Jane Bridgman was born about 1801, in Wythe County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Franklin Bridgman and his second wife, Rhoda May.
Jane's father died in Wythe County in 1820. Prior to 1823, Jane's mother, Rhoda, moved with her children to Grainger County, Tennessee.
Jane married John Bowen on November 7, 1823, in Grainger County, Tennessee.
John Bowen was born about 1801, in Tennessee, the son of John Bowen, Sr. and Sarah Bean. John Bowen, Sr. was born about 1764, in Augusta County, Virginia and died in 1823, in Grainger County, Tennessee. Sarah Bean was born about 1768, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia and died in 1861, in Polk County, Missouri.
John and Jane moved their family to Arkansas prior to 1840. The 1840 Madison County, Arkansas census shows John Bowen a male 30-39; one male 15-19; two males 5-9; one male under 5; one female 30-39; one female 15-19; three females 10-14; one female 5-9 and two females under 5 years.
John Bowen died in 1844, in Madison County, Arkansas.
Jane then married William Troylor in 1845 in Arkansas.
Jane died about 1848, in Arkansas.
The 1840 census indicates that John and Jane may have had as many as four sons and seven daughters. We have record of only two.
Children of John Bowen and Jane Bridgman
1. William R. Bowen, b. Mar 12, 1825, Grainger Co, TN
2. Mary Ann Bowen, b. Dec 29, 1827, Grainger Co; d. Mar 31, 1907, Madison Co, AR; m. Harvey Ledbetter on Jan 8, 1846, Madison Co, AR