Ad metam = toward the finish line
My 2 sisters, Sandy & Sue
father, Ned Bowers [Married to Wanda]
father's 2 brothers,
John [Married to Dori],
kids Peter, Sally, & Jane, from Lunenburg Ma
& Skip [Married to Pat],
kids Mark, Nancy, & Jay, from Fitchburg, Ma
The 3 Bowers Brothers
grew up on Snow St in Fitchburg, Ma.
with Parents, George & Lou Bowers
here is a rough tree i made a few
years back, a few things have changed
Bowers Family History
Christian "Bowers" Bauer was born ca 1720 in Baveria,
Germany and immigrated 24 Sep 1737 to Philadelphia, PA. Christian
was a Revolutionary War soldier in PA and died 9 Sep 1816 in Shenandoah
CO., VA. He was very likely buried in Forestville, Shenandoah
CO., VA, Solomon's Church Cemetery.
Christian married ca 1767 in Frederick CO., MD, Mara Elizabeth
Schindeldecker who was born Dec 28, 1738 in PA. She was the
daughter of Johann Jacob Schindeldecker and Marina Elizabeth Schussler.
Maria died 15 Mar 1815 in Shenandoah CO., VA, and was buried in
Forestville, Shenandoah CO., VA, Section III, Solomon's Church
Cemetery. The adjacent grave is thought to be that of Christian.
Christian arrived at the Courthouse in Philadelphia 24 Sep 1737 from
Rotterdam, on the Ship Virtuous Grace, mastered by John Bull to take
his "Oaths to the Government". He arrived supposedly alone, at
the age of 17 along with 72 other Palatines. The names of women
passengers were not enumerated on the ship's list.
Christian's arrival was only two days before the arrival of the family
he would marry into thirty years later as the families of George
"Schussler" Schisler and Johann J. "Schindeldecker" Schindeldeker
arrived in Philadelphia on 26 Sep 1737 aboard the ship St. Andrew
Galley, Mastered by John Stedman from Rotterdam carrying Palatines.
About 1755 Christian received a land grant from Lord Fairfax. The
land grant was in an area known as the "Forest" due to the dense timber
the first settlers found there.
The 1785 census locates Christian and his family in Shenandoah County,
VA. The household is listed as containing "12 white souls with one
Christian's will was written on 11 Aug 1810 and proved on 9 Apr 1816 in
Shenandoah Co., VA. "Will book K, Page 112."
Ludwig "Lewis" Bowers - He married Elizabeth Folz 11 May 1791.
They had 10 children.
Christian Bowers Jr. - Born ca 1769. He married Elizabeth Andes on 26
John Bowers - Born 19 Nov 1772 in Shenandoah Co., VA. He married
Maria Magdalena Andes 21 Aug 1797 in Timberville, Rockingham Co., VA.
William Augustin "Gus" Bowers - Born 31 Mar 1774 in Shenandoah CO.,
VA. He married Barbara/Rachel Dunlap, 26 Dec 1796 in Rockingham
Elizabeth Bowers - She married John Rubfreit.
Catherine Bowers - She married Adam Zerkel
Margareth Bowers - She married Nathaniel Zeveher.
Philip Bowers - He married Catherine Kipps 26 Sep 1811. They had 11
Mary Barbara Bowers - She married Peter Fernler.
Ann Mary Bowers - She married Peter Scrwind.