Copyright 2011-2018 John N. Lupia, III

Samuel Bowlby is one of many Americans yet unrecorded to American numismatic history whose coin collection was sold after his demise leaving only a clerk's record of the account.

Samuel Barker Bowlby (1804-1864), was born on November 27, 1804 at Sussex, New Jersey, son of Samuel Barker Bowlby, Sr. (1782-1846), and Hulda Messene Bowlby (1784-1844).

In 1830 he married Abigail Bowlby (1812-1870), of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, were married in Ohio.

Fig. Tombstone of Samuel Bowlby, Halladay Farm Cemetery, Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois.

About 1857, Bowlby moved to from Ohio to Illinois.

In 1860, he is recorded as a farmer in Somerset Township, Illinois.

He died nine days before his 60th birthday on November 18, 1864, at Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois.

Fig. An original of the Clerk's file record of the sale of coins of the late Samuel Bowlby. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library. For Sale $300. Write

Murphysboro, Illinois
January 20th 1865
Received of Peter Bowlby Administrator of the Estate of Samuel Bowlby Dec'd the sum of one hundred and forty Eight Dollars being the proceeds of the Sale of Gold and Silver Coin belonging to the Established. of Samuel Bowlby Dec'd. 
Abigale Bowlby X [her mark] Robt. M. Cord