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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tragic Story About Norman F. Bowen



William "Billy" Reese (DOB About 1800 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 5/29/1863 in Madison County, NC) married Mary "Polly" Jane Freeman (DOB About 1801 in Henderson County, NC; DOD 2/1884 in Madison County, NC) had a daughter named Alsey M. Reese (aka Alcey Reese, Aisley Reese and Elsie M. Reese). This is my common ancestor being my 4th great grandfather and I was following up on all his children and their lines when I came across this story.

Alsey M. Reese (DOB About 1832 in Buncombe Couty, NC; DOD About 1898 in Buncombe County, NC) married Andrew Jackson Massey (DOB About 1825 in NC; DOD About 1898 in NC). They had a daughter named Mary Christine Massey.

Mary Christine Massey was born About 1860 in Madison County, NC.

Mary Christine Massey Bowen. This photo was found in family trees on Ancestry.com

1870 U.S. Census of Township 3, Madison County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: M593_1147; Page: 356A; Image: 205227; Family History Library Film: 552646, Taken 7/13/1870, Family #107, Lines 12-19, "Andrew J. Massey"
Andrew J. Massey, 39 yrs old (DOB 1831), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $500 Real Estate Value, $250 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC, Can read and write
Ailcy Massey (sic), 40 yrs old (DOB 1830), F, W, Keeping house, Born in NC, Can read, Cannot write
William Massey, 18 yrs old (DOB 1852), M, W, Attending school, Born in NC
Laura Massey, 15 yrs old (DOB 1855), F, W, Attending school, Born in NC
Yasin Massey (sic), 13 yrs old (DOB 1857), F, W, Attending school, Born in NC
Mary Massey, 10 yrs old (DOB 1860), F, W, Attending school, Born in NC
Elisabeth Massey (sic), 7 yrs old (DOB 1863), Born in NC
Jacob Massey, 3 yrs old (DOB 1867), Born in NC

Mary C. Massey married Jesse Landrum Bowen on 11/25/1877 in Buncombe County, NC.

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Jesse Bowen
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1855
Marriage Date: 25 Nov 1877
Marriage Place: Buncombe, North Carolina, USA
Spouse: Mary Massey
Spouse Gender: Female
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 21
Event Type: Marriage

They had 10 children:

1) Cora Dell Bowen (DOB 3/1880 in NC; DOD 1/25/1946 in Reems Creek, Buncombe County, NC) married Palmer Liston Whitted (aka Palmer Levingstone Whitted) (DOB 1/3/1881 in NC; DOD 7/7/1961 in Salisbury, Rowan County, NC). They had Jesse Liston Whitted, Mary Lou Whitted, Ruth Agnes Whitted, Gwendolyn Whitted, Connie Whitted, Norman Paul Whitted, Elizabeth Ann Whitted.

2) Rufus Carroll Bowen (DOB 11/6/1880 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC; DOD 8/30/1956 in Greenville County, SC) married Mary Ellen Gaddy (DOB 6/10/1888 in Haywood County, NC; DOD 7/1974 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC). They had Fred H. Bowen, Clara Bell Bowen, Clarence J. Bowen and Opal E. Bowen.

3) Elsa Caldona "Dona" Bowen (DOB 1/6/1884 in NC; DOD 2/20/1959 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC) married Albert Bernhardt Reid (aka Albert Reed)(DOB 3/4/1884 in GA; DOD 1/28/1955 in Greenville County, SC). They had Evelyn R. Reid, Jesse Irvin Reid. Albert was married first to Annie Ellis (DOB 1/20/1887 in NC; DOD 8/12/1917 in Greenville County, SC of amebic dysentery, other significant condition was stomotitis) and they had Hazeline Helen Reid, James Taylor Reid, Harry F. Reid (who died at 4 yrs old in the Spanish Flu Epidemic).

4) Susan "Sue" Robert Bowen (DOB 5/10/1886 in NC, DOD 8/12/1968 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Robert "Bob" David Wagner (DOB 12/1873 in Weaverville, Haywood County, NC; DOD 7/22/1943 in Buncombe County, NC).

