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Birthplace: FAYETTE, JEFFERSON, Mississippi, United States
Death: December 18, 1874 (65)
KISATCHIE, NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana, United States
Place of Burial: CLARKSVILLE, RED RIVER, Texas, United States
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Father of Abraham Rinkle Dowden

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HUGH DOWDEN's Timeline

FAYETTE, JEFFERSON, Mississippi, United States
February 13, 1839
Age 30
December 18, 1874
Age 65
KISATCHIE, NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana, United States

The date of Hugh Dowden's death as 12/18/1874 may not be correct. On 10/31/1877 Hugh Dowden sold a parcel of land which was the same parcel of land granted to Hugh Dowden in 1860 for his service in the Mexican-American War in which he served in Capt. Hyam's company, to W. W. Dowden. The sale is witnessed by Hugh's second wife Lucinda Caroline Dowden and A. R. Dowden, Hugh Dowden's son. The sale is recorded in the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court's Records.

However, based on information recently provided by the Stewart Family of Sabine Parish, Hugh Dowden may well have died in Red River County in the winter of 1874. Hugh had married Caroline Lucinda Smith Lyles a year after the death of his wife Sarah. Caroline was married to Williams Liles with whom she had 3 daughters. Mr. Liles was killed at the Battle of Mansfield during the Civil War. She remained a widow until she married Hugh Dowden in 1871 or 1872. They had one son together... Caroline's oldest daughter, Sarah, married Abraham "Mac" Stewart with whom she had one daughter and was pregnant with a 2nd child, who was named Robert when born in the Oklahoma Territory Indian Nations, when the family the family moved there in 1873. The winter of 1874 was horrific. The Stewart family was beset with tragedy when their young daughter's night clothes caught fire and she died of her burns. Apparently Hugh and Lucinda Dowden went to Oklahoma or Texas to help them move back to Louisiana. It was on this wintery trip that Hugh was taken ill and died as a result of his illness. The above was told to me by a Stewart family member who heard the story from a great uncle who knew Mac and Sarah Stewart as older folks. The story is supposed to have been written down in Sarah's bible that became the property of her son Robert....However, we have been unable to locate the bible. It was reported to be in the possession of a Dr. and Mrs. Strain in Shreveport..Mrs. Strain was a Stewart of direct lineage of Robert Stewart. Dr. and Mrs. Strain are both deceased and none of the descendant know the whereabouts of the bible...However this story is the second report of Hugh's death in east Texas..the first being the bio of Stephen Grant Dowden written my Dr. Alcee Fortier in his 1913 book of notables of Louisiana..

CLARKSVILLE, RED RIVER, Texas, United States