SOWELL (WILLIAM J.) CEMETERY, (Sowell Bend of Duck River-east Maury County), MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE
William J. Sowell
William J. Sowell was born 21 Jul 1824 near Willamsport in the western part of Maury County. He was the son of William J. Sowell, Sr. He acquired a farm in the Rally Hill area, married Emily J. Hardison on 8 May 1850. Emily J. was the daughter of Ira & Penelope Hardison. William & Emily proceeded to produce a family of ten children. In 1855 he moved to a bend on the south side of Duck River in the Leftwich vicinity. This was the site of one of the better mill sites on the Duck River and Mr. Sowell operated a mill there for many years. It was also the location of a ford that was used by residents in the region. When the Civil War started, Mr. Sowell, enlisted and served as Lieutenant Colonel in Company H, 46th Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army. After the war he became quite wealthy as a farmer and miller, later purchasing a mill near Andrews. He was involved in the building of the turnpike that was given the name "Sowell Mill Pike", thus perpetuating his name until the present time. He died on 14 Aug 1884 and is buried at the top of the hill near his old homeplace, overlooking his mill in the Duck River.