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John Hite Bowman
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1798
Shenandoah County
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 1878
Christian County
Kentucky, USA

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Ultimate transfer to Karat57 (#46867069)

***Pending Karens posting and sharing stone photos

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John Hite Bowman was born 1798 in Shenandoah County VA to Isaac and Mary Chinn Bowman at the old Stone house of their Fort Bowman Plantation. He married first in 1818 to Jane A. Matilda Williams (born 1798) the daughter of "Honorable" Jared Williams and Martha Carson, of Frederick County, VA. They moved to Kentucky near numerous pioneer Bowman relatives. Here two daughters were born: Mary Louisa in 1819 and Jane Ann Matilda in 1821. Tragically, John's wife, Jane, died about six months after the birth of their second child, so John carried his two babies back to Virginia to seek the Bowman and Williams grandparent's care for the babies. John promptly returned to Kentucky without his children.

John H. Bowman received his father's legacy of land in the State of Indiana about 1825 to be shared with his brothers Abraham and Joseph.

Bachelor John Bowman Jr., the son of deceased Kentucky Pioneer Colonel John Bowman, died in 1824. Because of family fidelity he had a special fondness for his first cousins with the name of John (namely the sons of uncles Isaac, Abraham and Jacob). He bequeathed to each a third of his historical Bellevue Plantation pioneered by his father in Mercer County, KY. It was also the site where in 1779 Colonel Abraham Bowman led 30 pioneer families to settle the "Bowman's Station" of Kentucky. John H. Bowman promptly took up residence at his Bowman Station plantation tract near the Dicks River.

In 1825 John H. Bowman married again to Mary P. {Nancy} Lawson of Lexington, KY, born 1807, who was an orphan raised by family. John's two little girls were then immediately returned to Kentucky to be cared for by their father and stepmother Mary.

There were 13 children born to John H. and Mary Bowman between the years 1825 and 1852. George W. Bowman was their only son of six to reach adulthood; five of Mary's seven girls reach maturity.

Elizabeth Belfield Bowman, a sister of John H. married Joseph M. Fauntleroy in
1833 and moved from Virginia to Montgomery County Tennessee, which is near the Tennessee border. About 1836 Joseph Fauntleroy notified his brother-in-law, John H., about the sale of an exceptionally good farm and mill near the Fauntleroy farm. John H. and Mary purchased this farm and moved there immediately. This new home was about nine miles north of Clarksville Tennessee and a couple miles from the Kentucky border. {Later this property became a part of Outlaw AirField the Clarksville airport}. This same year John and Mary P. Bowman sold their historic Mercer County, KY land.

Sadly in the summer of 1846 three of John's very young children died from an untimely illness. They were buried on his Tennessee farm near a previously deceased child. Times must have been hard for John and Mary to loose seven of thirteen children as infants.

John H. continued his Tennessee farm and mill operation when in May 1853 he acquired several tracts of land and a new mill with fixtures in Christian County, KY. It was located on the waters of Big West Fork of Red River, which feeds into the Cumberland River at Clarksville TN. As the crow flies this new Bowman family residence was about four miles across the Kentucky - Tennessee border from his old Tennessee home.

Around 1854 Washington Bowman, a brother of John H. Bowman, relocated from Virginia to Tennessee and joined with his brother in the milling operation. Washington located his residence in the New Providence community near the Columbia River ship terminal and was likely managing the shipping of Bowman cargo. Unfortunately Washington had an untimely death here in 1857 at the age of 45.

