52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #2 – Samuel Bowlby

Today’s ancestor is Samuel Bowlby, my husband’s third great-grandfather.

Some basic facts:
Name: Samuel Bowlby
Born: 20 April 1841
Parents: John Bowlby and Mollie (Miller) Bowlby
Spouse: Rosannah (King) Bowlby
Marriage: Unknown
Died: 2 May 1909

Samuel was born 20 April 1841 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA.  He was born to John Bowlby and Mollie (Miller) Bowlby.  He married Rosannah King on an unknown date.  Samuel and Mollie had five children: Georgina Augusta Bowlby, Frank R. Bowlby, Joseph Victor Bowlby, Jennie Elizabeth Bowlby, and Emma Bowlby.

I haven’t had the chance to locate the vital records for Samuel but verbal data from the family indicates he was born 20 April 1841.  I have not located a tombstone for him yet, but verbal data indicates he was buried in Lyleton, Manitoba, Canada.

I haven’t had the opportunity to search records for Samuel and his family.  I’m not well-versed in Canadian records so I also need to do some reading on what Canadian records are available for this time period.

Samuel died 2 May 1909 in Lyleton, Manitoba, Canada.  His burial location is currently unknown.

Here’s my genealogy list for Samuel:

Have:

Need:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (Rosannah King)
  • Death Certificate
  • Check for appearance in U.S. federal census records
  • Check for appearance in Canadian census records
  • Check for appearance in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Iowa state census records (states children were born in)

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #1 – Anna Rhoda (Greenway) Bowlby

Today’s ancestor is Anna Rhoda (Greenway) Bowlby, my husband’s second great-grandmother.

Some basic facts:
Name: Anna Rhoda Greenway Bowlby
Born: 31 October 1882
Parents: William Richard Greenway and Rosa Belle (Childers) Greenway
Spouse: Joseph Victor Bowlby
Marriage: About 1900
Divorced: Before 7 May 1920
Died: 7 May 1977

Anna was born 31 October 1882 in Sullivan, Indiana, USA.  She was born to William Richard Greenway and Rosa Belle (Childers) Greenway.  She married Joseph Victor Bowlby sometime around 1900.  Joseph and Anna had six children: Sherry Victor Bowlby, Percy Richard Bowlby, Richard Samuel Bowlby, Jennie Bell Bowlby, Lillian Augusta Bowlby, and Thelma Louise Bowlby.

I’ve been unable to locate birth information for Anna but verbal data from the family indicates she was born 31 October 1882.  Her tombstone indicates she was born in 1883.  Census data has indicated she could have been born as late as 1885.

Anna and Joseph divorced sometime before May 1920.  She appears as head of household, with five of her six children on the 1920 U.S. census.  Interestingly her marital status shows widowed and not divorced on that census.

Anna remained in Kansas, eventually remarrying before 1930.  She appears as the wife of Lester Ward on the 1930 U.S. census, along with five children (Lilian, Louise, George, Rose and Daisy Ward) and her mother (Rosy Greenway).  I haven’t yet determined if Lilian shown with Lester and Anna is the same Lillian that appeared on the 1920 census with Anna.  The age is correct for her to be the same person but I need to resolve the question of why the name is Bowlby in 1920 and Ward in 1930.  And also with Louise and George on the 1925 Kansas census.  Again, the ages are correct for them to be the same Louise and George from the 1920 census.  Did Lester adopt the children after he married Anna?  Or did the people providing the information to the enumerators assume the children’s last names were Ward?  I believe Rose and Daisy were Lester’s children with Anna but I haven’t confirmed that yet.

Anna died 7 May 1977 in Pratt, Pratt, Kansas.  She’s buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, Pratt, Kansas.

Here’s my genealogy list for Anna:

Have:

  • 1900 Federal Census
  • 1910 Federal Census
  • 1920 Federal Census
  • 1925 Kansas State Census
  • 1930 Federal Census
  • 1940 Federal Census

Need:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (Joseph Victor Bowlby)
  • Divorce Paperwork
  • Marriage Certificate (Lester Ward)
  • Death Certificate
  • Check for appearance in additional Kansas state census records

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition

Last year I stumbled upon the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge and made an attempt to complete the challenge.  I won’t say that I failed to complete the challenge, even though I didn’t post for all 52 weeks but I did enjoy what posts I did complete.  My goal was to get as many of my spousal unit’s ancestors out in the public eye as possible.  And even though the 2014 challenge has ended, I’m still not giving up because…

There’s a 2015 Edition of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks!

