LibraryReads September List

library_reads_logo_websiteForman_LeaveMeLibraryReads has released their September list, and the favorite, Leave Me by Gayle Forman, looks pretty good. It’s main character, Maribeth Klein, is a magazine editor, wife, and mother of preschool-aged twins. Her life is so busy, so demanding, that when she has a heart attack and doesn’t realize it. Told to rest, she tries but this seems to be an imposition on the lives on others, she packs up and leaves. Of course, with distance, her life looks very different.

Colgan_BookshopPatchett_CommonwealthThe Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan and Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth also perked my interest. In the first a city librarian loses her job, moves to Middle-of-Nowhere, Scotland, and buys a van which she turns into a bookmobile, and the second features two families closely intertwined by adultery, betrayal, and abandonment.  A married father of four and a married mother of two leave their families to be with each other.  Commonweath explores the aftermath.

Bolton_Daisy I find I’m wavering back and forth about Sharon Bolton’s Daisy in Chains about a man convicted for being a serial killer, and, continuing to protest his innocence, hires a hotshot lawyer famous for getting convictions overturned. When I check, it actually sounds more intriguing on Goodreads than at LibraryReads.

Also on the list is the second book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, The Masked City. I haven’t gotten around to reading the first one, yet, but they sound interesting.

What about you? Anything on this list going on your TBR pile?

The Brothers Bourden: Men of War

We know from various sources that at least two of the brothers fought in the Revolution, and most researchers say that all three served, but, frankly, I have my doubts about Samuel.  Both Richard Bowden Jones and Josie Bowden contend that he was among the many soldiers captured in the aftermath of Camden, a major battle which took place August 16, 1780 in South Carolina between Charles, Earl Cornwallis, and General Horatio Gates.  It was an epic defeat for Gates, who, in an astonishing display of cowardice, turned his horse and galloped hell-for-leather from the field.

In an article entitled “Twelve North Carolina Counties in 1810-1811,” published in The North Carolina Historical Review, Volume 5, Number 4 (Internet Archive, the Duplin County portion begins on page 429), William Dickson (no relation that I’m aware of), a prominent citizen of Duplin County and longtime Clerk of Court there, tells us:

Three Companies of Duplin Militia, Marched with Major John Tradwell to Cambden, and were followed by a small Company of light Horse Voluntiers under Capt. William Routledge; and were with Genl. Gates when defeated near Cambden (page 434).

So we know that at least some Duplin County militiamen were there.  And there was a Samuel Borden, Bowden, or Bourden (I’ve seen all three spellings on various sites) North Carolina Militia, among those captured there.  However, it is my understanding that, after Gates’s … precipitous … departure,

Only the 2nd Maryland Brigade, the Delaware Continentals, and Lt. Col. Henry “Hal” Dixon’s North Carolina Militia continued the battle (The American Revolution in South Carolina – The Battle of Camden).

And, in fact, according to this list of NC Militia Losses at Camden and Fishing Creek, Private Samuel Borden was serving in Dixon’s Regiment.  Hal Dixon (NCpedia) commanded the Caswell County militia, so, in all likelihood, Samuel Borden was from there, not from Duplin.  And this list identifies him as Private Samuel Boudin, Caswell County, POW. However, before moving on to Nicholas, I will note that this List of Sampson-Duplin Revolutionary War Soldiers, includes Samuel Bourden, Pvt. NC Militia.  Also, the pension application of Kidder Harrell proves that at least one militiaman from Duplin County was among the captured at Camden.  Private Harrell was serving under Captain James Love and Colonel Thomas Owen.

There are three pay vouchers for Baker, Wilmington District. I haven’t seen them, yet, but they are on my list.  Incidentally, North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers are among the historical records on the schedule to be made available at FamilySearch.  It’s possible, even probable, that the younger Baker, Nicholas’s son, also fought in the war. And, in fact, I’ve wondered about another of Nicholas’s sons, Samuel.  If there was a Private Samuel Bourden in the Duplin County militia, I really think it would have been this younger Samuel rather than the elder.

Nicholas himself was a militia Captain, commanding a light horse company under Colonel James Kenan.  Much of what I’ve learned about his militia service comes from the accounts of soldiers who served under him.  In 1832, legislation was passed giving “full pay for life to officers and enlisted men who had served for two or more years and partial pay for service of six months to two years” (Using Revolutionary War Pension Files to Find Family Information). Many applicants came forward to apply throughout the 1830s.  During the application process, veterans were asked to describe their time/s in service.  Where they were living at the time, who they served under, in what battles and/or skirmishes did they fight, etc.  It’s all very informative.  You can read the original pension files at Fold 3.  And transcriptions of the southern ones, all in .pdf format, can be found at Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters. Keep in mind, though, that these accounts are the memories of old men.  Some of it is a little garbled and, at times, confusing.  I’m going to attempt to arrange them in chronological order the best I can, but I may not entirely succeed, so bear with me.

