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  • ID: I74383
  • Name: Luther Dunn Bowden
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 OCT 1879 in Fort Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia
  • Death: 31 MAY 1953 in Danville, Indiana
  • _UID: 50B6AE4C12DB23458656EBD57724F736B9B7
  • Note:
    1880 U.S. Federal Census
    [see father's listing]

    1900 U.S. Federal Census
    Mercer County, West Virginia
    Rock
    Bailey, Crockett 44
    Farley, J. M. 25
    Boden, Luther boarder Oct 1878 21
    Lyons, Russell 17
    Lyons, S. P. 37
    Farmer, G. J. 18
    Hedrick, Chas 19
    Godfry, C. S. 20
    (87-1B+2A in file)

    1910 U.S. Federal Census
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    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Name: Luther Dunn Bowden
    County: Mercer
    State: West Virginia
    Birth Date: 16 Oct 1878
    Race: White
    FHL Roll Number: 1992733
    DraftBoard: 2
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Nearest Relative: Norah Bell Bowden
    Height/Build:
    Color of Eyes/Hair:
    Signature:
    (in file)

    1920 U.S. Federal Census
    Mercer County, West Virginia
    Rock
    Bowden, Luther D. head 41
    Bowden, Nora B. wife 36
    Bowden, Alma M. daughter 16
    Bowden, Oakley H. son 14
    Bowden, Tracy G. 12
    Bowden, Fredie D. son 16
    Bowden, Ralph J. son 8
    Bowden, Gertie M. daughter 9
    Bowden, Myrtle M. daughter 3
    Bowden, Carl son 1 6/12
    (104-4A in file)

    1930 U.S. Federal Census
    Mercer County, West Virginia
    Rock
    Bowden, Luther D. head 51 married at 24
    Bowden, Nora wife 47 married at 21
    Bowden, Oakley H. son 24
    Bowden, Tracy G. son 22
    Bowden, Fred D. son 21
    Bowden, Ralph J. son 19
    Bowden, Gertie D. daughter 17
    Bowden, Myrtle M. daughter 13
    Bowden, Carl C. son 11
    (33-15B in file)

    U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    Name: Luther Dun Bowden
    Birth Date: 16 Oct 1879
    Birth Place: Greenbrier
    Residence: Mercer, West Virginia
    Roll: WW2_2243895
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Nearest Relative: Mrs. Fielder Thompson
    Height/Build:
    Color of Eyes/Hair:
    Signature:
    Note regarding the images for the states of PA, MD, WV, and DE. These four states were scanned at the National Archives facility in such a way that the back of one person?s draft card appears on the same image as the front of the next individual. The result is that when you click to view the original image, you will see the correct front side of the draft card, but the back of the previous soldier?s card. Ancestry is aware of this problem, and is working to correct this issue.

    Publication: Raleigh Register
    Published: Monday Afternoon, June 1, 1953
    Headline: L. D. Bowdin, 78, Taken by Death
    Princeton - Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Luther D. Bowdin, 73, of Spanishburg, who died at 5 a.m. Sunday after suffering a heart attack. Death occurred at the Danville, Ind., home of a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Davis, where he was a visitor.
    A former school bus driver for the Mercer County Board of Education for 20 years, he had retired in 1947.
    He was born in Pickaway, Monroe County, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William K. Bowden, and was married first to Miss Nora McComas, who died in 1941, and second to Miss Sally Karnes, who survives.
    Other survivors include the following sons and daughters: Okley Bowden, address unknown; Tracy, of Roslyn, Pa., Fred of Welch, Ralph of Charleston, Carl of Lake Shawnee; Mrs. A. B. Parker, Princeton; Mrs. Davis, Danville, Ind.; Mrs. F. A. Thompson, Matoaka; Miss Betty Jane Bowden of Spanishburg. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Phillip Harrold, of Hinton; Mrs. Nola McCluetheon (sic, McCutcheon) of Fairmont; four brothers; Mark, Fireco, W. Va.; O. F. of Princeton; K. H. of Columbus, Ohio and Ed of Detroit, Mich. Twenty-three grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.
  • Change Date: 22 MAR 2014 at 16:02:33



    Father: William Renick Bowden b: 17 FEB 1851 in (West) Virginia
    Mother: Sarah Frances "Fannie" Dempsey b: 24 MAR 1854

    Marriage 1 Nora Belle McComas b: 13 MAY 1882 in Mercer County, West Virginia
    • Married: 1902 in Mercer County, Wet Virginia
    • Note:
      Marriage Record
      Groom: Luther Bowden
      Groom's Age: 23
      Groom's Estimated Birth Year:
      Groom's Birth Date:
      Groom's Birthplace: Greenbrier
      Bride: Nora M Camas
      Bride's Age: 20
      Bride's Estimated Birth Year:
      Bride's Birth Date:
      Bride's Birthplace: Mercer
      Marriage Type: Marriage
      Marriage Date: 1902
      Marriage Place: West Virginia, United States
      Groom's Father: W. R.
      Groom's Mother: S. F.
      Bride's Father: J. C.
      Bride's Mother: S. E.
      Groom's Marital Status: single
      Groom's Previous Wife:
      Bride's Marital Status: single
      Bride's Previous Husband:
      Film Number: 800736
      Digital Folder Number: 4226416
      Image Number: 00330
      Reference Number:
      Source: County Records
      Collection: West Virginia Marriages, 1853-1970
      (in file)
    Children
    1. Has No Children Alma Nina Bowden b: 23 NOV 1903 in Kegley, Mercer County, West Virginia
    2. Has Children Oakley Homer Bowden b: 20 DEC 1905 in Spanishburg, Mercer County, West Virginia
    3. Has Children Tracy Guy Bowden b: 25 DEC 1907 in Spanishburg, Mercer County, West Virginia
    4. Has Children Fred Douglas Bowden b: 28 MAR 1909 in Kegley, Mercer County, West Virginia
    5. Has Children Joseph Ralph Bowden b: 6 NOV 1910 in Kegley, Mercer County, West Virginia
    6. Has No Children Gertie Dee Bowden b: 28 JUN 1912
    7. Has No Children Myrtle Marie Bowden b: 4 FEB 1917
    8. Has Children Carl Curtis Bowden b: 25 JUL 1918

    Marriage 2 Living Karnes

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