|View single post by 90thPA|
|Posted: Wed Sep 19th, 2007 12:57 pm||
|Back in May I saw a article on Yahoo about Ancestery.com. It stated that they were going to be putting 3 Million + military records online for free until D-Day (June 6th).
I remember my Mom telling me that I had a relative that was in the Civil War out of Philadelphia. I emailed her and asked this person's name. She said it was my Grandfather's grandfather and his name was John Bowman.
I went onto Ancestery.com and searched John Bowman, Civil War, and Pennsylvania. To my surprise, there were two loose leaf pages worth of John Bowman's from Pennsylvania. I didn't have much hope.
Two days later I went to my Grandmother's house and asked her about this person. She stated that his name was John M. Bowman, which narrowed my search down to four. She then also stated that she knew he was not a private, that he was a ranked person, which narrowed it down to two. One John M. Bowman was a Captain and mustered in Franklin County. The other was a Second Lieutenant and mustered in Philadelphia. I think I found him.
I then asked my grandmother if she knew what his wife's name was because Ancestery.com had pension records and they referenced the spouse. She said she thought it was Mary. I found a John M. Bowman with a spouse of Margaret. I asked my grandmother and she was about to come tell me that it may have been Maragaret Mary. When I opened the picture of the document, it was the same regiment that was mustered in Philly -- the 90th. I FOUND HIM!!!!
Over the weekend my Mom called me all excited. I asked her what was up and she said that she just found my great-great-grandfather's discharge papers. She said there were also papers promoting him to Second Lieutenant. I will get a chance to see them tonight....
I am so exicted......