Caniza Reeves


Personal and Family Information

Caniza was born on 4 Oct 1840 in Madison County, Tennessee, the daughter of Elijah Reeves and Anna NotKnown.

She died on 24 Jun 1906 in Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas.[Note 6]

She had three marriages/partners. Her first husband was James W Bowie, who she married on 7 SEP 1859 in Hernando, Desoto County, Mississippi. Their two known children were J. M. (1859-?) and Mary Alice (c1861-c1890).

Her second husband was Murty Sullivan, who she married on 20 MAR 1876 in Tate County, Mississippi. They had no known children.

Her third partner was James Motheral Walker, but they were never married. Their only known child was Arthur (1881-1941).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Caniza Reeves


Elijah Reeves


Anna NotKnown



Birth4 OCT 1840
Place: Madison County, Tennessee
Type: two sources
Address: Caniza's Obit in Jackson County, Ark Weekly Independent, Sunday , June 24 1906 1850 Census, Desota Cty, Miss
Agency: tombstone in Walnut Grove Cemetary, Newport, Ark
Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div
Source: Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div

Obit - Bowie, Carriza

Death24 JUN 1906
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 65y, 8m, 20d
Address: Newport, Arkansas
Cause: "a complication of troubles"
Agency: tombstone Walnut Grove Cem, Newport Ark
Obit - Bowie, Carriza

Obit - Bowie, Carriza with Bio Arthur

See Note 6
Place: Madison County, Tennessee
Address: Two listings: Reeves, Elijah, Madison County, 103, no twp 1 male 5-9, 1 male 20-29, 1 female < 5, 1 female 20-29 Reeves, Elijah, Obion County, 150, no twp
Census-1840, Tenn Madison

See Note 7
Census5 NOV 1850
Place: DeSoto County, Mississippi
Age: 10
Address: page 100/107 Ledger 362, Dwelling 705, family 705 Caniza Reeves age 10 born Tn, with Jesse Britt 56 N Carolina, Anna Britt 35 Tennessee James Reeves 13, Jonah Reeves 8, Jesse T all ditto Tennessee, Britt 3 Miss
Agency: US Census 1850
Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div
Source: Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div

Map of Mississippi in 1860

Census search, Mississippi 1850

Census 1850, Desoto Cty Miss- Index

Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto family 560

Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto family 705

See Note 8
Census16 JUN 1880
Place: Tate County, Mississippi
Age: 39
Address: Senatobia Precent, E.D. 185. page 26 Image 27, dwelling 205 family 210 Sullivan, C white female, age 40m widow, farmer, born Tenn, father and mother born NC Bouie, J.M. white male age 21, son single, laborer, born Miss father Ala, mother Tenn “ , Mary A, white female age 19, daughter, single, laborer, born Miss father Ala, mother Tenn Dwelling 204, Family 209 Walker JM wm 38 with EJ 32 wife WG 12 son, M. 7 dau, T 4 son,Rutland LD 17 stepdaughter
Census 1880 Mississippi, Tate, Senatobia

Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 65y, 8m, 20d
Address: N35° 36.854' W91° 16.150 Walnut Grove Cemetery, south 1/2 of lot 145, Block C, original section Newport, Arkansas Find A Grave Memorial# 37178439
Obit - Bowie, Carriza

Cemeteries -Jackson County Arkansas


Caniza + others

ResidenceABT 1900
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Type: BBB12/2/91
Address: probably with son Arthur 321 Vine Street?? Newport, Arkansas
See Note 3
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 50 to 51
Address: Arrived Jackson Cty
Obit - Bowie, Carriza

Doris Bowie Mulholland, 3 letters to BBB

Bio-Bowie, Arthur

See Note 9
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Address: Earliest Document Newport Weekly Independent, April 1901
See Note 3


Religion1906Baptist Church, Newport Arkansas
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 65
Address: Rev. E.P.J. Garrott, pastor of the Baptist church assisted by Rev. M.B. Umsted
Agency: Obituary 1906
Obit - Bowie, Carriza

See Note 10


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Note 1

unable to find in the 1900 census of Jackson County 3/1/03 ????, need closer look Miss 1880 at widow Sulivan, 1876 Tate County marriage Bouy & Sulivan

Tate County was established on December 23, 1873 from Marshall / Tunica / DeSotoMarshall County seat Senatobia.