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Oh yes, I get a second chance to complete this challenge and I’m pumped.  A little late getting started obviously but better late than never!  So I’m going to do my best to catch up to the current post while still doing justice to my post subjects.  And what better place to start than where I left off in 2014?!  My last 52 Ancestors post in 2014 was on the spousal unit’s second great-grandfather, Joseph Victor Bowlby.  So that’s the point I’ll continue from with the 2015 challenge.

There’s been the addition of monthly themes to the 2015 challenge but the themes are optional.  I’m going to try and just continue along my theme of highlighting my husband’s family.  To quote a favorite of my father: “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” (http://www.enotes.com/topics/henry-5/etext#etext-dramatis-personae).  So we’re going to channel our inner Doughboy and dig into those genealogical trenches and try to complete the 2015 Edition of 52 Ancestors!  Who’s with me!

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British soldier keeping watch in a French trench at the Battle of the Somme
United Kingdom Government Photo, Public Domain

 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #5 – Joseph Victor Bowlby

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Joseph Victor Bowlby

Today’s ancestor is Joseph Victor Bowlby, my husband’s second great-grandfather.

Some basic facts:
Name: Joseph Victor Bowlby
Born: 29 March 1870
Parents: Samuel Bowlby and Rosannah (King) Bowlby
Spouse: Anna Rhoda (Greenway) Bowlby
Marriage: About 1900
Died: 25 July 1958

Joseph was born 29 March 1870 in Iowa City, Wright, Iowa.  He was born to Samuel Bowlby and Rosannah (King) Bowlby.  He married Anna Rhoda Greenway sometime in 1900.  Joseph and Rosannah had six children: Sherry Victor Bowlby, Percy Richard Bowlby, Richard Samuel Bowlby, Jennie Bell Bowlby, Lillian, Augusta Bowlby, and Thelma Louise Bowlby.

Joseph lived with his family in Iowa until he married in 1900 when he moved to Empire City, Cherokee, Kansas.


Joseph & Anna Bowlby listing in the 1900 U.S. Census

 

Joseph and Anna divorced sometime before May 1920.  He appears alone, marital status showing divorced on the 1920 U.S. census.

Joseph Bowlby listing in the 1920 U.S. Census

Joseph remained in Kansas, eventually moving in with his son, Victor’s family sometime before 1940.

Joseph Bowlby, listed with Victor Bowlby and family on the 1940 U.S. Census

Joseph died 25 July 1958 in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas.  He’s buried in Jamesburg Park Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas.


Joseph V. Bowlby Tombstone
Jamesburg Park Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas

Here’s my genealogy list for Joseph:

Have:

  • 1870 Federal Census
  • 1880 Federal Census
  • 1900 Federal Census
  • 1910 Federal Census
  • 1920 Federal Census
  • 1930 Federal Census
  • 1940 Federal Census

Need:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Paperwork
  • Death Certificate
  • Check for appearance in Kansas state census records
  • Check for appearance in Iowa state census records

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #4 – Gertrude Viola (Warren) Bowlby

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Gertrude Viola (Warren) Bowlby

I’m still playing catch-up on the 52 Ancestors challenge but I’m going to try hard to get current.  Today I’m highlighting my husband’s maternal great-grandmother.

Some basic facts:
Name: Gertrude Viola Warren
Born: 10 March 1905
Parents: John Garrison Warren and Minnie Green Warren Grokett
Spouse: Sherry Victor Bowlby
Marriage: About 1922
Died: 14 June 1963


Gertrude Viola (Warren) Bowlby
Date/Age Unknown

Gertrude was born 10 March 1905.  She was born to John Garrison Warren and Minnie Green Warren Grokett.  She married Sherry Victor Bowlby sometime in 1922.  Gertrude and Sherry had one child, Shirley Ann Bowlby.

Gertrude was born in Hitchcock, Oklahoma but moved to Kansas soon after.  Her family appears in Kingman County, Kansas in the 1910 U.S. census.

Warren (Grokett) family listing in the 1910 U.S. Census

Gertrude remained in Kingman County with her family until sometime after her marriage.  She appears with her husband, Sherry Victor Bowlby, in Wichita City, Sedgwick, Kansas in the 1930 U.S. census.

Bowlby family listing in the 1930 U.S. Census

Gertrude died 14 June 1963.  She’s buried next to her husband in Jamesburg Park Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas.


Gertrude Viola (Warren) Bowlby Tombstone
Jamesburg Park Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas

Here’s my genealogy list for Gertrude:

Have:

  • 1910 Federal Census
  • 1915 Federal Census
  • 1920 Federal Census
  • 1930 Federal Census
  • Find-A-Grave Listing

Need:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Death Certificate
  • Check for appearance in additional Kansas state census’

 

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