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About Peter Bowermaster


Bowersville, the only village in the township, is situated in its central part, about fifteen miles from Xenia, five miles east of Jamestown, on the line of the Columbus, Washington and Cincinnati Railroad, and contains about three hundred inhabitants.

The land on which the village is located, was originally owed by Christopher Hussey, whose widow still resides on a portion of the tract from which the village site was taken. The town was laid out, in 1848, by Samuel Owens, who named it in honor of the first resident, Peter Bowermaster, a sketch of whose life may be of interest. He was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1787, and was married to Hannah Croslyn of Maryland, who was born June 15, 1795. In 1839, the family (several children had been born,) left Pennsylvania and came to Ohio. They engaged passage at a point then called Corkstown, on a flat boat bound for New Orleans, and loaded with coal, bacon and flour; in the absence of a cook, Mrs. Bowermaster filled the position until the boat arrived at Cincinnati, when the family landed. They first settled near Wilmington, in Clinton County, then removed near Jamestown in this county, and in the spring of 1843, removed to the present site of Bowersville, in a log then owned by Benjamin Vandeman, where now stands the residence of Calvin Vaneman. In the summer of this year, his son, Reason A., erected a small log cabin on the lot now owned by Peter Burr, took unto himself a wife, and at the completion of the cabin removed therein. The next house was built by Peter Bowermaster, on the site now occupied by Simon Gerard's two story frame; in the following year.

After the town was surveyed (on which occasion Reason A. Bowermaster acted as one of the chain carriers), the lots were sold by Christopher Hussey, at from forty to sixty dollars each. The Hussey's and Stewart's were the next settlers in, the village, which, gradually assumed more extensive proportions. The. first store was probably opened by Albert Bryant, who kept a small stock of goods in the log house now occupied by L. H. Starbuck as a residence, which stood at that time just opposite the present hotel building. Samuel Ockhart and John White were the next ventures in the mercantile business. I. C. Stewart erected and operated the first blacksmith shop, Strong, the second. Wagon-making was carried on by Lemuel Cottrell. R. A. Bowerinaster erected a wheelwright and chair-shop on the lot now occupied by David' Carpenter's store building, and engaged in manufacturing wheels, chairs, tables, etc.


1847 - December 23, Peter Bowermaster made application for position of Post Master. Received commission 12 February 1848 at which time Bowersville Post Office established. Mail was carried from Sabina via Bowersville to Jamestown once each week, by Christopher Hussey Stewart, who traveled on horse back.

Founder of Bowersville, Ohio in Greene County.

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Peter Bowermaster's Timeline

March 24, 1787
Somerset, PA.
Pennsylvania, United States
August 9, 1823
Cookstown, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA
July 5, 1827
Pennsylvania, United States
July 1827
Pennsylvania, USA