Waterloo Region Generations
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Captain Adam Bowlby[1]

Male 1792 - 1883  (~ 90 years)


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  • Name Adam Bowlby 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born Between 20 Mar 1792 and 29 Mar 1792  , Wilmot County, Annapolis, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Military captain in the war of 1812-14 
    Residence 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Church of England 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-37418 
    Died 26 Feb 1883  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I37418  Generations
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2022 

    Father Richard Bowlby, UEL,   b. Abt 1740, , New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F24734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Sovereign,   b. 9 Mar 1795, , New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1867, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1819  [3
    Children 
     1. Dr. David Sovereign Bowlby,   b. 15 Sep 1828, Townsend Township, Norfolk Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1904, Rome, , Lazio, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Warden Ward Hamilton Bowlby, M. A.,   b. 4 Oct 1834, Waterford, Townsend Twp., Norfolk Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1917, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F23671  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Adam Bowlby, a resident of this Province since 1815, dates his birth in Wilmot, county Annapolis, Nova Scotia, March 29, 1792. His father, Richard Bowlby, a native of New Jersey, was a U. E. loyalist, and a volunteer for a short time during the rebellion of the American colonies, and was a captain in the war of 1812-14. His grandfather was from Nottinghamshire, England, and his mother from Sheffield. Adam received a common English education; came to Upper Canada in 1815 against his father's wishes, who, under the circumstances, would render the son no assistance. He made his home two or three years with his uncle, Thomas Bowlby, in Norfolk county; took up land on lake Erie, two miles from Otter Creek, doing settler's duties on it; traded it for land at Windham, which he subsequently disposed of; and bought 450 acres in Townsend, where he lived for twenty-one years, adding to his land from time to time, until he had between 2,000 and:3,000 acres, and was richer than his father. He served as magistrate and district councilor several years; was orderly sergeant under his father in 1812-14, and Captain of the Waterford company during the rebellion of 1837-38.

      About 1844 Mr. Bowlby gave his property in Townsend largely to his second son, the only farmer in the family, and his only daughter; removed to Waterford, same county, and bought fifty acres of land adjoining the village, disposing of it some years afterwards, giving most of it to his sons. He was for seventeen consecutive years treasurer of a masonic lodge, in the county of Norfolk.

      Of late years Mr. Bowlby has lived with his children, first one and then another. The climate at Berlin agrees with him best, and it is not unlikely that he may end his days here. He is approaching his 90th year, and does not like to travel. He is slightly deaf, yet clear headed for a man of his years, and quite interesting in conversation. He was placed in independent circumstances years ago.
      His wife, whom he chose in 1819, and who was Elizabeth Sovereign, from New Jersey, died in 1866, leaving six children, all well settled. Alfred, the eldest son, is a physician and surgeon at Waterford; William has the old homestead at Townsend; David Sovereign, is a physician and surgeon in Berlin; Ward Hamilton is a barrister, and LL.B., and county attorney and clerk of the peace for Waterloo; John Wedgewood, is a barrister and LL.B., at Brantford, and Mary Ursula is the wife of Col. Walker Powell, of Ottawa, Adjutant-General of the Dominion of Canada.

      \bCanadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Ontario Volume, 1880

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 22 Aug 1867.
      Elisabeth Bowlby died 19 Aug 1867 in Canadaigua, wife of Adam, Esq., of Norfolk, Canada, mother of Dr. Bowlby & W.H. Bowlby, Esq. Of Berlin, 72 yrs, 5 mths. 10 days.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 01 Mar 1883.
      BOWLBY Adam 26 Feb 1883 Adam Bowlby, father of Dr. D. S., & lawyer W. H. Bowlby, died in Berlin at age of 90 years, 10 months & 27 days

    3. [S107] Book - The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Ontario Volume, 1880.

    4. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 64.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Between 20 Mar 1792 and 29 Mar 1792 - , Wilmot County, Annapolis, Nova Scotia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Church of England - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Feb 1883 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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