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Re: Graham Bell family of Petersburg, VA
In Response To: Graham Bell family of Petersburg, VA ()
Since posting the above query I have discovered a Margaret Bowler aged 71, Virginia born, in the household of M L Bowler aged 49, also Virginia born, listed on the 1870 census for Eau Claire, Wisconsin. All are identified as mulatto. ML's wife Mary is listed as Alabama born and the 5 children ranging in age from 11 to 1 are listed as Wisconsin born. I believe that Margaret is the daughter, born ca 1799, of Graham Bell. She married Miller Bowler of Richmond in 1822 who does appear on the Richmond census in 1830. One of the five children on the 1870 Wisc census is named Miller which makes me wonder if there is a connection. Does anyone know any thing more about this family and its origins?