Elzy M. Bowles was born on 30 Jan 1817 in Barren County, the second child born to John and Celia (Sally) Bowles. He married Elizabeth Lawson on 24 Jan 1856. Elizabeth was born 14 Oct 1827 to Aaron and Elizabeth (Rose) Lawson Sr. according to the biography of Aaron's son, Aaron Jr. (shown below).
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1885, Edmonson County. JUDGE AARON LAWSON was born January 31, 1833, in Barren County, Ky., where he grew up, and in 1857 removed to Edmonson County and located at Brownsville, where he remained until 1868. He then removed to Horse Cave, Hart County, where he remained two years, after which he removed to his present residence in Edmonson County. His father, Aaron Lawson, Sr., was born in Hardin County, Ky., in 1792. He was a farmer and son of David Lawson, who was born in Kentucky, and was of Irish descent. Aaron Lawson, Sr., married, about 1812, Elizabeth, daughter of William Rose. From this union sprang Jonathan, Mary (Williams), Bennett, Catharine (Clark), William (deceased), Thomas M., Elizabeth (Bowles), Sarah (Lawson), Aaron and Frances M. (Johnson). Judge Aaron Lawson married, September 9, 1858, Ursula, daughter of John and Margaret (Gott) Walker, of Edmonson County. To them have been born Sarah A., Robert N., Emma, Nettie, John W. and Maggie E. Judge Lawson began life first as a farmer for one year, and afterward as county and circuit clerk of Edmonson County. After about seven years spent in this way he again engaged in farming, and was afterward elected county judge of Edmonson County, which position he now holds. He, his wife and four children are members of the Christian Church, to which he has belonged for about twelve years. The Judge is a bright member of the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the Royal Arch degree. He is one of the influential men of his county, and in politics is a Democrat and Prohibitionist.
In October 1852, prior to his marriage, Elzy purchased 28 acres of land on the waters of Falling Timber Creek from his brother-in-law and sister, Thomas and Elizabeth Shockley. Then in January 1858, Elzy and Elizabeth, his wife, purchased another 45 acres from William K. and Frances Wilson. This land apparently adjoined Elzy's other land. Elzy may have purchased other land as well, for in the 1856 Barren County Tax Roll, he is shown with 77 acres of land, valued at $155. This is prior to his purchase of the Wilson land. Also, as you will see later, he had a total of 96 acres on the Falling Timber Creek when he died.
A curious sidenote, the 1856 Barren County Tax Roll is the only place where I have found his name given as Elijah M. Bowles. In every other case, it is written as Elzy, Elzie, Eliza or Elza. If his name was meant to be Elijah, or a form of that name, then this may provide support for the conjecture about who was the father of John Bowles.
The 1860 Metcalfe Co KY census lists Eliza [Elzy] M. Bowles, age 42, as a farmer with real estate valued at $500 and personal property valued at $330. In this household are listed Elizabeth (32), Maybell (3), Sylvester (1) and Elizabeth Lawson, age 64, born in VA. The 1870 Metcalfe Co KY census shows Elzy M. Bowles, age 53, a farmer with real estate valued at $360 and personal property valued at $430. The household list includes Elizabeth (42), Mary B. (13), Sylvester (10), Fanny M. (9), Malcolm D. (7), Nancy M. (4), Sarah E. (2), and Frank M. (born in April). Also listed is Elizabeth Lawson, age 75.
Elzy Bowles died on 19 Jul 1903. Elizabeth Lawson Bowles lived until 25 Apr 1910. Both are buried in the Old Randolph - Pleasant Hill Cemetery next to the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ in Metcalfe County KY. (Metcalfe County, Kentucky Cemetery Records, Volume 1, Page 189). Photos of their tombstones are viewable from this link.
Their first born was a girl, Maybelle Bowles (also identified as Mary B. and Mabel) who was born 30 Apr 1857. She married Isaac Glass, son of John and Parallee Glass. Isaac Glass was born 28 Mar 1853. Isaac and Maybelle had five children:
Sylvester Bowles, Elzy and Elizabeth's first son, was born 23 Aug 1858. He married Melvina Jane Glass, Isaac's sister. Melvina was born 31 Mar 1856. Census records show them with nine children:
Sylvester and Melvenia are buried in the Refuge Cemetery in the town of Eighty-Eight in Barren County. Also buried there are Ruby Constance Bowles, Oras D. Bowles, and on the same stone with Oras, Lera B. Bowles (b. 29 Jun 1904, d. 23 Jul 1988, md. 24 Aug 1927). Sylvester Bowles died on 22 Oct 1933. Melvina Bowles died on 3 Jan 1921, and Sylvester married Martha Mauk Broady, widow of Z. T. Broady. Sylvester died 22 Oct 1933. His widow died on 5 Jan 1937.
Francis (Fanny) M. Bowles was born 28 Jul 1860, Elzy and Elizabeth's third child. She married Haggard Norman after her sister, Nancy who was Haggard's first wife, died in 1892. Haggard was born 10 Jun 1862. He and Fanny had two children:
Malcolm Dee Bowles was the next child. He was born 13 Dec 1862. He did not marry. Malcolm lived with, and took care of his folks until their deaths. In gratitude, the rest of his siblings deeded the farm to him. Malcolm died on 30 Jan 1946, and is buried near his parents in the Old Randolph-Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Nancy M. Bowles, Elzy and Elizabeth's fifth child, was born 10 Jul 1864. As indicated above, Nancy was Haggard Norman's first wife. They had three children:
Sarah E. (Sally) Bowles, Elzy's next child, was born 18 Nov 1868. She married John Shirley, who was born 2 Dec 1868. He died on 21 May 1899. John and Sally Shirley had five children:
Frank M. Bowles was the last child born to Elzy and Elizabeth Bowles. Frank was born on 9 Apr 1870. He married Nancy Ann Shirley, sister to John Shirley who married Sally Bowles. Nancy Ann was born on 7 Apr 1871. Frank and Nancy Ann had eight children: