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54. ELIZABETH GENTRY was born about 1770 in Louisa County, Virginia.4

One data base had Elizabeth Gentry as deceased after 1822 in Owsley Co KY. Owsley Co was not formed until 1843.

ELIZABETH GENTRY and ELIJAH BOWMAN were married on 4 November 1795 in Madison County, Kentucky.8,9 ELIJAH BOWMAN10, son of CORNELIUS BOWMAN and SUSANNAH POINTER/PAINTER, was born in 1773 in Virginia.6 He died in 1840 at the age of 67.6 He served in the military at Boswell's Regt, KY Volunteers in Possible War of 1812 Service.

Land Office Treasury Warrant #211 the Surveyor of any county within the Commonwealth of Virginia. [very faint and faded and hopefully have transcribed correctly]. To Martin Ashbey. 103 acres of land in consideration of the sum of 81#'s 3 sh. the fifteenth Day of October, 1779.
On the back: For value received assign to Reuben Proctor, the 8th of Desember, 178?. [Hole in the warrant where the Signature should be.]
For value Received I assign the within mentioned warrant to Michael Shirly as witness my hand this 9th day of September 1781. Signed: Reuben Proctor. Test: Wm Mitchell
Michael Shirley, 203 Acres entd. Oct 2, 1781.

Surveyed, Madison Co KY, 30 Jun 1797, for Michael Shirley, assee. of Reuben Procter, Etc. nine acres, one quarter and twenty perches, part of an entry for 103 acres, part of Treasure Warrant 211. On waters of Muddy Creek adjoining James Barbours Settlement on the West, Robert Flemings preemption on the East and a 569 acres survey of said Shirley's on the North. [South was Muddy Creek according to the plat sketch] Begin NE corner of 569 acres survey and red oak tree marked M.S. and two hickory trees standing in Barbour's Settlement line on the bank of a branch of Muddy Creek; running with Barbours line; Flemings line; Shirley's line. Signed: John Crooke, SMC
Elisha Bowman, Cornelius Bowman, Jun., chain carriers
Elijah Bowman, Markers. Survey Book 10, p. 186
On the back: Entry upon which the survey was made dated July 23rd 1784 John Crooke, SMC.
I do assign over all my wright and title to the within plot to Elijah Bowman as witnes my hand. Chas. Shurley, Asein to Michael Shurley. Test: Cornelius Bowman, William ?Poynter
Shurley's Platt Certificate. Rec'd 19 Jan 1798 for Elijah Bowman.

October the 25th day 1795
We Nicolas and Sary Gentry do hereby give our Consent to the marriage of Elijah Bowman and our Daughter Elizabeth. we Jointly set our hands and Seals
Signed: Sarah Gentry
Nicholas Gentry
Test: Charles Kavanaugh, John bowman, Henry Gentry
Henry Gentry [Elizabeth's brother] was Bondsman for the marriage to Elizabeth Gentry. Nicholas Gentry, father of the bride.

Madison Co KY Court Orders, Book B: 7 Jul 1796: John Bowman and Elijah Bowman were two of the commissioners ordered to view a way for a road from Archibald Woods mill seat on Muddy Creek to intersect the Muddy Creek road near William Goodlows.

Clay Co Deed Book A., 1806-1827. Abstracts compiled by Florence Nelson Young & Virgil D. Young, 1975
6 Oct 1804. Joseph Cragg of Fayette Co KY to Elijah Bowman of Madison Co KY - 200 acres of land in Madison Co on the south fork of the Kentucky River, by Crump's line. Wit: Cornelius Bowman, James Bliss. Fayette Co clerk: Thomas Bodley

Clay USGenWeb - 1807 Clay County Tax List.
Lower District recorded by John Gilbert, Commissioner
Lists Elijah Bowman and his brothers Thomas & Jacob

Elijah Boman, 1810 Clay Co KY Census, 1m 26-45 [Elijah about 37], 1m -10 [Joseph], 1m 10-16 [Nicholas], 4f -10 [Mahala, Nancy/Ann, Hannah & Deborah], 1f 10-16 [Sally], 1f 26-45

1811 Clay Co Tax List:
Elijah and brothers John, Elisha, William, Jacob & Thomas There was a 2nd John listed, a Barnabas Bowman and the widow Sarah Bowman.

