Are there any sources documenting the parents of Jacob Bowman (1718-1803)?

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Jacob Bauman/Bowman (1718-1803) was married three times, to Varena ____, Barbara ____, and Catherine Wine. (I state this to distinguish him from other men with similar names.) The best information I've found for Jacob and his descendants is a series of articles in the Mennonite Family History in 1997 and 1998 by Emmert F. Bittinger. After a number of merges and other changes his name was changed to Johann Jacob. I believe his name should be changed back to Jacob.

Does anyone have sources documenting Jacob's parents? Jacob Boehm-340 was added as his father. But Boehm-340 already has two other sons named Jacob and information on the profile of Boehm-340 about his son(s) Jacob does agree to the information about Bowman-862. I recommend that Boehm-340 be detached as the father of Jacob Bowman-862,

A merge has been proposed between Bowman-862 and Jakob Bauman-1121.  Each is shown as married to Verona-5, and each has a death in 1803 in Rockingham, Virginia, so they appear to be the same person and should probably be merged. But Bauman-1121 has a father Bauman-1120 and a grandfather Bauman-1119  whose only source is a broken link to an online tree. I recommend that Bauman-1120 be removed as the father of Bauman-1121, and then Bauman-1121 be merged into Bowman-862. I also recommend that Bowman-862 be the final profile (to make tracking the changes to his profile easier to follow).

Please answer or comment to let me know whether you agree or disagree with my recommendations. Thanks!
WikiTree profile: Jacob Bowman
asked in Genealogy Help by Kay Wilson G2G6 Pilot (158k points)

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According to the Bittinger articles, the Charming Nancy's passenger list had three versions.  The Captain's version, if I remember correctly, was Hans Jakob Baumann.  His possible wife, Varena (Freni) Souterin (Sauder?) was traveling with the Habbegger family.  He was by himself.  There was also a Johannes Bowman with his family, which included a son, named Hans Jacob.  Aside from that info., I had never seen parentage until I found the listing saying he was Jacob Boehm's son.  It was preexisting, so I linked it as Hans Jakob, despite the question about his parentage, because the rest of the info. was accurate.  Jonathan Pierce
answered by J. Pierce G2G Rookie (230 points)
It would be helpful if you have access to the out-of-print Bittinger articles. I believe this whole line would benefit from their reexamination.

The following is from ISTG Vol 3 - Ship Charming Nancy; Rotterdam, Netherlands via Plymouth, Eng to Philly Arrived 18 Sep 1737; Qualified 8 Oct 1737. All three name versions, (1) Ships List; (2) Oath of Allegiance and (3) Oath of Abjuration are shown.

Looking for following names: Bowman; Boehm; Boehme.:

(1) Passenger #115 (1) Johannes ___man (2) Johannes Bowman (3) Johannes Bowman.  

(2) "Passengers #244 Anna Margareta Bowman; #245 Christina Bowman; #246 Hans Jacob Bowman; #247 Elizabetha Bowman."  

Passengers #244-247 only appear on (1) Ships List.
Hi!  I just looked up the Charming Nancy passenger lists.  The Captain listed adult males:  Hans Jacob Bowman and Johannes Bowman.  The Oath of Allegiance has Jacob Bauman and Johannes Bowman.  Hans Jacob Bowman and Jacob Bauman are the same person.

Thank you Jonathan and Leigh Anne, for your comments. I just spent some time reviewing Parts I, II, and III of the Bittinger articles. In Part I, on page 119 he wrote "Jacob Bowman is believed to have immigrated in 1737, first settling perhaps near the town of Lebanon, moving then to York County, then to Maryland." Bittinger did not mention the Charming Nancy. On the same page Bittinger states "The earliest ancestors for this Bowman line are Jacob Bowman (ca 1718-1802) and his wife Varena, who were living in Washington County, Maryland, from around 1750 to around 1778." This is a clear indication that Bittinger had no further information about the parents of Jacob Bowman-862.  

I did see a copy of the ship's list from the Charming Nancy, taken from Pennsylvania German Pioneers by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Vol III, page 196, that shows a German script signature for 'Jacob bauman' who arrived in Philadelphia 8 October 1737. Varena's name is not on the list. 

In addition to the recommendations I made on March 26 and which I will now complete, I believe that Jacob's first wife Varena's name should be changed to Varena Unknown instead of "Verona-5". She apparently died in Frederick County (which later became Washington County) Maryland about 1771. Her first child, Jacob Bowman-2073, was born about 1740, so they were likely married about 1739, probably in Pennsylvania. Her husband was born about 1718, so 1720 appears to be a reasonable birth year for her, married at age 19, first child born when she was 20.

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