Isaac Musser Bowman was born July 11, 1836, in Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Isaac Bowman (22 Nov 1802-5 Mar 1875) and Anne (Nancy) Musser (18 Oct 1805-6 Apr 1875).
His grandfather, John Bowman born in 1755, served in the American Revolution for Pennsylvania. His great grandparents were born in Switzerland.
Isaac married Charlotte Alexander (born on 26 Jun 1835 in Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania). They married on 27 Oct 1859 in Eden Township, Pennsylvania. Charlotte’s grandparents were both born in Ireland. Her parents, James Alexander and Martha McCullough were born in Pennsylvania.
Isaac was a 24-year-old shoe and boot maker when he enlisted on April 24, 1861, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a Private in the Union Army, 18th Regiment, Infantry, Company I. The 18th regiment was organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Washington Square until May 14. Then it moved to Baltimore, Maryland, with duty near Fort McHenry until May 22 and at Federal Hill until August.
Most of his regiment was removing stores to Fort McHenry from Pikesville Arsenal. The 18th regiment was formed for three months and was mustered on August 6, 1861, in Philadelphia, PA. Part of Company I re-enlisted for 10 days at the request of General Banks, then mustered out. Several of the Pennsylvania regiments were called up for only three months in 1861 and some in 1862 were called up for 20 days to repel Lee’s invasion of Maryland then disbanded.
Isaac was a fine mechanic and was about the last in his area who could make a complete boot or shoe. He was one of the first to cultivate small fruits in the Lower End. He was one of the most prominent residents of Camargo.
Charlotte died at the young age of 44 years on 25 Sep 1881, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Isaac died July 16, 1910, at age 74 years and 5 days, at his home in Camargo, Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in the Mennonite burying ground, New Providence Cemetery, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.