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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
Bowes, Eilley


By mid-1840 she was at the Mormon colony of Nauvoo, Illinois. She married a church elder and they journeyed to Salt Lake City. When her husband decided to build a harem, Eilley divorced him, married again and soon moved to Carson Valley near the as yet undiscovered Comstock lode. Again she divorced and began to wash clothes and cook for miners. In exchange for an unpaid bill she accepted a ten-foot claim which turned out to be a section of a silver-rich vein. Another of her lodgers, Sandy Bowers, held an adjacent claim. They married and their joint claim yielded $50,000 annually. She built a $300,000 mansion ten miles from Comstock. In the 1860's the claim worked out, Sandy died, and the Queen of the Comstock left for the California coast and became a fortune teller.

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