Family:Caesar Bowens and Ellen Unknown (1)

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Caesar Bowens and Ellen Unknown: Family History

The names of the parents of Caesar, Catherine and John Bowens await discovery. Caesar, Catherine and John were born into slavery. After Emancipation Caesar, Catherine and John officially took the surname Bowens. S3

After the War, Caesar stayed on at Drayton Hall, where he was the caretaker for the property. He lived in the north flanker (one of the buildings surrounding the main house). His son Richmond Bowens, Sr. would one day carry on his tradition and become an accomplished gardener at Drayton Hall. S3

Our work in the Antebellum records for the Drayton family continues. We hope to learn the names of Caesar, Catherine and John Bowens' mother and father.

Caesar and Ellen's household in the 1880 Federal Census was:

Name
Age
Gender
Color
Relationship
Birth
Bowen, Caesor
35
M
B
 
SC
Bowen, Ella
40
F
B
Wife
SC
Bowen, Mary
11
M
B
Daughter
SC
Bowen, Charles
7
F
B
Son
SC
Bowen, Henry
5
M
B
Son
SC
Bowen, Julia
3
M
B
Daughter
SC
Bowen, Richmon
1
F
B
Son
SC


Caesar and his family were enumerated on the 1900 Census for St. Andrews Parish, Charleston, South Carolina. We do not see Mary or Julia in their household. It is possible that they did not live to adulthood, or perhaps they had established their own households.

By 1900, Mary would have been 31, and Julia would have been 23. We would like to learn more about Mary and Julia, and why they do not appear in the 1900 Census in Caeser's household. If you have information and/or documents to share, please contact us. We will gratefully acknowledge your contribution!

Caesar and Ellen's household in 1900 was:

Name
Relationship Color Gender Birth Year Age Birth
Bowen, Caesar Head M B Dec 1851 59 SC
Bowen, Ellen Wife F B Oct 1861 49 SC
Bowen, Richmond Son F B 1879 21 SC
Bowen, Charlie Son M B 1873 27 SC
Bowen, Samuel Son
M
B 1884? 16 SC
Bowen, Allen Son M B 1887 13 SC
Bowen, Joseph Son M B 1889 11 SC
Bowen, Isaiah Son M B 1890 10 SC
Bowen, Eloise Daughter M B 1891 9 SC
Bowen, Ageline Daughter M B 1895 5 SC
Bowen, Lizzie A. Daughter M B 1900 0 SC
Bowen, Hinny Daughter M B 1893 7 SC

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About This Page

This page is part of a groundbreaking research project to rediscover the family lineages of enslaved people on Drayton family plantations in Barbados and the United States. To read more about this historic research, please visit the article below:

Genealogy of Enslaved Communities on Drayton Family Plantations: A Research Project Sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC

References
  1.   1900 Census of the United States.

    Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Saint Andrews, Charleston, South Carolina; Roll: T623 1521; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 126.

  2.   1880 Census of the United States.

    Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Saint Andrews, Charleston, South Carolina; Roll: T9_1223; Family History Film: 1255223; Page: 69.1000; Enumeration District: 81

  3.   Drayton Hall Plantation Website.
  4.   Descendant Family Oral History.
  5.   Bowens family members have identified Hinny, listed on the 1880 Census in Caesasar and Ellen's household, as their daughter Henrietta Bowens.
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