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James Poer Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, December 12, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
Those thirteen children were:
James Poer and his wife moved to Madison County, Tennessee sometime before 1830 and lived there for awhile. In 1831 a letter was delivered to Martin A Poer in Shelby County, Tennessee. In 1834 or 35 they, the whole clan, moved on down into Arkansas. Presley Maulding taught school one winter north of the Red River as they moved. Martin served under Generals Rusk and Kyer in moving the Indians out of Texas and into Oklahoma. At some point they met and talked to James Bowie and he told them one of his favorite camping spots was on Dodie Branch there at Simms. Jim Bowie died in 1836, as we all know.
When James Poer settled here in Bowie County, he picked his land on the camping site that Jim Bowie always used when he came down through here from Washington, Arkansas, or wherever. Now the James Bowie School has been built and named for him at that place and for that reason. The Simms family eventually bought land and gave money and land for building the school. Mr Harvey Simms remembered and believed that story.
Sarah Mary Cochran Poer probably died while the family lived in Madison
County, Tennessee and James Poer married a second wife. We only
know that her name was Elizabeth. There were seven more children
James Poer died in 1852 and is buried in the Lumpkin Cemetery south of Dalby Springs. He was about 64 years old when he came to the Republic or Texas and about 70 when he died.
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