THOMAS BOWLES, deceased, was born January 17, 1823, in Warren County, Ky. His father, Knight Bowles, was of English lineage, and about the year 1821, married Harriet Hines, of Bowling Green, Ky.; by this union five children were born, of which number Thomas was the eldest. Knight Bowles during his life was engaged in the vocation of farming; he died in 1840. Thomas Bowles, after the death of his father, remained with his mother, supporting her by his labor until the year 1853. On the 6th of October of that year, he was married to Prudence B., daughter of John and Rebecca (Anderson) Rone, of Warren County. After this marriage, Mr. Bowles continued farming until September 12, 1861, at which time he joined the Federal army; enlisted in Company B, Twenty-sixth Kentucky Volunteers, in command of Capt. A. B. Stanly, in which command he served for a term of three and one-half years. After receiving an honorable discharge, at the close of the war in 1865, he returned to his farm, on Green River, Ohio County, where he resided until, his death, which occurred April 6, 1873. In connection with his farming interests, Mr. Bowles performed the duties of lock-keeper on Green River for about seven years. At his death he owned about 175 acres of land, which is very productive, and well improved with dwelling, barns, orchards, etc. The farm is now operated by the sons of Mr. Bowles, under the supervision of their mother. Mr. Bowles' death was caused by a lingering consumption; the declining years of his life were peaceful and happy, supported by the love and attention of his family. He was a kind and considerate husband, and an indulgent father; an active, consistent member of the Methodist church; was also a member of the order of A. F. & A. M., in which he had passed through all the honors to the Master's chair. His habits were temperate, and at the time of his death, he was a member of the I. O. G. T. Politically Mr. Bowles was a Democrat and took an active part in elections. He left seven children, five of whom are living: Thomas K., John W., Mary F., George L., and James C.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895
Note: Thomas G. Bowles is buried in the Rochester Cemetery in Butler County, KY.