John Jones Bowie


Personal and Family Information

John was born in 1785 in Burke County, Georgia, the son of Rezin Bowie and Elve Ap-Catesby Jones.

He died on 22 Jun 1859 in Arkansas.

He had three marriages/partners. His first wife was Nancy Snodgress?, who he married in 1806 in maybe Catahoula Parish, La. Their five known children were Mary (1810-1897), Nancy (1816-1896), Sarah (1812-1863), Rezin Pleasant (c1815-<1853) and Matilda (1819-?).

His second wife was Mary C Oliphant, who he married in ABT 1830. The place has not been found. Their only known child was Harriett E (1831->1860).

His third wife was America A. Watkins, who he married on 8 AUG 1831 in Lafourche Parish, La. Their three known children were Martha (1833-c1913), John R (1835-1858) and James W (1838-1864).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


John Jones Bowie


Rezin Bowie


James Bowie


Sarah Whitehead


Elve Ap-Catesby Jones



Place: Burke County, Georgia
Death22 JUN 1859
Place: Arkansas
Age: 72
Cause: Paralysis
Agency: Mortality Schedule of Arkansas 1850-1880
Place: Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Age: between 26 and 45
Agency: 1820 census La
Place: Chicot County, Arkansas
Age: bet 40 and 50
Agency: 1830 census Ark
Place: Chicot County, Arkansas
Age: bet 50 and 60 yrs
Agency: 1840 census Ark
Census3 SEP 1850
Place: Issaquea County, Mississippi
Age: 63 born Georgia
Address: dwelling 97 family 97 with America A age 51 and sons James age 12 and John R age 15 daughter Martha B and Zachaical Leatherman dwelling 96
BurialABT 1860
Place: Halley, Desha County, Arkansas
Address: Find A Grave Memorial# 51561291 no headstone
ResidenceAFT 1831
Place: Helena, Arkansas
Address: Helena, Arkansas
Will29 SEP 1853
Place: Helena, Arkansas
Type: Document
Address: Wiil Book C, 1840-1879 Chicot County, Arkansas Page 146
Will - Bowie, John J

See Note 2


Chart - Rezi...


Note 1


"The Bowies and their Kindred" only very loosely ties this James back to the Maryland Bowies. Page 258 and 259 statements such as "In the absence of documentary evidence, family tradition must be accepted..." and "If such was the case" and "It is not know where...but seems to be".

"The Rezin Bowie Family of Louisiana" by Virginia Lobdell Jennings is a much more scholarily research of this James Bowie and his descendants. Wills and land records are used to better document the names, familys, places and dates. At the same time comparasions are made with the claims in WW Bowie book.

Most of what is here for descendants of James Bowie and Sarah Whitehead is taken from Jenning's book above

Arthur F Bowie 27 December 2008

Note 2

entered to Probate 8 August, 1859 chicot County Ark by America A Bowie, executrix


  1. Trail of the Bowie Knife
    Source: Trail of the Bowie Knife
    Authors: Sam Mims
    Publisher: The Guardian-Journal Homer Louisiana 1967
  2. The Rezin Bowie Family of Louisiana
    Source: The Rezin Bowie Family of Louisiana
    Authors: Virginia Lobdell Jennings 1998
    Date: 1998
    Publisher: Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Society POBox 82060 Baton Rouge, LA 70884-2060