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Christian Bowman was a miller, successor to his father in owning and operating the Bowman Mill. Christian was a Mennonite. He was born and died at the Christian Bowman Mill, which he inherited from his father. Christian Bowman married twice, to Anna Huber and then to Anna Gehman. Anna, wife of Christian Bowman, was named in the 1785 will of her father, Martin Huber. Children from two marriages were documented by the 1830 will of Christian Bowman's second wife, widow Anna Bowman. Her identity was documented by an 1811 deed naming widow Anne Bowman as the daughter of Daniel Gehman.

1753 On 21 October, Christian Bowman was born at the Bowman Mill homestead of his parents in Allegheny valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania. [1][2][3]

1753 On 21 October, Christian Bowman was born, son of Christian Bowman and Elizabeth Oberholtzer of Alleghenyville Berks County. [4][5][6]

1756 On 17 September, Anna Huber was born in Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Martin and Magdalena Huber. [7][8][9][10]

1777-78 Christian, Wendle, and Jacob Bauman were listed for exercise fines (not appearing for military exercises) in Captain Rheim's company, Berks County. [11]

1779 Christian Bowman was taxed as a freeman [unmarried] in Cumru Twp, Berks County, Pennsylvania. [12]

1782 On 17 February, Anna Huber and Christian Bowman were married. [13][14][15]

1785 On 19 April. Martin Huber [Hoover] dated his will in Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with probate on 9 May. Wife Magdalena Hoover. Children: John, Mary wife of Henry Weaver Jr, Ann wife of Christian Bowman, sons Christian, Jacob, Joseph, David, and daughter Madline. [16][17]

1790 Christian Bowman Jr lived in Cumru Twp, Berks County, Pennsylvania in a household with one male under age 16, two males over age 16, and five females. Christian [senior?], Jacob [of Chrn.], Peter, and Wendle Bowman were in adjacent listings. [18]

1792 On 10 March, Anna Huber Bowman died. [19][20][21]

1792 Christian Bowman married Anna Gehman. [22]

1800 The family of Christian Bowman lived in Cumru Twp, Berks County, Pennsylvania in a household with Males: one age 0-10 (Daniel), one age 10-15 (Samuel), one age 15-25 (Joseph), one age 26-44 (Christian Bowman would have been age 47) and Females: one age 0-10 (Mary), two age 10-15 (Ann Marie should be 6, Elizabeth), one age 15-25 (Magdalene), and one age 26-44 (wife Anna should be age 44). [23]

1807 The will of Christian Bowman was dated June 8, 1807 in Cumru Twp, Berks County. Administration bond to son Joseph and son-in-law John Good, both of Brecknock Twp dated 8 June 1807 and they exhibited and inventory the same date (valued at £800.2.9)[24]. On 30 June, 1807, Eldest son Joseph petitioned the court that his father had died intestate leaving a widow named Ann and eight children: Joseph, Magdalena married to John Guth, Elizabeth married to Jacob Guth, Samuel, Anna, Daniel, Mary, and Salome, the last five in their minority. The intestate died with a tenement, grist mill, a 21 acre tract in Cumru Twp adjoining Wendel Bowman, David Eshelman, Peter Kush? and others. Also another 12 acre tract in Cumru Twp adjoining David Eshelman, Peter Eshelman, and Henry Waber [25]. Joseph Bowman petitioned for an appraisal of the lands [26]. On 8 July, an inquest returned an appraisal of 1300 pounds and stated that the estate could not be divided without causing harm. On 7 August, 1807 Joseph Bowman petitioned that guardians be appointed for Anna, Daniel, Maria, and Salome, all under age 14 [27]. The real estate distribution recorded £108.6.8 to each of the eight heirs, and £54.3.4 after widows death; naming Christian Guth (of Cumru) for minor Samuel, John Oberholtzer for minors Anna and Daniel, and Christian Gehman for minors Mary and Salome. Anna the widow renouncing [28]. [29]

1807 On 26 May, Christian Bowman died and was buried in the Mennonite cemetery at Allegheny. [30][31] He died at Bowman's Mill. [32][33]

1808 On 15 September, lands of Christian Bowman and Wendle [Windle] Bowman were mentioned in the will of Peter Eshelman. "It is my will and order that my daughter Christenah Eshelman shall have twenty five acres beginning at the land of Windle Bowman running a straight line to Andrew Gerdners line. It is my will and order that my sone Martin Eshelman shall have fifteen acres beginning at the land of Windle Bowman Christian Bowman and Conrad Watts a straight line of the land of Peter Russner. It is my will and order that my sone Peter Eshelman shall have twenty five acres beginning at the land of Windle Bowman running a straight line to the land of Peter Russner." [34]

