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Rezin Pleasant Bowie, I

Also Known As: "Rhesa Pleasant Bowie", "James Rezin Bowie"
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Death: October 3, 1819 (57)
Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States
Place of Burial: Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Rhesa Bowie and Jeanne Bowie
Husband of Unknown Slave Bowie and Elve Ap-Catesby Bowie
Father of James Bowie, (Free Man of Color); John Jones Bowie; Sarah Davis; Martha Nugent / Sterret; Mary Bird and 6 others
Brother of John David Bowie; David Bowie and Martha Bowden
Half brother of (unknown) Bowie

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About Rezin Pleasant Bowie, I

(In 1706, his great grandfather, John Bowie (1688-1759), emigrated to America from Scotland and settled in the area that would eventually become the state of Maryland.)

Rezin Pleasant Bowie was born in South Carolina (c. 1762).

"served when a mere boy in the Patriot Army as a private soldier under General Marion. At the storming of Savannah he was wounded and taken prisoner. In warding off a blow directed at his head by a British officer his hand was nearly severed by the saber of the Englishman. While confined in Savannah his wounds were dressed by the patriotic women of that city among whom was Elve ap-Catesby Jones, the daughter of John Jones a Welch immigrant... whom he married when not 20 in 1782. For some time he devoted himself to the cultivation of his plantation in Burke County, Georgia."

Rezin Pleasant Bowie, moved to Louisiana c. 1802, is the founder of the Louisiana branch of the family, which lived in the central portion of the state (Catahoula, Avoyelles, Terrebon & St. Landry Parishes).

Rezin Pleasant Bowie died in 1821 in Opelousas. His wife was Elve ap-Catesby Jones (d. 1838). Their children:

John Jones Bowie, b 1785, d 1859, attorney; lived in Arkansas as an adult.

Sarah Bowie, b 1787, m. Mr. Davis of Opelousas, LA. No surviving children.

Mary Bowie, b 1789, m. Abraham Bird of Missouri.

Martha Bowie, b 1791, m. James Nugent, 2nd Alexander B. Sterret, 1st settler of Shreveport, LA

Rezin Pleasant Bowie, Jr. (1793-1841) served in the War of 1812; State Rep. for Avoyelles Parish, LA. Died in New Orleans. Married Margaret Neville. Children:

. John Bowie, b 1814, d infancy

. Matilda Eleanor Bowie, b 1817, d 1892, m. Joseph Hickman Moore

. Seyborne Bowie, d at age three

. Martha Anidremella Bowie, died age 21

. ElveAnna Bowie, b 1820, d 1873 m 1841 John Yarlor Moore

David Bowie , b ?, d mid-1810s, drowned in the Mississippi River as a teen.

Col. James "Jim" Bowie (1796-1836), named for his paternal grandfather, lived in Lousiana. Was state representative of Catahoula Parish in 1826.

Col. James Bowie married Ursula de Veremendi, daughter of a Mexican governer, in 1831. Two children were born to this union. His wife and two young children died in an 1832 cholera epidemic. Thus, there are no direct descendants of Col. James Bowie.

Col. James Bowie died in the defense of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas on March 6, 1836.

Stephen Bowie b 1797, d. 1833, parish sheriff; m Mary Compton.


. Mary Anne or Marion Bowie, b 1825 m. Charles Leckie

. James Bowie, Jr. b ca 1828, m. Elizabeth Kirkland

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Rezin Pleasant Bowie, I's Timeline

September 8, 1762
Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Age 6
Maryland, United States
Age 22
Age 24
Age 28
May 4, 1792
Age 29
Burke County, Georgia, United States
September 8, 1793
Age 31
Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee, United States
Age 31
April 10, 1796
Age 33
Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky, United States