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John S. Bowman
Jane (Milroy) Bowman

John Bowman and Jane (Milroy) Bowman

John S. Bowman (1826 - 1906) and his wife Jane (Milroy) Bowman (1842-1938)

Bowman-Milroy headstone     John S. and Jane (Milroy) Bowman - May 2002
Headstone of John S. Bowman and his wife Jane Milroy
Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains, Dutchess County, NY

The inscription is difficult to make out in this photograph, but reads as follows:

1826 - 1906

1842 - 1938

Millerton News - January 30,1936

Mrs. Jane Bowman is ill at her home of lumbago.  Dr. Ellwood Oliver of Pine Plains is the attending physician.

Jane (Milroy) Bowman obituary #1


Mrs. Jane Milroy Bowman, widow of John Bowman died at her home near La Fayetteville on Sunday, March 6, after a short illness from a heart attack.  Had she lived until October 8, she would have been 96 years of age.  She was born in Canada, a daughter of Robert and Mary Carmichael Milroy.  At the age of two years she came with her parents from New York to Milan, where she had always resided since.  She was a member of the Milan Christian Church.  Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Elma Simmons and Mrs. Mary Duncan and one son, Otis Bowman, all residing at the Bowman homestead; four grandchildren, Mrs. Franklin Triebel, of Red Hook, Harrison Simmons, of Stanfordville, Mrs. Fernando Wirehouse, of La Fayetteville, Edwin Bowman, who lives at the homestead and several great grandchildren; two brothers, James Milroy, of Rhinebeck and La Fayette Milroy, of Hyde Park and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday from her late home, conducted by the Rev. David Freer, pastor of the Schultzville Congregational-Christian Church.  The bearers were Winfred Herrick, Malcolm Simmons, Roswell Simmons, Warren Simmons, great grandchildren, Edward Bowman and Harrison Simmons, grandchildren of the deceased.  The burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Pine Plains, under the direction of Frank Roberts and sons, of Pine Plains.

Jane (Milroy) Bowman obituary #2


Funeral services for Mrs. Jane Bowman, wife of the late John S. Bowman, were held from her home near Lafayetteville last Wednesday afternoon.  The Rev. David Freer, pastor of the Congregational Christian church of Schultzville, officiated.  Burial was in the Evergreen cemetery, Pine Plains.  Bearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.

Mrs. Bowman died at her home last Sunday, March 6.  She was 95 years old, the daughter of Robert and Mary Carmichael Milroy.  She moved to New York city with her parents shortly after her birth and at the age of two years came to Lafayetteville, where she resided practically all her life.  She became the bride of John S. Bowman in 1859.  Four children, Otis Bowman, Mrs. Elma Simmons, Mrs. Mary Duncan and Louisa, who died in infancy in 1868, were born to them.  Her husband died in 1906.

Surviving are two brothers, James Milroy of Rhinebeck and Lafayette Milroy of Hyde Park; three children, several nephews and nieces; four grandchildren, Edward Bowman, Harrison Simmons, Mrs. Fernando Wirehouse of Milan and Mrs. Franklin Triebel of Red Hook; thirteen great-grandchildren, Malcolm, Roswell and Warren Simmons, Edward Jr. and Robert Bowman of Milan, Donald, LeRoy, Charles and Audrey Triebel of Red Hook; Winifred (sic. - should be "Winfred", a man) and Helen Herrick of Red Hook, Mrs. Homer Staley of Rhinebeck and Harold Herrick of Long Island; one great-great-grandson, Richard E. Herrick of Long Island.

Mrs. Bowman was a member of the West Pine Plains Christian church.  She attended school where her two Bowman great-grandsons now attend.  Four generations resided at the homestead before the passing of Mrs. Bowman.  She is greatly missed by a large circle of relatives and friends.

Jane (Milroy) Bowman obituary #3

Pine Plains Register-Herald
March 10, 1938, front page


Mrs. Jane Milroy Bowman, 95, widow of John S. Bowman, died at her home in the town of Milan early Sunday morning after an illness of two weeks with heart disease.

She was born in Kingston, Canada, October 8, 1842, a daughter of the late Robert and Mary Carmichal Milroy.  Mrs. Bowman had been a resident of Milan for 92 years, and was a member of the Milan Christian Church.

Surviving are three children, Mrs. Elma Simmons, Mrs. Mary Duncan and Otis Bowman, with whom she resided; two grandsons, Harrison Simmons and Edward Bowman, both of Milan; two granddaughters, Mrs. Fernando Wirehouse of Lafayetteville and Mrs. Franklin Triebel of Red Hook; thirteen great grand children. Malcolm, Roswell and Warren Simmons of Milan, Harold, Helen and Wenfred (sic. - Winfred) Herrick of Long Island, Gertrude Staley of Rhinebeck, Donald, Leroy and Charles Triebel of Red Hook, and Edward and Robert Bowman of Milan, and one great-great grand child; also two brothers, Lafayette Milroy of Hyde Park and James Milroy of Rhinebeck.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 from her home with the Rev. David Freer, pastor of the Shultzville Christian church, officiating.  Burial was in Evergreen cemetery under the direction of Frank S. Roberts and son.

The bearers were the grandsons and great grandsons.

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