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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, ALVIN C. farmer, Sec. 26, P.O. Carrollton. Is a son of Martin and Hannah Bowman, of this county. Alvin was born Jan. 2, 1840; there were eight children of the family entire, he being the fifth in order. During his boyhood he attended school the greater portion of the time. In his twentieth year he was in the employ of his uncle Jacob Bowman, then sheriff of this county, remaining in service two years as his deputy. Aug. 14, 1862, became matrimonially allied to Helen Davis, born Feb. 25, 1842; five children have crowned this union, viz.: Jennie L., born July 1, 1863; Mary V., born Oct. 4, 1866; Andrew C., born March 17, 1869; John C., born April 23, 1872; Martin Lee born Aug. 4, 1874. Immediately following his marriage, engaged in farming pursuits, and has since continued at the same. His mother died Nov. 5, 1876; his father is still living, and resides in Carrollton. Mr. and Mrs. Bowman, are both members of the Presbyterian church. Cast his first vote for Douglas, and is still an adherent to the principles maintained by that illustrious personage.

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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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