Pleasant E Bowman


parents: unknown 

Note:  We are not pursuing information for this line.  We are presenting this line only becasue we believe Pleasant has some connection to William H Bowman - a primary person in our research.  We are looking for proof of a link between the two men (and Pleasant's brother Septima Bowman).


Birth:  c. 1809  TN
Death:  07 Oct 1864
Burial:  Burns City Cemetery, Burns City, Martin, IN

Marriage #1

Sarah "Sally" Raser

c. 1825


Lucinda (Cynthia) Bowman 05 Jul 1826
James W Bowman 08 Nov 1839
Richard Michael Bowman 10 May 1833
Elizabeth "Betsy" Bowman 10 Mar 1834 - guardianship *
Mary Ann "Polly" Bowman c. 1837 - guardianship *
Hannah Bowman 11 Mar 1837
John Bowman 10 Aug 1838
Susannah Bowman 12 Jan 1841
Jane Bowman 26 Apr 1843
Margaret Bowman 09 Sep 1846
Sarah Ann Bowman 04 Sep 1852
William Bowman c. 1853
Howard Bowman 16 May 1854

children of Pleasant E Bowman and Sarah "Sally" (Raser) Bowman


1830 Federal census Monroe Co, IN - age 20-30  view census information
1840 Federal census Martin Co, IN - age 30-40 view census information
1850 Federal census Brown Twp, Martin, IN - 20 Sep 1850 - age 41  view census information
1860 Federal census McCameron Twp, Martin, IN - 11 Jul 1860 - age 51  view census information
U.S. Patent Office Land patent records (online)
Family History Center, Salt Lake City, UT History of Martin County Indiana (book); Lawrence County Illinois Commemorative Edition - 175th Anniversary (book): George Washington Tredway biography
Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN History of Daviess County Indiana (book)
Martin Co, IN Courthouse, Shoals, IN Marriage records; land records; death records; birth records; court records; probate records (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
1845-1846 Martin Co, IN Taxpayers Pleasant Bowman is listed with $370 in land value
1855, 1865 Martin Co, IN Taxpayers Pleasant Bowman listing
Martin Co, IN Library, Shoals, IN Marriage records; death records; birth records obituaries (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
Volunteer Cynthia Frederick, Vincennes, IN Obituary: Thomas Harrison Spalding (The Odon Journal - 05 Apr 1918)
Burns City Cemetery, Burns City, Martin Co, IN Viewed and photographed tombstones
Family records Records and photos belonging to Mike Fortner
Family records Records belonging to Kimberly Ann Killion
Family records Records and photos belonging to Leota Ellis
Family records Records and photos belonging to Cindy McAtee
Family research Research belonging to Valerie Boman and Debra Branigan


Miscellaneous Information

1) Wife of Pleasant E Bowman: Sarah "Sally" Raser - born 16 Nov 1810 TN; died 08 Mar 1872; buried Burns City Cemetery, Burns City, Martin, IN (tombstone photo below); daughter of John Raser and Hannah ____.

2) We have copies of 1838 and 1840 land patents belonging to Pleasant.

3) * In May of 1842, there were court documents filed that stated the following:  Elizabeth and Mary Ann Bowman - infant daughters of Septima Bowman (deceased) - were placed into the guardianship of Septima's brother, Pleasant, and family. There are also documents indicating the transfer of land from Septima to Pleasant. We have not concluded at this time whether that was for the daughters at a later time, or if it was given to Pleasant for taking guardianship of the children. We also wonder why the children were placed with the Pleasant Bowman family, since Septima's widow (Mary Ann) was still living.

4) Pleasant was mentioned in the biography of his grandson, Willard Bowman. 

5) Pleasant Bowman, along with John Williams and Henry Holt, was instrumental in the formation of the Burns City Christian Church. In 1845, Christian Keck deeded them a tract of 1/2 acre of land for a church.  See photos of church as it appeared in 1934, and as it appeared in 2005.

6) We have an accounting of the final settlement of personal property for Pleasant.


Photos and/or signatures


Pleasant E Bowman

Sarah (Raser) Bowman

Burns City Cemetery
Burns City, Martin, Indiana

photos taken by Valerie Boman