About 18 miles from Wilmington, in what is now Pender County, at a bridge over the Widow Moore’s Creek, a battle (Moore’s Creek Bridge) took place February 27, 1776 between the Tory and Patriot militias.  The Wilmington contingent of the Patriot militia was commanded by Alexander Lillington and the New Bern by Richard Caswell.  There was also a regiment of NC Continentals under Colonel James Moore.  During the night, ahead of the Loyalist approach, Caswell’s men threw up “some entrenchments on the west side of the bridge.”  They also removed some of the planks and greased the rails.  In school, I remember, we were taught that they used soap.  Among Lillington’s men was a Nathaniel Bowdan, Corporal, Duplin County Militia (see Roster of the Patriots at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge by Bobby Gilmer Moss, or Roster of the men they fought in the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge.doc).  According to this list of known Corporals, he was serving under Captain William Taylor.  Could Nathaniel Bowdan actually have been Nicholas Bowden?  Think about it.  If the names are abbreviated, Nathl. and Nichl., and written in the somewhat sloppy cursive of the times…. Picture it.  They could look very similar.  This is just speculation, of course, since I’ve not seen the record from which it was taken.  However, a quick search for “Bowdan” at the NC MARS Archives website nets me a Revolutionary War Army Accounts folder for Bowdan, Nichl.   Incidentally, a search for “Bowden” resulted in:

  • Bowden, _____ (Capt.)
  • Bowden, Baker
  • Bowden, N. (Capt.)
  • Bowden, Nicholas
  • Bowden, Nicholas (Capt.)
  • Bowden, Nicholas (company of)
  • Bowden, Nichos.
  • Bowden, Nichs
  • Bowden, Samuel

1st. In a company of Duplin militia as a volunteer and private in December 1780 under Captain Taylor, Lieutenant not recollected, Nicholas Bourden Ensign, forgets his Colonel was under General Lillington, marched from Duplin to Cross Creek thence to Big Pedee, thence for the Headquarters of the American Army, but before we arrived there were ordered back and marched to Wilmington NC and was stationed at and guarded the Big Bridge in New Hanover County and remained there till the 3 months for which he volunteered were expired, having served the term out and was discharged in March or April 1781 : that in this tour he was in a skirmish at Drowning Creek, and during this tour there was one at the Big Bridge where we were stationed guarding but before we arrived there.

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The foregoing account is from the pension application of Daniel Boney given December 21, 1839.  Drowning Creek is now known as the Lumber River, and Cross Creek is now the town of Fayetteville.  Calendar and Record of the Revolutionary War in the South: 1780-1781 by William Thomas Sherman, 8th Ed. (here), has the following entries about actions on Drowning Creek in January 1781:

Early January. [skirmeshes] Drowning Creek, et al. (N.C.) Constant skirmishing and personal fracases between loyalists and whigs continued in the Upper Peedee and Drowning Creek regions of South Carolina and North Carolina, including one defeat of the tories at Drowning creek by Col. James Kenan (page 338).

On 10 jan., Gov. Rutledge wrote the S.C. delegates: “Some Tories embodied here last week, on Little Pedee–Colo. Kolb had dispersed ’em as he could find collected…” (page 338).

11 January. Brig. Gen. Alexander Lilington was at Cole’s Mill, North Carolina with the Wilmington and New Bern militia. He was awaiting the arrival of Col. James Kenan of Duplin County whose militiamen had recently put to flight a gathering of tories at Drowning Creek (page 345).

17 January. 150 loyalists under Col. Hector MacNeil, at Amis’ Mill on Drowning Creek (near the N.C.-S.C. border), of late had begun causing problems for the whigs of that region. Greene, at his camp on the Peedee, on this date dispatched Major Archibald Anderson of the Maryland line with detachment of 200 light troops against them…Before Anderson had arrived to take care of the business, MacNeill was dispersed by a force of N.C. militia under Col. James Kenan of Duplin County (page 360).

So, the action at Drowning Creek occurred sometime during the week before January 10, 1781, that is, between December 31 (Sunday) and January 6 (Saturday), and, given the religious conviction of the times, it was unlikely to have been fought on a Sunday.  Not impossible, mind you, but unlikely.

