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Bowen, Adoniram Judson
Age: 28, credited to Weathersfield, VT
Unit(s): 3rd CO INF, 2nd CO CAV
Service: Co. C & D, 3rd CO INF; Co. K, 2nd CO CAV
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Birth: 08/07/1834, Reading, VT
Burial: Weathersfield Bow Cemetery, Weathersfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/19/1889, FL; widow Frances F., 3/31/1916, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Weathersfield Bow Cemetery, Weathersfield, VT
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Adoniram Judson Bowen, son of Deacon Silas Bowen, was born on a farm located in the extreme southeast corner of Reading, Vt., August 7, 1834. And died March 1, 1916, at the old Fellows home on Camp Hill in Weathersfield, Vt.
He was educated in the common schools and at Black River academy in Ludlow and the Wesleyan seminary at Springfield, Vt., and later graduated from the Rochester University of Rochester, N. Y., with the degree of Civil Engineer. But did not follow his profession as the chances for employment in that line were few at that time.
Being a man of restless energy he soon left to seek his fortune in the far West, going to Kansas in 1856, where he saw some of the stirring scenes incident to the border troubles of that region, though the worst was over. From Leavenworth, Kansas, he engaged in reaming to the gold diggings at California Gulch in Colorado, then a rich placer mining camp.
Finally he drifted into the mining and prospecting business connected with it, and was so engaged when in Oct. 1862 he enlisted in the Colorado third infantry at Oro City, Colo. Afterwards this force was mounted and known as the second regiment Colorado cavalry.
In mounting these troops the horses were assorted according to color, and Company K, to which he belonged, were known as the "white horse cavalry."
His most interesting experience was in the struggle with Gen. Price in Missouri in the fall of 1864. He was in five engagements, those of Independence, Westport, Osage, Mine Creek and Newtonia. The White Horse company started with 87 men and returned with 14 to answer roll call. He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, June, 1865.
He finally went to Northern Florida and engaged in carpenter work, and becoming interested in market gardening, his two brothers, Daniel and James Coleman, joined him, and together they planted the largest orange grove in that region, an orchard of 2000 trees.
In 1881, after harvesting a crop of 50,000 oranges, they sold the orchard to two Englishmen for $30,000.
Sept. 19, 1871, he married Frances Fellows of Weathersfield, Vt., who, with an adopted son, now in Chicago, Ill., and a daughter, Florence, (Bowen) Corcoran, born July 2, 1882, survive him.
Born of a most conscientious and devout mother, and living in the atmosphere of a religious community, he early became a member of the Baptist church in Felchville, Vt. Later in life he became a Unitarian in his religious views, though broad in his sympathies and tolerant of others in their belief.
He was fond of the best literature and became a widely read and well informed man.
The perusal of Prof. Drummond's last and best work, "The Ascent of Man," affording him much pleasure during the few weeks just preceding his death.
Source: Springfield Reporter, March 10, 1916.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.