BOWMAN, SIMON SALLADE, attorney-at-law, was born at Elizabethtown, Dauphin county, Pa., October 10, 1842. He is a son of John J. and Margaret (Sallade) Bowman. John F. Bowman, his paternal grandfather, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., May 10, 1771, the son of a farmer residing at Pequea creek, near Strasburg. John F. Bowman was brought up a millwright. In 1809 he removed to Halifax, where he was a merchant until 1830; at that time he removed to Millersburg, and continued to carry on the business successfully until his death, which occurred November 6, 1835. He was first married, in 1794, to a daughter of Isaac Ferree, by whom he had four children: Eliza, Maria, George, and Josiah, who married Elizabeth Rutter. Mrs. John F. Bowman died, and Mr. Bowman, in 1805, married Frances, daughter of John Crossen, born August 31, 1786. They had nine children: John J.; Levi; Louisa and Isaac; Mary E., wife of Rev. C. W. Jackson; Lucinda, wife of Dr. Hiram Rutherford; Jacob, Emeline, and Benjamin. The second Mrs. J. F. Bowman died September 30, 1846, and was interred beside her husband in the old Methodist graveyard at Millersburg. Their remains have since been removed to Oak Hill cemetery.
John J. Bowman and Margaret, his wife, the parents of S. S. Bowman, are both deceased. They had seven children: Mary F., wife of T. J. Black; Jennie E., wife of Prof. C. F. Fahnestock, of Chester, Delaware county, Pa.; Lucinda; Dr. John F., of Millersburg; Simon S., Levi B., and Maggie. John Sallade, maternal grandfather of S. S. Bowman, was of Huguenot extraction, and was born at Basel-on-the-Rhine in March, 1739. He and other members of his family came to America at an early date, and were among the first settlers of the Wiconisco. John Sallade died in November, 1827, aged eighty-eight. He was married, February 8, 1771, to Margaret, daughter of George Everhart, born in Berks county, Pa.
Simon Sallade, maternal grandfather of S. S. Bowman, 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, Pa., March 7, 1785. He was four times elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; first, at the age of thirty-four, for the term of 1819-20; next for the term of 1835-1837, when he was fifty-one years old, and again in 1853, when he was in his sixty-ninth year. He served with ability and distinction in all these sessions of the Legislature. Mr. Sallade was the author of what was generally known as the "Wiconisco Feeder Bill," and to his zeal and tact this measure of importance to the material interests of upper Dauphin county owes its passage. Through the outlet provided by this improvement, the Lykens Valley coal fields were developed. Through the influence of the canal commissioners, Mr. Sallade was appointed superintendent of the construction of the Wiconisco canal.
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 Woodside, daughter of John Woodside, of Lykens Valley. She died September 3, 1854, and is buried beside her husband. Their children were: Margaret, wife of John J. Bowman, of Millersburg; Ann, wife of Edward Bickel; Jane, wife of 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, uprightness and broad charity are still talked about, and form a part of the traditional local history. His name is mentioned with grateful recollection of his goodness and acknowledgment of his greatness.
Simon Sallade Bowman, at six years, removed with his parents to Millersburg, where he attended the borough public school until he was sixteen. He then entered Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa., from which he graduated in June, 1863. He then enlisted in the United States army, at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, joining company G, Thirty-seventy Pennsylvania volunteers, under Capt. Thomas Bennett and Colonel Trout. During his service he was detailed for duty in the office of Colonel Sallade, paymaster of the United States army, department of referred claims. He continued in this position until February 1866, during which time he attended the Columbia Law School, Washington, D. C. He afterwards studied law in the office of Hon. A. J. Herr, of Harrisburg, and was admitted to the Harrisburg bar, April 26, 1866, having passed examination before a committee composed of Hon. John J. Pearson, Hon. John C. Kunkel, Hon. David Fleming, and John S. Detweiler, Esq. Mr. Bowman then opened an office at Millersburg, and entered upon the practice of law. He has obtained a large and profitable clientage, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him.
Mr. Bowman was married, July 29, 1866, to Anne P. Jackson, daughter of Addison and Hannah P. (Light) Jackson. They have seven children: Sumner S.; Edmund B.; Irene A., wife of J. S. Hopkinson, superintendent of the Northern Central railroad from Harrisburg to Sunbury; Nellie M., wife of Hay W. Bowman, editor of the Millersburg Sentinel; Hannah, at present a student at Dickinson Seminary; James Donald, and Robert Herr. Mr. Bowman is a Republican. He was elected to the office of burgess in 1892, and re-elected in 1894, and served with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituency. He is a member in good standing of Susquehanna Lodge, No. 364, F. & A. M.; also of Kilpatrick Post, No. 212, G. A. R. The family are members of the Methodist church, at Millersburg, Pa.
Addison Jackson, father of Mrs. Bowman, is deceased. His wife is still living. They had four children: Amelia, wife of H. H. Whitman; Annie P., Mrs. Bowman; Helen, wife of E. H. Giffin, and John W.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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