I cannot recall the original source of this information, but I have attached all that I had in hopes that interested parties can research further on this subject matter. The Bolling/ Bowling and various spellings have thought to have had their surname changed many times. The original spelling is thought to have been Boulogne, De Bolling, Bolling, Bowling, and various other family spellings. this is interesting reading.
These stats were gathered after I read the book, “The Bowling Name in History” by Ancestry. I have listed some of the most interesting numbers:
- Hannah Bowling b. 28 Apr 1786 Lee Co., VA d. 1841 m. Nelson Gay m. Leonard Huff
- Mary “Polly” Bowling b. 1 Mar 1788 VA/NC d. aft 1880 Perry Co., KY m. Abraham Barger
- John S. Bowling b. 1789 Hawkins Co., TN d. 26 Jul 1838 Krypton, Perry Co., KY m. Mary Lewis
- Justice Tucker Bowling b. 1790 Wilkes Co., NC d. 1880 Perry Co., KY m. Hanna Reed
- Rachel Bowling b. abt 1792 m. Joseph Reason
- Elizabeth Bowling b. 1 Apr 1794 Hawkins Co., TN d. Feb 1866 Jackson Co., KY m. Abel Pennington
- Eliajah “Lige” Bowling b. 22 Jan 1798 Lee Co., VA d. 22 Oct 1883 m. 1 – Susanna Roberts m. 2 – Mary Ann Keen m.3 – Nancy Ann Bryant
- Jesse Bowling, Jr. b. abt 1800 d. bet 1848-1850 Breathitt Co., KY m. 1 – Nancy Dewees m. 2 – Winifred Lewis
- Margaret “Patsy” Bowling b. 1804 Lee Co., VA m. 1 – Joseph Spencer m. 2. – ? Maggard
- William “Priimpy Bill” Bowling b. abt 1806 Lee Co., VA m. Deborah Duff
- Nancy Bowling b. abt 1808 Lee Co., VA or KY m. Edward Begley
- George Bowling b. abt 1810 m. Phoebe Lewis
- Jesse’s oldest son from his first marriage was John E. Bowling b. 1777 Wilkes Co., NC d. aft 1839 m. Susan Sizemore
The Bowling Name in History
Timeline in History
1840– 110 Bowling Families with most living in Kentucky. (21).
1861-1865– 163 Bowling Union Soldiers and 358 Confederate Soldiers.
1880– Top Bowling US Occupations- Keeping house, farmer, laborer, at home.
1881 England– Most Bowling residents lived in Lancashire and Yorkshire Counties
1900-1170 Bowling Families with most living in KY, average household size 5.34
1914-1918 World War I- 1,565 Bowling draft registrants, with most registering in KY.
1920- 1844 Bowling households of which 44 percent owned home, 70 % of these individuals were literate.
1939-1945 World War II- 895 Bowling soldiers joined the US Army.
Today– Most Bowling families in US live in Kentucky and Ohio.
1821-1948– Most Bowling immigrants to US came from England, Ireland, and Canada.
1945– Most Bowling Immigrants to the US arrived in 1945. The Queen Mary was the most common ship that Bowling immigrants sailed on.
Ships the Bowings Sailed On:
Queen Mary-20 ppl Adriatic- 8ppl
Leviathan- 16 ppl Baltic- 8 ppl.
Queen Elizabeth- 15 ppl
Britannic- 14 ppl
Cedric- 11 ppl
City of Limerick- 9 ppl
General Maurice Rose- 9 ppl
Majestic- 9 ppl
1840 Fun Facts
US population was 17,069,000
Inventions: Sewing machine, vulcanized rubber
Most popular spectator event: Horse racing
10- hour work day was established.
States with the most Bowling Households in 1840-
Bowling Households in Kentucky
Early Kentucky inhabitants included members of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Shawnee Indian Tribes. Daniel Boone established the first English-speaking settlement in the area in 1775. Kentucky became a state in 1792. The 1820 Missouri Compromise confirmed its status as a slave state. Kentucky’s 1840 population was 780,000 including 190,000 people of African descent.
1880- Did you know?
