12 August 2009 - Well, I am NOT pleased with the results of the new family tree pages, but I will work on them as I learn more about this new software update. I will be updating these pages tonight with a basic subset of the database, which will include some of the later additions. After I get the pages the way I want them, I will run the full set.
Bear with me, they turned a basic, simple application into a device requiring an engineering degree. I may try to locate something else that will do the job.
27 July 2009 - I have removed the transcription pages of the Bowerman Family Newsletter, and replaced them with pdf versions of the original item! All twelve volumes are there, in full, and scanned at 300 dpi. The handwritten notes in them are those of Robert H. Bowerman, who graciously allowed me access to his copies for this project. I have opted to keep this all original, as the were published, rather than stripping data from them. Should anyone desire this data removed, please let me know and I will be glad to oblige. They may be found here: http://hawkshome.net/documents/newsletter/bowerman_newsletter.htm
21 July 2009 - Most repairs to the site have been completed. Minor issues may still exist and if found, please email me at:email@example.com. Several new events are in progress, thus my apparent inactivity on the website. First, I have had the pleasure of Meeting Robert H. Bowerman, a well known and often cited genealogist of the Bowerman Family. Due to health concerns, Robert has not been active with his research for some time. Living a mere 30 minutes away from me, he has kindly offered to let me obtain and copy the volumes and volumes of handwritten data he has assembled over several decades. NONE of this material is computerized, so it is going to take some time for me to scan and get it available to everyone. I have already scanned well over 1500 pages and just picked up another 3500 to work with. Some of this material will be appearing on the website in the form of PDF files. I give you fair warning now.... this is going to be a SEVERAL MONTH project. My eventual goal is to add an FTP server to the site that people can download directly from. This will include the close to 2500 digital volumes of research material I have available on my system.
Robert has also just submitted a 67 marker DNA test kit, as a male descendant of Ichabod4 Bowerman. More to follow on that as I get the results back.
Several good folks have sent me data updates and I will be running those onto the system this week. My goal is for Friday. I have to had to reload and reconfigure my web site generator used to extract the data from my master database. The changes are in place, just need to be uploaded to the site.
Lon and Tom: A DNA hit on your family lines. Might be interesting to get with these folks and compare notes. Drop me an email if you want to contact them.
Bowerman/Bowman Family Newsletter: I have recently found a complete set of this material and have converted it to a PDF format. I will be removing the transcribed material on the website and adding links to the downloadable versions.
Website Changes: Most have noticed that I had to remove the Mailing List and the "editable" genealogy database. This was the source of the security breach that allowed the website to be hacked. They have been terminated and removed. They will NOT be reinstated. What I CAN do, if enough people want it, is to setup a forum on the site where people can get into regular discussion. I would also, most likely, move the "Latest Additions" information into that area.
24 JAN 2009 - It's been a long couple of days, but the site is slowly getting back into place. We were very aggressively hacked and many very damaging features were added to the site. I think I have removed all the vulnerable areas that allowed them to access us.
It is going to be a long slow rebuild, folks. There are a few thousand pages in this site and many of the links, while there, are not showing to the eye yet. I have to rebuild each and every page as I become aware of them. You can drag your mouse across the left side of the page and if links appear that are not visible, please drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org - I will fix it in very short order. I am one person, so it takes a bit for me to get there.
Bear with me - I be going as fast as I can.
22 JAN 2009 - Due to security vulnerabilities discovered in the .php scripting, the user modifiable databases are being removed from the website. I have master copies of the data on my personal system and anyone needing the data can simply email me for it. I will soon be back to work on the website as I have now retired and can give it the time it deserves. Just need to get back into the saddle again, so bear with me a bit.
25 Aug 2007 -The website is heading into some new updates, which have been long needed, to include one VERY major addition:
I have now added the ability for researchers to get into an online "COPY" of the master database I maintain for the site, and add, delete, modify, etc., the existing data I have. As this portion of the site is updated, I will then transfer it over to the master database we have always used on the site, and it cannot be affected by data entered here, unless I personally move it over.
