Bowles, Jacob Angle, Sgt. – Co. K, PA 21st Cavalry/182nd PA Regiment

Member of the GAR Silas A.Strickland Post #13, Hastings, NE

Jacob Angle BOWLES was born in PA on 4 May 1846, son of Thomas BOWLES and Susan M. ANGLE. Thomas and Susan had nine children. He was a merchant and also a postmaster of the Welsh Run post office in Franklin County, PA from about 1839 until 1859, and then again beginning in 1862. He is said to have died on 17 Aug 1878 in Welsh Run, PA. His wife Susan is listed as a widow, age 92, in the 1910 census in Franklin County, PA. Jacob was baptized on 21 Aug 1859 in Mercersburg, Franklin, PA in the Presbyterian Church of The Upper West Conococheague [Creek] along with four of his siblings.

Jacob married Lenora Belle MARYATT on 8 January 1880 in Harlan Co., NE. Jacob and Lenora had eleven children. One of them was Eleanor Bowles, born in Nebraska on 8 August 1891. From Eleanor descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865. Jacob died 28 January 1935 in NE.

Jacob enlisted on July 8, 1863 with the rank of Private in Company K, 21st Regiment PA Cavalry and was mustered into service on 1 August 1863. He was honorably discharged on 8 July 1865 with the rank of Sergeant.  

Co. K, 21st Cavalry was recruited in Franklin Co., PA during July-Aug 1863 for six months service. Company K saw duty at Pottsville, Pa., and Scranton, Pa. Then it was reorganized in Jan. 1864 into Co. K, 182nd, for 3-years service.

Jacob stayed in Pennsylvania until after 1870, but by 1880 was in Nebraska, where he was a farmer in Denver Township, Adams, NE. Between 1920 and 1930 he and his wife moved to San Diego, San Diego, CA, where they lived with their daughter Eleanor Bowles Woods and her husband Robert and three children. 

Jacob is buried in Park View Cemetery in Hastings, Adams, NE. The inscription on his stone says 21 PA Infantry Co. K.  Lenora died on 12 Jul 1936 in Oak Park, Cook, IL and is buried at Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Mohoska, IA. (Jacob also has a stone at Forest Cemetery in Iowa.  The inscription says Veteran, Co. K, 21st Cavalry of PA.)

Sources:  All sources accessed in Feb 2015

Application for Membership in Tent 22, DUV

1900 federal census for Denver Twp, Adams, NE

Nebraska Marriages Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.


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