Biography of William Bowlby
Tipton County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM BOWLBY is the son of Joseph and Mary (Bonnell) Bowlby, natives of New Jersey. His parents came to Indiana in 1844, and settled in Rush County. He was born in Hunterdon County, N. J., October 3, 1829, and lived there until he was fifteen years of age, and received a part of his education. In 1844, he came with his parents to Rush County, where he finished his studies. At the age of seventeen, he lost his father, who left a portion of his estate to him. On this he located and engaged in farming until 1853, when he came to Tipton County and settled on his present place of 200 acres. Here he made a fine farm, and has since added twenty acres to it. He also owns forty acres in Wild Cat Township. In 1854, he was elected Clerk of Liberty Township, and served three terms. He was married, in Decatur County, September 3, 1851, to Rebecca J. Lindsay. She was born in Decatur County, Ind., May 17, 1830, and died in Tipton County March 3, 1863. She was the daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Montgomery) Lindsay, natives of Kentucky. This union was blessed with three children - Rachel A., James F. and Elizabeth J. He married his present wife in Tipton County May 4, 1865, Phoebe Sippy, daughter of Isaac and Mercy (Ball) Sippy. She was born in Mercer County, Penn., April 4, 1829. To this marriage have been born two children - William M. and Mary M. Mr. Bowlby has been an Elder in the Presbyterian Church since February 22, 1873. He has taken a prominent part in building up his church, and has served as Superintendent of the Sunday school.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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