George Bowman, of Augusta & Frederick County, VA
- George Bowman, of Augusta & Frederick County, VA1707 - Bef 1768
Facts and Events
George Bowman was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 143.--15th August, 1746. William Linwell and Elenor, his wife, to George Bowman, of County Frederick, £100 Pennsylvania currency; 500 acres purchased of Jost Hite & Co. on Linwell's Creek; line of Joseph Bryan (in his possession) ; Wm. Linwell's mark ( ); Elinor Linwell's mark ( ). Witnesses, Gabriel Jones and Benj. Johnston. Acknowledged, 20th August, 1746.
- Page 369.--Jost Hite to George Bowman, 4th October, 1749, Linwell's Creek, lot No. 8, 545 acres. Teste: John Hite.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 60.--16th August, 1749. George Bowman, son of Cornelius, deceased, and Ann Bowman to his mother, Ann Bowman, chattels and slave. Teste: Martin Shoemaker, Wm. Rogers.
Dispositon from "The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley":
- Aug 16, 1749 - George Bowman (mark) deeds for life use to his mother, Ann Bowman, widow of Cornelius Bowman, a negro man Harry, 2 cows, 2 yearling heafers, 1 horse, 1 mare, with some household goods - Witnesses, Martin Shoemaker (mark) William Rogers. [Note: same deed as above with additional info, also George does not appear to have a wife Ann, which was likely mis-transcribed by Chalkley].
- Will of George Bowman, Sr., made November 3, 1764, as recorded in Frederick County, Va., Will Book No. 3, pages 431-434.
- In the Name of God Amen I George Bowman of the County of Frederick, being of Sound & perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for it Do this day make & Publish this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following Vizt Impremis I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Mary Bowman One full Third part of my moveable Estate, Item I also give and bequeath to my Said Beloved Wife Mary the Negroe fellow Harry and the Negroe Wench Esther and their Increase her Natural Life and after her Decease my Will & Desire is that the said Negroe and Esther with their Increase be Appraised & Sold & the money Arising by Such Sale to be Equally Divided Between my Children which are then Living.
- Item I give and Bequeath unto my son Jacob Bowman the Tract of Land which I bought of William Linewell Containing Five Hundred Acres Lying and being on Linewells Creek in the said County of Augusta to him his Heirs & Assigns forever Item.
- I give and Bequeath to my Son Abraham Bowman One Hundred & Fifty pounds Current money Two Horses or Mares of the Value of Ten Pounds Each to be paid & Delivered him by my Executors hereafter Named out of my moveable Estate and if it Should Happen that my said Son Abraham Should Die before he Comes of Age, then my Will is that the same be Equally Divided Between the Remaining part of my Children Item.
- I give and Bequeath unto my son Joseph Bowman One Hundred & Fifty Pounds Current Money Two Horses or Mares of the Value of Ten Pounds Each to be paid & Delivered him by my Executors out of my moveable Estate and if it Should Happen that my Said Son Joseph Should Die before he Comes of Age, then my Will an Desire is that the same be Equally Divided Between the Remaining part of my Children
- Item. My will & Desire is that the Tract of Land & Plantation Whereon I now Live which Contains Seven Hundred & Twenty Acres be Divided in four Equal parts which I give & Bequeath in manner following Vizt the House and Plantation with the Land Joining thereto according to the Division, I give to my Son Isaac to be by him Possessed when he comes of Age with this Reserve only, That it is my Will & Desire that my Well beloved Wife Mary, Shall Live thereon and Enjoy the same During her Natural Life, that part of the Said Tract whereon the Mill is, I give to my Son George together with the Mill According to the said Division, That part of the said Tract Joining the Plantation According to the sd. Division I give to my Son Abraham, And the other Remaining part I give to my Son Joseph to be by them Possessed when the Come to Age.
- Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Stephens One Hundred Pounds Current money Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Ruddle One Hundred Pounds Current money.
- Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Right One Hundred Pounds Current money.
- Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Reganer Dyeller One Hundred Pounds Current money.
- Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rebecca Bowman One Hundred Pounds Current Money Three Cows & Calves one Heifer Six Sheep and one Horse or Mare of the Value of Ten Pounds.
- It is my Will & Desire also is that the Tract of Land Containing Three Hundred & twenty Acres Lying on Crooked Run in this County The Tract of Land Containing one Hundred Acres Lying on the North River of Sharrando and the House and Half Lott of Ground in the Town of Winchester Together with the out Lott belonging to the Same be sold by my Said Executors to the best Advantage Given and hereby Granting full power and Authority to them to make Good & Sufficient Titles to the Said Lands and aftere Such Sales so made my Will is that the money Arising thereby Together with the money Arising by the sale of the Rest & Residue of my Estate both Real & Personal not heretofore mentioned Be Divided Equally between my Beloved Wife Mary and the surviving part of my Children.
