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Edward Spencer Bowman

  Submitted by George P. Bowman

Edward Spencer Bowman was my grandfather and he was named after his grandfather, who was born November 10, 1815, near Burksville, Kentucky on March 28, 1844 and moved to Panola Co., Texas in the early 1850’s. When Dallas was almost seventeen in 1861 he joined a volunteer Company of Confederate Mounted Riflemen who were assigned to the 1st Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Riflemen, and served all during the Civil War in the Choctaw Nation, with his older brother, Granville Bowman. Dallas met his future wife, Catherine McKinney while convalescing at her mother’s house near Doaksville, C.N. He wrote his mother telling her what a kind Indian girl she was. They were married shortly thereafter and Edward Spencer was born in Kiamichi Co., C.N. on September 9, 1865. Unfortunately both Dallas and Catherine died within a month of each other in 1868 when Edward Spencer was about three. He lived with his mother’s sister Lucinda J. Thompson, wife of Judge James Thompson in Skullyville when he was about nine and made a home for him until he married. My grandmother Gertrude (Moore) Bowman was the daughter of Lyman Moore, Sr., of Creek descent who moved to the territory in 1837 from Washington Co., Alabama and Frances Eugenia (McClain) Moore of Choctaw descent who moved with her family to the Skullyville area in the early 1850’s from Sumter Co., Alabama just West of the Tombigbee River. At various times Edward Spencer farmed, raised cattle, operated a ferry at Old fort Coffee and was storekeeper in Skullyville (Oak Lodge). He served as a police officer for the Indian Service and as an Inspector for the Choctaw Nation and also, as a U.S. deputy Marshal for Judge Parker. On one occasion Tandy Walker, another Deputy Marshal sent for him to help in the pursuit of three robbers. During the day they captured one robber and trailed the other two until it got dark and moved up to the house and broke in with guns drawn. Upon entering one of the robbers started darting about the room to avoid being shot, also, he was drawing a pistol out from under his blouse/shirt and shot my grandfather in the arm, whereupon both discharged their weapons killing the robber. In the meantime the other robber escaped, but was captured later. I have a peace pipe given to my grandfather by Green McCurtain reported to have been used at the dancing Rabbit Treaty signing. I believe Edward Spencer’s grandmother, Mrs. McKinney was a McCurtain, and would greatly appreciate confirmation of her maiden name and the location of Dallas/Catherine’s graves. Edward Spencer died December 31, 1906 in Skullyville (Oak Lodge) leaving my grandmother, Gertrude Bowman with four small children, Euwela (Pratt) 8, Edward Granville, 4, Lois Annie (Manke) 2, and Lucille (Holloway) unborn. She raised her family and managed their joint property and her children’s allotments until they came of age. She died at age 89 in 1961, leaving three children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

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