David Cowles Private in Civil War
Submitted by PHGS Member: Nancy Joy


David Cowles ( My GG-Grandfather), was a Civil War Private.
He enlisted on the 12th of February 1864 at Bolivar, NY in the 161st Regiment of NY, volunteering to serve 3 years or during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on the 14th day of February 1864 at Elmira, NY in the 161st Regiment of NY.

He was given a 60 day furlough for illness from New Orleans, LA in September of 1864, he returned to Bolivar, NY where he died of consumption on January 2, 1865, however this was not reported so he was labeled as a deserter.
When his wife applied for her pension, it was then discovered he was not a deserter and had the label removed.

David Cowles was born in Vermont May 29, 1820 (other records say Bristol, NH), he was a farmer in Bolivar, Allegany Co., NY and was married to Clarissa Thurber on Dec. 14, 1844. He died January 2, 1865 and is buried Bolivar. His name is found on the Veteran Memorial and his own memorial stone.

David and Clarissa Thurber Cowles were the parents of four children:

Oliver D (died Young)

Amasa Jackson - married Margaret Maybee, resided in Friendship, Allegany Co., NY where he died June , 1931. He was care taker of the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Friendship, but buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship

Martha E. - married Jasper Wright of Bolivar, she died in 1917

William Riley (know as Riley) my Great grandfather - married Lydia (lena) Amadon (amidon), he died January 21, 1938 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery by his brother Amasa

Application For Civil War Pension

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