Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Bowman Family Papers, 1835-1990



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bowman Family
Title: Bowman Family Papers
Dates: 1835-1990
Creator Abstract: Members of Bowman family first came to Texas about 1833, when Jesse B. Bowman crossed the Red River from Arkansas territory, apparently followed soon after by other family members. Jesse and his son Joseph Bowman became involved in the growing conflict between American settlers and the Mexican government, and Jesse Bowman was listed among those killed in the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.
Content Abstract: Correspondence, legal and financial documents, personal items, collected research material, and photographs are part of the Bowman family papers, providing information on business and personal activities and family history and genealogy.
Identification: Col 7424
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Members of Bowman family first came to Texas about 1833, when Jesse B. Bowman crossed the Red River from Arkansas territory, apparently followed soon after by other family members. Jesse and his son Joseph Bowman became involved in the growing conflict between American settlers and the Mexican government, and Jesse Bowman was listed among those killed in the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

His son and descendants settled in the area of Houston and Anderson Counties, where they engaged in farming and small businesses in a number of small communities. Members of the family continued to reside in the area at the time of the donation of the family papers.

References

Groneman, Bill. "Jesse Bowman." Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fboaa.


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, legal and financial documents, personal items, collected research material and photographs are part of the Bowman family papers, providing information on business and personal activities and family history and genealogy.

Most of the original material in the papers is associated with the family of Joel Harrison Bowman (1864-1936) and consists of a miscellany of items. Notable are family letters dating from 1871, interspersed with some business-related letters; several chattel mortgages for livestock; property and poll tax receipts; membership certificates for the Neighbors Aid Association of Palestine, Texas; a phrenological chart for Joel H. Bowman, listing the characteristics ascribed by the examiner; and a contract and two reports from 1902-1904 for teachers in the Denson Springs, Texas, school.

A separate series includes material collected and produced by family members and others in researching the history of the Bowman family. These include photocopies of documents from various sources, including items associated with the military service of individuals during the Texas Revolution; land grants and deeds, family records, and published material. The series also gathers correspondence among individuals researching the family and material related to the placement of a state historical marker at Guiceland Cemetery in Houston County, Texas, the burial place of Joseph T. Bowman and other family members.

Photographs include images of several generations of various family branches. Most are informal snapshots; there are also some copy prints. The photos are organized by individual and family names. Also found are photographs of monuments, historical markers, and grave markers.

When received, the Bowman family papers had been mounted and labeled in two three-ring binders. They were removed from the pages for preservation purposes, but prior to this step the pages were photocopied to show their configuration. These copies are included with the papers. The album pages had also been copied and distributed in volume form under the title Alamo Defender: Jesse B. Bowman and Descendants.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Bowman family.
Organizations
Neighbors Aid Association (Palestine, Tex.)
Subjects
Alamo defenders.
Education--Texas--Denson Springs.
Genres/Formats
Family papers.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Photographs.
School records.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bowman Family Papers, 1835-1990, Col 7424, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of J. B. Ferrell, 1994 March.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 2002 September.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 October.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Bowman Family Papers, 1835-1990

