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Bowles DNA Project Kit #133246

1 Joseph S. Bowles, b. 1811 in Quebec, Canada
 + Sarah Harding, b. abt 1826 in England
  2 Josephine Bowles, b. abt 1854 in California
   + H. M. Bennett, b. abt 1851 in Canada
    3 Kate C. Bennett, b. Oct 1883 in Idaho
  2 Henry Bowles, b. abt 1856 in California
  2 Philip Ernest Bowles, b. 23 Oct 1858 in Arcata, Humboldt County CA, d. 20 Jan 1926 in Oakland CA
   + Mary A. McNear, b. 26 Nov 1860 in Petaluma, California
    3 Philip Ernest Bowles, Jr., b. Sep 1884 in California
    3 George McNear Bowles, b. 5 Oct 1887 in Oakland CA
     + Beatrice Nickel, b. 5 Dec 1892 in San Mateo Co CA
      4 Henry M. Bowles
      4 Amy McNear Bowles
      4 George McNear Bowles, Jr.
    3 Amy McNear Bowles, b. Feb 1890 in California
     + Hiram W. Johnson, Jr.
    3 Robert Harding Bowles, b. 17 Oct 1895 in Oakland CA
     + Ethel Havenner

1850 Federal Census: California, Trinity County, page 71B
household 36/36
Joseph Bowles - 38 M, merchant, born Louisiana
Sarah Bowles - 24 F, born England

1860 Federal Census: California, Humboldt County, Union Township, page 181A
household 618/577
Wm Codington - 49 M, merchant, born NY
Sarah Bowles - 35 F, born England
Josephine Bowles - 6 F, born CA
Henry Bowles - 4 M, born CA
Ernest Bowles - 1 M, born CA

1870 Federal Census: California, Santa Clara County, Fremont Township, page 60A
household 324/315
Gras, Edward - 43 M W, farmer, born France
Gras, Sarah - 42 F W, keeping house, born England
Bowles, Henry - 15 M W, born CA
Bowles, Josephine - 17 F W, born CA
Bowles, Ernest - 13 M W, born CA

1880 Federal Census: Idaho, Oneida County, Oxford, District 25, page 275A
household 151/152
Bennett, H. M. - W M 29, lawyer, born Canada, father born Wales, mother born Ireland
Bennett, Josephine C. - W F 24, wife, keeping house, born CA, father born Canada, mother born England

1880 Federal Census: California, San Francisco County, San Francisco, District 159, page 181D
household 47/61
Degras, Sarah H. - W F 48, keeping house, born LA, parents born England
Bowles, P. E. - W M 20, son, student, born CA, father born Canada, mother born LA

1900 Federal Census: California, Alameda County, Oakland Ward 5, District 373, page 172A
household 6/6
Bowles, P. E. - head, W M Oct 1857, 42, md16yrs, born CA, parents born England, bank president
Bowles, M. A. - wife, W F Nov 1862, 37, 4 children, born CA, parents born Maine
Bowles, P. E. Jr. - son, W M Sep 1884, 15, born CA
Bowles, George - son, W M Oct 1887, 12, born CA
Bowles, Amy McNear - daughter, W F Feb 1890, born CA
Bowles, Robert H. - son, W M Oct 1895, born CA
Burnett, Kate C. - niece, W F Oct 1883, 16, single, born CA

1910 Federal Census: California, Alameda County, Oakland Ward 1, District 39, page 1B
household 11/28
Bowles, Philip E. - head, M W 50, md26yrs, born CA, father born Canada, mother born England, bank president
Bowles, Mary A. - wife, F W 47, 4 children, born CA, parents born Maine
Bowles, George M. - son, M W 21, single, born CA
Bowles, Annie M. - daughter, F W 19, single, born CA
Bowles, Robert H. - son, M W 14, born CA
Bennett, Kate C. - niece, F W 26, single, born Idaho, father born Canada, mother born California

1920 Federal Census: California, San Francisco, page 96B
household 141/141
Bowles, George McN. - head, M W 32 md, born CA, parents born CA, bank cashier
Bowles, Beatrice N. - wife, F W 27 md, born CA, father born PA, mother born CA
Bowles, Henry M. - son, M W 1, born CA

According to his passport application dated 13 Aug 1921, Philip E. Bowles stated that his father was Joseph S. Bowles who was born in 1811 in Quebec, Canada. He stated that his father had emigrated to the United States as a child, and he believed that his father had resided in the United States for 35 years. Assuming a death date for Joseph of approximately 1858-9, he would have entered the U.S. in 1823-4. Philip also stated that his wife, Mary A. Bowles, was born in Petaluma, California on 26 Nov 1860, and that he was born on 23 Oct 1858 in Arcata, Humboldt County, California. Humboldt County was created in 1853 from Trinity County. Philip and Mary were planning a trip to Europe and would leave from New York aboard the Aquitania on or about 13 Sep 1921.

From Past and present of Alameda County, California written by Owen McArdle and Ina D Coolbrith, and published by S.J. Clarke Publishing Company of Chicago in 1917. Text found on pages 448-9.


Mr. Bowles, residing in Claremont, was born at Arcata, Humboldt county, California, in October, 18S9, and is a son of Joseph and Sarah (Harding) Bowles, who came to this state from New Orleans and were among the early settlers of Humboldt county. In 1867 the family moved to Santa Clara.

At the age of nineteen Philip E. Bowles entered the University of California, from which he graduated with the scientific degree in 1882. He soon became associated in business with the late George W. McNear in the grain and shipping business, and his experiences in that enterprise covered a period of ten years. In 1893 he became interested in the First National Bank of Oakland and not long after was elected its president. In 1903 he organized the American National Bank of San Francisco, of which he is still president. Mr. Bowles is also president of the First Trust and Savings Bank of Oakland and the First National Bank of Vallejo.

In 1884 Mr. Bowles was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. McNear, a daughter of George W. McNear, his former partner in business. They are the parents of four children. For more than twenty years Mr. Bowles' business activity has been confined to the field of banking, which has precluded his indulgence in other enterprises. He is shrewd, diplomatic and known through the Bay Cities as one of the foremost men of his profession.

Mr. Bowles is a man of strong physique, particularly fond of outdoor sports of all kinds, being especially interested in the manly sports of the Claremont Club, to which he belongs. He is also a member of the Pacific Union and University Clubs of San Francisco and for some time has been a member of the board of regents of the University of California. He is a courteous, genial gentleman and a man of sound business judgment, public-spirited and progressive, taking an active interest in works of charity and public beneficence. His business acumen leads him to a thorough investigation of every proposition to which he lends his support. His work is in San Francisco as well as in Oakland and the demands of both cities receive his attention.


Quebec, Canada; England, California

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