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John Wesley Bovee
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1843
Wayne County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 1914
Marion County
Oregon, USA

John W. Bovee Co. E 7 Ill Inf.

John Wesley Bovee
Compendium of History, Reminiscence & Biography of NEBRASKA Published 1912
John Wesley Bovee, son of John and Sarah (Harlan) Bovee, was born in Wayne county, Illinois, August 16, 1843, the third in a family of six children, four of whom survive: our subject (John), one brother (Archibald) in Washington county, Nebraska, and one brother (Nicholas) and one sister (Sarah Jane) in Wisconsin. The mother died in November 9 1896, in Iowa, and the father April 2, 1900, in Blair, Nebraska.

In August, 1862, Mr. Bovee enlisted in Company E, Seventh Illinois Infantry, for three years, but after nine months service, was discharged on account of disability. He participated in the battle at Corinth, October 3 and 4, 1862.

After the war, Mr. Bovee returned to Illinois, and attended the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington for several years, afterwards engaging in teaching.

Mr. Bovee was married on January 1, 1867, to Margery Critchfield, who was born in Ohio, but later came to Illinois. In the spring of 1867, they went to Missouri, where Bovee entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church. In October of 1873, they came to West Point, Nebraska, where he was pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church for one year, when he was transferred to the church at St. Paul, Nebraska.

In June of 1874, Mr. Bovee purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Madison county, Nebraska, adjoining Norfolk on the northwest, and in the spring of 1876, moved on this farm, living there until 1907, when he retired and moved to Norfolk, where he purchased a good home.

Mr. and Mrs. Bovee have had nine children, six of whom are living: Addie, married to Ellis Bradford, lives in Shenandoah, Iowa, and has one child; Henry Hopkins, lives in California; William James, lives in Los Angeles, California; Anna Jane, married to Louie Ratenberg, lives in Madison county; and Roy Arthur and Carl, living on the farm near Norfolk.

Mr. and Mrs. Bovee are among the early settlers of Nebraska, and have passed through all of the experiences and hardships of pioneer life. They are widely and favorably known.
 (bio by: Needfulthings) 
Family links: 
  John Bovee (1813 - 1900)
  Marjory Crichfield Bovee (1848 - 1919)
  Marjory Crichfield Bovee (1848 - 1919)*
  Addie Jane Bovee Bradford (1866 - 1959)*
  Henry Hopkins Bovee (1869 - 1950)*
  William James Bovee (1874 - 1944)*
  Arthur Roy Bovee (1885 - 1953)*
  Nicholas Aaron Bovee (1841 - 1916)*
  John Wesley Bovee (1843 - 1914)
  Sarah Jane Bovee Crichfield (1849 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Co. E; 7 ILL INF
City View Cemetery
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Veteran's Circle
Maintained by: Needfulthings
Originally Created by: LadyDragon
Record added: Jul 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28134029
John Wesley Bovee
Added by: Needfulthings
John Wesley Bovee
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John Wesley Bovee
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