Mar. 6, 1848 Manchester Bennington County Vermont, USA
May 17, 1905 Rutland Rutland County Vermont, USA
from the Rutland Daily Herald, May 18, 1905: Capt. Edward Bowman, a civil war veteran and formerly one of the best known horsemen in New England, died very suddenly at his home on North Main street at 6.15 o'clock last night of hemorrhage of the brain, aged 57 years. Since September, 1903, when he had a shock, his health had been poor, and he had suffered from heart trouble. Yesterday he returned from a trip down street after 5 o'clock. Mr. Bowman was born at Manchester March 6, 1848, and was the son of Eleaser and Mary Bowman. He lived there until 15 years old, when he enlisted in company E, 9th Vermont regiment. He served at Harper's Ferry and in the campaign in Virginia. During the last eight months of his enlistment he was orderly for Gen O.L. Mann. He was mustered out in December, 1865. Returning to Manchester Mr. Bowman learned the stone cutter's trade. In the spring of 1872 he came to Rutland and opened a marble shop on Grove street, employing 20 men. This flourished for 11 years, when, on account of the ill health of the owner, it was given up, and Mr. Bowman began to raise high blooded horses. These were of Morgan and Wilkes stock. Among the many fast horses bred by Capt. Bowman were John J., the highest priced harness horse that ever went out of Vermont, and Emma B., Katrina, by Daniel Lambert. He also owned Ned Wilkes, by Alcantara. Many of the horses raised by Capt. Bowman sold for $1000 each and upwards. Besides being a breeder of note, Capt. Bowman also was well-known as a starter of races. For many years he acted as starter at Great Barrington, Mass., and other places in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York state and New Hampshire. He acted for the last time in this capacity in this city and Great Barrington, Mass., during the fall of 1903. Mr. Bowman was a member of Roberts Grand Army post and at one time was an Odd Fellow. In 1900 he was chief of police for this city. He served on the staff of Dr. C.F. Branch of Newport, when the latter was department commander of the Grand Army. Since 1872 he had been a member of the local Baptist church. For the last three years he traveled, selling marble. Mr. Bowman was married June 26, 1873 , to Miss Emma Maranville, in this place. Only one child was born to them. Mrs. Bowman survives, with one daughter, Mrs. S.T. Pearson of this city; two brothers, Eleaser of Glens Falls, N.Y., and A.H. of New Britain, Ct., and three sisters, Mrs. H.E. Taylor and Mrs. F.N. Steele of New Britain, Ct., and Mrs. F.C. Archibald of Hartford, Ct. The funeral will be held at the Baptist church Saturday. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery, Roberts Grand Army post having charge of the services at the grave.