In a message dated 1/29/2007 12:53:46 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Benjamin Boles, age 83, West Pee Dee River, Montgomery County, North
Carolina (with Benjamin Boles)
Benjamin Boles is listed as Benjamin Bowles on his pension
application digitized on Heritage Quest. In it, a Mrs. Edna Bowles
Bates of West LaFayette, Indiana received a response to her inquiry
about Benjamin in 1934.
Charlie & list,
I just thought I would add (in case anyone joins the list looking for this
guy) that the Benjamin Bowles/Boles in Montgomery Co. NC is my ancestor. He
died in Montgomery Co. around 1844 and is buried there. Prior to settling in
Montgomery Co., NC, he was in Franklin Co., NC along with a William
Bowles/Booles (m. Sally Bevin) who may have been Benjamin's brother. This William
Bowles migrated after the Revolution to Georgia.
The name was variously spelled Bowles and Boles in earlier records; however,
late 19th and 20th century records show this family consistently as Bowles.
My memory is a little vague on this but I think I found Edna Bowles Bates
some time back in early 20th century census records. And I believe I concluded
that she was not actually a part of this Benjamin's line and was, instead,
part of the Sarah Bowles line out of Person Co., NC.
I also have information in my files on the Thomas Bowles in Orange Co., NC.
So far, I have not been able to connect my line to that group of Bowles. I
wish someone from that line would sign up for the Bowles DNA project. Thomas
in his pension application firmly established that his family came south to
NC from PA, and that fact could shed light on migration patterns for any
Bowles line that could connect to him.
(Bowles DNA project #29557)