Bowman, Sam Papers, 1848-1967

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Sam Bowman Papers, 1848-1967

Collection No.: SC 0147
Creator: Bowman family

Extent: 2 boxes; .51 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Sam Bowman Papers, 1848-1967, consist of miscellaneous materials and seven business ledgers that document operations of the Bowman family dairy farm in Rockingham County, Virginia.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Sam Bowman Papers, 1848-1967, SC 0147, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated to Special Collections in April 1999 by Sam Bowman.
Processing Information: In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3092.

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 Bowmans 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, 1848-1967, consists of one folder of miscellaneous papers and seven business ledgers that document operations of the Bowman family dairy farm in Rockingham County, Virginia. The miscellaneous folder contains tax receipts from 1859 and 1865, an 1862 receipt for military supplies of twenty bushels of corn, an 1882 Constitution of the West Rockingham Mutual Fire Insurance Company, an 1891 receipt for a claim for property taken by U.S. 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 is the partnership book of R.L. and S.R. Bowman, 1963-1967.


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Wayland, John W. The Bowmans: A Pioneering Family in Virginia, Kentucky and the Northwest Territory. Staunton, Va.: McClure Co. 1943.


Folder Title
Box : Folder
Miscellaneous, 1859-1960
Ledger 1, 1848-1857
Ledger 2, 1941-1947
Ledger 3, 1947-1952
Ledger 4, 1953-1957
Ledger 5, 1958-1959
Ledger 6, 1960-1967
Ledger 7, 1963-1967

Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano; Alicia Henneberry, October 2013