Chapter 7- Wife's Great Great Great Grandfather, his brothers and sisters and their children
1.) Christian Bowman, Sr., who was born on March 23, 1783 in York County, Pennsylvania. He came to Columbiana County, Ohio in 1809 at the age of 26 and took up a section of wild land, in Section 26 of Elk Run Township, upon which he built his log oabin, and at once commenced to render the land fit for agricultural purposes, with his characteristic energy. Temporarily he ceased farming activities to be a soldier under General William Henry Harrison. He was one of those who assisted in the building of the road from the Ohio to Maumee valley.
He married Sarah Walters on June 21, 1814 in Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. She was born on May 24, 1799 in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Matthias John Walter who was born on February 12, 1767 in Upper Hanover, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. His wife was Anna Maria Knauss who was born on October 20, 1772 in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. In 1810 Matthias John Walter and his family moved to Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio and bought the northeast quarter of Section 26 from Christian Bowman. That is how Christian met Sarah Walter and Matthias and Mary became part of the family.
On Pine run,a small tributary of Middle Fork, Christian Bowman erected a saw mill shortly after 1812, continuing it for ten years and then, in 1845 at the age of sixty-one, building another mill further up the run.Steam power was supplied in 1867 while the mill was operated by his son Christian. The year 1879 found the mill run by William Armstrong, a neighbor and cousin of Christian, Jr.
Much of Elk Run seems especially adapted for fruit culture, and an important industry of the present is the raising of orchards.
One of the pioneers of this interest is Christian Bowman. In 1862 he set out apple-trees on an area of thirteen acres in a single orchard, and four years later planted a second orchard, containing ten acres more of the same fruit, which has attained to splendid bearing.
Here Christian Bowman, Sr. died on November 2, 1861, at the age of seventy-seven years; his wife survived him, and died on March 31, 1879. She was seventy-nine years old. They are resting side by side in the Bowman Cemetery that is about a mile or so from their home. To see pictures and maps of the cemetery, see chapter 4.
In 1783 the Treaty of Paris established the Northwest Territory. In 1786 the Seven Ranges was set off and was the first land ever surveyed by the Federal Government west of the Ohio River. This land did not sell at the price asked of $2.00 per acre, as the virgin soil of other parts of Ohio and Kentucky was to be had for a much lower price. So, in 1820, Congress reduced the price and sold this land for $1.25 per acre.
Christian and Sarah Bowman's children are:
Pages from Christian and Sarah Bowman's Bible are found here.
The story of the Bowman Cemetery and the list of people that are buried there is here.
There is a map that was made in 1870 of Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio here. I have underlined all of my ancestors in blue ink that lived there at that time.
When Christian Bowman and Mathias John Walter came to Ohio there weren't that many trails to go on. They went on a trail that was called "The Lincoln Highway to Fort Pitt or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then the trail goes across Ohio. It crosses over the Ohio River in East Liverpool, Columbiana County, Ohio. From there most of it follows the same route as Route 30 in Ohio. It goes through East Liverpool and north to Lisbon and through Lisbon to Hanoverton and on across Ohio. The Lincoln Highway goes right past my dad's home where I grew up and my grandfather and grandmother, Clayson and Winnie Bowman's home too. I don't know for sure how Christian and Mathias came to Ohio, but this is my guess. For more information and maps on The Lincoln Highway, click here.
To see an 1850 Census for Christian Bowman, Sr., click here.
To see Christian and Sarah Bowman on a page in the Columbiana County, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1870, click here.
2.) John Bowman who was born on September 25, 1771 in Cumberland, now Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He was a wagon maker by trade. He married Miss Catherine Snively, daughter of Andrew Snively, in 1796 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She was born on November 10, 1776 in Antrim Township, Cumberland, now Franklin County, Virginia. After his marriage he removed to Hagerstown, Maryland, and in 1800 removed to Fayette County, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1858. He is buried in the Bowman Flatwood Cemetery, Franklin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
In the 1810 Census John Bowman was in the 26-45 age group. One male was in the 10-16 age group. One female was in the 26-45 age group. And there were four females in the 1-10 age group. They lived in Franklin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Their children are:
Catherine Snively died in 1822.
