Edward P. Bowdre (wife: Mary Ross)
I am not related to this family but will post this information to the benefit of those researching the Ross family line.
BIOGRAPHY & PORTRAIT FOUND:
Mary (Ross) Bowdre Banks, author, born in Macon GA 4th March 1846. On her father's side she is from Scotch ancestry.Her grandfather, Luke Ross, was a man of large wealth for his day, and had a sumptuously appointed home, the furniture of which was hauled in wagons from New York City to North Carolina.A man of unblemished integrity, having stood security for a friend and lost, he sacrificed all his possessions and moved to Jones Co., GA, when the present beautiful city of Macon was a small trading port.Mrs. Bank's father, John Bennett Ross, was one of seven brothers and three sisters.The Ross brothers clung together and established themselves in trade about the year 1832.A talent for business and the clannish Scotch blood that kept them together resulted in a splendid commercial success.There were changes in the course of time, some of the brothers embarking in other kinds of business, but John B. Ross continued in the wholesale and retail dry goods and planters' supply business til the end of his days and made so large a fortune that he was known as "the merchant prince of the South".His home was the center of elegant entertainment, and his children were reared in luxury.He was married three times.His first wife was a Miss Holt; his second, Martha Redding, descended from the Lanes and Flewellens, was the mother of Mrs. Banks; and his third wife, a charming woman who still survives him, is a sister of Judge L.O.C. Lamar, of the Supreme Court of the United States.Mrs. Banks was educated in Wesleyan Female College in Macon, GA and in the private school of Mrs. Theodosia Bartow Ford.She was married at age seventeen years to Edward P. Bowdre of Macon, at that time a captain in the Confederate army. She went to the army with her husband and did noble service in the hospitals.At twenty-five years of age, whe was a widow with three sons, and much of the fortune that should have been hers dissipated by the hazard of war and the scarcely less trying period of reconstruction.In June 1875 she was married to Dr. J.T. Banks, of Griffin GA, a gentleman of high standing socially and professionally and lived with him in unclouded happiness for four years, when she was again a widow...
I have more of the biography if interested, which mentions her published works, etc., as well as an electronic portrait.