Editor’s Note: These Bowe Family Trees are drawn from the genealogy volume Descendants of Anthony Canavan and Ann Hughes. I recently compiled this history based on the research done over many years by Joseph Christopher Hart and other Canavan descendants, and most importantly the family trees and narratives in my mother Mary Gwinn Bowe‘s book, The Families.
Ellen Frances Canavan was one of five daughters of Anthony Canavan, Sr. and Ann Hughes. In addition, seven of eight sons survived into adulthood. But it was Ellen Canavan that made the connection between the Canavan and Bowe families.
Ellen Canavan, known in her family as Lib, was born December 21, 1861, in Sumner, Kankakee, Illinois. She died in Chicago June 29, 1943, at the age of 81 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.
At the age of 29, Ellen Frances married John Joseph Bowe on May 12, 1891, in Kankakee, Illinois, when he was 29 years old. John Bowe was born in Illinois February 19, 1862 and was the son of Moses Bowe and Hanora Hurley. John Bowe reached 48 years of age and died in Chicago, Illinois October 10, 1910. He was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.
John and Ellen Canavan Bowe had three children: Augustine, William and Anna. The oldest son The Honorable Augustine Joseph Bowe, known as Gus or Gussie, was born in Chicago February 26, 1892. His prominence as a public figure led both the New York Times and Chicago Daily News to take note when he died while on an evening walk on February 6, 1966, at the age of 73. John and Ellen’s younger son William John Bowe, Sr., known as Bill, was born in Chicago December 24, 1893 and died there December 30, 1965, at the age of 72. John and Ellen Bowe’s daughter Anna Regis Bowe (Walters) was born in Chicago on August 18, 1896.
At the age of 34, Augustine Joseph married Julia Leonie Lecour February 12, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, when she was 25 years old. Julia Leonie Lecour was born in Kankakee, Kankakee, on April 29, 1901. Julia reached 85 years of age and died in Winnetka, Illinois on November 11, 1986.
Gus and Julia Bowe had two children: John Edward and Julie Ann Bowe. Here are links to the John Edward and Katherine Pargellis Bowe and Julie Anne Bowe and Willard Thompson, Jr. family trees.
John Edward Bowe was born in Chicago on December 15, 1929. He died in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 9, 1997, at the age of 67.
Julie Ann Bowe (Thompson) was born in Chicago on May 12, 1931. She died in Chicago on September 13, 1981, at the age of 50.