3.) Henry Bowman, Jr. who was born on August 3, 1773 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Magdalene Hoffinan in 1843 in Morrow County, Ohio. Mary was born on March 17, 1825. They were blessed with Jesse, Minerva, Orange a daughter, Orlow a son, and a baby girl. In 1847 the family moved to Albion, Indiana, where they resided for nine years, when they moved to Jefferson Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1850 Census is Henry Bowman 32 years old, his wife Mary 25 years old, and their children: Jessie who is 12 years old, Mierva who is 3 years old, and Orange who is 1 year old. They live in Jefferson Township, Noble County, Indiana. Henry died November 18, 1857. He was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion Township, Noble County, Indiana.
Mary Magdalene Hoffman Bowman married Philip Bowman on July 1, 1863. He was born on February 4, 1817 in Columbiana County, Ohio.
When Mary Magdalene Hoffman Bowman married Philip Bowman, he united his family with ours. Philip Bowman's great, grandfather was David Bowman. I believe that we were already related to David before Mary married into the family. I found this story in a book called Bowman History, Compiled by Herman M. Smiley, Mrs. Rachel Miller McCounell, Seymour 0.Manchester Committee 1909 that was in the Salem Library, Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio. TheBowmans that live in Salem wrote the book and put it in the library. They tried to connect their family with ours but couldn't find enough information on them to connect them. I have since found this same information on the Internet. So far no one has connected these two families. Here is the story:
In the Bowman family, the most remote ancestor of which we have any record is David Bowman. He was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany. His wife, whose name was Elizabeth, came from Alsace, France.
In 1755 David Bowman, with his wife and one daughter sailed for America. The voyage at that time was a tedious one. October 25, when on the ocean, a son was born. He was called Philip Casper Bowman.
On reaching America the family settled in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia in Redstone County. Elizabeth Bowman soon afterward died. It is said that David Bowman again married, but no record of his marriage has been found.
The daughter, who came with them from Gemany, married a man by the name of Brandelberry, some of whose descendents were early settlers in Center Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Center Township is now called Lisbon, Ohio.
David Bowman died in 1757.
An elder son of David and Elizabeth Bowman, while yet a boy, left the home of his parents in Germany intending to go to America. The parents never again heard of the lost son or his descendents. Unfortunately the name of this son is not known. It is quite possible, however, that this son may have reached America and became the progenitor of one of the other Bowman families. The following slccount of the origin of one of these families in America, accidentally discovered, seems to show very strongly that this is true. And while the fact cannot be proven, the circumstances point to this being the missing son. It is to be hoped some future proof may be proven beyond a doubt.
Henry Bowman of York County, Pennsylvania, came to America from Germany when a boy as a stow-away. Having no money to pay his passage he secreted himself on a vessel that was bound for an American port. He was not discovered until the ship was far out at sea, when the Captain took him in charge, and on reaching America sold the unfortunate Henry to a speculator for an amount sufficient to pay his passage. He faithfully served his term of indenture. When he had canceled the debt he was released. After this he went to York County, Pennsylvania, where he married and located upon a farm near Little York, where he remained until his death.
He left a large family of children who became pioneers in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
The date of the birth of Henry Bowman, Sr. or the time at which he came to America is not known. But a comparison of the dates of the children of Henry Bowman, Sr. and Philip Casper Bowman show Henry to have been the elder. Which he must have been in order to have first come to America. A similarity in the names of the two families is also further evidence of their relationship.
Philip Bowman was born on February 4, 1817 in Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio. Philip married Lydia Harlan on September 1, 1842 in Columbiana County, Ohio. Philip and Lydia Bowman first lived with his parents. Then in 1844 they moved with their daughter to Jefferson Township, Noble County, Indiana on a farm adjoining his brother John. Philip was a justice of the peace and a member of the Evangelical Luthern Church and was a deacon for many years. He was also a school teacher. The text books he used were the "English Reader" and the "Western Calculator". Lydia Harlan died on May 12, 1857.
