BOWLES-D Digest Volume 00 : Issue 255
Subject: BOWLES IN OK.
Date: 20 Aug 00 07:13:01 +0000
From: "Donnie Fowler" <dfowler(a)eldoradoschools.org>
LACEY CEMETERY, LACEY OK.
JOHN A. BOWLES 1841-1920, HIS WIFE MARY E. (HALL) 1846-1917
MABEL G. WIFE OF ARTHUR BOWLES DIED AUG. 4, 1903 AGED 20 YEARS, 2 M., 16 DAYS
DAISY B. JAN 3. 1881-OCT. 13, 1911 AND JOHN K. BOWLES SEPT. 23, 1876-OCT. 5, 1961
Here's some additional information on the family mentioned above.
Arthur BOWLES, mentioned on the gravestone as the husband of Mabel G.
(WOOD) BOWLES, was my grandfather.
John Andrew BOWLES (1841Jul26-1920Dec29) was a son of Joseph BOWLES (b.
1809Sep06 in the Cane Ridge area near Paris, Bourbon Co., KY; d.
1870Oct19 southeast of Beason, Logan Co., IL; bur. in Old Union
Cemetery, Tunbridge Township, DeWitt Co., IL) & Rebecca GREEN (b.
1808Oct22 in Bourbon Co., KY; d. after 1885 in Sedgwick Co., KS).
John Andrew BOWLES was born July 26, 1841 in DeWitt County, Illinois.
At the time of John's birth, the family was living on land that his
father had entered on March 15, 1831. That land is now part of Barnett
Township [Township 20 North, Range 1 East], DeWitt County, Illinois:
"the NE one-fourth of the NW one-fourth of Section 36" (Brink, McDonough
& Co., 1882, History of DeWitt County, Illinois). In 1847 (following
the death on December 28, 1846 of John A. Bowles's grandfather, Hughes
Bowles), John's father, Joseph Bowles, moved to section 2 of
Aetna Township [Township 19 North, Range 1 West], Logan County,
Illinois. This is southeast of Beason, IL. Although I have not yet
confirmed it with land records in Lincoln, IL, I believe that the
farmhouse which Joseph BOWLES and his family occupied is still standing,
occupied, and in good repair: 1450 2275th Ave., Beason, IL 62512 (North
40 degrees 7' 43.8", West 89 degrees 10' 4.4"). John A. Bowles later
reported that he had moved to Logan County "about 1847" (Donnelley,
Loyd, & Co., 1878, History of Logan County, Illinois: Its Past and
Present, p. 443). This farmhouse was probably built by Joseph Bowles,
and it is the probable birthplace of the eight children of John Andrew
Bowles (1841Jul26-1920Dec29) and Mary E. Hall (1846Jan17-1917Feb18):
Charles H. Bowles (1865Jul15-1887Oct22), Joseph Warren Bowles "Warren"
(1867Mar01-1951May05), Ora Frances (Bowles) Suit "Ora"
(1868Nov29-1946Jan12), Alva Martin Bowles "Alvy" (1870Mar26-1940Mar27),
Ida Florence (Bowles) Johnson "Ida" (1872Jan31-1968Dec), John K. Bowles
(1876Sep23/1876Oct23-1961Oct05), Albert Byron Bowles "Byron"
(1878Sep23-1938Apr08), and Arthur Garfield Bowles "A.G."
In August 1862, during the U.S. Civil War, John, then 21, had cared for
wounded soldiers at the Second Battle of Manassas as a member of
Illinois Company E, Unit 68, Infantry--his last name recorded as Boles,
and the nearby town of Clinton, IL listed as his residence.
On October 20, 1864, John A. Bowles (1841Jul26-1920Dec29) wed Mary E.
Hall (1846Jan17-1917Feb18), the daughter of Greenberry W. HALL
(1820Aug22-1856Dec31) & Mary Achsah ELY (1820Sep17-). The wedding in
1864 almost certainly took place in the Old Union Christian Church,
Barnett Township, DeWitt County, Illinois; John's grandfather, Hughes
Bowles (b. 1786Mar05 in Goochland Co., VA; d. 1846Dec28 in DeWitt Co.,
IL), was the first minister to preach in that church, which was still
standing in 1882, when it was featured in Brink, McDonough, & Company's
History of DeWitt County, Illinois (1882). Mary E. Hall's paternal
great grandfather was "Mahlon Hall, a Virginian, [who] settled on
section 33 in Township 20 [North] Range 1 East [Barnett Township, DeWitt
County, IL] in 1830, was in 1839 the largest landholder in the county,
owning 1200 acres of land, valued at $4600.00, died in 1856" (Brink,
McDonough, & Co., 1882, History of DeWitt County, Illinois). Mary E.
Hall's maternal grandparents were Solomon ELY (1798May13-1869), who was
born in Virginia, and his wife Rachael Turner (1800Jul14-). Following
their marriage on 1818Aug27 in Harlan Co., KY, Solomon and Rachel were
living in Tennessee when their daughter Mary Achsah Ely was born; they,
too, had settled in Barnett Township, DeWitt County, Illinois [east half
of the southeast one-fourth of Section 26, Township 20 North,
Range 1 East].
Circa 1868, John A. Bowles (then 27 years old), while farming 160 acres
in section 2 of Aetna Township, Beason Post Office, Logan County,
Illinois, also began serving as "school director"--a post which he
continued at least through 1878 (Donnelley, Loyd, & Co., 1878, History
of Logan County, Illinois: Its Past and Present, p. 443). William F.
Bowles, one of John's older brothers, had previously held the post of
school director. The site of the "Bowles School," located at
approximately North 40 degrees 7' 27.1", West 89 degrees 10' 7.3", is
still evident because frost heaves in the farm field annually bring up
remnants of the structure (fragments of bricks, windows, and old desks).
Around 1882, John A. Bowles, Mary E. (Hall) Bowles, and their children
moved to the vicinity of Mulvane, Sumner County, Kansas.
1889-1890. Land just west of Lacey, Kingfisher County, Indian
Territory, to which the Bowles family moved in 1890, was distributed in
the April 22, 1889 Land Rush. No Bowles-surname households were
recorded in the 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census of Kingfisher County,
which indicates that the family moved from Kansas after the land rush of
April 22, 1889 and after the 1890 census was taken.
The 50th wedding anniversary of John Andrew Bowles and Mary Elizabeth
(Hall) Bowles was celebrated on October 20, 1914 (The Ames, Oklahoma
Enterprise, October 29, 1914). [The "6" and "4" of their 1864
date were erroneously transposed to 1846 in the History of Logan County,
Illinois: Its Past and Present (Donnelley, Loyd, & Co., 1878, p. 443).]
Gary Glen Price
6409 Keelson Drive
Madison, WI 53705-4370