The Carson Family
From Washington County,
To Rockcastle County, Kentucky
To Jellico, Tennessee
To Davie, Broward County, Florida
Born: around 1829 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Died: after 1880 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Ancestors of Lewis Sowder:
Grand Parents: Michael Sowder, born after 1765 in Pennsylvania, and wife Mary
Parents: Madison Sowder, born September 5, 1807 in Kentucky, and Sibbie Jane Owens, born June 1, 1806 in Lincoln County, Kentucky
According to Nan Harvey, a Sowder family researcher, Peter, Michael and David Sowder were brothers of German or Dutch heritage that came from Pennsylvania to what was then Lincoln County, Kentucky in the 1790s.
There is a Michael Sowder on the 1800 Lincoln County, Kentucky Tax list.
There is also a Michael Sowder in the 1810 Rockcastle County, Kentucky census:
White males 0-9, two; White males 10-15, one; White males 16-25, two; White males 26-44, one; White females 0-9, one; White females 16-25, two; and White females 26-44, one.
There is also a Michael Sowder in the Rockcastle Co., KY 1820 census with: two boys between 10 and 16 years old; one male over 45; one girl under 10; one girl 10 to 16; and one female over 45.
Madison Sowder was born to Michael Sowder and his wife Mary on September 5, 1807 in Kentucky.
About 1826 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, Madison Sowder married Sibbie Jane Owens, the daughter of Elisha Owen and Lucy Laswell, and the grand daughter of David Owen and Winefred Mullins.
Madison Sowder and Sibbie Jane Owens had fourteen children, including:
· Lewis Sowder, born around 1829 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, was married three times: Ellen Thompson, Susan F. Duke and Malvina Owens.
· Elizabeth Sowder, born April 11, 1834 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, married William Riley Owens, the son of Burton Owen and Lavincy Riggs and grand son of David Owen and Winefred Mullins.
· Daniel R. Sowder, born about 1839 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, married Eliza A. Cummins, the daughter of Moses Cummins and Mahala Jane Owens.
· James Sowder, born June 27, 1842 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky married
Serena S. Owens, the daughter of Logan Owens and Amanda Jane Adams and the grand daughter of
Burton Owen and Lavincy Riggs.
The 1850 Census for the Southern District of Rockcastle County, Kentucky shows Lewis Sowder, age 21, living with his parents and his thirteen siblings.
On March 7, 1855 in Rockcastle County, Lewis Sowder married Ellen Thompson, the daughter of James Micajah Thompson and Lucinda Henderson. On December 25, 1856 Lewis and Ellen had a son Joseph Sowder.
Lula Jane (Carson) Holman had a photo of two elderly men and an elderly woman (April 1963). She wrote on the back that they were her mother's niece
nephews. There were two names written: Joe Sowder and Annie Curlis.
The 1860 Census for Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky lists just Lewis Sowder and his four-year-old son Joseph. Lewis Sowder was living next door to: his father Madison Sowder, Sibbie, and their children; and his brother Logan Sowder, Logan's wife, and baby.
In April of 1863 in Rockcastle County, Lewis Sowder married Susan F. Duke.
On May 30, 1869 in Rockcastle County, Lewis Sowder married Malvina Owens, the daughter of Burton Owen and Lavincy Riggs, and grand daughter of David Owen and Winefred Mullins.
Hand written notes from Susan Ellen (Sowder) Carson stated: My father was married three times. First wife, Susan Duke. Second, Elen Thompson. She had one child, Joseph. Third, my mother, Malvina Owens: myself, John Nelson who died at 5 years, and baby sister Linnie who died early.
June 15, 1869 Rockcastle County, Kentucky Deed Book K, page 466 – 467
Lewis Sowder and his wife Malvina of Rockcastle County for three hundred and thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents sold to H G Sutton of Rockcastle County a tract of land in Rockcastle County on Skeggs Creek. The description included:
* large white Oak known as Owens and Sayers
* Ju?? Brown’s
* division line between Riley, Albert, and Malvina [Note: Malvina Owens, William Riley Owens, and Albert Owens were children of Burton Owen and Lavincy Riggs. William Riley Owens married Elizabeth Sowder, the sister of Lewis Sowder.]
*head of a Spring E of the dwelling
* Cable line
* county road
* Burton Owen’s draw bars
This was the lot of land deeded to Albert and Malvina Owens in the division of Burton Owen’s, decd, land. Albert deeded his half to Lewis Sowder.
The 1870 Census for Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky lists Lewis
Sowder (farmer) and Malvina.
The 1880 Census for Rockcastle County, Kentucky lists Lewis Sowder (farmer) Malvina, and their two children: Susan E. Sowder, age 7, and John N. Sowder, age 4.
Rockcastle County Marriage Book 3, pg 272 and Book 46, pg 198
Sowder, Susan E
June 21, 1881 [Date should be 1888.]
Wit: Owens, Logan and Brown, Mack
Loc: Sowder, Malvina
Sur: Elder, John
Off: Elder, John (minister)
1900 Census for Livingston, Rockcastle County, Kentucky lists Stephen Green Carson (railroad laborer), his wife, Susan Ellen (Sowder) Carson, their children (Arthur, Lula, Linnie, Joseph, and Bessie) and the sixty-nine year old widow, Malvina (Owens) Sowder.
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