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GORDON, Deborah Elizabeth[1]

Female 1815 - 1899  (84 years)


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  • Name GORDON, Deborah Elizabeth 
    Born 1815  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Apr 1899  Port Austin, Huron, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I60  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father GORDON, Eliphalet William,   b. Abt 1760, on The High Seas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary [Marie ?] ??,   b. Cal 1782, France ? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1810 
    Family ID F559  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family BOWEN, Emory Henry,   b. Abt 1810, East Mendon, Ontario, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1880, Port Austin, Huron, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)  [1
    Married 22 May 1831  West Mendon, Ontario, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. BOWEN, James Harrison,   b. 18 Sep 1831, Monroe County ?, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1869, 1st Ward, Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     2. BOWEN, Andrew,   b. 1835, Allegheny County, new York (?) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1835, Allegheny County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. BOWEN, Nettie Emily,   b. 1838, Monroe County (?), New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. BOWEN, (A)Della Louisa,   b. 2 Jul 1841, Grove Township, Allegheny County, N.Y. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1922, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. BOWEN, Lewis Addison,   b. 1844, Allegany County (?), New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1883, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan (?) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     6. BOWEN, William Wallace,   b. 17 Oct 1846, Ray Township, McComb, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1924, Temple, Clare, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. BOWEN, Clara Elizabeth,   b. 11 Jul 1849, Adrian [?], Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1936, Minneapolis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     8. BOWEN, Joseph Winfield "Scott",   b. 11 Aug 1851, Lenawee County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1942, Flint, Genesee, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     9. BOWEN, Emma May,   b. INT 22 May 1855 (22 May 1854 or '55), Rollins Township, Lewanee County (?), Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1933, East Tawas, Iosco County, Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. BOWEN, Alice Luella,   b. 1855, Lenawee County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Giesboro Point, Washington DC area Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F57  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • [Pension records from National Archives; Depositions of Della L. Bowen in 1921 & 1922; diverse censuses]


      *********NOTE : THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DEBORAH ELIZABETH GORDON AND ELIPHALET GORDON HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED*********

      After her husband's death in 1880, Elizabeth lived with her son , Louis and his family in Detroit, Michigan. She later moved to Port Crescent, Huron, Michigan, and then Port Austin, Huron, Michigan, until her death on 21 April, 1899.
      Elizabeth applied for a widow's pension on 27 December, 1884, almost 5 years after her husband's death.
      According to information in the 1880 census, Elizabeth's father was born on the "High Seas", and her mother was born in France.
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      After Emory’s death, Elizabeth appears to have hired a lawyer to try to get Emory’s pension claim approved so that she could qualify for a widow’s pension. She applied for a Widow’s Pension on 27 December, 1884. Her claim was reviewed by the Pension Bureau and rejected on 5 June, 1886. It is possible that she re-applied between December, 1884 and June, 1886.
      A review of her application was requested and it was again rejected on 7 April, 1887. She seems to have applied for some sort of benefits for service related death of her husband as well as his disability pension. A special investigation was conducted by Special Examiner, D.M. Greene between 17 December, 1887 and July, 1888. Mr. Greene immediately (on 20 December, 1887) recommended rejection of the claim for service related death " since cause of death was not service related ". He also expressed reservations about the disability claim and recommended further investigation. The claim was again rejected.
      Elizabeth hired a different lawyer who apparently put out the effort to track down Captain Robert Sproul, Emory’s Company Commander, and get a deposition from him concerning the accident on the bridge and Emory’s physical condition before and after the accident. He also got a statement from the doctor who gave Emory his enlistment physical who stated that he had been "in surprisingly good health for a man of his age".
      It appears that on 20 May, 1889, the Bureau of Pensions finally acknowledged that Emory should have been getting a pension for disability caused by "injury of head and eyes and scrotal hernia of the left side" , but they then investigated Elizabeth’s situation to be sure that she actually qualified for a widow’s pension.
      In the meantime, Elizabeth needed to earn a living so she took a job as a housekeeper for an elderly man, David Brown, and his son. Her pay included room and board in the Brown’s house, and since part of her duties included being a nurse to Mr. Brown, her room was adjacent to his, and had a connecting door.
      A "busy body" neighbor woman and her daughter told the Bureau of Pensions investigator that they thought that Elizabeth and Mr. Brown were secretly married, and on the basis of that unsubstantiated rumor the Pension was denied ! The examiner also recommended rejection of Elizabeth’s claim " on the grounds that Elizabeth & David Brown’s relationship constituted a common law marriage". Elizabeth requested another review of her case, and this time someone with a little common sense ruled that the rumors were unreliable, and Elizabeth finally got her first pension check on 2 August, 1890. Her pension was $8 a month. [Certificate #312 156]
      Deborah Elizabeth Bowen died on 21 April, 1899. Her last pension check was on 4 March, 1899.

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  • Sources 
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