Biography of Michael Bower
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MICHAEL BOWER, son of David and Susan (Kepner) Bower, was born in New York January 19, 1818. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and of German lineage, coming to Ohio in 1835, and settling where our subject now resides. Here they entered 376 acres of land,upon which they lived and died. They were the parents of eight children, five still living, Henry S., Jacob P., Michael, David and Maria. The deceased are Adam, John N. and Margaret. The father died in 1857, aged seventy four years; the mother, in the same year, at the same age. Our subjecb, Michael Bower, was provided with a common school education, and remained upon the old homestead which he assisted in clearing, and eighty acres of which he has since fallen heir to. By subsequent purchases he has raised this number to 240 acres, all in good repair and valued at $60 per acre. In his lifetime Mr. Bower has cleared about one hundred and fifty acres of heavily timbered land. In 1875, he built his attractive residence, costing $2, 500. October 14, 1838, he married Miss Ann E. Studebaker,by whom he became the father of five children, three living: Jarvis, Martha and Willamina. The deceased are D. Orsin and Mary A. The mother died August 9, 1847. Married again, deceased wife's sister, Martha J. Studebaker, daughter of Abram and Mary (Group) Studebaker, March 14, 1848. Four children resulted from this marriage, three living: Ann E., Neander S. and John M. Georgiana died November 4, 1857. Mrs. Bower was born April 2, 1832. Mr. Bower was formerly a Whig, but now is a firm Republican. His sons, James W. and D. Orsin, were in the late war; the latter was held a prisoner in Andersonville, nine months, and died at home from disease contracted in the service. Mr. Bower and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and have been for the past forty four years, he serving as Class Leader aiad Steward most of that time. He was Trustee of. the township two years, and is well respected as a citizen, contributing liberally to benevolent causes.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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