A Guide to the Sam Bowman Papers, 1941-1967

Collection Number SC 3092

Complied by: Chris Bolgiano

Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, October, 2013

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Sam Bowman Papers, 1941-1967

Collection No.: SC 3092

Creator: Sam Bowman

Extent: 1 Hollinger Box, 1 oversize folder

Language: English

Abstract: The Sam Bowman Papers, 1941-1967, consists of one Hollinger box containing one folder of miscellaneous materials and seven business ledgers that document operations of the Bowman family dairy farm in Rockingham County, VA

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: Sam Bowman Papers, 1941-1967, SC 3092, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Acquisition Information: Donated to the library by Sam Bowman, April 1999

 

Bio/Historical Note: The Bowman family is a very prominent one that has been established in the Rockingham County area since the eighteenth century. The first of the Bowman’s to settle in the area was George Bowman and his wife Mary Hite, who traveled from Philadelphia with her family to start a colony in the Shenandoah Valley around 1731. George and Mary had thirteen children in total; John George, John Jacob, Emma Maria, Elizabeth, Johannes, Sarah, Regina, Rebecca, George, Abraham, Joseph, Catherine, and Isaac. They made their home on Cedar Creek and built a large stone house which was passed to their son Isaac. John, Joseph, Abraham, and Isaac went on to become prominent members of society and in the military during the Revolutionary War, in which they were high ranking officers that contributed greatly to the fight for independence.

 

Scope and Content: The Sam Bowman Papers, 1941-1967, consists of one Hollinger box containing one folder of miscellaneous materials and seven business ledgers that document operations of the Bowman family dairy farm in Rockingham County, VA, 1845-1967, with the bulk of material covering 1941-1967. The miscellaneous folder contains tax receipts from 1859 and 1865, a 1862 receipt for military supplies of 20 bushels of corn, an 1882 Constitution of the West Rockingham Mutual Fire Insurance Company, a 1891 receipt for a claim for property taken by US soldiers in the Civil War, a 1929 timber contract, 1942 Certificates of War necessity for Vehicle, and a summary of the S.R. Bowman Estate, 1936-1960. Ledger 7, kept in the oversize folder is the partnership book of R.L. and S.R. Bowman, 1963-1967.

                                                                                                           

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in folders chronologically in 1 Hollinger Box, with one over-size folder

 

Related Material: Bowman Family Papers, SC 4019

Bibliography: Waylong, John W. “The Bowmans: A Pioneering Family.”

Contents:        

 

Box:Folder

Miscellaneous

1:1

Ledger 1: 1848-1857

1:2

Ledger 2: 1941-1947    

1:3

Ledger 3: 1947-1952

1:4

Ledger 4: 1953-1957

1:5

Ledger 5: 1958-1959

1:6

Ledger 6: 1960-1967

1:7

Ledger 7: 1963-1967

Oversize