Samuel Sherod Nowlin1

#3395, b. 9 January 1838, d. 21 November 1893
Father*Rev. David William Nowlin2 b. 11 Apr 1812
Mother*Elizabeth J Berger b. 13 Jul 1813, d. 20 Jun 1852
     Samuel Sherod Nowlin was born on 9 January 1838 Missouri.2,3 He was the son of Rev. David William Nowlin and Elizabeth J Berger.2 Samuel and Lucy Catherine Graves, daughter of Washington Graves and Mildred Berger, were married 19 September 1860.4 Samuel and Ida V Saunders, daughter of Alfred E. Saunders and Martha Collins Berger, were married 18 October 1880 Lincoln County, Missouri, This is to certify that on the 18th day of Oct 1880 in Lincoln County, Mo I united in marriage Mr. Samuel S. Nowlin of Montgomery County Missouri and Mrs Ida V. Graves of Pittsylvania County Va
D W Graves MG.5 Samuel Sherod Nowlin died 21 November 1893 , in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Missouri at age 55, according to the funeral card copied by Mabel Glover Root from the letters held by Nettie (Palmer) Cleaver.
     He was He was an attorney, practicing in Montgomery City, Montgomery County, Missouri. circa 1876.

The Nowlin Stone Genealogy lists children to include "Annie; born 1868", Samuel S, b ca 1870, and Lucy Scott, b ca 1872.

The 1880 census has Anna, 8, and Samuel, 6.

The 1870 has neither Annie nor Samuel. The youngest child in that census is Fannie, b Sep 1869.

There is no Lucy Scott Nowlin anywhere, but she could be a cousin.

There is a child listed on the GFS as born in 1878:
Lucy Scott Nowlin (1366) was born in Sept. 1878 in MO, and died after 1930. She married Buell Fount Hensley about 1909. He was born about 1876 in MO, and died before 1930. This family was recorded on the 1910 and 1920 censuses in Montgomery Co., MO. Lucy and David were recorded on the 1930 census in Montgomery Co., MO.
Children - Hensley
+2058. David Rust Hensley, b. 2 April 1912, m. Apphia Thwing Hack, d. 9 Aug. 2002.
She does not appear in the 1880 census. There is, however, a Lucy Hensley, no birthdate, listed as "sister" and living with Samuel Nowlin (the lawyer) in Montgomery in 1930.

In 1910, Buell Hensley is listed in Montgomery, age 34, m1, married one year, and wife, Lucy S, 31, m1, no children.

They are listed in 1920 with the noted child, David R, 7.

There is a Death Certificate for Lucy Hensley, widow, dated 27 Sep 1955. Parents are listed as Samuel Nowlin and Elizabeth Graves.

Perhaps Samuel married Elizabeth after Lucy Catherine died, she had the child (named Lucy after the deceased wife), and died herself. Perhaps Lucy is living with other relatives.

NOWLIN, James Nowlin and his wife, MARTHA COLLINS, were natives of Scotland. They came to America prior to the Revolution and brought all their household and kitchen furniture with them. they settled first in the eastern part of VA., but afterward removed to Pittsylvania Co. Their only son, Bryan W. Nowlin, was a captain in the American army during the revolution. He married LUCY WAIDE, of VA., and they had 15 children, thirteen of whom lived to be grown, and 12 of them married. The eldest son, Peyton, married LUCY TOWNSEND, and settled first in KY., from whence he removed to Saline Co., MO., previous to 1820, and raised a large family of children. Richard Nowlin, brother of Peyton, married CELIE SHELTON, and settled first in KY, and afterward in Saline Co., MO. Samuel Nowlin married FANNIE PAUL, of VA., by whom he had Joseph and David. His first wife died, and he was married the 2nd time to ELIZABETH EVERSON, by whom he had 2 daughters, both of whom are living in VA. Joseph Nowlin lived and died in Lynchburg, VA. David studied law at the U. of VA. In 1835 he married ELIZABETH BERGER, of VA., and the following year he came to MO and settled in Montgomery Co., where he practiced his profession, and was elected to several official positions in the county, which he filled with credit to himself and his constituents. He was also a Baptist preacher, and possessed more than ordinary powers as a pulpit orator. His son, Samuel S. Nowlin, is an attorney, and lives at Montgomery City. He has served his country as circuit clerk, and made one of the best officers the county ever had. He possesses a large influence, and his prospects for future political advancement are good.6,7

In Bear Creek, Montgomery County, Missouri, in 1870, the census taker enumerated, in order:
Nowling, Samuel, 32, farmer, $5000/$1700, b Missouri
Lucy, 30, keeping house, b Virginia
Eliza, 5, b Missouri
David, 4, b Missouri
Fanny, 10/12, b Missouri
Fanny, 33, b Virginia
Malinda, 22, b Virginia
Anna, 21, b Missouri
Lucy, 45, b Virginia
George, 12, b Missouri

The adults born in Virginia were kin, Lucy Catherine Graves, dau of Washington and Mildred (Berger) Graves, Fannie (Nowlin), Samuel’s sister, m Wm T Owing, Anna (Mildred Ann) Nowlin, never married, moved to Washington with her sister Belinda. Lucy and George are apparently former enslaved members of the Nowlin household. The racial designation has been written over “B” over “W.” Next door is Samuel’s sister Catherine Roker, with her children John, 6, and Mary.

In the 1880 census, SS, 42, has children Elizabeth, 15, David M, 13, Fannie B, 11, Anna, 8, and Samuel, 6, in the household. Additionally, C B Roper, (his sister Catherine) is, along with a George B Nowlin, 22, black, and M E Shelton, 21, white, farm hands.

Neither Lucy is in the household. Lucy Graves has died, and Lucy Scott must be with other relatives, but who?

Belinda, SS's sister and her husband, R W, with Anna, 31 (Mildred Ann), sister-in-law, and Marie, 14, niece, Catherine (Nowlin) Roker/Roper's daughter, are in St Louis.8,9

On the US IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, for the year 1866, Samuel S Nowlin, of Hilrush, was taxed as a "Succession." One Timothy B Dutton, aslo of Hilrush (or Kilrush) also had that designation.

Children of Samuel and Lucy

Family of Samuel and Ida

Last Edited=14 May 2019


  1. [S326] Missouri Digital Heritage: Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1957, online, File #6154.
  2. [S293] James Edmund Nowlin, Nowlin Stone Genealogy (n.p.: Martha Webb Nowlin, 1916), 278.
  3. [S419] FindAGrave, online, Memorial ID 144694718 - Samuel S Nowlin, b 9 Jan 1838 d 21 Nov 1893.
  4. [S293] James Edmund Nowlin, Nowlin Stone Genealogy (n.p.: Martha Webb Nowlin, 1916).
  5. [S363] Missouri Marriage Records 1805-2002, online, p 26.
  6. [S216] Montgomery County Families O-W, online, See "A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri" #318. Hereinafter cited as Montgomery County Families O-W.
  7. [S318] Wm. S. and Robert Rose Bryan, A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, Etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri (St Louis, Missouri: Bryan, Brand, and Co., 1876), Re-printed by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore., p 282.
  8. [S243] 1880 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Year: 1880; Census Place: Bear Creek, Montgomery, Missouri; Roll: 705; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 108.
  9. [S9] 1870 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Year: 1870; Census Place: Bear Creek, Montgomery, Missouri; Roll: M593_794; Page: 19A; Family History Library Film: 552293.
  10. [S9] 1870 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Bear Creek, Montgomery County, Missouri.
  11. [S326] Missouri Digital Heritage: Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1957, online, File #10462; Registered # 2271.