Sarah <I>Stephens</I> Bowman

Sarah Stephens Bowman

Frederick County, Virginia, USA
Death 7 May 1839 (aged 94)
Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 117016414 · View Source
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Sarah Stephens, daughter of Laurence Stephens, was born 25 March 1745, in Frederick County, VA. Sarah married Jacob Bowman, the son of George Bowman, in the Virginia Valley. They soon removed to Ninety six District, SC

He went to Reedy River, Laurens Co, S.C. about 1768 where he and his brother-in-law George Wright had purchased adjacent land about 1764.

In late 1781 Jacob was shot in the doorway of his mill by Indians or Tories, no one seems to be sure which. His widow filed for administration of the estate Oct.2, 1782 Ninty-Six District (Sarah Bowman of Reedy River.) In 1788 she sold most of her land to Jacob Niswanger, and sometime after that moved with all of her children except one to Garrard Co, Ky, where she is buried at the Bowman cemetery.

In 1792, Kentucky became a state and in the mid-1790's widow Sarah (Stephens) Bowman and her 7 children moved to Kentucky to settle on what has become know as Bowmans Bend of the Kentucky River. The land is also referred to as "Bowman's Bottom". In 1797 the property was part of what was organized as Garrard County. Sarah and her children lived on the property in an original structure. In the area is a large spring making it a logical location for a home.

The extant Bowman house that exists today was likely constructed between 1815 and 1830 and was constructed by Sarah's youngest son, George (born 1782).

While we can not fix the date, George married Sallie Hill Robards, a native of the area, in 1816. (An interesting side note, the Robards – also spelled RoBards -- family is the family of Rachael Lewis Robards, who married Andrew Jackson in a cloud of controversy. The issue was whether she was single at the time of her elopement with Andrew Jackson, a controversy that plagued the couple for the rest of their lives.) It seems probable that George built the house when he married and moved into it leaving his mother in the original dwelling.

George Bowman and Sallie (RoBards) Bowman had 5 children but only Charles Edwin Bowman born in 1817 and Sallie E. Bowman (1830) had heirs and were the only children to survive their mother's death in January 1858.

In the 1820 census they reported 29 slaves; in 1830 census 28 slaves; and in 1839 23 slaves. While the 1820 and 1830 census identified George as the head of the household (since it was customary to list a male as head of the household), his mother Sarah likely was the owner of these slaves

The mother, Sarah Bowman, died in 1839 (at the age of 94), and there followed in 1840 a legal battle over the estate. In the litigation, the farm and house was referred to as a plantation and there were numerous slaves. George was able to win title to the farm and the slaves were distributed among 7 lines of heirs. The settlement also notes that Sarah Bowman lived in a residence on the site but separate from the "plantation" of George Bowman. Today the Extant Home is located at the very North end of Garrard County's Bowman's Bottom Road – held privately in a Nature Conservancy.

Located about 100 yards northeast of the house is a marble obelisk. On the obelisk are the names of 13 persons assumed to be buried in the immediate area. Included are the matriarch, Sarah Bowman (died 1839), Sallie RoBards Bowman (the wife of George Bowman; died 1858), two related adults, and 9 children and grandchildren. The last buried there was George and Sallie Bowman's daughter, Sallie E. Bowman (married first to a Harrison and then to George Williams). She died in April 1858. The burial site of George Bowman, who died in 1864, is unmarked but presumed to also be buried here.

John Jacob Jr 1767-1843
Mary "Polly" 1768-1836 (m. John Dunklin)
John 1770-1848 {Mercer Co KY}
Sarah "Sally" 1774-1844 (m. Ed Perkins)
Nancy "Agnes" 1777-??(m. Wm McPheeters)
Rebecca 1770-??? (m. Harding)
George 1782-1864

Old home and Bowman graveyard location
1596 BOWMANS BOTTOM ROAD, LANCASTER, KY - Garrard County Kentucky


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  • Added: 13 Sep 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 117016414
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Stephens Bowman (25 Mar 1745–7 May 1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 117016414, citing Bowman Graveyard, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Toby (contributor 47708070) .