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Peter Bowers
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1821
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 18, 1922
Richland County
Illinois, USA

Peter Bowers (1821 ~ 1922) age 100 years 4 mo. & 18 days

The following obituary is from the Gospel Messenger
(a church paper)of March 24, 1922.

In Memory of Peter Bowers
Peter Bowers, son of John and Hannah (Emfield) Bowers, was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, Sep 29, 1821, and died in Richland County, Ill., Feb. 18, 1922, aged one hundred years, four months and twenty days. He grew to young manhood in Pennsylvania, and married Mary Brown Dec. 4, 1845. Soon afterward they went to Iowa, where they resided seventeen years. From there they moved to Henry County, Ind., where they lived five years, coming to Richland County, Ill., in October, 1869, where he had since resided, except for about one and one-half years, spent with his children in North Dakota.

While living in Iowa, he was converted. He joined the Church of the Brethren and was called to the ministry. While he never did a great deal of preaching, he was a good counselor and always interested in the work of the church. As long as he could see, he read his Bible and the "Messenger." His wife Mary died Nov. 18 1901. Since then he made his home with his two sons, living with one eight years and with the other one twelve years.

Although not very strong bodily, he retained a fair use of his faculties until almost the last. He enjoyed talking of "long ago". He saw the United States grow from a young republic to a strong one. He saw traffic change from the
ox-cart and horse to the auto and aero plane.

He leaves two sons, five daughters, forty-three grandchildren, fifty-six great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren. Services at Walnut Grove church by Bro. I. M. Miller, assisted by Bro. Dow A. Ridgely.
Parkersburg, Ill., by Maranda Ridgely.

At his death, Peter Bowers left little or nothing of monetary value, but to his survivors the future descents, he and Mary left the genes of longevity and the example of lives based on a plain common-sense life style, close family ties, and a strong faith in God.

Chrildren on Peter and Mary Bowers:
George Washington Bowers
b. 3, Ap 1849, d. 17, Dec 1881 - age 32
Julia Ann Bowers
b. 20, Apr 1851, d. 13, Sep 1939 - age 88
Samuel Peter Bowers
b. 2, Jul 1853, d. 4, Jul 1929 - age 76
Mary Gerturde Bowers
b. 5, Nov 1856, d. 18, Oct 1948 - age 91
Fannie Bowers
b. 6, Oct 1858, d. 24, Jan 1962 - age 103
Dr. Daniel W. Bowers
b. 29, Dec 1861, d. 16, Jan 1945 - age 83
Delilah Susan Bowers
b. 1, Apr 1865, d. 2, May 1943 - age 78
Maranda Bowers
b. 3, Oct 1867, d. 23, Jun 1960 - age 92

Copied by permission;
From the book "Peter and Mary Bowers"
By Doris and Dan Olds
Added by Janice Hole
Family links: 
  Mary Brown Bowers (1828 - 1901)*
  George Washington Bowers (1849 - 1881)*
  Julia Ann Bowers Hardin (1852 - 1939)*
  Samuel Peter Bowers (1853 - 1929)*
  Mary Bowers Findley (1856 - 1948)*
  Fannie Bowers Bunn (1858 - 1962)*
  Daniel W Bowers (1861 - 1945)*
  Delilah Susan Bowers Dollahon (1865 - 1943)*
  Maranda Bowers Ridgely (1867 - 1960)*
*Calculated relationship

100 Years, 4 Months, 20 Days
Walnut Grove Cemetery
Richland County
Illinois, USA
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Originally Created by: BjJ
Record added: Jun 12, 2009
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Peter Bowers
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- janicet
 Added: Sep. 20, 2015

- JaniceH
 Added: Jun. 6, 2015
Peter is my great-great grandfather.
- JaniceH
 Added: Mar. 17, 2011

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