What this is allowing is for folks to participate by working their own lines which will save me the hundreds of hours doing it, and then I can concentrate on the other areas of the site I need to work on. Such as adding sources and new research finds. I still have a few thousand hours of transcribing and scanning to do, so here is your chance to help out!
This is brand new and still undergoing updates and changes, so bear with us while we get things leveled out. The area is capable of being used now, so we are opening it up to you all.
Now finish reading this - lol! It has information you MUST know, in order to access this database.
1. You MUST be approved as a registered user. This is nearly instant if any of the three admins are near a computer. Simply click on the "Register for a User Account" link and fill out the info.
2. WHEN you register, please include your line of descent in the comments box. This tells me what portions of the database you will have editing privileges in and is REQUIRED.
3. On your DIRECT line only, I will require sources… and not internet website type. This is a research site and has a good reputation for documenting our claims. We are referenced by historical societies and archival facilities and I expect the quality to be maintained. Any data that is sourced, will be moved into our permanent database and your contributions acknowledged there.
4. I have restricted the ability of folks to view data related to "living" individuals. If this is your immediate family, I can allow you to work with that data upon request.
5. Photos and scans of documents are allowed and can be added to your family data.
As a side note… anyone actively participating in this project, will receive, twice a year, a fully prepared .pdf "book" relating to this family at no charge. The "book" is currently almost 1000 pages in length and will ONLY be available to those actively involved with the furthering of our research. This book will not be available on the commercial market.
Check it out and let me know what you think. I will be adding to it over the next few days so changes will be often, but usually subtle.
Have fun all!
1 May 2005 - Besides our mailing list get black listed by Comcast... sigh... we are back and at it once again!
NEW - For those of us that use PDA's, I have started searching around for some decent applications. They may be found in the new PDA Utilities section from the Home Page. Included there is a new application called "Gravesite Database, v1.1"... I just finished writing this and it is now available. You can read about it and get a trial from the website. More features coming!
21 Apr 2005 - Added a letter Written 3 Nov 1843, by Abial and Lucy (Bryant) Bowerman, to their parents. This one had a few issues with the transcription, but I think it's pretty much all there; work continues on the database
19 Apr 2005 - added a letter Written 21 10 1839, by Benjamin Bow[er]man of St. Albans, ME, to his brother Abial Bowerman, then of Milton, MA., discussing a farm he thought Abial might be interested in buying; Added Deed - Jonathan Bowerman, grantor, and Cornelius Bowerman, grantee, both of Hallowell; 11 acres in Lot Number 11, Second Concession of the Military Tract, Hallowell - 4 Feb 1831
18 Apr 2005 - Spent some time restructuring the website today. Found several areas that needed correction. Currently adding some of the letters from Maine, so be patient while I verify the transcriptions. I will post here as I get them added;
Added a letter Dated 19 Feb 1837, To Miss Ruth Bryant, of Boston [written by her sister Phebe (Bryant) Richmond]
17 Apr 2005 - Along with many database updates, I have added a scanned photocopy of the ORIGINAL deed of Daniel Bowerman, Yeoman, to Prince G. Bowerman, Yeoman, for 1-1/4 acres of land "laying in falmouth between the great Sippeawiset marsh and the bay..." for "twenty five Dollars." ; I am also starting a new section on the site called "Letters from/to Maine"... This will contain a large number of original letters sent between Bowerman family members that removed from Falmouth into the Fairfield, ME, area. This is incredible reading everyone - if you want a true taste of life back then, this is the place to watch. I will be adding them over the next few days as time allows. We also have a large number of new photographs that will be getting added.
I am currently working on the Maine branches of the Bowerman/Bowman family. If you have any data that will assist in this, please contact me!
25 May 2004 - Along with several database updates, I have also added a scanned image of a survey done of the Ancient Friends Cemetery in West Falmouth. I have no idea of the source for this document, other than it was found in West Falmouth originally.
