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/