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Monday, November 11, 2013

Some Boulware and Hower History

Stephen Donaldson Boulware.—Numbered among the prosperous and progressive citizens of Shelbyville is Stephen D. Boulware, who is actively identified with the promotion of the agricultural interests of this part of Shelby county, having the supervision of his two valuable farms, which he rents. A son of Thomas Lewis Boulware, he was born October 27, 1864, in Shelby county, on his father's farm, which was located nine miles north of Shelbyville and two and one-half miles southeast of Eminence. His paternal grandfather, Ramsey B. Boulware, a farmer near Frankfort, Kentucky, was born March 27, 1785, and died July 24, 1843. He married December 5, 1805, Lucy Ford, who was born June 26, 1782, and died December 23, 1847. Their family consisted of six sons and four daughters, none of whom are now living.

Thomas Lewis Boulware was born in Franklin county, Kentucky, near Frankfort, January 6, 1814, and died in Shelby county, Kentucky, July 9, 1868. Beginning his career as an independent farmer soon after his marriage, he located in Oldham county, his last residence in that county having been near Westport, on the river. From there he moved with his family to Campbellsburg, Henry county, where he lived several years. Coming to Shelby county in 1858, he bought land two and one-half miles southeast of Eminence, and from that time until his death was engaged in cultivating the soil, carrying on mixed farming. He was a natural mechanic, and as a young man worked at his trade of a wagon maker. He was a man of high moral principles, successful in business, and was held in high esteem throughout the community. He was never active in public affairs, but was for many years an elder in the Baptist church. On September 14, 1841. he was united in marriage with Elveree Corbin, who was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, August 15, 1821, and died on the home farm, near Eminence, December 25. 1895. Her father, Lewis Corbin, who was born February 10, 1791, and died October 8, 1838, married Malinda Hardwick, whose birth occurred February 21, 1790. Of the thirteen children born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lewis Boulware, seven grew to years of maturity and were living in March, 1911.

The twelfth child in succession of birth of the parental household, Stephen Donaldson Boulware, grew to man's estate on the homestead, and eventually became the main dependence of his widowed mother. He assisted her in the management of her affairs, looking after the farm and helping her raise four of her grandchildren, and tenderly caring for her in declining years. After his marriage, Mr. Boulware bought a farm situated two miles south of Eminence, in Shelby county, and was there a tiller of the soil for eleven years. Disposing of that property, he bought land at Chestnut Grove, nine miles north of Shelbyville, on Smithfield pike, which he operated as a general farm for a number of years, being very successful in its management and making it one of the best improved and most desirable estates in the vicinity. This farm of one hundred and ninety-one acres he still owns, and likewise has title to a farm of one hundred and thirty-six acres lying six miles from Shelbyville, both of which he rents, receiving a good annual income from the rentals. While living on the farm Mr. Boulware made good use of his time, money and land, raising not only grain and tobacco, but stock of all kinds, including hogs and horses, carrying on his operations on a very safe basis and accumulating considerable wealth. He has lived in Shelbyville since 1908, having a cozy little home on Bland avenue. He affiliates with the Democratic party, but is not an active politician. He was reared in the Baptist faith, but both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Boulware married, February 10, 1887, Mary A. Hower, who was born near Pleasureville, Henry county, twenty-two years before, and had lived there until three years previous to her marriage. Her father, Peter Hower, who was born in Luxemburg, Germany, July 16, 1829, emigrated to America in 1851, and after living in New York City for two or three years made his way to Newport, Kentucky. Subsequently buying land in Henry county, not far from Pleasureville, he improved a fine farm. Coming from there to Shelby county about 1876, he was the first to make a specialty of tobacco growing in this part of the state, the productions of his fields becoming well known and in great demand in the tobacco markets. A man of characteristic German thrift and honesty, he won the confidence of the community, his word being as good as his bond, and his death, December 14, 1908, was a cause of general regret. He was a Democrat until the question of Free Silver arose, when he joined the Republicans. Both he and his wife, whose maiden name was Martha Jane Neale, were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Three sons and one daughter have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Boulware, and of these children the daughter, Maymie Sterling, a school girl, is the only survivor. Maurice Donaldson, the first-born, died at the age of nineteen years, while a student at Central College. Maddox Neale, the second son, lived but sixteen months. The youngest child, a boy, died in infancy.

Johnson, E. Polk. A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 1912. <>

Johnson, E. Polk. A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities, Volume 3. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1912.  (Google eBook)

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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