Ray Kelley Bowman

19 April 1884–27 December 1940 (Age 56)
Edwardsburg, Cass, Michigan, United States

The Life of Ray Kelley

When Ray Kelley Bowman was born on 19 April 1884, in Edwardsburg, Cass, Michigan, United States, his father, Archibald S. Bowman, was 24 and his mother, Alice Celeste Kelley, was 25. He married Mary Clark in 1906, in Michigan, United States. He lived in Mason Township, Cass, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Burton, Genesee, Michigan, United States in 1930. He died on 27 December 1940, in DeKalb, Indiana, United States, at the age of 56.

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Ray Kelley Bowman
Mary Clark
Marriage: 1906

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Michigan, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain

Age 3

"The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit ""water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."" H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, ""TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII""."
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 16

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer , which denoted a maker or seller of the articles. It is possible that in some cases the surname referred originally to someone who untangled wool with a bow. This process, which originated in Italy, became quite common in England in the 13th century. The vibrating string of a bow was worked into a pile of tangled wool, where its rapid vibrations separated the fibers, while still leaving them sufficiently entwined to produce a fine, soft yarn when spun.2 Americanized form of German Baumann ( see Bauer ) or the Dutch cognate Bouman .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ray K Bowman, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ray Bowman in household of Archie Bowman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ray N. Bauman, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"

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