1818 A map of Berks county showed several Bowman residences in Cumru Twp, Berks County. Photocopy, 1818 map of Cumru Twp, Berks County showing Bowman properties. Photocopy, 1818 engraved map of Cumru Twp, Berks County showing Bowman properties. These might be residences of descendants of Christian O Bowman. [35]

1808 On 5 January, Daniel Gehman, of Brecknock Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, dated his will. He named son Daniel and unmarried daughters Maria and Veronica. Son Daniel and son-in-law John Oberholtzer were named as executors. Joseph Bauman and Benjamin Bauman were witnesses. Probate was on 9 February 1810 and letters of administration were issued to Daniel Gehman and John Oberholtzer. The other children were named in an 1818 deed releasing the estate to son Daniel Gehman. [36]

1810 Son Joseph Bowman (age 16-26) lived in Cumru, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The household had 1 male age 10-16, 2 males age 16-26, 1 female age 0-10, 1 female age 10-16, 1 female age 16-26, and one female age 45+. This is a good match to widow Bowman and her children. [37]

1811 On 7 January, Christian Gehman, John Gehman, Samuel Gehman, John Oberholtzer and Elizabeth his wife, Anne Bowman widow, Mary Gehman, and Veronica Gehman; the children of Daniel Gehman, late of Brecknock Twp, Lancaster County, released the estate of Daniel Gehman to son Daniel Gehman. [38]

1820 Ann Bowman (age 45+) lived in Cumru, Berks County, Pennsylvania with 2 females age 16-26. [39]

1830 On 14 August, Letters of administrations for the estate of Anna Bowman were issued to Joseph and Daniel Bowman [40]
The will of Anna, widow of Christian Bowman, miller, late of Brecknock (late Cumru) Twp, Berks County, left a legacy to four children of her body named Anna, Daniel, Mary, and Solome from her father's legacy. The children of her deceased husband begotten by his first wife, deceased, likewise inheriting the portion from their mother's side. The rest of the widow Anna's estate went to the four children of her deceased husband Christian Bowman and his first wife, also deceased, who were: Joseph Bowman, Magdalene married to Joseph Good, Elizabeth married to Jacob Good, and Samuel Bowman; and to her bodily children Anna married to Samuel Webster, Daniel Bowman, Mary married to Jonas Good, and Solome (Sally) married to Jonathan Weber. Step-son Joseph Bowman and bodily son Daniel Bowman were named executors. Dated 13 June 1828. Probate 14 August 1830. [41][42] Inventory dated 14 August 1830 [43]. Account dated 8 March 1831 [44].

1830 Anna Bowman (age 60-70) lived in Brecknock Twp, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Several siblings and children of Christian (Joseph, Christian, Wendel, and Abraham) were listed on the same census page. [45]

1830 On 3 July, Anna (Gehman) Bowman died. [46][47]

1840 On 23 November, son Joseph Bowman of Brecknock Twp, Berks County, Pennsylvania dated his will. Son Benjamin inherited the grist mill. Six named children: Elisabeth, Isaac, Esther, Benjamin, Nancy, and Jacob. Jacob was under age 21. Joseph had inherited land in Canada from his father Christian, which he, Joseph, did not intend to claim. Two eighths of the land in Canada were given to John Good, husband of Joseph's sister Magdalena. Joseph's brother Daniel had already sold his share of the Canada land to John Good. One eighth shares of the Canada land were given to each of brother Samuel and sisters Elizabeth, Anna, Mary, and Sally. Sons Isaac and Benjamin and friend Bowman executors. Codicil dated 4 December, 1840. Probate 4 February 1841. [48]

Research Notes:

1785 Christian [Bowman] Bauman was listed as first class and Christian Bauman, "wits son" was class 5 on a class roll of Capt. Weidner’s Company of April and May 1765 of the First Battalion of Berks County, commanded by Col. Lutz. [49]

"29.—Anne Huber 12, b. in Earl 'Twp.. Sept. 17. 1756; d. Mar. 10, 1792; m. (Feb. 17. 1782) Christian Bowman: b. Oct. 21. 1753; d. May 26, 1S07: son of Christian Bowman and Elizabeth Obcrholtzer of Alleghenyville, Berks Co., Pa. Mennonite: farmer and miller; buried in Mennonite Cemetery at Allegheny. Issue: 105 Magdalene; 106 Joseph; 107 Elizabeth; 108 Samuel. 'To 2d wife. Anna Ghenian. were born: 108a Anna (1794—1843^ in. Samuel Weber (see Xo. 112): 108b Daniel (1796—1875) in. in 1817 Elizabeth Good; 108c Marv (,179°—1847) in. |onas Good: 109 Salome (see 116)." [50]

Christian Baumann, "second son of II Christian Baumann was born in Berks County on October 21st 1753 where he died on May 26th 1807 He was a miller by trade His family consisted of eight children". [51]

See also: [52]


Footnotes:

[1] Edward Bowman Espenshade, My American Ancestors and Their Descendants (Jay Letter Service, 1949), 250, [Google_Book].

