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John Ross BOOKER
Elizabeth COWDEN
Louisa B. TARVER
Husband:  John Ross BOOKER
Birth:  11 Nov 1839, Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN
Death:  2 Dec 1922, Lexington, Cleveland Co., OK
Disposition:  buried Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Cleveland Co., OK 
Military Service:  Civil War: 
Father:  Phillip BOOKER
Mother:  Martha PURCELL
Marriage-1:  1 Feb 1860, Sullivan Co., IN
Divorce-1:  Feb Court, 1864
Wife-1:  Elizabeth "Eliza" COWDEN
Birth:  1837/8, IN presumably Sullivan Co., IN
Death:  26 Jan 1920, Rushville, Buchanan Co., MO
Disposition:  buried Rushville, Buchanan Co., MO 
Other Child:  Effie B. BOOKER, b. 1872/3, IN
Father:  John COWDEN
Mother:  Sarah CARRICO

The "E.B." appearing with Elizabeth in the 1880 census and called, "daughter," wouldn't appear to be John's daughter, given that she was born eight or nine years after John and Elizabeth divorced.  So, was Effie illegitimate?  Or did Elizabeth adopt her?

Marriage-2:  bef. 1867, Enterprise, Newton Co., MS
Wife-2:  Louisa B. TARVER
Children with Elizabeth COWDEN:
John and Elizabeth were not married until Feb 1860, so while I'll grant they had the twin girls in May of 1860, I doubt they had a child in 1857, which is supported by the fact that they have no children in the 1860 census.  Or did they have an illegitimate child together before they married?
  0.  John A. BOOKER, b. 8 Dec 1857
  1.  Sarah Jane BOOKER, b. 19 May 1860
  2.  Mary Jane BOOKER, b. 19 May 1860
  3.  Charles Wesley BOOKER, b. 26 May 1863
Children with Louisa TARVER:
  4.  Phillip Washington BOOKER, b. 12 Mar 1867, Sullivan Co., IN; d. 1 Apr 1946, Lexington, OK
  5.  Cora May BOOKER, b. 22 Mar 1869, Sullivan Co., IN; m. Albert TADLOCK
  6.  Harvey Payton BOOKER, b. 30 Nov 1871, Greene Co., IN; d. 1937, Lexington, OK
  7.  Theodocia Ann "Dosia" BOOKER, b. 8 Mary 1877; d. bef. 1880
  8.  Lucinda Elizabeth BOOKER, b. 8 Mar 1878; d. 6 Jan 1919; m. Frank CHANDLER
  9.  John L. BOOKER, b. 10 Jul 1882, Bell Co., TX; d. 3 Apr 1946, Bridgeport, TX
10.  Arthur Patrick BOOKER, 18 Jul 1883, Bell Co., TX
11.  Elmer Marcus BOOKER, b. 30 Jan 1891, Bell Co., TX; d. 3 Dec 1943, Lexington, OK; m. Elba E. WALLACE
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

Sources:

1.  Marriage Index:  Indiana, 1851-1900 (Broderbund CD-243):
Booker, John Cowden, Elizabeth 30 Jan 1860 Sullivan Co.
This must be the license or bond date; the IGI says they were married 1 Feb 1860.

2.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #32 of 51):  Carlisle P.O., Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN, Roll M653_298, p. 738, PN 32, 223/223, enumerated 15 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
Reason Carico Sr 68 M   farmer 3000 750 Ky
Elizabeth 55 F         do
Elizabeth Booker 20 F         Ind
John Booker 20 M         do
Reason and Elizabeth (ENGLE) CARRICO are Elizabeth (COWDEN) BOOKER's grandparents. 

3.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #53 of 57):  Merom P.O., Hadden [Haddon] Twp., Sullivan Co., IN, Roll 361, p. 119A, PN 53, enumerated 28 Jul 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1870:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 15 16 17 19
395 372 Carrico Reason 76 M W Retired Farmer Kentucky   / / /
    _______ Elizabeth 73 F W Retired Life "   / /  
    Booker Elizabeth 32 F W Keeping house Indiana /      
    ______ Sarah J 10 F W   "        
    ______ Mary J 10 F W   "        
    ______ Charles W  7 M W   " /      
Reason and Elizabeth (ENGLE) CARRICO are Elizabeth (COWDEN) BOOKER's grandparents. 

4a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 27):  Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN, Roll T9-0313, p. 585B, PN 10, SD 4, ED 327, enumerated 8 June 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 13 24 25 26
86 86 Booker Eliz W F 41 Wife   / Hs wrk Ind Ind Ind
    ______ E B W F  7 Dau /   "  " " " "
Who is E.B.'s father?

4b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 27):  Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN, Roll T9-0313, p. 585B, PN 10, SD 4, ED 327, enumerated 8 June 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 13 24 25 26
87 87 Booker M J W F 20   /   Hs wrk Ind Ind Ind
    ______ S J W F 20 Sis /   " " " "
    ______ C W W M 17 Bro /   Far " " "
    Cox Sarrah W F 58 Mother   / Hs wrk " Ky Ky
Sarah (CARRICO) COWDEN COX is the children's maternal grandmother, not their mother.

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900

7.  1910

8.  1920

9.  The Booker Family by George H. Drennon (Home Page at RootsWeb.com).

10.  Email from Ann Gupta (15 Jan 2001) thank you for clearing up the mysteries, Ann!
The 1890 Special Census of Union Veterans of the Civil War lists John R. Booker as living in Echo, Bell County, Texas.  John R. enlisted into the US Army on July 1, 1861, in Bloomfield, Indiana, with the rank of private.  He served in Company C of the 21st Regiment of Indiana Infantry under Captain William Bough.  He was discharged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 1, 1864.  He reenlisted in the Company C 1st Indiana Artillery and served until December 15, 1866, when he mustered out in Baton Rouge. 

According to the pension questionnaire on June 15, 1898, John Ross was born on November 11, 1839, in Carlisle, Indiana.  It also states that he was married to Elizabeth Cowden in February 1859 and divorced in the February term of Court, 1864.

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