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Biography of Gideon Bowels

Gideon Bowles and wife, of Dublin, Ireland, were members of the St. James Colony that settled in Goochland Co., Va. Anderson Bowles, their son, married Jane Thomas, and settled in Cumberland Co., Va. Their children were Caleb, Sarah, James, Gideon, Ann, Anderson, Jr., Virginia, Elizabeth, Augusta, and David. Ann and Gideon died in Virginia. The rest of the children came with their parents to Madison Co., Ky., in 1806, and in 1811 they all settled in St. Louis Co., Mo., where Mr. Bowles died the following year. His widow lived until 1834. Caleb the eldest son was Judge of the County Court of St. Louis County several terms. He was married twice, and finally settled in Saline County, where he died. Sarah married Stephen Maddox, of Virginia, who settled in St. Louis County. They had fifteen children. James was a ranger in Captain Musick’s company, and was killed by the Indians at Cap-au-Gris in 1814, in his 20th year. Anderson settled in Mississippi, where he died. Virginia married Richard Ripley, of St. Louis County, and died soon after. Elizabeth married Richard Sapington, and lives in Illinois, a widow. Augusta married Jacilla Wells, who removed to Texas and died there. David, the youngest son living, was married first to Julia Mackay, a daughter of Capt. James Mackay, of St. Louis, by whom he had James A., Jane, Jesse, Nathan Z., Mary E., George R., John B., Julia V., Gustave, Jefferson R., and David J. Mr. Bowles settled in Montgomery County at an early date and still resides there. He is a tanner by trade, but has pursued the avocation of...

Biography of Sir Robert Peel

In the years that lay between the Treaty of Utrecht and the close of the Napoleonic wars British politics were largely dominated by Walpole and the two Pitts: their great figures only stand out in stronger relief because their place was filled for a time by such weak ministers as Newcastle and Bute, as Grafton and North. In the nineteenth century there were many gifted statesmen who held the position of first minister of the Crown. Disraeli and Palmerston by shrewdness and force of character, Canning and Derby by brilliant oratorical gifts, Russell and Aberdeen by earnest devotion to public service, were all commanding figures in their day, whose claims to the chieftainship of a party and of a government were generally admitted. Gladstone, the most versatile genius of them all, had abilities second to none; but his place in history will for long be a subject of acute controversy. He stands too close to our own time to be fairly judged. Of the others no one had the same combination of gifts as Sir Robert Peel, no one had in the same measure that particular knowledge, judgment, and ability which characterize the statesman. His career was the most fruitful, his work the most enduring: he has left his mark in English history to a degree which no one of his rivals can equal. The Peel family can be traced back to the misty days of Danish inroads. Its original home in England is disputed between Yorkshire and Lancashire; but as early as the days of Elizabeth the branch from which our statesman was descended is certainly to be...

Isaac Bell, Jr., Family

L203 GILBERT DE CLARE: a Magna Charta Surety; a descendant of KING ALFRED THE GREAT, son of Richard de Clare, a Magna Charta Surety. His descendant, 14 generations removed, was No. L221. L221 LADY CATHERINE AYLMER, a desc. of thirteen (who were of kin to nine of the others) of the twenty-five Barons who were Sureties for the observance of the Magna Charta. Widow of Sir Nicholas Plunket, of Dublin , m. Captain Michael Warren, Warrenstown, County Meath , Ireland (d. 1712). L222 OLIVER WARREN, Lieutenant, R. N., of Warrenstown. L223 NATHANIEL WARREN1, of “Neilstown House,” Stillorgan and ” Warren Mount”, Dublin . Member of Parliament; High Sheriff of Dublin , 1773; Alderman, 1775. Captain of the Dublin Volunteers; delegate from the city to the National Conventions held in Dublin , 1779 and 1783. L224 ELEANOR LA TOUCHE WARREN: b. 1776; died New York , 1860; m. Robert Crean of Dublin , d. Madrid , Spain , 1831. L225 Henrietta Agnes Crean: d. Saxony , 1873; m. New York , June 6, 1846 , James Gordon Bennett, founder of The N. Y. Herald newspaper. L226 JEANETTE BENNETT: m. Isaac Bell, Jr., of New York , d. 1889. Issue.FootnotesSee comment 2868 by Owen Clough for alternative...

Biography of William P. Glennon, M. D.