US Population- 50,155,783.
Residents born outside the US: 5,248,568
Teacher’s salary monthly: male- 71.50 and female: 54.50 per month
Life expectancy was 39.6 years
Bike Ownership- 50,000
Miles of Railroad track- 87,000
States with most Bowlings in 1880
Did you know?
Most common Bowling Civil War Ranks at discharge.
1st Lieutenant: 7
Most Common Bowling Civil War Units
17th Virginia Cavalry: 11
Capt. Cooper’s company- Virginia Light Artillery: 7
16th Virginia Cavalry: 5
24th Virginia Infantry: 5
30th Virginia Infantry: 5
Most common Civil War Enlistment Day, Month and Year for Bowling’s
Did you know? The average workday was 10 hours. People were generally paid in cash, but some received wages on a weekly or even monthly basis. Employee’s like grinders, carpenters, engineers, and laborers were paid between $1.00-$3.00 per day.
$1.00 in 1880 was equal to $2.55 in 1950 and $17.83 in 2000.
Did you know?
World War Two Draft Registration for the Bowlings family “ Old Man’s Registration.
Did you know the fourth registration often refer to as the old man’s generation was conducted on 27 April 1942 to register men who were born on or before 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897, consisting of men who were between the ages of 45 and 64 years old and who were not already in the military. This registration is the only World War Two draft registration that is currently available to the public. The other registrations are not available due to privacy laws.
Bowling’s draft registration by age-( fourth registration only)
Age of the youngest registrant was 45 years old
Age of the oldest bowling registrant was 64
The average age of the bowling registrant was 54.
Remember, this is only the “Old Man Registration.”
World War I Draft Registration:
Did you know in 1917 and 1918 approximately 24,000,000 U.S. men registered for the draft the total population at that time was more than 100,000,000 if you have family in the U.S. during world war one you are likely to find information in the large draft registration card collection.
The registration cards contained names, dates and significant genealogical information such as birthplace and citizenship status.
Most common Bowling locations of employment when registering for world War I :
Clay County with 93 Bowling’s
Nelson County with 40 Bowling’s
Mercer County had 37 Bowling’s
Leslie County had 36 Bowling’s
Carter County had 32 Bowling’s.
Did you know?
The US population was 106,521,537
The average car price was $295.
The average household income was $1236 per year.
The life expectancy for a male was 53.6 years and female was 54.62 years
The unemployment rate was 5.2%.
The illiteracy rate was 6%.
The states with the most Bowling households in the 1920s where Kentucky with 453, Virginia 168, Tennessee 138, West Virginia 102, Missouri 94.
Source: Ancestry Bowling Book of Facts.
Benjamin Bolling was born June 30, 1734 and died January 10,1832 in Flat Gap, Wise County, Virginia. He married Patty Phelps on June 20,1753 in Albermarle County, Virginia. Patty was born in 1736 in Albermarle County. Patty died on March 8, 1767 during childbirth with her daughter Elizabeth, in Rowan County, North Carolina. Benjamin later married Charity Larimore in 1768. Charity was born in 1734, and died in Flat Gap Wise County, Virginia. She is buried along side of Benjamin Bolling. This is where the brick wall usually starts for the Bowling DNA Group 5.
Rev. Jessie Bowling was born on May 22, 1758 in Orange, Hillsboro, North Carolina and died March 10,1841 in Quicksand Creek, Breathitt County Kentucky. He married first Polly Green, in 1776 in Wilkes County , Va. and she died just two years later, they had no children. He later married Mary Elizabeth Pennington on January 6, 1785 in Wilkes County North Carolina. She is the daughter of Micager Pennington and Nancy Jones. Mary was born on November 18,1765 in Grayson County, Va and died March 21, 1843 in Qucksand Creek, Breathitt County Kentucky. Together Jessie and Mary had 11 children.
Elijah “Lige” Bowling, son of Rev. Jessie Bowling was born on January 22, 1798 in Lee County, Va. and died on October 20, 1883 in Laurel County, KY. Lige married Susannah “Sookie” Roberts on March 18, 1819 in Clay County, Ky. Sookie was the daughter of Jesse Roberts and Nancy Anderson. She was born 1800 in Va.
