1845 Oct. 20
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1845 Oct. 20
Letter, 20 October 1845, sent from Lemuel J. Bowden (1815-1864), an attorney in Williamsburg, Virginia, to William P. Moseley (1794-1863), a doctor in Buckingham County, Virginia. In the letter Bowden mentions the death of Moreau Bowers (b. ca. 1810-1845) and discusses problems with outstanding lawsuits, claims, and cases handled by Bowers prior to his death. Includes a copy of a receipt, 23 December 1842, of Henry Mason, William Mason, and John Mason (clients of Bowers) for a bond due to Sheldon and Maupin, all of York County, Virginia
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  • Lemuel Jackson Bowden was born 16 January 1815, son of William and Mildred Davis Bowden of Williamsburg and James City County, Virginia. He attended the College of William and Mary, where he received an L. B. in 1832. Bowden then studied law under the tutelage of James Semple and was admitted to the bar in 1838. His practice was successful and allowed him to purchase several farms in York County, Virginia. He also had a large home built near Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg. In 1841 Bowden won election to the Virginia House of Delegates as a Democrat. He served five successive terms in the House. In 1850 Bowden successfully ran for the state constitutional convention seat from the Williamsburg District. Bowden strongly opposed secession in 1861 and when Union troops invaded in 1862, Bowden made his home available for Union officers. In 1863 the so-called Restored government of Virginia met in Wheeling and appointed Bowden a senator to the United States Congress. Bowden did not serve long, however, as he contracted smallpox in late December 1863 and died in Washington, D. C. on 2 January 1864. He was buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D. C. Bowden married Martha Ellen Shackelford in 1840. The couple reared three children.
  • William Perkins Moseley was born 31 May 1794 at Wheatland, Buckingham County, Virginia. He was the son of Arthur Richard and Sarah Wilson Perkins Moseley. A physician and farmer, Moseley earned the silver cup in 1836 for growing the best wheat in the State of Virginia. He was also an elder of Mayesville Presbyterian Church from 1833 until his death. Moseley married Ann Anderson Trent, eldest daughter of Alexander Trent of Cumberland County, on 14 December 1826 in Cumberland County. The married couple had no fewer than thirteen children. He died 2 April 1863 at Wheatland and was buried in the family cemetery on the property.
  • Moreau Bowers was born circa 1810 and died 24 April 1845. He was a college and law school classmate of Lemuel Jackson Bowden's while at William and Mary. He graduated with his law degree in 1832, the same year as Bowden. His father died prior to his admission to the college. He continued to reside with his mother in Williamsburg, but his appointed guardian during his tenure at William and Mary was Robert McClandish.
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L. J. Bowden Telegram, 8[?] November 1862 (LVA accession 43370).
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Winters, Chris
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