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CuBO (#48175633)
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PATERNAL (ME, MA, VA, NC, GA, AL, FL, TX, TN): Baudouin/Bowdoin/Bowden, Allen, Stringfellow, Ray, Smith, Jackson, Williamson, Maddox, Mills, Kendrick, Travis, Macon, Folsom, Stockley, Ladd, Wyatt

MATERNAL (OH, IN): Feigel, Justus, Barcus, Buckles, Covault, Chilcote, Van Meter.


I am a Bowden from the Bowdoin line. Pierre Baudouin anglicized his name to Peter Bowdoin after arriving in the Colonies in the 1680s (Bowdoin College is named after his grandson, James Bowdoin, 2nd governor of Mass. It is his tomb in my profile picture, located in the Granary Burial ground of Boston).

Throughout the generations there have been many phonetic misspellings of Bowdoin (e.g., Bowden, Bodin, Bodwin, Baudin, Boudin etc.).

Census takers and schoolteachers of Bowdoins in the south, particularly illiterate farmers, took it upon themselves to "correct" the spelling of Bowdoin to Bowden. Many of my ancestors were born Bowdoins, appear that way in a few censuses, then take on Bowden, especially around the 1930 Census. Many Bowdens were legally Bowdoins all the way through life but ended up with Bowden on their graves (like my grandfather and his siblings). And eventually, Bowdoins who died Bowdens had children who were born Bowdens (like my father, uncles and aunts).

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RE: Marylyn T Stringfellow
Okay, it is processed! Thanks!
Added by Eliza on Jun 05, 2016 10:40 PM
Mitchell Grissett
Willard Louis Grissett
Willard Louis Grissett, is not a child of Ella Mae Bowden Grissett. Willard's father is John Jefferson Grissett, and his mother was Univa Donaldson.

Ella Mae Bowden Grissett, was married to Joseph Boltner (Bat) Grissett.

I know these connections from being personally related to them.

Keep up your good work. You should a lot of personal pride in your work.

Added by Mitchell Grissett on Jan 16, 2016 8:46 PM
The Collector
Bowdoin vs Bowden
The John Bowdoin III (#136083271) whose burial at Memorial Queue for Permanent Dispositon, Hungars Point, Northampton County, VA is not the John Bowden who was born Mar. 10, 1717 and died Sept 5, 1788, Isle of Wight Co., VA. John Bowden (1717-1788) and his descendants have always spelled the name Bowden and family tradition ties our heritage to England. Thus, no self-spelling of Bowden; bible record refers to "Bowden"; church records refers to "Bowdoin", two different families, two different John's.
Added by The Collector on Oct 22, 2015 4:51 PM
I appreciate you taking the photos of Ben and Nina's markers. People like yourself make this site so enjoyable.
Added by Laura on Apr 05, 2015 8:19 PM
Vickie Bowden
Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn
CuBo,Thank you so very much for the information on Sarah. Vickie
Added by Vickie Bowden on Jan 09, 2015 6:54 PM
Lisa Driggers
RE: Library of Congress photos
Thank you for the information. This is one of my relatives.
Added by Lisa Driggers on Nov 07, 2014 8:29 AM
RE: Octavia Bowdoin #96741859 [wife of W H H Donaldson #79139988]
I can't believe I never finished the memorial. At least not when I made that one. Today, I am subject to make many error's. In other words, I don't complete one task before I start another. It is the Old Timers setting in again.. Need that B12 shot already.

Added by Winnette on Sep 15, 2014 10:10 PM
RE: Octavia Bowdoin #96741859 [wife of W H H Donaldson #79139988]
My head is not on straight. I had not even added her married name. I am so sorry, yes, he is her husband.


Added by Winnette on Sep 15, 2014 8:29 PM
RE: Octavia Bowdoin #96741859 [wife of W H H Donaldson #79139988]
Actually, there is a place in the edit section for other information or edits. This should have been placed there.
Added by Winnette on Sep 15, 2014 8:14 PM
Alberta Marie Singer
Thank you for your effort in trying to find the grave of Alberta Marie Singer at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

I may have some information that will be helpful. My grandfather, Frank Otto Singer Jr is buried in section 1 lot 406, Alberta Singer's grave is next to his and my mother Catherine Louise Bell is next to theirs.

Hope this helps.

Dione Bell Hayes
Added by dinkybell on Sep 09, 2014 11:57 AM
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