Pioneer Certificates were issued in 1976 for proof of
Early Pioneers of Adams Co., Illinois, for the following
A partial biography of the Bowles Families, written by J.
M. Bowles [Joseph M.] of Petaluma, Sonoma Co., Ca., March
For information of my children and relatives who may
be interested in knowing, I hereby give to them a condensed
biography of the old settlers, which I have obtained through
the older members of the Bowles Families, to whom we are
In the early settlement of the U.S., there were three
Bowles brothers who imigrated from England to America. One
of the brothers settled in one of the New England states,
one in Pennsylvania and one in Virginia.
The late Samuel Bowles, conductor of the Springfield
Republican was of the New England branch. We are off-
spring of the Virginia branch.
My great-grandfather David and my grandfather Jesse
Bowles resided in Rockingham Co., Va., and after the close
of the Revolutionary War they moved with their families
to Bourbon Co., Ky., and settled in the neighborhood known
as Cane Ridge.
My grandfather Jesse Bowles married Hannah Perkins and
to them were born 10 children [to wit] David, Elizabeth,
Stephen, Sally, Jesse [my father], Hughes, Anderson, Robert,
Joseph and Mourning. All of my father's brothers and sis-
ters died in Bourbon Co., Ky., except Uncle Hughes and
Uncle Joseph. Uncle Joseph was killed and scalped by the
Indians at the Battle of River Raisin, after the surrender
of the Kentucky British forces in 1813. Uncle Hughes and
and family moved to Illinois from Bourbon Co., Ky., in
1830 and settled in DeWitt Co., on Salt Creek. Uncle
Hughes died in the forties leaving a large family by his
first and second wives. One of his sons by his 1st. wife,
Walter, was a celebrated preacher.
Of the old Kentucky stock of Bowles families all are
either dead or have imigrated to the other states, with
the exception of Socrates [ a son of Uncle Robert Bowles]
and is the only male inhabitant now left in Bourbon Co.,
Ky., by the name of Bowles.
Illinois and Missouri has been the general dumping
ground of the Bowles fraternity, although Texas and Kansas
carry a small representation of some of the off-spring of
the old stock.
My father, Jesse Bowles, was born near Richmond, Va.,
in 1782. My mother's maiden name was Chloe Parker. She
had two brothers, Capt. Jack and Archibald Parker, who
served in the War of 1812. The Parkers also settled in
Kentucky at an early date. My father and mother were
married at Cane Ridge, Bourbon Co., Ky., in 1805 and to
them seven children were born [to wit] Holman in 1806,
Elizabeth, 1808 [who died in infancy], Eliza in 1810,
Drusilla in 1812, Augustin E., in 1815, Joseph M., in 1817
and America in 1821. Holeman married Selina Wilson, a
half sister to the late John and James Nichols, in 1827.
Eliza married Beuford Morris in 1830, Drusilla married
Coleman Talbot in 1830, all in Kentucky. In October 1830
my father and all the family moved to Adams Co., Illinois
and settled near Quincy.
To be continued...............