1720s America. Leaving sons, Jordan and Samuel, in England, he and sons, John, Thomas, George, and Richard moved to the land of the free.
Tom Chase at Ancestry.com wrote:
" We know that Richard remained a loyalist. I'm not sure about George, but do know that his sons Edward and Richard both fought for the British and that his son John probably also sympathized with them."
The status of John BOWLBY, the father of our Samuel BOWLSBY, is not clear, but although he may have been sympathetic toward the British, he does not seem to have been active in supporting them as did his brothers, Richard and George.
One account (source named later) which we believe is referring to their brother, John, states: "Richard's brother (name not stated), although a Loyalist, remained in New Jersey throughout and after the War with his wife and children, who were 'Rebels'." One of these
"Rebels" would have been my ancestor, Samuel BOWLSBY."
His will dated 1730 and proved 3/18/1730:
"I, 23rd day, 12 mo. Boulsby, Thomas, now of Burlington Co, yeoman; will of.
Whereas in Oct. 1727 there was surveyed unto me in Hunterdon Co. 1550 acres of land, 500 of which I sold to Abraham Hulings of Burlington, Esq. I now order the remainder to be sold to pay my debts. Son, Thomas now in old England, land on branch of Rairington (Raritan) Riverin Hunterdon Co. Son, George, land lying between Whipeney Town and mary Bullis. Son, John to have his full quantity of my land. Father-in-law, Sam'll Barker, in his will gave land to my children - Elizabeth, Martha, Jane and Richard - 200 acres in West Jersey. Executors - Son, John, and friend, Abraham Hulings, Esp."
Witnesses were Jno Allen, Sam'l Bickley, Thos Scattergood, Sam'l Scattergood and Nathaniel Wilkinson.
3/17/1730 Inventory of the estate by James Billyeld, Nathaniel Wilkison and Titan Leeds resulted in a valuation of L82.2.6.