|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1845|
Berlin (Holmes County)
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 1917|
Obituary from the Glasco Sun, 9/29/1917:
The community was shocked Saturday when it became known that Stephen Nowles [sic] had been killed in an accident on his son Guy's farm. It is not known exactly just how he was killed as he was running a hay rake and at the time of the accident there was no one else in the field, as the other men were working at the barn and knew nothing of the accident until they heard the team and rake run into a fence post, the men ran into the field and discovered Mr. Nowles [sic] with his right chest badly crushed in and life almost extinct. Medical aid was summoned, but Mr. Nowels was dead before it was possible for a doctor to arrive.
Stephen A. Nowels was born August 2, 1844 near Millersburg in Holmes County, Ohio and was 73 years, 1 month, and 11 days old at the time of his death. Mr. Nowels spent his boyhood in his native state, and after having served through the Rebellion he moved to Grand Mound, Ia in 1865, he moved from there to Lawrence, Kansas in 1870 and he was married on July 18th of the following year to Miss Alice Hill. To this union was born three children, Guy S. Nowels, George W. Nowels, and Mary L. Palmer, all of whom reside in and near Glasco, and they together with their mother and twelve grandchildren are left to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. S. I. Ward and Rev. C.H. Latin of Cawker City. The Oddfellows, of which lodge the deceased was a member, had charge of the services at the cemetery.
Mr. Nowels served with distinction in the Civil War. He enlisted at the beginning of the hostilities in Company B, Sixteenth Ohio Infantry under Captain Ager, who was promoted colonel of another regiment and died before taking command. Their regiment was then placed under General DeCoursey. They took part in many engagements, among them the battles of Mill Springs, Cumberland Gap, Yazoo City, Arkansas Post, and Champion Hill, where the line was broken and they lost many men. In the siege of Vicksburg, Mr. Nowels took a severe cold and this, coupled with lying under the firing of heavy artillery for six weeks deafened him permanently to the extent of rendering it very difficult to converse with him. He was one of the volunteers that ran the battery at Vicksburg, and was one of the most daring men on the force. Not a shot was fired as they passed Vicksburg but at Warrensburg the Confederates fired into them to beat the mischief. From here he went into the Ninth Ohio Cavalry, under Captain Irving and Colonel Hamilton in command. He had served in the first company one year and nine months. He participated in the battle at Decatur, Alabalma [sic] and with Russeau on his raid throught Alabalma and Missippi [sic] where they lost their horses and traveled five hundred miles on foot. At Big Shady forty two of the men were killed. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea, and took part in the cavalry fight at Averysboro, where they had their last hard battle. This brigade also had a hard fight at Polecat Junction. They were scouting the greatest part of the time in the Carolinas. Colonel Hamilton, who was promoted to brigadier-general, bestowed upon Mr. Nowels a badge of honor [unreadable] . . . sergeant most of the time during his service in the army. The hardest march his company underwent was at Cumberland Gap, a distance of two hundred and forty miles. They were reduced in rations, secured tin pans, pierced them with nails and with these improvised instruments grated corn for bread. Mr. Nowels had several narrow escapes. He received a wound on the leg between the knee and ankle at Yazoo City and was confined to the hospital two weeks. He was slightly wounded on two occasions, once in South Carolina, and again in Georgia. One ball tore his clothing and cut the buttons off his coat in close proximity to a vital part of his anatomy - the pit of his stomach. At one time, while stationed as a guard, Mr. Nowels met a Confederate in the woods and a duel ensued, the rebel shooting five times. Mr. Nowels carbine refused to fire and with his pistols he poured out one shot; the fellow in gray laid down, put spurs to his horse, and rode rapidly away.
Mr. Nowels mustered out at Camp Chase, Ohio, October 2, 1865. He made a good record, never shirked duty or joined the "condemned yank." After the war, he returned to Ohio; a few months later he emigrated to Iowa and subsequently to Nebraska, where he worked on the first railroad bridge that spanned the Missouri in that state and worked on the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha to Ogden. He has traveled extensively over the United States and has visited every state in the Union but three.
Father - David Nowels, 2/6/1798- 4/19/1859, burial unknown
Mother - Mary Ann (Sweazy) Nowels, 10/9/1817-1854, burial unknown
Amelia Ann Dorr Bartlett (1847 - 1916)
Mary Alice Hill Nowels (1852 - 1940)
Frederic Earle Knowles (1869 - 1940)*
Guy Steven Nowels (1873 - 1951)*
George William Nowels (1875 - 1963)*
Mary Labertha Nowels Palmer (1880 - 1967)*
Created by: Airrow
Record added: May 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14206209
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