Elijah ‘Lige’ Bowling was born on 22 Jan 1801 in Lee Co, VA, died on 20 Oct 1883 at age 82, and was buried in Bowling Cemetery, Green mount, Laurel County, KY.
General Notes: As per Harley Bowling’s “Bowling’s of Eastern Kentucky” Elijah Bowling was born on the Three Forks of the Powell River in Lee County, VA; and came to Kentucky with his father, Rev Jesse Bowling around 1809. Elijah is buried in the Bowling Cemetery, Green mount, Laurel Co, KY, near the Laurel/ Jackson County line off Hwy 30. Elijah was married three times. First on 3/18/1819 , to Susannah Roberts. Susannah’s parents were Jesse and Nancy Ander son Roberts, were also from Lee Co, VA. They settled in the Red Bird River territory of Clay Co around 1810. Elijah and Susannah had eight children before her death.
Elijah married 2nd on 11/13/ 1843 to Mary Ann Cobb when he was 42 years of age. Mary Ann Cobb Bowling and Elijah had five children before she died on the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River at the age of 40 years old on 8/ 5/1858.
Elijah’s 3rd wife Nancy Ann Bryant was born on 3 /15/ 1824 was the widow of James Centers of Morgan County, Kentucky. Elijah was 58 and Nancy Ann age 36 when they were married at Elijah’s home on the Middle Fork on 9 /20/1859. Nancy Ann died on May 21, 1904. There were no children from this marriage.
The history of Perry County shows that Elijah was an early Justice of the Peace and served a two year term as Sheriff 1844 – 1846.
Elijah, like his brothers was involved in buying / selling land.
200 acres – 19 May 1836 North Fork, Kentucky River Perry County
300 acres – 5 June 1840 Bowling’s Branch Perry County
400 acres – 31 Sept 1846 Middle Fork, Kentucky River Perry County
The 1849 tax list of Breathitt County shows
650 acres Crockettsville
50 acres Turkey Creek
Elijah and his family were residents of Breathitt County after its formation with the exception of his son, Elijah Bowling, Jr. He and the rest of h is family moved to Jackson County after the Civil War ended. His grandson n, Jason Walker Bowling states in the Dickey Diary that his grandfather, Elijah was baptized by Rev Daniel Duff. Jason further states that Elijah left Kentucky during the Civil War and stayed with his Uncle, David Penning ton in Lee County, Virginia.
Elijah and his family found a new home in Jackson County near his relatives in the Moore and Terrill’s Creek area off Hwy 20 near the Jackson / Laurel County line. He and his wife, Nancy became members of the United Baptist Church of Mt Pleasant in Laurel County in 1867. A large number of their family also became members of the same church.
Elijah married Susannah Roberts, daughter of Jesse Roberts and Nancy Anderson, on 18 Mar 1819. Susannah was born in 1799 in Clay Co, KY and died in 1850 in Clay Co, KY at age 51.
Children from this marriage were:
+21F i. Chaney Bowling was born on 10 Mar 1820 in Breathitt Co, KY. +22M ii. Jesse B Bowling was born on 14 Jan 1822 in Perry Co, Ky, died on 14 Sep 1878 in Laurel Co, KY at age 56, and was buried in Bowling Cemetery, Laurel Co, KY.
+23 M iii. Delaney Bowling was born on 7 Nov 1823
+24 M iv. William Robert Bowling was born in 1826 in Breathitt Co, KY and died before 1863.
+25 M v. Elijah Bowling Jr was born on 29 Feb 1828 in Clay Co, KY and died on 17 Feb 1908 in Stamper’s Fork, Canoe, Breathitt Co, KY at age 79.
26 F vi. Nancy Jane Bowling was born about 1829 in Perry Co, Ky.
Nancy married Larkin Murrell. Larkin was born in 1826.
27 M vii. Elisha Bowling was born on 23 Jun 1831 in Lee Co, VA.
Elisha married Elvira Crawford. Elvira was born on 24 Feb 1838.
Most of this information was given to me by one of the greatest researchers that ever lived, Harley Tucker Bowling. RIP my cousin, you are missed!