I have posted some Bowman data on the web, take a look, it might help. Much of what I have on the Amherst Co. lines is very tentative and speculative. I hope that the text makes it clear that often there is little or no documentary support for the family reconstructions other than anecdotal evidence from descendants.
The line from the Bermuda Hundred settler (land recorded originally in Charles City/Henrico, then Henrico, then Chesterfield county) Robert Bowman, Sr. seems to go >1rst gen: Robert SR> at least 3 sons, Robert JR, John, Gilbert, possibly William and Edward, at least 1 d, Mary(?), who married about 1650 to Richard Hudson; 2nd Gen, son Robert JR>3rd Gen.,at least 2 sons of Robert JR, Edward & Dr. John > 3rd Gen, Edward JR to Amherst.
11. *EDWARD4 BOWMAN, JR. (EDWARD3, ROBERT2, ROBERT1) was born Bef 1702 in Henrico County, Virginia, and died Aft 1730 in Amherst County, Virginia.
Children of *Edward Bowman are:
18. i. *EDWARD5 BOWMAN III, b. Abt 1730, Henrico Parish, Virginia; d. Abt 1795, Burke Co., N. C..
19. ii. *GILBERT BOWMAN.
iii. *VINCENT BOWMAN.
iv. *JOHN BOWMAN, b. Abt 1730, Amherst County, Virginia; d. 1825, Morgan County, Tennessee; m. BARBARA HOPPER.
20. v. *WILLIAM BOWMAN, b. Abt 1730, Amherst County, Virginia.
In the next generation there seems to be another family that your John might belong to.
20. *WILLIAM5 BOWMAN (*EDWARD4, EDWARD3, ROBERT2, ROBERT1) was born Abt 1730 in Amherst County, Virginia. He married ??? WINSTON.
This is the line primarily researched by W.W. Smith. His data and outline indicates that it was geographically centered in Amherst County, Virginia in the mid-18th century. The asterix is to indicate that the lineage is speculative. Edward had a son Edward Jr. Another still younger Edward whom I label Edward III did move to Burke County, NC about 1765 apparently from Amherst County. Smith found so many Amherst County connections that I postulate without any documentation that this is a single branch or tightly related cluster of Bowman kin. I presume to group these men of a common generation as the sons of Edward Jr. whom we can document as existing and having some land interests in Amherst County. A Gilbert and his brother Vincent show up in the Rutherford County, NC and Spartanburg County, SC records about 1795. They are somehow part of our Bowman family puzzle. WW Smith places those names in an Amherst County context. As of February 1997 I cannot find the paper trail documenting the family relationship.--jlb
WW Smith placed William Bowman in Amherst, Albemarle and Rockingham counties of Virginia. This William Bowman raised a family near Howardsville, Virginia, where he lived in 1782. He speculated that this man may have married a woman with Winston family connections because the Winston name persisted across generations as a given name among his descendants.
Children of *William Bowman and ??? Winston are:
i. RALPH6 BOWMAN.
ii. JOHN BOWMAN.
32. iii. GILBERT BOWMAN, d. Cincinnati, Ohio.
33. iv. WILLIAM BOWMAN, b. November 06, 1770, Rockingham County, Virginia; d. January 28, 1849, Casey County, Kentucky.
34. v. GRANVILLE BOWMAN, b. Bef 1778, Virginia.
35. vi. SHERWOOD BOWMAN, b. Abt 1779, Amherst County, Virginia; d. 1820, Virginia.
vii. JAMES BOWMAN.
viii. SAMUEL BOWMAN.
ix. ELIZABETH BOWMAN.
x. LUCY/LUSITHAY BOWMAN.
xi. AILSEY (CELISA) BOWMAN.
xii. SARAH BOWMAN, m. ??? HENDRICKS.
xiii. NANCY BOWMAN, m. ??? BURKE.
xiv. MARY BOWMAN.
xv. PLEASANT BOWMAN, b. March 21, 1786, Virginia; d. August 11, 1811, Cumberland County, Kentucky
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