Lavina [Saylor] Bowerman, Hallowell

Lavina (Saylor) Bowerman 1789 - 1862
of Bloomfield, Hallowell Township

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It was through researching Quaker records to learn more about Lavina that on 22 January 2006 it was discovered that Charles Saylor and Lavina Saylor were siblings and children of  Samuel Saylor and Margaret Jones.

Randy Saylor, 2006, revised June 2012

Lavina Saylor came to Upper Canada around 1810 with her brother and her mother and maybe her father. They settled in Bloomfield, Hallowell Township, Prince Edward County. In 1826 she marrried Judah Bowerman, becoming his 4th and last wife and mother of five of his eight children. They were a Quaker family. For more detail on her parents and coming to Upper Canada use the links for her brother and parents above.

Judah and Lavina owned lot 18, 1st Concession N.W. of West Lake. Part of this lot is known as "The Hill." There is a small rise or hill on the south side of the road overlooking a marshy cove that is part of West Lake. The first Quaker Meeting House was built on this hill and the burial ground was there as well. In 1810, a new Meeting House was built in Bloomfield and a new Quaker burial ground was established across the street.

This farm was kept in the Bowerman/Cronk family for over 200 years until sold by the last owner, Marion Cronk. Members of the family continued to be buried "on the Hill", including Lavina and the last burial to be permitted was Marion Cronk in 2009. A lot of ephemera had been kept by the family on the farm and this material is now the Marion Cronk Fonds held at the Quaker Archives in Newmarket, ON. It was in this material that the work of Albert C. Bowerman was found revealing the parentage of Charles and Lavina. Judah's first wife was Abigail Hughes, sister to Sam Hughes who was an influential figure in the Yonge St Quaker Meeting and the Children of Peace movement. It is through this connection that his journals and many letters also ended up in the hands of Marion Cronk.

Children of Judah Bowerman and his 4 wives

1.  JUDAH2 BOWERMAN  (ICHABOD1) was born 16 Jul 1779 in Oswego, Dutchess, NY, and died 02 Aug 1868 in 2. 8 mo. 1868, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co, Canada.  He married (1) ABIGAIL HUGHES 22 Jun 1809 in Yonge St Friends Meeting, daughter of JOB HUGHES and ELINOR LEE.  She was born 09 Oct 1780, and died 04 Nov 1812 in Hallowell.  He married (2) MARY ANN MORDEN Aft. 1810.    He married (3) PHILADELPHIA CARMEN Aug 1817 in West Lake Meeting, daughter of ADAM CARMAN and PHILADELPHIA TITUS.  She was born 1766 in Oyster Bay, NY, and died Bet. 1822 - 1826 in Hallowell, PEC.  He married (4) LAVINA SAYLOR 30 Jul 1826 in Hallowell, daughter of SAMUEL SAYLER and MARGARET JONES.  She was born 11 Nov 1789 in New Jersey, and died 11 Jul 1862 in 11. 7 mo. 1862, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co.


                   i.    RACHEL BOWERMAN, b. 13 Apr 1810; d. 25 Aug 1900; m. (1) BETTS; m. (2) PETER CRONKHITE, Abt. May 1827, Hallowell; b. 12 Nov 1804; d. 23 Sep 1851, Hallowell

JUDAH BOWERMAN and Mary Ann Morden: No issue

                  ii.    ABIGAIL BOWERMAN.
                 iii.    M
Children of J

                 iv.    CHARLES GIDEON BOWERMAN, b. 19 Sep 1827, Bloomfield, Ontario, Canada; d. 18 Feb 1890, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co, Canada; m. MARY JANE BREWER1, 06 Sep 1855, Bloomfield, PEC; b. 05 May 18341; d. 07 Apr 1895, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co1.

                  v.    JUDAH HENRY BOWERMAN, b. 19 Oct 1829; d. 25 Apr 1900, Newburg, Oregon; m. ABIGAIL ELSWORTH, 24 Jan 1850; b. 13 Apr 1831; d. 10 Feb 1885.

                 vi.    MARGARET JANE BOWERMAN, b. 08 Feb 1831; d. 08 Aug 1904, Buried in Picton beside first husband.; m. (1) WILLIAM SOUTHARD HUBBS, 23 Oct 1851, West Lake, Hallowell; b. 1827, Hallowell Tp; d. 07 Feb 1874, Hallowell, ON; m. (2) GILBERT JONES, 24 Dec 1879; b. Abt. 1817, Sidney, Hastings County.

                vii.    ELIZABETH S. BOWERMAN, b. 15 Jul 1832; m. JAMES M. SWARTMAN.

               viii.    LYDIA S. BOWERMAN, b. 15 Jun 1834; m. ARCHELAUS HUBBS.

"Judah Bowerman - mar. (4) Lavinia Saylor, dau of Samuel Saylor and his wife Margaret Jones, of  Mount Holy, NJ, 30 July 1826. Lavinia was a sister of Charles Saylor, and of Jemima Hubbs, she was born 11th of Nov 1789; and died on the "hill", where she is also buried, 11th of July 1862. The Saylor family were of german descent; tho not Friends [note: Jemima Hubbs was a Friend - Randy Saylor]. Aunt Lavinia however became one of the best known and respected of a society known widely for its consistent and charitable generosity, few of that generation were so well known as "Aunt" Lavinia , and she probably bears the unique distinction of being the only Quaker woman who had the honour of a "Dead-march" played before her house by an "Orange" Brass band.. Out of respect to her well cherished memory the Band, having visited Wellington on the 12th July played the "Dead-March" in passing Uncle Judah's house of mourning."
Source: The Bowerman Family of Canada Descendants of Ichabod Bowerman of Dutchess Co., NY 1683 - 1796 by Albert C. Bowerman, MB, Bloomfield, Can, July 1904, tissue carbon copy, AC Bowerman Records, Marion Cronk Fonds, Quaker Archives, p. 53 (folder 5-4-6, image 87)

States that she was born in NJ and is 63. Name spelled "Lavinia".
Source: Census records for 1851 of Hallowell Twp p. 33, AO, Reel C11750.

In an Updated Alphabethical List: Judah Bowerman, deceased, 2. 8 mo. 1868
Lavina Bowerman, d. 11. 7 mo. 1862
Source: Religious Society of Friends Records, AO, F997, West Lake Monthly Mtg Register, (orthodox) 1820-1882, MS303, reel 23, B-2-62, reel 23

Buried beside her husband in the Bowerman Hill Cemetery. States "fourth wife of Judah Bowerman. d 7th of 11 1862 @ 72 yrs 8 mo" thus born 1789.
Source: Archives Ont. MS451 Reel 25