Cause of his death was congestion of the lungs.3
According to a Rootsweb reference, he had a common school education. He was a general merchant at Kemptville, Canada, during his active life. In politics he was a Conservative, and he served the county as coroner. He was a member of the Church of England and was warden for a number of years.
The sponsors for his baptism were Jacob Weagant, and Henry (Elizabeth's cousin) and Mary Schwerdfeger (Elizabeth's sister). It is nice to see that Elizabeth's family was supporting her since she was on her own, as Joseph's father is listed as "unknown" in the baptism register.
He is buried in St. James Anglican cemetery, Kemptville, Ontario.
Facts and details for Joseph Bower:
He lived in Williamsburg, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1813-1830.
He was adopted on 14 Mar 1819 in Williamsburg, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Although there is no record of a formal adoption, the date of William and Elizabeth's marriage is being used.
He lived in Mountain, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1830-1831.
He owned land consisting of the west 80 acres of lot 3, Concession 7 in 1848 in Mountain, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 12 This property was inherited from his father. This property is currently located between Hyndman and Shaw Roads at about 10237 Hyndman Road.
He worked as a postmaster before 1851 in South Gower, Grenville, Ontario, Canada. 13 Before the establishment of a postoffice on 6 July 1851, the mail came in by stage running from Prescott to Ottawa, and was left at a small office near the eastern boundary of South Gower, where Joseph Bower was installed as the postmaster.
He was the owner of a store and is listed as a merchant in 1851 in Oxford Township, Grenville, Ontario, Canada. 14
He lived in Oxford Township, Grenville, Ontario, Canada in 1851. 14
He was the owner of a saw mill in 1856 in Osgoode, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. The John C. Bower and co-operative company began in Osgoode in 1856 along the Old Prescott-Bytown Road that would be known as West Osgoode. The members of the company were John Conrad Bower, Joseph Bower, James Porter and Andrew Blackburn, general merchants and proprietors of steam saw mills. The mill was established at a cost of $300 with a 16 horsepower engine and capable of turning 800,000 feet of lumber per year. In connection with the sawmill there was an extensive turning factory where table legs and bedsteads were turned out in large quantities.
He was the owner of a store and is listed as a merchant in 1861 in Kemptville, Grenville, Ontario, Canada. 15 In 1851 he was the owner of a store and is listed as a merchant in Kemptville. In 1859 he built a new store on the North-West corner of Clothier and Barnes Streets (119 Clothier Street East) in Kemptville which he operated until his death in 1870. In 1888, an Agricultural Fair was being held in Kemptville, and it became the first building in Kemptville to be lit by electric lights, as lines were run especially for the occasion. In 1892 the building was bought by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, two years after they had arrived in Kemptville. The store was remodeled with lodge rooms on the second floor, and an Opera House on the ground floor. This hall had been used by the community for public and private events, annual Fireman's Balls and regular dances, plays and concerts. For a few years in the 1940's it was used as a movie theatre.
He lived in Kemptville, Grenville, Ontario, Canada in 1861. 15 Their house was located on the southeast corner of Clothier and Lydia Streets and backed on to Kemptville Creek. The house was torn down in the 1900s and new homes were built in its place.
He worked as an as a director on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa and Prescott Railway in 1864 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. 16
A legal document entitled Release of the Estate of Joseph Bower to J. C. Bower was signed on 11 Jan 1871. The reason for this document was likely the numerous partnership and joint business ventures between Joseph and his brother John Conrad. The text of this release is as follows:
Joseph married Mary Ann HUNTINGTON, daughter of Dr. Silas HUNTINGTON and Mary ADAMS, in Jan 1837 in Kemptville, Grenville, Ontario, Canada.1 (Mary Ann HUNTINGTON was born on 20 Jun 1818 in Madrid, St. Lawrence, New York, United States, died on 1 Dec 1908 in Kemptville, Grenville, Ontario, Canada 17 and was buried on 1 Dec 1908 in Kemptville, Grenville, Ontario, Canada 18.). The cause of her death was listed as infirmities of age.3
1 One World Tree, http://trees.ancestry.ca/owt/person.aspx?pid=45999528&st=1.
2 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998), AFN:10P4-RW9.
3 "Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947," database, Joseph Bower.
4 (Williamsburg, Ontario, Canada), "Liber A Page 90," Joseph Schwerdfeger; LAC M-1496.
5 e-mail, Dixie Cutler.
6 St. James Anglican (Kemptville, Ontario, Canada), "Volume 1K5, pages 251-252," Burial of Joseph Bower; Anglican Church - Ontario Archives, Kingston.
7 Internet web site, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hubbard/NNY_index/bower.html.
8 Will of Reverend John Bower.
9 of Canada, Ontario, Grenville: "Census - Canada - 1831 - Ontario, South Gower," p. 1; Archives of Ontario, Toronto; MS 2550.
10 of Canada, Ontario: "Census - Canada - 1832 - Ontario, South Gower," p. 3; Archives of Ontario, Toronto; MS 2550.
11 of Canada, Ontario, Grenville: "Census - Canada - 1834 - Ontario, South Gower," p. 2; Archives of Ontario, Toronto; MS 2550.
12 Grenville and Dundas, Ontario, Mountain: Book A, folio 52, memorial 68; Williamsburg: Book A, folio 132, memorial 158; South Gower: Book A, memorial 17, pages 13-14, Will of William Bower.
13 J. Smyth Carter, The story of Dundas : being a history of the county of Dundas from 1784 to 1904 (Iroquois, ON: St. Lawrence News Publishing House, 1905), 335.
14 1851 census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Ontario - Upper Canada - Canada West, Oxford Township, district 4, Oxford Township, p. 7; RG 31; digital images, Ancestry, Census - Canada - 1851 - Ontario - Upper Canada - Canada West .
15 1861 census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Ontario, Oxford, district 1, Kemptville, p. 2; RG 31; digital images, Ancestry.com, Census - Canada - 1861 - Ontario .
16 "Mitchell and Cos Ottawa City and County of Carleton Directory, 1864-1865," database, West Osgoode; page 207.
17 "Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947," database(accessed 8 Mar 2012), Mary Ann Bower; Grenville 1908.
18 St. James Anglican (Kemptville, Ontario, Canada), "1K8 pages 175-176," Burial of Mary Ann Huntington Bower; Anglican Church - Ontario Archives, Kingston.