The GOWDY Family
African American descendants
Bose Gowdy - Submitted
by Barrington L. Gowdy
In Search of Bose: A Journey Through the Afro-Genealogical Process
In Search of Bose is a virtual walk back in time through the annals of Edgefield County South Carolina. A time when people of African Heritage were considered less that human and laws were in effect to attest to that reality.
This story is about African American
Genealogy. The inherent challenges presented
by the process. If you were not formally a
student of United States History (particularly African American History), you may be one
before you are done researching your ancestors. This
is an incredible spiritual journey.
Bose Gowdy is my great grandfather, a Mulatto, and of Cherokee Indian Heritage, who has acquired the surname Gowdy from somewhere in the universe. The line to the original male African has obviously been severed if Bose is a mulatto, presenting an age-old conundrum for African Americans searching for their ancestors.
Successful research often requires cooperation from European Americans, and often-shameful African Americans alike. This history is more often than not, very painful to revisit.
I noticed the name of a woman that
kept appearing on the funeral notices of my grandfathers brothers and sisters. Her name was Alberta Crawford. She was listed as an aunt of my great aunts and
great uncles. She must surely be the sister
of my great grandfather Bose Gowdy?
Georgia Scott, a woman born in 1915 that lived next door to Bose for 34 years until his death in 1949, appears on the horizon to fill in gaps and underscore the importance of oral accounts in African American Lineage.
I asked Georgia if Bose had a sister named Alberta. She exclaimed, Alberta was her nick name. Her real name was Sophia Gardenhire. She was the Daughter of a Lewis and Charity Gardenhire. She was the half sister of Bose. They had the same mother, Charity Gardenhire. Sophia Gardenhire was married to Rev. Henry Crawford. Georgia did not know who Boses father was.
In the 1880 census Bose appears with
his stepfather, Lewis Gardenhire, Boses mother/Lewiss wife, Charity
Gardenhire, Boses younger brother, Joshua Gardenhire, and Bose himself. Boses name was spelled Boas Gardehire. Bose was born in Edgefield South Carolina, on
July of 1871.
Bose next appears in the 1900 Census as Bose Dowdy along with Carrie his wife and children. Bose appears as Dubose Gowdy with family in the 1910 census. He appears as Bose Gowdy in the 1920 and 1930 census.
With one half of the Great Great Grandparents equation solved, I moved on to the Great Great grandfather. Bose being listed as a mulatto means that he could have been the son of a Caucasian or the child of mulattos depending on your beliefs and definition of mulatto.
A search through the Freedmans Bank Records, revealed a woman named Charity Sullivan. She was married to a Gilbert Sullivan on August 4th, 1870 in Richmond County Georgia. Gilberts family members per the bank deposit included male siblings with the surnames Sullivan, Mackey, and Key. Gilbert was born in 1844 in Edgefield South Carolina; the place Bose Gowdy lived all of his life.
I searched the records of the siblings and came upon an 1880 census record for Gains Key, a younger, brother of Gilbert Sullivan. Gains was enumerated along with two nephews named Bossy Mckie, Josey Mckie and one niece, Mary Mckie. Could these two little boys be Boas Gardenhire and Joshua Gardenhire listed with Lewis Gardenhrie in the 1880 census?
The Gardenhire name had become pivotal in the search for Bose. I came upon a man named Edmund Gardenhire in the 1880 census. He lived with a women named Mary Sullivan 26 years old, a mulatto, that had a 4-month-old girl named Charity Sullivan.
I found the 1880 census record for Gilbert Sullivan. It had a Charity Sullivan age 27, with a 5-month-old daughter named Mary M Sullivan.
I have always thought that the first
name of Bose Gowdys mother must have been Mary.
I thought that Boses mother used the names Charity and Mary interchangeably. Bose named his first child a little girl, Mary (the name of his sister and mother?); he named his second child a little boy Joshua (his brothers name).
Bose even named one of his sons Lewis after stepfather. He had 13 children and never named one of them Charity. It appears that his sister and mother had the same name either Charity Mary or Mary Charity.
