Alonzo Madison Bowen

                 Goodspeed 1890


Alonzo Madison Bowen, one of the leading planters of Bowen, Missouri
Township, Pike County, was born near Lawrenceville, Ga., October 6, 1855.
His parents, John J. and Mary L. (Cooper) Bowen, natives of Georgia, had a
family of six children: Lorenza A., Dilmus L., Columbus L., Alonzo M.,
Jefferson D. and Nancy C. The father was engaged in tilling the soil in
Georgia until 1856, when he emigrated to Arkansas, locating in Pike County,
where he made his home until his death in 1862. He was a member of the
Masonic fraternity, and took a deep interest in the welfare of society
generally. He participated in the late war, serving under Capt. Speer. Both
he and wife were members of the Baptist Church; she died in Texas in 1863.
The subject of this short sketch was reared in Clark County, receiving his
education at the private schools, and at the age of sixteen began doing for
himself by hiring out as a farm laborer. He also made three trips to Texas.
August 12, 1879, he was married to Miss Cornelia A. Hewitt, a native of
Clark County, Ark., and to this union have been born five children, viz.:
Callie R., Enos L., Darthie D., John F., Quincy A. Mr. Bowen owns 
ninety-six acres of good land, fifty acres under an excellent state of 
cultivation; his farm is well stocked. He is a member of the Wheel, and has 
held the office of clerk and sentinel of the same. Both he and wife are 
worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and take an 
earnest interest in the welfare of the community in which they reside.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, The Goodspeed
Publishing Company: Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis, 1890, Pike County,
page 316.

Update 03.20.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0011.HTM