When Susan Jane Bowker was born in October 1833, in New York, United States, her father, Reverend Silas Bowker, was 25 and her mother, Margaret Ardrey, was 18. She had at least 5 sons and 2 daughters with Peter Moseman Russell. She lived in Big Prairie, Big Prairie Township, Newaygo, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States in 1920. She died in 1886, in Barry Township, Barry, Michigan, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Christian Plains Cemetery, Newaygo, Newaygo, Michigan, United States.
English (mainly Manchester): occupational name for someone whose job was to steep cotton or linen in lye (a strong alkali) to cleanse it, from Middle English bouker(e), boker(e), buker(e) ‘bleacher of cloth’. The name was also sometimes confused with Booker , and sometimes perhaps a variant of Butcher , with Norman French -k- for -ch-.