The Bowie Family Cemetery is located on private property in the Cedar Lane area. Information from William Lanigan and Sally Bowie Pray. DIRECTIONS

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Bowie, Freeman King  son of George J. Bowie & Frances Sophia Bowie

Bowie, Anna Milhous  28 May 1853 - 02 Jan 1860 dau of George J. & Frances S. Bowie

Bowie, George John  04 Jan 1819 - 06 Sep 1861

Duncan, Daughter of G. C. & M. B. Duncan

Duncan, Cameron

White, Sophia  born and died 06 Sep 1876 dau of James Knox & Laura Frances White

White, Mary Alma  18 Jun 1878 - 17 Dec 1878 dau of  James Knox & Laura Frances White

White, Joseph Priestly "Doc"  brother of James Knox White

Duncan, Philip

Bowie, Hubert Weisiger  28 Oct 1872 - 02 Jun 1890 (wife of Philip M. Bowie)

White, Laura Frances Bowie  15 Nov 1848 - 11 Sep 1891 daughter of George J. & Frances Sophia Bowie

Bowie, Frances Sophia  15 Sep 1826 - 26 Jun 1899

Duncan, Mamie Bowie  02 Feb 1857 - 03 Jul 1903

Duncan, Green Cameron  10 Oct 1841 - 06 Aug 1910 1st Lt. Co. K 8th Kentucky Ry. Mtd Inf, CSA

Spivey, Clarence E.  1891 - 1914 brother of Ada M. Bowie

White, James Knox 24 Aug 1833 - 30 Mar 1915 Capt. Co E  8th Regt. Texas Cavalry, CSA

Bowie, Philip M.  19 Apr 1859 - 05 Sep 1915

Bowie, Willie Christie  31 Oct 1916 - 12 Mar 1917 dau of Hubert W. & Ada M. Bowie

Corbett, James Gibbons 14 Oct 1919 - 29 Apr 2010

Corbett, John Michael  31 Jul 1876 - 20 Feb 1958

Corbett, John Michael, Jr.

Corbett, Nancy Duncan  02 Jul 1877 - 14 Apr 1964

Stewart, James

Duncan, Donald  08 Dec 1890 - 06 Jul 1976 son of Green C. & Mamie Bowie Duncan

Duncan, Georgia Bell Bryson  23 Nov 1908 - 03 May 1977 wife of Donald Duncan

Bowie , Ada M.  1895 - 1977 wife of Hubert W. Bowie

Bowie, Hubert W. 02 Jun 1890 - 1978 son of Philip M. Bowie

Bowie, Nerine G.  23 Mar 1920 - 26 May 1983 wife of P. M. Bowie

Urban, Lloyd Morris  18 Mar 1916 - 11 Jun 1987 husband of Mildred Bowie Urban

Nash, Jack Allen

Shearer, Frances Sophia Bowie

Shearer, James H.

Corbett, Duncan

Peterson, Huberta W. Bowie

Adams, Mildred "Duchess" Urban  20 Sep 1919 - 22 May 2013

Bowie, Philip Milhouse 18 Sep 1914 - 27 Mar 2016


Philip M. Bowie, a prominent planter of the Caney valley, and native of this county, died suddenly of heart disease at his home Sunday morning last.

Mr. Bowie's only son, Hubert W., with his wife had on Saturday come to town visiting the family of their uncle Harris Bowie. Mr. Bowie entertained his clerk, Mr. LaBody, at his home that night for a while, and after the clerk left retired. Next morning the colored housekeeper went to call Mr. Bowie to breakfast, and receiving no response, opened his door and found him lying on the floor dead. It appears that he was attacked in the early morning with heart trouble, and starting to the door to call some one, fell dead just inside the door. Mr. Bowie had been in delicate health several months, but had not supposed the trouble was with his heart.

Deceased was about 57 years of age, being born on Caney, his parents coming to this county from Dallas county, Ala., in 1850. Mr. Bowie was married in 1889 to Miss Bert Welserger [Weisiger] who died at the birth of the son. Mr. Harris Bowie a brother, and son Hubert and wife, are his only survivors; another brother, George M., was one of the Capt. Rugeley company of Confederates who died in the disaster to the expedition across Matagorda Bay in defense of Matagorda, December 31, 1863, when about thirty [22] of the company perished in the vessel wrecked by the severe gale and blizzard.

The remains were interred in the old family burial ground near the home at Cedar Lane, Sunday afternoon.

The Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Tuesday, September 7, 1915

George J. Bowie


Green Cameron Duncan

James Gibbons Corbett

James Gibbons Corbett died in Houston on April 29, 2010 at the age of 90 of old age. He was born at home in Bay City, Texas, October 14, 1919, and attended local schools until the 8th grade. He grew up in a family that valued education and encouraged travel and an intellectual curiosity about the world. His parents were John Michael Corbett, a local judge and attorney for the Texas Gulf Sulphur Co., the son of Irish immigrants, and Nancy Wilson Duncan, a New York trained artist and the daughter of a ranching family in Egypt, Wharton County, Texas. The family lived in a large white Mediterranean style house near the town square. Jim attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, and Princeton University where he majored in geological engineering. An outstanding multi-event track-and-field athlete, he was Virginia State Champion in the broad jump in 1937, and captain of his team. He competed against the world's best pole vaulters at Madison Square Garden, and trained with the Olympic Club in San Francisco after college. A track-and-field fan his whole life, he was a spectator at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin with his brother and sister, and at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with his children. When World War II began, Jim was in the San Francisco Bay area, which he loved and returned to many times. After completing a masters degree in petroleum engineering at Stanford University, he joined the Army Air Corps and went to India, an experience that opened his eyes to the richness of the world. By accurately predicting an unseasonable storm in his first days on the job, he earned a reputation as an ace forecaster. He maintained a lifelong interest in the weather. After the war Jim worked in the oil industry in the Los Angeles area where he met Nancy Bynum. They were married October 29, 1948, and lived in Long Beach before moving to Texas to a series of oil company towns. In the mid-1950s Jim went to work at the Bank of Commerce in Houston under the glowing weatherball in the green Conoco Building, and later at the Texas National Bank of Commerce in the Gulf Building. Jim and Nancy had four children. The family made many weekend drives to see his parents in Bay City, and had formal mid day dinners in a shaded house cooled by an attic fan in the days before air conditioning. In a car filled with cigar smoke and the live opera broadcast from New York, they visited the family farm and his uncles on their ranches in Wharton County. They made many trips to Galveston for the day or to stay in the Buccaneer Hotel and feed the seagulls from the seawall piers. For summer vacations, he packed the family in a station wagon for two weeks of daily marathon geography lessons, staying in a mix of cheap motels, tent cabins, and grand resorts and hotels that reflected his ease with all levels of society. An enthusiastic teacher, he took the family to New Mexico, Mesa Verde, and Yellowstone, where he imparted his love of nature, and to Washington, New York, and Boston for exposure to the great museums and monuments. Later, he took individual children skiing, bird watching, and wandering in the car.He went to work on his own in 1965 as an investor and as a manager of Green Acres, a Wharton County farm bought by his grandfather in 1899 and given to him and his brother Duncan by their mother. The Corbett brothers raised cattle and grew cotton and corn during a period when the rural economy and farming methods changed dramatically from small tenant farmers to big, highly mechanized operations. In his retirement and after his divorce, he traveled to visit children, grandchildren, and friends, and attended the Stanford Alumni Summer School. He continued to play tennis as he had all his life until past 80. When an occasional doubles partner, George H. W. Bush, an admittedly better player, acted like his commander in chief on the court, it annoyed him, illustrating his life-long preference for doing things his own way. In these years he was named Dito by a grandchild (from Abuelito), the last of many names he was given after Teenie, Gibbons, and Jim. Jim was an introspective man who quoted poetry and passed on to his children his curiosity about the world and his interests in everything you might read about in the newspapers.In his last few years, as his health was failing, his daughter Wendy devoted herself to his care. She always honored his wishes and made sure he was comfortable and safe. Jim is survived by his children and their spouses Michael, (Mary Hardy) of Berkeley, California; Kitty (Craig Janes) of Vancouver, British Columbia; Wendy of Houston; and Mary Ainslie (Peter Simione) of Houston; grandchildren Anna and John Corbett, Enessa and Janice Janes, and Connor and Julia Simione; his sister Kitty King Powell; his ex-wife Nancy Leibrock; his nieces and nephews Duncan Corbett, Ginger Carrington Corbett, Nancy Powell Moore, Marian Powell Harrison, Benjamin Powell, and Katherine Powell Hill and their families .A memorial service will be held at St. John the Divine at a future date; see He will be buried at Cedar Lane in Matagorda County. For additional information see the Wharton Journal-Spectator.

Houston Chronicle,  May 2, 2010


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