Genealogy of the Cherokee Bowles Family

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11John Bowles. Jennie, Oo-loo-tsa and Oo-ti-yuA33
1212John Bowles. Jennie
2French Bowles*
3Nellie Bowles*
4Lightningbug Bowles. A-yu-su
5Tu-noo-ne-ski Bowles*
6Du-qu-li-lu- Wagon Bowles. Fannie Davis
7Qua-ti-ni Bowles*
8Tsa-gi-na Bowlcs. Bird Tail
9Rebecca Bowles. Tee-see GuessA29
10Samuel Bowles. I-doo-si
11Eliza Bowles. John Porum Davis
12Nannie Bowles. George Chisholm
111213James Bowles. Eliza Halfbreed
114213Joseph Bowles*
2Caroline Bowles*
OK3John Bowles*
4Jefferson Bowles*
116213Johnson Bowles*
2Etta Bowles*
OK3Elizabeth Bowles*
4Thomas Bowles*
119213Sallie Guess. Wiliam Foster
2Joseph Guess*
OK3Catherine Guess. Joseph Downing
1110213George Bowles*
1111213John Davis*
11121314 Minnie Bowles. Elijah Hermogene Lerblance and Orlando Shay
OK2Richard H. Bowlcs. Bettie Blythe and Nannie Downing
11921314Susie Foster. Levi Toney
11923314Nannie Downing. Richard H. Bowles
2 Lucile Downing. Coggle
3Edward Downing
4Sequoyah Downing
5Maud Downing
1112131415Lillian Leblance
OK2Jessie Lamar Shay
1112132415Thomas Bowles
2Leo Bennett Bowles
OK3Richard Bowles
1192131415Calvin Hanks Toney
2Cicero Davis Toney
OK3Margaret Toney
4Catherine Toney
5Sallie Toney
1192331415Leo Bennett Bowles
OK2Richard Bowles
1192332415Cicero W. Coggle
2Houston Goggle

A33. John Bowles was the son of a Scotch trader and a full blood Cherokee woman. His father was killed and robbed by two North Carolina while on his way home from Charlestown with goods for his establishment. This murder was in 1768 when the son was only twelve years of age, within the next two years the fair complexioned, auburn haired boy killed both of his father’s slayers. Bowles settled at Runningwater To one of the Chicamauga settlements near Lookout Mountain and at this place he became involved in an altercation with some pioneers who were floating down the Tennessee River and killed all the boatmen in June 1794. Bowles and his followers now manned the boats and navigated them down to the mouth of the St. Francis River in the Spanish province of Louisiana.

On arriving at their destination they placed all of the White women and children in a boat, relinquished to them all of the furniture which they claimed and allowed them to descend the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

Bowles and his followers joined the Cherokees that had lived in that locality for many years and he became their Chief in 1 795 a position he held until 181 3. On account of the earthquake that centered in their settlement in the winter of 1811-12, the Cherokees moved enmass to the country between Arkansas and White Rivers and a few of them settled south of the former stream. In accordance with the United States Cherokee treaties the limits of the Cherokee country was marked in the spring of 1819 by William Rector, Surveyor General of Arkansas and because it was not extended to include his town on Petit Jean Creek, on the south side of Arkansas River, Bowles with some sixty townsmen and their families emigrated in the winter of 1819-20 to the Spanish colony of Texas and settled between the Trinity and Angelina Rivers. They staid in Texas until July 16, 1839 when Bowles was killed and his colony evicted.

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5 thoughts on “Genealogy of the Cherokee Bowles Family”

  1. According to Ancestry . com The Chief is my 5th great Grandfather. My Great Grandmothers maden name was Hargis. My Grandfathers last name was Hatchett. I wish I could find out more.

    1. One of my relatives, Levi Williams, married a daughter of John bowles, a tranquilla bowles and they are both buried in the cemetery outside of van, texas

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