John R Bowman


parents:  William H Bowman and Julia Ann Andis


Birth:  19 Feb 1845  Martin Co, IN
Death:  14 May 1902  Clayton, Union, NM
Burial:  Virgil Cemetery, Virgil, Greenwood, KS

Marriage #1

Nancy Jane Spalding

06 Aug 1864  Martin Co, IN marriage record


Mary Ann Boman 11 Jul 1865
Margaret B Boman c. 1866
Pleasant Henry Bowman 01 Nov 1868
Raymon J Boman 30 Jan 1871
Charles Monroe Boman 10 Jan 1873
John Reed Boman 27 Mar 1878
William Valentine Boman 14 Feb 1879 or 1880

children of John R Bowman and Nancy Jane (Spalding) Boman


Marriage #2

Mary Alice Fortner

31 May 1885 Elk Co, KS marriage certificate


Claude Lunsford Boman

28 Jul 1887
 female Boman (twin) 25 Apr 1890
George Otis Boman (twin) 25 Apr 1890

children of John R Bowman and Mary Alice (Fortner) Boman


Marriage #3

Virginia Beck

07 Jun 1891 Montgomery Co, KS (marriage record)

1850 Federal census Brown Twp, Martin, IN - 20 Sep 1850 - age 5 (view complete census information)
1860 Federal census Brown Twp, Martin, IN - 02 Jul 1860 - age 15 (view complete census information)
1870 Federal census Elinore Twp, Daviess, IN - 23 Aug 1870 - age 26 (view complete census information)
1880 Federal census  Elinore Twp, Daviess, IN - 22 Jun 1880 - age 35 (view complete census information)
1900 Federal census Ponca Reservation, Territory of OK - 22 Jun 1900 - age 54 (view complete census information) Texas death records; Montgomery Co, KS marriage records; personal DNA results; Elk Co, KS marriage records; MN birth and death records; WWI and WWII draft registration cards;
Family History Center, Salt Lake City, UT The History of Virgil, Kansas (personally viewed and transcribed or copied)
Martin County Courthouse, Shoals, IN Marriage records; land records; 1865 Martin Co, IN Taxpayers (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
Daviess County Courthouse, Washington, IN Land records (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
Noble County Courthouse, Perry, OK Land records; probate records (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
Greenwood County Historical Society, Eureka, Kansas Obituaries (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
Greenwood Co, KS Courthouse, Eureka, KS Probate records; birth records; marriage records; death records; wills (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
Virgil Cemetery, Virgil, KS Viewed and photographed tombstones
Find a Grave volunteers Dennis Deel and Diane L Tombstone and cemetery photos - Memorial Park Cemetery, Dalhart, Dallam, TX
Find a Grave volunteers Joe Gibbens and David G Stuart Tombstone and cemetery photos - Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick, KS
Find a Grave volunteers Mike Casey and Betty Hunter-Harrison Tombstone and cemetery photos - Pisgah Cemetery, Pottsville, Pope, Arkansas
Find a Grave volunteers Walter Dunn and Jeffrey Claytor Tombstone and cemetery photos - Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Potter, TX
Family records Records belonging to Jack Bartley Boman
Family records Photo belonging to Kevin Bounds
Family records Records belonging to Jesse Ralph Boman
Family photos Photo of John Bowman from Robert Dorn
Family records Records and photo belonging to Jack and Clara Embrey
Family research Research belonging to Valerie Boman and Debra Branigan


Miscellaneous Information

1) Wife (1) of John R Bowman: Nancy Jane Spalding - born c. 1845 IN; died 1880-1891 KS; buried Jackson Cemetery, New Albany, Wilson, KS (photos); daughter of Valentine Spalding (1820 KY-28 Oct 1861 Daviess Co, IN; buried St Mary's Cemetery, Barr Twp, Daviess, IN - no discernible maker found in 2009; son of James Ignatius Spalding (c. 1782 MD-23 Jun 1842 Loogootee, Martin, IN; War of 1812) and Julia Ann Montgomery (22 Aug 1786 MD-22 May 1876 Daviess Co, IN); James and Julia buried St Mary's Cemetery, Barr Twp, Daviess Co, IN - tombstone photos) and Mary Ann Spalding (1818 IN-1847) - Valentine and Mary Ann are also found here.

2) Wife (2) of John R Bowman: Mary Alice Fortner born 05 Mar 1853 IN; died 21 Feb 1923 near Cory, Clay Co, IN; obituary; death certificate; cause of death: influenza; buried Rhule Cemetery, Brazil, Clay, IN; census records for Mary;
daughter of Samuel D Fortner (18 Sep 1824-21 May 1898; buried Rhule Cemetery, Brazil, Clay, IN; tombstone photo) and Sarah Catherine Gibbons;
Mary married (1) Thomas Milton Bonwell on 16 Sep 1875 Edgar Co, IL; marriage record (Thomas Milton Bonwell: 16 Dec 1842-28 Mar 1881; buried Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Neosho, KS); Thomas and Mary had children Charles Leslie and Ira M;
Mary married (2) Alonzo Nichols on 14 Feb 1882 Fredonia, Wilson, KS; marriage record
Mary married (4) Oliver Perry Sullivan on 07 May 1893 Clay Co, IN; marriage record; (Oliver Perry Sullivan: Jul 1842 Sparta, White, TN-28 Apr 1908 Clay Co, IN; obituary; buried Kaelber Cemetery, Clay Co, IN; tombstone photo).

3) Wife (3) of John R Bowman: Virginia Beck - born 19 Mar 1858 Kankakee, Kankakee, IL; died 09 Jan 1912 Marland, Noble, OK; obituary and burial notice; buried Odd Fellows Cemetery, Ponca City, Kay, OK; tombstone photo; daughter of Peter Beck (born c. 1821 Canada) and Soloma ____ (born c. 1826 Canada); Virginia married (1) to Basil Durant 04 Feb 1877 IL (marriage record), and had 3 children (Napoleon, Bertha and Mae Durant).

4) John's father (William H) mentions John in his will

5) John is mentioned when his father's land was partitioned out to various family members. 

6) We have a copy of the purchase and sale of land in Daviess County, Indiana by John and Nancy.  

7) When the family moved from Indiana to Kansas, they took the train.  They first made camp south of Virgil, Greenwood Co, Kansas (per Jesse Ralph Boman).  They lived - at different times - in the areas of Keck, New Albany and Independence, Kansas (per Charles Monroe Boman obituary).

8) Boman/Bowman note: Regarding this family line: All descendants of William and Julia Bowman spelled their name "Bowman" with the exception of John R Bowman.  After migrating from Indiana to Kansas, he changed his last name to "Boman".  Be sure to check both spellings of all Boman/Bowman entries when searching!  There are two family stories that might give an indication as to why the name was changed in this line:  1) John R Bowman and his father, William H Bowman were not on good terms when he left for Kansas.  2) The name was changed to take care of surname mix-ups at the local Kansas post office.  Neither story has been verified, so they remain just that - "stories".

9) We have a copy of John R's will and final distribution of property.  


Photos and/or signatures

John R Bowman

date unknown

thanks to Robert Dorn for this photo  


(click here for layout diagram and information on Bowman/Boman family plot in Virgil, Greenwood Co, Kansas)

Virgil Cemetery
Virgil, Greenwood, KS

cemetery photos taken by Dean and Valerie Boman