Note on RULZ: Most of the baptisms, marriages and burials for this family comes from the “Records of the congregations of Upper and Lower Zachiah and Mattawoman” —Lower Zachiah for St Mary’s (Bryantown) and Upper Zachiah for Waldorf.
18.104.22.168.7) John Francis Regis Bowling (c. 1770s – 1828/38) was the son of John Bowling (d. 1791) and his wife Sarah. He was named for the Jesuit St. John Francis Regis (canonized in 1737), but he was often called simply “John” or “Francis”.
He is mentioned in the wills of his father John (1791, P.G Co.), his uncle Francis Bowling (1800, Charles Co. with his full name), and his sister Priscilla (1806, P.G. Co.). He was not the head of a household in the 1790 or 1800 census, so he was presumably living with his parents. “John F. Bowling” witnessed the will of Henry Hardy (father-in-law of his brother Basil Bowling) in 1804 and the will of Dr. Joseph Mudd in 1816.
On 31 January 1806, he married Mary Ann Boone, daughter of Capt. John Boone (1759-1837) and Ann Hardy (d. 1832). The marriage was marked “with dispensation”, because they were cousins — the particular relationship is not clear but research would help clarify the ancestry of JFRB’s mother Sarah. The will of Ann Hardy Boone (pdf), written 1831, mentions her daughter Mary Ann Bowling and granddaughter Christina Dorothea Bowling (the only married Bowling grandchild at that time).
The 1820 census for Charles County, District 3, lists “John F.R. Bowling” next to Henry Acton, William Action, John Boone, Isadore Sansberie, and Richard Cooke — families with past or future marriage connections. At that time, JFRB’s household included: 1 male 26-44, 1 boy 10-15, 1 woman 26-44, 1 girl 10-15, 4 girls under 10; with one enslaved boy and one female.
JFRB must have died between the birth of his youngest child (c. 1828) and the death of his wife (1838). His wife Mary Ann Bowling wrote her will 22 December 1838 (pdf), and it was probated 12 February 1839 (Chas. County), with William A. Mudd executor. She bequeathed 150 acres “lands purchased by my deceased father John Boone” (as well as 1 new feather bed, bedstead and furniture) to her “eldest son John T. Bowling”. Other specific bequests were $100 to daughter Jane Amanda Bowling, $40 to granddaughter Elizabeth Mary Jane Wheatley at age 16 yrs, $50 to grandson William Francis Cook at 21 yrs, a bay horse to “youngest son John Francis Bowling”. The residue of her estate was left to her unmarried daughters Elizabeth Ann Bowling, Jane Amanda Bowling, Elizabeth Julia Bowling, Mary Susan Bowling and son John Francis Bowling. The June 1843 administration acct shows the sum of $2256. Her husband had predeceased her.
The final distribution of his father’s estate in the 1840s listed the following heirs of John F.R. Bowling, who received seven equal shares: Thomas B. Bowling, Jane A. Bowling, Mary F. Bowling, John F. Bowling, Joseph L. Murray and wife, J. F. Wheatley and wife, and William F. Cook.
Children of John Francis Regis Bowling and Mary Ann Boone:
22.214.171.124.7.1) John Thomas Bowling (1807-1849) marr. Elizabeth Acton
Born 7 March 1807, baptized 15 June 1807, godmother Jane Boone. He died intestate with an inventory filed by his admr. George W. Gardiner in Dec. term 1849 with an administration through Feb. 1853. The distribution of his grandfather’s estate called him “Thomas B. Bowling”. On 6 April 1839, “John L.” Bowling married Elizabeth Acton, probably daughter of James and Minty Acton. He died intestate with an inventory filed by his admr. George W. Gardiner in Dec. term 1849 with an administration through Feb. 1853. The Census of 1850 Chas. Co. lists his family under “Em. G. Bowling”, aged 28: Henry 8, Washington 7, William 5, Mary L. 4, Caroline 3, Thomas 2; also Ann Acton aged 17. The 1860 Census (near the Actons, Wheatleys and Murrays): Elizabeth Bowling 37 (without real estate, $145 personal property), Henry 19, John 18, William 16, Mary 14, Catherine 12, Thomas 11,
- —Henry Francis Bowling, b. 27 Dec. 1839, bapt. 11 June 1840 (RULZ says “leg. son”) with godmother Eliz. Bowling.
- —Washington Bowling, not in 1860 census.
