Stella Lillinan Bowen

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Stella Lillinan Bowen (McIlhaney)

Also Known As: "Lily"
Birthplace: Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Death: Died in Augusta, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Abingdon, Washington, Virginia, 24210, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry McIlhaney and Jane McGeehan
Wife of John Bowen
Mother of Agnes 'Nancy' Buchanan (Bowen); Elizabeth Jane Looney; John Bowen, Jr.; Lt. Hugh Reece Bowen; Henry Bowen, Sr. and 8 others

Occupation: m. c. 1729 in chester Co., PA
Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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About Stella Lillinan Bowen

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor #: A012714

Lily moved from Pennslyvania about 1730. The family might have been Quakers. After John's death, Lily moved southwest. After her Father's death, her mother married a Mr. Hunter and had several children. In 1779, she purchased 800 acres on Holston RiverValley inVirginia. In her will, she left her estate to Reece, William,Robert,Henry, Charles, Agnes, and Jean. She became a patriot in the American Revolution by furnishing supplies and feeding and clothing colonial troops in the continental army."A beautiful Scotch-Irish girl of seventeen, who had come with her mother and stepfather to Pennsylvania." 1780: Apr 4: Will 1780: Jun 20: Will probated

During the War years, Lillian gave money, supplies and openned her home to the wounded. Lillian died just 2 months before her son Rees, in 1780, in Washington CO., VA

John and Lily moved to Augusta County, Virginia where the first record of land to him was dated April 15, 1748.

Lilly McIlhaney Bowen, daughter of Henry and Jane McIlhaney. She was a beautiful Scots-Irish Lass, had a strong discriminationg mind, decision and character. She emigrated to Pennsylvania with her mother and step-father Hunter. Her father died when she was an infant leaving Lily and her brother Henry. When she was about 17 she married John Bowen, son of Moses Bowen and Rebecca Rees Bowen. She lived 20 years longer than her husband and was the executrix of his will.

She was an expert flax spinner, had many slaves, which the Quakers opposed, and because of that she persuaded her husband to move to Augusta County, Virginia. She died in 1780. Her given name was often spelled "Lily". (Pil 253-273) Issue of John Bowen and Lily McIlhaney: Mosed, Agness, John Jr, Jane, Nancy, Rebecca, Rees, Henry William, Authur, Robert, Mary, and Charles. Some data shows a child Jean (Jane?) and Rachel.

On 15 Nov 1757 John Bowen and Lilly Bowen deeded to John Bowen Jr. 10 acres by patent of 3 Nov 1757 on a branch of the James River, DB7-499( Ch III 349)

On 20 Jan 1760 she, Malcolm Allen and Robert Bowen witnessed the will of James Cunningham, and on 19 Mar 1765 she and Malcolm Allen proved the will. WB 3-382 (Ch III 88)

On 13 Mar 1760 John Bowen devised to her, as sole executrix and guardian. On 19 May 1761 the will was proven and she qualified as executrix with Jonathan Whitley and William Buchanan, as sureties on her bond. WB 3-24. (Ch III 24)

On 20 May 1761 she made bond as administratix of the estate of Moses Bowen, with John Matthews and William Matthews as sureties on her bond. WB 3-37. (Ch III 37, OB 7-9, Ch I 90)

On 15 Nov 1762 she as executrix of John Bowen, deeded to Rees (Reice) Bowen (Bowin), son of said John, 230 acres on Glade Creek of Roanoke River. DB 11-42 (Ch III 390)

On 20 Sep 1763 her settlement of the estate of Moses Bowen was approved and recorded. WB 3-278 (Ch III 81)

On 6 Sep 1765 she as widow and executrix of John Bown, deeded to Henry Bowen, son of said John and Lilly, 197 acres, part of 280 acres whereon John Bowen formerly lived, on James River. DB12-320 (Ch III 435)

On 5 Mar 1767 she paid Col. John Buchanan , an executor of the estate of James Patten WB 4-383 (Ch III 117)

On 29 Oct 1768 Henry Bowen, heir at law of  John Bowen, conveyed to her the increase of a slave in order to settle the question of the title to the child of the slave, she having conveyed to him 400 acres. WB 4-159  (Ch III 105)

On 14 ___1769 William McIlhaney deeded to Alexander Stuart 197 acres purchased by Henry Bowen from Lilly Bowen, his mother, on 6 Sep 1765 and conveyed by Henry Bowen and Ann (Anne) to William McIlhaney on Sep 1765 on Hames River; corner John Bowen deceased. DB15-364 (Ch III 484)

On 5 Jan 1773 she got a Fincastle County, Va. deed from William Preston and William Campbell executors of Col. John Buchanan for 880 acres on the waters of Indian or Holston River. SA 667

On 20 Jun 1780 her will was probated in Washington County, Va. WB 1-73 It was proven by Authur Campbell and Elinor Maxwell. Charles Bowen, one of the named executors, qualified and gave bond in the amount of 40,000. Her estate was devised to her children as follows: Rees, William, Robert, Henry, Agnes Buchanan, Jean Looney, Author, and Charles. She named her sons Henry and Charles as her executors. It was witnessed by Authur Campbell, David Cambell, and Eleanor Maxwell. SA 1056, 1344.

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Stella Lillinan Bowen's Timeline

Donegal, Ulster, Ireland

alternate birthdate circa 1705

May 21, 1735
Age 26
Augusta, VA, USA
Age 26
Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Age 27
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Age 28
Rockingham County, Virginia, United States
Age 29
Augusta County, Virginia