5) Minnie Pearl Bowen (DOB 10/2/1887 in NC; DOD 6/18/1956 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC) married first to Grover Cleveland Wooten (DOB 12/20/1884 in Greenville County, SC; DOD 6/12/1916 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC at the age of 31 yrs old). They had Dorothy Blanche Wooten, Ralph Eugene Wooten, Mary Viola Wooten. She had two children after Grover Cleveland Wooten died: Vivian Wooten and Olivia Wooten. She then married William Leland Huff (DOB 9/13/1888 in SC; DOD 8/18/1959 in Greenville County, SC). They had Ruth Huff, Norman William Huff, Kenneth Earl Huff.

6) Norman F. Bowen (DOB 4/27/1890 in NC; DOD 7/3/1920 in Greenville County, SC) married Jessie Jane Ballenger (DOB 10/23/1893 in Glassy, Greenville County, SC; DOD 7/13/1976 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC). They had Norman Jacquelin Bowen. Jessie Jane Ballenger married second Robert Duval Goodman (DOB 1/27/1895 in NC; DOD 1/20/1969 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC). They had Joseph Robert Goodman.

7) Alice Isabell Bowen (DOB 6/1892 in NC; DOD 1/23/1975 in ? ) married Herbert Green Page (DOB 12/8/1886 in NC; DOD 5/14/1955 in Greenville County, SC). They had Mary Frances Paige, Herbert Roy Page, Inez Alice Paige, Edna L. Page, Rufus Martin Page, Sarah Bonnell Page, Kathleen "Katt" Page.

8) Jackson Lloyd Bowen (DOB 5/11/1894 in NC; DOD 7/26/1974 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC) married Hassie Mae Hubbard (DOB 3/4/1897 in SC; DOD 4/21/1990 in ? ). They had Mary Susan "Tootie" Bowen, Jackson Edward Bowen, William Ray Bowen, Sara Elizabeth Bowen.

9) Roy Andrew Bowen, Sr. (DOB 5/11/1894 in NC; DOD 10/1970 in Taylors, Greenville County, SC) married Harriet "Hattie" Elizabeth Divver (DOB 3/4/1904 in SC; DOD 12/27/1989 in Taylors, Greenville County, SC).They had Roy Andrew Bowen, Jr., Joseph Divver Bowen,Robert Emory Bowen, Sr.

10) Berry Eugene Bowen (DOB 9/11/1896 in NC; DOD 6/17/1897 in NC).

1880 U.S. Census of Reems Creek, Buncombe County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: 954; Family History Film: 1254954; Page: 177A; Enumeration District: 036; Image: 0356, Taken 6/11/1880, Family #114, Lines 24-26, "Jesse L. Boin" (sic)
Jesse L. Boin, W(hite), M(ale), 21 yrs old (DOB 1859), Head, Married, Can read, Cannot write, Born in NC, Father born in VA, Mother born in SC
Mary L. Boin, W, F, 19 yrs old (DOB 1861), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Cora D. Boin, W, F, 1 yr old (DOB 1879), Daughter, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

Jesse Landrum Bowen died on 3/17/1855 of Typhoid. Their baby, Berry Eugene Bowen died 4 mos later and is buried beside his father. This left Mary Bowen a widow with 9 children!

FindaGrave.com
Jesse Landrum Bowen
Birth: Mar. 17, 1855
Death: Feb. 10, 1897
Son of Berry Bowen and Susannah Odum. Husband of Mary Massey.
Burial: Bowen Cemetery, (85 Hillcrest Drive),Weaverville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: Mike Gahagan
Record added: Dec 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121705613

1900 U.S. Census of Reems Creek, Buncombe County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: 1185; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0154; FHL microfilm: 1241185, Taken 7/13/1900, Family #150, Lines 84-95, "Mary Bowens" (sic)
Mary Bowens, Head, W(hite), F(emale), Born June, 1860, 39 yrs old, Widowed, 9 children with 9 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Cora Bowens, Daughter, W, F, Born Mar, 1880, 20 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Rufus C. Bowens, Son, W, M, Born Jan, 1882, 18 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Caldona Bowens, Daughter, W, F, Born Jan, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Sue R. Bowens, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1885, 15 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Minnie P. Bowens, Daughter, W, F, Born Mar 1888, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Alice I. Bowens, Daughter, W, F, Born June, 1893, 7 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Roy A. Bowens, Son, W, M, Born May, 1895, 5 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Eugene Bowens, Son, W, M, BornMay, 1895, 5 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Loyd J. Bowens (sic), Son, W, M, Born Sept, 1896, 3 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Jacob S. Massey, Brother, W, M, Born Oct, 1869, 30 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, Cannot read or write

