Biography of the Bowman Family, 1901, by Alfred H. Bowman, relates: Drury Bowman, of Swiss descent, probably born in 1710, later moved to England, where he had a son, John Bowman, who married “a German lady.” “The two came to America sometime before the Revolution and settled in Amherst County, old Virginia. To them were born four children, namely, William, Lucy, Permilia and Vincent Bowman,Sr., who was born February 16th, 1793.”
No other documentation of the above can be found. However, the four siblings have been traced through marriage records, census records, gravestone inscriptions, and by combining the information from Bowman Family Forum postings and numerous transcriptions of Kentucky county records.
1. Lucy Ann Boman, born c. 1792, married Thomas ALEXANDER, on 19 Aug 1804 in Greenbrier Co VA. Their children: Hiram, Malinda, Sarah, Jane, Hugh & Thomas. Thomas died 10 Aug 1852 in Magnolia, Putnam Co, IL. She died after 1870.
2. William Boman, born 1781, VA, married Effie COCHRAN in Montgomery Co KY in 1807. Effie as born in 1787 in Hardy Co,VA. Their children: Charles Wesley & Alexander, born KY; John C., Sarah A., Parmelia E., William G., Belinda and Effie Kay, born OH. William died May 1857, in Magnolia, Putnam Co, IL; Effie, 1862.
3. Permelia Boman, born 10 Nov 1791, married Stephen GRIMES, on 23 Jul 1812, in Bath County, KY. Their children: Edward Langley Grimes, John S. Grimes. born Montgomery Co, IN. Stephen Grimes died 2 Oct 1830 in Montgomery Co, IN. Permelia married secondly, John F. Iliff in 1848, in Putnam Co, IL. He died 26 Jan 1863 and is buried with his first wife in Bell Cemetery, LaRose, Marshall Co, IL. Permelia died 22 Sep 1870 and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Putnam Co, IL.
4. Vincent Bowman, born 16 Feb 1793, Amherst Co, VA, married Jane McCLEAN, on 5 Sep 1817 in Nicholas Co, KY. (Before marriage, he was in the Nicholas Co militia, signed as “Winston Boman.”) Jane was born 15 Jun 1793 in Westmoreland Co, PA. Their children: Alston and Albert, born Nicholas Co, KY; Charles, Sarah, William, Alexander, Permelia and Vincent, Jr., born Brown Co, OH. They next settled in Marshall Co, IL, where Jane died in 1859. Vincent Sr. moved with his son Vincent Jr. to Caldwell Co, MO, where he died 23 Jan 1872.
Considering the succession of wedding locations, the four appear to have traveled west through Rockbridge, Greenbrier and Kanawha Counties (roughly where I-64 now runs, into Kentucky where Montgomery, Bath, and Nicholas Counties adjoin, and married in succession while getting started in farming. Grimes became a preacher in Indiana, Alexander took a shorthorn cattle herd north to Illinois, and William and Vincent sought good farmland across the Ohio River. It is striking is how the four families kept in contact, repeated family names, and eventually co-located.
(“Boman” is interchangeable with “Bowman,” “Parmelia” with “Permelia,” throughout dozens of references.) If you can help identify “John & the German Lady,” thank you! There does not appear to be any reference or record of them in the Historical Society or Bedford Library. The tax lists of Amherst do not provide any clarification; it is clear this was not the John who moved to Roane Co, TN.
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