91st PA: William Bowman

William Bowman

Before the war

He was born in August 1829 (8, 11; 3 (35 in 1865), 9 [40 in 1870], 10 [50 in 1880], 12 [80 in 1910], 13 [91 in 1920]). He was born in Pennsylvania (9, 10, 11, 12, 13).

In 1862/63, he married Sarah [unknown family name] (11). This was his second marriage, and her first (12). In 1900 and 1910, she had had 15 children, 6 of whom were alive (11, 12).

During the war

He was drafted (1, 3). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 March 1865 (1, 3, 4, 6, 7). He was mustered in as a private, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (3). He was a private in company B (1, 15).

He may have been charged for lost equipments, perhaps when the regiment mustered out (2).

He contracted piles in June 1865, while the regiment was marching from Burkeville, Virginia, to Washington, DC (7). Although the company officers and regimental surgeon wanted him to go to the hospital for treatment, he refused, because he was afraid he would catch a fever for which many men were then being treated (7).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 3, 4, 6, 7). He was a private, in company B (15).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Quemehoning Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Sarah, and children Elmer, Minnie, and Hiram, along with James Storey [?] and Mary Bowman (perhaps his mother) (9). He was a farmer, and owned real estate worth $9,000 and personal property worth $2,700 (9).

On 3 December 1872, he successfully applied for a pension (4, 5). His application was rejected on 20 May 1878, because he couldn't provide evidence from the regimental surgeon or assistant surgeon that he had been treated for piles while in service (7). He petitioned to Congress for a petition, and the Senate Committee on Pensions recommended approving his pension (7).

In June 1880, the House passed a bill granting him a pension (14).

In 1880, he was living in Upper Yoder Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania (10). He was a farmer (10). He was living with his wife Sarah, children Elmer, Minnie, Irwin, Calvin, Elizabeth, Artie [?] and Virgil (10).

In 1890, he was living in Husband, Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (6). He reported these disabilities: heart disease, ruptured, general disability, piles (6).

In 1900, he was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (11). He had no occupation (11). He was living with his wife Sarah, and children Calvin, Lizzie, Jacob, and Olive (11).

In 1910, he was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (12). He was a salesman, of patent medicine (12). He was living with his wife Sarah and daughter Olive (12).

He died in 1920 (8). He was buried in Husband Cemetery, Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (8).

In 1920, he was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (13). He was not working (13). He was living with his wife Sarah, his daughter Minnie Bittner and her children, and a servant (13).

On 21 April 1920, his widow, Sarah Bowman, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 5).

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (William Bowman)

2 list of men who owed money [?] (Wm Bowman)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 23 June 2004 (William Bowman)

4 pension index, by regiment (William Bowman)

5 pension index, by name (William Bowman)

6 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 11 enumeration district 25, page 5 (William Bowman)

7 [re William Bowman]. Serial Set volume 1898, session volume 6, 46th Congress, 2nd Session, Senate Report 662. 28 May 1880. (William Bowman)

8 WPA Records of Husband Cemetery, on US Gen Web (viewed April 2007) (William Bowman)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania , Somerset County, Quemehoning Township, microfilm series M593, film 1452, page 438 (William Bowman)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Cambria County, Upper Yoder Township, microfilm series T9, film 1110, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 171 [?], page 228 A = 28 handwritten (William Bowman)

11 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 194, microfilm series T623, film 1487, page 164 = 5 B handwritten (William Bowman)

12 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 22, enumeration district 161, microfilm series T624, film 1420, page 261 = 19 A handwritten (William Bowman)

13 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 21, enumeration district 188, microfilm series T625, film 1654, page 106 = 9 B handwritten (William Bowman)

14 [pension bill passed the House], Philadelphia Inquirer 15 June 1880 page 3 (William Bowman)

15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Bowman)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed December 2007
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed January 2008)

A congressional report

[re William Bowman]. Serial Set volume 1898, session volume 6, 46th Congress, 2nd Session, Senate Report 662. 28 May 1880.
46th CONGRESS, 2d Session. SENATE. REPORT No. 662.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES.
MAY 28, 1880.--Ordered to be printed.
Mr. FARLEY, from the Committee on Pensions, submitted the following
REPORT:
[To accompany bill H. R. 2290.]

The Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 2290) granting a pension to William Bowman, have carefully examined the same, and report that they concur in the following House report, and recommend the passage of the bill, with an amendment that it take effect from and after its passage:

William Bowman, the claimant, was enrolled in Company B, Ninety-first Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, on the 11th March, 1865, and discharged on the 10th of July 1865. He applied for pension on the 3d of December, 1872, alleging that he contracted piles in June, 1865, while on a march from Burkeville, Va., to Washington, D.C.

His claim for pension was rejected on the 20th of May, 1878, because the claimant was unable to furnish the testimony of the surgeon or assistant surgeon of his regiment showing treatment for said disease while in the service.

The claimant, on the 27th of November, 1872, swears that he contracted the piles in June, 1865, whilst on a march from Burkeville, Va., to Washington, D.C., on account of the roads being bad, muddy, and slippery. That he did not go into a hospital, although he was urged to go by the officers of the company and regimental surgeon, because there were so many fever patients in the hospital at the time, and he feared the contagion of the disease. He further swears that in consequence of being placed in a company of volunteers (Company B, Ninety-first Pennsylvania), the officers and surgeon of which were strangers to him, he is unable to obtain their affidavits, as he has no knowledge of their present residence, or whether they or any of them are living at this time.

Daniel Lohr, on the 28th of October, 1872, swore that "he was well acquainted with William Bowman, and was a member of the same company and regiment with him," and "that on or about the - day of June, A. D. 1865, whilst the company was marching from Burkeville, Va., to Washington, D.C., owing to the bad roads consequent upon heavy rains, and hard marching, said William Bowman contracted piles, by reason of which he suffered severely, and that he knew said Bowman intimately, messed with him, and occupied the same tent."

Joseph Coleman, another private in the same company, testifies "that he was an intimate acquaintance of William Bowman," and "that about the - day of June, 1865, whilst the company was marching from Burkeville, Va., to Washington, D.C., the roads being slippery on account of heavy rains, and bad roads, said William Bowman contracted piles by reason of which he suffered very much."

Dr. Robert H. Patterson, the family physician of the claimant for eighteen years before he went into the Army, testifies, on the 30th of November, 1877, "that he had never treated the claimant for piles before he went into the Army."

J. F. Carpenter, another witness, testified "that he knew the claimant intimately since 1841, and never heard that he was disabled in any way before he went into the Army."

Ananias Berky, another comrade, and who has known him many years intimately, testifies "that the claimant before and at the time he entered the Army was sound in body and enjoyed good health, and was exempt from piles."

Chauncy Miller, another witness, corroborates this.

Dr. J. M. Louther commenced treating the claimant for piles in July, 1865, on his [page 2] return from the Army, and treated him for about six months and pronounced his piles incurable. Dr. B. L. Yeagley afterwards treated the claimant for piles.

These witnesses are certified to be reputable and gentlemen of good character.

Examining Surgeon Dr. Henry Brubaker fixes his disability total, at $8 per month, and says from the evidence before him it is his belief that the disability did actually originate in the service. Examining Surgeon Dr. W. B. Lowman fixes the disability at one-half--$4 per month.

The committee are of the opinion that the claimant has clearly made out his case, and that his pension should be fixed at the rate of $6 per month. They recommend the passage of the bill.

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Quemehoning Township, microfilm series M593, film 1452, page 438]
line18192021222324
Dwelling-house number126      
Family number137      
NameBowman William- Sarah- Elmer W- Minnie M- HiramStorey [?] JamesBowman Mary
Age40265311786
SexMFMFMMF
ColorW""""""
OccupationFarmerWifeAt home" "" "Farm LabrRetired housekeeper
Real estate value9,000      
Personal estate value2700     300
BirthplacePa"""""Pa
Father foreign born       
Mother foreign born       
Birth month if born within year       
Marriage month if married within year       
Attended school past year     1 
Can't read       
Can't write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1      
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...       

