|Death: ||Aug. 25, 1817|
Captain Robert Pickens Bowen served in the Continental Army as a member of Capt. William Bentley's Company, 3rd & 4th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Col. John Neville. He served as a private from 1777 to 1779.
He had four brothers who fought in the Virginia militia and Lieutenant Rees Bowen was killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain while serving with his brothers Captain John Bowen, Captain William Bowen and Private Charles Bowen.
Smyth County (VA) placed on the Courthouse lawn a monument honoring their Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. This monument contains the names of 60 soldiers and patriots who were authenticated by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C.
These western mountain patriot soldiers marched in September 1775 to Williamsburg to aid Patrick Henry in forcing Governor Dunmore to return the great store of gunpowder he had removed from the powder magazine in fear of the colonists. They fought the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and the savage Battle of King's Mountain, which Thomas Jefferson said "turned the tide of war in favor of the United States and led Cornwallis to remove to Yorktown and surrender." Many died or were terribly wounded.
After the Revolutionary War, Captain Robert Bowen and Colonel John Gillespie, his brother-in-law, migrated with their families to George's Creek, Pendleton District, South Carolina which is now in Pickens County, S.C. In about 1805, Robert Bowen and his wife Mary moved to Hickman County, Tennessee.
John Gillespie, Mary's brother, moved to North Carolina and lived to be 110 years old.
He was a twin to Rebecca Bowen.
(bio by: Lucy Jo (Cox) Garibay)
John Bowen (1696 - 1761)
Lily McIlhaney Bowen (1709 - 1780)
Mary Gillespie Bowen (1743 - 1822)*
Nancy Agnes Bowen Pickens (1779 - 1859)*
Rees Tate Bowen (1729 - 1780)*
Nancy Ann Bowen Buchanan (1732 - 1759)**
Agnes Bowen Buchanan (1735 - 1801)**
Henry Bowen (1738 - 1808)**
Jean Jane Bowen Looney (1739 - 1780)**
Robert Pickens Bowen (1740 - 1817)
William Bowen (1742 - 1804)*
Arthur Bowen (1744 - 1816)**
Mary Bowen Porter (1748 - 1820)**
Charles Bowen (1749 - 1833)**
Moses Bowen (1753 - 1773)**
Created by: Angela Holley
Record added: Feb 24, 2009
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