Jesse Boyd Bowling, the son of Elijah Bowling and Susan Baker Born in 1830 had a son Jason Walker Baker Bowling, who was born on July 15, 1848 and died on February 25, 1911 in Fogertown, Clay County, Ky. Oral history in our family says that Jesse and Susan were not married when Jason, (some spellings are Jacient) was born. Susan’s father took the baby and told Jesse that he better do right by the baby and so he then later married Susan and they raised Jason together.
Jason Walker Bowling was the father to my great grandfather Albert Sidney Bowling. Jason married Kettie Bowling, daughter of Christopher Bowling and Elizabeth Cornett. She was born on January 5, 1854 and died June 11, 1916. I have notes that say that Jason later married a Hampton, but I am still looking into that, for Kettie died five years after Jason.
Albert Sidney Bowling married Callie Bell Spicer, who was the daughter of Anderson R. Bowling, “Big Ance” and Nancy E. Baker. They were not married when Callie was born on March 15, 1878 and died on June 20, 1921. According to the 1880 federal census, Callie’s mother Nancy was married to Sutton Moore, and on the census Sutton, aka as Elijah, was listed as her father. Nancy married Big Ance a few years later, and had a few more children. Anderson was married to a Hacker, and the oral history of their family states that Anderson had two boys with Ms. Hacker, and he took the boys and she never saw them again. Albert died on December 13, 1922 of pulmonary Tuberculosis. Callie had preceded him by six months, it is unknown to me how Callie died, for I am still trying to locate her death certificate.
Albert and Callie were cousins, Elijah Bowling had two sons, Jesse who was on the paternal side and Delaney who was on the maternal side. Jesse and Delaney were brothers.
Albert’s parents had 9 children, Margaret, Eliza, John, Lucinda, Albert, Jesse, Amanda,Taylor and Chester. I have notes that lead me to believe that Chester may be the son of the Ms. Hampton and Jason Walker Bowling, mentioned earlier. Kettie had her children ranged from 1873 to 1885, and Chester was born in 1896 making that an eleven year span between the last two.
Albert and Callie Bowling had 5 children, Earl, Thomas, Maude, Nancy and Wilson Pershing Bowling. Wilson the baby was born in 1919, and was the baby of the family. When Callie got sick, and died; Albert only survived for six months afterwards. I was told that the children were split up, and Wilson “Wick”, my grandfather was sent to an orphanage in Ohio, where his sister Maude worked. Maud died at the age of 27 years old from TB as well, like her father. So I am only assuming that Callie died from it as well.
Recently dove into the Baker Family doing some research of the connections between the two
families, and wow…. They go back a long Way! I had hit a brick wall with Benjamin Bowling Sr, without proof if he was a descendant to Col. Robert Bolling. I found another connection with his daughter Mollie Bowling who married Andrew Baker. This ties me by blood through Jason Walker Bowling. He was the son of Jesse B. Bowling and Susan Baker. (They were not married).
|Owsley County was formed in 1843 from portions of Clay, Breathitt, and Estill Counties and was named for Governor William Owsley. Owsley County was Kentucky’s 96th county. Parts of Owsley County were used to form Jackson County in 1858 and Lee County in 1870.
The first settlers in Owsley County were John Renty Baker and John Abner. They first settled in 1780 near the present Clay County line at Courtland. The exact year of their settlement is unknown, however, a gravestone found in a cemetery in Upper Buffalo Creek reads, “Milly, wife of John Abner, died March 1846.”
John Renty Baker and his sons, who were all gunsmiths, also invented and developed hand operated machines to cut the rifle barrels. John Renty’s father, Robert Baker, developed the rifle that became known as the “Kentucky Rifle”.
John Renty Baker was known as one of the “Long Hunters”, spending more than a year at a time in the forests of Tennessee and Kentucky trapping and hunting. In “The Conquest of the Old Southwest”, it is stated that in 1766 John Baker hunted with Daniel Boone’s brother-in-law, John Stewart. He lived on the Green River among the Cherokees in what is now Kentucky and made trips down the Cumberland River to Spanish Natchez to sell their furs.
