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.
When I first started my research on my paternal side, I was looking for names and dates of great grandparents, and their surrounding family. I was literally shocked to realize how far I was able to trace back my lineage, and even more surprised as to the locations in which my family had arrived from. I never thought in a million years, that I would discover and find so many answers to the questions about my paternal side. From the smallest question as to Where did I get these ears from? There were much more significant answers that I received, such as, Why did my paternal side of the male family drink so much? I even received an answer to a surprising question, as to why am I slowly losing some of my hearing now? Well, come to find out, my paternal side had known Hearing defects in our generations past. A few family members even opened up world renowned Schools for the Hearing Impaired.
Researching my family members has created a sense of loyalty, and established in some sense a relationship or connection with them. There have been surprises, interesting facts, and disappointments along the way. I have discovered that sometimes you create a person in the image that you expect them to be, and often times, with further research back, you discover facts about them that can be somewhat disappointing. For example, while doing research I discovered that my great, great, great grandparents were married a very long time, and had many children together. I discovered that although they were together, the ggg grandfather also had a whole separate family in the same town! The perception that I had created in my mind, was not based on the genealogical facts that I discovered.
To take my research to another level, I like to analyze the socio-economics of the area that they lived in. What was the time frame in regards to world historical events? Was there something sufficient going on that would effect their standards of living? The Depression era, disease epidemics, local and federal politics? All surrounding facts that could help create the culture of that particular time.
One last thing, take the time to study and analyze the vital records of your ancestor. You will be able to determine a lot about the person they were by studying birth, marriage, and especially death certificates. Census records hold so many unknown facts about the family as a whole: location of where they lived, their profession, education, social status, people they associated with and so much more!
I encourage you to get to know your family members better, research with open eyes, an open heart, and you will be surprised at all the interesting facts that you discover.
Researching the Bowling’s is turning out to be very interesting. Benjamin Bolling had several children. One of his sons James Bolling Bowling married Sarah “Sally” Blevins whose son Christopher was the father to Catherine “Kettie” Bowling. Kettie Bowling married Jason Walker Bowling, who was the son of Jesse Boyd Bowling whose grandfather Rev. Jessie Bowling was the brother to “Kettie’s grandfather.
To make it more interesting, Albert Sidney Bowling, the son of Jason Walker Bowling and Kettie Bowling. married Callie Spicer Bowling, who is the daughter of Anderson R. Bowling, who is the son of Delaney Bowling. Delaney’s father Elijah is also Jason’s grandfather.
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.
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.