Joseph Alexander Bowman

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1820 - 1889

--The Rev. Joseph A. Bowman, one of the oldest and most beloved ministers of our church in Pennsylvania, died of paralysis at his home at Sandy Lake, Pa., December 18, 1889, in the seventieth year of his age. He had been a member of Allegheny Presbytery ever since its organization, and was one of the ablest and most active members of the Pennsylvania Synod. As a pastor and preacher he did great and lasting good, and won a host of friends. He was a man of gentle and conservative spirit, but a most earnest and aggressive Christian minister. He was respected and beloved by his brethren, and his wife counsel and loving Christian companionship will be greatly missed in the church courts of which he was so long a member, and by the many who loved him. He frequently represented his presbytery in the General Assembly, and was known and honored throughout the denomination. His sorrowing family and friends have our deepest sympathy.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, January 23, 1890, page 5]

Bowman.--Died, December 18, 1889, at his home, Sandy Lake, Pa., the Rev. J. A. Bowman, in the seventieth year of his age, of paralysis. He preached his last sermon December 23, 1888. On the same night he had a stroke of paralysis, and was afflicted with it more or less until his death. Inability to write prevented his correspondence with any one, though most of the time he was rational. He was married to Miss Anne L. Wakeham, who survived him. They had ten children. Nine are now living--six sons and three daughters; one died young. Brother Bowman was born in Mercer county, Pa. He moved with his parents at four years of age to Allegheny, where he received his education. He was a member of Allegheny Presbytery from its organization.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, January 30, 1890, page 8]

Bowman.--Resolutions adopted by Allegheny Presbytery:

Whereas, the Rev. Joseph A. Bowman, a member of this presbytery, was called to the church triumphant, December 18, 1889, therefore

Resolved, 1. That in his death the presbytery has lost a member who was wise in council, faithful in duty, and devotedly attached to the interests of our beloved Zion.

2. That the church has lost an efficient and successful minister of the gospel.

3. That we bow with submission to the will of God, and pray that when the Master calls we may also be found ready.

4. That we tender our sympathies to the bereaved family.

5. That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the family.

Respectfully submitted.


R. N. GROSSMAN, S.C.                            Committee.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, May 8, 1890, page 8]

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