Person:Richmond Bowens (1)

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Richmond Bowens
b.1879
d.1920
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Name Richmond Bowens
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1879
Death[3] 1920

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Richmond Bowens, Sr.: Biographical Information

Richmond Bowens, Sr. was the son of Caesar and Ellen Bowens. He was born at Drayton Hall Plantation in 1879. In 1900 he was working at Drayton Hall, mining phosphate for Charles H. Drayton & Co. Richmond married Anna Bryant and they had seven children, six of whom survived to adulthood. S4

Richmond Sr. was multi-talented and became an accomplished gardener at Drayton Hall, as well as a barber in the early African American community located along the Drive to Drayton Hall. When he died in 1920, some of his barbering implements were placed around his grave. The custom of placing personal items around the graves of loved ones has its origins in West Africa. S4

Richmond was listed in his parents' household on the 1880 Federal Census for St. Andrews, Charleston, South Carolina. Their household 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


Richmond was also listed in Caesar and Ellen's household in the 1900 Federal Census. Their 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. National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Interpretive Brochure, Sacred Ground Cemetery, Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

  4.   Drayton Hall Plantation Website.
  5.   Paonessa, Laurie J., Scott K. Parker and Lynne G. Lewis.

    "I Was Born and Raised Here: Investigations at the Bowens Housesite, Drayton Hall, Spring 1992." National Trust Archaeological Research Center Monograph Series No. 6. Montpelier, Virginia: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1993