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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES BOW

sion), 1722-1724, 1725-1727. OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICES: collector of North Potomac, 1710-1718;
Council, 1720-1727/28. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, St.
Mary's County, 1709-?. WEALTH DURING LIFE-

TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 1,300

acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, will probated on
January 3, 1727/28. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£5,086.17.7 (including 40 slaves); FB, £4,828.6.4.
LAND: over 2,000 acres, plus property in England.

BOWLES, JOHN (ca. 1616-1676). BORN: ca.
1616. IMMIGRATED, in 1661 as a free adult. RE-
SIDED: in Charles County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
BROTHER: Edward Bowles (ca. 1598-1659), who
immigrated in 1650, was an illiterate justice of St.
Mary's County in 1655, and owned 200 acres at
the time of his death. MARRIED in 1663 Margery
(1633-ca. 1676), widow of William Batten. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: illiterate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION. Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1662. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE
Lower House, Charles County, 1669, 1671-
1674/75. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Charles County,

1670-1676. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT

FIRST ELECTION: 1,000 acres by 1673; at least
1,750 acres by 1675. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated on April 25, 1676. LAND. 1,750
acres.

BOWLEY, DANIEL (1745-1807). BORN: in 1745
in Baltimore County; only child. NATIVE: at least
second generation. RESIDED: in Baltimore Town
and at "Finley," Baltimore County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Daniel Bowley (?-1745), of
Baltimore County, a merchant. MOTHER: Elizabeth
(?-1793), daughter of Darby Lux(ca. 1698-1750).
UNCLES: Darby Lux (?-1795); William Lux (ca.
1730-1778). MARRIED Ann (?-1793). CHILDREN.
SONS: William Lux (1783-1855), who married in
1809 Mary Hollins; Francis Russell; Samuel
Hughes (after 1787-?); and Daniel (?-1793).
DAUGHTERS: five, including Ann Lux, who mar-
ried in 1798 Henry Thompson; Sarah Stewart,
who married in 1805 Charles Wirgman; Rebecca
Maria (after 1787-?); and Elizabeth (1791-?), who
married William Hollins. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Angli-
can, pewholder at St. Paul's Church, Baltimore

City. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1777;
Esq., 1786. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE merchant by
1770, in partnership with his uncle William Lux
(ca. 1730-1778). Owned a wharf on the harbor in
Baltimore Town; active in land development in
Baltimore Town; owned a privateer during the

Revolution. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER.
VICE. Senate, Western Shore, Term of 1781-1786:
1785 (elected on January 7, 1786, to fill vacancy in
the 1785 Assembly; qualified on January 11,
1786), Term of 1786-1791: 1789 (elected on No-
vember 20, 1789, to fill vacancy; qualified on De-
cember 9, 1789), 1790, Term of 1791-1796: 1791-
1792 (elected to fill vacancy; qualified on April 3,
1792), 1792 (did not serve), 1793 (resigned on No-
vember 26, 1793). LOCAL OFFICES: St. Paul's
Church Vestry, Baltimore Town, in office 1775-
1777, 1779-1781, 1784-1785; Committee to Exe-
cute Circulation of Paper Money, Baltimore
County, in office 1781; commissioner, Baltimore
Town, 1781-1796; warden, port of Baltimore, ap-
pointed 1783; commissioner of tax, Baltimore
County, 1783-1786. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value in Baltimore
County £1,022.0.0, including 18 slaves and mer-
chandize in Baltimore Town, 1783; 18 slaves,
1790. ANNUAL INCOME ground rents of £28 ster-
ling per annum on lots in Baltimore Town, 1783.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 382 acres in Baltimore
County, ca. 9 lots in Baltimore Town, plus 1,400
acres in Monongahela County, Virginia. SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH inherited one-third interest in
ca. 3,000 acres in Anne Arundel, Harford, and
Baltimore counties, plus 40 acres in Baltimore
Town from Thomas Harrison (?-1782) in 1782. By
1795 Bowley had purchased the rights of Harri-
son's other two devisees. Much of the Harrison
land had already been sold or leased by that time,
but Bowley soon sold the remainder except for
many of the lots in Baltimore Town. From the late
1780s until his death he concentrated on the devel-
opment of his Baltimore Town lots, (Harrison's
and those he acquired alone), most of them on
Philpot's Hill, the York Turnpike, and in the har-
bor area around "Bowley 's Wharf." WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: buried on November 14, 1807, in St.
Paul's Church Cemetery, Baltimore City. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, $8,920.52 current money
(including 25 slaves and shares of stock in the
York Turnpike Road and the Frederick Road);
FB, $88.53. A Chancery Court case in 1808 al-
lowed a debt of £3,986.11.3, plus interest from
1807 that Bowley owed to Daniel Dulany, Jr.
(1722-1797) to be charged against Bowley 's estate
and directed that a portion of his land be sold to
satisfy Dulany's claim. LAND 2,623 acres in
Baltimore County, 190 acres in Frederick County,
326 lots (of which ca. 150 were undeveloped) in
Baltimore City, plus one-half share of 25 lots in
Baltimore City, and 1,400 acres in Monongahela

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