BOWMAN, LEVI B., tinsmith, was born at Elizabethville, Dauphin county, Pa., December 14, 1846; son of John J. and Margaret (Sallade) Bowman. John F. Bowman, his paternal grandfather, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., May 10, 1771, and was the son of a farmer residing on Pequea creek. He was brought up as a millwright, but in 1809 removed to Halifax, where he was engaged in mercantile business until 1830; he then went to Millersburg, and was there a successful merchant until his death, November 6, 1835. Mr. Bowman was first married, in 1794, to a daughter of Isaac Ferree, whose farm adjoined that of his father. Their children were: Eliza, Maria, George, and Josiah, who married Elizabeth Rutter. Mr. And Mrs. Josiah Bowman were the parents of Frank S. Bowman, attorney-at-law, at present postmaster at Millersburg and editor and proprietor of the Millersburg Sentinel. Mr. John F. Bowman was married, the second time, in 1805, to Frances, daughter of John Crossen, born August 13, 1786. Their children were: John J.; Levi; Louisa; Isaac; Mary F., wife of Rev. C. W. Jackson; Lucinda, wife of Dr. Hiram Rutherford; Jacob, Emeline, and Benjamin. Mr. Bowman was a representative man in upper Dauphin county, in high repute for uprightness and honesty; quiet, but genial and much esteemed. He never sought or would accept any local or general office. His second wife died September 30, 1846, and lies interred beside her husband in Oak Hill cemetery, at Millersburg. John J. Bowman, father of Levi B. Bowman, was born February 12, 1807, the day of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, and died August 13, 1894. He married Margaret, daughter of Simon and Jane (Woodside) Sallade, by whom he had ten children: Mary F., widow of Jefferson Black; Jane E., wife of Prof. Charles S. Fahnestock, of Chester, Pa.; Lucinda, Dr. John F., Simon S., Levi B., Margaret Ann, and three children, triplets, who died in infancy.
John Sallade, maternal great-grandfather of Levi B., one of the most distinguished pioneers of the upper end of Dauphin county was of Huguenot descent, and was born at Basel-on-the-Rhine, in March, 1739. He came with other members of his family to America at an early date, and was one of the first settlers on the Wiconisco. He was blind for about ten years before his death, which occurred in November, 1827. He was married, February 8, 1771, to Margaret, daughter of George Everheart, born in Berks county, Pa., in 1747. When a young girl Miss Everheart was made captive by the Indians during one of their incursions into the territory east of the Susquehanna river, after the defeat of Braddock, in the fall of 1755. She was captured at a place near what is now Pine Grove, Schuylkill county, Pa., and was carried into the wilderness west of the Ohio river, where she remained a prisoner until General Forbes, by his skill and courage, broke the French power over that territory. She was then rescued and returned to her friends in Berks county, and lived to a ripe old age. John Sallade and his wife were the parents of five sons and two daughters, Simon being next to the youngest child.
Simon Sallade, maternal grandfather of Levi B., by his excellent character and distinguished public services, made his name well known to all the citizens of Dauphin county. He was born near Gratz, Dauphin county, March 7, 1785; son of John Sallade. Owing to the lack of schools in his day and place, he was obliged to depend on parental instruction, but being an apt pupil he early mastered the main branches of a good education. Like Abraham Lincoln, he read and re-read the few books that fell into his hands and made their contents his own. He was also greatly assisted, when near manhood, by a private instructor employed by himself and other young men of the neighborhood. Mr. Sallade learned the trade of millwright with Jacob Berkstresser, of Bellefonte, and designed and built many of the old mills within thirty or forty miles of his residence. He was self-reliant and social, energetic and industrious, thoroughly upright and reliable, and became one of the most popular men of the region. Brought into contact with all kinds and classes of people, in social life and in business relations, he naturally became warmly interested in public matters, and especially in those of a political nature, and was in consequence drawn into public life; not, however, as a professional politician, but as one seeking to promote the general welfare. He was always a loyal Democrat, but never a partisan, and when nominated for office made his appeal to the people and not to the party. He was four times the nominee of his party for the State Legislature, and was three times elected, although the majority in the county was with the opposite party, and the single instance of his defeat resulted from the clear and honest expression of opposition to the enactment of the Maine liquor law in 1853, when the candidate opposed to him was able to ‘trim’ on the issue. Mr. Sallade served in the State Legislature during the sessions of 1819-1820, 1836-37 and in 1853, in all of which he was a prominent and influential member. He was the author of what is popularly termed the "Wiconisco Feeder Bill," and to his advocacy and influence, exerted with zeal and skill, that measure so important to the material interests of the upper end of Dauphin county owes its passage. Through the outlet provided by this improvement, the Lykens Valley coal fields were developed. Mr. Sallade was superintendent of the construction of the Wiconisco canal, receiving his appointment from the canal commissioners.
Simon Sallade died at the old homestead near Elizabethville, November 8, 1854, and is interred in the village graveyard at that place. His wife was Jane, daughter of John Woodside, of Lykens Valley; she died September 3, 1854, and is buried in the same graveyard. They had eight children: Margaret, married John J. Bowman, of Millersburg; Ann, married Edward Bickel; Jane, married Daniel K. Smith; Simon, Jacob, John, George, and Joseph. The story of the life of Simon Sallade is a familiar one in Lykens Valley. His sociability, hospitality, humor, honesty and generous charity are still talked about, and form a part of the traditional local history, in which his name is mentioned with grateful recollection of his goodness and just recognition of his greatness.
Levi B. Bowman came with his parents to Millersburg in 1847, where he took the usual course of instruction in the public schools. From early youth he had assisted his uncle, Levi Bowman, in his store; and at the age of twenty he engaged with that gentleman in a regular apprenticeship to his trade of tinsmithing. He was associated during his uncle’s lifetime with his interests and afterwards succeeded him in the business, which he has successfully conducted up to the present time.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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