(1) she is in boarding house and census missed her

(2) she is in Salt Lake City area in TB santorium./ TB story likely confused with Troupe Simmons Reid 1880-1911 dau of George MT Simmons., died of TB and buried Walnut Grove.

(3) she was still using spelling "Buie" and we missed her.

could there be connection between JW Bowie leaving northern mississippi for Ben Simmons land in NE Arkansas in mid to late 1880s and Ben Simmons bear hunting at a camp in NE Mississippi in that same time frame?

1850 census in Desoto census, Caniza age 10 born Tenn, mother Tenn, stepfather Britt NC.

look closer: Census 15-16 June 1880, Senatoba Precenct, Tate County, Mississippi, page 26?, Supv Dist 1, Enum Dist 185

line 41, dwelling 205 family 210: Sulivan , C. White female, age 40 widow, farmer, born Tenn, father NC, mother NC.

line 42, same d & fam, Bowie, J.M. white male age 21, son, single, laborer, born Miss(1859?) , father Ala, mother Tenn

line 43, same d & fam, “ , Mary A, white female, age 19, daughter single, laborer, born “(1861?), father born “ mother born “

line 35 dwelling 204 family 209, Walker, J.M. wm age 38, married farmer born Tenn f NC m Tenn

with wife, 3 children and stepdaughter.

DNA tests, both Y-111 at FamilyTreeDNA and indicate this John Motheral Walker 1834-1895 as father of granddad Arthur. Also possible that a brother or close cousin could be father, but Ancestry DNA cluster and strength of match are pointing to John Motheral Walker.

Tate County Mississippi marriage 20 Mar 1876 Caniza Bouy and Murty Sullivan

possible immigration 8/15/1854 from Ireland, age 35 male, on the Maria at Gulf Coast Port “ B t mass??) and others 5/11/186 Boston Mass age 20

Note also in her letter to Bobby Bowie, Aunt Ruby said that Fred Seaton was half brother of Arthur Bowie. Arthur probably wrote Caniza obit, named her his mother and Fred as her grandson. Cora in Fred’s death certificate name Alice Bowie as his mother.

Note 2

Doris Mullholland Letter to BBB 7/5/1980

Caniza lived in Millie Kelly boarding house in Newport. She has TB and Arthur carried her to a santiarium in Salt Lake City for about a year but didn't help. She came back to Newport and died.

this story may be confused with a very similiar, verified story of Troupe A Simmons Reid, wife of ZB Reid. I have not found anything to verify the Salt Lake City story other than family oral tradition. A 9/12/09

daughter Alice lived in Missouri.

Note 3

newspaper column: About People-Mainly April 16, 1901, maybe 1902.

From microfilm roll at Ark History Comm M Film New 00519 roll 01

Arthur Bowie who came up from Little Rock Tuesday to take a position with the Cash Grocery was taken sick Wednesday and has been unable to be at the store.

Same column, Friday Sept 13, 1901 , back page:

The grocery establishment of Otto M. Bowen's, known as the Cash Grocery, has been enjoying trade expansion until the limits of a one store building are no longer sufficient. The partition is now being torn down between the store and what has been a warehouse, mang one big store, where the large stock, which Mr Bowen purchase while in St. Louis, may be stored. The proprietor is a hustler and an accommodating gentleman, who deserves the success he has achieved.

Note 4

"Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014),

Murty Sullivan and Caniza Buoy, 20 Mar 1876; citing Tate,Mississippi; FHL microfilm 895,565. Vol 1, groom index lists page 307

Name Murty Sullivan Spouse's Name Caniza Buoy

Event Date 20 Mar 1876 Event Place Tate,Mississippi

— Bond by Murty Sullivan and Jasper Britt

Note 5

Non paternity event/NPE/Not Parent Expected AFB’s FamilyTreeDNA Kit 926600 Y-DNA-111 in Jan 2020 in Haplogroup I-A7115. positive on 54 SNP and has two matches at Genetic Distance 2, two at Gen Dist 3, three at Gen Dist 4, and more than twenty matches from Genetic Distance 5 to 10, most with Walker name, all in group 2 of the Walker Project.

AFB’s Ancestry DNA shows many matches and ThruLines with Allan Walker/Esther McCory, and John Motheral/Jane Currie families, strongest matches are in Joel Walker and Mary Motheral descendants. AFB has marked more than 250 shared DNA matches in Walker/Motheral, McCrory, Allen group.