- And further I Constitute & Appoint my sons Jacob and George Bowman and my Son in Law Isaac Ruddle Executors of this my Last Will & Testament. :And I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke & Disanull all & every Other former Testaments; Wills, Legacies, Requests & Executors by me in any Wise before this Time Named Willed & Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this & no Other to be my Last Will & Testament.
- In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal this Third Day of November. One Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty four.
- George Bowman (LS)
- Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the said George Bowman as his Last Will & Testament in the Presence of us -
- [The words (and Fifty) and the Words (to them) were interlined before Signed].
- Thos. Wood, John Warth. Rebecca Bowman.
- N.B. Item my Will & Desire is that the above Hundred Pounds I allotted to give to my Oldest Daughter Mary Stephens Shall be given to her Children my Grandsons as Followeth, Twenty five Pounds to be paid to George William Stephens, Twenty Pounds to Jacob Stephens Twenty Pounds to Isaac Stephens Twenty Pounds to Joseph Stephens & Twenty Pounds to Adam Stephens & the Remaining Five Pounds to be paid out of my Estate by the Executors of this my Last Will & Testament, If there should be any of my Estate over and Above, to be Devid amongst her Children and to be paid to them as they arrive to the full age of Twenty one years. AS WITNESS my Hand this 28th. Day of August 1766 -
- (Signed) George Bowman
- John Bowman – Abraham Bowman – Joseph Bowman.
- At a Court Continued & held for Frederick County March 2nd 1768
- This Last Will and Testament of George Bowman decd. Together with the Codicil thereto Annexed was Produced in Court by Isaac Ruddle & George Bowman Two of the Executors therin Named who made oath thereto and the same being proved by the Oaths of Thomas Wood John Warth & Rebecca Bowman Witnesses thereto is ordered to be Recorded And on the motion of the said Executors who having Complied with the Law Certificate is Granted to Obtain a probate thereof in Due form of Law
- By the Court
- J. a Keith Cl C
Records of George Bowman in Augusta County, VA
- Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT - 1750 - Petition of Rees Thomas to build a mill on his place on Brook's Creek. (Signed) James Reed, James Claypole, Jonathon Dugles, Martin Shoomacer, William Smith, Francis Green, William Cleypole, John Miller, Charles Daily, Jacob Gem, Robert Williams, James Cleypole, Jr., Adam Reder, George Bowman.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1764 (B). - Bowman vs. Bird.--Cornelius Bowman, father of George and Peter Bowman. Peter Bowman's widow, Margaret, married Van Pelt.
- Page 109.--19th May. 1755. Samuel McMahon's appraisement, by Thos. Stevenson, John Campbell, David Stevenson, and accounts--Paid Saml. McMahon, George Bowman, Jno. Reybourn. To Robert McMahon, Cr., 21st May. 1755, by appraisement.
- Page 465.--9th August, 1762. John O'Bryan and Mary and Cornelius O'Bryan and Ann, partition. Cornelius O'Bryan was in his lifetime seised jointly with John and Cornelius O'Bryan in 500 acres on Linvel's Creek, conveyed to them by Hite & Co., 24th June, 1744. By the death of Cornelius, the father, John and Cornelius, his sons, became by survivorship, joint tenants, and they conveyed to their brother Thomas O'Bryan, 150 acres, 10th July, 1762. Now John and Cornelius partition the remaining 350 acres, John to have as follows, cor. McCay's crossing, Linvel's Creek, kern of stones; cor. Thomas O'Bryan, Watering Spring, 200 acres. Cornelius to have as follows: 150 acres, cor. George Bowman near a graveyard; cor. Thos O'Bryan, Bald Hill. Proved by witnesses. Delivered to Thomas O'Bryan, July, 1766.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1766 (A). - Bowman vs. Benson and wife.-- George Bowman complains of John Benson and Margaret, his wife, late Margaret Calvie, 1765. Margaret Calwell, widow of Robert Calwell; Isaac Johnson and Isaac Robinson were brothers-in-law. Isaac Johnson is about to move to Carolina.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1767, (B). - Daniel Pierce and wife, Ketren, vs. George Bowman's Estate.--1764, account.
- Page 26.--17th May, 1768. Same to same (Francis Green and Margaret ( ) to Evan Thomas), 5 shillings, 22 acres on a branch of Linvel's Creek near foot of Round Hill joining George Bowman, patented to Francis 10th November, 1757. Delivered: As above.
- Page 153.--22d January, 1776. Abraham Miller and Elizabeth to John Kring, lot 8 on Linvel's Creek, devised to John Bowman by his father, George Bowman, patent to John Scott 21st November, 1765, on McKay's draft, a branch of Linvel's Creek, patented to Abram Miller 1st March, 1773. Teste: Daniel, Joseph and Robert Smith, John Thomas, Cornelius Ruddle.
