Biography - Samuel Bowman

SAMUEL BOWMAN, the son of an eminent Mennonite minister and a man of great usefulness and ability, resides on section 21, Ridge Township, Shelby County, where his good farm and excellent buildings testify to his skill and thoroughness as a farmer. His father, the Rev. Jacob Bowman, was born in Franklin County, Pa., and his mother, Mollie Lehman was a native of the same county. There they were married and made their home in Franklin County, Ohio, where they lived for many years and where this venerable and highly honored clergyman departed from earth, May 18, 1884. His faithful companion survives him and has reached a very advanced age.

The subject of this sketch is one of the young members of his father's family, his birth taking place in Franklin County, Ohio, May 4, 1846. His boyhood days were spent there and his schooling received in the common schools of the Buckeye State. Besides preaching, his father carried on a farm and the boy grew up to a sturdy manhood with the excellent drill which is given to a farmer's boy.

In his native county, the young man found a wife in the person of Miss Susan Motts, a daughter of Daniel and Harriet (Warner) Motts, both born in Berks County, Pa. The day which united these two useful and happy lives was September 7, 1871. The first home of Mr. and Mrs. Motts was in Franklin County, Pa., but they had removed to Franklin, Ohio, previous to their daughter's marriage. Mr. Motts' death occurred November 7, 1876, and his wife followed him to the other world, September 20, 1879. This highly honored couple had a family of ten children, of whom Mrs. Bowman was the ninth in age. Her native home was Franklin County, Pa., where she was born July 22, 1849. Her domestic qualities have fitted her admirably for her work as a wife and mother, and she has been a true helpmate to her husband since the day of their marriage.

The early wedded life of Mr. and Mrs. Bowman was spent in Franklin County, Ohio, where they remained for four years, but in January, 1876 they came to Shelby County, Ill., and made their home on section 21, Ridge Township, where they have built up a prosperous and delightful home. Agriculture has been Mr. Bowman's life work and he is the owner of two hundred acres of excellent and productive soil. Upon the homestead he has a substantial set of buildings, including a commodious residence, a view of which is shown on another page.

Four children have blessed the home of Mr. Bowman, namely: Benjamin F., Ida M., John C., and Howard A. To these children have been offered good educational advantages and they are making progress in preparing for the responsible duties of life. The political views of Mr. Bowman are in accordance with the declaration of the Republican party, in the progress of which he takes a keen interest. Both he and his excellent wife have taken an active part in religious work, and are members of the Evangelical Association, where he has filled the office of Steward and Trustee. He is thus carrying out in a little different line, the good Christian work in which his father was active for thirty-four years.

Extracted 12 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 418-419.

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