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Bowman Family Cemetery


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Newton Twp.
Licking County

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For those that are perhaps seeing these transcriptions for the first time, the transcriptions may give on first glance, the appearance of a great many typos, so I feel obligated to explain that the abundance of y, m, and d represent abbreviations for year, month and day. Although you will find most engravers follow similar patterns, it seems there are several different abbreviations used to represent these three time terms including: y, yr, yrs, yr's & years; m. mo, mos, mo's, and months; d. da, das, da's, and days and on rare occasions, h, hr, hrs, hr's, and hours. I tend not to use commas except to separate surname from given name, given name from date, except where found on actual inscription, same goes for the [.] (period). When you see the symbol [_] (underscore), I use it to represent missing or unreadable letters, or if a lot of letters are unreadable I may express it by several periods, such as Jos...h . Sometimes you will find raised letters such as "c" in surnames such as in McClain, or if the engraver added smaller letters that were left out and added later, when I encounter them, tend to express them, when possible, as found on the stone. Sometimes engravers will use the latin term Æ or æ, this is just a term that generally replaces the word "aged". One last comment, all actual text found engraved, will come first in bold text. All comments, observations, personal knowledge remarks added by submitter, concerning an individual, but not inscribed on stone, will then proceed in regular text. ~R.M.Sizelove~

These tombstone photos have been generously donated by Robert M. Sizelove, Sr., on 26 June, 2010.
This little family cemetery is located on a wooded hillside on private property, at Edge Hill Dr. & Dry Creek Rd. Early maps of the area show the area was once owned by J. Bowman Estate & S. Bowman. I found most of the tombstones at this site in broken, toppled, disarray. A previous owner of this property told me this little cemetery was basically intact with all headstones still in their bases and upright until teenagers decimated many of the stones into unreadable fragments. There were two very large obelisk style headstones that were toppled, sliding down the hillside, now lying nearly hidden by soil and vegetation. The owner has been very kind to give me permission to organize and restore the headstones back to original positions, which will be difficult but possible, as the very large bases look to still be at their original location. Please do not trespass on the owner's property; permission must be obtained first before coming here. I'm hopeful after talking with the previous owner, that with his best recollection, the headstones may be reset in proper location. These readings are preliminary, and my hopes are to return and make both limited restoration and additional investigation of the burial site. I have checked older books but find no previous record concerning this cemetery.

Please Note: Click on underlined name to view tombstone image.
Bowman, Sampson H., born May 8, 1823, died Sep. 6, 1871 [verse at bottom]
Bowman, Jacob A., born Jan. 23, 1862, died July 31, 1876 [need to get this heavy stone turned to see if additional inscription will be found on opposite side]
Unknown Sandstone base overview [large]
Unknown Sandstone base [smaller with cut pocket for headstone]
Unknown Sandstone base [small with cut pocket]
Unknown Sandstone base [very large, needing derbis removed]
Bowman, Jacob, diedů [headstone fragment, needs additional excavation to locate more of this headstone.]
Bowman, Elizabeth Jane, wife of S.H. Bowman, died July 23, 1859, aged 31y'rs. 1m. & 12d. "In life beloved, In death lamenated" [this stone was toppled and laying at bottom of hillside, some twenty feet from bases.]
[Click here to view a second photo of the same headstone, showing the upper portion of Elizabeth's headstone, richly carved with florals]
Bowman, MaryAnn, wife of Jacob Bowman, died Sept. 19, 1863, aged 81y 6m 1d [on different side of same obelisk headstone as Elizabeth Jane Bowman]
Unknown, A N N [broken fragments of headstone, needs sorted out]

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