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Descendants of John Sowell

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

      1.  John1 Sowell was born 1754 in Highlands of Scotland, and died in TN.  He married Mary Newton in Rutherford Co., TN, daughter of Nicholas Newton and Melony Melton.  She was born in Hart Co., KY.

 

More About John Sowell:

-- FACT #1 -: In 1790 he lived in Moore Co., NC.  Later in Duplin Co., NC

     

Children of John Sowell and Mary Newton are:

+      2            i.   John Newton2 Sowell, Sr., born 1780 in Rutherford Co., NC; died May 10, 1838 in Gonzales Co., TX.

        3           ii.   Sarah Sowell, born 1782.  She married Jonathan Couand July 21, 1800.

        4           iii.   Mary Sowell, born 1787.  She married David Outlaw July 10, 1805.

        5          iv.   Lewis Sowell, born 1790; died January 05, 1838 in Brazoria Co., TX.

 

More About Lewis Sowell:

-- FACT #1 -:  Died in the War of 1812.

 

        6           v.   William Sowell, born 1792; died January 16, 1836.

 

More About William Sowell:

-- FACT #1 -:  Died in the War of 1812.

 

        7          vi.   Shadrach Sowell, born April 14, 1801; died November 16, 1878 in CA.  He married Margaret Champ'e November 28, 1824 in Nashville, TN.

+      8          vii.   Newton Sowell, born 1790.

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

      2.  John Newton2 Sowell, Sr. (John1) was born 1780 in Rutherford Co., NC, and died May 10, 1838 in Gonzales Co., TX.  He married Rachel Sarah Carpenter Abt. 1808 in Davidson Co., TN, daughter of John Carpenter.  She was born 1785 in Hart Co., KY, and died Abt. 1860 in Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX.

 

More About John Newton Sowell, Sr.:

-- FACT #1 - 1: Moved to Gonzales, TX in 1829 as part of the DeWitt Colony.  Made the Bowie Knife for Jim Bowie.

-- FACT #1 - 2: John Sowell was a gunsmith and blacksmith in Gonzales, TX when a skirmish broke out between the settlers with a small cannon the Mexicans had given the town and came to retrieve.  The villagers wouldn't give it up.  Thus the first flag, "Come and Take It".

 

More About Rachel Sarah Carpenter:

Burial: San Gerinimo Cem., Seguin, TX

Fact #1: Divorced from George Washington Nichols in 1848.

Fact #2: Was the widow of John Newton Sowell, Sr. and the 5th white woman to cross the San Marcos River.

     

Children of John Sowell and Rachel Carpenter are:

        9            i.   Rachel Rebecca3 Sowell, born 1809 in Davidson Co., TN; died in Madison co., TX.  She married (1) Newton Sowell, Jr. 1827.  She married (2) Humphrey Branch Aft. 1828.

 

More About Rachel Rebecca Sowell:

-- FACT #1 -: An article published said this:  ANOTHER OLD TIMER GONE -Mr. W.R. Sowell, who died at Lynchburg, TX July 20, 1899 and was laid to rest in the San Jacinto Cemetery, was a native of TN but came to TX with his step-father, Humphrey Branch in 1829 and with him and his grandfather, Mr. John Sowell, settled on the Guadalupe River where Seguin is now located in 1831.

 

More About Newton Sowell,Jr.:

Name 2: Newton Sowell, Jr.

 

        10         ii.   Sarah Carpenter Sowell, born Abt. 1810 in Davidson Co., TN; died 1838 in Gonzales Co., TX.  She married Winslow Turner, Jr. June 16, 1831 in Gonzales, TX; born 1811 in Mo; died May 06, 1880 in Bastrop Co., TX.

 

More About Sarah Carpenter Sowell:

Burial: Cemetery Square, Gonzales, TX

Fact #1: No children born to this marriage.

 

More About Winslow Turner, Jr.:

-- FACT #1 -: No children born to this family.

Burial: Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX

 

        11         iii.   William A. Sowell, born 1811; died 1835.  He married Sarah (Sallie) Grogan June 01, 1834 in Gonzales, TX; died Abt. 1860 in Guadalupe Co., TX.

        12        iv.   Lewis Dean Sowell, born 1813 in Davidson Co., TN; died January 05, 1838 in Brazoria Co., TX.

 

More About Lewis Dean Sowell:

Fact #1: Never married.

 

        13         v.   Andrew Jackson Sowell, born 1815 in Davidson Co., TN; died January 04, 1883 in Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX.  He married Lucinda Smith Turner June 27, 1842 in Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX; born March 07, 1827 in TN; died January 09, 1883 in Guadalupe Co., TX.