- Vol. 2 - Hite vs. Ready--O. S. 118; N. S. 40--Deed 24th November, 1772. Jacob Bordon and Mary, his wife, of Frederick County, to George Adam Bowman, of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Recorded in Dunmore County Court, 24th November, 1772. Deed 23d March, 1797. Augustine Reedy and Minna of Shenandoah County to Philip Ready. Proved in Shenandoah County 11th April, 1797. George Mummah, who married Elisibed (Allice) Boughman, late of Lancaster County, deceased, one of daughters and heirs of John Boughman of Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, yeoman, deceased. Nicholas Bower, who married Maria Boughman, deceased, another of daughters and heirs of above. Sebastian Wiedman, who married Anna Boughman, another of the daughters, &c. Joseph Charle, who is intermarried with Elizabeth Bowman, another of daughters, &c. All above, viz: George, Nicholas, Sebastian, and Joseph, are of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Nicholas Young, of York County, Pennsylvania, and Christina, his wife; also one of daughters and heirs, &c. Above heirs release their interest as heirs to John in tract sold by Jost Hite to John in 1739; to Benjamin Leyman (Lehman), who married Barbara, another daughter of John, by release dated 13th August, 1770. John Boughman died intestate leaving above issue. Copy of survey November 22, 1751, for John Boughman of Pennsylvania, of 500 acres. Copy of release by above heirs to Benj. Lehman, dated 2d June, 1763. Recorded in Virginia Land Office. Copy dated 21st September, 1799. Copy of grant by Fairfax to George Keller, 1762. Copy of deed 8th April, 1796. George Adam Bowman and Mary, his wife, of Shenandoah County, to Augustine Ready. Recorded in Shenandoah 13th April, 1796.
- Find A Grave.
Birth: Feb. 9, 1707
Virginia, USA [prob. s/b Pennsylvania]
"The McDowells, Bowmans, and Greenlees came from Virginia to Burke County previous to the Revolution (late 1750). Joseph McDowell's grant on Quaker Meadows was dated 1749. They were all related by marriage or consanguinity."
"George Bowman (c. 1705-1768) was an 18th century American pioneer, landowner and a prominent Indian fighter in the early history of the Colony of Virginia. He, along with his father-in-law Jost Hite, was one of the first to explore and settle Shenandoah Valley. His estate, on which FORT BOWMAN was founded, was one of the earliest homes to be built in Shenandoah Valley and is the site of present day Strasburg, Virginia.
Four of his sons, Joseph, Isaac, Abraham and Jacob Bowman, also became well-known frontiersmen in Kentucky during the late 1770s. His great-grandson, John Bryan Bowman founded Kentucky University and Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky."
Bio: "Born to Cornelious and Ann Bowman in the Colony of Virginia, he married Mary Hite in Pennsylvania around 1731. He one of the first to settle in the Shenandoah Valley with his father-in-law Jost Hite and brothers-in-law Jacob Chrisman and Paul Froman during the early 1730s. He and his wife, Mary Hite, later settled on the banks of Cedar Creek located eight miles south of Peter Stephens' Newtown settlement (present-day Stephens City, Virginia). They would eventually establish a 1,000 acre tract of land on which FORT BOWMAN was built. He later received a tract of land from his father-in-law, 145 acres on Lenville's Creek in Frederick County.
In 1752 or 1753, while still living on Ceder Creek, Bowman built a colonial mansion known as the Mount Pleasant Estate. It was here they raised their thirteen children, including Abraham, Isaac, Joseph and John Jacob Bowman. In 1746 and 1749, he bought two large tracts of land amounting to over 1,000 acres on Linville Creek on which he constructed and operated a grist mill later known as "Bowman's Mill"; the mill, as of 1972, was still in operation near present day Bartonsville, Virginia. On August 14, he deeded some of his property to his widowed mother - livestock and various household goods. Among his property including one horse, one mare, two cows, two yearling heifers, and a slave known as Harry.
Following his death in 1768, his sons inherited the estate. Part of the estate was sold by John Bowman to an Abraham Miller in July of that year. The Bowman home, one of the first homes built in the Shenandoah Valley, still exists and remains one of the oldest historical buildings in the state. His son Isaac and his first and second wife, as well as Samuel Kercheval and his daughters are buried in the family graveyard located 200 yards west of the house."
Mary Elizabeth Heydt-Hite Bowman (1708 - 1770)
John Jacob Bowman (1733 - 1781)*
Emma Maria Bowman Stephens (1735 - 1819)*
Elizabeth Bowman Ruddell (1737 - 1815)*
John Bowman (1738 - 1784)*
Abraham Bowman (1748 - 1837)*
Joseph Bowman (1752 - 1779)*
Isaac Hite Bowman (1757 - 1826)*