Saturday, August 14, 2010


In 1913 my grandmother, Jessie Green, eloped with Bert Bowman. She was 17 and he was 22. A year later, in 1914, she gave birth to a son, my uncle Glenn. I do not know why their marriage didn't last, but in 1916, when my grandmother was 20, she divorced Bert and married my grandfather, Sidney Mellen, on the same day.

I have a photo of Jessie and Bert and a copy of their the registration of their marriage, as well as a copy of the divorce. The marriage registration shows Bert's parents as John Bowman and Mary Loraw.

I posted some of this information on Ancestry, and this morning I got an email from a person who says he has the family back to John's parents. I have responded.

In the meantime, I have found some other information on Bert (whose first nsme was Alpheus) on Ancestry. He married again in late 1917 and raised a family. It would be nice if the person who emailed me is in that family. I await developments.