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William O. Bowler- Indiana

William O. Bowler- Indiana

Posted: 6 Jun 2012 2:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bowler
Hi, looking for any one related too William O Bowler who died in 1835 and is buried in Fugit Twp,Decatur County,Indiana, would like to share his tombstone picture with anyone that requests it.
WE just finished renovating the small cemetery, in which he was buried and all the stones were down and cemt was overgrown, and also would like to know, if anyone has any known documentation that he was in the Rev. war. Thanks, Russell Wilhoit, Decatur county Historian

ps- only other names in cemetery were Joliff, Miller and Pugh, Burton, plus 25 field stones

Re: William O. Bowler- Indiana

Posted: 9 Jun 2012 12:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Russell,

William O. Bowler was my great-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather. He was reportedly born in Sherwood Forrest and served as a British soldier in the Revolutionary War under Gen. Burgoyne, but I haven't found any proof for the latter. He reportedly deserted the British Army. He married four times and lived in NH, ME, PA (about 1796), OH (by 1801)and finally Indiana, where he lived with his daughter's family, the Joliffs. He taught school and was known as a poet, writing under the name "The Backwoodsman". His writings were mainly published in newspapers in Williamsburgh and Georgetown, OH. He was a friend of U.S. Grant's father Jesse Grant. "EPISTOLA: - To Mr. Jesse R. Grant, TANNER IN GEORGETOWN." by Backwoodsman, dated November 10, 1826, published in The Castigator, Georgetown, OH on November 23, 1826 and November 30, 1826. This was a humorous greeting to "Jesse R. Grant, my loving friend", perhaps in response to an invitation to visit. Jesse R. Grant responded in "Reply to the Backwoodsman" published in The Castigator, Georgetown, OH on December 14, 1826. William O. Bowler's friendship with Jesse R. Grant was mentioned in "History of Clermont County, Ohio" published 1880, page 163: "He was the personal friend of Jesse R. Grant (himself a poetaster of more than common repute), and usually carried on his correspondence with him in rhymes."

Regards, Kirby

Re: William O. Bowler- Indiana

Posted: 2 Dec 2012 4:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
Thanks for your efforts in recovering a lost graveyard. Some 40+ years ago I took a picture of the grave which at that time I understood that it was my gt gt grandfather. Another relative of William O. Bowler stated that I could not be a relative of William O. Bowler. My gt grandfather was friends of the Joliff's. My gt gt grandfather was born in Ireland but my gt grandfather James H. Boler was born in Brown Co, Ohio (Georgetown area) the same area as the Bowler and move to Indiana from Georgetown. I would like to have a pic of the grave since I cannot locate my old pic. Please email to sboler@pct.edu Thanks!!!
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