BOWMAN, JOHN F., was born in Lancaster county, Pa., May 10, 1771. His father was a farmer, residing on Pequea creek, not far from Strasburg. John F. was brought up as a millwright, but subsequently entered mercantile pursuits. In 1809 he removed to Halifax, where he was a merchant from that period to 1830, when, believing a larger sphere of trade was opened for him, he went to Millersburg, where he successfully continued in business until his death, which occurred on the 6th of November, 1835. Mr. Bowman first married, in 1794, a daughter of Isaac Ferree, whose farm adjoined that of his father. By this marriage they had the following children: Eliza, Maria, George, and Josiah, married Elizabeth Rutter. Mr. Bowman married, secondly, in 1805, Frances Crossen, daughter of John Crossen. They had issue as follows: John J., married Margaret Sallade, Levi, Louisa, Isaac, Mary E., married Rev. C. W. Jackson, Lucinda, married Dr. Hiram Rutherford, Jacob, Emeline, and Benjamin.
John F. Bowman was one of the representative men of the "Upper End," enjoyed a reputation for uprightness and honesty, and highly esteemed by those who knew him. Genial, yet quiet and unobtrusive, he never sought or would accept any local or public office. His second wife, Frances Crossen, was born August 13, 1786; died September 30, 1846, and lies interred beside her husband in the old Methodist graveyard at Millersburg.