Bowman Family Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

249 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 05/1983. Last revised 04/2018.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.5 linear feet

CREATOR: Bowman, Ray O.

DATE: 1750-1950

PHYSICAL LOCATION: Original materials are stored off-site. Retrieval must be requested 2 days in advance. Digital copies are available in the Archives.

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE: The Genealogical Society of Utah digitized selected materials from this collection in 2007. These copies are available on DVD in the Archives Room.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Bowman Family Collection contains extensive genealogy materials of the Bowman family, covering the mid-eighteenth through the mid-twentith centuries. It includes correspondence and newspaper clippings.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The first member of the Bowman family to settle in the Shenandoah Valley was a German immigrant named George Bowman, who purchased 1,000 acres along the west bank of Cedar Creek near Strasburg on October 3, 1734 from his father-in-law Jost Hite. Bowman’s property encompassed an area that includes present-day Shenandoah, Warren, and Frederick County. The Bowman family has lived in the Shenandoah Valley ever since, and has participated in many important events in Valley history. Abraham Bowman served as colonel of the 8th Virginia Infantry, known as the German regiment, during the Revolutionary War, and Joseph Bowman served as second-in-command to General George Rogers Clarke during the Vincennes Expedition in 1779. He died of wounds received at Vincennes. A number of Bowman family members have served in some capacity during all American conflicts from the Civil War to World War II, and have played an important role in the political, social, and economic life of the Valley for nearly 300 years.


Cartmell, T. K. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and their Descendants, A History of Frederick County, Virginia. Berryville, VA: Chesapeake Book Company, 1963;  O’Dell, Cecil. Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia. Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995.

CITE AS: Bowman Family Collection, 249 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


BOX 1 

Genealogy – Bowman Family, Ray & Wanda, manuscript/printed/typescript in loose-leaf binder, 2 items, includes the following:
Book 1, manuscript, 100 pages
[Book 2 not donated]
Book 3, manuscript/typescript, 32 pages,  Saum Family pgs. 28-32

BOX 2 

Genealogy - Bowman Family, Ray & Wanda, manuscript/printed/typescript in loose-leaf binder, 2 items, includes the following:
Book 4, manuscript/typescript, 52pages
Book 4, manuscript/photocopy, partial duplicate (not digitized)


Genealogy - family charts, manuscript/typescript, in looseleaf binders, 4 items, includes the following:
Book 5, descendants of Christian Bowman
Book 6, descendants of Jacob Stover and Catherine Bowman, daughter of Christian Bowman, manuscript/typescript, 17 pages
Book 6, 2 partial duplicates: manuscript, typescript photocopy, 17 pages; typescript photocopy, 10 pages (not digitized)