George Bowman Genealogy
Record modified: 2010-01-22
This is my direct ancestor 5 generations back.
Born: about 1799-00-00 Virginia USA
Died: 1852-07-28 Whitley Co, Indiana USA
1. 1819-07-10 Mary Ann Jones
Children of George Bowman and Mary Jones:
Death date may be 1852-08-12.
First name George in some sources, John in others.
I'm not positive his father was John, but it looks very likely. This George married in 1819, and is living
next door to John on the 1820 census, with his wife's father just a few lines further up.
Where was he born? His 1850 census entry says OH. On the 1880 census, daughter Mary says her
father was born in VA, son Milton didn't know, son George says OH, and daughter Charlotte says SC (but
her entry is probably mistakenly copied from her husband's; in 1900 she says KY). Since daughter Mary
is the only one who correctly gives her mother's birth place, I think she is more likely right about George.
Technically, he couldn't have been born in OH if he was born 1800 or earlier. Until 1803 what is now OH
was just the eastern part of the Northwest Territory. Originally it was part of Illinois Co VA.
However, in 1790 the northernmost part of VA (where present-day WV juts up west of PA) was known as
Ohio Co VA. In 1797 the northern tip of Ohio Co became Brooke Co. There is a John Bowman in Brooke
Co on the 1810 census who matches George's father. Could George have been born in Ohio Co VA?
Note that Ohio Co VA bordered on the Ohio River, as does Switzerland Co IN. It is very easy to imagine
John migrating west on the river and stopping in Switzerland Co.
married in Switzerland Co, IN; license date 1819-05-22
He served in the War of 1812 as a Private in Capt Daniel Hasbrook's Company, OH militia.
He was drafted 1813-02-05 and was discharged 1813-08-04.
On 1850-10-31 he filed a petition for bounty land based on this service.
Did he also have a daughter Sarah 1832-03-15 Magnolia, Stark Co OH d 1904-06-13 Whitley IN? That Sarah married 1853-03-21 William Bonebrake 1830-09-05 Waynesburg, Stark Co OH d 1877-10-02 Whitley IN s/o Daniel Bonebrake + Sarah Wolf.
This page has:
Original Land Purchasers of Ripley County, IN
Name Page # in Tract Book Tract Book # Date Purchased
BOWMAN, George 64 3 25 Sep 1837
BLM General Land Office records, Ft Wayne IN land office
Whitley Co, serial no IN 3540_.177
1838-08-20 John Bowman 120 acres
E 1/2 of NW 1/4
NW 1/4 of NW 1/4
of section 35 in Township 35 N Range 8 E
Document 178 is also to a John Bowman for the W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of section 35.
Are these this George? Or maybe a brother?
There are no Bowmans in Whitley Co IN on the 1840 census for some reason.
1850 census Ripley Co IN p189a, Laughery twp
James P Robinson household
laborer George Bowman 50 OH
His daughter Charlotte married James.
His wife and other children are in Whitley Co IN. Why is he on his daughter's farm?
[Laughery twp is on the north boundary of the county, where the county line slants southwest.]
1840 census Ripley Co IN p123, Otter Creek twp
George Boman 1 M 5-10, 1 M 10-15, 1 M 15-20, 1 M 40-50, 1 F <5, 1 F 10-15, 2 F 15-20, 1 F 40-50
[George 9, Alfred 13, Milton 19, George 42, Mary Jane 1, (Elizabeth 5), x, Charlotte 17, Mary Ann 41]
[Otter Creek twp is on the western edge of the county, about halfway up.]
1830 census Preble Co OH p374, Grattis twp
George Bowman 1 M <5, 2 M 5-10, 2 M 10-15, 1 M 40-50, 2 F <5, 2 F 10-15, 1 F 15-20, 1 F 30-40
[Alfred 3, x, Milton 9, John?, Martin?, George 32?, x, x, Charlotte 7? , x, x, Mary 30]
[Gratis twp is the southeast corner of the county (T4R3).]
[The children over age 10 were not on the 1820 census. Are they children of a relative?]
1820 census Switzerland Co IN p278
George Bowman 1 M 16-26, 1 F 16-26
[George 22, Mary 20]
Next door is John Bowman 1 M 16-18,1 M 16-26, 1 M 45+, 1 F 16-26, 1 F 45+
Hinds Site: Genealogy of Ken Hinds -- page 684
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