Lincoln Stover was the second child of Daniel Stover Sr. and his wife Phoebe
Ward. She was one of seven sisters of my third great grandfather, William Ward
Stover. Mary was born on January 20, 1796 in what was then considered the
Southwest Territory and today is part of Carter County, Tennessee.
Daniel Stover Sr. home where Mary grew up
Mary was nineteen, she married John Teter Bowers on February 3, 1815.
John was also born in the Southwest Territory on January 27, 1792. He was the
son of John Leonard Bowers and Rebecca Nave. John enlisted in the Tennessee
militia on January 5, 1814 and was discharged on May 18, 1814. This was during
the War of 1812. He served as a private with Captain Adam Winsel’s Company.
Pension application for War of 1812 service
Mary and John had ten children. They were Mary Lincoln Bowers born ca. 1815, Daniel Stover Bowers b. ca 1817, David B. Bowers b. 1820, William Carter Bowers b.1823, Teter Nave Bowers b.1826, Jemima Bowers b.1829, Rev. John Leonard Bowers b.1830, Christian Nave Bowers b.1836, Isaac Stover Bowers b.1839 and Samuel Murray Stover Bowers b. ca. 1841.
1850 Mary appeared on the census for Carter County. She was fifty-four at the
time and was living with John 58 and four of their children. The children were
listed in this order on the census form: Christian 14, Isaac 11, and Murry 7,
followed by John 19, Mary 21 and Isaac N. one month. Since their daughter Mary
Lincoln Bower would have been 35 in 1850, I believe the Mary listed below their
son John Leonard was his wife and the one-month-old Isaac N. was John L. and
Mary’s son – John Teter and Mary L. Stover’s grandson.
Tater was identified as a “Collier” in the occupation column whereas every
other male aged 15 or older on the page was identified as a farmer. A collier
is a coal miner.
John T. and Mary Bowers on the 1850 census
to Robert Nave, a Carter County historian, Mary and John were divorced - a somewhat unusual occurrence for the time. Then
on April 20, 1856, John Bowers married a second time to Mary Jane E. Crawley,
the widow of Griffin Pearce. John T. Bowers and his wife Mary (Crawley) applied
for a pension based on John’s service during the War of 1812. John died
sometime before 1870 in Carter County.
Bond for John's marriage to Mary Crawley
records suggest that Mary Lincoln Stover Bowers died in Elizabethton in Carter
County in 1859 at the age of 64.
 Tennessee US Marriage Records 1780-2002, TN State Library and Archives shows this marriage date as 3 Feb 1811. Other sources show 1814. The 1815 date comes from Robert Nave’s book on Teter Nave whom I trust.
 Dale Jenkins, a descendant of Solomon Hendrix Stover, one of Mary’s brothers, says John died after 1871 but Nave says before 1870.
|John Bowers and Mary Lincoln Stover marriage record|
|John Bowers and Mary Pearce (Crawley) marriage record|
|David B. Bowers and his wife. Two of his brothers below|