Biography of Jesse L. Bowdle
Allen County, OH Biographies

JESSE L. BOWDLE, farmer, P. O. South Warsaw, was born in Ross County, Ohio, February 26, 1810; son of Joseph W. and Lucretia (Brown) Bowdie, former a native of Maryland, latter of Delaware. They were pioneers of Ross County, Ohio, settling there in 1800, and moved thence to Hardin County, in 1831, where they cleared and improved a farm, and lived and died. They reared a family of ten children: James B., Jesse L., Rebecca C, (deceased), Nelson (deceased), Thomas, Milton W., Priscilla (deceased), Isaac N. (deceased), Ann and William. Our subject was reared in Ross County, Ohio, and educated in the district schools. He came to Hardin County with his parents in 1831, and was married September 10, 1835, to Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew and Sarah (Williams) McCoy, pioneers of Auglaize Township. The issue of this union was eight children: Miriam (wife of Andrew Ice), Thomas H., Sarah L. (wife of Jacob Vorhis), Priscilla A. (wife of A. J. Chapman), Almira J. (wife of George Beach), Alouzo F., Franklin W. (deceased), and Azuba C. (deceased). Mr. Bowdle settled in Wayne Township, now Auglaize County, in 1835, and cleared and improved a farm there on which he resided up to 1852, when he bought the farm he now occupies in Perry Township, all of which he has cleared and improved himself. He has twenty grandchildren living, and five deceased, also one greatgrandchild. Mr. and Mrs. Bowdie have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church over fifty years. In politics he was originally a Whig, but joined the Republican party at its organization.

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