30 Apr 2004 - Wow, where do I begin? The DNA project has met with fantastic results and we can now firmly establish Ichabod Bowerman of Dutchess County, NY., as not only a descendent of the Barnstable County Bowerman family, we can show with approximately a 95% confidence that he was the son of Thomas Bowerman (3)!!!!! The mystery has finally been broken! We are now undertaking research on other lines of the family, as well as trying to contact other Bowerman families in England in the hopes of finally tracking down Thomas's origins; Several updates have been made to the database since my last update here. I am slowly migrating more records and some of the early photo's are being attached to the individual "person pages" in the database.; Today added high resolution photographs of the Joseph Hatch Bowman Family Bible (c. 1883). These photos are of the original bible, which I had the extreme pleasure of holding in my hands today.
12 Mar 2004 - Added a Deed, dated 4 Feb 1831, between Jonathan Bowerman, grantor, and Cornelius Bowerman, grantee, both of Hallowell; 11 acres in Lot Number 11, Second Concession of the Military Tract, Hallowell; witnesses were William Thomas and Leonard Vincent. [Note: these images are from the original, but were received in three separate images. The files are large, so allow load time]
10 Mar 2004 - Added a "National Copy Book" in which are 18 pages of poems and thoughts written by Rachel Jane "Cronk"
9 Mar 2004 - more yet for the Holding Area - this time in the form of an Indenture of Lease, between Stephen Cronkhite and John. G. Clark, dated 29 May 1876; added the 1851 Grant of Probate for the will of Peter Cronkhite;
8 Mar 2004 - The "holding cell" has been added to, in the form of three letters written between 1838 and 1851, by Samuel Hughes. These are worth reading folks - if nothing else, but to get a "sense" of how our ancestors thought and lived; Also added a copy of the will of Peter Cronkhite - 1851; Estate Inventory (undated document) of Rachel Cronkhite; Quit Claim Deed [original]; Rachel Cronkhite to Stephen & Peter Freeman Cronkhite, both parties of Hallowell, dated 4 Nov 1871; Quaker Marriage Certificate (from Original) of Samuel Charles Saylor and Rachel Jane Cronkhite, d. of Rachel and Peter Chronkite, dated 27 Sep 1871;
6 Mar 2004 - In light of requests for more information on the Cronkhite family of New York and Ontario, Canada, I have obtained photocopies of the original documents held by the Ontario Archives in the Cronkhite Fonds. These are being placed in a temporary area so that researchers can gain access to them. I will be moving them in time, to their proper places.
3 Mar 2004 - Added several new pages of transcribed colonial documents that had an effect on early New England. Many more are forthcoming and will be listed in order of date.
25 Feb 2004 - I have added a page that begins to list some of the common "myths" regarding the Bowerman Family. Each one is discussed in the "family tree" pages of the website, but are provided as a quick reference.
12 Feb 2004 - I have a full copy of the typewritten manuscript written by A.C. Bowerman. Let me know if anyone needs references, or a good copy.
02 Feb 2004 - Added a page of Source Citation examples that should be used when submitting data to this website for inclusion!
26 Jan 2004 - A couple of new items in the works. First, the new Fiche Reader/Printer has arrived and with it, a few Fiche of old records. I have started ordering films of ORIGINAL town records. Secondly, the ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT of Merton Yarwood Williams has been located and is being sent to me. This includes duplicate copies of the ORIGINAL Photographs he had with his manuscript. I will be removing the transcription and scanning the document into the website, along with scans of the Photos. Keep Watch!!
22 Jan 2004 - I'll bet you all thought I have been sleeping, huh? I have been diligently working on updating and getting some new material ready for the site. It's another big jump for us in the world of records and "accurate" reporting. I will be adding some new references as well, to include some sample forms that we all use in everyday life. Keep watch for new things!
