|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1839|
|Death: ||May 20, 1914|
John Wesley Bowers was born on his family's farm in Guernsey County, Ohio on November 13, 1839. He was the seventh of twelve children born to John Wesley and Sarah Jane (McPeek) Bowers.
In 1845 his family moved to Washington County, Ohio and settled on a farm in Liberty Township, where John would grow up. He attended the local school and when old enough he helped out on his family's farm.
On December 27, 1861, at the age of 22, he volunteered and enlisted in the Union Army at Camp Tupper in Marietta, Ohio. He served during the Civil War with Company D, 77th OVI and attained the rank of Sergeant on January 16, 1866. Following the battle of Falling Timber, he was captured at Marks Mills, Arkansas and lodged in the Confederate prison at Tyler, Texas, remaining there for 10 months. He was released in a prisoner exchange and was discharged with his company at Brownsville, Texas on March 8, 1866.
He returned to Liberty Township and helped his father with the family farm. He continued farming his entire life.
He married Rosanna Love, daughter of John and Nancy Jane (Forshey) Love, on March 18, 1865 in Washington County, Ohio.
Together John and Rosanna had 10 children: George Edward (1876-1946), Sophia Ann (1877-1968), Mary (1879-), William Francis (1880-1951), Mabel (1881-1944), Agnes Jane (1882-1959), Charles Wesley (1885-1959), Chester Arburn (1890-1983), Ernest Arthur (1892-1977) and Ethel Anna (1899-).
In Early 1914 he suffered a stroke which caused paralysis. While he showed slight improvement after the stroke, he never regained full use of his body and little hope for his ultimate recovery had been held out. For a few days prior to his death his condition had been extremely critical. He died on the morning of May 20, 1914 at his home at Heslop. The official cause of death was "Heart Disease". His obit noted that he was "one of the prominent elderly men of his home neighborhood."
At the time of his death he was survived by his wife of 39 years; nine children: George Bowers, City auditor of Marietta, Arthur, William and Ethel, who lived at home, Mrs. Sophia Hamilton, of Steel Run, Mrs. Mabel Moore, of East Liverpool, Mrs. Frank Rohrer, of Marietta, Charles and Chester Bowers, of Akron. He was also survived by three sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter.
John Wesley Bowers (1808 - 1881)
Sarah Jane McPeek Bowers (1807 - 1878)
Rosanna Love Bowers (1849 - 1933)
George Edward Bowers (1876 - 1946)*
Sophia Ann Bowers Hamilton (1877 - 1968)*
William Francis Bowers (1880 - 1951)*
Charles Wesley Bowers (1885 - 1959)*
Chester Arburn Bowers (1890 - 1983)*
Ernest Arthur Bowers (1892 - 1977)*
Scott Ridge Cemetery
Maintained by: Ian Hamilton
Originally Created by: J Witkowski
Record added: Apr 01, 2009
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