David Dillingham SOWLE

Male 1807 - 1891  (83 years)


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  • Name David Dillingham SOWLE 
    Born 3 Nov 1807  Chenango, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Jan 1891  Marinette, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I32402  Atherton
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2015 

    Family Adaline Jeffords ATHERTON,   b. 11 Aug 1819, Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1915, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 9 Jul 1840  Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F10476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Nov 1807 - Chenango, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Jul 1840 - Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Jan 1891 - Marinette, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From Find a Grave:
      David Dillingham Sowle
      Birth: Nov. 3, 1807
      Chenango County
      New York, USA
      Death: Jan. 21, 1891
      Marinette
      Marinette County
      Wisconsin, USA

      "The Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wis." (c)1889, pp. 864-865.

      D. D. SOWLES, residing on section 27, Milton Township, is numbered among the honored pioneers of the county, dating his residence in this community from 1842. He was born on the 3d day of November, 1807, in Chenango County, N.Y., and is a son of James and Abigail (DILLINGHAM) SOWLES. His father was born in Dutchess County, N.Y., and his grandfather was also a native of that State. The mother died when our subject was a lad of fifteen, her death occurring in 1822, from starvation, caused by ulcers in the throat, which prevented her from taking food. The children of the family were James, who died in Michigan, in March, 1887; David D. of this sketch; W. W., who is living in the old homestead, in Michigan; Rebecca wedded Smith BLAISDELL, and they now reside in Hardscrabble. After the death of his first wife, Mr. SOWLES was again married, and by the second union were born three children. Mary, wife of George BURRIS, who is living at St. Louis; Fannie, who married Newton BENEDICT, and resides in, Oakland, Cal., and Clara, who is now the wife of Leander HALOCK, a Methodist minister.

      In 1832, when twenty-five years of age, our subject left this native State on a Friday in the month of March, and in a sleigh containing seventeen people, came to the West, reaching Michigan after several days. Locating in Washtenaw County, he built a mill, and engaged in its operation for some time. The best winter wheat could then be bought for three shillings a bushel. He also engaged in farming in Michigan, and followed milling until 1842, when he came to Wisconsin, locating in this county. Driving ox and horse teams, he reached his destination after three weeks travel, arriving in Milton when that town contained but one store, which was owned by Joseph GOODRICH. He removed a little log cabin to the site of the present city, but not long afterwards the house was again removed to the farm on which he yet resides. The dimensions of that pioneer home were 14 x 16-1/2 feet, and one night, during the early days of his settlement in this county it sheltered thirty-two people.

      Before leaving Michigan, Mr. SOWLES was united in marriage, July 9, 1840, with Miss Adeline J. ATHERTON, their union being celebrated in Sowlesville, a town which was named in honor of his father. Mrs. SOWLES is a daughter of Simon and Roxie ATHERTON, who were natives of Connecticut, and had a family of seven children. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. SOWLES, three of whom are living. Cornelia, born April 24, 1841, died in 1887. She was the wife of Rev. James RICHARDSON, who died in January, 1885; Isaac, born Nov. 1, 1844, who is engaged in operating the home farm, is the husband of Maty MOLTON; William E., who was born June 26, 1849, and resides in Milton, married Miss Lillie PARMETER in 1874, her death occurring in 1876, after which he was again married on the 2nd day of August, 1879, to Ida M. TRACY, who died April 22, 1888, leaving one child, Ethel, who way born on the 3d day of July, 1882; Josie R., born Aug. 9, 1853, was united in marriage Sept. 30, 1882, with Rev. Perry MILLER, a Methodist minister of Waupaca, Wis., and to them has been born one child, Junia M., born July 11, 1884.

      Since becoming a resident of this county, Mr. SOWLES has been engaged in farming, and is one of the leading citizens of the community. Financially he is a self-made man, beginning life without capital, he has steadily worked on until becoming well-to-do. For nine years he continued to make his home in the little log cabin, when he erected his present residence. His farm now comprises 200 acres of valuable land, and is one of the best in the county, with all the latest improved machinery, good grades of stock, and all that is necessary to a well regulated farm. In political sentiment Mr. SOWLES is a staunch supporter of the Republican party, a warm advocate of the principles of that great organization, and has voted for both William Henry Harrison and the present executive. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been an active worker in that society. This worthy couple are numbered among the highly esteemed residents of Milton Township, and have many warm friends throughout the county, where they have made their home for the long period of forty-seven years.


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      Parents:
      James Sowle (1783 - 1873)

      Spouse:
      Adaline Jeffords Atherton Sowle (1819 - 1915)

      Children:
      Isaac A. Sowle (1844 - 1914)*
      William E. Sowle (1849 - 1913)*

      Siblings:
      James Sowle (1806 - 1887)*
      David Dillingham Sowle (1807 - 1891)
      Rebecca S Sowle Blaisdell (1820 - 1893)*
      Melissa Sowle Waterman (1828 - 1847)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Milton Cemetery
      Milton
      Rock County
      Wisconsin, USA

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      Record added: Mar 22, 2013
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