7 Jan 2004 - In and amongst the various database updates, I have added the Bowerman Family references from Milliken's 1911 "History of Ontario County, N.Y." as a new reference for Silas4 Bowerman enthusiasts!
22 Dec 2003 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!! A couple of folks have written and asked why I have people in place without sources. I am hand entering all of this data, from a combination of about 6 databases. Often, I will add the names as "placeholders" and although the "source" data is not included, it means that those lines are being worked on. Keep checking back on a daily basis because I work on this, adding new material, every single day. If you need sources for any of this material, I can help you, privately, via email. Send a query to email@example.com
17 Dec 2003 - I apologize for the problems with links today - the site was hacked as part of a "hacking contest" that is currently happening. If you find any pages that just do not look right, please let me know via email immediately so I can repair it. I am going through it all now attempting to find what all was damaged.
16 Dec 2003 - Some folks have been asking about "Quaker Dating" so I have put up a page sent by Lon Bowerman as a reference (Thanks Lon!)
12 Dec 2003 - Added a map dated 1812 - "Hallowell Land Holdings (Military Concessions) of Henry Young and Family" [These were the lands obtained by Thomas5 Bowerman - being described as "Lot 1, Concession 1, Military Tract, Township Hallowell...(Ontario, Canada)" - Courtesy of Doug Norman];
11 Dec 2003 - Added Three pages of Ontario, Canada Marriage records, as extracted from the Ontario Marriage Registers, 3 volumes, dating 1858 - 1899. This collection is strictly "Bowerman" references at this time, but I can add collateral families on request.
10 Dec 2003 - Added a few more certificates and added a little more detail to Thomas2 , his wife Mary, and her father, Robert Harper; I will be making some minor changes to the exhibits over the next few days, so check back if one is missing for a bit. They will only be down for a few minutes each.
5 Dec 2003 - Several new additions to the database have been added, to include a previously unrecorded daughter of Seth and Mary (Burges?) Bowerman, Deborah. This new line and sources [images will be added as available] are courtesy of fellow researcher Mary Osborne. Thank you Mary!; Also have added the Sandwich VR Quaker record extracts from the Sandwich MM back to the site.
25 Nov 2003 - Completed the addition of some new Linked Charts (One Descendant Chart for Thomas Bowerman and a sample pedigree based on my personal lineage. If you wish your family pedigree listed, just email me!)
10 Nov 2003 - The cemetery Database has been updated with over 19,200 records, with samplings from all Barnstable County Cemeteries. We will be updating this on a daily basis, until we complete the database (about 25,000 listings estimated for Barnstable County alone.) I have also incorporated a better "Soundex" algorithm for the database.
3 Nov 2003 - Began adding material to the new "Records Database" area of the site. This first inclusion begins with some cemetery records from Barnstable County and will eventually be including such things as published vital records, etc. This is a long term project, but the added capability of being able to use "soundex" searches on the site makes it worthwhile. I will be adding more every day, so check them out often!
29 Oct 2003 - Work continues on the database updates. If you have additions, corrections, or evidences, please send them along! Added a Timeline of Canadian History, submitted by Lon Bowerman - thank you!
19 Oct 2003 - Added a page of Land Record Terms in the reference area;
16 Oct 2003 - For all you Falmouth Cousins: Another Mayflower Line has been established tracing back to Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower. I am currently working on getting the details entered into the database with the citations and documents. This has been a 3 day project so far, thus explaining my lack of new material. I will have it in place by this weekend. [UPDATE:This line has been added to the database. More sources and documents for this line are coming, but enough is there now to validate the line. To locate the data, simply search for the Hopkins Surname]
10 Oct 2003 - Reinstated the BGNet Mailing List for those that wish to subscribe. Simply follow this link to subscribe: BGNet Mailing List Subscription
9 Oct 2003 - Added Power of Attorney granted by Thomas Burman and Anthony Annible (and others) to manage the lands granted them in Namassakesett [In two parts] - 1669 (Digital Scan of photocopied Document); Deeds between the Indians and the Original Proprietors of Falmouth (Saconessett) - 1661 and 1662; as recorded in the Plymouth County Commissioners Office, in Plymouth, MA.
