Gene Notes

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sympathy Saturday - John C Bowman

John C. Bowman was the eldest son of John Parker Bowman and Mary Elizabeth Chinn, and was my great granduncle. He was born about 1840 in Lexington, Kentucky and died August 13, 1858 in Lexington, Missouri.  He was buried in MachPelah Cemetery in Lexington, Missouri and his stone is easily overlooked.

His death notice in the Daily Missouri Republican of August 18 1858 reads:

DIED on Friday Morning, 13th inst., at the residence of his father, John C. Bowman, eldest son of John P. and Mary E. Bowman, aged about 18 years.

Of all the Bowman children he is the one I know least about. The notice does not say that he was survived by his parents, his sister, Isabelle Bowman Mountjoy, his brother Joseph, his brother Edwin, and his brother Frank. He was possibly even survived by his brother, Clifton, whose birth date is estimated as 1858 from the census.

You can see his memorial on Find-a-Grave here.

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. Your sympathy Saturday posts are so poignant. The one about ppor Archie really made my heart ache. His poor, grieving parents -- and Archie's sad, self-blaming note. Tragic.