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Corp John E Bown
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1838
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 1903
Lane County
Oregon, USA

Corporal JOHN E. BOWN, Co. I, 86th Illinois

John E. Bown was born on October 29, 1838 at Norway, Ohio in Franklin County, the son of Henry Bown and Jennette (Wilcox) Bown. Henry was born on __________ __, 18__ in __________, __________, while Jennette was born on __________ __, 18__ at __________, __________. They died on February 23, 1861 and February 19, 1870, respectively and their earthly remains were laid to rest in the Harkers Corner Cemetery in Bartonville, Peoria County, Illinois.

John volunteered to serve in

Rank PVT Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence ORION, FULTON CO, IL Age 23 Height 6' 1/4 Hair AUBURN
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 7, 1862 Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Joined By Whom A L FAHNESTOCK Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS

Promoted to Corporal on May 2, 1864, while the 86th was situated near __________, Georgia.

John E. Bown was 1st married to Mary O'Neil on February 13, 1866 in Fulton County. Mary was born on November 1, 1845 at __________, __________, the daughter of __________ O'Neil and __________ (___________) O'Neil. One son was born to John and Mary. He was;
1. Harry L. Bown, born December 22, 1866 in Illinois.

Mary died on __________ __, 18__ at ___________, ___________. Her earthly remains were laid to rest in the __________ Cemetery in ___________, ___________.
John E. Bown was married 2nd to Antoinette Phillips on June 5, 1873 in Galesburg, Illinois. Antoinette was born on Dec. 12, 1849 at __________, Indiana, the daughter of ___________ Phillips and ___________ (__________) Phillips. Seven children were born to John and Antoinette. They are;
2. David Warren Bown, born March 2, 1874; died December 7, 1876; buried in the Hewitt Cemetery in Cool, Iowa.
3. John Elmer Bown, born August 11, 1875; died December 23, 1876; buried in the Hewitt Cemetery in Cool, Iowa.
4. Ina Bown, born April 18, 1878; died May 15, 1917.
5. Mary Bown, born February 3, 1880; __________ __, 1932.
6. Delphene "Dell" BOWN, born October 21, 1882; married to Isaac Reece Zumwalt on August 6, 1918 in Lane Co., Oregon; Dell died on April 13, 1957.
7. Thomas Knox BOWN, born March 15, 1886 in Elmira, Lane Co., Oregon; died on February 12, 1961 in Elmira, Oregon.
8. Rebecca Jennett "Becky" Bown, born September 15, 1889; died December 22, 1944.

Shortly after they were married, John and Antoinette moved the family to Iowa, where they settled in Warren County, near Cool, Iowa. Their first two sons, David and John both died there. In 1881, they moved to Washington State from Iowa by train. Shortly afterward, John and Antoinette moved to the farm two and one-half miles northwest of Elmira on Sheffler Road.
John E. Bown died on August 31, 1903 at Elmira, Lane County, Oregon. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Inman Cemetery in Elmira, Oregon. Following is a copy of his obituary;

"John E. Bown, Soldier

Death has again entered the ranks of the veterans of the Civil War and this time the victim is John E. Bown, soldier and highly respected citizen of Elmira. John Bown passed away yesterday, Monday, afternoon at one o'clock. He has been a suffered for several years and the only relief possible to him was death. He has been affected with Bright's disease for several years, but the final deadliness of the disease was not apparent until the present year. He was born in Ohio in October, 1838, and was 6 years, 10 months and 2 days old. The Bowns arrived in Oregon in 1884, 19 years ago, settling near Elmira, where since they have made their home. He has always been a kind father, a good neighbor and a loyal citizen, and his removal from his circle of friends is a blow to all Elmira.
Deceased was the father of eight children, six of whom, with his wife survive him. The children are: Mrs. J. B. Bamford, Franklin; Mary Delphine and Rebecca Bown, Elmira, Thomas Bown, Elmira; Harry Bown, deputy sheriff, Eugene.
The funeral was held this afternoon at the Elmira residence under the auspices of the J. W. Geary Post, G. A. R., and was largely attended by friends of the deceased. Interment was made in the Inman cemetery."

Antoinette died on Aug. 12, 1917 at Elmira, Oregon. Her earthly remains were laid beside those of her husband of 30 years, to rest in the Inman Cemetery in Elmira, Oregon.

by Baxter B. Fite III

Family links: 
  Henry Bown (____ - 1861)
  Jennette Wilcox Bown (____ - 1870)
  Antoinette Bown (1849 - 1917)
  David W Bown (1874 - 1876)*
  John E Bown (1875 - 1878)*
  Mary Bown Bamford (1880 - 1932)*
  Delphine Mary Bown Zumwalt (1882 - 1957)*
  Thomas Knox Bown (1886 - 1961)*
  Mary Ann Bown Griggs (____ - 1852)*
  Jane Bown Kelly (1831 - 1916)*
  Eliza Bown Kelly (1834 - 1863)*
  John E Bown (1838 - 1903)
*Calculated relationship
Inman Cemetery
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: David J Bollman
Record added: Jul 03, 2008
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