NameCol. Martin Thomas Van Buren Bowman
Birth6 Jul 1838, Hallowell (Augusta), Kennebec Co., Maine
Death26 Aug 1901, Des Moines, Iowa
BurialGreenwood Cemetary, Des Moines, Iowa
FatherThomas Bowman Jr. (1796-1838)
MotherNancy Cottle (1800-1874)
Misc. Notes

It looks like he is listed in the 1850 census (Maine > Kennebec > Sidney) as living with his sister Julia and mother Nancy, although it states his age is 15.

He is listed in the 1870 census (Iowa > Jasper > Newton) as 32, working as an life insurance agent, worth $1800+$300, born in Maine and living with Leona and the kids. They were living in MA about 1865 and in Iowa about 1868.

He is listed in the 1880 census (Iowa > Polk > Other Townships > District 163) as 42, an insurance agent, born in Maine, and both parents he claimed were born in England. They also have a Swedish servant living with them.

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M.T.V. was Lieutenant Colonel on the staffs of Governors Gear and Sherman of Iowa. He served in the Civil War in the First Maine Cavalry from 1861 until mustered out in the summer of 1865. Often on the firing line, he was in the battles Winchester, Cedar Mountain, second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Rappahannock Station, Brandy Station, Aldie, Middlebury, Gettysburg, Sheperdstown, fortifications before Richmond, Todds Tavern, Cold Harbor, Ream’s Station, Fames’ Cross Roads, then on to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. He entered the First Maine Cavalry as a corporal, later becoming first lieutenant and commissary. In October 1864 he was detached as commissary of the third brigade, second division of General Sheridan’s cavalry corps. In June 1865 he was ordered to take charge of the commissary department of the Appomattox in the issuing of rations to soldiers and destitute citizens. He was director of the Iowa National Bank from its establishment, eleven years president of the general board of Des Moines College.

b. Waterville, Maine


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Here is his official service record....

Residence: Hallowell, Maine
Enlistment Date: 20 October 1861
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
State Served: Maine
Unit Numbers: 1014 1014 1014
Service Record:
Enlisted as a Corporal on 20 October 1861 at the age of 24
Enlisted in Company C, 1st Cavalry Regiment Maine on 20 October 1861.

Transfered on 01 May 1862 from company C to company S
Promoted to Full Comm? Sergeant on 01 May 1862
Reenlisted in Company C, 1st Cavalry Regiment Maine on 01 January 1864

Promoted to Full Lieutenant 1st Class on 13 February 1864 (1st Lieut & Commissary)

Mustered out Company C, 1st Cavalry Regiment Maine on 01 August 1865 in Petersburg, VA


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Apparently MTV was an active member of the church to the point that he actually presided over the Iowan church for two years. This info can be found in “Historical sketches of Iowa Baptists,” S. H. Mitchell, Burlington, Iowa. Burdette Co. 1886. In fact, Josephine had a hand in publishing this book. Also, according to this book it appears the Baptist convention where Alonzo met Leona was held in November, 1885, in Des Moines.
Spouses
Birthabt 1843, Maine
DeathNov 1884, Des Moines, Iowa
FatherDavid Webber (-~1847)
MotherSarah A. Cross (1814-1880)
Marriage1 Jan 1864, Charlestown, MA
ChildrenLeona (1865-1957)
 Josephine Beatrice (1881-1971)
 DeForest (1868-1941)
 Harold Martin (1876-1949)
Birth1852, Illinois
Death1890, Iowa
Marriage13 Jan 1886, Chicago
ChildrenDean C.
Marriage9 Jul 1891, Columbus, Ohio
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