Significant Grain for Bowman's milling purposes was acquired from various sources and milling was the prime endeavor of John H. and his son George. However tobacco was always raised on his farm along with some grains. It was a notable advantage for the mill to be located on the Big West Fork of Red River and then feed into the Cumberland River distribution center. John H. Bowman was acclaimed for shipping flour, from his "Cedar Grove" mill, via Trice's Landing on the Cumberland River in Clarksville, Tennessee and using shippers Oldham, Homar & Co to New Orleans.
Mary P. Bowman, the wife of John H., died in 1862 at age 55 in her home. Her burial was in the old family cemetery on their Kentucky farm. Three months later George W. Bowman the only surviving son of John H. and Mary died at age 22. He was also buried in the family cemetery and leaving no issue. George had been employed with his father in the family milling business and was a member of the 3rd KY Regiment of Volunteers. John H. Bowman lived a successful life during trying times and the civil war. At the age of 80 he died, in 1878, at his home in Christian County, KY. He was buried in the extant family farm cemetery (old Dr Ed Rumsey Cemetery) along with his family at the farm in Christian County, KY that he had occupied for 25 years.

The old historic John H. Bowman Cedar Grove Bowman Mill near his Oak Grove, Kentucky farm is located close to where Interstate 24 & Hwy 41A cross it is south of Hopkinsville, KY and off of Carter Road today it is called "Windy Hill". Dr Ed Rumsey settled this original land in 1792 and this home burned in 1840's - Bowman purchased it in 1853 and then built his extant, beautiful, brick, Greek Revival home. Mrs. Lee O. Hunter {Evelyn} of Clarksville, TN, the g-g-grandchild of John H. Bowman, owns the property today.

********** Rumsey Bio:>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Rumsey
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John H Bowman's seven married daughters all raised families and most of their numerous descendants remained in the Kentucky and Tennessee area.
Children of John H. and Jane A. Matilda Bowman
1.Mary Louisa Bowman (1819KY-1871TN) m. Samuel D. Hopkins
2. Jane Ann Matilda Bowman (1821KY-1905KY) m. Lawrence B Fauntleroy
Children of John H and Mary P. Bowman
3. Eleanor S. Bowman (1825KY-1907TX) m. Phillip Woodward
4. Isaac Bowman (1827KY-1827KY)
5. Eliza B. Bowman (1828KY-1906KY) m. Grandison Smith
6. John H. Bowman Jr. (1830TN-1831TN)
7. John Lawson Bowman (1835KY-1838TN)
8. Amelia Bowman "Millie" (1837TN-1909TN) m. Guildford Slaughter
9. George W. Bowman (1840TN-1862KY)
10. Margaret Campbell Bowman (1841TN-1842TN)
11. Joseph Lawson Bowman (1842TN-1846TN)
12. John Bowman (1844TN-1846TN)
13. Elizabeth Bowman (1846TN-1846TN)
14. Susan Ann Bowman "Sue" (1847TN-1871TN) m. John Kimble Smith
15. Sarah McClure Bowman "Sallie" (1852TN-1933TN)
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GRAVE Located on Oak Grove KY Farm - Wendy Hill- now Hunter Farm -
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See National Registar webpage HISTORY :>
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/77000608.pdf
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#### Biography by Roquey Jobes aka "Toby" FAG !!


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Family links: 
 Parents:
  Isaac Hite Bowman (1757 - 1826)
  Mary Jane Chinn Bowman (1773 - 1830)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary P Lawson Bowman (1807 - 1862)
  Jane A. Matilda Williams Bowman (1798 - 1821)*
 
 Siblings:
  Philip Bowman (1786 - 1861)**
  Catherine Bowman Gatewood Richardson (1787 - 1809)**
  Abraham Bowman (1788 - 1825)**
  Susannah Wright Bowman Richardson (1790 - 1849)**
  Joseph Bowman (1793 - 1859)*
  John Hite Bowman (1798 - 1878)
  Elizabeth Belfield Bowman Fauntleroy (1801 - 1856)*
  Isaac Sydnor Bowman (1803 - 1866)*
  Mary Ann Hite Bowman Brinker (1815 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Old Dr. Ed Rumsey Cemetery
Oak Grove
Christian County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Toby
Record added: Aug 20, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115776422
 

For my 3rd-great-grandparents, RIP
- Sue Porter
 Added: Nov. 5, 2014
 
 
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