KY SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1812, p.80. Roll of Capt Ambrose Arthur's Company, Boswell's Regt, KY Volunteers. Private Elijah Bowman listed. [GenealogyLibrary Online - CD of Early KY Settlers, 1700s-1800s]

Clay Co Deed Book A., 1806-1827. Abstracts compiled by Florence Nelson Young & Virgil D. Young, 1975
p.93 12 Mar 1814 Jesse Fear/Fears of Madison to James Moors of Clay for $1000, 500 acres in Clay part of large tract belonging to Fear. Wit: Elijah Bowman, John Moore, William Moore.
p.94 12 Mar 1814 Jesse Fear to John Moore of Clay for $900 - 240 acres in Clay on the Kentucky River at the mouth of Meadow Creek. Wit: James Moore, William, Moore, Elijah Bowman
p.96 12 Mar 1800 Jesse Fears of Madison Co to Elijah Bowman of Clay for 231# 10sh. 165 acres in Clay on south fork of the Kentucky River. Wit: James Moore, William Moore, Rec by James Love Jr., Clerk, 1 Apr 1814.

ELIZABETH GENTRY and ELIJAH BOWMAN had the following children:



Nicholas BOWMAN11,12 was born about 1797.11 He died about 1861 at the age of 64 in Breathitt County, Kentucky.11

Married Isabell Moore 1818 in Clay Co KY.
Nicholas was in the 1850 Census in Breathitt Co KY on p.20b, Household 48.
Nicholas Bowman, age 53, farmer, $2000 value of real estate, b. KY. [This enumerator listed the males in the family first, then the females]
Wesley, age 19, Fletcher, age 8, Isable age 50, Miriam age 15, Martha age 15, Deborah age 12, and Rachel age 10.
Next door in household 49 was Henry C. Bowman, age 23.



SARAH "SALLY" BOWMAN was born in 1798 in Madison County, Kentucky.8,13 She died after October 1886 at the age of 88 in Jackson County, Kentucky.14

In 1860, Sarah is listed as age 62 - or born 1798.

R. Michael Smith copied the following from the actual marriage documents at Clay Co KY from File Drawer #2: 2 Mar 1818 Jacob Gabbard, Cornelius Bowman & Nicholas Bowman gave permission for Edward Gabbard & Sarah Bowman to marry. On 8 Mar 1818, Edward and Sarah were married by E. W. Bowman.

The oldest son's census records indicate he was born 1815, but this is very likely an error since the next son was not born for another five years.



Mahala BOWMAN11 was born in 1801.

Married Lyttle Hughes. A descendant of her sister Deborah gives a marriage date as 21 Sep 1821, as well as a birth of Jul 1801. I have not found her in a census.



Elijah BOWMAN Jr. was born (date unknown).

Not given in all databases.



Nancy\Ann Elizabeth BOWMAN15 was born (date unknown).

Married Jacob Gibson. I cannot find them in the 1850 census in KY to confirm her birth year.
Other databases give her birth year as 1822. This is wrong. I found her marriage listed on the Clay Co USGenWeb page:
Jacob Gibson married Nancy Bowman - Date of bond: 17 Jan 1824 Date of marriage 19 Jan 1824.

I failed to find a Jacob Gibson in KY censuses beginning as early as 1830.

Some databases also list an Ann Bowman, b. 1805 who married an unknown Roberts. I suspect perhaps Jacob Gibson died at an early age and Ann/Nancy remarried. That would explain why no Jacob Gibson can be found.



Hannah BOWMAN was born about 1807.

Not in all databases. Said to have married an unknown Madden in 1827.



Joseph BOWMAN16 was born in 1808 in Kentucky.16 He died on 22 January 1863 at the age of 55 in Breathitt County, Kentucky.11

Married Sinthia [Cynthia] Crawfrod 9 Oct 1829 Estill Co KY. Cynthia was the daughter of Archibald Crawford and Margaret Brown, born 11 Oct 1809, Estill Co; died between 1850 and 1860, Breathitt co, KY.

