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25. Maude May IRWIN was born in May 1875.1,7 She died in 1957 at the age of 82. She was buried in Beardstown City Cemetery, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois.

Online databases suggest two different husbands for Maude. I could not confirm either. One said she married John Alva Pierce, 15 Jan 1894, Will Co, IL. Another gave her husband as Lee Edward or Edward Lee Bowman - also married circa 1894. The Bowmans are in several censuses in Cass, IL. In 1900, Maud M. Bowman said she was born IL, parents born Ohio - after that her parents are listed as also born in IL.

The marriage to John Alva Pierce is in the Illinois marriage databases. Licence #00015635.
There was a marriage for Lee Bowman to Maude May IRVIN, not Irwin, 20 Sep 1894, Cass Co IL. Licence #00005642 [Vol. 56]
Cass Co borders Schuyler; Will Co is on the opposite side of the state and seems an unlikely place for her to have married.

The problem was solved by ordering a copy of the record from Cass Co. Lee Bowman of Frederick, Schuyler Co, IL, age 20 and Miss Maude Irvin of Rushville, Schuyler Co, age 19 applied for license on 20 Sep 1894. The father of said Lee Bowman gave his consent. They were married the same day in Chandlerville, Cass Co, IL by John Cherry, Justice of the Peace. Full name of the groom was given as Lee Bowman, living in Frederick, IL, a farmer, born in Schuyler Co. His father Wm. Bowman; his mother Emaline Bridgwater. He would be 21 on his next birthday. The bride was Maud May Irvin, living in Rushville, IL, born in Schuyler Co, her father Perry Irvin and her mother Eliza Avery. She would be 20 on her next birthday. It was a first marriage for both. William Bowman was witness to the marriage. Lee and Maude signed with their signatures.

1900 Census. East Beardstown, Cass Co, IL, Hh 126
L. E. Bowman, b. Sep 1874, age 25, married for 6 years, b. IL as were his parents, Farmer
Maud M., wife, b. May 1875, age 25, 2 children, but only one is named, b. IL, parents b. Ohio.
Kennat [Kenneth] Son, b. Aug 1897, age 2, b. IL

1910 Census. East Beardstown, Cass Co IL, Hh 35
Lee Bowman, age 35, married 1 time for 16 years
Maud, wife, 34, 3 children - 2 are living
Kenneth, son, age 12
Clifford, son, age 1

1920 Census. East Breardstown, Cass Co, IL, Hh 86
Lee Bowman, age 46
Maud, wife, 46
Kenneth, son, 22
Clifford, son, age 11

1930 Census. Bluff Springs, Cass, IL, Hh 10
Lee E. Bowman, age 54, married at age 20, Farmer
Maude M., wife, 53, married at age 19
Kenneth, son, age 31, just married, Farmer
Wilma B., wife, age 22, married at 21, b. Missouri

1940 Census. Bluff Springs, Cass, IL, Hh 189
Lee Bowman, age 65, Farmer, b. IL as was everyone in the household and they all lived in the same place in 1935.
Maud, wife, 65
Kenneth, son, 42, Partner
Wilma, Daughter in Law, age 31
Robert Lee Bowman, Nephew, age 7
Sarah Lashbrook, Sister, age 80, Widowed
Marrion Hohonion, Laborer, Male, age 56, Widowed

Maude May IRWIN and Lee E. BOWMAN were married on 20 September 1894 in Chandlerville, Cass County, Illinois. Lee E. BOWMAN was born on 8 September 1874 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died on 27 August 1945 at the age of 70 in Bluff Springs, Cass County, Illinois. He was buried in Beardstown City Cemetery, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois.

Lee was age 44 when he registered for the WW I Draft. He was born 8 Sep 1874 and was living at RFD 1, Beardstown, Cass Co, IL. He was a farmer. Maud Bowman, wife, listed as nearest relative. He signed as Lee E. Bowman. Description was Medium Height - 5' 9 1/2", stout build; dark brown hair and eyes. Dated 12 Sep 1918.

Lee's death was in the Illinois Death Index at Ancestry.com. It also gives his parents as William Bowman and Emma Bridgewater; his wife as Maude.

Maude May IRWIN and Lee E. BOWMAN had the following children:

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Kenneth BOWMAN was born on 9 August 1897 in Cass County, Illinois. He died on 7 June 1976 at the age of 78. He was buried in Beardstown City Cemetery, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois.

FindA Grave Memorial# 98487390 lists wife as Wilma Williams (1908-1982)
Hd was a Seaman 2nd class in the U.S. Navy, World War I

Her Memorial# 98745380 has the following information:

Birth: Sep. 14, 1908
Taylor, Marion County, Missouri, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1982
Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, USA
Daughter of Warren & Nellie (Smith) Williams.
Married Kenneth Bowman on Jan. 9, 1930 in Virginia, IL. He preceded in death June 7, 1976.
Survived by a son: Robert Bowman of rural Beardstown; a granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; a brother: Earl Williams of Lewistown Idaho.
Preceded by a brother; and an infant sister.

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Clifford BOWMAN (private).