John Washington BOWMAN (1831-1913)
SENATE, 49th General Assembly, 1895-97; representing counties of Roane, Anderson, Blount, Loudon, and Meigs; Republican. Born in Roane County Mar. 20, 1831; son of Samuel and Elizabeth (MORGAN) BOWMAN; extent of schooling not stated. First married in Loudon county in 1856 to Caroline MARNEY, daughter of Rufus MARNEY; she died in 1861; one child by this marriage--Thurston W.,; second marriage, 1866 to Myra ESKERIDGE; six children by this marriage--Saunders, Anna, James Harper, Lennie, John Washington, Jr., and David Franklin. Engaged in farming in 6th civil district of Roane County. Sometime chairman of county court; delegate to East Tennessee Union Convention at Knoxville, Knox County, May 30-31, 1861. In Union army; enrolled at Kingston, Roane County, Aug. 10, 1861, with Capt. Bowmans Co., 2nd East Tenn. Inf., which become Co. A, 2nd Tenn. Inf.; mustered in at Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., August 20, 1861; promoted from capt. to lt. col., April 1, 1861; resigned Oct. 1, 1862, because of "protracted and continued ill health"; resignation accepted Oct. 17, 1862. Member R.S. Kendrick Post No. 61, Grand Army of the Republic. Member Baptist Church; Free and Accepted Masons, entering as apprentice, 1861, and becoming a Master Mason, 1868. Died four miles west of Kingston, Jan. 29, 1913; buried in family graveyard at Caney Ford, Tenn. Great-great-grandfather of B. Jack BOWMAN, sometime member Tenn. General Assembly.
Sources: Rockwood Times, Feb. 11 and 18, 1904; May 28, 1908; Feb. 5 and 13, 1913; U.S. Census, 1850 Roane County; Wells, History of Roane County, 142; Roane County Court Minutes, Bk. T, 1821-23, p. 309, 310; War of Rebellion Records, Ser. I, Vol. 52, Pt. 1, pp. 150-51; microcopy Tenn. Union Service Records, roll 129.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.