Biography of John Bower
Hancock County, OH Biographies

JOHN BOWER, retired farmer, P. 0. Gilboa, Putnam County, was born in Bedford County, Penn., April 30, 1803, son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Foust) Bower, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent. They were each twice married. The family to which our subject belonged consisted of seven children. Daniel Bower, who was a butcher, came to Springfield, Jefferson Co., Ohio, in 1806. The subject of this sketch, who never attended school, cleared land, made rails and worked by the day. In 1837 he came to this county, settled in Liberty Township, took up land, and resided there until 1841, when he came to Blanchard Township, bought eighty acres of land from Alfred Hampton, and has since resided here. Mr. Bower was united in marriage, in 1826, with Elizabeth Bysel, daughter of Philip Bysel, and of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction. Their union has been blessed with ten children: Henry, married, farming in Kansas; Jonathan, a carpenter, married, residing in Shawtown, this county; A. J., a merchant in Kansas, married; Philip B., a carpenter, married, residing in Illinois; Lydia, wife of John Haddox, of this county; Elizabeth, wife of Frank Brooks, of Ottawa (he is working on railroad bridges); Daniel, married, farming on 120 acres of land in Blanchard Township, this county; Wesley, a carpenter and farmer, married, residing in Kansas; John (deceased), was in Company K, Sixty fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was killed at the battle of Chicamacomico; and Sarah Ann, wife of Moses Firmin. Mrs. Bower departed this life in 1879. Our subject is a member of the German Baptist Church, in which he has been deacon for thirty years. In politics he is a Democrat.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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