I'm seeking information on the family of William S. Bowman and Catharine Minifie.

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My third great-grandparents were William S. Bowman, born about 1800 in or near Washington, D.C. and his wife, Catharine Mininie Bowman.  They were mulatto slaves who escaped in 1824.  I have their runaway notice.  They had 6 sons and 1 daughter.  I know about Catharine's forbearers but know nothing about William's.  I am happy to share what I have about Catharine and the little I have on their children.
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Massachusetts Death Record,Ancestry.Com.William W. Bowman,died

Dec 12 1907,his father William S. Bowman ,born Geargetown Mass.

Mother Catherine Minifee,born Washington D.C. The probability is strong,

Hiding there info,so people cannot connect them with escaped slaves.It makes it difficult too trace Ancestors.No use for me too go further.
Thank you.  William was one of their 6 sons.  The family escaped to Boston and the children were baptized in the Catholic church.  The archdiocese their recently released records where I found the baptisms..

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answered by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
yes, I have the runaway notice.  Do you have more on any of the children or on William S. Bowman?
That is all I found. I would suggest researching his middle name for clues.
Thanks so much for that.  I have researched this family extensively but except for their daughter, Pastora, I haven't been able to find descendants.  Hopefully, someone on this site may know of: Edward Bowman, b. 1825, Charles F., b. 1830, William W., b  1832, Joshua G., b 1834, Benjamin F., b 1836 or Frederick, b. 1840.  My great-grandfather was Joseph Henry, born 1829.  Pastora was born 1827.
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Hi, Darlene!

It looks like you weren't logged in when you first posted your question which made it appear that you may not be a member. wink

You might be interested in the African-American Project, I'm sure they'd be happy to have your input and help in any  way they can.

answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (774k points)
Ah, that’s  what it was!
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District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950,Family Search.Org,

William Bowman Married Catharine Nenife, (Minifie) Dec 27 1824,

District of Columbia.
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (809k points)
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Indiana Death Certificate 29528,Ancestry.Com.Joseph Bowman born

March 12 1828.Died Aug 30 1920 ,Richmond,Wayne County ,Indiana,

Father William Bowman born in Virginia,Mother Catherine Memfie born

in England.
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (809k points)
Thanks for your efforts.  The information on the birthplaces of the parents on this death certificate is wrong.  I've pretty much proved that.  

 I do appreciate your help.

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