Daughter Phoebe married Thomas Bowers ca. 1834. John Rockwell of Austin, Minn., chief conveyor of information on the Simmons Rockwell family previously had identified Thomas as a son of Azel Bowers of Franklin, Delaware Co., N.Y., and I included that in the book. After the 2nd edition went to print, however, he reported back that "I recently discoved a website that has a detailed geneaolgy of Azel Bowers and his brother, Daniel, in Franklin. And Thomas is not one of them." Furthermore, "Henry Egan Wright had no information on Thomas at all. Henry stated that his grandmother, Jane Elizabeth Bowers was born in 1843 in Norwich (Chenango Co.), N.Y. Jane married Henry Edwin Lawrence Wright. Their son, Henry Llewellyn Wright married Elizabeth Jane Egan and thereby became Henry's parents. Henry was born in 1904 in Utica, N.Y." John notes a number of Bowers families living in Chenango Co. Thomas could have been one of them.
Phoebe apparently was a widow living in Andes (Delaware Co.), N.Y. in 1840. From the census records, John has reconstructed the following children: Munroe (b.1835), Joseph (b.1836), Jane (b.1840), and one unidentified daughter. Yet Henry Wright though Jane was born in 1843--the same approximate time as the 17-year-old Maria found in 1860. Was Thomas Bowers simply away at the time of the census and not dead after all? Meanwhile, Kathryn Freize has a report of Thomas and Phoebe's children being as follows: Joseph (b.1836), Maria (b.1843), twins Peter and Munro (b.1844), and Elizabeth (b.1847). So further contemporary information on this family is needed.
Details on the breakup of Simmons Rockwell's third marriage, from John W. Rockwell:
Simmons and Parthenia�s marriage was not to last. They separated in January 1831. The rift was surely related to a major family scandal that is noted in the records of the Second Old School Baptist Church: On 21 January 1831, Parthenia went before its Board of Elders and charged Simmons with falsely accusing her of �plying him with opium, of leaving his bed while under the influence of the opium and engaging in intimate relations with other men, including his son.� The son was not identified, and John W. Rockwell notes that the known sons were out of the household by then. On that basis, the accusation was probably unmerited. Possibly there was another son that has never been detected, though this seems unlikely.