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William C. Gower in Clay County in 1891Posted Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 9:55 AM
William Carroll Gower (1850-1914), was born in Davidson County, Tenn., to George Washington and Martha Patsy (Harris) Gower. He was married to Sarah Jane Tedford (Teadford) (1847-1937) on Sept. 5, 1875, in Johnson County, Ill. (the name on the marriage license is Sarah Jane Tedmond). The couple show up in Clay County in 1900 with four children--George Washington, William Franklin, Alma and Harvey Gower. They had three other children who died before 1900. The first child was born in Montgomery County, Tex., in 1877; the second in Arkansas in 1883; the third in Illinois in 1885 and the fifth in Piggott, Ark., in 1891. William "Will" C. Gower died in Pollard, age 64, after an accident on the Butler County Railroad with the section crew. He's buried in the Piggott Cemetery beside his wife. He was a tie maker and farmer. His line included-(1) William Carroll Gower, (2) George Washington (1826-1891) and Martha Pasty Harris Gower (1791-1853) and Sally Ferguson Fowler Gower, (5) Abel Gower (1748-1780) and Obedience Blakely Gower. (6) Abel Gower (1721-1780) and Mary Robertson Gower. (7) Abel Gower (ca1700-?).
George Washington Lawrence Gower (1877-1951), son of William and Sarah, was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., and died in Piggott and is buried in the Piggott Cemetery. He married Isabelle Braden (1881-1927), the daughter of James Isom Braden, on Dec. 30, 1900, in Clay County and they had 10 children--(1) Ethel Mae Gower married Ezra Montgomery in 1920, and they had no children. (2) Maude Francis Gower married Charles Wilford Branson and they had Hershel, Stelveda and Nina Belle. (3) Edgar Edmon Gower married Nannie Elizabeth Mobley and they had Jewell and George. (4) Monroe Layman Gower married Agnes Brady and died in Madison Heights, Mich. Their children were Ruby and Thomas. (5) Ernest Marvin Gower married Florence Nettles and Louella Mullinex. His children included Bob and Thomas and a stepdaughter, Rosetta Scroggins. Ernest was a retired Baptist minister for 60 years. (6) Maybelle Gower married Oather B. Williams in 1935, and they had Reeves, Patsy Miller, Brenda Baldwin and Diane Cluck. They lived in Michigan from 1923 to 1943, then moved back to Piggott to begin work with the telephone company in 1945. (7) Emma Jane Gower married Carl Simpson Bradford, son of Nathan Harris and Hattie Helen Nelson Bradford, in 1939 and they had Jerry Wayne and Richard Bruce Bradford. (8) Melvin Lee Gower died in Michigan. He married Dorothy and they had four children--Melvin Jr., Gilbert, Joyce and an infant daughter. (9) James Gower. (10) William Carl Gower, who was born and died on the same day, Jan. 25, 1917, at Senath. Mo.
George Washington Lawrence Gower's second marriage was to Frances Marietta Dover (1913-1978) in 1929. Five children were born to the couple--(1) Jackie Jones Gower married Olive Pollock and later died in a car accident in October of 1966. (2) Mary Evelyn Gower Sinkler. (3) George Gower, Jr. (4) Martha Jane Gower Milde. (5) Susanne Gower Rice.
William Franklin "Frank) Gower (1883-1975), son of William C. and Sarah Jane Gower, married Alma Esther O'Brien (1892-1956), the daughter of Richard L. and Mary McBride Cannady O'Brien, and they had Earl Gower, Vernon Gower, Vera Virginia, who married Hayne Amos Thompson, Mary Jane, who married William Franklin Foster, and Richard Gower, a veteran of World War II. Richard and Edith had Jim and Laura.
Alma Gower (1885-1911), daughter of William C. and Sarah Gower, married Daniel "Dan" McLeod in 1903 in Clay County, and he served a four-year term as Clay County Sheriff (1937-1940). They had one daughter, Lucille McLeod, who married Carl Binkley and had Robert Daniel, Wilma Binkley Wilson, Mary Binkley, Jane and Ray Binkley.
Harvey Gower (1891-1956), son of William C. and Sarah Jane Gower, married Grace Truman Warren in 1916 in Clay County and they had four children--Hershel, Lola Marie Gower Crow, Cordelia Almeda Nettles and Johnny Evelyn Gower King.
(Correction on Minor Creek article of June 16, 2016; Richard Rosswurm of Ohio, a relative, writes that Miner Krick (Crick) was named "Miner" and was born in Allen County, Ind., instead of Ohio. He is found on both the 1860 and 1870 Allen County, Ind. Census. Minor was born 24 April, 1857. The date of 1856 on his tombstone is wrong. Minor's second marriage was to Lydia A. Wright on 6 July 1886, in Allen County, Ind. The newspaper had them listed as Elizabeth Ann and Minard.)
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