Harry Alvin Bowers1

M, b. 15 August 1913, d. 22 December 1986
     Harry Alvin Bowers was born on 15 August 1913 at Lowell Township, Cherokee, Kansas, United States. He was the son of Giles Elmer Bowers and Elizabeth "Libbie" Valetta Darr. He married Myrtle Marie Brasch on 5 August 1932 at Kansas, United States. He died on 22 December 1986 at Garland, Dallas, Texas, United States, at age 73. He was buried at Restland Park Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States.
     Biography of Harry Alvin Bowers:
He served in the Air Corps in WWII, first lieutenant.1


  1. [S594] Howard I. Bowers, "Light Townsend of Kentucky (Unpublished)."

Verl Curtis Martin1

M, b. 29 November 1917, d. 6 February 1986
     Verl Curtis Martin was born on 29 November 1917 at Lyon Township, Cherokee, Kansas, United States. He died on 6 February 1986 at Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Kansas, United States, at age 68. He was buried on 10 February 1986 at Pleasant View Cemetery, Spring Valley Township, Cherokee, Kansas, United States.
     Biography of Verl Curtis Martin:
The Morning Sun, Pittsburg, Kan., Friday, February 7, 1985: "Verl Martin - Baxter Springs - Verl C. Martin, 68, of Baxter Springs died at 1:20 p.m. Thursday Feb. 6, at Baxter Springs Memorial Hospital. Mr. Martin, born Nov. 29, 1917, in rural Columbus, lived his entire life in the Baxter Springs area and retired in 1976 from B.F. Goodrich Tire Co. in Miami, Okla. He married Marie Bowers Sept. 3, 1939, in Columbus, and she survives at the home. He served as an elder and past-board chairman of Baxter Springs First Christian Church. Additional survivors include three sons, Verl Dean Martin of Topeka, Ray Lee Martin of San Jose, Calif., and Dr. Joe Martin of Hays; one brother, Leonard Martin of Columbus; two sisters, Sarah Chandler of Boise, Idaho, and Lisa Abbott of Vancouver, Wash; and seven grandchildren. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Baxter Springs First Christian Church, with the Rev. Joe Samuels officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in rural Baxter Springs. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Derfelt Funeral Home in Baxter Springs."1


  1. [S594] Howard I. Bowers, "Light Townsend of Kentucky (Unpublished)."

Elza T. Sample1

M, b. circa 1859
     Elza T. Sample was born circa 1859 at Morgan, Illinois, United States. He was the son of Andrew Sample and Mary "Polly" Boyer. He married Marinda (--?--).
     Biography of Elza T. Sample:
1880 Federal Census Morgan County, Illinois, p. 326B.1


  1. [S594] Howard I. Bowers, "Light Townsend of Kentucky (Unpublished)."

Sarah C. Stewart1

F, b. November 1851, d. after 1900
     Sarah C. Stewart was born in November 1851 at Illinois, United States. She married Henry L. Sample, son of Aaron Sample and Anna W. Boyer, on 8 April 1871 at Morgan, Illinois, United States. She died after 1900.

Children of Sarah C. Stewart and Henry L. Sample


  1. [S594] Howard I. Bowers, "Light Townsend of Kentucky (Unpublished)."

Eli A. M. Roberts1

M, b. circa 1859
     Eli A. M. Roberts was born circa 1859 at Illinois, United States. He was the son of Andrew J. Roberts and Mary Sample.


  1. [S594] Howard I. Bowers, "Light Townsend of Kentucky (Unpublished)."

David Sample

M, b. circa 1770, d. 28 June 1829
     David Sample was born circa 1770 at South Carolina, United States. He married Mary "Polly" Townsend, daughter of Light Townsend and Delilah Pouncey, on 22 September 1791 at Woodford, Kentucky, United States; Back side of marriage bond identifies Lite Towsen as the father of Mary Towsen. He died on 28 June 1829 at Morgan, Illinois, United States. He was buried at Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Morgan, Illinois, United States.
     Biography of David Sample:
The following biography is from Howard Bowers Light Townsend of Kentucky.1 Reproduced below with permission:

The first record in which David Sample was found is as the signer of a petition: "Petition No. 52 for Division of Fayette County, 17 Sep 17, 1788, signed by Benjamin Samples, David Samples, John Samples, Samuel Samples, and Samuel Samples, Jr." Source: Petitions of the Early Inhabitants of Kentucky to the General Assembly of Virginia, 1769-1792, by James Rood Robertson, John P. Marton and Company, Louisville, Kentucky (1914), reprinted 1981, Southern Historical Press. Note: It seems likely that Benjamin, David, John and Samuel, Sr., were brothers, or possible one was the father.

Marriage Bond, Woodford County, Kentucky, Kentucky State Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
"Know all men by these presents that we David Samples and Lite Towsen are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency the Governor of Virginia in the sum of Fifty pounds current money to the payment of which will and truly to be made we and each of us bind ourselves and each of our Heirs, Exers & assigns jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed & dated this 21st day of September 1791. The Condition of this obligation is that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be Solemnized between the above bound David Samples - and Mary Towsen - of the County of Woodford. Now if it shall hereafter always appear that their is no just cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation shall be void or else in full force.
Test:                          David Samples (Seal)
Tho. Arnold                         Lite Towsen (Seal)"
On the back is written: "Lite Townsen is Father to the within named Mary Townsen. JP Tho. Arnold"

Kentucky Marriage Records, Genealogy Publishing Company, 1983, p 808. Marriage was performed 22 Sep 1791, by Minister Samuel Shannon. On the same page is the record of a marriage between Benjamin Sample and Mary Gum, 11 Aug 1791, performed by the same Minister Samuel Shannon. It is likely that Benjamin and David were brothers. Benjamin Sample also appears alongside David Sample in Kentucky tax lists.