Philip Bowman married Mary Magdalene Hoffman Bowman on July 1, 1863. This marriage was blessed with one son and his name is Elmer Samuel Bowman who was born on October 25, 1865 in Albion Township, Noble County, Indiana. He married Carrie Wagstaff on August 23, 1893 in Albion Township, Noble County, Indiana. She was born on May 20, 1858 in Noble County, Indiana. Their children are:
In 1878, Philip sold his farm and moved to Albion where he died on January 19, 1890 in Albion, Noble County, Indiana. They buried him in Albion Cemetery, Albion Township, Noble County, Indiana. Mary Magdalene Hofian Bowman died on February 1, 1907.
In the 1850 Census is Henry Bowman who is 32, his wife Mary who is 25, and their children: Jesse who is 12, Minerva who is 3, and Orange who is one year old. They live in Jefferson Tomhip, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1850 Census is Philip Bowman who is 34, his wife Lydia who is 27, and their children are: Mary who is 6 years old, and Edith who is 2 years old. They lived in York Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1860 Census is Mary Bowman who is 33 years old, and her children who are: Minerva who is 13 years old, Orlow who is five years old and Alla who is 2 years old. They lived in Orange Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1860 Census is Philip Bowman who is 44, his daughter Mary who was 16 years old, J.M. who is 9 years old, and Serenes who is 4 years old. They lived in York Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In 1870 Census is Philip Bowman who is 53 years old, his wife Mary who is 44 years old, and their children are: Jay who is 18 years old, Cyrenus who is 14 years old, Samuel who is 4 years old, and Mary who is 12 years old. They lived in York Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1880 Census is Philip Bowman who is 63 years old, his wife Mary who is 53 years old, and their children are: Alice who is 23 years old, and Elmer who is 14 years old. They lived in Albion Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1900 Census is Mary Bowman who is 73 years old and she lives in Albion Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1900 Census is Elmer Bowman who is 34 years old, his wife Carrie who is 27 years old, and their children are: Leason who is 5 years old, and Hugh who is 1 year old. They lived in Kendallville Township, Noble County, Indiana.
In the 1910 Census is Elmer Bowman who is 44 years old, his wife Carrie who is 36 years old, Leason who is 15 years old, Hugh who is 10 years old, Helen who is 7 years old, and Mildred who is 4 years old. They lived in Kendallville Township, Noble County, Indiana.
Mary Magdalene Hoffman was born on March 18, 1825 in York County, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of John Adam Hofhan and Susannah Ruhl.
Magdalene Hoffman Bowman's obituary:
In 1847 the family moved to Albion,Indiana, where they resided for nine years, when they moved to Jefferson Township. Her husband died November 18, 1857. For several years she kept house for her brother, Adam in Elkhart Township. She was mamed July 1, 1863 to Philip Bowman, and this marriage was blessed with one son. Philip died January 19, 1890, and for the past eleven years, she has resided with her daughter, Mrs. M. E. McEwen. She was one of the charter members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albion, organized in April 1848. Of her parents' family of six sons and three daughters, one member remains, Jesse E. Hoffman of this city. She leaves to mourn two daughters, Mrs. M. E. McEwen of this city, Mrs. E. L. Enders of Wawaka; one son, Elmer S. of Kendallville; one step daughter, Mrs. W. A. McEwen of near Brimfield; one stepson, S. Bowman of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren. The obsequies were held at Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon. The remains were deterred in the Albion Cemetery beside her first husband.
4.) Catharine Bowman who was born on July 6, 1776. In York Township, York County, Pennsylvania.
5.) Samuel Bowman who was born on November 2, 1778 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania.
6.) Elizabeth Bowman who was born on February 23, 1781 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania.
7.) Michael Bowman who was born on December 16, 1785 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He married first Martha Wiggins. He then married Rachel Elson Bair on September 9, 1832 in Stark County, Ohio. She was born on July 14, 1804 in Brooke, West Virginia. She is the daughter of John Harris Elson and Margaret Wiggins.
Rachel Elson married first Aaron Bair on May 10, 1821 in Stark County, Ohio. Their children are: Margaret Bair who was born on June 21, 1826, in Stark County, Ohio and died on September 21, 1828 in Stark County, County; and John Bair who was born in 1828 in Stark County, Ohio.
Michael Bowman fought in the War of 1812 under Captain John Elson.
Michael and Rachel Bowman's children are:
Rachel Elson Bair Bowman died on December 18, 1875 in Pierceton Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana.
