I have a book written by Linda Carriger Dillow that gives info on lavica Bowers.
It goes as follows: Lavica Bowers born around 1823 namesake of Lavicy Ward Carriger.
Lavica Bowers married Joseph Paxton in late 1830's. Joseph was from virginia. One child prior to leaving Tn and migrating west. They settled in jackson Co. Mo.
Lavica Joseph remained in Missouri appear in the 1850 jackson Co census, some members of the Bowers family who remained in Mo moved into Platte Co Mo by 1850
Lavica Bowers joseph Paxton known children:
Elizabeth Paxton born in Tn about 1838
Sally f Paxton born in Mo around 1839
Zara Paxton born around 1844 in Mo
John M Paxton born around 1847 in Mo
Eliza Paxton born about 1850 in Mo
Hope this is of some help..I have also run across a very nice lady whose husband is a Bowers descendent...
they live in Missouri and maybe able to help you further her email adrs is firstname.lastname@example.org
and I am sure
she would love to hear from you.