When Jesse Boyd Bowling was born on 14 January 1822, in Perry, Kentucky, United States, his father, Eli Elijah "Bad Eli" Bowling, was 20 and his mother, Susannah "Snookey" Roberts, was 20. He married America Crawford on 12 December 1854, in Breathitt, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 14 September 1878, in Laurel, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Bowling Cemetery, East Bernstadt, Laurel, Kentucky, United States.
English: habitational name from Bowling in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Americanized form of German Bolling or Bohling .