239. Joseph BOWLBY
(8) was born on 13 Mar 1782 in Beth.
Twsp. N.J..(1548) He died on 22 Oct
1846 in Indiana.(1549) Joseph's father
bought and inherited a large tract of land that included part of Junction Village,
now Hampton, and it was there that Joseph married, raised his family, and farmed
over a period of 62 years.
Records show that Joseph Bowlby of New Hampton, Hunterdon County, was enlisted
as a private in Captain Samuel W. Fell's company of light infantry, 3rd Regiment,
New Jersey Militia, 9 September, 1814, and discharged 5 December, 1814.
The record of Joseph's marriage to MARY BONNELL was misplaced until the following
entry was found in Marriage Records of Hunterdon County New Jersey compiled by
Hiram E. Deats: "Bolsby, Joseph and Mary Bonnel, Feb. 24, 1814, 2-24 (Hunt)."
The original marriage document made by Hunt notes: "...Mary Bonnel, daughter
of Clement Bonnel..." There can be no doubt of the misspelling of both last
names when the record is compared with the following in the will of Clement Bonnell,
Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 1 April, 1834, proved 4 February,
1836: "I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary wife of Joseph Bowlby her
heirs and assigns the sum of two thousand five Hundred Dollars..."
It was not until 1844, when Joseph was in his sixties, that he and his family
left New Jersey, and moved to Richland Township, Rush County, Indiana. Rush
County Probate Court records that Joseph purchased 120 acres of land for $1,950
on 12 July, 1844, and that he then purchased another 160 acres for $3,000 on
2 May, 1845.
Probate records show that it took almost three years to settle Joseph's estate.
Mary surrendered administration to her oldest son, Dennis. The five eldest
children entered a Plea of Partition of their father's land which named the two
youngest children, who were minors,
as defendants. In the final settlement, the land was divided into seven portions
and given to the seven surviving children.
He was married to Mary BONNELL on 24 Feb 1814 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
by Rev. Hunt.(1550)
(7)(8) was born on 7 Oct 1788
in Old Bonnell Tavern Clinton, N.J..(1551)
She was buried in Feb 1852 in Richland Cem., Rush Co., IN. She died
on 6 Feb 1852.(1552) Mary was the daughter
of Clement Du Mont and Rachel Stockton, (Woolverton) Bonnell. Her grandfather,
Abraham Bonnell, was a member of the Sons of Liberty, and proprietor of the tavern
where they first met; he served as a lieutenant colonel during the American Revolution.
Mary's father lived in his father's tavern where be became a judge and member
of the town council. He served in the militia in 1792 with Joseph's father,
Thomas Bowlby, and was then from Bethlehem Township.
Mary Bonnell's ancestry is delineated by three genealogies appearing in Virkus'
Compendium of American Genealogy. Her mother's line descended from Captain Francis
Drake (1615 - 1687/8) an early settler at Strawberry Bank, New Hampshire, through
Mary Drake who married Charles Woolverton in 1763. The Woolverton family descended
from Judge Charles Woolverton, a Quaker from England who became the first judge
in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, in 1721. The Bonnell family descended from
William Bonnell (1617 - 1669) who came from Cheshire, England, in the James in
1630 then moved to New Haven, Connecticut, in 1738. William Bonnell's son, Nathaniel,
built what is today the historic Bonnell home in Elizabeth, New Jersey; he was
Mary's great-great-great grandfather.
With the support of her children, Mary survived eight years in her new home in
Indiana. She was living with her son Dennis during the 1850 census, but she
died 6 February, 1852, aged 64 years and four months. There are five Bowlby graves
in Richland Cemetery, Richland Township, Rush County, Indiana, representing Joseph,
Mary, their daughter Sarah, and two grandchildren by their son Dennis. The last
name on four of the gravestones is spelled "Bowlby," and though Mary's
stone rests next to that of her husband's, the inscription reads: "Mary,
Wife of Joseph Bolby." Early Rush County records were destroyed by fire,
so the gravestones, the probate records, and the 1850 census in which the name
is spelled "Bolba" are all that remain as evidence of their family's
Joseph BOWLBY and Mary BONNELL had the following children:
(7)(8) was born on 5 Nov 1818
in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.(1553)
She died on 20 Aug 1845 in Rush County, Indiana.
Dennis W. BOWLBY.
Abner Parke BOWLBY.
Elizabeth Carhart BOWLBY.
Mary C. BOWLBY(3)
(7)(8) was born on 1 Dec 1827
in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.(1555)
She died on 4 Dec 1827 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.