BENJAMIN F. BOWERSOX. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is operating the farm, which belongs to his mother, located on section 9, Nilwood Township. His father was Jacob Bowersox, a native of Union County, Pa., and his mother was Mary (Soudder) Bowersox. They came to Macoupin County, about 1863 and settled in Nilwood Township. In 1876 the father bade a long farewell to his sorrowing family and passed to the better land. The mother still survives tenderly and lovingly cared for by her affectionate children.
The original of this sketch is one of nine children, he being the seventh. His birthplace was Miami County, Ohio, from which place his parents emigrated to Macoupin County. His natal day was July 28, 1845. He was reared under his mother's care until he arrived at manhood, remaining under his father's roof until the family came to this county in 1863. He was married in Montgomery County, Ill., September 1, 1868 to Miss Sarah Studebaker, a daughter of John and Mary (Neffe) Studebaker who originally came from Elkhart County, Ind., and settled in this county in 1866; here they remained about two years and then removed to Montgomery County, Ill., where the father died November 3, 1887. Mrs. Bowersox was born in Elkhart County, April 16, 1848. The family remained in Macoupin County, until the spring of 1871, when they removed to Morrison, Montgomery County. Here our subject engaged in carpenter work until the fall of 1875 when he returned to Macoupin County.
Mr. Bowersox's occupation has been for the greater part of his life that of farming, in which he carries on a general agricultural business. He resides on a part of the old homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Bowersox are the parents of three children. They are: Jacob H., Mary M. and Darwin D. Our subject has been the Collector for his township for several years; both he and Mrs. Bowersox are members of the German Baptist Church.
He of whom we write is a man of sterling integrity and strong principles, unpretentious and simple in his manners and style of living, and is a true friend and enthusiastic supporter of any means that promise to be to the advantage of his fellow townsmen. His wife has been his helpmate for many years and like Cornelia she could say to her neighbors to whom life is but a festive occasion for display, in reference to her children, "these are my jewels." Her care for her home and family mark her a model housewife.