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Dock or Doc or Doctor Craton Bowen

Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Death: June 24, 1926 (69-70)
Ft Payne, De Kalb, Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Henry Bowen and Nancy C. Wolfe
Husband of Mary Ellen Bowen and Rhoda C Bowen
Father of Nora Caldonia Bowen; Zorah Alvina Covington; Floyd Bowen; Nora Bowen; Elizabeth Lizzie Bowen and 10 others
Brother of Berry Rollins Bowen

Managed by: Sharon Gail Williams
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About Dock or Doc or Doctor Craton Bowen

Born in 1856 in NC, married at Dalton inWhitfield Co. GA in 1877 moved to Alabama. Had one brother Berry Bowen who was named for the minister. Doc was named after Doctor John Crayton. Doc's name has been spelled Dock, Doc, or Doctor. He was NOT a medical doctor.

I remember mother telling me that his wife would go and help sick people.

Doc's mother and father died when he was around 11. He and his brother went to Whitfield County GA. to live with grandfather.

Here is information I found on the web:

W. H. and Nancy

Their two sons Berry Rollins b. 1853 and Doctor Craton b. 1856.

Nancy's tombstone lists her as mother of B. R. and D. C. only.

On the 1850 census of Rutherford County NC in the Sandy Run District which is on the east side of the county is the family of David and Arty Bowen. David is listed age 48 and Arty is 45. Nine children are listed from age 24 down to 1. A Drusilla Dob(b)ins age 63 is listed who may have been Arty's sister. The next listing is William Bowen age 22 and Nancy 16. William and Nancy have no assets listed, so, I would guess the newlyweds were living with family.

William H Bowen enlisted in the 16th Regiment N C Troops (6th Regiment N C Volunteers) C.S.A. at age 33, May 20, 1861. William was in Company D that was made up of men from Rutherford County and commanded by H. D. Lee, Captain. Stephen Lee of Buncombe County was regiment commander with rank of colonel. The regiment was organized at Raleigh NC for twelve months' service on June 16,1861.

The regiment remained in Raleigh until July3-4 when it departed for Richmond. There it received to reinforce General Robert S. Garnett at Cheat Mountain in western Virginia (now WV). On July 7 the regiment left Richmond; however, it was still en route to Cheat Mountain when word came of the death of Garnett and the defeat of his forces. The regiment then proceeded to Monterey, where it joined the remnants of Garnett's army.

After Garnett's death, General Henry R. Jackson was assigned to command the troops at Monterey. Jackson hurriedly regrouped his forces and prepared to meet an advancing Federal under General George. B. McClellan who was threatening to move through the mountain passes, cut the Virginia Central Railroad, and capture Staunton. However, after occupying Cheat Mountain, McClellan's troops assumed the defensive, thereby giving the Confederates time to complete their reorganization and send out detachment to observe the possible Federal routes of advance. This regiment was ordered to proceed to Hunterville to guard the road leading to Milllboro and the Virginia central Railroad. After a three day march it reached Hunterville, and the next day it moved to Edray, where it spent ten days picketing the in the direction of Cheat Mountain. On July 30 the regiment moved to Valley Mountain, eighteen miles northwest of Hunterville, and joined a force under Colonel William Gilham.

General Robert E. Lee, who had been assigned to coordinate the Confederate troops in western Virginia, arrived at Monterey on July 29. The next day he proceeded to Hunterville to confer with General William W. Loring commander of all forces on that part of the line. Observing that the troops at Valley Mountain had a direct route to the rear of the Federal position on Cheat Mountain, Lee urged Loring to move his forces up to Valley Mountain. Loring's command arrived at that point on August 12, however, rainy weather, lack of supplies, and poor roads prevented any further advance. The wet weather and very cold nights affected the health of the troops, and sickness spread throughout the camp. At one point about half of the members of the regiment were reported sick, and many had to be sent to hospitals in the rear.

On August 24, 1861 William Bowen died of disease at Valley Mountain. His burial site is unknown but is probably an unmarked grave near Mace, WV. In 1862 Nancy filed for his pay and received $40.33 for his 3 months and 20 days of service and 6 months clothing allowance of $25.00 minus $2 stoppage fee for clothing furnished. This was a total of $63.33. Nancy had two sons Berry Rollins born 1853 and Doctor Craton Bowen born 1856. It is possible Berry was named for the minister Berry Rollins and it appears Doctor Craton was named for the physician Dr. John Crayton.

Nancy C. Bowen died in 1867 and is buried in the old Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery in Rutherford County.

In 1870 Doctor Craton is listed in the household of his grandfather David. Berry's location has not been determined.

In his will of 1882 David it states "…desire that Wm Bowin' children Berry and Dock have 5o cts each…." David was 80 years old at this time and signed the will with his x.

Hopewell Methodist Churches built 1800,1893,1939 and 1961. The old cemetery is located in the Hopewell-Hollis area of Rutherford County. It is located about 1.4 miles east of the present Hopewell Methodist Church, north of Ellenboro. It is situated in an island of pine trees in an open field about 500 feet off the north side of the Hopewell Road (County road #1760). The cemetery covers about 2 acres and contains several hundred old graves, but unfortunately only about four of them have inscribed markers. Berry Rollins Bowen only trip back to North Carolina was when he returned to his former home in 1899 to place a tombstone over his mother's grave.

The tombstone reads:

Nancy C.

wife of W. H. Bowen mother of B. R. and D. C. Bowen

Born 8-26-1834

Died 3-29-1867

Sleep on mother and take thy rest until we meet again.

Judy and I visited the grave in July 1999.

(Will of David Bowen, grandfather of Berry. Typed as written.)

In the name of god amen I David Bowin of the State of North Carolina and Rutherford County. Being of perfect mind and memory. Blessed be god do this 7th day of February in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty two do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following. I bequeath my body to a decent Christian buriel and my soul to god who gave it and after all my just debts is paid my will and desier is that Wm Bowin children Berry and Dock have 50cts each and Matterson Bowin his children Lawson and David have 50cts each and David A. Bowin and my daughter Jane Dobbins have one dollar each and my son Drewry S. Bowin and my daughter Nancy that is living with me have all my property real and personal . Equal between them in valuation I have given my black horse before this present to Drewry S. Bowin all the balance land, money on hand or debts owing my catle, hogs, farming utencils wagon grain gathered or growing or cotton to be equilal between them two in valuation and provided that either one was to mary or to want to leave in any way the other one is to have the buildings all household and kitchen furniture also in the same way in valuation or meat and I constitute and appoint my son Drewry S. Bowin Executor to this my last will and testament. In witness wherof I the David Bowin have here unto set my name and affixed my seal. Signed in the presence of us.


J. B. Bridges(his mark) David Bowen(his mark) seal

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Dock or Doc or Doctor Craton Bowen's Timeline

Age 4
North Carolina, United States
February 13, 1879
Age 23
Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia, United States
Age 23
Georgia, United States
November 12, 1880
Age 24
Georgia, United States
February 13, 1883
Age 27
June 1883
Age 27
Georgia, United States
Age 29
Georgia, United States