James Willis Bowden

Brief Life History of James Willis

When James Willis Bowden was born on 23 August 1854, in Rockville, Bates, Missouri, United States, his father, William A Bowden, was 26 and his mother, Mary A Chaney, was 18. He married Lydia Jane Williams on 14 February 1877, in Bates City, Lafayette, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Election Precinct 6 Raton, Colfax, New Mexico, United States in 1885 and Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States in 1900. He died on 15 December 1915, in Dawson, Colfax, New Mexico, United States, at the age of 61.

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James Willis Bowden
Lydia Jane Williams
Marriage: 14 February 1877
Arthur Bowden
James Alfred Bowden
Earl Steele Bowden
Nell Irene Bowden

Sources (9)

  • J W Bowdon, "New Mexico Territorial Census, 1885"
  • James W. Bowden, "Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920"
  • James Willis in entry for Earl Steele Bowden, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

World Events (8)


Historical Boundaries: 1860: Broderick, Kansas Territory, United States 1861: Unorganized Federal Territory, United States 1861: Colorado Territory, United States 1861: Pueblo, Colorado Territory, United States 1876: Pueblo, Colorado, United States


Kansas is the 34th state

1876 · Colorado becomes a State

On Aug 1, 1876, The United States Congress passed an act making the Territory of Colorado the 38th state.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon. Bowden in Devon and Derbyshire and Bowdon in Cheshire are named with Old English boga ‘bow’ + dūn ‘hill’, i.e. ‘hill shaped like a bow’; one in Leicestershire (Bugedone in Domesday Book) comes, according to Ekwall, from the Old English personal name Būga (masculine) or Bucge (feminine) + dūn. There are also Scottish places of this name, but there are comparatively few bearers of the surname Bowden north of the border. In England, the surname is found most frequently in Lancashire and in the West Country. In Devon and Cornwall there has been some confusion with the Norman personal name Baldwin .

English: topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill, from Middle English buve dun ‘above the hill’ (Old English būfan dūne, as in the placename Bowden, Wiltshire).

Scottish: habitational name from Bowden in Roxburghshire, named from Old English bōthl ‘dwelling-house’ + Old English denu ‘valley’.

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

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