Viola Victory "Ollie" Bowman

7 March 1883–1961 (Age 77)
Decatur, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Viola Victory "Ollie"

When Viola Victory "Ollie" Bowman was born on 7 March 1883, in Decatur, Tennessee, United States, her father, James Wiley Bowman, was 47 and her mother, Eliza Jane Lewis, was 41. She married Jesse Monroe Maxwell on 18 January 1902, in Decatur, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Civil District 6, Henderson, Tennessee, United States in 1910. She died in 1961, in Henderson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Henderson, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jesse Monroe Maxwell
Viola Victory "Ollie" Bowman
Marriage: 18 January 1902
Gladis Mivie Maxwell
Robert Wesley "Roby" Maxwell
Ann J. Vean Maxwell

Spouse and Children

18 January 1902
Decatur, Tennessee, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Eliza Jane Lewis




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Age 21

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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)

  • Viola Bowman in household of James W Bowman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Viola V Maxwell in household of Jessie M Maxwell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Viola Bowman in entry for Roby Wesley Maxwell, "Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1955"

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