Dr. William P. Glennon, specializing in surgery in St. Louis, was born in County Meath, Ireland, June 24, 1880, a son of Mathew and Catherine (Rafferty) Glennon, and a brother of Archbishop Glennon, mentioned elsewhere in this work. Dr. Glennon, after obtaining a public school education in Dublin, continued his studies in the Dublin University as a medical student and won his M. D. degree upon graduation with the class of 1906. He then resolved to come to America, thinking to find a more favorable professional field here, and made his way at once to St. Louis, where he entered St. Anthony Hospital as an interne, there serving in 1906-07, or for a period of two years. At the end of that time he entered upon private practice and so continued until 1918, when he enlisted in the American Medical Corps and was assigned to Evacuation Hospital, No. 31. He was commissioned a captain and was on active duty until August, 1919, when he received his discharge. He has always been a close and thorough student of his profession, utilizing every means to promote his knowledge and advance his skill. In 1908 and 1912 and again in 1914 he traveled abroad, visiting leading European clinics for the study of surgery. He is now a member of the surgical staff of St. John’s Hospital and a member of the faculty of St. Louis University as assistant professor of surgery. He has membership in the St. Louis Medical, Missouri State and American Medical Associations. He belongs also to the St. Louis Surgical Club and the American Surgical Clinics. Dr. Glennon is...

Biography of Daniel Curran Kennedy

DANIEL CURRAN KENNEDY is the founder of The Leader, the oldest newspaper in Springfield, a breezy sheet, which enjoys a good circulation and is published in the interests of the community, especial attention being paid to local affairs, making it a history of the events that transpire in this locality. Moreover it reviews intelligently the public issues of the day, and its advertising columns are well filled and show that the business community of Springfield and neighboring towns appreciate it as a medium for making themselves known to the people at large. The intelligent and able editor of this journal is a native of Dublin, Ireland, where he was born February 14, 1842. His father, Michael Kennedy, was obliged to flee from Ireland on account of political complications, and in 1843 came to America with his family and settled on land in Alabama, where he became a tiller of the soil. Later he came West to Missouri, settled at St. Louis and engaged in steam-boating on the Mississippi River, rising to the rank of captain. He prospered in this business and continued it until his death, which occurred about 1853. He was a Democrat politically, and he and his wife, Elizabeth Candron, whom he married in Dublin, were devout members of the Catholic Church; and in that faith reared their children: Catherine, Anthony, Mary, William and Daniel C., all of whom were born in the Isle of Erin. Daniel Curran Kennedy was educated in the public schools at St. Louis, after which he attended a commercial college for some time, where he acquired a sound and practical education. Upon...

Biography of Patrick Brennon

Patrick Brennon was for many years identified with the community of Ogden as a stanch and reliable merchant, a citizen who was never negligent of his responsibilities and duties, and altogether completed a well rounded life of activity and service. A native of Dublin, Ireland, where he was born in 1844, he came to America at the age of fourteen. He had limited advantages in his youth, and by sheer force of will and determination gained a substantial position in the world. He lived in New York State for a time and then came west and located in Vermilion County, Illinois. He went from that county into the ranks of the Union army and three years after his honorable discharge in 1868 he laid the foundation of his own home by his marriage to Miss Cornelia Terrell. Mrs. Brennon, who is still living at the old home in Ogden, was born at Georgetown, Illinois, and grew up and married there. Her parents were William and Artemesia (Douglas) Terrell, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Kentucky. Artemesia Douglas’ family was related to that which gave Illinois and the nation the great figure of Stephen A. Douglas. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Brennon came to Ogden, which was then a small hamlet consisting only of a post office and a general store. Mr. Brennon taught school for several years here and also in the Fairmount School. The young people bought a home at Ogden and, possessing youth, industry and energy; they were not long in establishing themselves permanently. For some time Mr. Brennon was passenger agent...

Biography of James Flanagan

Success comes not to the man who idly waits, but to the faithful toiler whose work is characterized by intelligence and force; it comes only to the man who has the foresight and keenness of mental vision to know when and where and how to exert his energies, and thus it happens that but a small proportion of those who enter the “world’s broad field of battle” come off victors in the struggle for wealth and position. James Flanagan, a worthy pioneer and successful businessman of Boise, is one of the many good citizens that Ireland has furnished the United States. He was born near Dublin, in July 1837, a son of William and Mary (Burns’) Flanagan, also natives of the Emerald Isle. The father died of cholera, in the fifty-fourth year of his age, and his widow lived to the advanced age of seventy-eight years. Both were devout members of the Catholic Church. Of their children four sons and four daughters five are still living. Their son James, the subject of this review, received his education in his native country, where he remained until he was sixteen years of age. He then sailed for America, to make his own way in the world and to enjoy the civil liberty denied to him in his own land. Arriving in New York City, he secured employment and remained there for a number of years, part of the time working as a brick-maker. Later he removed to Wisconsin, where he engaged in farming. On the 18th of July 1864, he arrived at Boise, Idaho, where at first he worked for wages...