1910 U.S. Census of Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: T624_1461; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0018; FHL microfilm: 1375474, Taken 4/20/1910, Family #161, Lines 63-71, "Mary C. Bowen"
Mary C. Bowen, Head, F(emale), W(hite), 49 yrs old (DOB 1861), Widowed, 10 children, 9 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write, Rented home
Dony Bowen (sic), Daughter, F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1884), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Creel in cotton mill, Can read and write
Norman Bowen, Son, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1890), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Weaver in cotton mill, Can read and write
Loyd Bowen (sic), Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Spool Room in cotton mill, Can read and write
Roy Bowen, Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Cloth Room in cotton mill, Can read and write
Joe Moon, Boarder, M, W, 25 yrs old, 1st Marriage , Married 0 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Weaver in cotton mill, Can read and write
Alive Moon, Boarder, F, W, 18 yrs old, 1st Marriage, Married 0 yrs, 0 children, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Runs Warpers in cotton mill, Can read and write
Clarence Sizemore, Boarder, M, W, 18 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Lays up roping in cotton mill, Can read and write
Tim Gilnath, Boarder, M, W, 21 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Card room in cotton mill, Cannot read or write
Caroline McCoy, Servant, F, Bl(ack), 40 yrs old, Widowed, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cook for private family, Cannot read or write

1920 U.S. Census of Vance Street, Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: T625_1698; Page: 30A; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 193, Taken 1/29/1920, Family #572, Lines 8-10, "Mary Bowen"
Mary Bowen, Head, Rents home, F(emale), W(hite), 59 yrs old (DOB 1861), Widowed, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Albert Reed, Son, M, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Machinist in iron works
Dona Reed, Daughter, F, W, 36 yrs old (DOB 1884), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Warper in cotton mill

1930 U.S. Census of Heatherly Drive, Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: 2199; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0058; Image: 856.0; FHL microfilm: 2341933, Taken 4/3/1930, Family #114, Lines 75-83, "Albert B. Reid"
Albert B. Reid, Head, Owns home valued $3,500, M(ale), W(hite), 46 yrs old (DOB 1884), Married at age 20 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in GA, Both parents born in SC, Machinist in cotton mill
E. Calsona Reid (sic), Wife, F, W, 46 yrs old (DOB 1884), Married at age 36 yrs old), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
H. Hazeline Reid, Daughter, F, W, 23 yrs old (DOB 1907), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Father born in GA, Mother born in NC, Seamstress in factory ?
James T. Reid, Son, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1910), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in GA, Mother born in NC, Machinist in cotton mill
Edna I. Reid, Daughter, F, W, 19 yrs old (DOB 1911), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in GA, Mother born in NC, Spooler in cotton mill
Ollie Lee Reid, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Does not attend school, Can read and write, Born in SC, Father born in GA, Mother born in NC, Seamstress in factory ?
Jessie I. Reid, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1923), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in GA, Mother born in NC
Evelyn R. Reid, Daughter, F, W, (blob) yrs old, Single, Does not attend school, Born in SC, Father born in GA, Mother born in NC
Mary C. Bowen, Mother-in-law, F, W, 68 yrs old (DOB 1862), Widowed, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

Mary Massey Bowen died 7/27/1937 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC.

SC Death Certificate #10678, Registration District #2209-B, Registered #81, Mrs. Mary Massey Bowen, DOD 7/27/1937 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC.
Female, White, Widow of James L. Bowen, DOB 6/27/1861 in NC, 76 yrs old
Father: Jackson Andrew Massey, born in NC
Mother: Elsie Reece (sic), born in NC
Informant: Mrs. A.B. Reed, 105 Heatherly Drive, Greenville, SC
DOD 7/27/1937 at 10:30am
Cause of death: Cerebral hemorrhage on 7/25/1937
Buried 7/28/1937 in Graceland (Cemetery, 4814 White Horse Road, Greenville, Greenville County, SC)

FindaGrave.com
Mary Christine Massey Bowen
Birth: Jun. 27, 1860
Death: Jul. 27, 1937
Family links: Children: Norman F Bowen (1890 - 1920)
Inscription: Wife of JL Bowen
Burial: Graceland West Cemetery and Mausoleum, (4814 White Horse Road) Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Robin Farley Dixson
Record added: Feb 20, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10500779


Now for the tragic story. One of Jesse Landrum Bowen and Mary Christine Massey Bowen was Norman F. Bowen. Norman enlisted in 1912. He was a veteran of World War I.

