BOWMAN, CYRUS, Waterloo, farmer; son of John Bowman, a native of
New Jersey, and Matilda Minor, a native of Connecticut; was born in Van
Buren, Onondaga Co., N. Y., Nov. 9, 1818. Mr. Bowman came to this county
at age 21, where he spent nearly three years in hunting, felling timber,
rail-splitting, etc., and thus cleared twenty acres of the 160 given to
him by his father. He then returned to his home in New York, where on
the 15th of June, 1843, he married Miss Rachel Waterman, a native of New
York; they had two children, Harriett M. (deceased) and Rosalinda G. In
the fall of 1843, they came here and built a cabin in the woods, where
seventy acres of land were subsequently cleared, after which they moved
on to the place where Mr. Bowman now resides, and where his helpmate died.
After remaining a widower for three years, he, on Sept. 4, 1858, married
Miss Sarah Ann Smith, of Franklin Twp. Mr. Smith's father moved to New
York at an early, following farming for a livelihood. He was married at
Albany, and accompanied by his wife, moved to the wilds of Indiana and
began a home among the giants of the forest. He was naturally a Democrat,
but in the fall of 1835, left that party, never to return; during his whole
life he was an active politician. Here he died at the advanced age of eighty,
his wife having preceded him ten years. Mrs. Smith's father and mother are dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are spending the shady side of life very pleasantly, cheered
by the love of their two sons--Archiban\ld Smith, a young man of much promise,
and Fred Cyrus, a chip off the old block. Mr. Bowman, politically, is a firm
Republican; he has held the office of Trustee two terms, and is a man of strict
integrity and sterling worth. ("Atlas of DeKalk County, Indiana," published J. H.
Beers & Co., Chicago, 1880)
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