No Bowie/Buie/variant have shown in either Y-DNA or Ancestry DNA before grandchilden of Arthur Bowie 1881-1941

It is possible to image several theories to name parents of Arthur Bowie 1881-1941, however the most likely and simplest is that James Motheral Walker is his father and Caniza Reeves (Buie/Sullivan/Bowie) is his mother. June 1880 census of Tate County, Mississippi, shows James M Walker living (dwelling 204, family 209) next to Caniza Sullivan, twice widowed with her two adult children, (dwelling 205, family 210). Arthur born in May 1881.

Note 6

Obit names son Arthur and grandson Fred.

born near Jackson Tenn Oct 4, 1840, maiden name Carriza Reeves. Married James Bowie in 1859, came to Arkansas 15 years ago (1891).

Newport had been home for last 12 years(1894-1906) had been invalid for several years, confined to bed for past 4 months.

Note 7

BBB notes

1840 Census Madison Co Tenn, 31 October 1840.

page 103 George Reeves males 1@-5, 1@10-15, 1@40-50 females 1@-5, 1@ 30-40

page 104 Elijah Reeves males 1@5-10, 1@20-30, females 1@-5, 1@20-30

page 109 George Booe, males 1@-5, 1@5-10, 1@30-40, females 1@-5, 1@5-10, 1@30-40

David Booe males1@-5, 1@15-20, 1@40-50, females 1@5-10, 1@40-50, 1@50-60,

Note 8

5 Nov 1850 Desoto, Southern difficult to read writing.... first name maybe Caniza...

Desoto County is NW corner of Mississippi, bordering Tennessee. In 1850 it included what in 1873 became Tate County and Sanatobia where son Arthur was born in 1880.

According to a published history of Tate County , the City of Senatobia was founded on two sections of land purchased in 1834 from the Chickasaw nation for $1.25 per acre. The name “Senatobia” was derived from the Indian word “ Senatohoba ,” which means “white Sycamore” and is a symbol of “ rest for the weary.” Senatobia received its charter as a municipality in 1860.Helena Arkansas is 35 miles east of Sanatobia.

Consider as Future Husband:

Desoto Northern, family560

Wm P Bowie 46 born NC with wife, 4 daughters and son J age 2 born Tenn

James is 16 and near Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee about 100 miles NE.


James W Buie is 30 with wife and child is in Jefferson County Mississippi, family number 433.

Note also that Simmons is very near...

Note 9

Family traditionial story: Arthur and Mother Carriza Bowie arrived in Jackson County in a wagon about 1891. Arthur lived with and raised by Ben F Simmons, said to have changed diapers on future wife Eleanor Cornelia Simmons while living with Ben.

Carriza Obituary in 1906 "came to Arkansas fifteen years ago. Newport has been the family's home for twelve years." This indicates 1891 for arrivial in Arkansas, three years with or near Ben Simmons, Tupelo and into Newport about 1894. These times similar to those told by Doris and Aunt Sallie in their letters.

The stories about Arthur rocking cradle or changing diapers for baby Cora born 1887, also fit for arrival in Arkansas about 1891.

Doris letters to BBB 7/1971 and 7/5/1980--James and Caniza arrived Jackson county together with three children. He died and is buried on Simmons farm, she had TB, spent a year in Salt Lake City in santimorium but returned to newport. She lived in Millie Kelley Boarding house in Newport.

Note 10

Garrott, Ernest Perry Jackson male white age 37 born about july 1882 in Kentucky.

father born KY mother born VA . a minister, per 1930 Census, Ark, Faulkner County, Conway, District 28, dwelling 239 family 270

1910 Census - EPJ Garrett, age 27, born 1883 Kentucky, living in Batesvilles, Ward 2, Independence County, Arkansas

married Eula Maxfield age 20, July 24 1907 , Independence County Arkansas

Milton Brown Umsted, age 53, born Dec 1847 Tennessee, 1900 census Tuckerman, Bird twp, Jackson County, Arkansas

dwelling 11 family 11, married (1866 Gibson Tn) 34 yrs, preacher.

ancestry trees has "Methodist Minister"

1910 census he and family in Searcy Ward 3, White County, Arkansas

died May 24, 1932, Jackson County Arkansas, buried Walnut Grove, Newport


  1. Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div
    Source: Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div
  2. Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div
    Source: Census 1850 Mississippi, Desoto Cty, southern Div