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Big Bridge was another name for Heron’s Bridge, about ten miles from Wilmington, crossing the Northeast Cape Fear River, on what’s now the New Hanover/Pender County Line.  A battle took place there January 30-31, 1781.  This was right after the redcoats, under Major James H. Craig, took Wilmington on the 28th and 29th.

The Captain Taylor referred to is Jonathan Taylor.  Nicholas Bourden or Bowden is said to be an Ensign, this is contradicted by the following account given by Ephraim Shuffield of his third tour of duty given in Todd County, Kentucky September 9, 1833.

…I volunteered into the service as a private in the militia under Captain Nicholas Bowden I think about the middle of October 1780 for three months…

How is Nicholas a Captain when Shuffield enlisted in October yet an Ensign in December when Boney enlisted?  I’m confused.  Was he demoted?  And if so, why?  The only other Nicholas Bourden/Bowden around at the time, that I know of, would have been the son of Baker, Sr., and he’d have been a baby if he’d been born yet at all.  But wait just a minute.  On November 4, 1833, Jeremiah Rackley gives his service account in Bladen County, saying:

In a company of Duplin militia under Captain Jonathan Taylor — ___ Fillygrw [?] Lieutenant Ephraim Bowden Ensign — and joined General Green’s Army at their camp near Cheraw Hills, a short time after the battle of Guilford in the spring of 1781 [the Battle of Guildford Court House occurred March 15] and served 3 months as a private…that he marched from Cross Creek where he embodied to General Greene’s camp where he was detached under Captain McCulloch to Georgetown SC after salt and on his way was taken sick, and remained till his company returned and then went with them to Cheraw, from thence to Cole’s Bridge on Drowning Creek, thence to Cross Creek now Fayetteville, thence down into New Hanover County and was discharged….

Ephraim Bowden?  Just to be sure, I logged in at Fold 3, and looked at the actual written document.  The first name really is written as Ephraim.

Could this be the same person as Ensign Nicholas Bowden?  Mayhaps Private Boney misspoke, for Captain, later Major, Nicholas Bowden, would have been the better-known quantity.  So who was Ephraim Bowden?  I have no idea.  This is the first I’ve heard of him and he is not mentioned in any Bourden/Bowden genealogy I can find, including Richard Bowden Jones’s book.  To have been eligible to be serving in the militia in 1780, the latest he could have been born was 1764.  And, in order to have made ensign, it’s quite likely he was born earlier, say the late 1750s.  I’m thinking he was the son of one of the brothers, though I have no clue which one.  Heck, with that birth date, he could even have been their nephew, son of their brother John.  Later census and tax list data tell us that Samuel had a third son that is never named in the records (that I can find, at least), but he is too young to have been Ephraim.  Maybe Ephraim died in the war, or moved to another state.

Private Shuffield continues:

…we were marched from Duplin towards Charleston South Carolina within 30 miles of that place and we turned our course and marched to Rockfish Creek there we remained a good while from thence we were sent to Kingston [now Kinston] on the Nouse River where we remained until our three months expired and we were discharged and returned home.  I never received any written discharge about the middle of Jan.

William Dickson has this to say about Capt. Bourden:

A Company of Duplin Militia under Capt. Bourden, Marched out to Uhara, near the Yadkin, to Suppress the Torries in that place.–While General Lillington was there, Major Craig with a Body of Brittish troops took Possession of and Fortified Wilmington, Colo. James Kenan Marched down with about 350 of the Duplin Militia and Encamped at the long bridge 10 Miles above Wilmington, and was there joined by the Militia of New Hanover; Onslow, and Jones Counties; When Genl. Lillington Marched down from Uhara, and took Command… (page 435).

In his pension application, Benjamin Clark, Dobbs County Militia, says:

…a corps of troops under the command of General Lillington, with which corps at the time was Colonel Brown, Major Watson and Captain Love. They marched from the county of Duplin to the Pedee and ranged the country on the Pedee. He cannot say whether they passed into the state of South Carolina or not. He states that during this service the troops under the command of  General Green [Nathaniel Green] were a part of the time encamped at Guilford Courthouse. That he accompanied Colonel Brown who was sent with an express from General Lillington to General Greene whilst General Greene was encamped at Guilford Courthouse, and that upon the return of Colonel Brown and himself to the encampment of General Lillington, the troops under the command of General Lillington were immediately marched down near to Wilmington and encamped on the opposite side (from Wilmington) on the northeast fork of Cape Fear River.

