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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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ISAAC BOWMAN was born in Stark County, Ohio, April 23, 1838, to Henry and Nancy (Leiter) Bowman. The former was born in Pennsylvania, May 21, 1807, while Mrs. Bowman was a native of the Buckeye State. The father was a farmer by occupation, and a shoemaker by trade, following these combined vocations most of his life. He died in Stark County, Ohio, at the age of eighty-six years, and his wife passed away January 20, 1847, when in her thirty-second year. They were the parents of three daughters and five sons: Sarah Ann, William, Jacob, Isaac, Harriet, Israel, Emeline and Samuel. Samuel and William are now living in California; two of the daughters make their home in Indiana, and the remainder of the family are residents of Stark County, with the exception of Sarah Ann, who is deceased.

Our subject lived with his parents until his marriage, November 19, 1867, when he was united with Miss Kate Burnheimer, who was born in Stark County, September 14, 1843. She was the daughter of John and Catherine (Flora) Burnheimer, natives of the Keystone State, whence they removed to Ohio when young with their respective parents. They were there reared to mature years and married, soon after which event they located on a farm and followed the vocation of agriculturists nearly all their life. Mr. Burnheimer was a shoemaker and was often compelled to work at his trade in order to accommodate the early settlers. He was in good circumstances,
and took a prominent part in public affairs, assisting by every means in his power to promote its welfare. He died there September 3, 1869, and his wife passed away May 30, 1882. To them was born a large family of children, eleven in number, of whom only five are now living. Harriet, who married John Parker, has lived in Canton, Ohio, since the decease of her husband; Magdalene, now Mrs. Jacob Brothers, is a resident of Stark County, Ohio; Rebecca married James Knox, and they make their home in Tuscarawas County, that state; Mary became Mrs. Milton Farber, and is also living on a good estate in the above county; Kate was the next in order of birth. The deceased members of the family were George, Isaiah, Malinda, Belinda, Elizabeth, and one who died unnamed.

For the first five months after their marriage, our subject and his wife lived with her parents, and in the spring of 1868 they came to Warrensburg, this county. Here Mr. Bowman began work at the carpenter’s trade and lived here until 1887, in which year he returned to his native county, where he is now living. His good wife remained a resident of Warrensburg for five years, and then, thinking that she would like farm life, purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, lying in township 45, range 25. This she has placed under good tillage, making of it a neat and desirable home. In addition to raising a goodly amount of grain, she also has on her place several head of horses, cattle and swine, and from the sale of these animals she greatly adds to her income.

To our subject and his wife were born nine children, of whom Katie, who was born February 16, 1886, died December 29 of that year. Warren Hill was born November 30, 1868, and is the twin of Holden Dell; Henry Benton was born November 15, 1870; Irvine Hunter, February 16, 1873; General Isaac, July 26, 1875; Bessie, September 4, 1878; Stella, Decembers, 1880; Ruth, April 23, 1884.

In politics Mr. Bowman is a Republican. He is a Mason in good standing and while in Warrensburg belonged to the lodge of that place. Both himself and wife are respected members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. During the late war, in 1862, our subject enlisted in the service of the Union army, joining the Fifth Indiana Cavalry at Huntington, while there studying law. Although in the service for four years, he was never injured, but was taken prisoner. He participated in many of the important battles of that period, and on being mustered out returned home. He is a gentleman highly regarded by all who know him and has been fairly successful in life.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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