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: #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: #3 – Sherry Victor Bowlby

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Sherry Victor Bowlby

I’m still playing catch up for the 52 Ancestors challenge, LOL.  Life tends to get in the way.  Today I’m highlighting my husband’s maternal great-grandfather.

Some basic facts:
Name: Sherry Victor Bowlby
Born: 21 December 1900
Parents: Joseph Victor Bowlby and Anna Rhoda (Greenway) Bowlby
Spouse: Gertrude Viola (Warren) Bowlby
Marriage: About 1922
Died: 6 December 1984

Sherry was born 21 December 1900.  He was born to Joseph Victor Bowlby and Anna Rhoda (Greenway) Bowlby.  He married Gertrude Viola (Warren) Bowlby sometime around 1922.  Sherry and Gertrude had only had one child that I’m aware of, Shirley Ann Bowlby.

Sherry lived all his life in Kansas.  He was born sometime after June 15, 1900 (the enumeration date of the 1900 census) because he doesn’t appear with his parents on that census.

Joseph Victor Bowlby family listing on the 1900 U.S. Census

According to the 1910 census he was born in Kansas.

Joseph Victor Bowlby family listing on the 1910 U.S. Census

According to D1, Sherry did many things in his life.  The 1929 Wichita City Directory lists him as being a foreman with the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in Wichita.  According to the Kansas State Historical Society, Travel Air Manufacturing was the world’s largest air manufacturer until the Great Depression affected it in 1929.  There’s a great abridged history of Travel Air here.  The 1930 U.S. census has him working as a welder in a foundry.  At least he was able to find employment during the Depression.  Google became my best friend when D1’s family told me he invented things.  I was very excited to find two patents held by Sherry: one for a sander and one for a machine to store and exchange used wiping cloths for fresh wiping cloths.  I’ve heard that he should have a few other patents on file as well.

He died and is buried in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas.  He’s buried in Jamesburg Park Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas next to his wife, Gertrude.


Sherry Victor Bowlby Tombstone
Jamesburg Park Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas

That’s about all the information I have on Sherry.  Here’s my genealogy list for Sherry:

Have:

  • 1910 U.S. Census
  • 1920 U.S. Census
  • 1930 U.S. Census
  • 1940 U.S. Census
  • Find-A-Grave Listing
  • U.S. Patent for Sander
  • U.S. Patent for Machine for Storing and Exchanging Used Wiping Cloths for Fresh Wiping Cloths
  • 1929 Wichita City Directory Listing

Need:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Death Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Check for appearances in Kansas State Census’
  • Try to locate additional patents

 

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