Rezin Pleasant Bowie


Personal and Family Information

Rezin was born on 8 Sep 1793 in Elliott Springs, Tennessee, the son of Rezin Bowie and Elve Ap-Catesby Jones.

He died on 17 Jan 1841 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.

His wife was Margaret Frances Neville, who he married on 15 SEP 1814 in Opelousas Parish, La. Their six known children were John (1815-1816), Matilda Eleanor (1816-1892), Jim Rezin (1817-c1819), Seyborne (c1818-c1821), Elve Anna (1820-1873) and Martha Andremella (1831-1853).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Rezin Pleasant Bowie


Rezin Bowie


James Bowie


Sarah Whitehead


Elve Ap-Catesby Jones



Birth8 SEP 1793
Place: Elliott Springs, Tennessee
Death17 JAN 1841
Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana
Place: Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi
Address: Catholic Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial# 18250482
Gravestone-Bowie, Rezin P

Place: Louisiana
Address: La Fourche Parish, La later in Avoyelle Parish, La.


Occupationserved 3 terms in State Legs


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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 accepte.." and "If such was the case" and "It is not know where...but seems to be".

It is a long article in WW Bowie book and often cited as full proof tieing Louisana Family to Maryland Family.

"The Rezin Bowie Family of Louisiana" by Virginia Lobdell Jennings is a much more scholarily research of this Jame Bowie and his decendents. 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 decendents of James Bowie and Sarah Whitehead is taken from Jenning's book above

Arthur F Bowie 27 December 2008

Note 2

the name Rezin may be from Isaish 7, where Rezin the king of Syria is mentioned a couple of times.


  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
  3. The Bowies and their Kindred A Genealogical and Biographical History
    Source: The Bowies and their Kindred A Genealogical and Biographical History
    Authors: Walter Worthington Bowie
    Date: 1899
    Publisher: Cromwell Bros, Washington DC 1899 Library of Congress Cat # 74-172558