Bowling Fun Facts…..

 The Bowling Name in History

Timeline in History

1840– 110 Bowling Families with most living in Kentucky. (21).

1861-1865– 163 Bowling Union Soldiers and 358 Confederate Soldiers.

1880– Top Bowling US Occupations- Keeping house, farmer, laborer, at home.

1881 England– Most Bowling residents lived in Lancashire and Yorkshire Counties

1900-1170 Bowling Families with most living in KY, average household size 5.34

1914-1918 World War I- 1,565 Bowling draft registrants, with most registering in KY.

1920- 1844 Bowling households of which 44 percent owned home, 70 % of these individuals were literate.

1939-1945 World War II- 895 Bowling soldiers joined the US Army.

Today– Most Bowling families in US live in Kentucky and Ohio.

1821-1948– Most Bowling immigrants to US came from England, Ireland, and Canada.

1945– Most Bowling Immigrants to the US arrived in 1945. The Queen Mary was the most common ship that Bowling immigrants sailed on.

Ships the Bowings Sailed On:

Queen Mary-20 ppl                                         Adriatic- 8ppl

Leviathan- 16 ppl                                            Baltic- 8 ppl.

Queen Elizabeth- 15 ppl

Britannic- 14 ppl

Cedric- 11 ppl

City of Limerick- 9 ppl

General Maurice Rose- 9 ppl

Majestic- 9 ppl

1840 Fun Facts

US population was 17,069,000

Inventions: Sewing machine, vulcanized rubber

Most popular spectator event: Horse racing

10- hour work day was established.

States with the most Bowling Households in 1840-

Kentucky -21


Tennessee- 11

Indiana- 9


Bowling Households in Kentucky 

Early Kentucky inhabitants included members of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Shawnee Indian Tribes. Daniel Boone established the first English-speaking settlement in the area in 1775. Kentucky became a state in 1792. The 1820 Missouri Compromise confirmed its status as a slave state. Kentucky’s 1840 population was 780,000 including 190,000 people of African descent.

1880- Did you know?

US Population- 50,155,783.

Residents born outside the US: 5,248,568

Teacher’s salary monthly: male- 71.50 and female: 54.50 per month

Life expectancy was 39.6 years

Bike Ownership- 50,000

Miles of Railroad track- 87,000

States with most Bowlings in 1880

Kentucky- 110

Virginia- 73




Did you know?

Most common Bowling Civil War Ranks at discharge.

Private- 432

Corporal: 27

Sergeant: 22

Other: 8

1st Lieutenant: 7

Most Common Bowling Civil War Units

17th Virginia Cavalry: 11

Capt. Cooper’s company- Virginia Light Artillery: 7

16th Virginia Cavalry: 5

24th Virginia Infantry: 5

30th Virginia Infantry: 5

Most common Civil War Enlistment Day, Month and Year for Bowling’s

Day: Monday

Month: August

Year: 1861

Occupations: 1880

Did you know? The average workday was 10 hours. People were generally paid in cash, but some received wages on a weekly or even monthly basis. Employee’s like grinders, carpenters, engineers, and laborers were paid between $1.00-$3.00 per day.

$1.00 in 1880 was equal to $2.55 in 1950 and $17.83 in 2000.

Did you know?

World War Two Draft Registration for the Bowlings family “ Old Man’s Registration.

Did you know the fourth registration often refer to as the old man’s generation was conducted on 27 April 1942 to register men who were born on or before 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897, consisting of men who were between the ages of 45 and 64 years old and who were not already in the military. This registration is the only World War Two draft registration that is currently available to the public. The other registrations are not available due to privacy laws.

Bowling’s draft registration by age-( fourth registration only)

Age of the youngest registrant was 45 years old

Age of the oldest bowling registrant was 64

The average age of the bowling registrant was 54.

Remember, this is only the “Old Man Registration.”

World War I Draft Registration:

Did you know in 1917 and 1918 approximately 24,000,000 U.S. men registered for the draft the total population at that time was more than 100,000,000 if you have family in the U.S. during world war one you are likely to find information in the large draft registration card collection.

The registration cards contained names, dates and significant genealogical information such as birthplace and citizenship status.

Most common Bowling locations of employment when registering for world War I :

Clay County with 93 Bowling’s

Nelson County with 40 Bowling’s

Mercer County had 37 Bowling’s

Leslie County had 36 Bowling’s

Carter County had 32 Bowling’s.


Did you know?

The US population was 106,521,537

The average car price was $295.

The average household income was $1236 per year.

The life expectancy for a male was 53.6 years and female was 54.62 years

The unemployment rate was 5.2%.

The illiteracy rate was 6%.

The states with the most Bowling households in the 1920s where Kentucky with 453, Virginia 168, Tennessee 138, West Virginia 102, Missouri 94.

Source: Ancestry Bowling Book of Facts.