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John R. Bowman (#48015277)
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Bio Photo Author, Historian (West Virginia History Hero) and Steamboat Model Builder. My main interest is: the Old Bowman family decended from Abraham Bowman and Henrietta Frew Bowman, Brooke County, Bethany Pike, Wellsburg, W.Va. area, who are mostly buried in Kadesh Chapel. Also, the decendents of Peter Rush, Elizabeth Pew Rush daughter of Jesse Pew aka Pugh all from the Washington Twp. Crab Apple, Armstrong Mills area of Belmont County, Ohio who are buried in Pugh Ridge and Armstrong Mills cemeterys. In addition, I am interested in the forebearers and decendents of Frank Malner of Kemper County, Mississippi.
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Donna Schultheiss
RE: Geneva B. Rush Hoffman
Hello John,
Thank you for your swift reply. Joseph was a bit of a scoundrel, he lied about his age when he and Geneva married, he was many more years her senior. He also had the wrong name on the marriage record, and the 1930 census. The correct name is on the baby's death certificate, that is how I finally found Geneva. I did not know it was a girl, how sad. He and his first wife divorced, at least I think they did, when he was charged with abuse in Marion, Ohio. The question is who did he abuse, his young wife, Mary, or his toddler son, Carl Cobern, my grandfather. I have the newspaper court blurbs. Anyway, they parted ways, when Mary re-married, she claimed she was a 'widow'. Wishful thinking, I guess. With all this deceit, they have been a difficult family to research. I have known about Geniva (sp) for years, she is named on Joseph's death record, but have been unable to find her until this week. I just keep punching in those names. My sister, daughter and I stood at Joseph's unmarked grave in 2011. We are likely the only people to have ever stood there. Even in death there is a mystery, his name was scratched out in the cemetery register, you can clearly see the 'Hoffman', it was replaced with Joseph H. "Smallwood". The registrar agrees it is my Joseph, there was only one burial that day, his death certificate names where he was buried, and you can make out his name. How strange.
Added by Donna Schultheiss on Dec 12, 2013 9:31 AM
Donna Schultheiss
Geneva Rush
Hello John,

I am on the trail of my Great Grandfather, Joseph H. Hoffman. He and Geneva were married for a few years. I found the death record of a stillborn child in 1931. Joseph died in 1938. I also found them in the 1930 census together. He is named as John H. Hoffman at that time, it is a common error stemming from the abbreviations used on the original handwritten census. He has also been found as "James" on his son's death record.

I would love to hear from you, and would love to hear what you know about the couple.

Donna Hoffman Schultheiss
Added by Donna Schultheiss on Dec 09, 2013 10:26 AM
Ross Frazier
Thanks for your response.
It was just a thought

We too at first glance, have thought there was no connection with several other surnames, only to find out later we were wrong. We have several Bowman's in the late 1800's and early 1900's living in the Wellsburg, Beach Bottom and Power area. Also had some on Buffalo Creek and toward Bethany.

Again, thanks for you response

Ross Frazier
Added by Ross Frazier on Sep 15, 2013 10:30 AM
Ross Frazier
Bowman Family
I am a direct decendent of Carlton Bowman and his second wife, Rebecca Madden or Honaker?

My ggrandfather was Joseph Bowman who is buried in famington Cemetery in Ohio. My gggrandmother was Nancy Ellen Clarke[e] from Wellsburg

Just wonder what connection you might have.

Please contact via direct E-mail

ross frazier
Added by Ross Frazier on Sep 14, 2013 4:21 PM
Bowman Family at Kadesh Chapel Cemetery
Good Morning Mr. John - I an happy to see your Bowman postings - I wish more of the descendents of our Early Settlers would do the same. They need to be remembered (Hopefully some will get the recognition Deserved) Also would like to see photo of individuals when they are available. - nicpic
Added by nicpic on Jan 04, 2013 8:52 AM

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