Just came across your note. I am looking for information on my earliest known ancestor - William Bowling or Boling b 1776 in Virginia and found on some of the same Hawkins County lists as Levi. I am wondering if they were brothers. William married Nancy Lawson (note there are also a lot of Lawsons in Hawkins County) sometime before 1804, when their first son Pleasant was born. Pleasant married Margaret Bledsoe (also a Hawkins County family) around 1824 and is also listed on the Hawkins County tax lists in the 1830's. Pleasant and Margaret named their first son James b. 1825 (that would be my gg grandfather). Perhaps the James, William and Levi Bowlings of Hawkins County were brothers, and Pleasant named his son after his uncle James? That is a lot of guessing, I know.
I am corresponding with Ernie Perry who is also researching Bowlings, and her recent email to me stated "Levi Boling is thought to be the son of James bca 1756 who moved from Lee Co. VA in 1801 to Clay Co., KY before 1807. -- Ernie" I will inquire further about where she got that information.