U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
Register #1539, Norman F. Bowen, Enlisted June 7, 1912, Col. Beks, Capt. Kilbourne, 3 years, Resided in Asheville, NC, 21 yrs old, Occupation had been Laborer, Brown Eyes, Dark Brown Eyes, Ruddy Complexion, 5' 9", Regiment 12 Cav, Co. G, Notes: Dis., Feb 9, 14 in Fort Robinson, Neb, ?O, 16, C.D. 14, ? Good, Lotf (sic)

This photo was found in family trees on Ancestry.com

Norman Bowen married Jessie Jane Ballenger between 1918-1920 and they had a daughter.

Jessie Jane Ballenger Bowen Goodman. This photo was found in family trees on Ancestry.com

1) Norma Jacquelin Bowen (DOB 7/20/1920 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC; DOD 1/26/1990 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC).

According to the 1920 Census taken 4/5/1920, he was a city policeman.

1920 U.S. Census of Pinckney St, Greenville Ward 1, Greenville County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: T625_1698; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 776, Taken 4/5/1920, Family #564, Lines 92-93, "Norman F. Bowen"
Norman F. Bowen, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 29 yrs old (DOB 1891), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in USA, Police for city
Jessie J. Bowen, Wife, F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1894), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Bunch Maker in Cigar Mill

He left law enforcement and went to work for Southern Railway. After working with the railroad for 6 months, Norman Bowen was killed on the job on 7/3/1920.

SC Death Certificate #13301, Registration District #22A, Registered #203, Norman F. Bowen, DOD 7/3/1920 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC
Male, White, Married, DOB (blank) in NC, 29 yrs old (DOB 1891)
Father: Jessie Bowen, born in NC
Mother: Mary C. Massey, born in NC
Informant: R.A. Bowen, Anderson, SC
DOD 7/3/1920
Cause of death: "Saw him after death by order of coroner. Head severed from body by train. Fell from car", death was instant
Buried 7/5/1920 in Graceland.

Keowee Courier, Pickens, SC, 7/7/1920, Page 1, "His Head Severed By Train"
Greenville, July 3 - Norman F. Bowen, yard switchman for the Southern Railway, was instantly killed about 5:30 o'clock this afternoon when he fell on the rail from the top of a moving freight car. His head was completely severed from the body. The accident occurred in the main yards, directly in front of the passenger station. Bowen was 22 years of age and had been in the employ of the railroad for six months. Prior to that time he was a member of the Greenville city police force, having accepted his position following his discharge from the army. Not long ago he was married to Miss Jesse Ballenger.

The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 7/7/1920, Pg 2, "Funeral For Bowen Was Held Yesterday"
Funeral services for N.F. Bowen, age 30, who met death when he fell from a freight car in the Southern railway yards Saturday, were held yesterday from his sister's home on 15 Vance Street, interment following in Graceland cemetery. Young Bowen, a veteran of the world war, was married to Miss Jessie Ballenger, daughter of Magistrate J.L. Ballenger, 14 months ago. Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. M.C. Bowen; three brothers, Lloyd, Roy and Rafe Bowen (sic); and five sisters, Mrs. Robert Wagner, Mrs. Cora Whitted, or Asheville, N.C., Mrs. Pearl Weston, Mrs. Herbert D. Page, and Mrs. Albert Reed, of Greenville.

Such a tragic death left Jessie Ballenger Bowen a young widow with a baby daughter. She married her second husband, Robert Duval Goodman, between 1920-1925.

Robert Duval Goodman. This photo was found in family trees on Ancestry.com

They had one son:

1) Joseph Robert Goodman (DOB 12/30/1925 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC; DOD 12/13/2003 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC) married Laura Sue Dellinger (DOB 12/7/1924 in Gaston County, NC; DOD 4/10/2000, Mecklenburg County, NC).

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