E. Swift
Gilroy Township

Bio- Alley Bowen

 Born in Seneca county, New York, January 8, 1829. At an early age he was moved by his parents to Hillsdale, Michigan, where he was educated. In 1852 he crossed the plains to California, arriving first at Hangtown (now Placerville) the 17th August of that year. After prospecting for a time he went to Marysville, but returned to Placerville. In 1853 he came to Santa Clara county, and resided in San Jose, until February 16, 1854. He now returned to Michigan. In 1859, however, he once more traversed the plains to the Golden State, and established himself in Sutter county, but passed the Winters of 1861 and 1862 in San Jose. February 16, 1866, he sailed from San Francisco, once more to visit his home in Michigan. He engaged in farming in Hillsdale county until 1880, when he once more fount his way back to California, and arrived in  Marysville, May 4th. On August 18, 1889, he located on his present farm of eighty-six acres, in Gilroy township. Married, January 16, 1859, Emma F. Gibbs, a native of New Jersey, and has: Katie F., now Mrs. George B. Wagner, born March 24, 1801; Albert Grant, born February 25, 1804; Arthur Julius born June 15, 1872.

   page 629  History of Santa Clara County, California : San Francisco: Alley, Bowen & Co., 1881,

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