Pioneer Life of the Bowen and Will Families
of the Maxwell and Iowa Center Locales
Mary Ellen Will (1846-1931), who married Jesse Bowen (1839-1920), was among the pioneers families in Story County. In 1928 she related many of her experiences to her daughter, Esther Bowen. You can read the notes from this interview at:
Pioneer Memories of Mary Ellen Bowen
Her daughter Annie Laurie Bowen Elder, began a book based on the pioneer life of her family, called "Prairies of Promise." While this is an incomplete manuscript, it is an interesting account of early settlers and includes references to many families in the Maxwell and Iowa Center locales.
"Prairies of Promise"
Chapters One & Two The BOWEN Family Comes to Story County Chapter Three The WILL Family Comes to Story County Chapter Four Life in Iowa Center Chapter Five Life in Maxwell Addenda Annie's Research Notes & References A Friend's Memories Grant to David Bowen for 300 acres in Patuxent River Bowen Descendants Bowen Descendants From Probate Records Letter from Annie Laurie Bowen Elder Biography of Abraham Bowen Bowen Genealogy by George Elbert Bowen Letter from Ann Bowen to Annie Laurie Elder Letter from Bernice Bowen to Mrs. Elder Bowen Family by Mrs. F.M. Cooper Publ. 1887
Thanks go to Curt Larsen, great-grandson of Mary Ellen Will Bowen, for typing these accounts and giving permission for their publication on the Story Co IAGenWeb site.