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1871-1919
2 Correspondence [photocopies], 1871-1919
Legal documents, 1906-1932
3 Mortgages, 1909-1932
4 Contracts, 1908-1910
5 Bankruptcy records, 1913
6 Affidavit, 1906
Financial documents, 1896-1933
7 Bills and receipts, 1896-1933
8 Tax receipts, 1896-1921
9 Promissory notes, 1896-1926
10 Checks, 1912-1915
Personal papers, 1883-1904
11 Marriage records, 1883
12 Organizations, 1904
13 Phrenological chart, 1893
Denson Springs school trustees, 1902-1904
14 Contract and reports, 1902-1904
Research material, 1835-1990 and undated
15 Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas documents, 1835-1855
16 Land grants, 1873-1883
17 Deeds and related land records, 1835-1873
18 Affidavits, 1861-1903
19 Birth and marriage records, 1843 and 1883
20 Research correspondence, 1986-1990
21 Published material
22 Biographical information
23 Genealogical notes
24 Bowman historical marker
25 Alamo, donation of papers
Photographs
26 Bowman family, various
Pictured: Louisey Jane Bowman Adams, George William Bowman, Martha Denson Bowman, Joeldine B. Ferrell, Phyllis Cochran, Weldon Bowman, Bobby Bowman, Joel Harrison Bowman, Francis Gillespie, Willet Gillespie, Press Gillespie, Estelle Shipper, Audine Keen, Martha Hoke, Laura Bowman, Agnes Bowman, Howard Woody, Ardolia Bowman Ferrell Berry, Ruby Bowman Woody, Joeldine B. Ferrell, Benny Berry, Jr., Opal Bowman Luce Ford, Zelma Montgomery Knott, Benton Knott, Francis Berry, Mona Nell Bowman, Katherine Bell, Benny Berry III, Glenda Jackson, Susie Jackson, Edgar Daniels, Ruby Daniels, Garron Daniels, Winnie Daniels, Loula Mae Ford, Jimmy Louis Ford, Janet Berry, Tommy Doucett, Audine Keen, and Keith Pate.
27 Joel Harrison Bowman and family
Pictured: Joel Harrison Bowman, Sarah Denson Bowman, William Diamond Bowman, Gertrude Ferrell Bowman, Ruby Bowman Woody, Willie Keen, George Thomas Bowman, Fred Bowman, Ardolia Bowman, Audine Keen, Opal Bowman Luce Ford, Thee Keen, Zelma Montgomery, Ada Parker, Benny Berry, Jr., George William Bowman, Ben Wortham, Mamie Wortham, Mary Jane Wortham, Harriet Hardin Wortham, Mollie Dorsett, Callie Bell Bowman, Joe Shipper, and Dicy Ferguson Bowman.
28 George Thomas Bowman and family
Pictured: George Thomas Bowman, Mildred Bowman, Randall Bowman, Joel Harrison Bowman, Dicy Ferguson Bowman, Zelma Bowman Cochran, Charles Cochran, Phyllis Cochran, Weldon Bowman, J. H. “Slick” Bowman, and Jesse Joplin Bowman.
29 William Diamond Bowman and family
Pictured: William Diamond Bowman, Gertrude Ferrell Bowman, Hurtha Bowman, Harold Bowman, W. D. Bowman, Clyde Bowman, Knox Bowman, and Joeldine B. Ferrell.
30 Adolia Bowman Ferrell Berry and family
Pictured: Ardolia Bowman Ferrell Berry, William Parker, Modine Keen, Joeldine B. Ferrell, Benny Berry, Jr., Francis Berry, Myra Lou Berry, Flora Mae Ferrell, Dean Lewis Ferrell, Joe Glenn Ferrell, and Lola Thompson.
31 Berry family
Pictured: Benny Berry, Jr., Francis Berry, Myra Lou Berry, Janet Berry, Benny Berry III, and Brian Fieldshire.
32 Ferrell family
Pictured: Joeldine B. Ferrell, Floria Ferrell, Ardolia Bowman Ferrell Berry, Dean Lewis Ferrell, Charlene Ferrell, Marcy Ferrell, Joe Glenn Ferrell, Teresa Ferrell, Dana Ferrell, Matthew Ferrell, and Kimbra Ferrell.
33 Hart and Salmon families
Pictured: Clara Hart, Sylvania Hardin Hall Salmon, Fannie Elizabeth Hart, Sally Hart, Theodocia Hall Hart, Louis Hart, Joe Shipper, Jane Denson Shipper Salmon, Mattie Denson, Sarah Denson, Callie Denson, and Ed Shipper.
34 Montgomery family
Pictured: Sam Montgomery, W. A. Montgomery, Zelma Montgomery Knott, Callie Bowman Montgomery, William A. Montgomery, and Ola Fay Montgomery.
35 Woody family
Pictured: Ruby Bowman Woody, Howard “Junior” Woody, Nita Woody, Jerry Woody, and Audine Keen.
36 Markers and monuments
37-38 Scrapbook pages [photocopies]