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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman 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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ABRAHAM L. BOWMAN. No citizen of Edelman, Northampton County, is better known throughout the surrounding country than the above-named gentleman, who is the leading business man of the village, having an extended trade and great popularity. Having the judgment requisite to make a success of his enterprises, as well as an upright character and social nature, he is well entitled to the respect which he receives from his acquaintances.

The establishment of which Mr. Bowman is owner and proprietor contains a full line of dry goods, groceries, boots and shoes, crockery, hardware, glassware, ready-made clothing, and the stock usually found in a first-class country store. He also has a large trade in coal. His sales are constantly increasing, and average $10,000 and upwards each year. He opened the store at Edelman October 1, 1893, and on the same day received the appointment of Postmaster, in which capacity he has since served. In addition to his other work he is also station agent for the Bangor & Portland Eailroad at this point.

In Plainfield Township, Northampton County, our subject was born February 12, 1866, the son of Amandus and Elizabeth (Frankenfleld) Bowman, natives of this township, where they still reside. His father, whose life occupation has been that of an agriculturist, is well known in this part of the county, and is highly regarded by all who are acquainted with him. He has served as School Director, and in politics is a Republican. Abraham L. was reared to manhood upon the home farm. The rudiments of his education were gained in the common schools of the district, after which he attended for a time Trach’s Academy in Easton, Pa., and later was graduated from Eastman’s National Business College in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Returning home, he engaged in teaching school, being thus employed for two winter terms in Plainfield Township. Later he accepted the position of stationary engineer in the Edelman Hard Vein Slate Quarry at Edelman, which he resigned in 1893 to embark in the mercantile business at this place.

The political belief of Mr. Bowman brings him into active co-operation with the Republican party, the principles of which he upholds with his ballot. He has served as Auditor of Plainfield Township, and has occupied other local offices of trust. Socially he is a member of the Patriotic Order Sons of America at Edelman, and is also identified with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the lodge at Pen Argyl. A Lutheran in religious belief, he favors all enterprises that will promote the prosperity of the church and elevate the moral standing of the community. June 9, 1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Christiana, daughter of Jacob Itterly, of this county. He is prominent among the young business men of Plainfield Township, and an excellent representative of its worth and push in business directions. Having passed his entire life in this locality, he is well known, not alone in commercial, but also in social, circles. Having received a fine education, and being gifted by nature with those particular characteristics essential to the most satisfactory results, he has, at the commencement of his career, won a reputation for sagacity, honesty and fair dealing with all men.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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