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Cornelius Bowman (1740-1826) was the forefather of our Bowman ancestry.  It is believed that he  brought his family to Kentucky sometime after the Revolutionary War as Methodism was spreading west.  The family  most likely migrated through the Cumberland Gap sometime around 1795.   A local preacher himself, Cornelius  and his wife raised ten children with strong lessons of piety.  Three of the boys would become preachers, too. 

· Elisha W. Bowman (born 1775 in Virginia), an itinerant Methodist preacher was credited with being the first Methodist preacher to raise the flag of Christianity in New Orleans around 1805.  He was licensed to preach at age sixteen.

· Thomas Bowman (born 1782 in Virginia), a local Methodist preacher in Clay, Owsley and Jackson counties in Kentucky.  Thomas Bowman married Mary “Polly” Moore in 1801 in Madison County, Kentucky.  The Welchwood ancestry comes from this union.  Polly was enumerated in the census as a midwife.

· Jacob Bowman (born 1784), also a local preacher in Kentucky.

Thomas Bowman Family Bible

Thomas Bowman’s Bible — a King James version  translated out of the original Greek, (M. Carey & Son, Philadelphia, 1817)

Thomas Bowman Family Bible entry for brith & death of Cornelius Bowman

Thomas Bowman’s Bible entry for the death of his father is significant for two reasons.  In a time before written vital records were kept, this entry shows not only the death date but, more importantly,  is the only known record of his father’s birth year.