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It is wonderful to hear from you! You are the first descendant we have heard from who has traced their family back to the Mary Bull estate inventory. Because some of the families listed there eventually passed to the Drayton family, I wonder if your ancestors have connections to the Drayton records. We are compiling those records with a goal to post the entire results on May 31. If you would like for us to watch for your family as we compile the records, we can start looking now if you will contact us at email@example.com.
Best! Toni--Henri6602 13:32, 16 April 2009 (EDT)
Bowens Family [16 April 2009]
My name is Patricia Bowens Scott and I am trying to find the beginning of my family. Oral history from my Aunt and Grandmother said that they went to the Drayton Plantation and spoke with Richmond Bowens who said that we in fact were part of his family. However, my grandmother has since past and my aunt now does not remember where she put documents. She states that we came to the states via Madagascar and Barbados. She also states that we still have realatives that still live in the area but do not know who they are.
I know that I can find my 4thg-grandmother was Vina Bowen b.bet. 1830-1833, and can locate her in the 1870 census for Georgia. Perhaps Coweta or Carroll county. Thecensus spelled her name as Bowen, then Bone and then Bowens. I think (not sure) her husband might have been Ambrose Bowen from Virginia. Viney came to Texas with her children Robert (Bob), Cicero, Simon, Irvin (my direct decendent)and Henry. She had her other children in Rusk county, Texas. How can I locate the Bowen/Bowens that would have been born in 1830 or prior, or may know of a Vina? I am not sure if Vina is short for something else
Thanks--Deltaladies 11:26, 4 November 2008 (EST)
Thank you so much for writing! We are trying to unravel the Bowens lineages in South Carolina and Georgia. From the records we have it seems like the Georgia Bowens family and the South Carolina families at the time of Emancipation have different origins, but we are tracing the slaveholding lineages back to see if there is a connection. The documentary record for the Drayton family is very incomplete, many of the records have not survived. Please select to watch these pages because we will be posting the Georgia Bowens lineages as we work through them.
Best and Peace, Toni--Henri6602 02:27, 5 November 2008 (EST)
Some of the slaves named in the Mary Bull will became the slaves of Major Pierce Butler (his wife was one of Mary Bull's granddaughters, Mary "Polly" Middleton Butler). I have tracked my family from Mary Bull's South Carolina plantation to Major Butler's Georgia Plantations (Butler's Island and Hampton Point on St. Simon's Island) to Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana (which is where my folks ended up after being sold during "The Weeping Time" in March 1859.
Are there other families that you know of that can track their families back to the Mary Bull list?
Annette--Aquaricorn 13:20, 16 April 2009 (EDT)