Sarah Ellen Bower

17 March 1854–29 January 1881 (Age 26)
Dallas, Missouri, United States

The Life 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. 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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Family Time Line

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

Spouse and Children

    Christopher Columbus Lightner



23 October 1879
of, Dallas, Missouri, USA


Parents and Siblings




    Mary Emeline Bower


    Susanna Margaret Bower


    Lucy Caroline Bower



+5 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 6

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1865 · Slavery Abolished

Age 11

On January 11, 1865, slavery was abolished in Missouri.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English Bowyer .2 English and Scottish: from Middle English bur, bour ‘bower’, ‘cottage’, ‘inner room’ (Old English būr), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in a small cottage, an occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his private quarters ( see Bowerman ), or a habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex, named Bower or Bowers from this word.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ellen Bowers in household of Emmanuel Bowers, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah E Bower in household of Emanuel Bower, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sarah E Bower in entry for C C Lightner, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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