Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


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4. Michael Bowyer qualified as Lieutenant of militia at August court, 1763. At a meeting of the court martial, April, 11, 1766, he was fined for attending without a sword. He married Frances Carpenter, in 1766, the certificate of marriage, being signed by the Rev. John Jones, and witnessed by Alexander St. Clair and Chris. Graham. He was a member of the Vestry in 1773, and of the County Committee in 1775. He is said to have been a lawyer, but early in the Revolutionary war he had a store in Fincastle, which he left in charge of his nephew, Henry Bowyer, to join the army. He was the father of Capt. John Bowyer, who lived and died near Lexington, leaving a large family.

5. Luke Bowyer is believed to have been a brother of the former. Gen. John Bowyer qualified as his guardian in 1761, and in the official bond the ward is described as “orphan of Michael Bowyer.” He was a lawyer, and one of the two attorneys who qualified to practice {typo corrected} at the opening of Botetourt County Court, in 1770.

Col. Henry Bowyer was a Revolutionary soldier, and long a prominent citizen of Botetourt, but it is not known whose son he was. Maj. Thomas Bowyer speaks in his will of Henry Bowyer as his nephew. It is said that when his uncle Michael joined the army early in the Revolution, he left his store at Fincastle in charge of Henry, who was a mere boy. The latter wound up the business in quick time, and joined the army himself, serving most of the time with the cavalry under Col. William Washington. He was Clerk of the Courts of Botetourt from 1791 to 1831, when his son, Henry M. Bowyer, succeeded him in office. He died in 1833.


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COLONEL WILLIAM FLEMING.

In August, 1755, the month after Braddock’s defeat, William Fleming landed in Norfolk. He was educated at the University of Edinburg, and served for some years as a surgeon in the British Navy. Not liking that profession he resigned and came to Virginia. As we have seen he was a lieutenant in the Sandy Creek expedition of 1756, and acted as surgeon. He was afterwards appointed ensign in the First Virginia Regiment, commanded by Washington. In 1758, he was commissioned lieutenant, and served in the campaigns of Forbes and Abercrombie. He was made captain in 1760 and stationed at Staunton, it is said. After his marriage, in 1763, to a daughter of Israel Christian, he resumed at Staunton the practice of medicine and surgery.

Captain Fleming (so called in the record-book) was chosen a Vestryman of Augusta parish, November 24, 1764, in place of John Mathews, deceased, and continued to serve in that office till June 27, 1769. The records of the Vestry show that he was repeatedly allowed payment of bills for professional services to the poor, and from his private account books it appears that he was often called to visit patients in Bedford county. In the fall of 1769 he removed to the new


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