The Bowmans: a Pioneering Family in Virginia, Kentucky and the Northwest Territory John W. Wayland

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The Bowmans: a Pioneering Family in Virginia, Kentucky and the Northwest Territory  by  John W. Wayland

The Bowmans: a Pioneering Family in Virginia, Kentucky and the Northwest Territory by John W. Wayland
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John Jacob Bowman (17 Dec 1738 - May 4, 1784) was an 18th century American pioneer, colonial militia officer and sheriff, the first appointed in Lincoln County, Kentucky. In 1781 he also presided as a justice of the peace over the first county courtMoreJohn Jacob Bowman (17 Dec 1738 - May 4, 1784) was an 18th century American pioneer, colonial militia officer and sheriff, the first appointed in Lincoln County, Kentucky. In 1781 he also presided as a justice of the peace over the first county court held in Kentucky.

The first county-lieutenant and military governor of Kentucky County during the American Revolutionary War, Bowman also served as a Colonel and was second in command under General George Rogers Clark during the Illinois campaign.He and brothers Joseph, Isaac and Abraham Bowman were excellent horsemen and later known as the Four Centaurs of Cedar Creek, all of whom were among the earliest pioneers to settle in Kentucky and prominent officers in the Continental Army. He was the brother-in-law of frontiersmen Isaac Ruddell, Lorentz Stephens, Peter Deyerle, George Wright, Henry Richardson and George Brinker.

His grandnephew, Abrahams grandson John Bryan Bowman, founded Kentucky University and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky.



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