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John Bovee
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Birth: Sep. 11, 1788
Schenectady County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 1868
Wayne County
Illinois, USA

Bovee Cemetery
The Bovee family once owned the land on which this cemetery is located. The Bovee family came to Wayne County, Illinois from Chautauqua County, New York in 1820 and settled on Big Mound Prairie. John Bovee, the father, was a miller by occupation. About 1831 the Methodist society on Big Mound Prairie began meeting at Bovee's house [SE1/4 of NE1/4 in Sec 9]. The meetings were later moved to the Bovee Schoolhouse [SW1/4 of NW1/4 in Sec 32, Lamard Twp.] and became the headquarters for Methodism for many miles around. The cemetery was near the schoolhouse. Members of the Bovee family later moved to Nebraska.

Wayne County Press 30 Jan 1868
Died. John Bovee - At his residence, ten miles west of Fairfield, on 21st Jan 1868, Mr. Bovee, aged 80 years, four months and ten days.

John Bovee Biography Written by Robert C. Bovee, September 30, 1966. "John Bovee was the second child of Hannah (Baptist) and Nicholas Bovee and he was born September 11, 1788 in Schenectady County, N. Y. (9). The New England States and New York in particular, were still recovering from the Revolutionary War, but the steadily increasing population was pressing westward in search of fertile but cheap land.

No records have been found to describe John's boyhood, where he went to school, or even if he went to school. Life was hard for most families in those times and many children could not be spared from farm chores long enough to attend school. John did learn to read and write - his signatures on preserved documents show good penmanship.

During this period in history, the Holland Land Company of New York acquired large tracts in western New York State from grants and various other transactions. They then advertised "lots for sale" with low down payments and terms for the balance in "easy" monthly payments. In 1809 John purchased Lot 26 Twp. 6, Range 11 in Chautauqua County, located about twenty miles from the shore of Lake Erie and a little North of Dunkirk.

Tradition tells us that John Married Mary Burt, his first wife, before leaving Erie County. Their first child, Nathan was born before 1809 and their second child, Mary was born 4 October 1809 in Hanover, Chautauqua Co., New York (9). No records have been found to explain what happened to Mary Burt or how and when John Bovee was married a second time, but records do show his second wife was Phoebe Gardner and their first child was John Bovee Jr., born 12 February 1813 (9).

When the war of 1812 broke out, John was drafted for service. His contribution to the American cause is briefly recounted in his application for Bounty Land filed in Illinois April 3, 1852. An excerpt from his statements reads as follows:

"I was a private in the company commanded by Captain Morel or by Captain Tubbs, and I am not now positive under which I served in the War with England, declared by the United States on the 18th day of June, A.D., 1812. I do not now recollect the exact time but think it was the year 1812. I was drafted in Chautauqua County, New York for the term of 6 (six) months, as I had then been told. I continued in active service for the term of six months and continued in active service in said company for about twenty-three days and was then discharged at a place called Canadaway Creek (now Dunkirk, on Lake Erie - as will appear by the muster roll of said company). Afterwards, I was again called out to defend the Lake-Shore against the attacks of the British Army. At that time, I was a private in the company commanded by Captain Tubbs. I do not know that said company was attached to any regiment but think they were under Col. Tonchile. At that time all the Militia of said section of County (Chautauqua County, New York) were called into service. I do not recollect the date but it was at the time the City of Buffalo in New York was burned. I was serving in said company at that time. I served in said company at that time about one month and was discharged about eight miles above the said City of Buffalo, near the lake shore."

"I was again called out, and ordered to meet at the said City of Buffalo. I repaired thither and after my arrival, then enlisted in what was called the Boat Service. I was then a Captain and four hands were attached to each boat. The boats were engaged in transporting men and munitions of war to the Canada shore. I continued in said service six days. My last service was at the time of one attack on Fort Erie. Fort Erie was then in possession of the American Army.

John BOVEE and his second wife, Phoebe Gardner, had seven children; John, Sarah, Russell, Hannah, Aaron, Phoebe and Wesley. Records for their birth and death have not been determined except for John Jr., and Wesley who was born 19 April 1821. Perhaps future genealogists will find the documents that give birth and death dates for each of the children.

John moved, with his family, from Chautanuqua County, New York to Wayne County, Illinois in steps. He stopped off at Cincinnati, Ohio in 1815; Dearborn County, Indiana in 1816/17 and ended up in Wayne County, Illinois in 1818. Peoebe died in 1820/21? And John was married a third time, to Catherine Gaston Massey (9). Two children were born to this marriage; Nelson BOVEE in 1828 and Catherine in 1830.

Robert C. Bovee "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, IL", Chicago: Globe Publishing Co., 1984.
Family links: 
  Mary Bovee Roberts (1809 - 1883)*
  Sarah Bovee McMackin (1811 - 1879)*
  John Bovee (1813 - 1900)*
  Hannah Bovee Gaston (1814 - 1856)*
  Wesley Bovee (1824 - 1903)*
  Nelson Bovee (1829 - 1881)*
*Calculated relationship
Bovee Cemetery
Wayne County
Illinois, USA
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