Dickson continues:

…Earl Cornwallis Marched from Guilford Court House to Wilmington, Genl. Lillington Retreated up the Country, and the Militia Tour of three Months being ended, the whole Militia was discharged at Kingston.

Cornwallis at that time proceeded on his March from Wilmington to Virginia.  He passed through Duplin unmolisted, there being no Troops Embodied to Impede his March, or Harrass his Rear.–As he approached the Inhabitants of Duplin Retreated to places of Safity, Removeing their Stock, and such Property as they could out of the Enemies way; It was now the first week in May 1781 (page 435).

The pension application of William Stroud, given October 2, 1832 in Hinds County, Mississippi, says (At this point, he is not yet, serving under Captain Bowden.  But he gives a better idea of troop movements leading up to and immediately following the Battle of Rockfish Creek):

…passed through Wilmington and encamped near Brunswick : from thence he was marched to Town Creek Bridge and from thence to the former Camp of General ___ Caswell a short distance from Wilmington where he lost a Brother who was also a private in the same Company.  From the Caswell Camp he marched above Big Bridge over the North East Fork of Cape Fear River, from thence to the Bridge over Rock Fish Creek.  Here the Company was disbursed by the enemy.

There was a battle at Rockfish Creek August 2, 1781 between the militia under Colonel Kenan, with little to no ammunition, reinforced somewhat by General Caswell, William not the more famous Richard, against the forces of Major James H. Craig, commander of the garrison and Tory militia left at Wilmington by Cornwallis.  Rockfish Creek is located on what is now the Duplin/Pender County line but was then the boundary between Duplin and New Hanover Counties.  It was a sound defeat of the Patriot militia that saw Tory depredations unleashed on Duplin County and Craig’s march to New Bern, with yet more destruction, followed by his return to Wilmington.  A first-hand account of the battle and its aftermath can be found in the Dickson article and in The Dickson Letters, also written by William Dickson and edited by John O. Carr.  Stroud continues

This Applicant was again called into service by order of Colonel Kennyon [Kenan] & marched into the Richlands of New River between Wilmington & New Bern where he was commanded by Major ___ Moulton.  The forces assembled at this point did not exceed a hundred strong and by order of Colonel Kenan (he having been disappointed in the arrival of the other man) were dismissed, to their respective homes from which they were again called, and served at a place called the Bull Pen, in opposition to the Tories who when taken were lodged there for safekeeping.

The “Richlands of New River” is probably a reference to what is now western Onslow County where there is a town called Richlands.  From other applications, Joseph Williams and Daniel Merritt, for example, I learned that the “Bull Pen” was a reference to the county jail and was located near the courthouse on land belonging to James Kenan.  Ironic when you consider what the term bullpen now means!  Again, Stroud

He afterwards volunteered in a Light Horse Company, commanded by Captain Nicholas Bowden & scoured the Country in search of Tories; especially the Horse Pen Pocosin which was a place of resort & concealment for them.  Cornwallis shortly afterwards passed through North Carolina by the Bull Pen and after destroying a large quantity of public Pork stored on Neuse River left the State in comparative peace.

On a modern map, Horsepen Pocosin is in Wayne County, not all that far south of Indian Springs.  To the east-northeast is the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park where I spent many a childhood summer camping with my family.

Other applicants from Captain Bowden’s Company include William Taylor:

That he again entered the Service in a light Horse Company which was raised in Duplin County by Captain Nicholas Bowden of which John Bradley was Lieutenant & William Hooks was Ensign that this was a tour of three months that this troop were altogether engaged during the time in scouring the County of Duplin & the adjoining County to prevent depredations of the Tories that the troops of Light Horse to which he was attached were commanded by Colonel _____.

and John Charles Slocumb:

…he again volunteered for six months in a Light horse company – Nicholas Bowden being Captain Lieutenant Watkins, Cornet Hooks, Major James Love commanded the horse company of Dupeland County in which this applicant lived.  After having served for six months this applicant volunteered for three months longer in the same company & under the same officers.  Left the service in 1782 the exact time not recollected…applicant was engaged in the battle of Guilford Court house in North Carolina during his first term of service…he was also engaged in the battle of blue fords bridge when General Linnington commanded and he was also at a battle at Rock Fish bridge where the light horse Captain Bowden commanded.

