Peter Bozeman

Bozeman Genealogy

Peter Bozeman


Recognized and accepted by the DAR in January 2008 by the Clear Creek Chapter of NC his number being A204897, thanks to Allison 846319,

and Jimmy Ray #171962, Hazel 863544, and Gilly's line of #884266 , Henrys 895265, 895266, 895267, Jesse has one 895592,

and finally my own, Kathy Lorena and Peter's grandson, and now many others are learning their own connection to the early Montgomery County pioneer, who settled here not long after the big battle of the Redsticks.

Peter Bozeman born about 1755, (a son of Mordecai who was born in 1735 Bladen County, North Carolina) served in the American Revolution, received on Sept 9 1785, 4 pounds 18 shillings 7 pence for his 69 days served in the Militia. There were other payments such as Peter had enlisted with Capt. Richard Mason in 1779 in the second regiment was captured in the fall of Charleston but escaped and joined General Marion, then in 1781 received 49.91 as his part of a settlement for persons under certain circumstances /

Peter and his brother John served in General Marion's brigade along with a Ralph Bozeman, Paul and Phillip, who must be related. Peter's younger brother James remained the rest of his life in Darlington SC.

Ralph went to Georgia and then to Florida; John went to Mississippi with his Cherokee wife and is being researched by several families on the internet.

Peter must have received Land Grants for his military service or a lot of cash and some court records are found in South Carolina dated 1822 where he sold some of his land to his son Jesse while giving 200 acres each to his three grandchildren, Peter and Jesse, the orphaned sons of Meade, and to Julius or Julian Joiner. Peter's son Meade must have died in the early 1820s because this Land Deed Gift is dated 1824. So now we are certain that Meade did not migrate to Alabama and should not be mixed up with others who named their son Meade, Mead or Meady.

Peter was married to Sarah Brown in Dec 1786, who had three daughters on the 1790 census, who might have married and migrated to Alabama with the entire family, about 1827 with a small herd of hogs and cattle, bringing the spinning wheel, and they grew cotton on a large plantation located in Montgomery County.

Records indicate that in 1826 their property in Darlington SC was surveyed, likely to sell so they could begin their journey to Alabama which was full of wild beasts and several indian tribes. They had to cross the eastern portion of Alabama which was still Creek Territory, follow the Creek indian path which became known as the historical Old Federal Road.

Sketches of Bozeman Book

South Carolina Records also indicate that Peter had been captured at the fall of Charleston, but managed to escape and it mentions various payments for his service.

The SC Archives on the internet lists Peter, Mordecai, John, Paul, Samuel, Shadrack, Medeah, Britain, Etheld, Phillip, Philemon, Ralph, Henry, William, Thomas, and a Jesse, in their Colonial Soldiers of the South. Some of those men could have been brothers of Mordecai or even brothers of Peter. There is a strong possibility that Philemon was the cousin of Mordecai and his family settled into Covington County Alabama where James Bozeman is currently researching that line.

SC Archives also lists Peter receiving 100 acres of land.

The NC archives lists many more Bozemans in the War.

In 1828 Peter "wrote" letters to the American Revolutionary Claims office from Alabama to the War Dept. saying he was an INVALID, but
that form got rejected and I have asked the DAR to make that correction on his files.
His spouse is not listed there because we have no proof that Sarah mothered his children.
- and in 1838 his son Jesse petitions the court to sell or divide that land in Montgomery Alabama - which might be the date that Sarah died.

Peter died in 1829 and all of his children, except his son Meade, and his wife attended the estate sale.

His son Peter E Bozeman bought the three slaves.

The Cheraws District of Darlington County South Carolina sits upon the state line entering Bladen County North Carolina and was most likely a part of the state of N.C. before the War. Peter was in Darlington for the 1790 census. In 1800 Darlington census there is a Jesse living two farms away from Peter, but that is not his son. Perhaps another brother? Perhaps Mordecai had a middle name of Jesse?

However, Peter did name a son Jesse M Bozeman in 1793 and a son Meade was born in 1790. One can only guess why the first born son of Sarah and Peter would be named Meade - -perhaps it was her mother's maiden name and perhaps it was his mother's surname. But there is also the possibility that it was Peter's middle name.