- —William L. Bowling, b. 30 Oct. 1843, bapt. 23 June 1844.
- —Francis Bowling, b. 3 Oct. 1845, bapt. May 1846, son of “Jno. T. Boling”. Not in 1850 or 1860 census, so died an infant, or belongs in another family.
- —Mary L. Bowling
- —Caroline/ Bowling
- —Thomas Bowling
126.96.36.199.7.2) Sarah Ann Bowling (1808/10 — c. 1838) marr. William H. Cook
The 1820 census gives her age then as 10-15. On 30 January 1833, she married William H. Cook (RULZ). She must have died by 1838 because she is not mentioned in her mother’s will of 1838 and Wm. “S.” Cook married Eliza Boswell on 8 Feb. 1839. There is a Sara Ann Cook who is godmother for Sara Ann Dixon in 1837.
- —William Francis Cook (b. c. 1834). He was the only child of this marriage, as is clear from the will of his grandmother Mary Ann Bowling (1838), and the distribution of great-grandfather John Bowling’s estate (1840s). In the 1850 P.G. Census, he is found in the household of his father: “Wm. H. Cook 45 Laborer” with value of $500 and his new wife “Eliza. E. 32 F” and children Wm. F. 16, Ann R. 10, Jane L. 8, E.M. 3 Female and J.T. 8mos. Male. RULZ: “Letrice(?) Jane” b. 1842 and “Eliza”, b. 1847 are children of Wm. H. Cook and “Emeline”/Amelia” Cook, his second wife.
188.8.131.52.7.3) Christina Dorothea Bowling (b. c. 1811—bef. 1857).
Probably named for her aunt Christina Boone. Mentioned in the 1831 will of her grandmother Ann Hardy Boone (when she was the only Bowling grandchild): “Item, after the death of my beloved Husband I give unto my Son Aloysius Boone one half of two tracts of land one called Dukes Delight the other called Molleys Delight to him and his heirs forever. Item, after the death of my beloved Husband I give unto my Daughter Mary Jane Boone the other one half of the two tracts of land the one called Molleys Delight the other called Dukes Delight to her and her heirs forever. Item, after the death of my beloved Husband I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Christina Dorathea Bowling during her single life a home on and genteel support from the aforesaid two tracts of land provided she choose to live with her uncle and aunt or either of them and not that she shall remove and take her board elsewhere in such case my Executor and Executrix shall not be bound to pay her board.” When Christina’s aunt Mary Jane Boon wrote her will (pdf) in November 1857, she only named Christina’s children (Ann E. Simpson, Henry A. C. Wheatley, William F. Wheatley, Henrietta C. Wheatley, Mary M. Wheatley, and Mary D, Wheatley), so Christina had died by then.
On 21 Nov. 1837, she married James Wheatley (RULZ). The 1850 Chas. Co. Census has James F. Wheatley, aged 38, farmer with value $100 and wife Christina, aged 39, Betty 11 attending school, Henry 9 attending school, Henrietta 8 attending school, William F. 6 attending school.Mary M. 4. They were living on the property of her aunt “Mary J. Boon 66 F”. In 1860, James Wheatley (without wife) had $3000 real estate and $2850 personal property and was living next to Joseph & Julia Murray.
- —Anne Elizabeth “Betty” Wheatley. Her 3 Dec. 1838 baptism calls her “Wheatley, Anne Eliz. leg. d. James & Christina Bowling Wheatley, b. Oct. 10. M. Jane Boone”. But her grandmother’s will, written a few weeks later, calls her “grandda. Eliz. Mary Jane Wheatley”, Her great-aunt Mary Jane Boone’s will calls her “Ann E. Simpson”. She married Philip Anthony Simpson (of Gustavus) and moved to D.C., where they were buried.
- —Henry A. C. Wheatley (1840-1925) baptized 11 June 1840; married E. Anna Clements. He later lived and died in Brooklyn, Iowa. His gravestone says “Henry A. Clay Wheatley” suggesting he was named for Henry Clay who ran for president in 1840, but the statesman had no middle name.
- —Henrietta Wheatley, aged 18 in 1860 census.
- —William F. Wheatley (1844-1923) RULZ: bapt March 1844, b. Mar. 20 1844. He was a Corporal in the 2nd Maryland Infantry (Confederate) (biography). His son Dr. George M. Wheatley was an innovative pediatrician (oral history).