It is disputed whether “blue fords bridge,” or more correctly, Bluford’s Bridge, was yet another name for Heron’s Bridge, aka the Big Bridge, or another structure altogether.  Some have suggested it crossed Limestone Creek (NC Patriots 1775-1783: Their Own Words, Volume 2, Part 1 by J. D. Lewis, page 321).  Philip Koonce “…was marched to Bluford’s bridge on Cape Fear River not far from Wilmington….”  Samuel Watkins “…crossed the River [the Cape Fear River] and marched through the Country to the N. E. fork of said River in Hanover County to Bluford’s Bridge…” and was there about a month when he heard that “Lord Cornwallis was taken at Yorktown.”  Sarah Fitzpatrick, widow of John Fitzpatrick, thought Bluford’s Bridge was on the Black River.

After the war, Nicholas would attain the rank of Major in the Militia and serve for a time as President of the Regimental Court-Martial.  Yet another book I need to take a peek at:  Minutes of the Regimental Courts-Martial, Duplin County Militia, North Carolina, 1784-1853.

For a more detailed account of Cornwallis’s movements along and across the Neuse, read the application of John Abernathie, Wake County militia, which places Cornwallis on Contentnea Creek at a place called Horn’s Mill in what is now Wilson County.  See the map in this post about Henry Horn, the Quaker.

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

SisQ_GregoryPhilippa Gregory’s Margaret Tudor has got to be the most annoying heroine to ever grace the pages of a historical fiction novel that isn’t a bodice ripper.  She’s such a fricking airhead it’s not even funny. It’s always more about outdoing Katherine and Mary than anything else.  She’s on a permanent ego trip.

Example:  When James introduces her to his bastards, which was very ill done of him, by the way, she writes to her crafty spider of a grandmother, the Venerable Margaret Beaufort to advise her.  However, before she could receive Grandmama’s sage advice, she loses her temper in true Tudor fashion and throws a tantrum.  Of course, in her little fit, she’d done just the opposite of what her grandmother advised.  Her response?  “At any rate, the main thing is that I will get my own way.”

I thought that John Drummond was going to strangle her, I really did, and I know how the history turns out.  The woman couldn’t smell a plot to save her life.  Literally.  It’s quite obvious that Drummond is trying to marry her off to his grandson, but she doesn’t see it.  The not so subtle hints, the fact that he’s right there with his handsome youth and beautiful manners contrasting to such blatant advantage with the barbarity of the rest of the Scots.  All the while, Drummond’s talking to her about future marriage prospects.  How could she not see what was going on?  The woman is a blind idiot.

I almost cheered later on when Ard says:

“Nobody but you cares about Mary!” he shouts at me … “Not about Mary and not whether you get the things she has, not about Katherine.”

And, when she’s wracked with such pain after she’s had Margaret in England, she tells Lord Dacre she can’t go on.  That is until he mentions that Katherine has sent her some new gowns and that they are awaiting her at their destination.  That got her moving fast enough, never mind the agony.

Whenever I’ve pictured Margaret Tudor in my imagination, I’ve always done so as a sort of female Henry VIII. And this is what Gregory gives us. Or her version thereof.  A spoiled, spiteful, selfish child of a woman. I kept wondering when she’d grow up. As a queen, I’ve always thought Margaret was short-changed. There were moments during her son’s minority when she showed sparks of political brilliance.  A lot like her granddaughter, Mary, Queen of Scots, actually.  Like Mary, Margaret had a bad habit of surrendering to her emotions when what was needed was cold, hard logic.  Not in Gregory’s version of history.  For one thing, her Mary (The Other Queen) had half a brain.  And her Margaret obviously does not.

I quite enjoyed this book, despite Margaret making me want to bang my head against the wall, right up until I couldn’t stomach her ego or her idiocy for one more page.  What I’ve just described was from just the first half of the book, for crying out loud.  She was just about to go back to Scotland when I quit.  I know, historically speaking, it was about to get to the good part, but I just could not take her childishness anymore.  I MAY go back to it…eventually.

Rating:  DNF

The Brothers Bourden: Men of Property

The first records we have of the Brothers Bourden in Duplin County are through the land. According to the Gavinstree052103 genealogy, they’d been purchasing land there since 1763, citing the book Bowden Family History, 1735-1983 by Josie Bowden as their source. However, the earliest I’ve unearthed is a deed (Deed Book 4, page 165) dated June 28, 1768 wherein Nicholas buys 135 acres of land on the northeast side of Goshen Swamp from Reuben Weston for 50 pounds. Since Nicholas is referred to as being “of the County of Duplin and the Province of North Carolina,” though, it’s obvious he, at least, had been living there a while before this. He would go on to sell this tract to Thomas Bennett December 28, 1770 for the same amount (Deed Book 4, page 389) with Samuel as one of the witnesses.

