56. Jacob Victor Bowman (1854-1930) Age 75
57. Ada Brain (1864-1899) Age 35
Jacob Victor Bowman was born 30 Nov 1854 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, the son of William W. and Maria E. (Grayson) Bowman.
He is age 5 in the 1860 Census living in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, with his father, stepmother Phoebe, and sister Julia. It is presumed that his mother, Maria, died sometime between 1850 and 1860, but no record of her death, burial location, or any other information has been found at this time.
The 1870 Census finds Jacob Victor at age 15 living with his father, new stepmother Christine, sister Julia who seems to now be called Inez, and younger half-sister Alice.
Jacob Victor "J.V." is living alone in Marshall, Harrison County, Texas, during the 1880 Census. He lists his Occupation as Painter.
Jacob Victor married Ada Brain, daughter of Captain John Clibbon and Elizabeth A. "Lillie" (Butler) Brain, 18 Jul 1881 at the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.
(Newspaper clipping obtained from the archives of The Harrison County Historical Museum.)
The Dallas Daily Herald 19 Jul 1881
While one source claims they were married in the church, the other claims it was the hotel. The certified copy of their marriage record does not give a location other than Dallas County, Texas.
A letter from The Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew includes a copy of their entry in the Marriage Register of that church and it shows that Ada's father and mother were living in Savannah, Georgia, at the time, but only Mrs. Brain was in attendance at the wedding. The Register indicates the wedding was in the cathedral.
The following July brought about the birth of Harry H. Bowman, first son of J.V. and Ada. He died 9 Sep 1883 at age 14 months; it is unknown where he is buried.
The Tri-Weekly Herald (Marshall, Texas) 1883
Jacob Victor and Ada remained in Marshall, where J.V. continued to work for the railroad. In 1884, they welcomed their son, William Earl Bowman.
Sometime between 1884 and 1888, they moved to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It was there that their son Raymond Leonard Bowman was born 26 Jan 1888.
Another son, Everett Victor Bowman, was born 19 Nov 1892, also in Pittsburgh.
Valentine's Day 1899, the unthinkable happened, and Ada died of consumption. Jacob Victor was 45 years old, with three sons, the youngest not yet 7 years old. With no way to care for them and hold a job at the same time, he made the decision to put them in an orphanage. It appears that William Earl may have already left home the year before.
In the 1900 Census, J.V. and his son, William Earl, now 16, are boarding in a house at 618 Allegheny Avenue in Pittsburgh. J.V. works as a Telephone Operator.
Jacob Victor married Pauline Erath, daughter of Phillip and Anna Marie (Hartz) Erath, 13 Dec 1900 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
At the time of the 1910 Census, J.V. and Pauline are renting at 3614 Michigan Avenue in Pittsburgh. He is working as a Clerk for the City Treasurer. William Earl and Raymond have since married. Everett marries soon after, in 1913.
The 1920 Census shows Jacob Victor (enumerated as Victor J.) and Pauline living at 500 Sherman Avenue in Pittsburgh. They have James and John Maitland living with them as boarders. J.V. is still working as a Clerk for the City.
Jacob Victor died of carcinoma of the liver 5 Feb 1930 in Pittsburgh. He is buried in United Cemetery in West View alongside his second wife, Pauline, who died 12 May 1932.
The Pittsburgh Press 6 Feb 1930
Family of Jacob Victor Bowman
William W. Bowman
Maria E. Grayson
Harry H. Bowman
William Earl Bowman
Raymond Leonard Bowman
Everett Victor Bowman
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