Bowens

Studio shots, no. 66: Frances Lela Bowens Hansome.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 709 Stantonsburg Street, high school janitor Jake Bowens, 36; wife Lossie, 33; and children James, 12, Beulah C., 11, Jacob Jr., 9, Frances L., 6, and Hoover C., 1; plus mother Sobrina Cobbs, 50, widow, servant for private family.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Jacob Bowens, 45, elementary school janitor; wife Levady, 30; children James, 23, Beulla, 22, Jacob Jr., 18, Francis, 16, Willie, 3, Bobbie, 2, and Joyce, 11 months.

Frances L. Bowens graduated from Darden High School in 1940.

Johnson C. Smith University Bulletin (1947).

Frances Bowens Hansome died in 2007 in Durham, North Carolina.

Photograph courtesy of Ancestry.com user reggieh18.

Sobrina Robinson Cobb.

On 18 January 1893, Sabrena Robinson, 18, and Richard Cobb, 22, were married in Robeson County.

On 10 April 1917, Jacob Bowens, son of Jim and Frances Bowens married Flossie Cobb, daughter of Richard and Sabina Cobb in Fayetteville, Cumberland County.

In the 1928 Wilson city directory: Cobb Sobrina (c) lndress h 900 Elvie

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 709 Stantonsburg Street, high school janitor Jake Bowens, 36; wife Lossie, 33; and children James, 12, Beulah C., 11, Jacob Jr., 9, Frances L., 6, and Hoover C., 1; plus mother Sobrina Cobbs, 50, widow, servant for private family.

Flossie Bowens died 17 December 1930 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 30 years old; was married to Jacob Bowens; worked as a matron; was born in Robeson County to Richard Cobb and Sobrina Roberson; and was buried in Robeson County.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: widow Sobrina Cobb, 60; daughter Lela Floyd, 41; and Lela’s nephew Hoover Bowens, 11.

In 1946, Hoover Curtis Bowens registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he lived at 1115 Atlantic Street, Wilson; was born 17 June 1928 in Wilson; was a student; and grandmother Sabrina Cobb was his contact.

Sobrina Cobbs died 24 June 1954 at Mercy Hospital. Per her death certificate, she was born 25 April 1881 in Robeson County to Samuel Roberson and Charity McCollum; resided at 601 Stantonsburg Street, Wilson; and was buried in Saint Peters Church cemetery, Robeson County. Informant was Lela Floyd.

Photograph courtesy of Adventures in Faith: The Church at Prayer, Study and Service, the 100th anniversary commemorative booklet of Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Bishop of the United Holy Church.

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Encyclopedia of African American Religions (1993), eds. Larry G. Murphy, J. Gordon Melton, and Gary L. Ward.

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Horace Bowen, 23, of Wilson, son of Robert and Sarah Bowen of Wilmington, North Carolina, married Sallie Stevens, 15, daughter of Norris and A.J. Stevens, all of Wilson, on 18 May 1913 in Wilson. A.J. Stevens Pittmon gave permission for her minor daughter to marry. (Norris Stevens was deceased.) Pentecostal minister Isaac Lewis performed the ceremony in the presence of George Wilson, Henry McCray and William Davis.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 806 Lodge Street, Henry Boans, 28, oil mill laborer; wife Sallie, 21; and children Jessie, 4, Elma, 2, and Joseph, 1; plus boarder Evonie Weeks, 23, a tobacco factory worker, and her daughter Jennie, 1.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: cotton oil mill laborer Horace Bowen, 36; wife Sallie, 30, cook; and children Jesse D., 15, Joseph, 11, and Earlie, 0.

Horrace Bowens died 31 May 1937 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he resided at 508 1/2 Church Street; was married to Sallie Bowens; was 57 years old; had been a preacher for 20 years; and was born in Wilmington to Robert and Sallie Bowens.

In the 1940 census of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania: at 2331 Kedner Street, widow Sallie Bowens, 40, helper at tobacco factory; and children Joseph, 20, William, 40, and Earth, 9; and lodger Samuel Bowens, 28; all born in North Carolina but living in Pennsylvania before 1935.


Rest Haven cemetery, Wilson, February 2017.