Sarah Ellen Bower

Brief Life History of Sarah Ellen

When Sarah Ellen Bower was born on 17 March 1854, in Dallas, Missouri, United States, her father, Emanuel Bower, was 37 and her mother, Paulina Jane Yeager, was 25. She married Christopher Columbus Lightner on 23 October 1879, in Dallas, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Dallas Township, Greene, Missouri, United States in 1860 and Missouri, United States in 1870. She died on 29 January 1881, in Dallas, Missouri, United States, at the age of 26, and was buried in Urbana, Dallas, Missouri, United States.

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Christopher Columbus Lightner
Sarah Ellen Bower
Marriage: 23 October 1879
Cornelia Rosetta Lightner

Sources (5)

  • Ellen Bowers in household of Emmanuel Bowers, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah E. Bower, "Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920"
  • Sarah Ellen Lightner, "Find A Grave Index"

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Historical Boundaries: 1856: Dallas, Missouri, United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bour, bor(e), bur(e) (Old English būr) ‘cottage, chamber, bower’, denoting either a ‘cottager’ or ‘chamber-servant’, or a topographic name for someone who lived in a small cottage, or a habitational name from any of various minor places called from this word in Somerset, Sussex, Essex, and Peeblesshire. Compare Bowerman and Bowring .

English: variant of Bowyer , for a maker or seller of bows or an archer, from Middle English bowyere, an agent derivative of Old English boga ‘bow’.

Americanized form of German Bauer ‘peasant’ or ‘neighbor, fellow citizen’, or of its Dutch cognate Bouwer .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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