They are in Breathitt Co KY in the 1850 Census, p.21b, Household 63.
Joseph Bowman, age 42, Farmer worth $2000, b. KY. Sytha age 40, Adison age 18, Angeline age 17, Arminta/America age 15, Moranda age 12, George W. age 18, Andrew J. age 8, Margaret age 5, Zachary T. age 3, and Madison, 9 months old.

Joseph was killed by confederate forces, led by Lt. Smith, near Bear Creek, Breathitt Co. KY



Deborah BOWMAN17 was born on 28 March 1810 in Kentucky. She died in 1884 at the age of 74.

Deborah's date of birth is given by descendants as 28 Mar 1810 - the census of 1850 shows her to be 36, so perhaps she fudged a little.
Deborah married John Henson Brandenburg on 19 Jan 1834, Clay Co KY, according to date from descendants. He was a son of Samuel Brandenburg and Sarah Henson, born 6 Mar 1801, Clark Co KY; died Nov 1860, Lee Co KY.
In 1850 they were living in Clay Co KY next door to a Joseph Brandenburg who was 81 years old, probably his father.
John H. Brandenburg, age 48, Farmer worth $3000, b. KY; Debby age 36, Hardin age 15, Elijah age 12, Ansel age 9, Samuel age 7, John age 5, Delinah age 2 [male], and James Luckey, age 21, a Laborer, no doubt a farm hand.
Brandenburg-Quillen Cemetery,
Lee County, Ky
Cemetery is located along the railroad tracks in Heidelberg, Lee County Kentucky. Recorded July 26, 2001
{John H. BRANDENBURGH 1804 1860
{Deborah Bowman BRANDENBURG 1810 1884 d/o Elijah & Elizabeth Gentry Bowman
S.P. BRANDENBURG 8/29/1843 8/19/1891 Samuel P; s/o John H & Deborah Bowman Brandenburg; h/o Mary Catherine Smith, buried in the Smith Cemetery.



Elisha Williamson BOWMAN18 was born on 2 February 1815 in Clay County, Kentucky.11 He died circa 1910 at the age of 95 in Madison County, Kentucky.

Married Eveline Isaacs.
Elisha lived two houses from his brother Joseph in Breathitt Co KY in 1850. Page 21b, Household 61.
Elisha W. Bowman, age 35, Farmer worth $700, b. KY; Eviline age 33, Liberty B. age 13 [male], Wilbourn age 11, Mahala age 9, Caloway age 7, Sally age 5, Rachel age 3, and Elijah age 2.



Henry B. BOWMAN19 was born in January 1820 in Clay County, Kansas.19 He died in 1900 at the age of 80 in Booneville, Owsley County, Kentucky.

Married Rachel Plummer.
There was a Henry Bowman both in Clay Co and Breathitt Co KY, in 1850, but the one in Breathitt is surely this Henry. Page 19b, Household 34.
Henry Bowman, age 34, Farmer worth $500, b. KY; Rachel age 27, Permelia age 10, E. Green age 8 [male], Amanda G. age 7, Greenbury age 5, Malvina age 4, James or Jonas age 3, Lucinda age 9 months. Then on the next line is a very cryptic note "at Wm Gamble's ...1 year old female".



Isabell "Ibby" BOWMAN20,21 was born in 1820 in Kentucky.20 She died in 1885 at the age of 65 in Kentucky.11

Married Valentine Crawford, 5 Jul 1837, Estill Co KY - son of Archibald & Margaret (Brown) Crawford. Database of a descendant of Isabell's sister Deborah who married John H. Brandenburg, gives a birth year for Isabell as 1820. This is correct according to the 1850 Census when she is found with Valentine Crowford in Breathitt Co KY. They lived next door to her brother Nicholas and his family.
Valentine Crawford, age 39, Farmer, worth $1500, b. KY. Isabel, age 30. Libery, male, age 12, Simeon age 9, Elizabeth age 7. Two school teachers were boarding with the family - Peter Thomas age 25 and Allen Thomas age 21, both born in VA.

Valentine and Isabelle were still living in Breathitt Co in 1880, page 580b. He was age 69, and Isabelle age 60. Valentine's father was born in VA; his mother b. KY.

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