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:
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:
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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: