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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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D. G. BOWMAN, one of the substantial farmers and formerly one of the prominent educators in Monroe township, was born July 28, 1854, in that township, an only son of Henry and Barbara (Goodyear) Bowman.

The Bowman family is of Swiss origin, but settlement was made in Lancaster county, Pa., prior to the birth of John Bowman, the grandfather of D. G. On reaching manhood John Bowman married Martha Herr, daughter of Christian and Fannie (Maynard) Herr, of Lancaster county. He followed a milling business for about fifteen years. Shortly after marriage, he bought a farm about two and a half miles from Dillsburg, York county, consisting of ninety-four acres. There he built a barn and made improvements, and there his last years were spent, his death occurring in 1861, after several years of retired life. His widow survived until 1871, and both were buried at Cochlin’s Church, Cumberland county. They had children as follows: Christian, who married (first) Susan Coover, and (second) Peggy Asper, and who lived a few years retired before his death in York county; John, who married Maria Kroft, and died in Cumberland county; Abraham, who married Mary Hart, and died in Mechanicsburg; Henry, who was the father of D. G.; Frances, who married John Baker, and died in Mechanicsburg; Martha, who married Aaron Firestone, and died in York county; Miss Mary, who died in Monroe township, aged sixty-one; Annie, who married Joseph Plough, and lives at Churchtown, and who is the only survivor of the family; and Hettie, who died unmarried, in Monroe township, aged sixty-seven years.

Henry Bowman, father of D. G. Bowman, was born April 6, 1817, in York county, and had the best educational advantages afforded in the agricultural districts. He was reared a farmer, and in 1854 he married Barbara Goodyear, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Goodyear. In 1853 he bought a fine farm, located one mile northeast of Churchtown, and engaged in a butchering business, with John Paul, carrying on this business some fourteen years. In 1868 he bought another farm in the same township, but never removed to that place, having a tenant settle there. Mr. Bowman did considerable live stock dealing, both in buying and selling. He was a man of ample means and much business ability. His life was ended by accident, a tree falling on him, while in the forest in South Mountain. He was survived by his widow and his one child, D. G. Bowman, of Monroe township.

After completing the educational course presented in the district schools of Monroe township, Mr. D. G. Bowman spent one term at the Shippensburg Normal school, going from there to the “Oaks,” a well-known school of the time in Cumberland county. At the age of sixteen years he began teaching, and followed the profession in Monroe township, more or less continuously, for twenty-five years. He was one of the youngest teachers ever given a certificate in the county, and probably one of the most successful. After his marriage, he settled on the home farm and became its owner at the death of his father. This property he has continued to improve, in 1880 erecting a fine barn. This was destroyed, but he rebuilt it in 1899, and in 1901, he built his handsome residence.

Mr. Bowman married Elizabeth Strock, daughter of George and Margaret (Bricker) Strock, and they have five children, namely: Ethel Strock, born in 1880; Guy, born March 1, 1883; Reba, born Feb. 4, 1885; Dortha R., born Nov. 4, 1893; and Meade, born May 24, 1895, died April 7, 1904. Mr. Bowman is a deacon in the Church of God, and his family has been reared in the faith of that religious body.

In politics Mr. Bowman is identified with the Republican party. His fellow citizens have honored him with election to various local offices, on many occasions, and for the past two years he has been auditor of Monroe township. He is a man of integrity, one of the leading and representative citizens in this part of the county. He is a director of the Dillsburg National Bank, succeeding his father in that institution at the death of the latter, who was one of the organizers of the bank. This bank was a private institution, and was later made into a national bank. The elder Mr. Bowman was one of the board of directors most of the time from its organization until his death, and he was also a director in the Second National Bank of Mechanicsburg. Our subject was one of the organizers of the Allen Knitting Company, located at Churchtown, being secretary of same. This company was organized in 1902, for the purpose of manufacturing hosiery, and gives employment to twenty people. It is expected that the plant will be greatly increased in the near future.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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