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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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WILLIAM BOWMAN was born in Columbia county, Penn., April 24, 1833, and raised there, where his father still lives, whose name is Thomas. The subject of this sketch came to Jasper county in the spring of 1878, and settled five and one-half miles northwest of Carthage, in township 29, range 31, and section 8. Mr. Bowman was married March 18, 1858, to Edith Holmes, who was born Oct. 18, 1833, in the same county with her husband. The children are Frank, not living; Cora, Josephine, who died in September, 1865; Willie, who died in the same month and year; Chester, Harry, and Clarence. There are about seventy acres, of the farm of ninety-four, cultivated; thirty-three acres in wheat, averaging twenty-eight bushels; twenty-two in corn, averaging twenty-five bushels, and seven in oats, averaging thirty bushels. There is an orchard of 100 trees. Mr. Bowman is a member of the M. E. Church and his wife of the Presbyterian. Mr. Bowman worked at the trade of wheelwright for fourteen years in Bloomsburg, Penn., but is at present a prosperous farmer. There are good improvements, good buildings, and the whole farm bespeaks an air of comfort and general good management. Mr. Bowman is a man who believes in good society and public enterprise of all kinds.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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