Name and Place
Jacob Bowerman moved to the Illinois territory in 1808 and settled three miles south of Steeleville, and afterward west of that town.
Jacob had four sons:
A man of great decision and character. He was remarkably ingenious and could work at almost any trade, even making good guns without previous instruction. As a marksman with the rifle, he had no superior.
Combined History of Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties, Illinois, page 71