Class of 1881
Birth: October 2, 1865
Died: March 26, 1928, Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina
Daniel Barrier and
Margaret Mariah Boger Barrier
Spouse: Rev. William Spencer Bowman, D. D.
Marriage: August 18, 1896, Cabarrus Co., NC
Wiley A. Barrier
Martha J. Barrier
Augustus Cicero Barrier
Laura Isabelle Barrier
Sarah Elizabeth Barrier
Lawson Whitfield Barrier
Mary Ella Barrier
Daniel Dixon Barrier
David D. Barrier
Emma R. Barrier
George Louis Barrier, Sr.
Abstracts of the Lutheran Visitor, Dec. 22, 1888 – Sept. 8, 1904
Bowman, W. S. Rev. DD was recovering from four weeks of typhoid fever, Lutheran Visitor 10/24/1895, page 4; he married Miss Maggie Barrier on 8/18/1896 at Mt. Pleasant NC, Lutheran Visitor 8/27/1896, page 4 and Lutheran Visitor 9/3/1896, page 6; he was reported as very sick. He had a stroke of paralysis involving his right arm and leg. Lutheran Visitor 10/28/1897, page 4; he resigned his charge, Lutheran Visitor 12/9/1897 page 4; his letter of resignation printed in the paper. Lutheran Visitor 12/16/1897 page 5; about his farewell service; he will winter in FL, Lutheran Visitor 1/13/1898 page 4; he suffered a second stroke of paralysis, Lutheran Visitor 6/16/1898, page 4; only slightly improved he was visiting at Mt. Pleasant NC. They moved to be close to the relatives of his wife. Lutheran Visitor 11/10/1898, page 5
The Institute News (Mount Pleasant, NC), Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute (M. P. C. I.), April 1928
Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Bowman Pass Away on the Same Day
Mother and Aunt of M. P. C. I. Alumnus
The alumni and friends of the Collegiate Institute will be grieved to learn of the unexpected death of Mrs. Mary Ella Welsh and her sister, Mrs. Margaret Catherine Bowman, on Monday, March 26. These two ladies, mother and aut of Dennis B. Welsh, Class of 1906, were members of a family which has contributed much to the success of the school.
The Concord Daily Tribune of March 27 carried the following:
Mrs. Margaret Catherine Bowman, 62, and Mrs. Mary Ella Welsh 67, widowed sisters of Mt. Pleasant, died within a few hours of each other Monday, and incidentally their sad passage from this life occurred not only unexpectedly but also on the death anniversary of their father, the late Daniel Barrier and the husband of Mrs. Bowman, the late Dr. Bowman, Lutheran minister.
It is one of the mysteries of fate which wil go unexplained that these four members of a family passed beyond the veil on March 26. Dr. Bowman and Mr. Barrier died many years ago.
Endowed with affable and winsome personalities, and strong in their Christian faith, Mrs. Bowman and Mrs. Welsh were held in high esteem in Mt. Pleasant. Their deaths come as a shock and distinct loss to the community where they had lived many years of their useful and unselfish lives.
Double funeral services will be held from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, of which they were members, at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. W. Link, assisted by Rev. J. H. C. Fisher and Rev. B. S. Brown, the latter of China Grove, will officiate. Interment will be made in the Lutheran cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.
Nephews of the deceased sisters will be active pall bearers.
Died in Morganton
Mrs. Bowman died early Monday morning in a Morganton hospital where she had been under treatment for the past several weeks. The exact hour of her death is undetermined as she was found dead in bed between 4 and 5 o’clock in the morning.
Mrs. Bowman had been in declining health for the past twelve months. Her demise, however, was unexpected, and came as a blow to her sister, Mrs. Welsh, who was destined to pass away a few hours later. Apoplexy, it was said, hastened the passage of Mrs. Bowman.
Mrs. Bowman had no children.
Grief-stricken over her sister’s death, Mrs. Welsh bravely began making preparations for the burial of Mrs. Bowman. the body of Mrs. Bowman was to arrive in Mt. Pleasant early Monday evening.
Collapsing from the strain and shock after 8 o’clock, Mrs. Welsh passed away at 10:05 p.m. Death, it was stated, was due to a stroke of apoplexy which was brought on by the death of the sister earlier in the day.
Mrs. Welsh is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Row Webster, of Mt. Pleasant, aon one son, Dennis B. Welsh, of Salem, Va.
Surviving the deceased sisters is one brother, D. D. Barrier, of Mt. Pleasant.
Hundreds Attend Double Funeral of Aged Sisters
Mrs. Margaret C. Bowman and Mrs. Mary E. Welsh Laid to Rest Wednesday Afternoon
Mt. Pleasant, March 29 – Hundreds of friends and relatives attended the double funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Catherine Bowman, 62, and Mrs. Mary Ella Welsh, 67, widowed sisters of Mt. Pleasant, both of whom died Monday, at Holy Trinity Church Wednesday afternoon.
Rev. J. W. Link, in a brief but glowing eulogy characterized these beloved sisters as “faithful, unselfish Christians whose lives were useful and beautiful,” Assisting Rev. Link and rev. J. H. C. Fisher, of Mt. Pleasant, and Rev. J. L. Morgan, of Salisbury.
Scores of floral wreaths were sent by sorrowed friends, and these were banked on and about the graves in the church cemetery. The graves of the two deceased brothers separate the graves of the sisters.
Active pallbearers included nephews of the deceased sisters: Charles G. Lentz, Walter Miller, George L. Barrier, Gilbert Heilig, Howard Barrier and R. B. Lentz. Flower girls were: Misses Ruth Shirey, Virginia, Frances, and Geneva McAllister, Janie Dry, Annie Laura Dry, Rebecca Shankle, Martha Shirey, Helen Lentz, Marguerite Lentz, Mrs. Lester Smith, Mrs. Harry Foil, Mrs. G. F. McAllister and Mrs John M. Cook.
Mrs. Bowman died early Monday morning in a Morganton hospital, as stroke of apoplexy producing death. Shocked at the death of her sister, Mrs. Welsh, who during the day had made preparations for Mrs. Bowman;s funeral, became suddenly ill Monday night, dying at 10:05 o’clock. Apoplexy was also the cause of her death.
By strange coincidence it so happened that the death of these widowed sisters occurred on the same day of the month as the passages of their father, the late Daniel Barrier, and the husband of Mrs. Bowman, the late Dr. Bowman, a Lutheran minister. The latter died on March 26th about 27 years ago, while Mr. Barrier departed this life on March 26th about 40 years ago.