8 Oct 2003 - Thanks go out to Laurie Schmit for providing the death record of Millicent (Sneath) Bowerman [#1682]. This has allowed us to update her maiden name correctly. It has previously been listed as "Smith." Thanks again Laurie!!
7 Oct 2002 - After a years hiatus from the world of Genealogy, we are once again back online, with a complete revamp of the website. A lot of new research has been done and many new primary sources will s0on be made available here. I have chosen to move the old BowermanGenealogy.net site here, rather than keeping up with 4 websites as I used to do. Much of the old Hawkshome site has been updated with references and structuring from there. Please notify me should any errors be found as I get this rebuilt!
13 Sep 2002 - Added 1779 - "Sauthiers Map of the Province of New York", dated 1 Jan 1779
[This is a 6.0 Megabyte file - please allow download time]; Also completed the addition of the Falmouth 1850 and 1860 Census pages listing Bowerman/Bowman surnames
10 Sep 2002 - Well, we have finally taken the plunge. This website and the various researchers associated with us, have undertaken the BOWERMAN SURNAME DNA PROJECT. If you are interested in joining our project and helping to solve the many mysteries of our family, follow the link for more details. We are offering a discounted price on the tests, and your privacy is insured. The direct test results area will be available ONLY to participating members
1 Sep 2002 - Updated database pages; added an extraction of BOWERMAN MARRIAGES from the County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858 – 1869, Volume 3, Prince Edward County, Compiled and edited by Elizabeth Hancocks, Generation Press, 1979 [Submitted by Doug Norman];
30 Aug 2002 - Several things have been updated in this release! First, we have added a transcription of the West Lake MM Records, provided by Doug Norman and Meredith (Mullett) Bulloch.
Numerous updates to the lineage pages have also been done (ongoing work)
Jeff Staley has transcribed a copy of "THE UPPER CANADA LAND PETITION OF JONATHAN BOWERMAN, 27 JULY 1797 -- AND RELATED LEGAL DOCUMENTS"
I have also begun linking images of source documents and photographs throughout the family tree database. Watch for the small camera and text file link buttons in the text and source citations.
2 Aug 2002 - Added a map of 1607 Cambridgeshire, England. This is currently being accepted as his home. The file is large for readability. Also added a history of the Parish Church of Chatteris, where Anthony was christened. There are some nice pictures of the old church. Also added a short info page on Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, England.
1 Aug 2002 - Still working on Database updates in the Genealogy area, additions are constantly being added on a daily basis right now - please check often! If you have need of a "specific" person, please email the webmaster with a note about who you need! We will try to update that person as soon as possible.
31 Jul 2002 - completed additions of Chapter 4 and 5 of "Suckanesset, Wherein May Be Read a History of the Town of Falmouth, MA"
25 Jul 2002 - added a letter written by George L. Bowman, of West Falmouth, in 1920. This letter relates to his whaling experiences.
23 Jul 2002 - began adding pertinant information from "Suckanesset, Wherein May Be Read a History of the Town of Falmouth, MA" - This is must reading for ANY Bowerman researcher!
20 Jul 2002 - Added some new "glossaries" to the site that are commonly referred to in our research: Colonial Diseases, Genealogical Terms, Genealogical Abbreviations, and some Colonial Cures/Remedies. The Colonial Occupations list will be following in a day or so as I get it updated.
18 Jul 2002 - Added color scans of the Bowerman/Brewer Bible that were submitted by David Bowerman. These include the spine and cover pages from the bible. Also began adding transcriptions of these pages.
15-17 Jul 2002 - Have been redoing much of the website, as we now have 600 meg of space available, as well as some other new features. These are technical changes only and do not affect the website.
21 Jun 2002 - We are experiencing severe issues with our mailing lists, due to a server/software update at our web hosting company. Please be patient, we are working on this as fast as possible. The Discussion Forum is a good alternative.