Nothing is known about Peter Bozeman's mother - she could even have come from the Cheraws Tribe....or the Cherokee...Keep in mind that his brother John Bozeman did marry a full blood Cherokee.

About 1802 Peter named a son William Henry Bozeman who married Martha Hill, the daughter of John Hill who also moved his family to Montgomery.

Peter also named a son Peter E Bozeman in 1807 who married Gilly Goodson.

Peter had a daughter named Lucy who married Sterling Campbell. There is a slight possibility that Lucy Campbell's daughter married Mathew Stokes who later purchased a piece of this land in Montgomery. The 1830 census of Alabama shows all of the children, born to Peter and Sarah except Meade who must have died about 1822 because Ellen Bozeman Joiner is raising his two sons in the 1830 & 1840 census as well as the Darlington Court Records indicating Peter gave a Land Deed to those two grandsons..... It also shows us many of the other families who followed them from Darlington to Montgomery.

It is an honor to follow up the Bozeman genealogy, from those who have gone before us, and much gratitude is owed for the many clues they have left behind. Currently there are others in this lineage traveling, seeking documents, putting the story together for us: Jimmy Ray, Wayne, James,Richard, William, Sharon, Yvonne, and then the many great great grandchildren of Nancy and Peter of Dublin Alabama.

Jesse born 1793 is buried along with his family at Hope Hull, Montgomery County, Alabama. I found his tombstone by his wife's, near their son's James Freeman Bozeman ( Civil War Fatality), and near their daughter Lacy Bozeman Carter.

Jesse was first married to Lucy A. and named a son Jesse A. Secondly Jesse M. married a widow Frances Freeman and adopted her children.

Jesse A. married Missouri Flinn, the daughter of Bunberry Flinn mentioned in the History of Alabama.

Jesse M. was the attorney of the family, must have been wealthy, paid cash for many acres of land, and when his brother Peter E. Bozeman died, Gillead Azar asked him to be the adminstrator of the estate; also when brother Wiliam Henry Bozeman died , Jesse once again handled the estate of the widow. Jesse was also the only one of Peter's children to read and write, and probably taught the others, so at that time it did not matter how the name was spelled as we see many variations. Jesse M Bozeman may have been involved in the politics of the town, as we see names of Governors and other attorneys on various documents and in his son Jesse A. Bozeman's names of children.

Jesse was married twice, the first possibly Lucy Jane Anderson, the second being the widowed Frances Freemen, but trees growing up between the now broken stones damage our research. When finding the graves of Jesse M. and his family, I did not find the graves of his brothers, but it was an old neglected burial place out in a cow pasture with many acres of woods behind it, that must have once been a part of this grand plantation yet there is also the McLean Road there now which may have actually divided the Bozeman plantations and some could be buried over on that PINTLALA side of the area. .

William Henry Bozeman is my connection to Peter and Mordecai through his son, Peter Edward Bozeman who served in the Shelby County Reserve during the Civil War and married Nancy Anderson, the daughter of Lavinia Sellers and Seaborne Montgomery Anderson, who also served in the Civil War. ( You will find Anderson and Sellers grandfathers on Peter's Estate Sale in 1829.) So now Alabama has many decendants of William researching this lineage.

Someday perhaps, in those same woods, we will find the grave of William's father, Peter.

In the meantime, several are using our combined information to join the SAR and DAR to honor our Ancestor. He must have been very ill, possibly from injuries and it appeared from one form OLD WAR INVALID that he tried to file for disability and he got Rejected and died the next year. The War Dept. had set a deadline on filing for disability and he apparently missed his chance. Only his son Jesse is mentioned in the history of Alabama and that is sad, because it was Peter's wealth and strength and endurance, to bring his wagon train of his Bozeman family to Montgomery County by 1827. Another good read is which includes many other names in our Bozeman family and those whom they did business with. The fascinating part of Peter serving in the war is that General George Washington was there, and Abe Lincoln's Uncle Benjamin was there and even Light Horse Harry Lee and Captain Benjamin Lewis.  Millions of others are researching their family tree and there is a slight possibility that our grandfather may have touched their lives.  In fact when Peter was captured at the Fall of Charleston,  my daddy's grandfather, Captain George Little was also wounded and captured and may have shared a cell with Peter.

Jimmy Ray

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