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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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BOWMAN, DR. A. a leading physician of White Hall, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1817, youngest son of John and Sarah, who crossed the ocean from Europe in an early day, locating in Pennsylvania,, where young Bowman received a liberal education. Shortly after the death of his father, which occurred in 1839, Dr. Bowman moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began the study of medicine and graduated from the State Eclectic Institute. From Cincinnati, Dr. B. came to Bond County, Ill., where he practiced as a physician four years. He then made his way to Greene County, practiced as a physician eleven years in Carrollton, and for a number of years has had a large practice at White Hall. A professional gentleman of twenty-five years standing, he has gained an enviable reputation as a skillful physician and honorable man. In 1850 he was married to Miss Elizabeth D. Johnson, in Bond County, Ill. There were six children born of this marriage: Mary C., Sarah A., John C., George, Hettie and Alexander. March 3, 1865, Mrs. Bowman died and was laid to rest in the beautiful resting place of the dead near White Hall. In 1871 Dr. Bowman united his fortunes to Mrs. Dallas, a daughter of Jacob Rickart, and sister of the Hon. Joseph Rickart, who owns one of the best farms in Greene County.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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