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Cambria County, Upper Yoder Township, microfilm series T9, film 1110, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 171 [?], page 228 A = 28 handwritten]
[Note: the household continues through line 41, with twelve borders, one farm laborer, and one servant]
line19202122232425 2627
street name         
house number         
dwelling visit #219        
family visit #251        
nameBowman William- Sarah- Elmer E- Minnie M- Irwin J- Calvin- Elizebeth [sic]- Artie [?] J- Virgil
colorWWWWWWWWW
sexMFMFMMFFF [sic]
age50351513118642
month born if born in year         
relationship WifeSonDaughterSonSonDaughterDaughterSon
single  1111111
married11       
widowed/divorced         
married during year         
occupationFarmerKeeping House       
months unemployed         
currently ill?         
blind         
deaf/dumb         
idiotic         
insane         
disabled         
school this year  1111   
can't read         
can't write         
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 11 enumeration district 25, page 5]
[line] 3
[house] 234
[family] 244
[name] William Bowman
[rank] Private
[company] B
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] Mar 11 1865
[discharge date] July 10 1865
[length of service] 0 years, 3 months 29 days
[post office address] Husband Penna.
[disability incurred] Heart Disease Ruptured General Disability + Piles
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 194, microfilm series T623, film 1487, page 164 = 5 B handwritten]
line596061626364
street      
house number      
dwelling number100     
family number103     
nameBowman William- Sarah- Calvin- Lizzie- Jacob - Olive
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterSonDaughter
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMFMF
birth dateAug 1829Nov 1842Nov 1871Jun 1873Jun 1882Dec 1885
age705828261714
married?MMMSSS
# years married37370   
mother of how many children? 15    
# of children living 6    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupation  Teacher Teacher 
# months not employed  5 5 
# months in school      7
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO     
free or mortgaged[blank]     
farm/houseH     
# of farm schedule      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 22, enumeration district 161, microfilm series T624, film 1420, page 261 = 19 A handwritten]
line232425
street   
house nr   
dwelling nr381  
family nr399  
nameBowman William- Sarah- Olive
relationshipHeadWife Daughter
sexMFF
colorWW
age806724
marital statusM2M1S
#years present marriage4747 
mother of # children 15 
mother of # living children 6 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated   
naturalized/alien   
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationSalesmanNoneTeacher
nature of industry etc.Patent medicine Public Schools
employer etc.W W
out of work 15 Apr 1910?no no
# weeks out of work 19090 0
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedO  
owned free or mortagagedF  
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
civil war vet[blank]  
blind   
deaf & dumb   

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 21, enumeration district 188, microfilm series T625, film 1654, page 106 = 9 B handwritten]
line737475767778
street[illegible] Pike
house numberX     
dwelling visit number195     
family visit number205     
nameBowman William- Sarah J [?]Bittner Minnie M- Luther- MariaSpangler Alice
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterGrand SonGrand DaughterServant
own/rentO     
free/mortgaged (if owned)F     
sexMFFMFF
raceWWWWWW
age at last birthday917652242030
marital statusMMWdSSS
year of immigration      
naturalized/alien      
year of naturalization      
attended school since Sept 1919      
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaOhioPennsylvania
native language      
father's birthplaceScotlandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native languageScotch [sic]     
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language      
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYesYesYes
occupationNoneNoneNoneCivil EngineerTeacherServant
industry, business   civil [??] compPublic schoolPrivate family
employment status   WWW
number of farm schedule      

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 15 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Bowman, William
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

pension bill passed the House

[[pension bill passed the House], Philadelphia Inquirer 15 June 1880 page 3, William Bowman]

House bill granting a pension to William Bowman, Ninety first Pennsylvania Volunteers, was passed.


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