Biography of Hon. James J. McDonald

The subject of this sketch, one of the leading general contractors of Idaho and a man of public spirit, is a native of Ireland, his birth having occurred in the city of Dublin, July 12, 1862. In his native city he acquired a liberal education, and in 1880 emigrated to the United States, locating in Denver, Colorado, where he remained for two years. From 1882 to 1890 he was engaged in railway construction, in several states, and during the last named year came to Idaho, settling at Nampa, where he has since resided. During his residence in this state Mr. McDonald has been engaged in mining, irrigation and railway construction, under contract, the latest contract for the latter species of work being made for the grading of the Boise, Nampa & Owyhee Railroad. But his value to the community is not confined to the directing of manual labor, for his intellectual heritage and attainments have led him to take an efficient part in the public welfare. Politically he is a Republican, and he is always active in supporting the principles and interests of that party. In the autumn of 1898 he was elected to represent Canyon County in the state senate of the fifth session of the Idaho legislature. While a member of that body he was chairman of the railroad and transportation committee and a member of the committee on engrossed bills and corporations. He was one of the leading members of the senate, taking an active and influential part. Fraternally Mr. McDonald is a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the B. P. O....

Biography of Hon. John Kelly

HON. JOHN KELLY. – Prominent in almost every department of business and public life, Honorable John Kelly is known throughout the length and breadth of our state as a man of great abilities and irreproachable integrity. As a pioneer, none has a more deserving record, nor has sustained amore honorable part. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1818, he crossed the Atlantic to Canada in 1838, and in 1840 came to Franklin, Vermont. Three years later he began a career at the West, coming to Wisconsin, and there exercising his natural bent for business and capacity for organization, by which he has been distinguished, established a small woolen factory. But, finding the conditions unfavorable for a business of the dimensions that he desired to control, he sold out his interest and removed to St. Louis, seeking a wider opportunity. There he was led by his love of adventure to enlist for service in the Mexican war. In January of 1848 he was quartered with his regiment at Fort Leavenworth; and not until June following was the command ready to move to the seat of war. While en route, at Santa Fé, news was received that the war was over; and the regiment was ordered back to Jefferson Barracks. In 1849 Mr. Kelly received an appointment as wagon-master in the battalion of Colonel Loring to proceed to Fort Vancouver on the Columbia. Experiencing cholera on the plains of the Nebraska, and, as drover of the companies loose stock, to which he had been subsequently assigned, meeting with unreasonable treatment, he disconnected himself from the train this side of Fort Hall, and...

Biography of Samuel M. McCurdy, M.D.

SAMUEL M. McCURDY, M.D. – This venerable deceased pioneer of the Lower Sound, whose name will ever be held in honorable regard by the people of this coast, was born near Londonderry, Ireland, in 1805. In his youth and early manhood he was favored with the best of educational advantages, and before crossing the water to America held the degree of M.D. from Trinity College, Dublin. In 1836 he had reached St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and was engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1849 he sought to begin life anew in the Golden state, and in the spring of 1850 was established at Marysville, California, still practicing medicine. With the penetration which enabled him to perceive the great future of a northern country, he decided to make Washington his home, and came in 1854 to the deep-wooded and rugged site of the present port of Washington, and in those solitudes erected the first house constructed of boards on the present site of the elegant McCurdy Block. Upon the outbreak of the Indian war, he enlisted as surgeon in the Northern Battalion, and served until the end of hostilities. Returning to his home he was appointed surgeon of the Marine Hospital, holding the position until 1859. Relieving himself in this year of that somewhat confining work, he associated himself with Traverse Daniels in the establishment and publication of the Port Townsend Register, the first newspaper published in Port Townsend, thus becoming one of the pioneers of journalism in Jefferson county. He was also one of the organizers of St. Paul’s church, and was ever foremost in urging forward...

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