States: Kentucky: Nelson
Good Day Debbie:
There were many Catholic families that migrated from southern Maryland into then Nelson county, Ky in late 1700's. There was a John downs who was from St Mary's co., Maryland who was part of those families and he settled on the Pottinger Creek area of Nelson county in 1785 and he died at age 104 during the 1860's. Also there was a Benjamin Downs who came from Maryland to Nelson county ...with his son James...he was farmer and distiller. As to Bowman there was a Roswell Bowman from Maryland to Nelson county in 1786...he settled on Hardin Creek area (now in Washington Co., ). I have not researched these families so this is general information that might be of some help to you. Source of the information was from "Marylanders to Kentucky" by Henry C. Peden Jr. I will check some other material I have in my library. should I find anything else I will contact you.
Chas of Tucson
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