From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Michael Bowerman was born in Seneca County, N. Y., in September, 1823, and when four years of age his parents, Jacob and Mary Bowerman, removed to Seneca County, Ohio, where they made their home till their death. He was married in Seneca County, Ohio, to Jane Gooding, who died in 1869. They were the parents of four chidren, of whom two only survive-- Milo and Mrs. Sarah Doudt. He was again married and has had one child, Ira, by his present wife. Mr. Bowerman settled on the farm on section 14, which he now occupies, in 1853. The land was unimproved when he bought it, but he has brought it to its present state of cultivation. He has been successful in his agricultural pursuits and now owns 160 acres of land, 120 of which is improved. His first house was a log cabin, which he occupied till 1869, when he built his present residence. His house is built of cobble stone, 20 x 28 feet with a wing of the same dimensions.
Submitted by: Kim Davoli