Notes for William Sprigg Bowie, Capt.
Military service: January 14, 1776, Was commissioned Second Lieutenant of Gundley's Independent Maryland Company
Children listed are not proved.
!The Bowies & Their Kindred by Walter Worthington Bowie: He was a planter until he commencement of the Revolution, when he enlisted in the army. Was commissioned second Lieutenant of Gundley's Independent Maryland company, Jan. 14,l776. Was promoted to first lieutenant of the Maryland Flying camp, in which his brother, Robert was captain, Jul. l, l776. Upon reorganization of the army Jan l777 he was commissioned captain Fourth Battalion, regular forces. Took part in the fierce engagements at White Plains, New York, Harlem Heights, and Germantown, in which latter fight he was severely wounded. His physical condition forced him to resign, Dec. l5, l777. and kept him an invalid for many years. Upon leaving the army he returned to his farm, near Marlborough, and engaged in a mercantile business in that town which did not prove profitable, as in l795 he advertised all his property for sale, stating ill-health had forced him to neglect his affairs, which resulted in heavy losses. Among the property which he offered for sale, mention is made of a "beautiful little farm about one mile from Marlborough," tow thousand acres of land in Charles Co., and two" splendid horses, formerly the property of my brother, Capt. Osborne S. Bowie." The land was bought by his brother, Robert Bowie, who parted with it a few years later. His will is dated Aug l8, l809; speaks of himself as being in the fifty-ninth year of his age and long "a sufferer from great infirmities." He requested that he be buried in the neighboring churchyard, "as I have no land of my own;" desired a "few prayers to be said over me, according to the rites of the Episcopal Church, but I wish no sermon, as I do not hold with the preaching of sermons at such times, and wish no pomp or parade." He directs that all of his debts be satisfied and the rest of his personal estate by given to his step son, Benjamin Sprigg, for the use of the latter's daughter Julia Maria Sprigg, and mentions tow sisters of the latter. One of these girls, in after years, became the wife of Walter Bowie Brooke, a great nephew of W.S. Bowie. The only civil office, which Captain Bowie is known to have held is that of magistrate, in which capacity, he served for many years in Marlborough, where he lived. An old letter from him to his mother is still extant. He say it is sent by "my man Daniel" and refers to himself as a great sufferer form rheumatism, gout and old wounds. His mother, who died in l804, mad him her principal beneficiary and executor. In his own will he made John Burgess Bowie his third cousin executor.
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