James Robertson Bowie

Born:May 18 1843 In:  Forres, Scotland
Died:Sep 21 1923 (at age 80)In:  St Charles, Illinois


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Immediate family

Annette Bowie (born Rumrill)
His wife
Charles Rumrill Bowie
His son
Robert Robertson Bowie
His son
Henry Thomas Bowie
His son
James Royal Bowie
His son
Elizabeth Bowie (born Brown)
His wife
Thomas Sheldon Bowie
His son
Thomas Bowie
His father
Mary Bowie (born Robertson)
His mother
Janet (Jesse) Bowie
His sister
Thomas White Bowie
His brother
Ann Findlayson Bowie
His sister
Alexander Fraser Bowie
His brother
infant (Andrew?) Bowie
His brother
William Purse Bowie
His brother
Adam Robertson Bowie
His brother
Robert Bowie
His brother
Mary Pringle (born Bowie)
His sister
Catherine Bowie
His sister
Helen Bowie
His sister


Privately tutored in mathematicas and in Latin in Scotland
 Forres, Scotland


Merchandising Marshall Field Co. Chicago
Between 1870 and 1920
 Buffalo, New York

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Religion: Free Church of Scotland - first child baptised in the Free Church May 1843

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Obituary St. Charles Chronicle, September 27, 1923 - Front Page



James R. Bowie was born in Forres Scotland in 1843. Came to Canada when 12 years of age, and removed to the United States when eighteen. He was known to the retail dry goods trade of Chicago for sixty years, and was connected with the Marshall Field Company for fifty years.

He was a member of the Eighth Presbyterian Church of Chicago for over thirty years, in which he held many prominent positions, being treausurer of the Church for about twenty years. His membership was in the Presbyterian Church in Chicago, although he attended faithfully the services of the church wherever he resided.

Mr. Bowie was married in 1866 to Miss Nettie Rumrill of Buffalo New York. Four sons were born to this union, Charles of Chicago, Robert and Henry of El Paso, Texas, and James of Morenci Arizona. The mother of these boys died in 1892. Seven years later Mr. Bowie was again married in 1899 to Miss Elizabeth Brown at New York City. Thomas, the son of this marriage resides with his mother in St. Charles.

Mr. Bowie bought the beautiful Muler property at the corner of Oak and West Seventh Street and brought his family to St. Charles eight years ago. He resided in Riverside and and retired from his active work in the City about ten years ago.

There being no Presbyterian Church in St. Charles, Mr. Bowie attended the Congregational.

During the latter part of the late war, Mr. Bowie served as government fuel administrator for this district.

With three sons near El Paso, Mr. Bowie spent the later winters with his son Henry in El Paso to enjoy the mild climate.

While there in February, he suffered a stroke of apoplexy, resulting in partial paralysis. He came home to St. Charles in April, and has been cared for by Mrs. Bowie and their son Tom.

Mr. Bowie seemed to gain steadily in strength during the summer, but not sufficient for him to withstand the stroke that came Friday morning, and passed away before noon September 21, 1923.

The funeral service was held at the chapel at Rosehill Cemetery, near Evanston Monday at two o'clock. The Reverend John Spencer, Pastor of the Congregational Church at St. Charles officiating.

Those present at the funeral service wered Mrs. Elizabeth Bowie and son Tom of St. Charles, Mr and Mrs Charles Bowie of Chicago, Henry Bowie of El Paso, who was on his way to see his father, though he did not arive until after his death, a grand daughter and her husband of Glen Elyn, and a nephew of Chicago. Some were there who had worked with Mr. Bowie in the Eighth Presbyterian of Chicago fifty years ago. Marshall Field and Company was represented by its former President John G. Shedd, and by many of the active executives.

Besides this there were many friends form St. Charles, Glen Elyn, Chicago, and Riverside.

Mr. Bowie was characterized by modesty. There must be no window display that was not backed up by shelves of gooods all wool and a yard wide. Sincerity: he knew what he thought was right, and was not afraid that other people might know it also. The world is set forward, not by those men who make no mistakes, but by those who push. Austerity: Mr. Bowie was severe and held himself to his ideals. Integrity that could be relied upon by the business world. These are the characteristics that are the solid foundation of a stable civilization.

There wells in the hearts of those who have passed on all the energy that is needed, and were it not written upon human hearts, words were vain. Eulogy is but a recognition of known values.

John C. Spencer.

Name: James Robertson Bowie

Birth Date: 18 May 1843

Birth Place: Forres, Scotland

Death Date: 21 Sep 1923

Death Place: St Charles, Kane, Illinois

Burial Date: 24 Sep 1923

Burial Place: Chicago

Cemetery Name: Rose Hill Cemty.

Death Age: 80

Occupation: Retired General Salesman

Race: White

Marital Status: M

Gender: Male

Street Address: 124 W. Seventh St.

Father Name: Thomas Bowie

Father Birth Place: Scotland

Mother Birth Place: Scotland

Spouse Name: Elizabeth A. Bowie

Comments: lived where died 8y

FHL Film Number: 1558710


He was born on the 18th of May and baptised the 15th of June in 1843


His baptismal record from the OPR of Forres shows as witnesses James Bowie, ____ (beedle or butler) in Elgin and James Davidson farmer in Auldearn

probably named for Mary's grandfather

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