May 12, 1807, Pevensey, Sussex, England.

July 4, 1878, Middletown, New York.

A Baptist minister, John was the father of Reverend George Thomas Dowling. Educated in England, he received Doctor of Divinity degree from Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1846. He served pastorates in Catskill, New York (1832-34); Newport, Rhode Island (1834-36); New York City (1844-52 & 1856-68); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1852-56); and Newark, New Jersey. His works include:

  1. Afar We List the Seraph’s Lays
  2. Children of Zion, What Harp Notes Are Stealing
  3. Come, Lord, Dwell in My Bosom
  4. Go to the Mercy Seat
  5. Kindly and Graciously
  6. My Soul Is Cast Down
  7. Say a Kind Word When You Can
  8. Weary Dove in Search of Rest, The
  9. Weak and Weary Dove, A
  10. Welcome, Thrice Happy Hour
  11. When Converts First Begin to Sing
  12. When Sorrows Encompass Me Round