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Bowman Cemetery
Data compiled by Bob & Sharen Caldwell 4-5-1997



Located on Highway 86 approx. half-way between Bowman Church & Taney County Line


Note - According to Brother Lassiter of the Bowman Pentecost Church, this cemetery was created by the U.S. Corp. of Engineers when relocating a small church cemetery before creation of Table Rock Lake. The name of the original church was unknown to Brother Lassiter, and no connection exists between the current Bowman Church and this cemetery.

No provision was apparently ever made for upkeep of this cemetery, and it has largely returned to nature. Few locals know of this cemetery, and it would have been impossible to find without Brother Lassiter's assistance. There are no signs, and nothing is visible from the road. The cemetery occupies under ½ acre of land. Heavy brush and leaf strewn ground make this ideal habitat for snakes, so I would caution any potential visitors. The current state of the cemetery precludes trying to establish much order, but we endeavored to start at the front of the cemetery and work in a clockwise direction. It is impossible to be certain how many graves are here, due to rotting wooden grave markers, heavy brush, etc., but I would venture that at least 30 graves exist here, though we could identify only 28 for certain.


Alice Beshear                   M.F.B.                          J.A. Beasher
Daughter of J.A. & M.F.         (Small granite stone            Born 12-23-1835
Born 8-25-1874                  lying on the ground)            Died 9-27-1888
Died 9-12-1879                                                  (Broken granite stone)
(Broken granite stone)



Infant Son & Daughter of P. Stuckly Unknown J.A. & M.F. Beshear (Barely legible - broken (Field stone - standing - Born 1-5-1878 field stone on ground) no markings) Died 1-7-1878 (Intact granite stone)
Unknown Unknown Unknown (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker - barely legible - propped illegible - propped against illegible - propped against against a sapling) a sapling) a sapling)
Unknown Unknown Unknown (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker- illegible - lying on illegible - lying on illegible - standing) the ground) the ground)
Unknown Unknown Unknown (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker - illegible - broken in half - illegible - lying on illegible - broken - lying on lying on the ground) the ground) the ground)
Unknown Unknown Unknown (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker - (Wooden grave marker - illegible - lying on the illegible - lying on the illegible - lying on the ground - covered with moss) ground - covered with moss) ground)
Unknown Daniel Johnson Emma Loomis (Wooden grave marker - Died 4-5-1890 (Concrete marker - lying illegible - lying on the Age 37 on the ground) ground) (Concrete marker - standing)
Unknown Unknown Unknown (Field stone - standing - (Field stone - standing - (Field stone - standing - no markings) no markings) illegible)
Unknown Unknown Unknown (Field stone - lying on (Field stone - lying on (Wooden grave marker - the ground - illegible) the ground - illegible) illegible - lying on the ground)
Unknown (Wooden grave marker - standing - illegible)

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