Oliver Fellows Bowen

Oliver Fellows Bowen

Death 17 Feb 1894 (aged 65–66)
Sanibel, Lee County, Florida, USA
Cenotaph Lee County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 161198132 · View Source
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Bowen was a Mississippi river boat pilot, one that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) looked up to as he was growing up. In later years he moved to Sanibel with his Trinidadian wife Mary, and was buried per his request in a well on his property. Bowen experimented with growing agave, which he transported from Trinidad, and conferred with Thomas Edison in the growing of experimental plants.

He was a former Mississippi river boat pilot and Confederate Navy pilot. The Bowen family migrated to Sanibel from Trinidad and became one of the early homesteaders. In 1958 a barn from the homestead of Oliver Bowen's family still stood on Wulfert. He brought much of the material for his buildings, including slate roof tiles, from Trinidad where he had been living the previous decade.

Wife: Mary dos Santos Bowen. She married Oliver in Trinidad in 1878. She was a native of the Azores, born in 1844, and migrated with her parents to Trinidad as a child. The Bowens homesteaded at Wulfert on Sanibel in the late 1880s, and Mary kept the place going while Oliver experimented with his plants. Their third child, Albert Marvin was born in 1890 on Sanibel.

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  • Added: 17 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161198132
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oliver Fellows Bowen (1828–17 Feb 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161198132, citing Wulfert Point, Lee County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Birdgirl (contributor 47240809) .