 

More About Andrew Jackson Sowell:

-- FACT #1 -: Andrew Jackson Sowell was one of the Defenders at the Alamo. He and another man were sent to Gonzalez, TX on Mar. 4th to bring cattle to the Alamo to feed the Texians.  By the time they were ready to return, the battle was over.  He was also a Texas Ranger

-- FACT #2 -: 1850 census Hays Co., TX; 1860 census Guadalupe Co., TX.

-- FACT #3 -: 1870 Guadalupe Co TX census: SOWELL, Andrew, 55, farmer, 500/500, TN; Lousinda, 41, k/house, MS; Asa, 27, TX; Mary, 22; Martha, 18; Lewis 12; Charles 6; Albert 4, TX.

-- FACT #4 -: Appointed administrator of John Sowell July 16, 1838

 

        14        vi.   John Newton Sowell, Jr., born 1819 in Davidson Co., TN; died September 30, 1856 in Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX.  He married Elizabeth Nichols April 15, 1840 in Seguin, Gonzales Co., TX; born Abt. 1824 in Madison Co., TN; died Aft. 1850 in probably Guadalupe Co., TX.

 

More About John Newton Sowell, Jr.:

-- FACT #1 -: John N. Sowell served as a Ranger in 1839 under Cpt. Matthew Caldwell in then what was known as the Gonzales Rangers, also served in the Mounted Volunteers un Cpt. Henry E. McCulloch.

-- FACT #1b -: In 1957 the State of Texas paid tribute to Andrew Jackson Sowell and John N. Sowell by erecting State Markers at each front corner of the Sowell burial plot in San Geronimo Cemetery.

Burial: San Geronimo Cemetery, Seguin, TX; where the State of Texas erected a marker in 1857 to pay tribute to John and his brother, Andrew J..

 

More About Elizabeth Nichols:

-- FACT #1 -: 1850 Guadulupe Co., TX census shows:  John N. Sowell; age 30; m; fmr; 100; b.TN:  Elizabeth; age 26; f; b.TN: James; age 9; b.TX: William; age 9; b.TX.

-- FACT #2 -: In the 1850 census of Guadalupe Co., TX it listed James as being nine years old and William as two years old.  Daughter Jennie born after 1850.

-- FACT #2b -: John N. Sowell was not listed in 1860 Guadalupe Co TX census since he had died, but William N age 11 was listed living with Andrew Jackson Sowell.  James A age 18 was listed living with Asa J.L. and working as farm laborer.

Burial: San Geronimo Cemetery, Seguin, TX

 

        15        vii.   Asa Jarmon Lee Sowell, born April 30, 1822 in Davidson Co., TN; died December 21, 1877 in Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX.  He married Mary Mildred Turner August 22, 1844 in Guadalupe Co., TX; born October 15, 1829 in Nashville, TN; died April 28, 1873 in Guadalupe Co., TX.

 

More About Asa Jarmon Lee Sowell:

Name 2: Asa Sowell

-- FACT #1 -:  He had not reached his eighth birthday when he arrived in Texas with his parents.  At age seventeen, with his big brothers Andrew and John, he joined Matthew Caldwell' "Gonzales Rangers."

Fact #2 -: In March, 1845 it is said that Asa and Calvin S. Turner were hired by Prince Solms to guide the German settlers to their land on the Comal River, where later was founded the town of New Braunfels.

Fact #3 -: Asa served as district clerk in 1846 and as chief justice from 1870 to 1874 in Guadalupe County.  He also was Justice of the Peace in Seguin, TX.

 

More About Mary Mildred Turner:

-- FACT #1 -: Her G-Grandfather was governor of North Carolina, James Turner.

 

 

      8.  Newton2 Sowell (John1) was born 1790.

     

Child of Newton Sowell is:

        16          i.   Newton3 Sowell, Jr..  He married Rachel Rebecca Sowell 1827; born 1809 in Davidson Co., TN; died in Madison co., TX.

 

More About Newton Sowell,Jr.:

Name 2: Newton Sowell, Jr.

 

More About Rachel Rebecca Sowell:

-- FACT #1 -: An article published said this:  ANOTHER OLD TIMER GONE -Mr. W.R. Sowell, who died at Lynchburg, TX July 20, 1899 and was laid to rest in the San Jacinto Cemetery, was a native of TN but came to TX with his step-father, Humphrey Branch in 1829 and with him and his grandfather, Mr. John Sowell, settled on the Guadalupe River where Seguin is now located in 1831.

 

 

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