In the last year an e-mail to this list provided information about a slave owned by
Capt. David Bowles of Bourbon County Kentucky (died 1806 - was a Revolutionary War officer
from Virginia) named Molly who was 100 years old in 1860. She was conveyed to David's
second wife, Winnie Rice Bowles, the mother of David's last 3 children via the probate
of his Will in Bourbon County. I assumed Molly was still in the Bowles family and that
her last name was Bowles. The e-mail did not say when or where she died, only that she
was one of the oldest blacks living in 1860.
Is my recollection correct?
Charles Hartley <hartley(a)iglou.com> wrote:
Thomas Boles appears to have been the oldest by that surname living
in Kentucky in 1850.
1850 Federal Census: Kentucky, Cumberland County, Burksville
Elvin F. Boles - 51 M, farmer, VA
Polly Boles - 49 F, VA
Mary Boles - 7 F, KY
Thomas Boles - 80 M, VA
The next oldest was Stephen Bowles.
1850 Federal Census: Kentucky, Fleming County, District 1
Stephen Bowles - 72 M, farmer, VA
Mary Bowles - 61 F, KY
In the nation as a whole, three males who spelled their name as
Bowles share the oldest age according to census records:
Benjamin Bowles Sr. of Fluvanna County VA
John J. Bowles of Washington County MD
Stephen Bowles of Grafton County NH
All three are listed as 84.
Close behind at 83 is David Bowles of Cheshire County MA.
Of those who spell their names as Boles, James Boles of Overton
County TN is oldest at 87, with John Boles of Monroe County OH next
at 85. BTW, John was born in Ireland.
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