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Bowman family papers, 1805-1856

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Bowman family papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2011MS078: [identification of item], Bowman family papers, 1805-1856, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.1 Cubic feet

1 box


Captain Isaac Bowman (1757-1826) fought in the Revolutionary War under George Rogers Clark. After the war, Bowman received large land grants west of the Appalachians in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, but settled permanently in Shenandoah County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Gatewood in 1782, and after her death Mary Chinn. He awarded some of his children legacies in to his western holdings, including John, Joseph, and Washington Bowman.

Captain Isaac Bowman. Rootsweb. Rootsweb. 25 July 2005. Web. 4 October 2011.

Scope and Content

The Bowman family papers consist of nineteen letters and one property tax receipt which document life in early Kentucky. The letters are primarily to Isaac and Mary Bowman from their children in Kentucky. Notable items include an 1828 letter from Joseph Bowman to his mother, Mary Chinn Bowman, advising her to sell two slaves.


  • Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts & Archives.
  • Fayette County (Ky.)
  • Jefferson County (Ky.)
  • Mercer County (Ky.)
  • Shenandoah County (Va.)
  • Bowman, Isaac Snyder
  • Bowman, Isaac, 1757-1826
  • Bowman, John
  • Bowman, Joseph
  • Bowman, Mary Chinn
  • Bowman, Washington M.
  • Hite family.
  • Correspondence.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

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