Jennie Elizabeth BOWMAN 2992
- Born: 11 Oct 1902, Missouri Valley, Harrison County, Iowa, USA 2992
- Marriage: Thomas Jefferson BLEVINS on 15 Oct 1919 2992
- Died: Dec 1987 at age 85 115
Noted events in her life were:
• Residence, 1910, Washington Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2999 living with her parents.
• Residence, 1920, Belknap, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2993 where she was a home maker.
• Residence, 1930, Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 2990 where she was a home maker.
• Biography, 1978, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA. 2992 JENNIE ELIZABETH BOWMAN BLEVINS
Born October 11, 1902 near Missouri Valley, Harrison County, Iowa to Charles P. Bowman and Avis Maude Andress Bowman. Father was born February 22, 1864 in Ohio and Mother was born January 9, 1874 in Hardin Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Jennie was one of twin girls. Her twin, Bessie married Harold Roberts 3-1-1919 and later Joe Sesker of Cambridge, Iowa 3-26-1949. Jennie had twin brothers 1-20-1907 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Walter and William never married. Also had an older sister Grace Mae 12-18-1900 in Omaha. My parents were married at her Mother's in Omaha, Neb. 4-4-1899.
Received my education in Council Bluffs Kindergarten and in country schools, eight miles west of Oakland, Iowa where my folks moved from Council Bluffs in 1908 to the Bowman farm which had been in the Bowman name since my grandfather Noah H. Bowman came from Ohio and bought the land from the government. After passing 8th grade exam at age 12 and taking Freshman exam at 13, I entered 10th grade in the fall of 1916 and graduated salutatorian, in 1919. Went to Boyles Business School in Council Bluffs several months working for my board and room at the WMCA and YWCA. I married Thomas J. Blevins October 15, 1919 and we had 2 daughters. Luella Norine November 30, 1920 and Emma Jean August 28, 1922.
Luella married Norman E. Dreyer in 1937 and had 2 daughters and 1 son. Shirley Lee 4-10-38--Donna Rae--12-20-40 and Norman E. Jr. 12-3-42.
Emma Jean married Chet Taylor 4-27-40. One daughter Vickie Dianne 4-13-41. She married Charles L. Edie July 6, 1941 and 2 sons and 1 daughter were born to this union. Thomas David 5-3-43, Roxanna Kaye 11-10-45 and Michael Charles 1-19-49. These 7 grandchildren are all married and I have 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson now.
I do not know too much of my father's people except they came to settle in Iowa from Ohio. Bought land from the government 8 miles west of Oakland, Iowa. My grandfather was from a large family and left his brothers and sisters in Ohio. My grandfather Noah H. Bowman was a teacher, also a music and voice teacher, an ordained minister. My Mother's Father was Bishop Jonathan Josephins Andress and my Mother's Mother was Loretta Abigail Strong Andress. I have heard my Mother tell of her Father's sister telling her of the men in the Andress family being heroes of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the family being talented in music and poetry and full of grit and gumption and get up and hustle. Part of this quoted from a letter written to her 1-13-1909 by my Grandpa Andress's sister Dora Tomlinson of Burlington, Iowa.
I spent my married years as homemaker, housewife, helpmate to my husband--mother of 2 daughters, also at my husband's side in his work as bookkeeper, secretary, office girl and farmer, partner and companion.
• Residence, 1987, Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. 115
Jennie married Thomas Jefferson BLEVINS, son of Felix BLEVINS and Luella PENNINGTON, on 15 Oct 1919.2992 (Thomas Jefferson BLEVINS was born on 26 Mar 1896 in Saltville, Virgina,115,2270,2992 died on 4 Nov 1972 115 and was buried in Nov 1972 in Oaklawn Cemetery: Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA 186.)