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CORNELIUS BOWDEN  was born in Hickory Township, Mercer Co., Penn., December, 12, 1826, and is a son of Daniel and Mary (Wasey) Bowden. The former was a native of Bucks County, Penn., of English parentage. His wife was of Scotch parentage. They were married in Bucks County, and with three children moved to Gustavus, Ohio. About 1822 they settled in Hickory Township, Mercer County, where five children were born, making a family of four daughters and four sons. The youngest son, James G., was killed at the battle of Fort Wagner. In 1835 the family removed to Mercer, where they resided about twenty years and then located in Sharon, where the parents spent the balance of their days, the mother dying January 22, 1866, and the father July 12, 1872, both being members of the Baptist Church. Cornelius began business in Sharon in 1846, and afterward moved to Orangeville, Penn., where he remained for nearly two years. He then returned to Sharon, where he has ever since been in business, having a large carriage and wagon factory, which a few years ago was destroyed by fire. Mr. Bowden was married June 1,1850, to Abigail Ray, of Brookfield, Trumbull Co., Ohio, daughter of David and Abigail Ray, pioneers of that county. Four daughters have been born to them. Politically Mr. Bowden is a Prohibitionist, and he and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: History of Mercer County, 1888, page 708

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