James Henry Tevis

James Henry Tevis

Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, USA
Death 29 Aug 1905 (aged 68)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Bowie, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
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Captain James H. Tevis
Founder of Teviston – renamed Bowie in 1910

Captain James H. Tevis was born July 11, 1835, at Wheeling, West Virginia, and died August 29, 1905, at Tucson, Arizona. He married Emma Boston at St. Louis, Missouri, December 24, 1866, and they had eight children. He founded Teviston in Cochise County, Arizona, in approximately 1880.

James Tevis arrived in Tucson in August 1857 and then spent two years at Apache Pass (before Ft. Bowie was built). His book, "Arizona in the ‘50s" tells many exciting stories of his time there, dealing with Cochise and the Apache and trying to keep the peace for the Overland Mail Station in the Pass.

Tevis joined the Confederate Army at Mesilla, New Mexico in 1860. It is confusing about his military rank: it appears that Tevis entered the Confederate Army as a second lieutenant, and was a Captain when he commanded the Arizona Scouts for two years, all apparently within the same five year period of military service. He was attached to the Second Mounted Volunteers stationed at Dona Ana, New Mexico, near present day Las Cruces. He was known as "Captain Tevis" for that service, and his commission as a Captain of a large Mississippi River steamer that made runs between St. Louis and New Orleans.

With money from friends in Texas, he located fifty gold and silver claims in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, that later became known as Tevis Mining District. He also patented land fourteen miles north of Ft. Bowie when the Southern Pacific Railroad was being built eastward from Yuma to El Paso, Texas. He filed a homestead to secure the property where he had dug a well with 3 other men. They traveled from Ft. Bowie every day, and returned at night because of the Indian danger.

A few months after the men started the well, the Southern Pacific Railroad erected a telegraph office, a freight house, a depot and a hotel in Teviston. The post office was housed in Tevis' store when the store was completed.

The Tevis family: Mrs. Emma Tevis, five girls and one boy settled in their new five-room house. (Josie, Belle, Mary, Minnie, Lettie, and Albert arrived with their mother. Two boys, Granville and Louis, were born in Bowie. Albert died young and is buried in Bowie.) Their home, known as "The Gardens", got its name because Tevis was fond of experimenting with trees, fruits and flowers.

James Tevis was very busy, looking after his mining interests and his store. In late 1883 he enlarged his store into a hotel because the Railroad's hotel, depot and other Railroad buildings had burned down. A new Railroad hotel was built and Tevis became the manager. He resigned when the Territorial Governor appointed him to serve as Commissioner of the Mineral Display at the Louisiana Exposition in New Orleans. Captain Tevis was a member of the Fifteenth Legislature and was a good friend of Arizona Territorial Governor Irwin.

James Henry Tevis died in Tucson, Arizona on August 29, 1905. His wife Emma died seven weeks later. Both are buried in Bowie at what is now the Desert Rest Cemetery.

(Source: "Arizona in the ‘50's" (1850's) by Tevis' daughters Belle W. Thumm & Minnie Tevis Davenport. Note: a revised version was published in 2007, edited by Betty Barr and Dr. William J. Kelly, Tevis's great grandson.)
~ Bio provided by Evelyn Lathram
Son of John D. & Elizabeth (McNamee) Tevis. View online death certificate
Arizona Republican, The, Thursday, August 31, 1905, Phoenix, Arizona, United States Of America
Word was received in the city yesterday of the death at Tucson the day before of Captain J. H. Tevis of Teviston or Bowie. He had been in ill health for a long time. About three months ago he had a paralytic stroke and three weeks ago there was a recurrence of it. He was taken to Tucson for treatment. Captain Tevis was in Phoenix during the recent session of the legislature. He leaves four daughters and two sons, Mrs. W. W. Edwards, of the city. Mrs. Tom Davenport, Mrs. Wood Walker of Tucson, and Mrs. Charles Jasper of El Paso. One of the sons is in charge of a store at Bowie and the other is in the employ of the Southern Pacific Captain Tevis was seventy two years of age, the samp age as Captain C. H. Gray who died here yesterday. Both of them by the way came to the territory about the same time. For several years Captain Tevis had charge of a hotel at Teviston, and was for a time in charge of the San Xavier at Tucson. He hnd also during his residence in the territory been more or less engaged in mining. Mrs Edward left last night for Teviston to attend the funeral which will take place there today.
~~ Obituary provided by: Marty B.

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