Who is Harriet (Bow) Gillet?

Where in the family tree does Harriet Moriah Bow belong?

She and Ervin (also Irvin, Erwin, Ernie) Gillet (also Gillett, Gillette) applied for a marriage license on August 22, 1839 in Portage County, Ohio.

They were married twenty days later by Minister Joseph Meriam.

For the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census Harriet and her family were farming in Fowler Township, Trumbull County, Ohio.

In the 1880 census Harriet and Ervin have moved to Johnston Township, Trumbull County, Ohio.

The 1900 census indicates Harriet and Ervin are still farming in Johnston Township, Trumbull County, Ohio.

We could find no available newspaper clippings on Harriet or any of her family.

Find A Grave indicates Harriet died in 1901 and Ervin in 1903.

That’s all we know; it’s not much.  Her state of birth varies between Massachusetts and Ohio so we can’t be certain where she was born.  The 1900 census helps in pinning down her month & year of birth to October 1821.

We know of two Bow families who emigrated to Portage and Trumbull counties:

1. Abner and Sally (Bissell) Bowe from Genesee County, New York

The Abner Bowe family is exceedingly well documented so it is highly improbable she belongs to that lineage.

2. Abraham and Phebe (Standford) Bow from Berkshire County, Massachusetts

If Harriet was born in Massachusetts, her parents are likely Abraham & Phebe and she would have been born in Pittsfield between brothers Abraham and Oliver who were born in 1819 and 1822 respectively.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the origins of Harriet (Bow) Gillet.

2 thoughts on “Who is Harriet (Bow) Gillet?

  1. David Alan Bowe, MD says:

    I agree, this is extremely likely to be part of the Bow family out of Pittsfield, Mass and Livingston County, NY, the Abraham/Oliver group. My ancestor Charles Bowe (Trumbull) was in the same or neighboring counties as Charles Bow (Portage) and both were Civil War soldiers. Mine was son of Abner and the other was son of Oliver. The spelling of Bow/Bowe was pretty consistently different between the two families by the time of the Civil war.

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