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Margaret Frances Neville Bowie

  • Birth 1790 Nelson County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 1875 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 120284436

Daughter of:
Denis Neville
and
Helene (Brown) Neville

Widow of
Col. Rezin Pleasant Bowie

Source:
The Milan exchange
Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee
September 23, 1875
Page 4
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"A Reminiscence of the Bowie Family.
The following obituary appeared in the New Orleans papers of last Friday: "Bowie--On Thursday, the 24th, at 6 a. m., at the residence of Eugene Soniat in this city, Mrs. Margaret Frances Neville, relict of the late Col. Rezin P. Bowie, aged 85 years."
The venerable deceased was the widow of that renowned fighter Rezin Bowie, the brother of the famous James Bowie, whose name as bestowed upon that fearful instrument known as the Bowie knife.
In a few months the widow would have survived her husband a half century. After a life of startling adventures and innumerable bloody combats, James Bowie fell at the Alamo in the Texas war of 1836, with his Bowie knife clinched in his right hand, and with the gory victims of his valor and his prowess strewed around him. He fell with Travis, Crockett and others at the head of a small body of Texans who defended that fort against the whole force of Santa Anna's army. The others of the slain defended themselves with guns and pistols. Bowie, however, preferred his favorite and trusty knife, and it was said that a dozen slaughtered Mexicans attested it efficiency. Rezin Bowie was, as well as his brother, a representative man of his era. Intelligent and generous, and even well educated, his whole life had been passed in the valley of the Mississippi, where men engaged in active pursuits were compelled to rely upon personal courage and prowess to maintain their rights and secure the respect and confidence of the masses. The Bowies were regarded in that day as the chief of the men who relied on these qualities. They were utterly insensible to fear, but though always fighting to the death, they were not usually aggressive, but generally managed to place themselves in defensive attitudes in all their quarrels. They were generous and faithful in their friendships and kind and liberal in their natures. The invention of the Bowie-knife, and its adoption, in personal combats, was justified by them on the ground that it made combats more terrible and decisive, and thereby prevented the frequency of duels and other less decisive modes of settling personal quarrels.
There are many stories illustrative of Rezin Bowie's desperate courage. Of incidents which occurred in this city, we have not space for them. Some old chronicler would confer a favor by giving us his reminiscences of this redoutable [sic] warrior.
His relict, the venerable lady whose death occurred last week, through her long and peaceful widowhood clung to his early love and memoray with a tenacity and warmth of affection which were the highest proofs that Rezin P. Bowie was a man of heart, and of those qualities that never fail to inspire a true woman with deep and undying love and devotion".
--New Orleans Times.

Source:
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA RECORDS
by Rev. Donald J. Hébert:
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"BOWIE, James Rezin - native of Comberland County in Tanesi [Cumberland County in Tennessee] (major son of --- torn page --- [Reason BOWIE] & Helve JOHNS - natives of Georgia and inhabitants for several ---- in St. Landry parish or the surrounding area) m. 15 Sept. 1814 Marguerite NEVILLE - native of Nelson County in Kentucky (Denis & --- BRAWN - originally from Ireland & inhabitants of Baillou Robert) Wits: Jean Baptiste JEANSONNE, Vital ESTILETE, Joachim ORTEGA, James NEVILL - representing the bride's father - all inhabitants of this parish. Permission for the bride to be married was granted on 12 Sept. 1814 and signed by: Reason BOWIE, Elve BOWIE, and witnessed by James NEVILL and James BOWIE. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.258)"

Source:
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA RECORDS
by Rev. Donald J. Hébert:
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"NEVILLE, Marguerite - native of Nelson County in Kentucky (Denis & --- BRAWN - originally from Ireland & inhabitants of Baillou Robert) m. 15 Sept. 1814 James Rezin BOWIE - native of Comberland County in Tanesi [Cumberland County in Tennessee] (major son of --- torn page --- [Reason BOWIE] & Helve JOHNS - natives of Georgia and inhabitants for several ---- in St. Landry parish or the surrounding area) Wits: Jean Baptiste JEANSONNE, Vital ESTILETE, Joachim ORTEGA, James NEVILL - representing the bride's father - all inhabitants of this parish. Permission for the bride to be married was granted on 12 Sept. 1814 and signed by: Reason BOWIE, Elve BOWIE, and witnessed by James NEVILL and James BOWIE. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.258)"


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  • Created by: Sebastian
  • Added: 13 Nov 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 120284436
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Frances Neville Bowie (1790–1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120284436, citing Port Gibson Catholic Cemetery, Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Sebastian (contributor 46550973) .