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William Bowles (b. January 07, 1751/52, d. October 17, 1839)William Bowles (son of John Bowles and Monica Daft) was born January 07, 1751/52 in St. Mary's County, Maryland, and died October 17, 1839 in Washington County, Kentucky.He married Mary Cecil on Bef. 1776.
Notes for William Bowles:
According to "Pioneer History of Washington County" William Bolds was a Revolutionary War veteran.He was also a native of St. Mary's County, Maryland, and he was said to be 91 in 1834. (History of Washington County, by O.W. Baylor, 14 Mar 1935.)
In 1778, William Bowles and Ignatius Bowles took an oath of allegience to the new state of Maryland, as required by law.In 1785, a "league" of sixty Catholic families (Maryland Land League), most from St. Mary's County, Maryland, formed and pledged to emigrate to Kentucky. Twenty-Five families left in early 1785, and reached Kentucky by spring. They settled in Pottiner's Creek lands.There were three brothers, Ignatius, William and John Bowles."The Bowles brothers, Ignatius, John and William, were upright and pious men, and greatly respected in the community.""It is a singular circumstance in the history of Catholic emigration to Kentucky, that the first colony of emigrants should have settled on lands that were, possibly, the least inviting of any to be found in all Central Kentucky."This was probably because of unscrupulous speculators in Maryland who held the patents.(From Catholicity in Kentucky)About 1786, William shows up on Nelson County, Virginia (now Kentucky) tithables list. (Also 1788, 1790, Cpt. John Caldwell's Company, and 1791, with a slave named Charles.) On 12 Sep 1788, the Court "ordered that Bazell Hayden John Phillips and William Bolles being sworn to appraise the estate of Ignatius Cissell, deceased, and make a return thereof to the court."
William Bowles shows up on Washington County Tax Lists, 1792, 1794, 1795, 1796, 1797, 1799, 1800. Example, Tax List for 1792: William Bolds: 1 white male over 21, 1 slave; 4 horses, 23 cattle, 115 acres. And 1795: Boulds, William, 1 white male over 21, 4 horses, 15 cattle, 115 acres on Beech Fork.
On 1 May 1798, Bowles (Bold), Barnerd Cissler, Charles Payne and William Brewer pay 5 pounds for 2 acres and chapel for a Roman Catholic Church on the waters of Pottinger's Creek.(Washington County Deed Book B, p. 120.) In 1792, the Holy Cross Catholic Church, was the First Catholic Church In Kentucky.William was a trustee for the Holy Cross.(Note that Catholicity book incorrectly calls William Bolds "William Bald.")
On 2 Feb 1817, William buys land on Pottinger's Creek from Jacob Dupner for 100 pounds. (Actually paid May 1814). (Book E, p. 330)
"Pioneer History..." note: "To the names of soldiers of the American Revolution who settled in Washington County should be added ... William Bolds.... William Bolds and Francis Payne were acquaintances and natives of St. Mary's County, Maryland. They enlisted and were on their way to join the army of Washington when Payne took sick and was discharged in Baltimore. Bolds went on an served with General (later President) Washington.Bolds was 91 years of age in 1834."
More About William Bowles:
Record Change: January 22, 2003
More About William Bowles and Mary Cecil:
Marriage: Bef. 1776
Children of William Bowles and Mary Cecil are:
- +Ann Bowles, b. June 02, 1776, St. Mary's County, Maryland, d. September 29, 1860, Colesburg, Hardin County, Kentucky.