John W. Bowman was born in Adams County, Ohio, August 27, 1837. He was the son of George and Sarah Ann (Minton) Bowman, both natives of Ohio, the former of German and the latter of English and Irish descent. As soon as he became old enough he took up the vocation of a farmer in his native county. He continued thus until the fall of 1861, when he entered Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery with which he served until the close of the war. He served with credit in the battles of Shiloh, Stone River, Chickamauga and Mission Ridge. After the war he returned to Adams County, Ohio, but in April, 1866, he came to this county and located in Lancaster Township. There he pursued the trade of a carpenter until the fall of 1879, at which time, having been appointed Deputy Sheriff he moved to the City of Huntington. In the fall of 1882, he was elected to the office of Sheriff, and was re-elected in the fall of 1884. His second term is just now completed. March 31, 1873, he was married to Sarah Ann Billiter, by whom he has had six children, Norval V., Arthur W., Harry O., Thadeus D., Lena G., and Mary E., all of whom are living. Mr. Bowman is a member of the F. & A. M. and G.A.R. Lodges and a Democrat in politics.
History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago), 1887. Biographical Sketches of Huntington – City and Township, page 452.