Edmund Gardenhier pastured the church that my family has gone to for well over a hundred and fifty years. Bethany Baptist Church in Clarks Hill South Carolina, McCormick County (made up of parts of old Edgefield County). In the 1880 census a Mary Sullivan appears as Edmunds Stepdaughter.
Charity/Marys new husband Lewis Gardenhire was also a Reverend at Bethany Baptist Church. I do not know what his relationship with Edmund is at this point. Lewis is likely the son of Edmund. A trip to Bethany Baptist Church may prove to be the key to making the legal tie to my ancestors. The search continues!
Washington, Edgefield Page 413A
Boas Gardenhire Son M S MU 11 SC Bossy Mckie?
Joshua Gardenhire Son M S MU 8 SC Josey Mckie?
Washington, Edgefield Page 415B
Sarah Gardenhier Wife F M MU 50 SC Charitys Mother?
Cornelius Gardenhier Son Son M B 5 SC
Bosun Tompkins SonL M S MU 20 SC Charitys Brother?
P.B. Tompkins SSon M S MU 17 SC Charitys Brother?
Whitlock Tompkins SSon M S MU 22 SC Charitys Brother?
Mary Sullivan Sdau F W MU 26 SC Widowed?
Charity Sullivan Dau F S B 4M SC
Meriwether, Edgefield Page 235A Gilberts Brother
Charlotte Key Wife F M B 19 SC
Lienny Key Dau F M B 6M SC
Mary Mckie Niece F S B 6 SC Mary Sullivan?
Bossy Mckie Nephew M S B 5 SC Bose Gardenhire?
Josey Mckie Nephew M S B 3 SC Joshua Gardenhire?
Wesley Mason Other M S B 22 SC
Charles Patterson Other M S B 20 SC
Augusta, Richmond Page 333D Gainss Brother
Harriet V. Sulivan Dau F S B 10 GA
William T. Sulivan Son M S B 8 GA
Abret Sulivan Son M S B 6 GA
Collier, Edgefield Page 74B
Caroline Gowdy Wife F M MU 35 SC
Lena Gowdy Dau F S MU 20 SC
Ida Gowdy Dau F S MU 18 SC
John Gowdy Son M S MU 16 SC
Virginia Gowdy Dau F S MU 18 SC
Geoge Gowdy Son M S MU 11 SC
Emory Gowdy Son M S MU 9 SC
Anna Gowdy Dau F S MU 7 SC
Charly Gowdy Son M S MU 5 SC
Richard White Other M S B 50 SC
Washington Sullivan Other M W B 35 SC Widowed?
Washington, Edgefield Page 415A
Birrel Gowdy Self M W MU 32 SC Emorys Brother
George Gowdy Son M S B 9 SC
Washington, Edgefield Page 248A
Carrie Dowdy Wife F M B 30 SC
Mary Dowdy Dau F S B 9 SC
Willie Dowdy Son M S B 5 SC
Lewis Dowdy Son M S B 3 SC
Burrell Dowdy Son M S B 5m SC
Washington, Edgefield Page 248A
Sophia Gardenhire Dau F S B 14 SC My Great Aunt
Augusta, Richmond Page
Gilbert Sullivan Self M W B 59 SC Widowed?
Washington, Edgefield Page 19B
Carry Gowdy Wife F M B 38 SC
Mary Dau F S B 18 SC
Josh Son M S B 16 SC
William Son M S B 14 SC
Harriett Dau F S B 5 SC
Bessie Dau F S B 3 SC
Walter Son F S B 2 SC
4th Ward Augusta, GA Page 168
Mary Gowdy Wife F M B 47 SC
Robert Gowdy Son M S M 26 GA
Newton Gowdy Son M S M 19 GA
Milton Gowdy Son M S M 16 GA
Clifford Gowdy Son M S M 15 GA
George Gowdy Son M S M 13 GA
William Gowdy Son M S M 11 GA
Susana Gowdy Dau F S M 9 GA
Frank Gowdy Son M S M 4 GA
Special Note: Emory Gowdy and Burrell Gowdy are brothers, mulattos, both born in Edgefield South Carolina, and list their father as being Thomas Mackey (a white man) and mother Jane Price, according to their Freedmans Bank Record dated 13 January 1872.
Tommie Gowdy, Jr - Tennessee
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