Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Wendel C. Bowman[1, 2]

Male 1835 - 1902  (66 years)


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  • Name Wendel C. Bowman 
    Born 10 Dec 1835  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1881  Gaines, Kent, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number 00002-276 
    Died 17 Jun 1902  , Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7, 8
    Cause: stroke of paralysis (several years) 
    Buried Gaines Cemetery, Gaines Township, Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I7538  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father Elias B. Bauman,   b. 4 May 1809, , Berks Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1875, , Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Maria "Mary" Clemens,   b. 12 Jul 1811, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1886, Gaines Township, Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1829  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Family ID F2033  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah Clemens,   b. 1843, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1874, Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Children 
     1. Mary Bowman,   b. 23 Jul 1865, , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elo Bowman,   b. 13 Jun 1867, , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Hannah Luella Bowman,   b. 18 Mar 1873, , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F2275  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Barbara Meyer,   b. 12 May 1849, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1937, Merritt, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1875  [8
    Children 
     1. Benjamin B. Bowman
     2. Elizabeth Bowman
     3. Ada Bowman,   b. 1875, , , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Nellie Bowman,   b. 1877, , , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Elias M. Bauman,   b. 1881, Gaines, Kent, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901  (Age 20 years)
     6. Chester A. Bowman,   b. Abt 1883, Gaines, Kent, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Wendel Bowman,   b. Abt 1886, Gaines, Kent, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F2274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Wendel Bowman, "the third son of Elias Bowman, was born December 10th, 1835. He resides in Kent County, Michigan, where he is engaged in farming. He was first married to Hannah, daughter of Amos Clemens. He with first wife, had a family of three children, viz: After the decease of his first wife Mr. Bowman was married to Barbara, daughter of John Meyer of St. Jacobs, Ontario, and widow of the late Benjamin Brubacher. With second wife he has a family of seven children".


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      BOWMAN.-Wendel C., third son of Elias and Polly (Clemens) Bowman, was born near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., Dec. 10, 1835. In the spring of 1863 he went with his parents to Kent Co., Mich., which was then a woodland wilderness. He was married to Hannah, daughter of Amos Clemens. To this union were born one son and two daughters. His wife died while his youngest child was an infant and he was married in the early spring of 1875 to Barbara, daughter of the late John Meyers and widow of the late Benjamin Brubacher, of Waterloo Co., Ont. To this second union were born four sons and three daughters. His companion and all his children, including two step-sons, Albert M. and Josephus M. Brubacher of Elkhart, Ind. survive; also 11 grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters and a large circle of other relatives and friends. He had been in failing health for several years, due to a stroke of paralysis, a recurrence which ended his life on the 17th of June 1902 at the age of 66 Y., 6 M., 7 D. Funeral services on the 19th at his late residence and at the Gains U. B. Church by Bish. Horace T., assisted by Alvin P. Barnaby. Text, 1 Pet. 1: 3. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Deceased was a faithful member of the United Brethren Church (Old Constitution), and his sterling qualities and strength of Christian character endeared him to all who recognized and esteem true worth, and while our loss of a beloved companion, father, brother, neighbor and friend is a sore one, yet we have the blessed assurance that for him it is everlasting gain. The annual Bowman Family Reunion was to have been held on the 18th, but this happy event was changed into a sorrowing gathering on the day following, when we followed to the grave the remains of one who was always a prominent figure in these annual gatherings. He has gone before to the great reunion of the redeemed in heaven. May his oft expressed wish and prayer, that we might all meet as an unbroken family in heaven, be fulfilled.


      Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 13, July 1, 1902, page 206, 207

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      The first postmaster at Blair was Wendal Bowman who served from 1858 to 1863. Mr. Bowman was succeeded by Henry Bechtel Sr. who operated the post office from 1863 to 1865. Mr. Bechtel was in turn succeeded by John R. Renshaw who was Blair's postmaster from 1865 to 1892. It was during Mr. Renshaw's tenure, in 1874, that the Grand Trunk Railway built a station in Blair and the post office moved to that facility. With the move Mr. Renshaw became stationmaster as well as postmaster.3a

      3aCambridge Postal History - III, Jim, Quantrell, pg 139-140

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 428.

    2. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 88.

    3. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 114.

    4. [S142] Census - Michigan - 1880.
      Census Place Gaines, Kent, Michigan Family History Library Film 1254588 NA Film Number T9-0588 Page Number 173B

    5. [S179] Cemetery - Michigan, Kent, Gaines Township - Gaines Cemetery Internet Link.
      Wendel C. Bowman / 1835 - 1902 // Hannah His wife / 1843 - 1874 // Barbara His Wife / 1849 - 1937

    6. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 2 Pg 79.

    7. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, July 1, 1902 - Obituary of Wendel C. Bowman.

    8. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, Obituary of Barbara Meyer - March 4, 1937.

    9. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 112.

    10. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, Obituary of Maria Clemens Vol. XXIII, Number 13, July 1, 1886, page 205.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Dec 1835 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1881 - Gaines, Kent, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: stroke of paralysis (several years) - 17 Jun 1902 - , Kent Co., Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Gaines Cemetery, Gaines Township, Kent Co., Michigan Link to Google Earth
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