Edith Norrod, a descendant of Josiah Bowman of Overton County, Tennessee has shared with me the results of her research efforts. She has linked Josiah to Royall / Ryall Bowman of Prince Edward, Halifax and Charlotte Counties in Virginia and his wife Elizabeth Morton; the family migrated about the close of the Revolution to Caswell County, NC. Josiah married there in 1793, to a namesake of his mother, an Elizabeth Morton who probably is a cousin. Her family of origin has not been identified. There seems to be no link between Josiah and Bladen County, NC. He is mentioned in his father's will as "Siah", but abstracters seem to have misread this nickname as Leah and thought it referred to a daughter. On the marriage bond his name is given as "Siar". In Caswell County the family name was generally spelled by the scriveners as BOMAN, and none of the family in the first generations there seems to have signed a document other than by making their mark. Royall Bowman was a son of Robert Bowman who was the son of John Bowman Jr of Roxdale and the Bermuda Hundred and his wife Sarah whom can be tentatively identified as Sarah Royall daughter of Joseph Royall Jr and sister of Joseph Royall III who witnessed John Bowman's will. Royall named a son Joseph Royall Boman, and in addition to Josiah also had sons Leonard and Samuel (married Betsy Carlos daughter of Arhelaus Carlos). John Sutton Bowman Sr was a brother to Royall Bowman. The following is my transcription of Josiah's marriage bond, which calls him "Siar":
Know all men by these Presents that we Siar Boman & Zachariah Wright are held and firmly bound unto His Excelly. Richard D. Speight Esquire Governor &c in the sum of Five Hundred Pounds to be Paid to the said Richard D. Speight Esqr. and his Successors and Assigns. To the which Payment is well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our Heirs Executrs. and Admrs. Joyntly and Severaly firmly by these Presents seald with Our seals and Dated the 3rd day of May ADom. 1793.
The Condition of this Obligatyion is such that whereas the Above bound Siar Boman hath the day of the date hereof obtained a Licence to be Joyned in Holy Matrimony wiath Elisabeth Morton. If Therefore there shall be no lawful Impediment why the said Siar Boman & Elisabeth Morton should not be Joyned together in Holy Matrimony, Then the Above obligation shall be void, Otherwise to remain in full force and effect.
Signed Seald &
in Presence of
A.E. Murphey CoC his
Siar X Boman (seal)
Zachariah X Wright (seal)
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