Hi Crystal, My Father in law was Joseph Aubrey Bowman (He was many times called Dude). He was a son of John Wesley Bowman Jr. I didn't know "Boss", he had already passed away by the time I married into the Bowman family, but Grandma Bowman (Mary Downs) lived quite a few years after I married. Joseph's (Dude) sister still lives in the Nelson County, Bardstown area, she showed us where the cemetery was located and even showed us the old Homestead of John Wesley Bowman Sr. I took a few pictures of the old homestead and I would be glad to share them with you if you would like to see them. The Cemetery is in the woods and on the day we went, it was just to hard to get back to it and no where to park the car, so we opted on not trying to hike back to it. This may be of some interest to you Crystal, while researching the Bowman side, I kept coming across a Nancy Sparks web site and I decided to take a look. While reading about a people called The Melungeon people and that the Melungeons carry several different traits, one of the traits was a bump on the back of the head about the size of half a golf ball. I decided I would check to see if my husband had this so called (Anatolian Bump). Melungeon descendants *MAY* have inherited health problems as well. I then said "well I'll be darn, there was it on the back of his head. I checked both my son's and they have it as well, as a matter of fact, my youngest son's is so prominent that my own Father even asked if it was a tumor. And all this time I just thought they were bumpy fellows, hahaha. Anyway I find it fascination to say the least.
Who Are the Melungeons? Please feel free to check out my own personal web site on the subject, this only gives a small part of what the Melungeons are, but it might be helpful to you. There are a great many web sites on the Melungeon People to research.
Here are several other sites with Melungeon queries and information:
2.In Plain Site
A fascinating site describing archaelogical findings in the middle of the United States of folks who were not supposed to be here but were.
3. If you are on AOL, go to aol's Genealogy Forum, click `Messages,'`Ethnic and Special Groups,' `Melungeons.' You can read and post queries here.
4. The Melungeon Health Education and Support Network
This is on the health issues facing Melungeon descendants. It is MOST important that descendants understand the
Mediterranean illness that can affect them. Please view this new page with that in mind.
5. Appalachian Mountain Families
Melungeons and Redbones
The Melungeons: Blue Ridge Country Magazine
Appalchian Creek Research page
Bolling (including Bolen, Boling, Bowling, etc.) and Baker family
Virginia's Indians, Past and Present
11. Renegade Cherokee includes the BOGGS family and more information on those of Cherokee descent who did not go on the Trail of Tears.
12. From Gowen research a LOT of information on the Melungeons with other surnames included and much data on the movement and placement of Melungeons and their beginnings: Be sure to scroll down and read the part entitled: I Am Proud to Be a Melungeon and the two peices by Evelyn McKinley Orr.
13. Virginia DeMarce has written much against Brent Kennedy's book. Here Kennedy defends his theories and gives added information on the Melungeons:
14. Baber Connection: In the Shadows of the Blue Ridges. This interesting story of one family's trouble with 'color' and the hiding of the picture of "Baber," in a cedar chest, tells much about the way that many Melungeons were forced to live.
http://baberfamilytree.org/People/shadows.htm#James Reed Baber
You can E-mail me at Kayesme@aol.com
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