December 8, 2012

The Catahoula Parish Descendants of Dr. Nathaniel Bowman

Dr. Nathaniel Bowman was born in 1767 in Massachusetts.  In October of 1799, he married Sarah Johnson who was born on April 15, 1768 in Andover, Massachusetts.  Her parents were Col. Samuel and Elizabeth Gage Johnson. 

Nathaniel was a 1786 graduate of Harvard College where he studied medicine.  After marrying Sarah, they settled in Gorham, Maine, where he died of a casualty, the fall of a part of a steeple, at the raising of a meeting house, June 8, 1797.  Nathaniel is buried in the Gorham Cemetery, Gorham, Cumberland, Maine.  Sarah died on May 8, 1858 in Bath, Maine and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Bath, Sagadahoc, Maine.  (Editor's note:  tombstone photographs are courtesy of Alan&Jane and Wayne Cappen at

The following children were born to the marriage of Nathaniel and Sarah Johnson Bowman:
Samuel Gardner, 1790-1841 (m. Marcia Stockbridge)
Sarah, 1792-1828 (m. Samuel Winter)
Joshua, 1795-1823 (m. Hannah Flagg) 

Col. Samuel Gardner Bowman was born on October 9, 1790.  He was a merchant in Bath, Maine.  On May 19, 1816, he married Marcia Stockbridge who was born on April 7, 1795.  Marcia was the daughter of William and Ruth Bailey Stockbridge of Hanover, Massachusetts.  Samuel died in 1841 and Sarah died in 1862.  Both are buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Bath, Sagadahoc, Maine. (See tombstone above)

Col. Samuel Gardner Bowman and Marcia Stockbridge Bowman had the following children:

Nathaniel, 1817-1847 (m. Catharine Boer)
Samuel Stockbridge, 1818-after 1880 (m. 1. Sarah Hamilton; 2. Eliza Hoover)  
Lucy Elizabeth, 1820-? (m.  Lt. Joseph Foster Green)
William Stockbridge, 1822-1822
William Henry, 1823-1865
Marcia Stockbridge, 1826-? (m. Nathaniel Coit Jenks)
Sarah W., 1828-?
Travis Joshua, 1830-bef 1880
Francis J. "Frank", 1830-? (m. Henrietta E. "Etta" Bruce)
Orville Richardson, 1832-1856
Howard Dorrance, 1835-?

This post will concentrate on two of their children, Samuel Stockbridge and Francis J. "Frank" Bowman.

Samuel Stockbridge Bowman

Samuel Stockbridge Bowman was born in Maine, on August 27, 1818.  He moved to Louisiana and married Sarah Hamilton of West Feliciana in January of 1843.  He became a merchant and a cotton planter of Tensas Parish.  Sarah died in April of 1847. 

On June 7, 1851, Samuel married Eliza L. Hoover in Catahoula Parish. He died after 1880.  Eliza died after 1860.  They had the following children who were all born in Catahoula Parish:
Charles Orvey, 1856-bef 1900 (m. Mae Eliza Davis)
Samuel, 1859-?
Mary M., 1867-?
Charles Orvey Bowman was born in 1856 in Catahoula Parish.  On March 29, 1882, he married Mae Eliza Davis of Franklin Parish, Louisiana.   Charles died between 1899 and 1900.  Mae died after 1940.

Charles Orvey and Mae Eliza Davis Bowman had the following children:
Daisey, 1882-?
William Homer, 1888-1958 (m. Anabel Postlethwaite Register)
Charles O., 1889-?
From Our Island Heritage, Vol. 3, 1978, compiled by Sophie Haley and Mickie Smith:

William Homer Bowman  was born near what was then known as Greenville (about five miles east of the village of Sicily Island) on January 13, 1888.  The home where Homer was born had belonged not only to his father but also to his grandfather.        

Homer married Anabel Postlethwaite Register who was born on May 13, 1896 to Aaron Cullipher and Mari Anne McDonald Register of Natchez, Mississippi.  At the time of Anabel's birth, the Registers were living at historic King's Tavern, where eight generations of her family lived before it passed into other hands.

King's Tavern, 2011
Anabel came to visit her aunt, Lucy Register Bruce, who resided at Loamland Plantation, across the Tensas River from the Bowman home.  It was here that she met Homer Bowman and they were later married.

The Bowmans began their life together as farmers.  They also raised livestock and ran a dairy for many years.  They operated their own separator and shipped cream in ten gallon cans to Natchez and Baton Rouge by train.  Homer served as Postmaster at Foules for forty-seven years, until his retirement sometime in the 1950s.  

William Homer Bowman died on December 20, 1958 and Anabel Register Bowman died on March 6, 1964.  Both are buried in the Natchez City Cemetery, Natchez, Adams, Mississippi. Tombstone photographs were taken by FindAGrave member, Ruby Carman.

The following children were born to the marriage of Homer and Anabel Bowman:
Nedra, 1920 (m. William L. Harrison)
Aaron Charles, 1924 (m. Virginia Cheatham)
Jean Elizabeth, 1925 (m. Raymond Thompson)
John W., 1927 (m. Mae Lee)
William Homer "Billy", 1929 (m. Ethyl Cheatham)

Francis J. "Frank" Bowman

Francis J. "Frank" Bowman was born circa 1830 in Maine.  He moved to Louisiana some time after 1860 and married Henrietta Eliza "Etta" Bruce circa 1865.  The following children were born to this marriage:
Marcia, 1866-1948 (m. James Leggett)
Joe G., 1869-?
Roxie, 1873-1903 (m. 1. Evans; 2. John Moore)
Frank was the first postmaster at Wildwood in 1872.  Wildwood was located in Ward 1 of Catahoula Parish.  He died prior to 1880.  The location of his burial is unknown at this time.

Henrietta Eliza "Etta" Bruce was born on July 14, 1839.  She was also named postmaster at Wildwood in 1877 and again in 1891.

Following the death of her husband, she and their children relocated to Stoddard County, Missiouri. She passed away on October 26, 1920 and is buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield, Stoddard County, Missiouri.  Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, D. Sentell.

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