Madison County



Data added by transcriber in blue font

Veteran's Name: Bowlsby, Benjamin Franklin

Father: William H. Bowlsby
Residence:  Father's nativity: 
Occupation: Farmer Mother: Mary Ann Garretson
Date of birth: 30 Sep 1839 Mother's nativity: 
Place of birth: Delaware County, Indiana Wife:  Catherine S. Hyskell
Date of death: 12 Feb 1920 2nd wife: 
Place of death: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa 3rd wife: 
Place of burial: Winterset Cemetery  
Cause of death: 


  Marietta (   ) Southwick

  Clarence Bowlsby;  Des Moines, Iowa

  May (Frank) Davisson; Des Moines, Iowa

  Minnie (Sherman) Gregory; Adel, Iowa

  Walter H; Valley City, North Dakota

  Fred A, died ca 1925 Des Moines, Iowa

  Frank O., Portland Oregon 1953

  Othello (widow Kate died recently Indiana)

  Bertha (Wm) Weyhranch, Chicago, Illinois

  Fred A (Ada Lowden)

  Blanch (Albert) Weyhranch in Wisconsin 1953

War record
  Rank: Musician Company: A Regiment: 39th
  State: Iowa Organization: Infantry
  Enlistment date: 22 Aug 1862 as drummer
  Enlistment age: 23 Residence: Winterset
  Service notes: Reduced to ranks at own request 29 Jun 1863. Taken prisoner 05 Oct 1864 at Allatoona, Georgia. Paroled.
  Mustered out: 26 May 1865 at Davenport, Scott, Iowa
GAR membership
  Post name: Pitzer Date joined: 27 Apr 1883
  Post No.: 55(47) Age at joining: 
  Place: Winterset Transfers: 
Sources: Roster Iowa Soldiers; Ex. Soldiers living Ia. 1886: - Winterset./Graves Reg: Bowlsby, Benjamin Franklin/Des Moines Tribune, Feb 13, 1920, p. 1, col. 5/History Madison County 1915 - Vol 2 page 300/
Notes:  Ada, widow of Fred A living 1953 in Des Moines, Iowa 3001 Univ. - and son Arthur Bowlsby at same address - married Florence Ulfers - They have two sons James in Marines i.e. Sgt James A., Marines, California Tech Student Des Moines Tech High - Benj.  

Curtis W. Gregory, son of Minnie - living 1953 at Adel, Iowa "may have veteran's discharge paper. Veteran died at her home in Des Moines. Curtis a private Atty in Adel now, served previously in Atty General's office (state). Informant re deaths & living 1953 - Arthur Bowlsby.

Have photograph of him taken in October 1862 at Davenport - another when he was 75 years of age with his drum. (These photographs may still be in the possession of the Iowa Historical Library in Des Moines which possesses the original GAR documentation).


Transcribed by Kent G. Transier 12 Sep 2005.