20 Jun 2002 - Many new things going on! We have now added a Discussion Forum for our members. You can get to it from the Communications Page. Take the time to explore this folks! You will not believe all the things we can do in there!
In addition, we have added a text based "chat room" to the website. Here, you can meet and talk with other researchers! This is also available from the Communications page link above.
We have started adding the database of Thomas Bowerman's descendants. This is still a work in progress. We are waiting on a software update before printing everything out. Some of the "sentences" are still a little rough, but we'll get them tweaked over time.
11 May 2002 - Added the Will of Joseph Bowerman – 10 Apr 1867 ; Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York [s. of Thomas and Maturah (Bull) Bowerman]
10 May 2002 - Added images and transcription of the will for Ichabod4 Bowerman - 4 Feb 1790
05 May 2002 - Added BFN Article 19
03 May 2002 - added transcriptions of Mayflower Society Data on Dorothy Burge[ss] and Patience Freeman
02 May 2002 - Added pages 51-76 of "History of Falmouth" thus completing the 2nd section of the work.
01 May 2002 - Added another 15 pages (35-50) to the "History of Falmouth";
28 Apr 2002 - Added a transcription of a newspaper article entitled "A Thanksgiving Story" from the "Silver Creek News and Times."; added a few pictures from the "Boston Evening Transcript", dated 1926, such as the one above;
25 Apr 2002 - Added the Will and and Grant of Administration for Silas4 Bowerman,
of Pawling, Dutchess County, NY., dated 5m 29d 1797. Also transcribed the pages and added a link to them as well; Added the transcription done by Lon Bowerman of the Nathan Hatch/Seth Allen deed;
24 Apr 2002 - Added a page for BLM Land Certificates [obtained from the BLM website]
21 Apr 2002 - Completed adding Section 1, History of Falmouth; moved all document images under the link of "Gen Records" on the home page; removed Record Citations area (formerly "Gen Records") which contained source citations to published references/records; This may be reinstated at a later date, once navigation issues are resolved;
20 Apr 2002 - Added more pages to the "History of Falmouth," Section one of the history is transcribed completely and will be online tomorrow (Sunday) ; did a little "link" restructuring - be SURE to get familiar with the new links; The "Discussion Forum" has been removed until we can locate a "better" system.
18 Apr 2002 - Added several new Deeds to the Digital Image collection, more to come!; Added the Bowerman House Photo Album; added transcription submitted by Lon Bowerman: "The Name and Family of Borman or Boarman"; added two new pages (20 pics) of family photos from the West Falmouth Collection; added "Researcher Profile" for cousin Patti Jobe;
17 Apr 2002 - Began work on the "Bowerman/Gifford Collection" listing of the archives held at West Falmouth Public Library, Images to follow!; Completed Listing of Box 16 Contents;Completed listing of Box 18 Contents; Completed listing of Box 19 contents; Completed listing of Box 22 Contents.
15 Apr 2002 -added the Vital Record abstracts from Plymouth and Falmouth, MA.;also added the couple from Barnstable VR's;Added five more pages to the "History of Falmouth."; Added the first three pages of birth records from Thomas Bowerman IV Family Bible [submitted by David Bowerman];
14 Apr 2002 - began adding the "Early History of the Town of Falmouth" by Jenkins.
13 Apr 2002 - Updated BFN Vol 4, Art. 56 [Tristram Bowerman Family Records]; Jo Peterson sent some updates to her original BFN Article #26 on 3/13/2002 - those have been added to the original article in "blue text."; Added the "Able to Bear Arms" list of 1643.
12 Apr 2002 - Added Lon and Jeff's Bios, picture of Lon included!
11 Apr 2002 - Added two maps [Provided by Doug Norman]; A nice collection of gravestones from Prince Edward County, Ontario, submitted by Doug Norman;
Added "Robert Harper of Sandwich" [TAG 48: 215-219] to the Document Transcriptions Page.