searching for origin of Thompson Bowen and brother Zachariah both born in Virginia

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I need help in locating the origin of Thompson Bowen Born june 22 1818-died jan 14 1912 in St. John Kansas. He married Jerusha Minnis. He migrated to Illinois at some point in his 20s or 30s with his brother Zachariah Half brother. On census records in Kansas he lists his birth state as Russell Virginia. I would like to locate his parents.
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Ameer, his obituary appears in the St John (Kansas) Daily Capital and the County Capital, 18 Jan 1912, page 1.

Thompson Bowen, old settler and prominent colored citizen of this county has passed away. He was a well respected citizen...was born a slave in Russell County, West Virginia, June 22, 1818...departed this life January 14, 1912 at 2:40 am. He left Russell county, West Virginia immediately after the war and went to Scott county, in that state where he stayed one year. From here we went to Indiana and from there to Champlain, Illinois where he remained two years. From there he moved to Douglas County, Illinois and there he and Miss Ruthey Ann Minnis were married 18 December 1873. In 1877 they moved to Kansas and settled in Rice County and one year after moved to Stafford county. 13 children, 12 survived.

Unfortunately the obituary has no information on his parents. Russell County was cobbled together from a lot of bits and pieces and was different shapes and sizes at different times. See this site for more information which might help locate records: http://sites.rootsweb.com/~varussel/
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (177k points)
As he was born a slave, the possibility exists that he didn’t know who his parents were.
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If Thompson Bowen as 186o Census has him Born Ohio,It could make cense, Ohio was a slave free state, as most in north were,Quakers were,

very active in Underground Railway.You could try contact them in Ohio.

See if they had a record of him.They may have even changed his name.

He must have had some money,for a black man too make his way.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (916k points)

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