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McDONOUGH COUNTY, ILLINOIS
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MARY ROWENA LINCOLN
1826-1919
WILLIAM HENRY LOVELY
18__ - 1852
CHARLES NEWTON BOWMAN
1818-1904

 

Author - Marcia Farina

Mary Rowena Lincoln, daughter of James Lincoln and Frances Day, was born October 22, 1826 or 1827, in Kentucky, died January 16, 1919, in Tennessee Township, McDonough County, Illinois.  She was buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery north of Tennessee.

Mary's tombstone reads 1826 - 1919.  Census records (notoriously inaccurate, of course) from 1870, 1900 and 1910 support a birth year of 1827; 1880 records indicate a birth year of 1826.  Find A Grave

Hancock County marriage license #1250 was issued at Carthage on January 13, 1848, to William Lovely and Mary R. Lincoln.  They were married on January 16th by J. Griffitt, a Catholic Priest from Nauvoo.  Note that on the license the Priest wrote Mary A. Lincoln.  Marriage License

William died between January and September 1852 (based on the birth date of the youngest Lovely child).  Burial location undetermined.

Only one of Mary and William's children would survive to adulthood:

i. John Lovely, born between 1848 and 1851; his burial location is unknown, but it seems likely he was buried at St. Simon Cemetery (later known as the Lincoln or Lincoln Catholic Cemetery), Hancock County.
 
ii. Mary Frances Lovely, born October 30, 1850*; died July 28, 1853.  Burial at St. Simon Cemetery.
 
iii. William Henry Lovely (Jr), born September 28, 1852, in Hancock County; died July 16, 1937, in the same house in which he was born.  He was buried in Majorville Cemetery, Hancock County.


Mary Rowena married, second, Charles Newton Bowman.  McDonough County marriage license #1597 was issued at Macomb on April 15, 1861, to Charles N. Bowman and Mrs. Rowena Lovely. They were married on April 18th by Philipp Albraight, a Catholic Priest from Macomb.  Marriage License

Charles was born July 14, 1818, in Tennessee, perhaps in Jackson County.  He died September 6, 1904, at Macomb, McDonough County.  Burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Find A Grave

It's hard to imagine the heartbreak in store for Mary Rowena and Charles.  Of their six children, the first and last survived to adulthood, the second didn't reach his twentieth year, three died in infancy:

i. Anne Eliza Bowman, born April 23, 1862; died 1943; burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
 
ii. Robert L. Bowman, born May 7, 1864; died August 1, 1881 (date of death calculated from tombstone inscription.)  Burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
 
iii. Rosa M. Bowman, born January 16, 1867*; died February 17, 1867; burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
 
iv. Emily N. Bowman, born July 17, 1868*; died December 20, 1870; burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
 
v. Charles N. Bowman, born January 1, 1870*; died January 24, 1870; burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.  This little one's death should have been on the mortality schedule prepared at the time of the 1870 Federal Census, but it was not.
 
vi. Thomas E. Bowman, born September 24, 1871.  He died April 23, 1955, in Montana.  Burial at Mayn Cemetery, White Sulphur Springs, Meagher County, Montana.
 
*Birth date calculated from tombstone inscription.

1830 Illinois Census, Hancock County, page 286

Household of James "Lincom", line 25
males 5 thru 9 - 1     [Thomas]
males 15 thru 19 - 1     [unidentified]
males 30 thru 39 - 1     [James]
females 0 thru 4 - 2     [Mary Rowena & Emily]
females 5 thru 9 - 1     [Elizabeth]
females 30 thru 39 - 1     [Frances]

 

1840 Illinois Census, Hancock County, page 213, line #18

Household of F. Lincoln
males 0 thru 4 - 1     [Charles]
males 5 thru 9 - 1     [James R]
males 15 thru 19 - 1     [Thomas]
females 0 thru 4 - 1     [Amanda]
females 10 thru 14 - 2     [Mary Rowena & Emily]
females 15 thru 19 - 1     [Elizabeth]
females 40 thru 49 - 1     [Frances]
Total - 8
Persons involved in agriculture - 1


1850 Census Record for William & Mary (Lincoln) Lovely not found

 


1850 Census Record for Charles Newton Bowman not found

 

1860 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 725
enumerated July 24, 1860, dwelling #3285

Frances Lincoln, 60, female, farmer, value of real estate 2000, value of personal estate 500,
born KY
Emily, 30, female, born IL
Emma, 28, female, born IL
Charles, 22, male, day laborer, born IL
William [Lovely], 7, male, born IL, attended school within the year

We have not located Mary Rowena elsewhere in 1860.  Since she was a widow at that time and since her only living child was in Frances' home, it would make sense that Mary Rowena, who would have turned 32 in 1860, might have been living there, too.  We have found no evidence that she was ever called Emma; her younger (by three years) sister, Emily, was named Emma in William Jr's obituary.  Identification is further complicated since the enumerator did not show young William's correct surname.  Despite the discrepancies, we believe Mary Rowena was one of the two adult females counted in her mother's home in 1860.

1860 Illinois Census, McDonough County, Tennessee Township, page 695
enumerated July 4, 1860, dwelling #2438

John Spicer, 25, male, farmer, value of personal estate 100, born PA
Rebecca, 22, female, born KY
Sarah, 4/12, female, born IL
Charles Bowman, 40, male, farmer, value of real estate 2435, value of personal estate 750,
born TN

1870 Illinois Census, McDonough County, Tennessee Township
page 142B, enumerated July 12, 1870, dwelling #51

Bowman, Charles, 51, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 9000, value of personal estate 1300, born TN, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Mary R, 42, female, white, keeps house, born KY
Wm L, 17, male, white, works on farm, born IL, attended school within the year
Eliza, 8, female, white, born Il, attended school within the year
Robert L, 6, male, white, born Il, attended school within the year
Emily, 2, female, white, born IL

 

1880 Illinois Census, McDonough County, Tennessee Township, page 552A
enumerated June 5, 1880, dwelling #41

Bowman, Charles, white, male, 62, married, farming, born TN, father born MD, mother born PA
Mary R, white, female, 53, wife, married, keeping house, born KY, both parents born KY
Anna A, white, female, 18, daughter, single, at home, father born TN, mother born KY
Robert L, white, male, 16, son, single, farming, attended school within the year, born IL, father born TN, mother born KY
Thomas E, white, male, 8, son, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, father born TN, mother born KY

 

1900 Illinois Census, McDonough County, Tennessee Township, page 297A
enumerated June 11, 1900, dwelling #149

Bowman, Charles, head, white, male, July 1819, 80, married for 38 years, born TN, both parents born NY, farmer, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 57

Mary R, wife, white, female, Oct 1827, 72, married for 38 years; mother of 9 children, 3 living; born KY, both parents born KY, could read, write and speak English

Thomas E, son, white, male, Sept 1872, 27, married for 1 year, born IL, father born TN, mother born KY, farm laborer, months not employed - 4, could read, write and speak English

Eveline A, daughter-in-law, white, female, Mar 1873, 27, married for 1 year, born IL, father born KY, mother born Ireland, could read, write and speak English

 

1910 Illinois Census, McDonough County, Tennessee Township, page 328A
enumerated April 28, 1910, dwelling #142

Bowman, Mary R, head, female, white, 82, widow; mother of 9 children, 3 living; born KY, both parents born KY, spoke English, own income, could read and write, rented her home

Smith, Tend_ [illegible], boarder, male, white, 27, single, born NC, both parents born NC, spoke English, farm laborer, working out, employee, whether out of work on April 15, 1910 - no, number of weeks out of work during 1909 - 0, could read and write

 

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