My source for these and all other deeds mentioned in this post, unless otherwise noted, is the Duplin County Register of Deeds website, You can find old land deeds, marriage bonds, and land grant maps (such as the ones utilized in this post) there. It’s pretty cool.

Now, Samuel first enters the scene when he bought two tracts of land on Bear Marsh, and on the east side of Goshen Swamp, from William Goodman December 7, 1769 (Deed Book 4, pages 481 and 482). The first tract was 24 acres for which he paid 207 pounds and the second tract was 40 acres for which he paid 20 pounds. And reading over that, I have to blink a few times because it makes no sense. But it’s what the deeds tell me. That first tract must have been prime.

SamuelBowden-1770In 1770, Samuel was granted 320 acres in Duplin County (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 20, page 592, Grant Number 99):

Samuel Bowden: 320 Acres Duplin North side of Goshen Swamp and East side of Bear Marsh Beginning at a pine and runs W 146 poles to a pine on Moses Tyler’s Line thence along his Line S 10 W 80 poles to a pine his Corner thence Henry Goodman’s Line S 87 E 62 poles to a black jack thence joining Taylor’s Line S 75 E 320 poles thence to the Beginning dated 11th December 1770.

Baker Bowdin bought some land on the north side of Bear Marsh from John Rogers “of South Carolina” for 20 pounds January 29, 1771 (Deed Book 4, page 392).  The deed doesn’t say how many acres it was estimated to be.  But it does say “Beginning at a pine in his own line…” which means he’d already acquired some land nearby.

On February 13, 1773, Samuel sold 160 acres on the north side of Goshen Swamp, east side of Bear Marsh, to William Goodman for 10 pounds, witnessed by Thomas Taylor and Baker Bowden and proven in Court by Baker (Deed Book 5, page 68).

Both Nicholas and Baker were granted land on the North side of Goshen Swamp July 22, 1774. Nicholas (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 26, page 8, Grant Number 592):

NicholasBowden-1774Nicholas Bowden 300 acres Duplin on the North side of Goshen swamp on the head waters of Cowhole and white oak branches. Beginning at a large old pine by a pond and runs thence S. 17 W. 150 poles to a pine at James Hursts corner thence along his line N. 73 W. 127 poles to a small red oak at his other corner along his other line So. 17 W. 82 poles to a pine near William Vinings corner hence along Vinings line No. 33 W. 160 poles to a white oak his corner by hoop-pole branch thence along his other line So. 77 W. 100 poles to a stake at William Bizzells line thence along Bizzells line No. 45 Et. 220 poles thence to the Beginning. Dated 22d July 1774.

And Baker (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 26, page 510, Grant Number 596):

BakerBowden-1774Baker Bowden 160 acres Duplin on the North side of Goshen Swamp and on the West side of Bear Marsh. Beginning at a red oak on his own line and runs thence No. 20 Et. 130 poles to a stake in the marsh thence joining John Folley’s line No. 75 W 150 poles to a small Hickory at or near John Folley’s line thence S. 45 W. 190 poles to a stake thence along John Gibbs line S. 175 Et. 126 poles to a pine at said Bowdens line thence along his own line No. 48 poles to a small pine at his corner thence along his other line to the Beginning. Dated 22d. July 1774.

Baker sold 115 acres to John Gibbs March 1, 1780 for 100 pounds.  The text of the deed is difficult to read, but from what I can make out, this land was at least part of the tract Baker bought from John Rogers in 1771 (Deed Book 7, page 154).  The next day, Nicholas sold Levin Watkins 80 acres for 20 pounds (Deed Book 7, page 148).

Baker was awarded two other grants, both dated October 29, 1782. The first was for three hundred acres (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 47, page 194, Grant Number 545):

BakerBowden-1782_300Know ye that we have granted unto Baker Bowden three hundred acres of land in Duplin County on the North side of Goshen Swamp and on the White Oak Swamp; Beginning at a pine on the edge of the road on William Bizzell’s line and runs with his line North seventy four west one hundred and sixty nine poles to a pine his Corner thence with his other line South forty West sixty four poles to a water oak in a small Branch thence with his other South twenty two East one hundred and ten poles to a Stake on Willis Cherry’s line thence with his line forty five West eighty poles to a pine then west sixty four poles to a stake thence North two hundred and ninety two poles to a stake thence east two hundred and seventy eight poles to a pine thence to the Beginning. To hold unto the said Baker Bowden his heirs and assigns forever. Dated the twenty ninth day of October 1782.

