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Louie Bowen Mead

  • Birth 7 Apr 1894 Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 2 May 1971 Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Section E Lot 27 Space 6
  • Memorial ID 19920890

Louie Bowen Mead was born in Indian Territory on April 7th of 1894. His obituary states that he was born in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas. Early records for Louie Bowen Mead state that he was born in Oklahoma, Indian Territory or that he simply did not know. I believe that he was able to get a hold of a record during his lifetime that gave his place of birth but did not reveal the names of his parents. That sounds like a redacted adoption record to me but that is pure speculation at the moment until such a document can be located.

One of his Granddaughters has informed me of a family story, where he called both of his sons, Cheser and Claiborne Mead into a room after receiving a record from somewhere in Washington D. C.. He was very displeased with how they were spelling the Bowen name, which he was allegedly made to use by the United States Government. I have not been able to substantiate this with documentation but I have decided to mention it to aid other researchers, particularly as it was based on someone who knew him during his lifetime who was present when the above event took place.

His biological parents are unknown at this time but are believed to be descendants of Joshua Teague and either Elizabeth Siler or Martha Elizabeth Clemmons. Based on Autosomal DNA matches, I believe that it is more likely that the match is through a child of Joshua Teague and Elizabeth Siler.

Louie himself stated that he was kidnapped as a child by the Mead family.

He appears in the 1900 Census with the Mead family as 'Boyin Luey' and is noted as 'adopted son'.

I've spoken with other descendants of his family and there is another theory that his biological father is Ira Mead, but there is no evidence of this.

If a formal adoption did take place, adoption records are sealed in Oklahoma. If it was true that he was adopted, even informally, it would make sense for what would be his biological grandparents to take him in, but there is no explanation as to why Ira would leave Louie and Lena with his parents, as Ira went on to marry a few months after Louie was born.

The theory of Ira being his father also includes the suggestion that Lena Leota Mead and Louie are half siblings, both having Ira Mead as their father, but there is no explanation as to why Lena is noted in that same 1900 Census as a granddaughter, while Louie was noted as being an 'adopted son'.

Lena Leota's father and mother are both noted as being born in Michigan, while Louie's father is noted to have been born in Michigan, but that his mother was born in Arkansas.

It also does not explain Louie's assertion that he was kidnapped.

There just is not enough evidence to fully support either theory. However, it is interesting to note that there are descendants of Joshua Teague that were living in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas at the time Louie was born that are of the correct age to potentially be his parents.

Louie appears in the 1910 Potter County, Texas Census with Amos Mead and Nancy Rowe. In this Census, he is noted as an adopted son. This Census says that his father was born in Michigan and that his mother was born in Arkansas. This Census says that he was born in Oklahoma. This Census also has his name spelled as Lucious B. Mead.

Louie went on to marry Fannie Margaret Cheser before 1915 in Texas and the couple had three children. Cheser Bowen Mead, Claiborne Mead and Ethel Mae Mead.

Claiborne Mead's birth certificate mentions Louie at 23 years of age and lists his occupation as 'Transfer Man'. Under location of birth it says 'don't know' and it lists his current residence as of May 8th, 1916 as being Amarillo, Texas. The certificate also lists a 406 Jackson Street, although I am unsure if this was their residence, if this was a home birth, or the location of a hospital.

The 1930 Amarillo, Potter County, Texas Census lists Louie at the age of 35 with Fannie and their three children, together with the Thrasher family, whom I have no knowledge of. This Census lists Oklahoma as the birthplace of Louie Mead.

Louie was a good man, hard working and strong. He was very close with Katherine Elizabeth Doss Mead, the wife of one of his sons, Cheser Bowen Mead during his lifetime. He was also close with his granddaughter, Marion Nancy Mead.

Fannie Margaret Cheser tried to murder him one night by poisoning his dinner. He was wise enough to switch dinner plates without her knowledge and Fannie went to sleep that night and never woke up.

Needless to say, unusual circumstances followed him his entire life.

Unfortunately, Louie suffered a stroke, which caused him to become aggressive towards those he loved the most towards the end of his lifetime and had to be placed in the Arlington Convalescent Center.

He continued to receive frequent visits from Katherine, Marion and Cheser in his final years.

In death as in birth and in life, mystery continued to follow Louie, his exact cause of death being unknown.

His death certificate lists his cause of death as Probable Myocardial Intarction V.S. Possible Cerebrovascular Accident.

04/05/2016 UPDATE : Autosomal DNA testing indicates that this man is a descendant of the Teague and Siler families, specifically Joshua Teague and Elizabeth Siler. Further research to discover and prove his direct line of descent is ongoing.

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  • Originally Created by: Walter Dunn
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 19920890
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louie Bowen Mead (7 Apr 1894–2 May 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19920890, citing Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ancestor Hunter (contributor 47957262) .