A descendant of James Boman,or Bowman as seen in official records, recently made contact with me about this family. My interest is in the John Sturgis family of Sangamon County, Illinois and Arcadia Sturgis is his daughter. John Sturgis wrote his will on 14 May 1824 and it was probated in Sangamon County, Illinois on 7 February 1825. In his will is this item: "... I give and bequeath unto my three youngest daughters Arcada Sturges, Rebakah Sturgis and Melinda Sturgis the ballance of my estate cattle and property of every kind....."
John Sturgis and his wife Hannah (Anna) Wright had 11 children:
Jane Bratton Sturgis born ca 1790
Martha Elizabeth Sturgis born 24 May 1792
James Bratton Sturgis born 7 December 1794
Sarah Jane Sturgis born 17 July 1797
John Richardson Sturgis born 25 December 1798
Nancy Anna Sturgis born 1801
Arcadia Sturgis born 28 February 1802[from Joe McKee]
William Draper Sturgis born 3 October 1803
Rebecca R. Sturgis 1 March 1806
Melinda M. Sturgis born 1 December 1808
Daniel Bartlett Sturgis born 17 Jun 1811
John Sturgis was born in Sussex County, Delaware and his wife in Virginia. The children were born in York County, South Carolina except for last child who was born in Blount County, Tennessee.
James Bowman was listed in the 1830 Sangamon County, Illinois census. James Bowman was also listed in State of Illinois Sangamon County Poll Book for an election held at the house of Jacob Carmon in the SangamoTown Precince on Monday the Second day of August, 1830.
James Bowman removed to Hancock County, Illinois around 1834 and was listed in the 1840 Hancock County, Illinois census. His nephew, William Morgan -- my ancestor -- was on an adjacent entry to the James Bowman family. William Morgan was the son of Ralph Morgan who married Nancy Anna Sturgis the sister of Arcadia Sturgis.
I have knowledge of the Sturgis family lines but just learned about Arcadia Sturgis whereabouts. Now in process of developing the James Bowman/Boman family and welcome any input the descendants can provide.
Joe McKee, a descendant of the James Boman/Bowman line, just gave me this information on the children:
Ezekiel K. Boman born 13 April 1826 died 16 February 1882
John R. [He gave Wright] Boman born 1828 died after 1900
William Sturgis Boman born 11 May 1829 died 25 February 1910
Malinda J. Boman born 18 December 1830 died 17 December 1881
Rebecca J. Boman born 12 August 1832 died 26 November 1870
James Barton [probably Bratton] Boman born 5 April 1833 died 21 November 1870
Ralph M. Boman born 9 October 1835 died 22 July 1912
Benjamin R. Boman born 1837 died ?
Andrew J. boman born January 1840 died 1875
Margaret Ann Boman born 1842 died 1875
Arcadia E. Boman born ca 1844/1845.
I carry name as Bowman,but some family descendants have used the name Boman. I have seen both as valid entries.
Sorry I couldn't give you the ancestors. If you find any problems with the above data please post it here.
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