Elizabeth Bowman Died

Kentuckiana Genealogy: Newspaper: Elizabeth Bowman Died
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Canton (OH) Repository, June 3, 1880, p. 2.

Life and Death of a Remarkable Woman

Corydon, Indiana, June 3-Before the capital of Indiana Territory was established at Corydon, and while the now populous county of Harrison-name in honor of the hero of Tippecanoe, Ft. Meigs and the Thames-was an unbroken wilderness, Elizabeth Bowman, then a young wife, took up her residence here with her husband. The Piankashaws and Shawnees had their hunting grounds in the county at that time, but these pioneers continued in peaceful possession of their frontier home until the confederation of all the Indian tribes under Tecumseh when the Indians began to raid the settlements and slaughter the inhabitants. On two occasions, in the absence of her husband, Elizabeth Bowman and Polly Miller defended the Bowman cabin successfully against Indian attacks, on one of these occasions killing two of their assailants.

Elizabeth Bowman continued to reside in this county all the balance of her life. A few days ago, at the residence of her grandson, a man in the middle of life, she passed peacefully away, full of simple faith in the atonement made for her by the Savior in whom she believed. At the time of her death she was over 104 years old, being born in 1776.

Elizabeth Bowman was a remarkable woman. She was intimate in the family of General Harrison and Governor Posey, the first governor of Indiana Territory. She knew Governor Jennings well. She frequently visited the convention that sat at Corydon and framed the constitution of Indiana. She saws the cornerstone laid for Indiana's first capital, still standing at Corydon. Peace to her ashes.

Special Thanks to Randi Richardson

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