James Rhesa Bowie

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James Rhesa Bowie

Birthplace: Prince George's County, MD, United States
Death: 1796 (56-57)
Washington County, Georgia, United States, Washington County, Georgia, United States
Place of Burial: Midville, Burke County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bowie, II and Elizabeth MacGill
Husband of Jeanne Bowie and Sarah Bowie
Father of Rezin Pleasant Bowie, I; John David Bowie; David Bowie; Martha Bowden and (unknown) Bowie
Brother of David Bowie; Col. Allen Bowie, Jr.; Miriam Lincecum; Rev. Dr. John Bowie, III; Oswell Bowie and 1 other
Half brother of Capt. William Bowie; Mary Beall Bowie and Robert MacGill

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About James Rhesa Bowie

James Bowie

Two of three Scotch brothers of the same name did settle in Maryland and have numerous progeny. But the third brother, at the same time, settled in South Carolina. His son Rezin was born in South Carolina. He became the found of the Texas Bowie Family.

  • Source: The Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (RT976.4) by John Henry Borwn Austin, Tx. 1988

The Bowies & Their Kindred by Walter Worthington Bowie

He was living in 1760, when the court records show he received his property. No mention is made of him after that date on the County records, and he is not mentioned in the will of his maternal grandmother proved in 1767. By some he is supposed to have died soon after reaching his majority, unmarried. It is however asserted by others that he left Maryland upon reaching manhood, and removed to South Carolina, where he became the father or Rezin Bowie who was father of Col. James Bowie, hero of the Alamo, and Co. Rezin P. Bowie. If this latter was the case, he doubtless married about 1761 or very shortly after reaching South Carolina. He is the only one of the Prince George's County Bowies of whom the record is uncertain.

He removed to South Carolina before the Revolution, and is said to have left two brothers in the State of his birth. By a number of the Maryland Bowies he is thought to have been the second son of John Bowie Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Pottinger. If such was the case he was born about 1739, and left Maryland about 1760. It is not known where he located in South Carolina, but it seems to be an established fact that he married a Miss Mirabeau shortly after reaching that State; was the father of four sons and a daughter, and died young, probably a short time before the Revolution [sic - more recent records seem to indicate death & burial in late 1796 or early 1797].




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James Rhesa Bowie's Timeline

Prince George's County, MD, United States
September 8, 1762
Age 23
Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Age 26
Age 29
Age 57
Washington County, Georgia, United States
Age 57
Midville, Burke County, Georgia, United States

James Bowie
Birth: 1739
Maryland, USA
Death: 1796
Washington County
Georgia, USA

Family links:
Jeanne M. Bowie (1739 - ____)*

Rezin Pleasant Bowie (1762 - 1819)*

*Calculated relationship

Bowie Plantation
Burke County
Georgia, USA

Created by: J B Williams & T Slaydon...
Record added: Aug 29, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 135059185

South Carolina, United States