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John Porter Bowman

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Catalog Information

Title
John Porter Bowman
Accession Number
2017.024.0082
Type
Historical People
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Misc
Collection Description
Misc
Source
Bob Underhill
Format Description
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Search Engine Type
Person
John Porter Bowman (1816 - 1891) was the grandson of John Bowman (1744 - 1813) and Sarah Smith (1756 - 1836) who operated the Bowman Tavern in Clarendon for 51 years after acquiring the Smith Inn in 1776 from Sarah's parents Joseph Smith (1737 - 1796) and Sarah Inman (1737 - 1809). 

John was born in Clarendon to Capt. John Bowman (1790 - 1867 and Lorinda Hart (1794 - 1821).  He made his fortune in NY in the tannery business but after the death of his daughter Ella Bowman (1856 - 1879) and wife Jane (Gates) Bowman (1824 - 1880) he moved back to Clarendon.  When townspeople objected to his building a mausoleum in the East Clarendon Cemetery he went to Cuttingsville instead.  There he built his mansion Laurel Hall and in the cemetery across the road, the mausoleum where Jane, Ella, and his other daughter Addie Bowman (1854 - 1854) were interred, and upon his death himself as well.  See the entry on Find A Grave found here for a narrative on John and photos of John and the mausoleum.  The cover photo is of the statue of John at the entrance to the mausoleum. 

See the Joseph Smith Inn - Bowman Tavern entry in the Buildings & Enterprises collection for more information on the Smith-Bowman tavern and family.