After the death of his wife, John Renty Baker became a recluse and lived in a rockhouse near the mouth of Buffalo Creek and died there in 1820. He fathered at least 21 children that are documented.
The Bakers are the source of many colorful stories. The were involved in one of the longest and bloodiest family feuds in U.S. history which began in 1943 when Dr. Thomas Baker (a grandson of Julius Bob) shot John Bales. Dr. Baker and John Bales were both married to daughters of John White and the two young couples became more intimate than is usual in this mountain country. Dr. Baker became insanely jealous of his wife and Bales. Finally in a fit of rage, he deserted her and began suit for divorce but suddenly withdrew it. He went to the salt works, where Bates worked in Manchester, called him to the door and shot him with an old-fashioned “pepper box” pistol. Bates died, but while he was dying he cursed Baker and authorized $10,000 from his estate to be used toward the capture and conviction Baker. The feud lasted for 59 years and took over 100 lives before it ended.
The first settler in the City of Booneville was James Moore, Sr. The site of their home is located just outside of Booneville in front of Booneville Homes apartments. James Moore, Jr., son of James Moore, Sr., built a two room cabin on the opposite side of the river from his parents. This home still stands, although it has been remodeled through the years, and is owned by Mayor Charles Long and his wife.
The Moore’s land included all of Booneville, east across the South Fork River and toward Lerose. The community was known as Moore’s Station and was later named Booneville after Daniel Boone. James Moore, Jr. was the first postmaster. Elias Moore donated land for a seat for the new county in 1843 and the town was incorporated Booneville in 1846. The Owsley Court House Post Office opened in 1844 and was renamed Booneville in 1846. In 1858, Owsley County lost some of it’s territory to Jackson County and in 1860 to Wolfe County. In 1870, when Lee County was formed, again Owsley County lost some of its territory.
The Moores, Bowmans, Bakers, Gabbards, and Reynolds were the first permanent settlers.
Most land patents came from Virginia. The three types included military service, grants from settlement or preemption, or warrants from the treasury. There are still families here who have their original land grants.
In January 1929, and again on January 5, 1967, there were courthouse fires. All records were lost in the 1929 fire.
|For more information contact:
Ronnie Callahan, Jr. – Chairman
Booneville/Owsley County Industrial Authority
P.O. Box 637 · Booneville, KY 41314
Phone: 606-593-6800 · Fax: 606-593-7700
Williams set opposite the judge so as to maintain order while A.C. Lyttle the attorney argued for a change of venue, but Judge Cook who had came up from Pineville to oversee the proceedings called a recess, and on going outside Tom thanked T.T. Garrard for being there on his behalf, Tom, Jim and Wiley ate dinner at the Potter House, smoked for awhile and returned to court. Attorney A.C. Lyttle made a passionate plea for a change of venue again to Judge Cook, he also pointed out that the county was under control of the Whites and Howards, he added there would be bloodshed if Baker went on trial for killing a White in Manchester.
In 1856 the Garrard’s backed John Bowling for jailer he won but, within six months was found shot to death, the evidence pointed toward ED WHITE, which was tried and acquitted, T.T. Ran for the senate and won but resigned and ran for Congress against Greene Adams of Harlan Co. He lost, but ran against Carlo Britain of Harlan Co. And won the state senate, he served until he entered the Army on the onset of the Civil War. Although a staunch Democrat he joined the Union Army and was named Colonel by President Lincoln, he helped to raise 10,000 men of eastern Kentucky, at one point his father heard he was going to lead troops against Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer,”I hope he gets a good whipping,” his father said, but he did not, Boston Bob Baker who joined at the age of 63 under the command of T.T. Garrard was the one who supposedly killed Zollicoffer.
Chad Hall many years later on his death bed would confess the murder of Bad Tom Baker, an article was written in the Louisville newspaper attesting to this fact that he was the killer. Bad Tom Baker was buried in Boston Gap by his father George W. (Baldy) Baker.