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Catherine Bowens: Biographical Information
Bowens/Johnson family oral history states that Friday Johnson was the husband of Catherine Bowens (the sister of Caesar Bowens) and that their son was Willis Johnson, Sr. (b. 1878, d. 1943). Caesar Bowens was formerly enslaved on Drayton Hall Plantation on the Ashley River, St. Andrews Parish, Charleston, South Carolina.
We do see a Friday Johnson in the 1880 census who is the father of Willis Johnson, Sr., however; in 1880, Friday is married to Eliza.
Are Friday Johnson who was married to Eliza in the 1880 census, and Friday who married Catherine Bowens the same individual? The answer awaits discovery.
We have therefore created two lineages for the parental lines of Willis Johnson, Sr. The first, given here, is based upon family oral history.
The second lineage Family:Friday Johnson and Eliza Unknown (3) is for Friday who was married to Eliza on the 1880 Census. Is there a document that will join the two lineages?
We would like to learn more about Willis, Sr.'s ancestors. If you have information and/or documents to share, please do let us hear from you! We will gratefully acknowledge your contribution!
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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: