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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, ALBERT, farmer and stock raiser, town 10, range 10, P. O. Rockbridge, was born in Greene County, July 18, 1841; his father, Dr. Daniel Bowman, was born in Bourbon County, Ky., emigrated to Butler County, Ohio, where he married Catharine Meneely, and in an early day they removed to this county. Albert Bowman, the subject of this sketch, was raised on a farm, and received his education at the common schools of the country. In the Fall of 1861, at the age of 20, he enlisted in Co. F, 1st Mo. V. C., for three years’ service; he participated in the various actions in which the company were engaged; he received an honorable discharge in the Fall of 1864, and returned to Greene County; he commenced farming and dealing in livestock, which he followed for the next two years, when he went into mercantile business at Rockbridge. This he followed for two years, when he again commenced farming and dealing in stock, which he has followed to the present time. March 28, 1867, he was married to Miss Ellen J. Vallentine, whose parents were James and Martha A. Vallentine, natives of Massachusetts and Kentucky. From this union they have five children living; one has died in infancy: Lucie M., born March 11, 1868; Lillian M., born Aug. 27, 1870; Clyde A., born Jan. 25, 1874; Harry V., born Sept. 5, 1876; Lynn D., born Oct. 19, 1878. Ellen J. his wife, was born in Greene County, Nov. 25, 1844; finished her education at Monticello Seminary in 1863. She became a member of the Presbyterian church in early life.

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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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