife was spelled Margret. 
Elbert Cemetery
Elbert County
Colorado, USA
Plot: I15
Maintained by: Marea DeRosa
Originally Created by: CW Loeffler
Record added: Jan 14, 2010
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