And the second for five hundred acres (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 47, page 208, Grant Number 566):

BakerBowden-1782_500Know ye that we have granted unto Baker Bowden five hundred acres of land in Duplin County On the Northside of Goshen Swamp at the head of Bear Marsh; Beginning at three pins on John Whitehead’s line William Taylor’s corner and runs with his line west two hundred poles to a bay in the huckelberry pond on Weston’s line thence with his line North twenty two East two hundred and seventy poles to a pine in the head of Bear Marsh Branch thence West eighty seven Poles to a Stake then with Burrel Branches line North twenty two Est one hundred and eighty poles to a small pine Jesse Barfield’s corner thence East two hundred and forty four poles to a stake on Thomas Taylor’s line thence with his line South two hundred and eight Poles to a pine by a pond Taylor’s corner then with his other line East twenty three Poles to a Stake thence South one hundred and sixty Poles to a pine on John Whitehead’s line then West twenty poles to a pine then to the Beginning. To hold unto the said Baker Bowden his heirs and assigns forever. Dated the twenty ninth day of October 1782.

On July 22, 1783, Samuel purchased 125 acres of Reubin Weston’s land from the High Sheriff of the county, Theophilus Williams, in his official capacity (Deed Book 8, page 35).  It seems that Reubin Weston and Moses Branch needed to pay damages and costs to Thomas Callier (?) in a suit and the Sheriff was ordered to sell some of their lands in order to meet their debt.  The land was on the northeast side of Goshen Swamp and on both sides of Bear Marsh Branch.

Baker sold his 300 acre patent to John Bradley July 1, 1784 (Deed Book 1A, page 45).  In this deed, Baker is referred to as being “of the State of North Carolina and County of Hanover.”  That is, New Hanover County.  This makes things a little easier since, shortly after this, his nephew of the same name starts appearing in the records!

On April 4, 1785, Samuel Bowden, “taylor,” bought 320 acres on the north side of Goshen Swamp and east side of Bear Marsh Branch, for 50 pounds from Reuben Weston (Deed Book 1A, page 372).  And he sold  160 acres on the north side of Goshen Swamp and east side of Bear Marsh, for 75 pounds to Jesse Swinson, planter, June 17, 1785 (Deed Book 1A, page 445).  This deed was witnessed by John Winders, Senior and Junior.  Neither deed was proven and recorded until 1787.

Baker sold is remaining patent, consisting of 500 acres, to William Taylor January 1, 1786 (Deed Book 1A, page 237).  Samuel was a witness, the deed being proven in Court on his oath later that month.

Over the years, the brothers bought, sold, and gifted other tracts and parcels of land, witnessed the exchange of more and bore chains for several others.  The gifts are especially important, for it is through those that we can sort out the next generation.  Well, its male members, at least.  We’ll discuss that another time.  But, first, the Revolution.

Nerdly News: China’s Great Flood may have actually happened

new&nerdlyScientists have, apparently, found evidence of an ancient flood in China that may give credence to the “mythical” Xia dynasty.  According the researchers, there was a major earthquake in about 1920 B. C. that caused a massive landslide which dammed up a portion of the Yellow River, forming a temporary lake about the size of Lake Meade.  After a few months, the water overflowed the top of the dam, damaging it, causing a flash flood event of epic proportions.

I Dreamed a Dream

A little much needed inspiration to start the day.  This performance never fails to bring a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.

LibraryReads August 2016

library_reads_logo_websiteLooking over LibraryReads’s August List, two novels jump out at me. The first is The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. Couple_LapenaThis is about a young couple who go to a dinner party next door, leaving their baby at home. They share a wall, after all. And they’ll take turns checking in on the baby monitor. This sounds like the height of stupidity to me, and I can’t help but wonder if they were high. Anyway, predictably, when they go home, they find the door open and the baby gone. Blame is tossed around and secrets revealed. Will I read this? I’m not sure. The question is do I want to read about people so obviously stupid? We’ll see.

Edie_WayThe other book to capture my interest is Watching Edie by Camilla Way. Back in high school, Edie was popular while Heather was… not. Now, Heather is doing well and Edie is a single mom in a dead end job. Heather, for some reason, comes to Edie’s rescue when she’s about to lose everything. The question is, why?

Both of these books are supposed to be full of twists and turns and lots of psychological thrills and games.

How about you? Anything on this list calling your name?

