Pius J. Bowlds, one and one-half miles northeast of Knottsville, was born in this precinct, April 6, 1827, and is a son of James Bowlds (deceased), a native of Nelson County, Ky., who came to this county in 1826. At the age of fourteen years his mother died, and the family was broken up. Pius learned the carpenter’s trade, at which he has worked, for the most part, for the past twenty-five years. He gave especial attention to bridge-building for some time, and was six years in the employ of the L. & N. R.R. Co., engaged in that work. He was married Jan. 31, 1876, to Miss Margaret Payne, daughter of Stephen Payne, of this precinct. They have had three children, two living – Thomas B. and Martha P. Mr. Bowlds served four years in the late war, in Company A, First Kentucky Cavalry, under General Wheeler. In the early part of his life, like many other boys, he was obliged to go barefoot. He was eight years old when he got his first pair of shoes, and he walked one and one-half miles through the snow in his bare feet to get them. R.H. Hazel made them for him for 25 cents. Mr. B. is a member of the Catholic church and the Abstinence Society.
Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Print.