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 Timothy Bates Bowersock

Timothy Bates Bowersock

Birth
Death 10 Feb 1928
Burial Allentown, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 32786651 · View Source
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Timothy was born the second son and sixth child of nine children. His father was a shoemaker, blacksmith, miller, horse trader and farmer during his life and his mother was the daughter of a Methodist preacher, miller, farmer and alcohol distiller. His grandmother Ruth Moore Bates died when he was six and his mother Ruth Bates Bowersock died when he was 8. His father never remarried, but chose to raise his children by himself moving his children from Noble Co. to Allen Co. in 1865, three years after his wife died. His father bought 126 acres of land in Section 33 of German Twp. where he farmed for the rest of his life. Timothy was 11 years old when this move was made. His grandfather Rev Timothy Bates died three years later. Timothy attended the common schools of the county and lived in a single school district for 45 years.

When he was 21 he married Margaret Ellen Kemp. She died three months later. About two years later he married Margaret Lucritia Brewbaker and they had nine children; seven sons and two daughters. One daughter died before her third birthday, the youngest son died 3 days after birth and the oldest son died when he was 66.

Timothy and Margaret erected a log cabin and lived there until 1892 when they built a farm home on 23 acres in German Twp. In 1889 his father died and he inherited 20 acres from him that he traded for 148 acres of unimproved land that was owned by Marshall Field of Chicago, Ill. Timothy cleared the land and built it into one of the finest stock farms for jersey cattle in Ohio and added property to his holdings. He named his farm the Lima Jersey Stock Farm and was known throughout the county for his excellent herd of cattle. He had amassed the land that extended from Sereff Rd. to Shawnee Rd. and from Elm St. to Spencerville Rd. He lost the farm to an attorney named Goeke with one unfortunate draw of the cards. His grandson Martin never gambled and would not play cards, and I suspect Martin heeded a grandfather's caution. Martin also never owned property in his own name, but always had ownership listed in his wife's name. He and Timothy were very close when he was growing up and Martin enjoyed the “chores” he had when visiting his grandparents.

Timothy's father had selected and purchased horses for the Union Army and although Timothy himself raised cattle, he enjoyed being around horses and was instrumental in introducing harness racing to the Allen County fairgrounds.

His choice in politics were Democrat and at various points in his career he was elected Infirmary Director, Shawnee Township Assessor, German Township Treasurer, Land Appraiser, President of the School Board, Secretary of the Agriculture Society, and Shawnee Township Trustee. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the B. P. O. E. Lodge 54, had filled all chairs of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 370, and held membership in the Improved Order of Red Men, America's oldest fraternal organization chartered by Congress. He was a member of the United Brethren Church.

He had many family gatherings with his children and grandchildren, which were fondly remembered by his grandchildren.



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