- —Mary M. Wheatley, aged 14 in 1860 census.
- —Mary Dorothy, “Dorothy” aged 9 in 1860 census, “Mary D.” in Mary Jane Boone’s will.
184.108.40.206.7.4) Elizabeth Ann Bowling (d. bef. 1850), single
She was named first among the unmarried daughters in the will of her mother (1838), but she is not in the distribution of her grandfather’s estate in the late 1840s.
220.127.116.11.7.5) Jane Amanda Bowling (c. 1814 – c. 1856), single
The 1838 will of her mother gave her $100. The 1850 Census Chas. Co. Hilltop District lists her in a Poor House “Jane A. Bowling 36 Pauper”. In December 1856, the first and final adm. acct for Jane A. Bowling was recorded by her admr. Joseph A. Huntt (a neighbor of the family and witness of her mother’s will). The total estate is $59.17.
18.104.22.168.7.6) Julia Elizabeth Bowling (1819-1890) marr. Joseph Lawrence Murray
Elizabeth Julia (also “Julia Eliz.”) was born 31 January 1819, baptized 26 April 1819, with godparents E. Jenkins and Rosella Boone. Her tombstone at Old St. Peter’s clearly shows “10 Jan 1819–died 10 May 1890″ (probably engraver’s error because of death date). On 12 November 1839, she married Joseph Lawrence Murray (c. 1815-1893), aged 45 in 1860 census (living next to his wife’s sister, James Wheatley), 55 in 1870 census, 65 in 1880 census. The 1870 census gives the middle initials of the children. Only the youngest two are at home in 1880.
- —Joseph M., bapt. 21 Aug. 1842, “s. Jos. L. Murray & Julia his wife, 2 m. old, Bap. by Revd. Mr. Mudd”, presumably died young and a later child given the same name.
- —Eleanor, b. 21 May, bapt. 23 June 1844, but dupl. record shows b. June 1844, July 1844 (RULZ)
- —John Ignatius (6 October 1846-20 May 1916) buried at St. Peter’s with his wife Ida Jameson Murray (1846-1928) and their daughters Helen and Mary Margaret.
- —Joseph M., aged 12 in 1860 census
- —James A., aged 11 in 1860 census
- —Julia E. “Lizzie”, aged 8 in 1860 census
- —Margaret “Maggie” (20 July 1855-1 August 1883) buried at St. Peter’s.
- —William Alton Murray (8 April 1860-20 July 1891), “Allen” aged 3 months in 1860 census, “Alfred J.” in 1870, “William A.”, in 1880. Buried at St. Peter’s.
22.214.171.124.7.7) Mary Susanna Bowling (1824—after 1840s) marr. Richard C. Wheatley.
“Daughter of Francis and Mary Bowling”, she was born 15 November 1823, bapt. 27 April 1824, godmother Ann Beaven. Confirmed 1838 Upper Zachiah. Named in the will of her mother (1838) as “Mary Susan Bowling”. She married Richard C. Wheatley around 1850. In the 1870 Chas Co. 2nd District census: R. Wheatley 52 Male Farmer (value $400), M.S. 45 Female Keeping House, M.A. 16 Female, F.R. 15 Male, R.L. 13 Male, A.M. 10 Female, E.R. Female 5, A.C. Male 2 —also her brother J.F. Bowling 43, and Nellie Matthews 55.
126.96.36.199.7.8) John F. Bowling (c. 1827-after 1880), single
His mother’s will in 1831 refers to “my youngest son John Francis Bowling”. He was confirmed in 1838 in Upper Zachiah. In the February 1850 Chas. Co. Court records, “Court being satisfied of full age of John H. F. Bowling under the guardianship of Sylvester F. Gardiner” said guardian is ordered to hand over to him the amount due. Chas. Co. 1850 Census lists him in the household of Sylvester F. Gardiner: “John F. Bowling 22M Laborer”. Sylvester F. Gardiner was the brother of Aloysius Gardiner, the husband of John’s mother’s sister Elizabeth Jane. Also, Sylvester Gardiner’s wife Mary Dorothy Hardy was a cousin of Mary Ann Boone. In the 1870 Charles Co. census, he was aged 43 in the household of his brother-in-law and sister R. and M.S. Wheatley. In the 1880 Charles Co. census, he was aged 53, recorded as “brother in law, farmhand, single” in the family of Joseph Murray.