Does anyone have info on the parents or siblings of Christian W Bowman (Bohrmann) (1820 to abt 1865)?

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All sources - Children's marriages, Census, Death Certificates, etc. show he was born in Baden, Bavaria, Germany. He appeared in Denton Texas in the 1860 Federal Census as Christman Boman with wife and children ages 7 yrs. to 6 mo.

Wife Martha Patsy Witcher  born in Tennessee in 1833-1834 is found in 1850 United States Census in Perry Co. Illinois in Father James Key Witcher's household, Prior to relocating to Texas and Marriage to Christian.

I have no record or evidence of either parent or any siblings.

He is mentioned in book "112 Years in Little Elm Community" on pg.38 with a partial list of early settlers: Christian Borhmann, survey patented by the State of TX, 7-28-1859.

Christian is supposed to have died digging a water well , when he hit a gas pocket. We don't know where he was when this happened and we don't know if he was buried in the well or his body was recovered and buried in a Cemetery.

1. Courthouse in Denton Tx. burned down in 1875, all prior records were lost.

2. Port of Galveston-It is impossible to state the accurate number of immigrants as all shipping lists from 1840-1860 were destroyed in the Galveston storm of 1900.

3. People in Bavaria were only granted complete freedom to emigrate from 1871 onwards. Before that time, emigration application had to be filed with the authorities. A passport could only be obtained after submission of a birth and baptism certificate, proof of financial security, and proof of military service. The intended emigration also had to be publicly proclaimed, so that debtors could be informed. Only the passport issued officially for the one journey made it possible for the holder to purchase the ticket.

4. About half of Baden left the country illegally - without the permission of the authorities. Most traveled to the French port of Le Havre, where passport controls and crossing regulations were not handled as strict as in the German and Dutch international ports.
Many emigration records, especially the early emigrations up to about 1850, have not been handed down. At times, the historical significance of this mass was ignored files, and therefore, thousands of documents were destroyed.

Many church books in Germany have been searched with no success.
WikiTree profile: Christian Bowman
in Genealogy Help by D Bowman G2G Rookie (130 points)

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Christian Bohrmann

Deutschland Geburten und Taufen
Name Christian Bohrmann
Event Date 1820
Gender Male
Birth Date 22 Dec 1820
Birth Year 1820
Christening Date 24 Dec 1820
Christening Place Marnheim, Bayern, Germany
Father's Name Valentin Bohrmann
Mother's Name Barbara Mueller

"Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NN1J-3VG : 10 February 2018), Christian Bohrmann, 24 Dec 1820; citing ; FHL microfilm 193,043.

by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (961k points)
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"New York Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792-1906," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVT7-CHYZ : 15 March 2018), Christian Bohrmann, 1863; citing , New York, New York, United States, Index to Naturalization Petitions filed in Federal, state and local court in New York, 1792-1906, NARA microfilm publication M1674 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 31; FHL microfilm 1,419,981.

by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (961k points)

I really doubt this is his naturalization record, Why would anyone in 1863 with 5 small children at home, living in Texas, go all the way to New York to apply for naturalization when it could be done in any local courthouse? Doesn't add up.

No probs. Was all I found.

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