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Story of David A. Bowles

Background Story

David A. Bowles is the fifth generation of his family to be born in Austin, Texas. Both parents are from pioneer settlers. His great grandmother Elnora Van Cleve was the first child born in Austin on April 14, 1841. His stories are based on many years of historical and genealogical research. He and Becka his yellow lab travel extensively telling the stories of the Westward Sagas®. A prolific writer Bowles has written hundreds of stories about history and the true-life characters he has met. The fifth book in the Westward Sagas® will be released in the Spring of 2023.

David's Accomplishments
  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 1994 Business Leader of the year

  • Awarded Lifetime Membership Texas Association of Business

  • Appointed to the White House Conference on Small Business 1995

  • Appointed by Mayor Nelson Wolf to the San Antonio Police Review Board served 1994-1998

  • Served on the San Antonio Crime Prevention Commission under four mayors from 1991-2001

  • Served on the Board of directors 100 Club of San Antonio 1992-2004

  • Graduate of San Antonio Citizen Police Academy 1995

  • President of the San Antonio Chapter Sons of American Revolution 2009 Member since 1994

  • Charter Member of the Alamo Chapter Sons of the Republic of Texas Member of SRT since 1990

  • Served on the board of directors  Alamo Executives Association Member since 1990

  • Served on the board of directors Sales and Marketing Executives International in Dallas and San Antonio

  • Honorary Chairman San Antonio March of Dimes Western Gala 1996


"Don't try to teach a pig to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig."

David A. Bowles

Storytelling by David A. Bowles

David A. Bowles, author of The Westward Sagas® and member of the Tejas Storytelling Association, the National Storytelling Network, and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, enjoys sharing what he learned from his historical and genealogical research. He is available to share his entertaining and educational presentations with schools, churches, and other organizations.

David grew up listening to his parents, aunts, and uncles telling stories about his ancestors. As a child, he loved to sit on the front porch of his aunt and uncle’s ranch house at the end of the day, eating fresh peaches and listening to the family stories his relatives told.

After years of research, he started writing a series of novels about his ancestors. Although the stories are consistent with known history, he is writing the books as fiction to include dialogue and to fill in the gaps in the historical records.

David has spoken to children, youth, and adults about topics such as:

  • The Role of Churches in the American Revolution

  • Women in the Revolutionary War

  • Farming during Revolutionary Times

  • Turning Point of the Revolution: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

  • Researching and Preserving Your Family History

  • For Students: Relating History to Real People … and You

  • What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You about George Washington

  • The First Daughter of Austin, Texas

  • The Last Days of the Republic of Texas

  • The Lost State of Franklin


To arrange for a speaking engagement, contact Holly Langford at

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