Gene Notes

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sympathy Saturday - Mary Elizabeth Chinn Bowman

These are from the Higginsville (Missouri) Advance from March 3 and 4th, 1904.  Mary Elizabeth Chinn was born November 2, 1821 in Bourbon county, Kentucky the daughter of Dr. Joseph Graves Chinn and Barbara Garland Graves. She married John Parker Bowman September 26, 1837 in Fayette County, Kentucky. She was my great-great grandmother. 

March 3, 1905 (This date is taken from the Ancestry database: Lafayette County, Missouri Obituaries, 1891-1920. It's wrong. I actually found it in 1904, which is when she died.)

Died,  at her home on Fair Ground avenue, in this city, February 28, 1905, Mrs.  ____ Bowman, aged 82 years.  Funeral service was held at the residence Thursday Morning and interment made in the city cemetery.

March 4, 1904

Died in Lexington, February 26, 1904, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bowman, aged 82 years. Mrs. Bowman has resided in Lexington since 1844. She was an exemplary Christian lady most highly respected by her many acquaintances. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the home of G. M. Mountjoy.

Copyright 2010, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. Check your dates ma'am. You have some 5s that should be 4s. Did the women ever get mile-long obituaries like the men did?

  2. Just checking facts . . . I have your Mary Elizabeth in my tree as a sister of Susan Ann Chinn (1838-1872) . . . and I show Susan to be the wife of Isaac Shelby Kirtley . . . and he is my 4th cousin 3 times removed . . . do you happen to have birth and death dates for Isaac?