Charlie BOWDRE

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Bandit, burglar, crook, privateer

AmericanBorn Charles Meriwether BOWDRE

American cowboy and outlaw, he was an associate of Billy the Kid and member of his gang

Born on January 1, 1848 in Wilkes County, Georgia , United States

Died on December 23, 1880 in Stinking Springs, New Mexico , United States

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Bowdre was born in Wilkes County, Georgia. When he was three years old, he and his parents moved to Mississippi. By 1854, young Charlie started working in his father's farm, and as he grew up became an adept farmer. Much of what Bowdre did between the year in which his last sister was born (1863) and 1874, remains a mystery.



It is believed, however, that he abandoned the family's farm to become a wanderer. Records show that by 1874, he had arrived at Lincoln County, New Mexico. Bowdre became friends with Doc Scurlock during this time, and the two men opened a cheese factory on the Gila River. He also joined Scurlock on several posses during this period, pursuing cattle thieves and rustlers, on several occasions taking part in the lynching of those captured.

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