I have currently traced my partners family tree back to the early 1800's. I have a John Henry Bowers who married Elizabeth Jane Walpole in 1883, John Henry was born in Clonmore, Co. Kilkenny in 1853 and his father's name was Thomas, I "think" his mother's name may have been Anistatia. Thomas was born in 1817 and his father was Edward and I think his mother's name was "Catherine".
All church records only seem to go back as far as 1817, so I cannot go back any further through that route.
There was a post in 1999 from a John Edward Bowers who I think may be related.