8.) Mary Bowman who was born on August 6, 1788 in York Township,York County, Pennsylvania.
9.) David Bowman who was born on December 19, 1790 in York Township,York County, Pennsylvania. He married Catherine Thomas on October 14, 1819 in Little York, Pennsylvania. She was born about 1794 in Little York, Pennsylvania. They had one child and he was David Bowman who was born in 1821 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He married Mary in 1849 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1824 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania.
10.) Salome Bowman who was born on December 16, 1793 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania. She married Henry Walter in May 7, 1816 in Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. He was born on November 30, 1791 in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Mathias John Walter and Anna Maria Polly Knauss. For more information on this family please go to Volume
Henry Walter served as loyal and faithful soldier in the great contest of 1812. For his valuable services during the War Mr. Walter received a land grant and a pension. For ten years he occupied the office of peace in Elk Run Township, and he was a fearless advocate of principals of the republican Party, he and his wife were members of the Luthern Church. He lived in Section 6 of Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.
To see them in the Columbiana County, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1870, click here.
Salome and Henry Bowman's children are:
Salome Bowman died on May 12, 1850 in Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. She was buried in the Bowman Cemetery in Elkton Township, which is now Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Henry Bowman died October 10, 1873 in Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. He is resting beside his wife in the Bowman Cemetery, near Elkton Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.
11.) George Bowman who was born on December 8, 1797 in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania. George Bowman moved to Preble County, Ohio by 1820. He also was in the War of 1812 out of Indiana. George married Mary AnnJones on July 10, 1819 in Switzerland County, Indiana. Mary was born on December 3, 1799 in Long Island, Suffolk County, New York. In the 1820 Census they lived in Preble County, Ohio. In the 1830 Census is John Bowman- 1 male, 5 years old, 1 male, 5-10 years old, 1 male, 30-40 years old, 1 female, 5 years old, and 1 female, 20-30 years old. The names were [Alfred 3, Milton 9 or George 10, John 32, Mary 30]. They were members of the Church of the Brethern. The family moves west to Wayne County, Indiana. In looking for information on George Bowman I found out that everyone called him John Bowman. I don't know why. Their children are:
George Bowman died on December 8, 1852 at the home of his daughter Charlotte Robinson (James). The family moves west to Monroe and Appanoose County, Iowa. Mary Ann Jones Bowman collected widow pension for Georges' service in the War of 1812 (Switzerland County, Indiana). Mary Ann Jones Bowman died June 24, 1886 in New Market, Taylor County, Iowa.
Mary Ann Jones is a daughter of Eliakim Jones and Rebecca Webster.
IN THE CEMETERY ON LUSK LOCKS ROAD
-Sept. 29, 1824
1932 was the last year of the upkeep of this cemetery - that was when Walter Eells was trustee.
The bridge and land near it was bought by Ferris Coal Company and stripped. So since then, Elkrun Township refuses to mow the grave yard. As the bridge needs repairs and they cannot get into take care of the cemetery. Ronnie Mills gave me this information.
Harry Bowman's parents were Frank and Anna Bowman. One of the Bowman men mentioned here died from rabbies. A dog bit him and in those days they did not have shots to prevent rabbies as they have today. Every time this man had a seizure, a piece of lsather was given him to bite on. This was quite often and he finally died from the rabbies. Information given me by Lois Switzer, whose father witnessed the man with rabbies and many times Abb gave him leather to bite on.
The system of National Auto Trails was an informal network of marked routes that existed in the United States and Canada in the early part of the 20th century. Marked with colored bands on telephone poles, the trails were intended to help travelers in the early days of the automobile.
Lisbon (On the Highway since 1913) Population: 2,800. County Seat.
Lisbon was founded in 1803, and is the second oldest town in Ohio. Old Stone House Tavern oldest continuously occupied stone house in Ohio, which began as a tavern in 1805 is now the local Historical Society's Museum, and one block from the Lincoln Highway in downtown.
The Society there also has a display in a Victorian train station in the Historic District. This town was very active in the underground railroad with an abolitionist newspaper published here. Lisbon is also the home to the invention of the drinking straw, and President McKinley's grandparents.