David Sample is listed in several Kentucky tax lists: Woodford County in 1791and 1792, Shelby County in 1795 and 1799 and Warren County in 1800, 1802, 1803 and 1804. Source: Kentucky Tax Lists, Kentucky State Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.

He served in General Wayne's Indian War in Kentucky in 1792-1793 in Captain Blair Ballard's Company.

The Kentucky Land Grants, 1782-1924, by W. R. Jillson, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1971, p 401, Grants South of Green River:
David Sample, 380 acres, book 8:249, 6 Mar 1806, Warren County, Big Beaver Dam Creek
David Sample, 200 acres, book 12:184, 9 Aug 1799, Warren County, Big Beaver Dam Creek
David Sample, 316 acres, book 27:11, 20 Sep 1806, Warren County, Big Beaver Creek

Warren Co., Kentucky, Deed Book 1:222-224, 11 Nov 1800, Power of Attorney from William Stathan of Warren County appointing David Samples of Warren County his attorney for the sale of 113 acres of land to Light Townson, it being the land on which Townson was then living. Test: John Rountree, Nathaniel Douglas and John Douglas.

Warren Co., Kentucky, Deed Book 1:310-311, 16 Nov 1800, William Statum of Warren County to Light Townsing of Warren County, 173 acres on the waters of Beaver Dam, signed by David Samples, attorney in fact, recorded Nov Court 1802.

Survey of Land Grant, Warren Co., Kentucky, #04839, to David Sample, 20 Sep 1806, 316 acres on the waters of Big Beaver Dam of the Green River beginning at his northwestern corner of his 200 acre survey. Witnesses: Joshua Armstrong and Benjamin Samples

Warren Co., Kentucky, Deed Book 5:259-261, 21 Sep 1810, David Samples of the Yealundau [sic] Territory to John Rountreeof Warren County, 200 acres on the waters of Big Beaver Dam Creek. Signed David Samples (his mark). Witnesses: David Stice, Robert Armstrong and David Cutliss. Recorded 8 May 1811.

Warren Co., Kentucky, Deed Book 5:261-162, 21 Sep 1810, David Samples of the Euleandau [sic] Territory to David Stice of Warren County, 180 acres on the waters of Big Beaver Dam Creek. Signed David Samples (his mark). Witnesses: David Cutliss and Robert Armstrong.

He served in the War of 1812 with his son, Benjamin Sample, as a mounted rifleman in the Illinois Rangers under Capt. Samuel Whiteside, a volunteer in St. Clair Co., Illinois, which later became Madison Co., from 22 Aug 1812 to 13 Nov 1812, a term of two months and 23 days, for which he was paid at the rate of $6.66 per month and 40 cents per day for his horse, amounting to $18.34 and $33.60 respectively, a total of $51.94. Source: National Archives, War of 1812, Illinois Militia, David Sample.

Federal Land Patent, 7 Sep 1814, to David Samples of Madison Co., Illinois, 160 acres in Madison County, northeast 1/4, section 21, township 3N, range 7W, third meridian, vol 23, p 162, record 152196.

He is in the records of Canteen Creek Baptist Church, Troy, Jarvis Twp., Madison Co., Illinois, in 1817 as a member assigned to finding ground to build a church, and last in Nov 1826, appointing a new deacon to replace David Sample, who was moving away.

David Samples household, 1820 U.S. census, Ridge Prairie Twp., Madison Co., Illinois, M33, Roll 11, p 32:
5 males, 0-9 years of age
1 m, 16-25
1 m, 26-44
1 female, 16-25
1 f, 26-44
2 in agriculture

Morgan Co., Illinois, Will Book, A:24-25, recorded 2 Jan 1830: "In the name of God Amen. I David Samples of the County of Morgan and State of Illinois being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be unto God calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly affects wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath to Polly my dearly beloved wife all my real and personal Estate whatsoever and all and every description of Property lawfully belonging to me at my death to have and to hold during her natural life except one cow for my son Washington Sample one for my son Aaron Samples and one for my son Jacob Sample. I also direct that at the death of my wife Polly Samples that the Estate shall be Equally divided among my children viz. William, John, Andrew, Elizabeth, Light, Jacob, Washington, and Aaron. I do also make and appoint John Sample the sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament. And do hereby utterly disallow revoke and do annul all and every other former Testaments Wills legacies bequests and Executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and twenty nine.
                              David X Sample

"Signed Sealed published and declared by the said David Sample as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us and in the presence of each other.
Preston Martin
Benjamin Hamilton
H. Vance."1

Children of David Sample and Mary "Polly" Townsend


  1. [S594] Howard I. Bowers, "Light Townsend of Kentucky (Unpublished)."