Sep. 25, 1898 Liberty Hill Grainger County Tennessee, USA
Sep. 20, 1990 Tiftonia Hamilton County Tennessee, USA
Jerusa Edith Grant (Granny Bowers) born 25 September 1898 and died 20 September 1990 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (My great grandmother, J.M.) She is the first GRANT in my, Joe Mode's, line. She was born in Liberty Hill, Grainger County on 25 September 1898, married William Edgar Bowers on 13 June 1914 in Knoxville, Tenn. and died at the home of her son, Art Bowers, in Chattanooga on 20 September 1990. They had ten kids,one of them being my mamaw, Dora Katherine Bowers. Edith and Wm. Edgar are buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville. Edith's son, Arthur Richard Bowers, is now in possession of this bible. Several of the original entries in this bible only consisted of initials. When this is the case, a full name is given if known. Aunt Maureen Bowers said Granny Bowers always told her that she was named after a queen in the Bible and that if she could figure out who the queen was she would tell her. We never knew her first name until I was perusing census records and found that her name was Jerusa. Perhaps spelled wrong, but this must be Jerushah, Queen of Judah, wife of Uzziah, King of Judah. I knew my great grandmother well. She was a fine Christian, quiet, soft spoken, and kind. I remember staying with her as a child on occasion and playing Chinese checkers. Later to she moved to Apt. 314, Broadway Towers in Knoxville and I would visit her there and she would heat up leftovers or give me a snack. It was great getting a call from her. When I would call her I would say, "Granny Bowers," and she would say, "Yes," in a sweet, southern drawl. Uncle Art gave me her old Singer Sewing Machine, the treadle type. I have a doll she made as well as an afghan. She had a green thumb, according to her son Art, and people were known to say that she could stick a broomstick into the ground and something would sprout. Her son Carl Edward Bowers also has a green thumb. She had ten kids and used to wash clothes with a washboard in a No. 2 washtub and the kids would have to carry the tub to the porch and pour it out. She used the board until they bought a wringer washer. She always had three meals a day fixed and would always feed anyone down on their luck. A friend of Arts liked to eat at the Bower's house and he told his mom that, "Mrs. Bowers makes macaroni in a No. 2 washtub."(18 Sept. 2008) Granny Bowers said her Grandfather Grant, John Parker Grant, was a blacksmith and died of a brain hemorrhage. Her mother and father's house burned down and some boys set her Grandfather Grant's house on fire. It was rebuilt. Two boys saved her mother's sewing machine when their house burned.