June 11, 1859, near Harrisonburg, Virginia.
1944, Rockingham County, Virginia.
Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Virginia.
John was the son of Joseph Bowman and Sarah J. Flory, and husband of Mary E. Stover.
He began studying music at an early age, and age 18, attended his first
normal at New Market, Virginia, conducted by Benjamin Unseld and P. J. Merges. He later attended other normals and studied with many of America’s foremost teachers, including Anthony Showalter. It was from Showalter’s Southern Normal Musical Institute (SNMI) in Dalton, Georgia, that Bowman received his diploma.
Bowman was an assistant teacher at the SNMI, and later opened his own American Normal School of Music. As of 1904, he was living in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and was a stockholder in the A. J. Showalter Company, a Gospel music publisher. His works include:
Bowman’s date of death