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Thomas ALEXANDER (b abt Oct 1777, d 10 Aug 1852 - Magnolia, Putnam, IL)

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BOWMAN Family Connections and the Migration Trace

Posted: 1464456618000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1464457464000
Surnames: Bowman, Alexander, Brown
While looking for information on the marriage of Thomas ALEXANDER and Lucy Ann BOWMAN, I stumbled across an interesting post at the old Kentucky Message Board by William Bolger:

"Boman/Alexander/Grimes Families 1800-1830" (March 08, 2012 at 12:50:02)

Therein, Mr. Bolger calls our attention to four siblings of the BOWMAN family:

"1. Lucy Ann Boman, born c. 1792, VA, married Thomas ALEXANDER, on 19 Aug 1804 in Greenbrier Co VA. Their children: Hiram, Malinda, Sarah, Jane, Hugh & Thomas. Thomas died 10 Aug 1852 in Magnolia, Putnam Co, IL. She died after 1870.

2. William Boman, born 1781, VA, married Effie COCHRAN in 1807 in Montgomery Co, KY. Effie was born in 1787 in Hardy Co, (W)VA. Their children: Charles Wesley & Alexander, born KY; John C., Sarah A., Parmelia E., William G., Belinda and Effie Kay, born OH. William died May 1857, in Magnolia, Putnam Co, IL; Effie, in 1862.

3. Permelia Boman, born 10 Nov 1791, married Stephen GRIMES, on 23 Jul 1812, in Bath County, KY. Their children: Edward Langley Grimes, John S. Grimes. born Montgomery Co, IN. Stephen Grimes died 2 Oct 1830 in Montgomery Co, IN. Permelia married secondly, John F. Iliff in 1848, in Putnam Co, IL. He died 26 Jan 1863 and is buried with his first wife in Bell Cemetery, LaRose, Marshall Co, IL. Permelia died 22 Sep 1870 and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Putnam Co, IL.

4. Vincent Bowman, born 16 Feb 1793, Amherst Co, VA, married Jane McCLEAN, on 5 Sep 1817 in Nicholas Co, KY. (He before marriage signed as “Winston Boman.”) Jane was born 15 Jun 1793 in Westmoreland Co, PA. Their children: Alston and Albert, born Nicholas Co, KY; Charles, Sarah, William, Alexander, Permelia and Vincent, Jr., born Brown Co, OH. They next settled in Marshall Co, IL, where Jane died in 1859. Vincent Sr. moved with his son Vincent Jr. to Caldwell Co, MO, where he died 23 Jan 1872."

A careful reading of this abstract shows that ALL FOUR of these BOWMAN siblings migrated from Virginia to the Sandy Creek area.

William BOMAN is shown to have married Effie COCHRAN in 1807 in Montgomery Co, KY, which is rather precisely where Thomas and Lucy Ann (Bowman) BROWN seem to have migrated.

Similarly, we are told tht Permelia BOMAN/BOWMAN (b 10 Nov 1791), married Stephen GRIMES, on 23 Jul 1812, in Bath County, KY. As noted in the original post above, Bath County was created from Montgomery County in 1811, and it is in Bath that we find Thomas ALEXANDER in 1820, 1830 and 1840.

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Separately, in a previous post, I noted the adjacency of Hannah BROWN to Vincent BOWMAN in Hope Township, LaSalle County.


"The Family of Hannah BROWN (b abt 1796-7 - PA)" (15 May 2016 11:25PM GMT)

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Mr. BOLGER cites as a source the book Biography of the Bowman Family, by Alfred H. Bowman (1901).

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It seems to me that it might be helpful to get a look at that book! It is sufficiently ancient that it may contain some private correspondence or information from family interviews or lore not as readily available a century later from publicly available primary records.

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Contacting Mr. BOLGER and drawing him into the conversation and inquiry might also be useful.
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