July Reads 2016

The Tiger and Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky turned out to be an interesting read, if a bit long. The revelation about Maniye’s mother, the Tiger Queen, I saw coming a mile away, the one about her father, however, shocked the hell out of me. Still didn’t like him. At first, I rooted fervently for the Tigers to make a come back and kick some serious Wolf ass, but, after I met the Tigers, I hoped someone would show up and defeat them both. I think I’d prefer to be a Serpent, a Bear, or a Horse. I don’t know if I’ll follow Maniye and her companions to the Sun River Nation in The Bear and the Serpent or not.

Next was Once a Soldier, the first book in Mary Jo Putney’s Rogue’s Redeemed series. This is a spin-off of her Lost Lords. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The secondary romance in this book was more interesting the primary one. The tiny kingdom of San Gabriel, between Portugal and Spain, fictitious though it is, does sound like a place I’d like to visit.

After that, I read the first three books in Stephanie Rowe’s Order of the Blade series. In this series, the Order is a group of elite, immortal warriors of the Caledon people (I’m still not entirely clear on what a Caledon is) formed to combat rogue Caledons. See, Caledons are fated to go rogue when they meet their fated mates, so the Order kills either them or, if it’s a member of the Order, their mate. Not sure if I’ll continue with this series.

Lisa Kleypas’s Marrying Winterbourne, book two of the Ravenels, was fun. I’ll go back and read the first one Cold-Hearted Rake, sometime before the third book, Devil in Spring comes out in February.

I tried to read Against the Wind by Kat Martin, but only got a couple of chapters in before I tossed it. Boring. Same with Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All. That one was just plain stupid.

Next up, Rock Wedding. This is not my favorite of Nalini Singh’s series, but they don’t completely such. However, this one left something to be desired. It just didn’t have the charisma, that’s the best word I can think of to describe it, of Singh’s other novels.

Things improved with Eloisa James’s My American Duchess. I’m hoping for a sequel about Cedric. I also had fun with the first two books of Isabella Bradford’s Breconridge Brothers trilogy, A Wicked Pursuit and A Sinful Deception.

When I find the time, I’ll start Amulya Malladi’s new book, A House for Happy Mothers which will, probably, be followed by Amy E. Reichert’s Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.

How about y’all. Anything good?

Prince Lestat Returns

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.  Really?   Does this title make anybody else think of Percy Jackson?  Or Harry Potter?  Seriously, I’m having a hard time retaining my excitement with this one.  Unlike a lot of people, I loved Prince Lestat (see my review) and was eagerly anticipating the release of this next Vampire Chronicle.  I’ll read it, don’t get me wrong.  But Atlantis?  Come on. Then again, Lestat’s been to both Heaven and Hell (Memnoch the Devil), so why not Atlantis?

Here’s the blurb:

    From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with a Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power, uniting the ancient worlds and the legends of the Vampire Chronicles.

“In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken . . .” –Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent–and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

Amel is from Atlantis, I take it?

You can read the Proem here.

On her Facebook page, Anne Rice says she’s diving right into the next “Prince” Lestat novel. I’m a little afraid to ask.

Tea Sampler: Watermelon Mint Black Iced Tea and Serenity SuperGreen Tea

teacupIn my kitchen, I have a shelf that is nothing but tea.  Pouches and canisters filled with various varieties and flavors of tea.  What can I say?  I’m a tea girl.  Leaf over bean.  I can and do drink the occasional cup of coffee, but I much prefer the more subtle flavor of a good cup, or glass, of tea.

Anyway, the other day, after I wrote my post Mango Ceylon Black Tea, I checked my stash to see if I needed to order more and discovered I had a few other sample pouches that I’d forgotten about.  I don’t remember how I got them, whether it was with an order or the catalog.

First was Watermelon Mint Black Iced Tea.  Iced tea and watermelon sounds like a good, summertime combo.  And it might be, but I couldn’t tell because of the mint.  Mint is a very strong flavor and watermelon is very mild.  The first overwhelms the second.  While some might enjoy a mint iced tea with a subtle hint of sweet watermelon, I did not.  This one isn’t for me.  Maybe I’ll try brewing a pitcher of regular tea and add a some watermelon.  I think that would work better for me.

Next was Serenity SuperGreen Tea.  Green tea and green matcha with lavender, camomile, and holy basil with a little vanilla and honey.  It smells like a springtime bouquet in a cup.  Unfortunately, it also tastes like it.  Way too floral for my tastes.

I also discovered I had a second sample of Hibiscus Sangria Iced Tea.  This one I’ve tried before and loved.  It was just as good this time as it was the first.  Read the entire rave here.