Jacob Bower
Pennsylvania & Kentucky

Jacob Bower was a pioneer Baptist preacher. He was born in Whitmore township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Dunkards. His mother died when he was five years old leaving Jacob and his sister. His father, John Ludwig Bower, remarried. John and his second wife had a number of children. The family moved to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, then Kentucky and afterward, to Miami County, Ohio.

The Bower family lived in Green River, Logan Co, Kentucky.

Jacob Bower married Nancy Ash in December 1807. They were living in Kentucky during the "great earthquake" of the early 1800's. He wrote in his autobiography that there was "a great shaking of the earth and it woke up my wife and myself". He was converted while in Kentucky and he became a Baptist preacher. His ministry is included several counties in Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois. He helped form the Oreano, Illinois Baptist Church. He and his wife are buried in the Oreano.

When his son, Willis Dudley Bower married Sarah Jane Carrico on August 13, 1848, the newspaper in Kane County, Illinois recorded: "May they be showered with lots of little Bowers."

Submitted by Barb Bower [Dec98]


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