Joseph M Bowden
(1837 – 1904)
Born August 9, 1837 to Samuel and Emily (Sterling) Bowden in Pennsylvania, Joseph M. Bowden enlisted on Sept. 26, 1863 as a private in the 10th MI Cavalry, Company B at age 27. Bowden’s service records show that he was a POW, survived the war, and was mustered out on June 19, 1865 at Camp Chase, OH.
Bowden married Mary (initial P/ D?) in 1865 and the couple had 4 children: Lou (b.1866), Andrew (b.1868), Tootie (b.1879) and Jennie (b.1881). The family resided in West Bloomfield Township during the 1880s. By 1900 the Bowdens owned property in Franklin Village, Southfield Township and were living with their son Andrew, his wife Mary; a grandson, Joseph H. Bowden (b.1899-1900); and a married daughter, Jennie McCrist (?).
Joseph M. claimed disabilities of lumbago, rheumatism, and dyspepsia on his Veteran’s Pension application and Mary claimed her widow’s benefit at the death of Joseph on September 26, 1904. Joseph and Mary are buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin MI.