[2] Ezra E. Eby, A Biographical History of Waterloo Township, Vol. 1 (1895), 64, [Google_Book].

[3] Jerold A Stahly, "The Family of Jacob Oberholtzer (1704-1755) of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (April, 1989), 13-26, at 23, person O13.

[4] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 46.

[5] Ezra E. Eby, A Biographical History of Waterloo Township, Vol. 1 (1895), 64, [Google_Book].

[6] Henry W. Horning, "Mennonites of the Allegheny Valley," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 28 (October, 2005), at 4.

[7] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 46.

[8] Ira David Landis, The Landis Family Book, Section I (1950), 6, [HathiTrust].

[9] Jerold A Stahly, "The Family of Jacob Oberholtzer (1704-1755) of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (April, 1989), 13-26, at 23, person O13.

[10] Edward Bowman Espenshade, My American Ancestors and Their Descendants (Jay Letter Service, 1949), 250, reports birthdate 17 December, 1755, [Google_Book].

[11] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 6 (Revolution 1777-1789, Lieutenants) (1896), 286, right, and 274, for description of the list, [Internet_Archive].

[12] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 18 (Berks Taxables) (1897), 194, [Internet_Archive].

[13] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 46.

[14] Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Our Hoover Ancestors (Chillicothe, Missouri: 1971), 5.

[15] Jerold A Stahly, "The Family of Jacob Oberholtzer (1704-1755) of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (April, 1989), 13-26, at 23, person O13.

[16] Lancaster County Pennsylvania Will E-223, [FamilySearch_Image].

[17] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed FF-394. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[18] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 0568148 of US census, 1790, [FamilySearch_Record].

[19] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 46.

[20] Jerold A Stahly, "The Family of Jacob Oberholtzer (1704-1755) of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (April, 1989), 13-26, at 23, person O13.

[21] Edward Bowman Espenshade, My American Ancestors and Their Descendants (Jay Letter Service, 1949), 250, reports 13 March, [Google_Book].

[22] Jerold A Stahly, "The Family of Jacob Oberholtzer (1704-1755) of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (April, 1989), 13-26, at 23, person O13.

[23] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1800, Berks, Cumru, paginations 590 and 172, [FamilySearch_Record].

[24] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[25] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[26] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[27] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[28] Berks County, Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[29] USGenWeb Archives, Berks County, Pennsylvania Will abstracts 1804-1807, [USGenWeb].

[30] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 46.

[31] Ezra E. Eby, A Biographical History of Waterloo Township, Vol. 1 (1895), 64, [Google_Book].

[32] Edward Bowman Espenshade, My American Ancestors and Their Descendants (Jay Letter Service, 1949), 250, [Google_Book].

[33] Jerold A Stahly, "The Family of Jacob Oberholtzer (1704-1755) of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (April, 1989), 13-26, at 23, person O13.

[34] USGenWeb Archives, Eshelman will, [USGenWeb].

[35] Jno. E. Whiteside, copied from surveys of Henry M. Richards, Map of Berks County (Pennsylvania) (1818).

[36] Lancaster County Pennsylvania Will K-163, [FamilySearch_Image].

[37] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1810, page 701, line 9 from bottom, [FamilySearch_Record].

[38] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 16-100. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[39] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1820, top page line 3 from bottom, [FamilySearch_Record].

[40] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[41] Berks County Pennsylvania Will 6-472, [FamilySearch_Image].

[42] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[43] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[44] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates, [FamilySearch_Image].

[45] US census, 1830

[46] Edward Bowman Espenshade, My American Ancestors and Their Descendants (Jay Letter Service, 1949), 250, [Google_Book].

[47] Jerold A Stahly, "The Family of Jacob Oberholtzer (1704-1755) of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (April, 1989), 13-26, at 23, person O13, reports 5 July.

[48] Berks County Pennsylvania Estates (image 543), [FamilySearch_Image].

[49] Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 3 (Muster Rolls Bedford-York) (1907), 55, [Google_Book].

[50] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 46, person 29.

[51] Ezra E. Eby, A Biographical History of Waterloo Township, Vol. 1 (1895), 64, family 16, [Google_Book].

[52] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com, Huber B2152, Bowman A1123233.


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