Biography - Adam D. Bowman

ADAM D. BOWMAN, one of the well-known residents of section 1, Rose Township, Shelby County, is a man who has a fine record as a soldier in the Civil War, and an excellent reputation as a farmer. His father was Daniel Bowman, who was born in Pittsburg, Pa., and his mother, Sarah Ruch, had her nativity in Westmoreland County the same State. There they were married and from her home emigrated to Perry County, Ohio, where they entered land and made their home until early in the '60s when they came to Shelby County, Ill., and settled in Rose Township. Here they spent the remainder of their days, the father dying in the fall of 1868 and the mother surviving him two years only.

Of a large family of five sons and five daughters, our subject was the youngest son and eighth child, he was born in Perry County, Ohio, December 26, 1834, and there he grew to manhood and resided until he became of age. He resided in Perry County, until February, 1861, when he came to Illinois and made his home in the counties of Coles and Douglas.

Mr. Bowman enlisted August 19, 1862 in Company K, Seventy-ninth Illinois Regiment. He was mustered into the United States service at Arcola and served throughout the period of war and was mustered out at Nashville, Tenn. He took part in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and in other prominent engagements. At Stone River he was so unfortunate as to be taken prisoner of war but was held only twenty-eight days, after which he was paroled and was soon exchanged and permitted to rejoin his regiment. After the close of the war he returned to Illinois and has since been a resident of Shelby County.

The marriage of our subject took place in Rose Township, July 17, 1872, his bride being Miss Mary C. Palmer, daughter of John and Rachel (Morrison) Palmer. The lady was born in Bucyrus, Ashland County, Ohio, May 12, 1851, and she has become the mother of two children — Oscar O. and Frank P.; the latter died in infancy. Mr. Bowman has always followed agricultural pursuits except during the time which he spent in the brave defense of his country. He owns eighty acres of excellent land, upon which he has made good improvements. His political views have led him to affiliate with the Republican party and his religious convictions have made him a member of the Lutheran Church in which he is an active worker. Mrs. Bowman died in 1876.

Extracted 13 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 434.

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