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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Alonzo Madison Bowen, one of the leading planters of Bowen, Missouri Township, Pike County, was born near Lawrenceville, Ga., October 6, 1855. His parents, John J. and Mary L. (Cooper) Bowen, natives of Georgia, had a family of six children: Lorenzo A., Dilmus L., Columbus L., Alonzo M., Jefferson D. and Nancy C. The father was engaged in tilling the soil in Georgia until 1856, when he emigrated to Arkansas, locating in Pike County, where he made his home until his death in 1862. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and took a deep interest in the welfare of society generally. He participated in the late war, serving under Capt. Spear. Both he and wife were members of the Baptist Church; she died in Texas in 1863. The subject of this short sketch was reared in Clark County, receiving his education at the private schools, and at the age of sixteen began doing for himself by hiring out as a farm laborer. He also made three trips to Texas. August 12, 1879, he was married to Miss Cornelia A. Hewitt, a native of Clark County, Ark., and to this union have been born five children, viz.: Callie R., Enos L., Darthie D., John F., Quincy A. Mr. Bowen owns ninety-six acres of good land, fifty acres under an excellent state of cultivation; his farm is well stocked. He is a member of the Wheel, and has held the office of clerk and sentinel of the same. Both he and wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and take an earnest interest in the welfare of the community in which they reside.

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This family biography is one of 71 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Pike County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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