While I was in NC, I went looking for Ben's grave and this monument. Found
Ben's grave but the marker on the grave did not fit the description of this
marker, so I am trying to solve the mystery of the missing Rev. War marker.
From The Mocksville Enterprise, Mocksville, Davie Co. NC. April 19,
BOWLES GETS MONUMENT FOR NOTED ANCESTOR;
BE PLACED NEAR TROY
A. Lee Bowles of route 4 has received from the U. S. War department a
monument for his great, great grandfather, Benjamin Bowles, a pioneer of
Montgomery County and soldier in the Revolutionary War. The monument,
weighing 240 pounds, four feet high, 16 inches wide and 4 inches thick, will
placed on the grave in Bowles cemetery at Pekin, N. C. near Troy in
The family came from Ireland, then to Pennsylvania and thence to North
Carolina. Mr. Bowles was in Captain Brevards company during the
Revolutionary War and had a brother in the same company. After the war, he
was given a land grant in Montgomery as pay for his war services.
Mr. Bowles stated that his ancestor had about 10,000 descendants scattered
throughout 15 states, South America and Europe, some being very prominent.
There are about 200 of them in Davie, including such families as Angells,
Bowles, Summers, Dwiggins, and Barneycastles.
The pioneer of the clan had two sons which settled in Iredell County (NC) and
two in the western portion of the country. He had two sons who had 22 living
children, six grandsons and one great grandson serving in the Civil War.