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Subject: Re: Captain Bowles of the Creeks and Cherokee Indians
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 00:07:20 EST
Yes, so far, all of the information about (Chief) John BOWLES, Sr.'s father
is that he was a Scottish trader as were many of the other traders that married
Cherokee wives in other lines of mine and connecting families but I have seen
a lot more of the early BOWLES names in Virginia that were from England and
keep wondering if his father's family not have been from them....but, as I
said, so far, it's just the information that his father was a Scottish trader.
In a message dated 11/17/2004 1:32:09 PM Central Standard Time,
That is really interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing if we will get any
further additions to this such as where the Bowles name connection comes in.
This Scottish trader idea seems a bit farfetched for the name Bowles. Now if
they said an Irish trader!
> Date: 2004/11/17 Wed AM 10:15:22 CST
> To: ,
> Subject: Re: Captain Bowles of the Creeks and Cherokee Indians
> In a message dated 11/17/2004 12:22:38 AM Central Standard Time,
> I came across this news item on page 2 of the May 2, 1791 issue of the
> Herald (Quebec City). Could anyone tell me who this might be?
> "Last night, Capt. Bowles, chief of the embassy of the Creeks and Cherokee
> Indians was initiated into the mysteries of Free Masonry."
> There are probably others that can help more with this but, more than
> this is regarding William Augustus BOWLES but may be someone else but
> what I have about him in the Masons immediately below, with website address
> shown. This William Augustus BOWLES is, sometimes, (as briefly stated
> shown as the father of (Chief) John BOWLES, Sr., primary Chief of the Texas
> Cherokee, but my understanding is that this would not have been possible
> (Chief) John BOWLES, Sr. is said to have been born in Abt. 1750 in North
> Carolina, died: July 16, 1839 in Texas, and believed to have been the son
> Scottish trader and his Cherokee wife. It certainly seems probable that
> were related to, as far as I know, nothing more definitive about how they
> connect other than than through the Creek and Cherokee tribes. But the
> about William Augustus BOWLES being a Mason is shown immediately
> sure if it is the same person you mentioned above but I would imagine so
> it was simply mentioned in the Quebec newspaper.
> Take a look at the following.
> Eager to hear from anyone who might have more information.
> Bellinda Myrick-Barnett
> Many of the traditional leaders of the Native Americans were Freemasons.
> Tecumseh, a Shawnee prophet who reportedly "was made a Mason while on a
> Philadelphia," was the leader of a Pan-Indian movement to resist white
> encroachment in the late eighteenth century. Alexander McGillivray, a mixed
> leader of the Muskogee, and Joseph Brant, a mixed blood leader of the
> skilled political leaders.Brant was reportedly America's first Native
> American Freemason when he was raised by an English Grand Lodge. Red
> orator of the Seneca and leader of the traditionalist resistance among the
> Iroquois, was a Freemason. His nephew, General Ely S. Parker, was General
> Grant's Adjutant and drew up the conditions of surrender at Appomattox.
> Augustus Bowles, leader of a Creek/Seminole/African-American resistance
> movement in Florida, was made a Freemason in the Bahamas. Pushmataha, a
> leader who encouraged friendship with the whites and resisted Tecumseh, was
> William Augustus Bowles was born in Maryland in 1763 and joined the British
> forces at the age of thirteen. When he was fifteen, he fled the British
> and went to live among the African/Mvskoke/Seminole people of Southern
> He became the war leader of a Five Nation Confederacy entitled "the nation
> Muscogee" and engaged in military struggles against the Floridians. Fleeing
> pursuit once again, he fled to the Bahamas in 1786 where he sought
> into the Freemasonic order for a second time (the first time was in
> in 1783); this time he was admitted. Bowles returned to the United States
> in 1790, he and several Beloved Men (including the Cherokee GoingSnake and
> the Mvskoke Tuskeniah, an associate of Tecumseh) went to England where they
> accepted into the Prince of Wales Lodge #259. Bowles was introduced as "a
> Chief of the Creek Nation, whose love of Masonry has induced him to wish it
> be introduced into the interior part of America, whereby the cause of
> and brotherly love will go hand in hand with the native courage of the
> Indians, and by the union lead them on to the highest title that can be
> In 1795, the records of the Grand Lodge of England showed Bowles as the
> accredited provincial Grandmaster of the Five Nations.64 In 1799, Bowles
> returned to the United States and tried to finance a revolution in order to
> a free and independent Muscogee State along the frontier of the colonial
> United States; in so doing Bowles freely associated with Indians and their
> cohorts of the Seminole Nation. (Cotterill, 127-130) J. Leitch Wright
> Bowles with having spread the abolitionist message among the Upper Creek
> Chickamaguan Cherokee in the eighteenth century through the use of black
> interpreters. Both Chief Bowlegs of the Seminole Nation and Chief Bowl of
> Cherokee Nation are supposed descendants of William Augustus Bowles. 65